Not all R/C toys have to be vehicles. The Tyco R/C N.S.E.C.T. ($100) is a radio-controlled bug that features eyes the change color based on what "mode" the toy is in, and a pincher-like claw in front that can grab items. The best part, though, is the "missile launcher" in the back that holds six foam missiles that can travel up
to 20 feet — far enough to keep your pets,
kids, or yourself entertained for hours.
Big is an awesome movie. We'd take Tom Hanks in Big than Tom Hanks in Forest Gump, Cast Away, or Saving Private Ryan any day. And if you're a fan of Big too, then you no doubt recognize Zoltar ($9,000). The classic animatronic fortune teller lives in an oak cabinet that stands at 6 1/2' tall, and senses your presence and invites you to approach him. After you insert a quarter, Zoltar checks his crystal ball and provides one of 16 different spoken fortunes and dispenses one of 23 different printed fortunes on a paper card. Just be careful what you wish for.
Seeing the Blue Men Group work their magic on stage is really quite astounding. Now you can bring part of that magic home with you with the Blue Man Group Percussion Tubes ($100). The deck features eight motion-sensitive tubes, five different programmed instruments, a MP3 mode that allows you to play along with music from your iPod or other MP3 player, a record mode, and an audio-out jack in case you really want to make some noise. [Thanks, Julia!]