Looking for the perfect holiday gifts for the tiny techies on your holiday shopping list? Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo was a guest on Fox’s “Tech Smart” to talk about the most innovative new toys on the market. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.
The LEGO BOOST app guides children through a build-and-code experience in a series of game-like challenges.
Kids can build and customize Vernie, their own personal talking robot friend, code its behavior, and complete fun activities with the included play mat.
When kids speak to Vernie, it will respond with facial expressions that reflect its mood.
Vernie can move in all directions at variable speed on its large tracts, see objects and colors, sense distance, grip and carry accessories, make hand gestures, and launch darts from its shoulder-mounted shooter.
Vernie also senses and reacts to impacts and knows when you pick it up.
Rebuild Vernie to create the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4), the Guitar4000, Frankie the Cat, or the AutoBuilder, all controlled via a tablet with the free downloadable app, which also includes digital LEGO features.
Ages: 7 to 12
Available: Online at shop.lego.com and LEGO brand retail stores
Bill Reese has been production director at The Toy Insider since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and playing with his little boy Jonah.
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