Emmy® award winning consumer technology journalist, Jennifer Jolly has holiday’s hotlist of games, toys and tech you won’t want to miss…
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a new action-adventure game where players ten and up can assemble a custom starship mounted to your game controller to launch into an interplanetary adventure. This new game offers a unique gameplay experience where players defeat the enemy by mixing and matching pilots, Starships and weapons to create their own unique fleet. Lead a group of heroic interstellar pilots who use modular starships to mix and match their unique gear and skills on the fly. Travel the star system to unite the galaxy against villainous destructive forces.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is now available for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The Digital Starter Pack is available for $59.99 and includes: a copy of the game and includes a selection of starships, pilots and weapons for customizable gameplay. The Nintendo Switch Digital Starter Pack also includes pilot Fox McCloud, exclusive Star Fox missions, and the Arwing starship
Fly LEGO NINJAGO Stormbringer the Lightning Dragon with Jay and battle against Daddy No Legs and Muzzle to claim the Dragon Armor. Fire spring-loaded ‘lightning bolt’ shooters from the mouth of this highly posable dragon, which also features a removable minifigure saddle, swiping tail function and attachment points for the Dragon Hunter Daddy No Legs to hook the dragon. This set also includes a pedestal to hold the collectible Dragon Chestplate element, plus 4 LEGO NINJAGO minifigures with assorted weapons—including the collectible Dragonbone Blade—to boost the role-play battles.
Bring Stormbringer to life with the LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox (sold separately). Combine the sets, download the free LEGO BOOST app and code the dragon to fire the shooters, create a color-sensing ejector seat and much more using the intuitive programming blocks!
LEGO NINJAGO Stormbringer retails for $39.99, available at LEGO brand retail stores, shop.lego.com, and major retailers.
Experience the magic of the LeapStart® 3D Interactive Learning System and get kids excited about learning with 3D-like animations that magically bring the activities to life. Perfect for visual or auditory learners, the touch and talk activities enhance learning with interactive animations to help kids build math, reading, problem-solving skills and more.
The LeapStart® library of 25+ books (each sold separately) covers a variety of preschool through first grade subjects for 2-7 year olds with more than 30 activities in every book. Many replayable activities have two levels with 50+ key skills per grade level, so kids can play and learn at the level and move up when they’re ready. A total of 400+ activities across the LeapStart® library help kids build tomorrow’s skills today. (MSRP: $49.99; ages 2-7; available at major retailers nationwide)
Cozmo was one of the best-selling toys from last year, and is now ready to take over the spotlight again with his new Limited Edition finish. He’s the same robot, just with a dazzling blue exterior to perfectly complement his, mostly, dazzling personality.
Cozmo is a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you hang out. Complex artificial intelligence allows Cozmo to express a wide range of emotions, and he will even learn to know your name and face. He’s also a game-playing machine. Literally. Whether lifting his Power Cubes or challenging you to games like Quick Tap and Keepaway, he’s always up for action.
Cozmo also makes for a great partner in learning thanks to the Code Lab platform in the companion app. Code Lab is simple and intuitive visual programming language which offers a touch-friendly interface that students can engage in coding, robotics & AI with no prior experience.
Since Anki regularly releases free software updates that add new games, interactive experiences and more, your playtime with Cozmo will always feel new and fresh.
Cozmo Limited Edition retails for $179.99 and is available for purchase on Anki.com and Amazon.
The Voyager Ion electric scooter‘s simple and sleek design will be sure to impress. It can reach speeds of 12.5 MPH and travel up to 10 miles on a charge. Ride it at night and light the way with the integrated LED headlight. The built in LCD screen shows you real-time monitoring of speed, mileage, power, and assist modes. It only takes 2.5 hours to fully charge, allowing you to get back out and enjoy the ride! Available for purchase at www.ridevoyager.com for $299.99!
Little Passports subscriptions are the perfect gift for the kid in your life. They make boxes for kids from ages 3 to 12, designed to inspire them to learn about the world. With the World Edition, for example, kids 6 – 10 get to discover a different country each month in the form of a package from their virtual penpals, Sam and Sofia.