Explainer: Awesome toys for guys who never grew up

  • If we're talking about Peter Pan's Lost Boys, then a sackful of marbles should do the trick. For every other man who spends more time playing with his son's or nephew's Christmas presents than his own, consider the following...

    My personal favorite is the Playsam Saab Roadster, for its understated Swedish style and throwback to the company's very first car from back in the mid-'40s, the 92001. It is quite expensive though, so if you're looking for something a bit more fun — and even suitable for an office Secret Santa — Griffin's iPod Nano slapbands will have them recalling their childhood faster than a bag of popping candy takes to live up to its name.

  • Playsam's Saab Roadster, $435

    Being a design classic and all, even if the giftee doesn't have children who can ride around on this wooden Roadster, the Scandi-design will still look great parked in a hallway or corner. [Playsam]

  • Griffin's Slap wristband, $25

    The '80s/'90s fad has grown up and gone digital. Griffin's slapbands for the iPod Nano come in heaps of bright colors, and are a perfect stocking stuffer for sporty-types. [Griffin]

  • Star Wars Super Deluxe AT-AT, $100

    Look, if you don't buy this kidult something Star Wars related this holiday season, he may just disinvite you when he's holding his big Star Wars Blu-ray trilogy screening next fall. 2010's version of the AT-AT has been upgraded with LEDs and authentic sound effects. [Hasbro (unavailable) but sold on eBay]

  • Parrot's AR.Drone, $300

    R/C helicopters have matured. Your man-child will need an iPhone or iPod Touch to control the newest coolest one. Once it's Bluetooth-ed up he can then compete against another AR.Drone-owning friend using the upcoming Pursuit app. [Parrot]

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  • Voltron Lionforce Defender 2GB USB stick, $37

    Ready to form Voltron USB Stick! Activate interlocks for pre-loaded Voltron episode contained on stick! [Incubot]

  • Snowball Xistera, $25

    Hurl snowballs from 150 meters away — your enemy need never know you threw the first snowball. [Hammacher Schlemmer]

  • CTA PlayStation Move Submachine, $30

    At some point men are supposed to grow out of having finger-gun fights, but if you just don't see that happening anytime soon, there's thankfully a PS3 Move controller that makes it a little less lame. Pew pew! [Amazon]

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