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A Holiday Toy Hit For A Tween Boy

Halo Warthog ResistanceWhen your kid is 11, it becomes much trickier to figure out what to get him for Christmas.

Mine is a smarty pants who likes building things, yet he’s already got every Lego set ever created. He loves science, but he’s already done all the science kits and he’s kinda over it now. He’s got an XBox, and owns every Halo game there is. He’s got an iPad. What’s next?

Thankfully he has a new love this year: cars. He started watching Top Gear on BBC America, and he’s now completely obsessed with cars, in particular super cars like Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and so on. He has taken to reading Hemmings Motor News and Exotic Cars. I’m thinking this holiday season for monkey man will be all things auto.

When Target shared with me a Halo Warthog Resistance set — one of its top 20 holiday toys for 2012 — I was still skeptical. I know Jack likes Halo, and cars, but how much is an 11-year-old going to care about a Mega Bloks vehicle he can put together in pretty short order?

A lot, apparently. Do you know why?

SUSPENSION!!

“It’s got suspension, mom! Check it out,” he exclaims, setting the Warthog on the kitchen counter and pushing it down over and over to show me. “Suspension!”

Thirty minutes later … “Mom, did I show you the suspension on this thing?”

I had no idea a car suspension would be such a big hit, but he’s thinks it’s cooler than cool that the Warthog has real suspension. Other features of the vehicle in the set that he tells me are winners:

* 4 (count them 4!) removable gas cans

* A real bumper

* An antenna

* A winch

* A spotlight

* It’s very “car-like.” The wheels “spin well” he says.

* When he puts the vehicle through an obstacle course he’s created out of the box it came in, tape, and other scraps of things laying about, it doesn’t come apart. Ever.

* In case I forget, he mentions the suspension, yet again.

I am not a boy. I do not understand this love for cars and car parts. He loves them though, and apparently he’s never been able to put together a car that had suspension before. The Halo Warthog Resistance set gets the thumbs up.

You win, Target. I don’t know how you figure my kids out, but you find a way.

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Do you know a deserving family, school, or charity this holiday season? We’re giving away one grand set of 20 toys from Target, including those mentioned in this post! To nominate, simply comment and tell us why you’ve selected them! 

Photo credit: Mega Bloks
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