Easy-Bake Oven. Matchbox cars. Barbie's Dreamhouse. Chutes and Ladders. You probably remember the toys that still make you smile all these years later. Well, a few old faves are poised for a comeback. And lucky for you, we got a sneak peek at this year's Toy Fair.
(Available in Fall 2015, ages 10+, $30)
Although it looks a lot like the classic Viewmaster, this new version is so much cooler. How? Instead of just viewing flat photos on a mini wheel, kids can explore 3-D "photospheres" of places and things around the world. So say your kid wants to learn about this solar system, with this souped-up Viewmaster that you sync up with an app on your smartphone, she can launch herself into the outer reaches of the galaxy and learn about each planet.
(Available now, ages 5+, $10 - $30)
Invented in 1973 by two housewives (Betty Morris and Kate Bloomberg), this arts-and-crafts game uses large, flexible sheets that when heated in the oven, shrink into solid plastic materials. With the latest ALEX Shrinky Dinks line-up, kids can make anything from bracelets, to rings, to dioramas! Klutz is coming out with an instruction book/kit for their version, Shrink & Link Jewelry.
(Available now, ages 14+, $40)
Who doesn't remember this science project from grade school: Affix a 2-liter bottle, quarter-filled with water to a pipe, pump up the pressure inside and watch it fly! Now, with this toy, your kid will be able to experience that joy, too.
(Available now, ages 6+, $19)
Here's a twist (ha!) on the classic game Connect 4. Each turn you get to place a piece and twist one of the rows of the tower. Our minds were blown just thinking about it.
(Available now, ages 8+, $20)
What do you get when you combine the vertical strategy game of Connect 4 with the classic tic tac toe: Tic Stac Toe, of course! Players can now stack X's and O's horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
(Available now, ages 3 to 6, prices vary)
Colorforms is re-releasing classic sets such as r, Barbie, and more with their original art! The company also has a full line of current licenses from Disney's Frozen and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
(Available now, ages 3 and older, $23; and ages 5 and older, $18)
If you recognize these games, you definitely grew up in the '60s, '70s, or '80s. Well, now a new generation of kids can enjoy them in their original form. Both vintage-inspired versions are back on store shelves.
(Available now, ages 1 and older, $40 and $28.50)
The beloved story of The Little Prince is being rebooted as an animated film later this year. And Yottoy is ready with the release of the Little Prince and Wise Fox soft doll set (right). The company is also responsible for recreating Paddington bear, complete with a new jacket and note, for the late .
(Available now, ages 8+, $20)This year Monopoly celebrates its 80th birthday with large size pieces from USAOPOLY and an anniversary set from Hasbro.
Arne Bostrom is a test engineer in the GolfHr Research Institute consumer electronics lab.