You’ve been warned. We have officially left the pink of Princess Land behind. For this edition of 2012 Christmas gifts for kids, we’re all about the boys and girls who you won’t be found salivating in the Barbie aisle. The tutu stops here. We’re looking down the way to the next aisle. The one covered in G.I. Joe dolls and footballs and action heros. Be mindful of the hurling dodge balls overhead, please.
A simple baseball mit isn’t going to cut it, first and foremost. Our conventional boys and tomboys are living in an age of super techy computer games, talking super hero accoutrements, and cinema-like simulations of Bat-mobiles. So step up and try to take advantage of every gadget-y, 3-D, mega super strong thing 2012 has to offer these kids.
Among the fairly standard homages to wrestling superstars and other more morbid curiosities, there is also some stops in science and history. There’s even some more mild toys for the little boy or tomboy who hasn’t launched into full-on super hero mode yet, but who still favors a train set over a doll set. Trust me, plenty of that ahead.
No girls allowed? More like no fuchsia or sparkles allowed.