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What kind of toy is good for a 12 year old boy?

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Old 12-01-2011, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of toy is good for a 12 year old boy?

I'm part of a group sponsoring a family for Christmas. My item category is any kind of toy gift for a 12 year old boy. Other people were given clothing items and reading items as their category, so he's covered there. My dollar range I was given was $20, but I can go more. It's just a guideline.

Now, I know what I liked as a 12 year old, but I was and still am a big nerd into Transformers, GI Joe, Star Wars, and anime. What would be a good toy/game item that most average 12 year old boys would enjoy?

I think video games are out since I know nothing of their family situation. I will assume the worst and say they don't have any game systems etc. I was thinking something like a cool Nerf gun, but I was thinking maybe 12 year olds would be getting out of the Nerf thing. I know I would like it, but I'm trying to put myself in his shoes and want to get something he might like.

My cop out would be to get a gift card, but that's no fun.

Edit: Here are the pics of each item in question. Remember he's got clothing covered (even socks and underwear) by other people in my group. This is purely a fun, nice to have, item.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i don't know, when iwas 12 i was into clothes and chicks. i can't help you.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Preteen is a tough age. For most of us, that's the point we decided to embrace the nerd/geek title. With no real knowledge of what the kid's into, choosing a toy that suits him can be difficult. I started building hi end model kits at that age, personally.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i wouldn't get a toy, boys stop liking toys at that age, and then start back up in their late 20's
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Maybe I can go the collectible route and get him something he might want to keep MOC/MIB. Then again, do I really want to start him down a path of collecting.

Since he's got clothes covered by other people, I suppose I can try to get him something fun, but not a toy per se.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i don't know, when iwas 12 i was into clothes and chicks. i can't help you.
I totally hear ya here. At 12 I was starting to want clothes and sneakers...but I played NES like a mofo and came home to my Joes and Marvel figues....hell I was playing with those ToyBiz marvel figures at my high school graduation lol.

Having said all that, if he's into sports you can't go wrong with a Jr. size football, or something from Nerf.

I think if you get him a Transformer he's probably gonna think you suck...just what I get from the 12 yr olds in my family these days.

Is he a smart kid?? How bout a chess set?
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah, i really don't know sharky, that's tough, do you know this kid personallly?

i did this few years ago at my local police station, my ma works there, and i sent in a few moc joes, they were to be given to a 12 year old after i handed em in, when my ma told me, i was like um, nah, you can't give a 12 year old joes, and for some reason the ma came in the police staion crying that the younger brother didn't get nothing or something, so i was like give the younger kid the joes and hopefully it will spark the interest gi joe, and someone else can help out the older boy with something more maturer. i didn't wanna see no kid left out, and my toys not go to good use.

i have no ideas for you, i keep thinking cologne, but then again, he might not be into smelling good yet. you have to keep it primarily cheap, so a bike and that kind'a shit's out the question.
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jess, nerf or football is a good idea.
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NERF Vortex Praxis....fun for all ages
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The hard part is I know nothing other than he's 12. Is it possible to get a decent watch like a Timex for $20-$30.

I am still leaning toward the Nerf thing. Even if it's not his cup of tea, who doesn't enjoy shooting stuff around the house from time to time.

BTW, I do appreciate the effort and ideas. It is a tough thing since he's in that awkward age of a pre-teen. Not quite a kid and not quite a teenager yet. That's why I decided to post and ask for ideas.
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