Thanks to Nintendo, toys are front and centre this morning. So for this week's regular, let's dial back to your childhood. What was your favourite toy growing up?
I've included a photo of a super soaker here, since it's comfortably responsible for some of my better childhood memories. My brother and I had some friends in the same primary school who also had super soakers, and we'd run around their backyard (or ours), spraying away summer days.
It also paired neatly with the fact that we were all gamers. Nothing like a bit of water-fuelled exercise before going back to some Star Trek FPS, or Worms on the Amiga, or Heroes of Might and Magic.
I quickly polled the rest of the Kotaku/Gizmodo/Lifehacker crew to see what their favourite toys were, and some memories came flooding in:
A Game Boy Advance: cracker of a toy.
Talking Lesson One: a text-to-speech educational machine for kids, with a variety of mini-games. It's better seen than explained.
A He-Man Castle Grayskull Toy: this was like a "Polly Pocket" but for boys, I'm told.
A Scorcher RV car: A 6x6 9.6v RC car that was basically a mini-monster truck. It looks like one of the fatter cars you'd see at the back of the grid in Re-Volt - not the biggest threat, but not something you wanted to get bumped by.
Spectrum 48k: Have a guess who's favourite toy this was. (ScribbleTaku fans, I'm looking at you.)
What was your favourite toy growing up?