Best Gear 2003: Fun & Games

Toys are great. Toys with computer chips are even better. A musical platypus, a video game that watches you. What will they think of next?

Hasbro Video Now If you thought your car was a SpongeBob-free zone, meet Video Now. You'll get only black-and-white versions of TV shows stored on little CDs, but it's surprisingly entertaining. hasbro.com ($50)

Little Touch Leap Pad A spin-off of LeapFrog's popular interactive book, this one is for the crawling, drooling set of 6- to 36-month-olds. Comes with more than 100 lessons; more available at $15 each. leapfrog.com ($35)

Pet Me Platypus Known for making the least annoying musical baby toys, Neurosmith scores again with a huggable version of our favorite egg-laying mammal. Available exclusively at Target....

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