Living: O.K., Santa, Make My Day

The season's best toys offer mayhem, mystery and challenge

It is late Christmas Eve, the tree is up and listing at something less than 15 degrees. Not perfect, but acceptable. The kids will sleep until dawn. Insufficient but unavoidable. The pres- ents are wrapped, all but that one saved for last. A favorite. One that should be freshly assembled and brightly functioning when the kids charge into the room in . . . can it be just five hours?

Grab an eggnog and (anticipating technical problems) a few elementary tools, then sit down with Spacewarp. Picture on the box looks great. Grinning boys watching steel marbles roll over course that...

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