Zap,Zap! You're Dead, Lord Dread!

Interactive toys enable children to get in on the TV action

What if, instead of just sitting passively in front of the TV set, children could actually join their video superheroes in fierce battles for control of the galaxy? Alarming as that possibility may sound, parents had better get ready for just such a commotion. The toy industry is racing to deliver a new generation of playthings that can communicate electronically with specially created TV programs, enabling youngsters with hand-held weapons to zap onscreen villains and even coordinate living-room battles with the action on the tube. "It's exciting, it's magic. It looks and smells like the next trend in the toy industry,"...

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