In Brief: Jun. 26, 2000

YODA MACHINE

Buy me, you will. This summer's most hotly anticipated toy is the Interactive Yoda ($39.99) from Tiger Electronics, the same evil geniuses who brought us Furby. There's definitely a family resemblance. Standing about 8 in. tall, Interactive Yoda can move his eyes, mouth and ears in a reasonably lifelike fashion while mumbling cryptic epigrams about the Force. He comes with a miniature light saber (it's about a foot long), and if you stand in front of him and wave it around, he'll critique your Jedi technique. Parents beware: kids may resort to Jedi mind tricks to get one.

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