8 most outrageous toys of summer
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By Andie Huber
For those warm-weather daydreams, we've rounded up eight fantasy toys we'd love to have—if money were no object. With a sporty ride and an Italian villa playhouse, summer fun has come a long way since pogo sticks and flashlight tag.
Wipe Out2 of 9
Rather than watch obstacle course competitions on TV, kids can get outdoors and set up their own floating version (five feet of water required). This raceway can hold up to 60 people and will inflate in two hours. Just another Sunday afternoon at the Joneses.
SHOP NOW: Floating obstacle course, $13,500
Twist & Shout3 of 9
The classic Twister game is always a hit with the kids and grownups. This blowup version takes the game to a whole new level. The 15-foot inflated board is sure to put a little bounce in your game.
SHOP NOW: Inflatable Twister, $1,756
Major Mini4 of 9
With real working doors, rubber tires and room for two, this mini Mini Cooper will have kids motoring up and down the neighborhood in true racer style.
SHOP NOW: Avigo Mini Cooper, $330
Playing House5 of 9
There was a time when an old tool shed made the ultimate clubhouse. Not so anymore. This two-story Italian-style villa comes with a tile roof and balcony, plus optional upgrades such as cable, running water, central air-conditioning and electricity. Can we move in?
SHOP NOW: Mediterranean Villa Playhouse, $50,000
Outward Bound6 of 9
Tents are nice but an actual tipi is way more fun for all those imaginative games children play. Ten-foot poles, heavy-duty canvas and an easy-entry door make this outdoor shelter perfect for daytime play or for sleepovers.
SHOP NOW: Children's Tipi, $320
Pedal Power7 of 9
Inspired by the 19th-century large-wheeled farthing (or high-wheeler bike), this electric version holds the smallest electric folding bicycle, compacting to 23 1/2 inches when not in use. It can hold up to 220 pounds and can reach 14 mph.
SHOP NOW: Folding Electric Mini-Farthing, $5,000
In Full Swing8 of 9
Made entirely of recycled plastic, this all-weather swing is a sleek and modern reinterpretation of a playground classic.
SHOP NOW: Loll swing, $250
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Iceberg Ahead9 of 9
Both a climbing wall and water slide, this 14-foot iceberg can hold up to eight adventurers. The inflatable mountain-of-fun requires 12-feet of water, which means you can haul it to the lake—unless, of course you have a private one in your own backyard.
SHOP NOW: Rave iceberg, $7000
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