You may not know it yet, but your kids are definitely going to want some Avatar toys. The movie, like Star Wars before it, is a visual-effects watershed that should blow the minds of 10-year-old kids everywhere (and should blow your mind too, as long as you can get past the simplistic plot and occasionally hokey dialogue). Mattel’s new line of Avatar toys includes action figures, an assortment of Pandora creatures, and a few nifty military vehicles. But the toys wouldn’t warrant an association with Avatar if they weren’t high-tech in some way, so Mattel went to the effort to make this the first toy line that uses augmented reality.
Each toy ships with an “i-TAG” badge that you hold in front of your computer’s webcam. Magically, a 3-D model of your toy appears on the screen. As you move the badge around, the animated model follows. Most impressively, if you purchase the Battle Pack collection ($14.99), which features six i-TAG badges, you can have various 3-D models actually fight one another on your screen. READ FULL STORY