By Andrew Liszewski
There are very few toys on the market that can pull today’s video-game-raised kids away from the TV, but I think the Magnetix I-Coaster would have a good shot at it. First of all, magnets are cool. No one truly knows how they work and that’s half their appeal. So the fact that this coaster uses all kinds of magnetic tricks to propel a ball-bearing around the track should at least make any kid curious.
And for those kids who constantly have a pair of headphones on listening to MP3s the I-Coaster includes a Sound FX and Music Studio module. From what I can tell the coaster can actually trigger different sound effects or notes as the ball passes certain areas, kind of like an elaborate Rube Goldberg-esque sequencer. Or you can just plug your iPod or Zune into the module and listen to your own music instead.
Amazon currently carries it for $113.99 but if you shop around you can probably find it a bit cheaper as the holidays get closer.