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30 Best Toys for 8-Year-Old Boys in 2020

Updated 11 June 2020

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At eight-years-old, kids love to try out different things to see what interests them. Some kids love to play sports, others might prefer creative projects or making music. At this age, it’s important to encourage their interests and help them explore what they enjoy. There are many toy options that can help kids develop their different hobbies and interests.

We have compiled a selection of toys for eight-year-old boys approved and recommended by parents. To help ensure that the toys we recommend are the best options, we also analyze the reviews to make sure there aren’t any signs of manipulation.

1LEGO Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Resistance A-Wing Starfighter 75248

This toy allows kids to build a replica of the traditional Star Wars A-wing fighter. The entire set contains 269 pieces, and this kit also includes a couple of LEGO figures and two firing missiles that have retractable landing gear, which adds special flare to this model.

What we love

  • This model looks like a realistic spaceship from the movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • This model set can be used with other LEGO sets

We dont like this as much

  • The springs for the usable missiles can be tricky

2 NERF Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster

Fortnite is a popular video game that millions of kids enjoy. This fun blaster weapon shoots soft darts and resembles one of the popular guns that they use in the video game. However, this will allow them to enjoy the same sensation while running around. It has a 10-dart clip, which will allow them to continuously shoot and have fun with their friends.

What we love

  • The darts are soft Nerf darts
  • It comes with 20 total darts for reloading

We dont like this as much

  • It could come with a second clip to make reload faster

3Bop-It! Board Game

Bop It! has been a popular game for many years and this is a new version that comes with a total of three exciting modes that add to the game. This version has more than 10 hilarious moves that cycle to make the game fun for the entire family, but it also has a solo mode that will allow them to practice their moves before playing with their friends or the family.

What we love

  • It is a handheld portable game
  • It has a fun "Pass it" mode to include multiple people

We dont like this as much

  • It requires three AAA alkaline batteries, but it only includes demo batteries

4Monopoly: Fortnite Edition

Monopoly is a board game that has brought fun to families for many years and this version combines the traditional Monopoly game with the most popular characters from the video game Fortnite. The game is more customizable than before and has added game mechanics to make it feel more like the video game.

What we love

  • It has a total of 27 different Fortnite outfits to use on the pawns
  • This version makes the object of the game to see how long they can survive not what they own

We dont like this as much

  • It is only available in English

5Percy Jackson X 5 Book Set Series Collection 5 Book Set

This set contains the entire series of Percy Jackson and his adventures of being the son of Poseidon. The series follows his adventures through various adventures as he finds out more about himself and the Greek Gods, which are his relatives. The series is written by Rick Riordan and will give your son an excellent opportunity to improve his reading skills while experiencing a fun, new world.

What we love

  • It includes the entire series
  • It's an enthusiastic and engaging story line

We dont like this as much

  • The full collection only comes in paperback

6Gyroor Hoverboard Warrior 8.5 inch All Terrain Off Road Hoverboard

This overboard is designed to get your little boy out and about. It also comes with music speakers and bright LED lights. It is designed to be ridden on various types of terrain and surfaces. It uses self-balancing technology to make it easier for new riders that might not be used to such balancing on things without a handle.

What we love

  • It can be purchased in three different color schemes
  • The speakers are built-in

We dont like this as much

  • The battery could last longer

7Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100

If your kid is interested in electronics and how things work, then this circuit kit will allow him to practice assembling various models, from a flashing light to an adjustable-volume siren. The instruction manual provides illustrated instructions for the different circuit models that can be created with this kit.

What we love

  • It has more than 30 electronic parts
  • The included manual shows up to 100 different projects

We dont like this as much

  • The plastic snap-grid could be sturdier

8 IQ BUILDER | STEM Learning Toys | Creative Construction Engineering

This IQ builder set comes with three different books and each one is designed to assist in the different stages of using the blocks. They are easy to clean and the set comes with enough pieces to build various types of models and structures. The pieces come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors to make the models pop.

What we love

  • The pieces can be easily washed with water
  • The storage box comes with a total of 333 pieces

We dont like this as much

  • You need more than one set to build some of the more advanced models

9 Playhouse Vault Door Lock & Key Lined Page Diary

Diaries are a great way to practice writing and self-expression. This one has a cool lock safe as the cover and it is an excellent way to help encourage penmanship without it feeling like a homework task. It comes with a lock and two keys, which will give kids a sense of privacy.

What we love

  • It is designed to look like a real electronic safe
  • It has 108 double-sided lined pages

We dont like this as much

  • The cover of the diary could be thicker

10Lucky Doug Solar Robot Kit

This is a fun robot kit that will encourage you to build a solar robot. With this kit, you can build 12 different versions based on what he wants. The pieces in this kid are made from non-toxic ABS plastic, and it comes with clear instructions that will let you build whichever of the 12 robots that he desires.

What we love

  • The robots are all powered by solar power
  • The set comes with 190 pieces

We dont like this as much

  • This set could use a storage container

11RC Car DOUBLE E 1/18 Remote Control Car

Boys that love their remote-controlled cars will go crazy for this one. It  is powered by a dual-motor, which means it has more power than most other cars like it. It uses a rechargeable battery and the remote control is designed to be easy to operate. It has anti-shock absorbers to make sure that the truck doesn’t get damaged when it is run over various types of terrain.

What we love

  • It comes with two rechargeable batteries
  • It has durable anti-slip tires

We dont like this as much

  • The controller uses two AA batteries, but it only comes with demo batteries

12 Pokémon Shield

Pokemon is a popular video game and this Nintendo Switch version includes some of the most favorite Pokemon characters. With this game, you can catch, trade, and battle with different Pokemon characters within the Galar region. You get to choose a new partner Pokemon that will let you  encounter new Pokemon that have never been seen before.

What we love

  • You get to choose from three new Pokemon partners
  • It can be purchased digitally or physically

We dont like this as much

  • Some Pokemon characters from other games are not transferable to this version

13omzer Kids Camera

This camera comes with a rechargeable battery and it also includes an SD card that will allow you to move your pictures to other media standpoints to share with their friends and even make it easier for you to keep a memory collection for yourself. The camera comes with several functions that make it more reliable.

What we love

  • It can capture pictures or record videos
  • It has a 2.4-inch display screen with safe cover

We dont like this as much

  • It only comes with a single rechargeable battery

14Diggin Black Max Kids Foam Soft Football

This is a fun foam soft football that will give kids the incentive to go outside and toss the ball around  with friends. It is designed to be easy to grip, allowing you to learn proper technique on how to throw a football. Plus, the size is slightly smaller than a regulation-sized football, which means you can grip the ball easier.

What we love

  • It has a patented spiral ring that helps it go farther
  • It's soft for beginners to get use to catching it

We dont like this as much

  • Being made from foam, it can fall apart if left out in the weather

15Doctor Who - 12th Dr. Sonic Screwdriver with Touch Controls and Removable Power Core

This sonic screwdriver has touch controls with a removable power core and will allow kids to feel like the Doctor that he knows and loves. It features authentic lights and sounds and it is excellent for dress up or just random play.

What we love

  • It is made from thick durable plastic
  • It has touch control

We dont like this as much

  • Would be good if it was part of a set of tools

16iClever Kids Wireless Headphones

This headphone set hooks up to various types of devices. You can listen to music or watch some of your favorite streaming stations. It is designed for maximum comfort, has Bluetooth 5.0 capability. The headphones come with bright LED colorful lights.

What we love

  • They have a nice looking design
  • They can be folded for easy transport

We dont like this as much

  • The headset only comes in two basic colors

17Ravensburger Land of The Giants - 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

For dinosaur fans, this puzzle is a great activity. The overall picture features some of the most popular dinosaurs, and the pieces have an anti-glare surface that makes the puzzle great for framing. However, if your kid just enjoys putting the puzzle together, it is made from extra-thick durable cardboard, making it possible to put it together again and again.

What we love

  • The puzzle is a beautiful illustration
  • Every piece of the puzzle has a unique shape

We dont like this as much

  • Lots of dark colors which can make it more difficult

18HQ Kites Symphony Beach III 1.3 Stunt Kite

With this kite you can do a variety of stunts while it is up in the air. It is made from ripstop polyester, and it can be used practically anywhere. Unlike other stunt kites, this one is designed for beginners because it is tough and forgiving.

What we love

  • It has bright rainbow colors
  • It has a durable line and straps

We dont like this as much

  • The length of the flying line cannot be adjusted

19Ideal Magic Spectacular Magic Suitcase

This is the perfect kit for magic newbies and amateurs alike. It contains the materials to learn and perform over 100 tricks. It doesn’t just have a traditional instruction manual, it comes with how-to videos that can be unlocked online, which will allow you to see the tricks being performed.

What we love

  • The storage case can double as a performance table
  • It comes with high-quality props

We dont like this as much

  • The hat in the magic kit runs small

20eYotto Kids Sports Watch

It’s important to have a watch that can withstand a lot of activity. This watch has several features, and it can even be worn underwater, which makes it perfect for boys that enjoy swimming. It is an analog-digital watch, and has a high elastic PU protective cover.

What we love

  • The protective cover helps to prevent scratches
  • It is waterproof for up to 50M

We dont like this as much

  • It comes in a limited amount of color options

21 Jurassic World Real Feel Mosasaurus

This is a real feel version of the Mosasaurus that is featured in Jurassic World and it has a wonderfully textured skin with true to life sculpting. It has a moveable mouth so you can reanimate some of the best scenes from the film. It’s a large size for a model.

What we love

  • Works well as a collectors item
  • Safe for the bathtub

We dont like this as much

  • Flippers need to be attached separately

22NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Junior Metal Detector

This metal detector will allow kids to enjoy the world outside and find treasure buried in the backyard. It has a lightweight design that makes it easier to use for longer periods. It comes with a comprehensive manual to teach you how to use the metal detector correctly.

What we love

  • It has a waterproof dual coil
  • The handle is adjustable

We dont like this as much

  • The wand has to be pulled out, and it is easier to damage

23UNO: Super Mario

This is the traditional UNO game combined with the fun characters of the Super Mario world. Each card features a different character and it is played with traditional UNO rules. Included are special cards that go with special rules to help spice up the game and make it more fun.

What we love

  • Each card is well-illustrated
  • Makes for a fun gift

We dont like this as much

  • The box the cards comes in could be sturdier

24All-New Kindle

This is an electronic device that you will love seeing your son use. It can be purchased with or without Amazon Unlimited and this is an excellent way to help promote reading. This version comes with a built-in light, which makes it easy for him to continue reading his favorite books regardless of the time of day. It can also be used to help study with its highlighting feature, which allows for highlighting passages and looking up definitions.

What we love

  • He doesn’t have to leave his page to look up definitions or translate words
  • It can pair with Bluetooth headphones for audible books

We dont like this as much

  • You have to pay extra for the water proof version

25GoSports Giant Wooden 4 in a Row Game

Connect 4 is a classic game from many parent’s childhood and this wooden set is a giant version. Unlike the traditional plastic board, this one is made from solid wood and the chips are also made from wood. Plus, it comes with a sturdy carrying case that makes the game portable.

What we love

  • You can choose between a classic white finish or a dark stain finish
  • It comes with a warranty

We dont like this as much

  • It’s size means you need the space to store it

26Sourcingbay Drone for Kids

This drone is a quadcopter, and it has bright LED lights that make it visible at night. It is designed to fly longer and comes with an easy to maneuver remote controller. The set comes with everything that is needed to assemble and fly the drone.

What we love

  • The drone is capable of doing 3D flips
  • The controller allows for complete control of all the quadcopter's functions

We dont like this as much

  • The controlled requires three AAA batteries, but it only includes a set of demo batteries

27KLASK

Klask is a fun game that allows for an epic magnetic battle between two players. Each game lasts for around 10 minutes. The game is a cross between foosball and air hockey and your son can enjoy playing this game anywhere because it is lightweight and comes with a box to keep all of the parts together.

What we love

  • It has a durable but lightweight game board
  • It can be used as a tournament game for the whole family

We dont like this as much

  • It could use a couple extra balls and magnets

28Thames & Kosmos Remote Control Machines

This set allows you to build 10 different remote-controlled machines and it is classified as an experiment kit. The kit comes with everything that is needed and has a unique six-button infrared remote control. Once built, you control the machines, and you can build different types of machines or vehicles, depending on what you enjoy the most.

What we love

  • It comes with materials for building 10 different models
  • The instructions are easy to follow

We dont like this as much

  • It could use a sturdier box to keep all the materials together between builds

29Vorson AUG24 ABS Concert Ukulele

This is an excellent concert Ukulele that will provide a strong and quality sound and it is molded using high-quality ABS materials. It was designed using superior manufacturing techniques that make this an excellent instrument for learning how to play.

What we love

  • This Ukulele produces warm tones
  • It is designed to project sound well

We dont like this as much

  • It can be difficult to tune properly at first

30Superhero Costumes Glove

These are fun costume gloves that resemble some of the world’s favorite superheroes. Each glove has a built-in soft-grip bar that makes it easier to grip the gloves, they are lightweight and designed to be sturdy for play.

What we love

  • It comes with different superhero gloves
  • It is made from quality materials

We dont like this as much

  • These gloves can be difficult to wash