Summer's Hottest Toys

En Garde! Erica Hill and Chris Wragge face off with Nerf's N-Force Swords, some of the newest toys for summer being played with on "The Early Show," July 4, 2009.
Worried about your kids staying indoors all summer long with a video game controller in their hands? Well, there's a way to get them motivated and outside: good, old-fashioned outdoor toys!

Chris Byrne, "The Toy Guy," is a toy expert and content director of

He visited "The Early Show Saturday Edition" with some of the hottest new summer toys.

Banzai Titan Blast Rocket
By Toy Quest
Ages 8 and up / $60
This behemoth, inflatable rocket stands over seven feet tall and can reach unbelievable heights of over 100 feet. Powered by a pressurized water tank, the lightweight BANZAI Titan Blast Rocket is easy to use and handle. Just follow three simple steps. ONE … Fill the water tank, TWO … Use the included air pump to pressurize the rocket, and THREE … Blast off!

Sky Ball
By Maui Toys
Ages 6 and up / $9
A complete new twist on one of the most classic toys of all time - the basic ball. It's about 5-inches in diameter and comes in a variety of transparent, gem-like colors (red, blue, green and orange) and bounces up to 75 feet in the air. We're not sure how the physics of it works, but the bounce is way out of proportion to the force exerted by the player. In plain English, that means that a little kid can really get it to sail with just a "regular" amount of bouncing.

CB 2 Stinger Boss Bow
By Prime Time
Ages 8 and up / $30
Become an archery ace! The supreme bow for speed and accuracy! Stinger's wingspan expands to 28" wide. Launches foam arrows! Pull back to load and pull trigger to send mega foam arrows flying - up to 40 feet! Bow measures 28" W x 19" H x 2.5" D with (3) 8" foam arrows.

Handtrux Backhoe
By Ten Ton Toys --
Ages 4 and up / $18
Digging toys that are operated like puppets. Kids put their hands inside and then manipulate the grip to dig. With all the rain we've been getting there's plenty of mud that needs to be moved.

Nerf N-Force Swords
By Nerf
Ages 6 and Up / $10
The excitement and adventure of power and conflict play, but with the soft, safe fun that is characteristic Nerf.

Banzai Twin Barre Blaster
By Toy Quest
Ages 5 and up / $27
Maximize your blasting action with twice the firing power with the BANZAI Twin Barrel Blaster. These alternating double barrels blast two powerful streams of water at your opponent. The ergonomic grip and rapid fire pump trigger makes soaking your friends so easy. You'll play all day long with this unique and one-of-a-kind water blaster.

Super Soaker Quick Blast
By Hasbro
Ages 5 years & up / $15
Harness the hydro-powered performance of a SUPER SOAKER blaster … without all the pumping. Simply slide back the handle on the SUPER SOAKER QUICK BLAST blaster and unleash a deluge of water on your opponent. This fast-action blaster carries a removable 32-ounce water tank for easy filling and blasts up to 30 feet! Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on

Gazillion Bubble Rocket
By Funrise
Ages 6 and Up / $25
This high-flying rocket is one of our the launcher and STOMP! The rocket soars into the sky and leaves a trail of bubbles in the launcher and STOMP! The rocket soars into the sky and leaves a trail of bubbles in its wake. No batteries required.