As far as I’m concerned these five toys are essential to a boy’s upbringing. Many of my fondest childhood memories and more than a few formative experiences are linked directly to what you find below. They are more than just entertainment conduits and time wasters. I loved these toys and the experiences they led me into.
If you get them for your kids you are doing your duty as a parent and are awesome. If you get them for your nephew you are the “cool” uncle or aunt. If you get them for a sibling you have gained serious leverage in any future negotiations ( and/or shown your deep and sincere love). And plenty of girls would love these too.
Who really needs pirate ships and the Millennium Falcon? What a kid needs is the unlimited possibilities provided by a tub of legos.