Just because a toy is very popular with my son, does not necessarily mean that I recommend it to other parents. My husband bought my son something called a "Bakugan" before Christmas. (Yes, I had to look up the spelling and no, I do not know how to say it.) I did not pay too much attention to it since it was just some little ball that he didn't seem to play with much but did talk about quite often. Well, after Christmas we went to a local bookstore and they were selling "Bakugans" for 75% off and my husband ended up buying three sets of them. Basically they are Transformerish balls that open up when a magnet located underneath them touches a magnetic card. Diego is totally in love with these things so it definitely falls under the Toys my children ACTUALLY play with category. Because of the magnetic pieces and the fact that they break easily, we have to bring this out only when Mateo is taking a nap or otherwise out of the room. Also, I understand that if you buy these at full price they are quite expensive.
This is NOT my favorite toy that Diego owns by a long shot but I am trying very hard to get excited when he wants to talk about them and open and close them over and over and over and over again. I have to remind myself that he is getting older and has his own opinions and likes and dislikes that may be different than mine.