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The 6 best ... Dad gadgets; Traditional socks, slippers and aftershave can make ideal gifts, but for the dad that has everything, here are some rather fine Father''s Day gadgets to release his inner child ...

(1) Pigs Might Fly - Angry Birds Action Game - pounds 24.99 from The Angry Birds franchise has been unleashed on all manner of products over the past year, from noise-making plushies to speaker docks, but this one is our soaraway favourites. The playing surface converts into a nifty carry bag, so you can play the game anywhere you fancy. The idea of the game is to launch your play pieces and knock over the wooden blocks to defeat the piggies.

(2) Cast Off - Portable Fishing Rod - pounds 19.99 from Has your dad ever tried sneaking out to take part in his favourite hobby? We think we might have found a way to get him down by the riverbank undetected. This telescopic fishing rod starts out the size of a pen, but extends to a good 40 inches with a quick flick. The package comes complete with a reel, spoon, bobber, couple of worms and three weighted hooks.

(3) Skeletal Terror - Robotic Dinosaurs - pounds 19.99 from Arriving in kit form, you'll have hours of fun constructing your chosen beast before inserting batteries to create a robotic T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Mammoth or Triceratops. Using no glue or tools, it all clicks together to form a very decent tail-moving, walking machine. Expect marvelling glances.

(4) Spy Wear - Camsports HD Coach Sunglasses - pounds 126.59 - Keeping the glare off the eyes is the least you'd expect from a pair of shades, but this set includes a built-in 4GB digital camera. They're ideal for adventure-type dads who want to show off their skills and keep a lasting memory while trekking, cycling or taking part in activity pursuits.

(5) Sky Walking - Lego Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter - pounds 46.99 from This is an ideal combination package that is likely to make any dad as excited as a child on Christmas morning. This iconic craft from the Star Wars galaxy has retro appeal and includes four minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Jek Porkins, R2-D2 and R5-D8. What is there not to go wild about here? (6) Virtual Warfare - appBlaster - pounds 9.99 from Owners of iPhones can download the free Alien Invasion app with this blaster and shoot away at virtual aliens while ducking and diving across the living room. Players need to move around to find the aliens, which get bigger and tougher with each round, creating a realistic gaming experience. It's quite simply the most fun you can have with an iPhone.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2012
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