The list author says: "These are the toys that I'd buy again and in abundance. So far they have withstood eight years of rough boy play and they are ready for eight years more. This list is based on quality and durability, but also on the lasting interest level for my boys during all ages."
"Any and all of the Fisher Price Rescue Heroes action figures with their vehicles and accesories. At our house, they've been used in the pool, the woods, and everywhere in between. The movies are good as well. Buying these used is more of a bargain."
"Great as a starter kit, but definitely better to add on with more tracks and trains. Easy enough for an 18 month old to snap together, but engaging enough for a 9 year old to spend time building his own track. It's a treat to get the batteries in the controllers replaced. This is a great alternative to that other blue engine out there and I was glad I did not start down that path."
"All of the Hess trucks are quality and engaging, with or without the batteries. I'd recommend starting a holiday tradition by leaving this under the tree each year. Our favorites are the '05 fire truck and the '08 truck with the front loader."
"All rubber and/or leather sports balls. Pros: can't bite chunks out (like the foam balls), stand up to the harsh weather. Cons: Hurt more when you get pegged with one, they need to be pumped up all the time (invest in a quality air pump)."
"We have four super soakers (similar to the one pictured) as well as the Super Soaker Hydro Fury Water Blaster 2-Pack. They have held up very well for a product I thought I'd have to replace every summer."
"You won't find any other games on this list (not that we don't love games). We've had countless smushed game board boxes, ripped cards and lost pieces. The real dominoes are the only things that last in my experience and ages 2 - 102 can play."