I loved Nerf guns and for one birthday my parents bought me basically one of everything I didn't yet have. I had all my friends over and we were allowed to transform the house into a massive combat arena with bunkers, safe zones, and ammo stations. Everyone had one larger weapon and two small sidearms. It was the greatest event ever and we still talk about it a decade later.
Another time when I had first gotten really into jam music and I was dying to see Phish live. My dad bought 5 tickets (me, him, and 3 of my friends) and we drove up to Albany for the show.
Regardless of whether things like this would work, I think something that includes all his friends having a blast together is a good way to go. All the video games and various toys/games I got a kid are long gone, but the official kills tally from NerfWars '95 and the poster I got at my first Phish show are still tacked somewhere to the wall of my old room at my parent's house.
(edited by samoflange on 19.11.07 1621) Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her. Harry: That's a special feeling.
If you do not have guitar hero already, that's what I would get. I am a church small group ;eader for 6th and th grade boys and they will play guitar hero all night long if you let them. GHIII just came out, so I haven't seen it yet, but GHII is fun, and there's a Strongbad song.
Although my kids MUCH prefer the Wii - they love the games on the Wii and ir just doesn't seem to matter which ones.
I considered getting GHIII for my fake niece and fake nephews*, the youngest being seven.
They cut the nasty words out of the songs, but are still moments of questionable content. You know what your kid can handle. I decided against not being the guy my stepsister curses before explaining what "Talk Dirty to Me" means.
But yes, if they can take the content, that game will keep him happily amused for ages. Longer with two guitar controllers and a friend.
(The kids are getting movies they'll like now and will love when they're old enough to get all the jokes.)
* My father's girlfriend's daughter's fiance's kids from his first marriage. They are the Lonestars to my Dark Helmet.