Reviewed for Third Grade, 2007

When a toy ties into pop culture, it's an instant hit. But, this boat boasts learning potential, too. To build the 165-piece Empress ship your child will need concentration, dexterity and the ability to transfer 2-D instructions into 3-D shapes. There's plenty of treasure to keep kids busy-- the ship comes complete with three pose-able figures, two launching harpoon cannons, opening deck panels, captain's deck with turning command wheel, and positionable fabric sails that will provide hours of pretend play--movie or no. There is also a hidden web code inside the toy which can unlock information online. If you've got a pirate lover at home, this one's sure to float his boat. (Megabloks, $39.99)