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Transformers, Magic: The Gathering make perfect Christmas gifts for young and old fans

Giant Transformer Trypticon, the lumbering Decepticon dinosaur that will likely be in the background of a future "Stranger Things" episode, is back for 2017! (Photo: Jerrod Kingery)

Everything old is new again — or really, has never quite left--when it comes to the toy shelves in 2017.

Two of the biggest mainstays of the last few decades, Transformers and Magic: The Gathering, have some high-profile entries this holiday season perfect for a 10-year-old or, well, almost 40-year-old (like me).

First up is Trypticon, part of Hasbro's Transformers: Titans Return lineup. The city-sized Transformer, a member of the evil Decepticons, first appeared in a cartoon 30 years ago:

As the largest figure in the 2017 lineup, Trypitcon's dinosaur form stands tall alongside last year's throwback entry, Fortress Maximus.

In addition to the T-rex mode, Trypticon can also convert into a spaceship mode and a Decepticon City mode, which in turn connects to other larger toys in the line.

From Hasbro:

This Transformers Generations Titan Class Trypticon figure is the largest Titan Class Decepticon figure produced to date. Voted into the line by fans, the Triple Changer figure converts from T-Rex to spaceship to city. It comes with a Decepticon Full-Tilt figure and a Titan Master Decepticon Necro figure. Convert the Trypticon figure to City Mode and connect Leader Class Titans Return figures to form Nemesis Command.

Trypticon comes in a large box and only requires minor assembly in the form of attaching his legs. The stickers, though, are another story.

Applying the near 150 stickers proves to be a difficult task, requiring tweezers to squeeze into the smaller crevices and, most of all, a large amount of patience. Parents may want to step in and take over this duty before handing Trypticon off to the little ones.

You can find Trypticon here and at other toy retailers for $149.99.

If you kid (or adult-sized kid) is of a nerdier persuasion, there's a gift pack of Magic: The Gathering cards to help get a player started, or to enhance their existing deck.

The gift pack includes 5 premium basic lands by artist Mark Poole, known as the "Shooting Star Lands," 2 premium creature cards — Metalwork Colossus and Kari Zev, Skyship Raider — 3 booster packs including Ixalan, Hour of Devastation, and Amonkhet, Spindown life counter, and an exclusive mini-poster.

You can purchase the gift pack here for $19.99.

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