DS (8) seems to be getting out of the toy stage, once in a while he'll pick up his beyblades or some lego but then he won't touch it again for weeks. Maybe because it's summer? I don't know, I'm not complaining though : )
He still plays, just not with toys. He uses/plays with his bike, swims in the pool, plans and builds booby traps, sails his boat, fishes, shoots his pellet gun at targets, plays in his treehouse, reads, flies his kite and runs all over the neighborhood with his brother (7) (when he's indoors he's usually watching mythbusters, playing ping pong, chess, reading, or doing experiments or 'mythbusting' or 'fail' videos with his brother)
I recently gave him my old digital camera, he's been using the video like crazy, he records his brother's bike stunts, water balloon launches, things falling, and other stuff that 8 y/o's find irresistable, loading them on the computer and then slowing down the vid. to watch the impact and laugh until he's sick, then he shares it with whoever he can get to watch it. Hours of entertainment, it's awesome.
We've had R/C cars and trucks in the past and yes, they are a pain when the batteries die or when the kids are just too young to take care of them, but they're pretty fun too. We bought the boys each trucks for Christmas and they had a blast with them. After the batteries died and the kids lost interest I put the trucks away then brought them out again with fresh batteries during a long boring rainy spell in the spring. I totally think R/C vehicles are worth buying : )