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Product Review – Flutterbye Flying Fairies

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Flutterbye Flying Fairy

Product Review – Flutterbye Flying Fairies

Boys and men have enjoyed the concept of remote controlled cars, helicopters, and planes for a long time. And now, a recent move to create feminine versions of these popular toys to more closely align with traditional girl’s tastes, Spin Master has created the Flutterbye Flying Fairies, a remote controlled helicopter that is actually a fairy.

Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Features

To say that Flutterbye Flying Fairies are remote control toys is something of a misnomer because they don’t actually use controls. There is no handset with up-and-down and side-to-side levers. Instead, the feet of each fairy contain an infrared detection system that detects when someone’s hand is placed underneath, and the propellers (which look suitably like fairy wings) adjust height based on that. Recently released in time for the 2013 Christmas season, three fairies are currently available – Stardust, who is blue and purple; Flower, who is pink and purple; and Sunbeam, who is gold and pink.

Things We Like About Flutterbye Flying Fairies

While not every girl likes fairies and pink, many do, and it is nice to see more toys designed to appeal to their tastes. Like the Nerf Rebelle (a Nerf bow designed for girls) the fairies open up the world of remote controlled helicopters previously primarily reserved for boys. On top of that, the fairies just look incredibly cute and convincing as they fly around.

Things We Did Not Like About Flutterbye Flying Fairies

It’s estimated that a full battery charge will last about 5 minutes of flight time. While each one includes a charger and built-in batteries, it is not clear how long each charge will take to complete. The average time is about 20 minutes, which would mean 5 minutes of flight time for every 20 minutes charging time.

Who Would Buy Flutterbye Flying Fairies?

Any parent of a girl who likes fairies, which, according to national trends, is most of them!

Is Flutterbye flying Fairies Worth the Money?

At first glance, it may seem like a lot, but considering the technology used and the potential for fun, it’s a fair price for the technology in this fun-filled toy. It compares to other remote controlled toys.

Where Can I Buy Flutterbye Flying Fairies?

The Flutterbye Flying Fairies are available at all major toy retailers and department stores, as well as most major online retailers like Amazon.

More Customer Reviews for Flutterbye Flying Fairies

The public was first exposed to the Flutterbye Flying Fairies at toy fairs earlier this year, and initial anticipation was high. Those who saw demonstrations submitted rave reviews and couldn’t wait to get their own fairy to fly around! Now that it’s officially been released parents are scrambling to scoop them up before the shelves are emptied.



Product Review – Barbie Digital Dress Doll

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Product Review &#8211 Barbie Digital Dress Doll

The Barbie Digital Dress Doll is the newest Barbie to come off the ‘runway’ with all the usual features that are expected from her, but with one big twist. Her dress uses the latest LED and touch screen technology! There are 114 tri-colored LED lights built into her dress and it lets the user choose between three different functions:

• The first function allows the user to choose from pre-set patterns such as hearts and fireworks. By sliding a finger across the touch screen dress the user can browse through the different animated designs.

• The second allows the user to use the stylus to draw their own designs. They can do this by first selecting a color and then using the stylus to draw their design onto the dress.

• The third function makes the LEDs respond to sound and music. This means that when a child talks to their doll or plays music, the graphics on the dress move according to the sounds in the room.

Made by world famous toy brand Mattel, this new doll complete with the 4.5 inch touch screed and LED lights is thought to become one of the most popular fashion dolls.

The original Barbie was created by Ruth and Elliot Handler back in 1959 and since then they have remained popular with girls all over the world. This new doll is another in a long line of dolls that will continue to be loved by millions of girls.

Who Would Buy the Barbie Digital Dress Doll?

This doll is geared towards young girls ages 6 and up, and although the doll&#8217s programmable features may seem complicated they are, in fact, easy to use. The Barbie Digital Dress Doll would make a great gift for any young girl, especially those who like to draw and design. Girls who already love Barbie and even some who don&#8217t are sure to be fans of this new interactive Digital Dress Barbie.

Although aimed at young girls there are even adults expressing an interest to have a play with the Barbie Digital Dress doll.

Things We Like About the Barbie Digital Dress Doll

Barbie’s dress has been taken to a whole new level and its new interactive features are amazing. The settings are changed by clicking on one of the three different hearts on her necklace, allowing the child to easily choose which function they want to use. She also has articulated limbs, including elbows and wrists, meaning the child can pose her in different positions.

The feature that allows the user to draw their own designs is fantastic. They can use multiple colors in any one design and it really allows children the ability to create and design.

The idea of the LED lights on the dress is also something that has been seen on real fashion runways, so yet again, Barbie is keeping up with real world fashion and allowing tech-savvy youngsters to keep up too.

Things We Didn’t Like About the Barbie Digital Dress Doll

The only downside to this doll is that if children play rough they may end up breaking the LEDs or the touch screen. But as long as they are careful there shouldn’t be any problems.

Another point worth mentioning is that unlike the traditional Barbie, this new doll only comes with the one interactive dress so far.

Is the Barbie Digital Dress Doll Worth the Money?

Although the price may seem excessive to some people, the different interactive features make up for it by providing hours of entertainment and fun. Children are less likely to get bored with this doll as they are able to constantly redesign her dress and come up with new ideas.

Where Can I Buy the Barbie Digital Dress Doll?

The Barbie Digital Dress Doll is available in all major toy stores like Toys R Us and Walmart, as well as online retailers like Amazon and Mattel’s website.

More Customer Reviews for the Barbie Digital Dress Doll

People seem impressed with the idea of children being able to customize the dress however they choose, and the reviews we’ve seen so far have all been positive.


Product Review – Elmo Junction Train Set

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Elmo Junction Train Set

Product Review – Elmo Junction Train Set

For over 40 years, Sesame Street and its likable cast of colorful and furry creatures have been enormously popular with all ages. Among the vast array of characters on the show, though, none have captured the public&#8217s attention and imagination quite as much as Elmo. With his cute appearance, soft voice, and friendly attitude, Elmo has transformed into the single most popular member of Sesame Street. That popularity is reflected in Elmo-related toys, letting kids play and learn with the furry red monster in a variety of ways. Playskool’s newest incarnation, Elmo Junction, continues in that tradition of making learning fun for children.

Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Features

Elmo Junction is a cars and trains set that features a double-decker, figure-eight track. As kids play with the track, pushing the cars and trains over 123 road and ABC railroad, they are treated to Elmo singing a song about numbers or the ABC song. This allows them to learn their numbers and letters as they have fun and imagine traveling in big vehicles. The set features a full ten feet of track, and it breaks down for storage or cleaning with ease.

Things We Like About Elmo Junction

The combination of playing and learning is what makes Elmo Junction really shine. Toddlers love playing with trains and cars, and they’ll find themselves irresistibly drawn to the set and will end up singing their numbers and letters!

Things We Did Not Like About Elmo Junction

Since it features a full ten feet of track laid out in a figure-eight, Elmo Junction takes up a large amount of space. As a result, some parents with limited room might have a hard time comfortably fitting it in. The set operates on two AAA batteries (demos included), though it is difficult to predict how long they will last and how often parents will have to switch them out for new ones.

Who Would Buy Elmo Junction?

Any parents of toddlers who love Elmo, cars, and trains, and who would enjoy seeing their kids spending their playtime learning would pick up the set.

Is Elmo Junction Worth The Money?

Considering the lessons and endless fun kids can gain from the set, its relatively small price tag is more than justified.

Where Can I Buy Elmo Junction?

Like most Playskool products, Elmo Junction is available at all major retailers, including such names as Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, and many more.

More Customer Reviews for Elmo Junction

Elmo’s popularity has continued to soar over many years, and this latest Elmo toy will no doubt enthrall children and parents alike!


Product Review – Stuffies

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Stuffies

Product Review – Stuffies

In this day and age of hyperactivity and excessive violence in kid’s toys, it’s refreshing to find a plush toy series that promotes important life values instead. The Stuffies series of plush animals offers a total of 11 choices, including Bravo the Bear, Stomper the Dino, and Muddzie the Pig. In addition to the unique pockets each Stuffie has, which is where the series derives its name from, each member promotes a specific concept such as perseverance, helpfulness, patience, and more, and includes a related storybook.

Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Features

Stuffies are the ideal children&#8217s plush toy for a number of reasons. On the surface, they are supersized, incredibly soft, adorable animals. Stuffies are based on the notion that “it&#8217s what inside that counts,” however, so the outward appearance is just the beginning. Each Stuffie has 7 top-secret pockets of varying sizes so kids can hide treasures for safe keeping, bring additional toys on road trips, and more. Additionally, each one includes a special surprise gift and an interactive storybook that relates to the individual Stuffie’s concept.

Things We Like About Stuffies

What makes Stuffies truly shine is that they are not just stuffed animals. Certainly they are huge, soft, and incredibly cute, but in addition to that, each Stuffie teaches kids the importance of a variety of life values. And on top of each Stuffie’s stated value, children also learn organizational skills as they decide which valuables to put in which secret pocket.

Things We Did Not Like About Stuffies

While Stuffies go on sale with relative frequency, the suggested retail price might be off-putting to some more frugal parents.

Who Would Buy Stuffies?

Parents of kids of any age will love Stuffies! They have no small parts for younger children to put in their mouths, and they include the pockets and storybooks for older kids.

Are Stuffies Worth the Money?

Stuffies are durable, easy to clean, and great for all ages. Kids can learn about valuable life skills while playing with an adorable plush bumblebee or dinosaur and filling their unique pockets. It’s hard to find a better value for your money.

Where Can I Buy Stuffies?

Consumers can purchase Stuffies from the company&#8217s main website as well as reputable online stores, such as Amazon.

More Customer Reviews for Stuffies

In addition to the thousands of individuals who have purchased Stuffies and absolutely fell in love with them, the series also won The National Parenting Center&#8217s 2012 Seal of Approval.


Product Review – Skylanders Swap Force

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Skylanders Swap Force

Product Review – Skylanders Swap Force


Video games need to convey an original message because there are so many games being released these days. Skylanders Swap Force definitely gets the message across, as it  really opens the door for complete customization of characters. We love the idea that all of your old characters from previous games are able to be brought over into the new game, and this new Swap Force game is available for gaming consoles.

Who Would Buy Skylanders Swap Force?

Skylanders Swap Force is definitely geared towards kids and young teenagers who are into the cartoon/animation type of video games. Some adults may be interested in checking out Skylanders Swap Force as well.

Things We Like About Skylanders Swap Force

Skylanders is an awesome video game series that has captured the hearts of kids in a way that hasn’t been done since the old days of Pokemon. We love the idea that the Skylanders series opens the doors to a world where imaginations can run wild. The developers have pushed the envelope even further with the concept of Swap Force, letting you customize your character however you want.

Things We Did Not Like About Skylanders Swap Force

There are a lot of good things to say about Skylanders Swap Force. It’s available for nearly every current game console, and it will be interesting to see if it gets next generation support on the Wii U and the upcoming Playstation 4 and new Xbox machines as well.

Is Skylanders Swap Force Worth The Money?



If you are looking for a game where you can fully customize your characters and enjoy a game that truly is different every time you play it, then you can’t really go wrong with Skylanders Swap Force. For around $60, you&#8217ll have a game that will bring a lot of excitement, and will be able to be enjoyed for a long time.

Where Can I Buy Skylanders Swap Force? 



Amazon.com is a great place to purchase video games, and will be the best source for purchasing Skylanders Swap Force.

More Customer Reviews For Skylanders Swap Force

Just about everyone with an understanding of the Skylanders series is very happy about this new game. Many folks have praised the ideas of being able to customize characters to make the game even better than ever before.


Product Review – Cookie Monster Food Train

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Cookie Monster Food Train

Product Review – Cookie Monster Food Train

Sesame Street has contributed some of the most memorable children’s characters in modern history. For more than 40 years, the show has continued promoting basic ideals and teaching kids fundamental skills that serve them well into their adult years. Numerous related toys have spawned as a result. The Cookie Monster Food Train is part of the latest incarnation of those toys.

Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Features

The Cookie Monster Food Train is one part of the Sesame Street Roads and Rails collection. It is a train set that can operate as a stand-alone toy, or it can connect to the larger Elmo Junction. The set has children pushing Cookie Monster as he drives a food train across the track and talks about his favorite foods. The rail car can attach to the Elmo Junction train set, and it includes a removable crate of bananas so kids can feel like they’re really hauling something.

Things We Like About Cookie Monster Food Train

Kids love collecting sets, and the Cookie Monster Food Train feeds that desire. Children who get the food train will want to continue the collection with Elmo Junction and the other segments. The included crate of bananas and the soundtracks that play as the train is pushed across the track demonstrate that Cookie Monster has branched out his eating habits to include more natural sweets instead of his traditional cookie-gobbling.

Things We Did Not Like About Cookie Monster Food Train

The fact that Cookie Monster Food Train is part of a set could potentially be a drawback as parents might not want the potential commitment of purchasing the entire series.

Who Would Buy Cookie Monster Food Train?

Parents with kids who love trains (which is pretty much every parent) will love Cookie Monster’s latest vehicle.

Is Cookie Monster Food Train Worth the Money?

As a standalone set, the Cookie Monster Food Train costs less than $20. Considering the entertainment kids can expect, that’s an excellent price.

Where Can I Buy Cookie Monster Food Train?

All major retailers, both physical and online, that currently sell Sesame Street and other Playskool products have the food train.

More Customer Reviews for Cookie Monster Food Train

Sesame Street toys have long been huge favorites for kids and parents alike, and the Cookie Monster Food Train promises to continue that tradition!


Product Review – Once Upon A Zombie Dolls

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Once Upon A Zombie Dolls

Product Review – Once Upon A Zombie Dolls

Once Upon A Zombie dolls are fairy-tale dolls with a unique twist. At this time there are zombie versions of well known Disney princess characters such as Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and The Little Mermaid. Based on the book trilogy of the same title written by Billy Phillips, the dolls, books and digital game will be all the rage. The story behind this unique series is that something has gone wrong in Fairy-tale Land and everyone is turning into zombies, and that one human has to save the day.

These collectors’ dolls are made by WOWWEE and are 11 inches tall with bendable limbs to make the doll pose the way you want. These zombie versions of six of the most popular Disney princesses come complete with flowing hair, glass eyes and skull belts. They are even packaged in tombstone shaped plastic.

Who Would Buy Once Upon A Zombie Dolls?

The Once Upon A Zombie dolls appeal to all ages from children to teens and even adult doll collectors. Though mainly aimed at junior collectors, fans of the books are sure to want a doll to accompany it. They also make a fantastic addition to any adult collector’s shelves.

Things We Like About Once Upon A Zombie Dolls

The funky twist they provide on the regular Disney princesses makes these dolls unusual and unique compared to most other dolls. The attention to detail on the dolls is outstanding, with their long locks, glass eyes, eyelashes and zombified dresses.

In addition to the princesses there will also eventually be other characters such as Aladdin, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and a few others. Only sneak peek photos of these have been released yet, though.

Things We Don’t Like About The Once Upon A Zombie Dolls

Their quirky zombie style might not be to everyone&#8217s taste. Some people have also complained that they don’t come with shoes. (But, hey, they&#8217re zombies &#8211 why do they need shoes? :) )

Are the Once Upon A Zombie dolls Worth the Money?

These fun and funky dolls are definitely worth the money. They are reasonably priced, and with all their unique details they will no doubt become extremely popular.

Where Can I Buy Once Upon A Zombie Dolls?

Once Upon A Zombie Dolls are available online at Amazon, as well as at Wal-Mart, Target and at most major toy stores.

Customer reviews of Once Upon A Zombie Dolls

The vast majority of comments about these dolls are positive, mainly because they’re so unique.


Product Review – Big Hugs Elmo

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Big Hugs Elmo

Product Review – Big Hugs Elmo

Sesame Street and its furry characters have always been a favorite of children and adults alike. With many characters being made into toys, the always popular Elmo is given new upgrades every year to cope with the high demand. Each new edition has seen Elmo become more and more interactive. Taking this to a new level is Big Hugs Elmo, which is set to become immensely popular.

Let’s Take A Look At Some Of The Features

Big Hugs Elmo is 22 inches tall and made of delightfully cuddly soft plush fabric, and he responds to hugs and cuddles. He is interactive enough to feel almost like the “real thing.&#8221 He sings several songs, including a lullaby when he’s being rocked to sleep, and can actively encourage the child’s imagination with different suggestions of pretend play. He can interact when he&#8217s being rocked or bounced around and is even sensitive enough to tell the child when he’s being held upside down.

Things We Like About This Latest Elmo

What’s not to like, actually. There are so many great features to enjoy. Big Hugs Elmo has a very sophisticated level of interaction that children will find remarkably engaging. He has flexible arms and a soft plush head and is the largest and most huggable toy within the range.

Things We Did Not Like About Elmo

The only negative points are that he is only recommended for ages 18 months and over, so although younger children may be delighted with him, he may not be suitable, which could create arguments with younger siblings. Also he requires 4 AA batteries (which are not included) and official information hasn&#8217t clarified how quickly the sophisticated interaction features will drain battery life.

Who Would Buy Big Hugs Elmo?

This toy is recommended for children aged 18 months to 4 years, although I know a few adults who would consider one for themselves. :) The toy provides a chatty little companion and will encourage the imagination and engage any toddler or young child.

Is Big Hugs Elmo Worth The Money?

It would be hard to put a price on the new Elmo, but he is certainly one of the most sophisticated, interactive toys currently available. The level of interactivity will have most toddlers believing that you have brought home the real Elmo as their own personal playmate. This will certainly make it a toy which will benefit from long periods of enjoyment and will not be relegated to the back of a closet or the bottom of a toy chest.

Where Can I Buy Big Hugs Elmo?

This new Elmo is available for purchase from most major toy retailers and online such as Amazon.com.

More Customer Reviews For Big Hugs Elmo

Big Hugs Elmo is capturing the hearts of customers the world over and so far is enjoying very high satisfaction ratings among consumers.


Product Review – Mystixx Vampire Dolls

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Mystixx Vampire Dolls

 

Product Review – Mystixx Vampire Dolls

Mystixx Vampire dolls have changeable faces. They have a normal face for daytime and a vampire face for when they change into a vampire at night. There are four dolls to choose from: Talin, the trendy doll who loves pink; Siva, the royal doll who loves purple; Azra, the outdoorsy, sporty doll; and Kalani, a smart vegetarian doll.

The dolls are easy to use because the heads spin around to reveal their other faces. The hair can be removed to mix and match with the other vampire dolls or to distinguish between daytime and nighttime looks. The dolls represent teenagers who are trying to fit into high school during the day but become vampires at night, and each is inspired by a different back story. These dolls come with various accessories, including two wigs and two outfits each.

Who Would Buy Mystixx Vampire Dolls?

Mystixx Vampire dolls are appropriate for doll collectors and anyone who loves to play with dolls. The age appropriate rating is for age 6 years and up.

Things We Like about Mystixx Vampire Dolls

Mystixx Vampire dolls come with a lot of accessories for the money. If you choose to buy more than one doll, you can exchange clothes and wigs for different looks on the various dolls. These dolls are beautifully made and rich in detail. The design is unique and the back stories to the dolls are detailed and imaginative. The different dolls cover common personality characteristics or likes that many children can identify with.

Things We Did Not Like about Mystixx Vampire Dolls

Mystixx Vampire dolls may raise questions or fears from children that are not familiar with the concept of vampires. The dolls do not come in varying ethnicities, either. The stories may be a little too hard for younger children to fully understand, such as boyfriend relationships.

Are Mystixx Vampire Dolls Worth The Money?

Mystixx Vampire dolls are well worth the suggested $19.99 price tag because they offer a lot for the money. The two wigs and two outfits that are included make it a real bargain because you don&#8217t have to pay for separate accessories in order to achieve the normal and vampire looks. The accessories and doll create a lot of imaginative playtime all in one box.

Where Can I Buy Mystixx Vampire Dolls?

Mystixx Vampire dolls can be bought online at Amazon.com and other major stores, such as Toys R Us.

More Customer Reviews For Mystixx Vampire Dolls

Mystixx Vampire dolls have received positive customer reviews online. Many customers say that the dolls offer hours of creative playtime fun, and others love the quality of the dolls. Many enjoy the variety of accessories that come with the dolls as well. Most people say that if you love Monster High dolls, you will definitely love Mystixx Vampire dolls.


Product Review – Zoomer The Robotic Dog

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Product Review – Zoomer The Robotic Dog

Zoomer is the new robotic dog from Spin Master that looks like a Dalmatian puppy. It’s the most advanced robo-dog that&#8217s been on the market to date. Zoomer is fully articulated and interactive, and best of all while looking and acting like a real puppy, Zoomer is mess-free. No trips to the vet or walks every day, no toilet training, completely hypoallergenic and no responsibility.

Zoomer has a full range of motion with its fully articulated limbs, and with its “ball paws&#8221 it can be used on any surface without causing damage. It can also act and move just like a real playful puppy, wagging its tail, rolling around and crouching. Its LED eyes can track movements across the room and turn into hearts when someone says &#8220I love you.&#8221  Zoomer also has voice activated commands and can learn when he is played with.

Who would buy Zoomer?

Zoomer is aimed at anyone 5 years and older. Although primarily aimed at younger children, it also appeals to entire families.

Things We Like About Zoomer

Zoomer has about 30 trainable commands including &#8220here boy,” &#8220play ball,” “speak,” &#8220look at me,” and many more. This is great fun for children who want a pet dog but who are still too young for the responsibility of a real dog. The more that he is played with the more he will learn, and he will also learn to recognize his owners.

One of the cutest features of Zoomer is that he has sensors on his belly so he responds to a belly rub by rolling over and showing hearts in his LED eyes. He can also play dead, and when he does this he appears to fall over and his eyes become X’s. Zoomer even goes to the toilet on command, lifting his back leg and making sounds.

Just like a real dog, if he&#8217s left alone he will go and explore the room and find things to play with and look at.

Things We Don&#8217t Like About Zoomer

One downside to Zoomer is that a full charge, which takes about 30 minutes, will only give 20-40 minutes of play time. So if a child wants to play they will only be able to play in 20-40 minute segments rather than a long play session. On the upside, it can be charged with either a USB or AC, which means you can plug him in almost anywhere.

Is Zoomer Worth The Money?

At about $100 it may seem expensive at first, but with all of Zoomer’s features and tricks the price really isn’t that bad. And it’s much cheaper than the alternative – a real dog.

Customer Reviews of Zoomer

When Zoomer was displayed at the New York Toy Fair before its official release, both children and adults were falling in love with this interactive puppy. Now that it’s been released to the public, the reviews are coming in fast and they&#8217re  all the same &#8211 everyone loves Zoomer.

Where can I buy Zoomer?

Zoomer The Robotic Dog is available in all major toy stores and on Amazon.