Some toys are just too unique to categorize so they end up here in miscellaneous.
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“Somehow the killing of this giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark . . . made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath. ‘I will give you a name,’ he said to it, ‘and I shall call you Sting.’ ” – The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein
Hobbit toys are coming in time for the holidays (and the release of the first chapter of the epic JRR Tolkein novel and Peter Jackson Saga) and they’re looking way cool, including Sting, Bilbo Baggin’s elvin sword of choice.
Continue reading » Cool Hobbit Toys Ready for the Holidays
Toys R Us has seen trends in toys that will shape their holiday sales strategy for 2012. The trends show customers wanting to buy toys like kid-friendly tablets, “retro” toys from the ’80s, and toys with fun light-up features.
Continue reading » Toys R Us Sees Holiday Trends for 2012
I’m sure the producers of The Man of Steele wasn’t thrilled when toy commercials were leaked on YouTube today that hinted at spoilers for their upcoming blockbuster about … you know who. But there they are … pitching new toys for the holidays, and giving a peak at what may be the storyline. WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!
Continue reading » Superman Gets New Powers, Becomes Stretch Armstrong
Hey Gang, sorry to have been dark for so long. We had a car accident back at the end of last month, and with recovering from that, dealing with insurance, and finding a new car (ours got totaled), I was completely out of the loop until today. We’re doing OK, and will be back to our regular schedule as we gear up to the holidays.
It’s right around the corner. But now, kids are bored out of their skulls, but they’re simply dreading the return to school. And with more and more stores setting up their back to school isles and parents dragging their kids to the store for school supplies and new clothes, that feeling of dread is albeit inevitable. But Toys R Us is looking to ease the pain with a cool lineup of backpacks based on popular toy characters for both boys and girls.
Continue reading » Toys R Us previews back packs in time for Back to School
Forty three years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon and made history as the first humans to set foot on another celestial body. Some may think this as ancient history, and some (according to studies, 1 in 5) believed we didn’t land on the moon at all, but faked it (stupid). But no matter where you stand on the Apollo Moon Landings, you can’t deny that it was a great time to be a kid.
Continue reading » One Small Brick for Man … one giant leap for minifig kind
We’re not smack dab in the middle of summer and let’s face it. It’s hot. Damn hot. Africa hot. And when it’s so damn hot, we usually turn to water sports to keep us cool. But unless you live in California (where I think it’s the law to have a pool in the back yard), chances are you either have to go to the local city pool and deal with hundreds of screaming kids and floating “baby ruth bars,” or you get a slip in slide. Or, you go all out and this this Wahii WaterSlide 75 foot slide! Yikes!
Continue reading » Now THAT’s a Slip N Slide!
Hot Wheel tracks defy gravity sometimes. Loop the loops, hairpin turns, ang power units that fling those tiny cars around at Johnny Lightning speeds. They can get away with it because the cars are so small. But what would happen if they were life size? That’s what a pair of stunt drivers are planning to find out, live on network television during the X-Games. Fitting!
Continue reading » Real life Hot Wheels stunt coming to XGames
Thundercats and Masters of the Universe fans! This year’s Powercon will be on September 22-23, 2012 at the Torrance Marriott South Bay in Torrance, CA for all things He-Man, She-Ra, and ThunderCats! Thundercats is making a comeback since it debuted last fall as a reboot on Cartoon Network. So this may be the ideal PowerCon to hit up.
Continue reading » PowerCon 2012 coming this fall
LEGO loves to move kids beyond just snapping bricks together. First there was LEGO MindStorms, which introduces kids to the world of Robotics, then there was LEGO Brick Builder, software that helps them to create their own unique MOCs, and now there’s Brain Bricks, which have wireless sensors built in that enable interactivity via an online game.
Continue reading » LEGO Brain Bricks – smart toys for smart kids