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Another Recall Roundup

by James

This colorful floor hockey set is being recalled for excessive levels of led in it's paint scheme.

This colorful floor hockey set is being recalled for excessive levels of led in it's paint scheme.

Here’s the latest roundup of toy recalls hitting the headlines:

Big Box Children’s Floor Hockey set – If it’s made in China, it’s only a matter of time before a recall is issued for lead in paint that’s being used to adorn it. And it’s no different with this rather cool and fun looking hockey set. The set, sold by Sportime, Norcross, GA, had multi-colored boards which use a surface coating that has contains excessive levels of lead. There are 580 units in question and they were old between November 2006-October 2009. For additional information, contact Sportime toll-free at (888) 388-3224

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Apple claims top handheld gaming mantel

by James

With 50% of the market share, the iPod Touch has become the must have handheld gaming device.

With 50% of the market share, the iPod Touch has become the must have handheld gaming device.

Dateline: San Francisco

In announcing a new iPod Touch (with HD Retina screen, dual cameras, and the iPad A4 proccessor) Steve Jobs confidently proclaimed the iPod Touch as the world’s most popular handheld gaming device, outselling both Sony’s Playstation and the Nintendo DS combined. And there’s more.

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New Superman Toys coming for Christmas …

by James

New flying Superman toys this Christmas?

New flying Superman toys this Christmas?

Hot Toys cryptically announced new Superman toys are coming for the holidays which will be based on the classic Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve (which was a Superman by any definition in my opinion). No real details yet, but here’s hoping they’re off the hook.

Meanwhile, cue John Williams

Hat Tip – AFI

In toy advertising, looks may be deceiving

by James

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This is a few years old but it underscores the old latin adage “let the buyer beware.” And while the box does say in the tiny fine print “product may not be as appears on image,” can anyone not look at the actual size of this pool and not walk away feeling had?

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Huge Blow Out sale on movie geekdom

by James

Great Green Lanter action figures on sale at Entertainment Earth

Great Green Lanter action figures on sale at Entertainment Earth

The Giz is reporting that Entertainment Earth is blowing out their existing inventory to make room for upcoming items for the holiday season. The online toy store is offering discounts of up to 90% off on everything from action figures to games to accessories. Yes, that’s your credit card shaking in your back pocket.

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Are Iron Man Kids Club Toys Sexist?

by James

Are these Iron Man toys from Burger King sexist?

Are these Iron Man toys from Burger King sexist?

And while we’re feeling the love over kids meal toys today, there’s this story in Entertainment Weekly which puts for the notion that Burger King’s new Iron Man 2 Kids Meal toys are sexist!

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California County Bans Happy Meal type toys

by James

Is banning toy meals really the answer?

Is banning toy meals really the answer?

In a classic example of political correctness running a muck, the California County of Santa Clara has moved to ban restaurants from including toys with “high fat meals.” The County cites studies which they claim prove that there is a causal relationship with kids style toys and that one in four
Santa Clara middle school kids are overweight or obese.

Yeah, it has nothing to do with the fact that local schools serve pizza EVERY DAY at lunch. Or that schools are cutting PE from their curriculum in an effort to save money. Or that most fast food places have adopted healthier choices like fruit and salads to add to a meal in place of french fries. Or that parents are responsible for actually parenting their kids. No. Let’s play “nanny,” and blame the Golden Arches!

What do you think, gang?

Hat Tip – About.com

Used video games coming to 7-11 this fall

by James

Used video games are coming to 7-11 Convenience stores

Used video games are coming to 7-11 Convenience stores this Fall

It is often said that when one door closes, another opens. So when Walmart and Best Buy announced it was getting out of the used video game market, who knew that 7-11, in partnership with Game Trading Technologies, would rise up to fill the gap?

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Halo Reach MPU Beta coming in May

by James

Concept art from Halo Reach, Bungie's Online Multi Player experience

Concept art from Halo Reach, Bungie's Online Multi Player experience

With the advent of multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings and Star Trek Online, it only made sense that Halo would come to the MMO universe. And Halo Reach looks intense, with new games, new weapons, and new vehicles. But fans who want to get a sneak peak of the Beta version next month need to act quickly …

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Lego to use Augmented Reality as a sales tool

by James

Using Augmented Reality, customers can see the finished Lego product in their hands.

Using Augmented Reality, customers can see the finished Lego product in their hands.

As if kids needed any other reason to harass their parents into taking them to the Lego store, now they have to deal with the Digital Box, Lego’s Augmented Reality kiosk which allows uses this new virtual technique to show kids what their toys will look like after they build them.

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