If you’re holiday shopping for kids this year, we brought in our toy expert to show us what’s new, what’s hot, and what to get when the gettin's good! Chris Byrne, Director of Content for Time to Play Magazine, gives us the low down on the best toys this holiday season!
These are the toys displayed during the show:
LEAPPAD 2 EXPLORER
The LeapPad Explorer was a huge hit when it came out last year. But this year, LeapFrog has revamped the LeapPad Explorer to give it more memory, better battery life, and more features. Play is very much the same as using an adult tablet. Tap, draw, and write with the child-sized stylus or turn, twist, and shake the tablet for motion-based play thanks to the built-in accelerometer. The LeapPad2 comes with five learning apps, two built in and three to download. Battery life is about nine hours.
CRAYOLA DIGITAL LIGHT DESIGNER
With Crayola’s revolutionary Digital Light Designer, kids can draw with lights to create, animate and play! The Digital Light Designer uses colored LED technology as the medium to bring kids’ colorful ideas to life on a 360 degree domed drawing surface. Three different modes of play provide endless hours of fun.
LA DEE DA DEE SIGNATURE DOLL and Friends
La Dee Da invites girls to create, imagine, and express themselves through a new kind of fashion play. With make up, outfits, and crazy colored hair, Dee and her friends go for the bold. Meet Dee’s other friends from the Sweet Party Collection or Runway Vacay Collection.
MEGA BLOKS BARBIE BUILD ‘N STYLE LUXURY MANSION
Experience Barbie’s world like never before! Mega Bloks Barbie lets girls build, design, and decorate their own mansion of eight rooms again and again. Every set comes with a different Barbie mini-fashion figure. There are 19 mini-fashion figures to collect and each one can be dressed and styled to create dozens of fab looks.
Perplexus Twist will challenge and excite players like no other brainteaser has before with the addition of an exciting new ‘twist’ – a new fourth dimension – that requires the player to twist and realign the tracks to escape traps, decoys, and cliffhangers. A fascinating new dimension for the Perplexus family!
MICRO CHARGERS LOOP STUNT & JUMP TRACK
Ready, set, race with the Micro Chargers™ Loop Track! Micro Chargers perform gravity-defying stunts on this track set, which includes one loop stunt race track, stat card, handheld charger and one exclusive quick charge Stunt Car. Kids can challenge their friends to see whose Stunt Car is the fastest as their Micro Chargers race the stretch, tackle the loop and then slingshot back to take on the loop again. For even more action, kids can connect the Loop Stunt Track with the Jump Track and Time Track to configure their own layouts and build the ultimate race track! Requires two AAA batteries (not included). Available at Toys“R”Us and other select toy retailers nationwide.
AIR STORM Z-TEK CROSS BOW
The newest addition to Air Storm line is the Z-Tek Cross Bow. With POWER-SWING technology, amazing accuracy, and 3 stick-anywhere ZARTZ™, the Z-Tek Cross Bow™ is the one to beat! It features an innovative extension application that offers two distinct firing modes, short range and POWER-SHOT. While in short mode watch as the arrow shoots up to 35ft, perfect for tight spaces! Then switch to POWER-SHOT mode and see the arrows shoot up to 45ft! Pick your target or use the bull’s eye target that is included! Then quickly, load, aim and FIRE! For the Z-Tek POWER-SHOT, push and hold the button and extend and lock the body of the Cross Bow. The amazing ZARTZ™ will stick to tons of surfaces for 15-30 seconds then auto-releases!
Almost 15 years after its debut, the iconic FURBY creature returns! Using a sophisticated blend of robotic engineering and digital programming, Hasbro brings to life an interactive companion that appears to develop one of several personalities based on how it’s treated. Sound recognition technology and touch sensors allow FURBY to experience stimuli from its owner and its environment – feed it, speak to it, tickle it or play music for it – the personality of each FURBY is shaped by these experiences. Play nicely with FURBY and it may develop a sweet personality or pull, shake, and turn FURBY upside down and a mischievous demeanor may evolve. FURBY also expresses its mood through animations in its LCD eyes. Tickle FURBY and hearts may appear in its eyes; feed it a hot pepper and you may see fire in FURBY’s eyes. The FURBY creature also communicates through silly phrases, first spoken only in its “native” language, FURBISH. As part of its changing nature, the more a child plays with FURBY, the more English FURBY will start speaking. Each FURBY can also recognize another FURBY; place two side-by-side and they will interact, including dancing together to the same tune or having a conversation.
CHUGGINGTON DIE-CAST RAILWAY/Wilson’s Wild Ride Playset
For the first time ever, budding engineers can build spiraling track layouts with this innovative track system engineered for stability and durability, enabling elevated layouts like never before. In addition, every action-packed playset in the Chuggington Die-Cast Railway can be built multiple ways, encouraging young imaginations to create, construct and play. With Wilson’s Wild Ride, pull the lever when Wilson enters the storm machine to activate storm sounds and to launch Wilson. Wilson shoots down the 360 degree spiral, past the spinning sign, past the popping cones, and onto the turntable, where he whips around 720 degrees! Set can create four different track layouts.
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