Project Mc2 Circuit Beats

Project Mc2 Circuit Beats allows you to make music out of almost anything. As long as an object conducts electricity it can be used to create a circuit and make music. To make it work you simply connect the circuit board to the object of your choice such as a banana, hold the ground wire in your hand creating a return path for the electricity, then by tapping one finger of your other hand on the banana you complete the circuit and you are making music. The circuit board allows you to select from five different sounds: piano, drums, guitar, cat sounds or you can even record your own sounds.

Product includes:
• Circuit board
• 7 wire clips to connect your choice of objects ( objects not included)
• Cat ear speaker headband
• Sticker sheet to decorate your Project Mc2 Circuit Beats
• Requires 3x AAA batteries (included)

projectmc2How Much?

Circuit Beats retails for under $30 USD.

Who Would Buy It

It is rated for ages 6 and up but is fun for all ages. Parents and grandparents take note any child would love to receive Project Mc2 Circuit Beats as a gift. It is educational as well as fun so teachers would also benefit from the product whether in a classroom or a home school setting.

Things We Like About It

First and most importantly its fun for the whole family, even adults love to get in on the action.
The kit is cute and colorful, and we love that is comes with stickers that allow your child to personalize it to their own taste.
There is nothing better than having fun while learning and Circuit Beats is definitely educational. The kit encourages children to experiments just to figure out which fruits/veggies etc will conduct electricity. Your kids will enjoy learning about music and science through play.
Parents will love that it comes WITH 3 AAA batteries already installed. The pre-loaded sounds are fun but kids love the record option that lets you record your own sounds. We all know kids that never get tired of hearing the sound of their own voices so it’s a good thing that the kitty headset isn’t just adorable, it also delivers great sound.

Things We Did Not Like About It

Some people found that it took a while to get the product to work consistently but for some that was part of the fun. Others couldn’t get the product to work at all. The clips are extremely picky, and you need to be sure that they are pushed in all the way. Some reviewers felt that the instructions were unclear and should have specified that in order to complete the circuit the user had to hold on to the metal part of the ground wire.
Some people found that the headphones didn’t work or that they were too small for the child’s head.
One thing that we felt would improve the product would be a case that all the separate parts could go into to make putting it away easier.

Is It Worth The Money?

For those that were able to get the product to work it was a cute, engaging and educational toy and children and adults alike enjoyed playing with. Despite the difficulties that some people had getting it to work, the low price makes the gamble worth it.

Where Can I Buy It?
The Project Mc2 Circiut Beats is available online through Amazon and in stores like Wal-mart and Toys’r’us.

Final Thoughts
Circuit Beats is one of those rare toys that are able to combine fun and learning and engage the whole family.

Tyco Terra Climber Remote Control Vehicle

If your child is a fan of remote controlled toy vehicles, the Terra Climber Remote Control Vehicle from Mattel will be a perfect addition to his collection. It made it to this year’s Walmart Hottest 25 Toys list!

This remote control car will keep kids entertained for hours with its ability to scale terrain both indoors and outdoors. The car can climb over logs, rocks and even piles of wood. It’s so tough and durable, that it can even go up stairs that are up to eight inches in height.

The remote is also lightweight and easy for little hands to hold because the remote only has two buttons, which can be worked in tandem. You can also use the buttons separately, which works well for those with smaller hands.


The toy is sturdy, which makes it perfect to use for playing in sand or dirt. The toy does flip sometimes when climbing, but because of its design, it will right itself. The toy is also great for indoor use.

It’s sturdy enough that it can be used to knock over toy blocks or buildings, but it’s not big enough to cause damage to walls or furniture. The toy can climb over small blocks and plastic toy figurines without damaging them.

The wheels have rubber treads, which allows the toy to go through mud without getting stuck. It also allows for the car to be able to climb stairs of any kind – including carpeted, patio, deck, and playground steps.

Although the toy conquers a lot of tough terrain, the tail works as a counter balance. If the tail isn’t extended, there’s a greater chance of the toy flipping, especially if it’s scaling stairs.

The Terra Climber measures two feet in length when the tail part is extended. The remote control toy is green with an orange underside and orange wheels. The tail is silver with a green tip.

The bright colors make it easy to spot – whether it’s hiding in the toy closet or ran out of battery juice in the bushes. This toy comes with 9.6v rechargeable batteries so it can be played with as soon as it’s taken out of the package.

The charger is also included. The toy has an extensive battery life and can be used for hours of play before it needs to be charged again. Two standard AA batteries are needed for the remote control.

The little toy doesn’t need a lot of set-up once it’s removed from the box. You just have to snap the tail on and it’s good to go. If the toy gets excessively dirty from outdoor use, it should be wiped down with a damp cloth. The Tyco Terra should never be submerged in water.

Sky Viper Streaming Drone

The Sky Viper Streaming Drone is one of the best drones that you can buy for the price – and it’s made it to Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys of 2016 list this year. It’s easy to use and packed with features that many of the higher priced drones have.

It’s about 13” from blade to blade and it weighs about two pounds, so it’s fairly lightweight. Set up is easy. The drone arrives already put together so to get it up in the air, all that’s required is that you charge it and add the batteries.

It has a fast charge and you get a decent amount of flying time with the drone. Users report that they get anywhere from 8-13 minutes of flying time. That’s plenty of time for your streaming projects.


As with any drone that you purchase, you’re going to have to calibrate it first to ensure accuracy with the sensors. These sensors are what allow your drone to be able to sense things that can interfere with its ability to operate – such as gusts of wind or buildings or trees.

Maneuverability is easy with the drone and it has a quick response to remote control directional changes. The drone is made for a variety of users and you can set it for the flight mode that best meets your skill level.

These modes are beginner, intermediate or advanced. Anyone who has never flown a drone before should always start out at the beginner level until you get used to how the drone operates.

You can use this drone if you’re inside a building or outside. There are safety guards that you can use on the blades if you’re flying it indoors to keep it from getting damaged or damaging something else.

The camera on the drone has the ability to move 130 degrees in different directions, which allows you to capture some pretty decent aerial footage. If you use the panoramic video camera, you can get shots from all angles with a flyover and you can take 360 degree snapshots.

The distance for clarity is about 200 feet. You can choose to take pictures or you can stream video. Though it does come with the camera, you don’t have to keep the camera on the drone if you’d like to remove it.

It’s recommended you remove the camera if you’re going to use the drone in the advanced mode to do stunts or other actions that could possibly damage the camera.

Stunts are easy to perform, thanks to the one touch stunt button. The body of the drone is made of tough polypropylene for long lasting use. The drone is compatible with a variety of smart devices – including Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices.

Razor PowerCore E100 Electric Scooter

Scooters have been all the rage for kids since they first came out. Now with the Razor PowerCore E100 Electric Scooter, they can have a faster ride with even better control than before.

This toy is featured on Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys of 2016 list. The features on this scooter shoots it to the top of the list of scooters to buy when your child asks for one. They can quickly get from place to place at a nice, safe pace of 10 MPH.

They’ll be able to arrive at a friend’s house faster than ever before. Kids love powering around the neighborhood in their scooters and this electric scooter is one of the top of the line models.

You won’t have to worry about a noisy ride that grinds or sounds like its whining or grinding because it has a chain driven motor. This is what helps the scooter put out less noise pollution than other scooters.


It’s high torque, so it has the horsepower to maintain rides that last for awhile. The throttle is a twist grip, so kids can hop on and go. When they’re ready to bring the motor to life, all they have to do is use a fast and easy kickstart motion.

The battery is a 24V and it’s rechargeable, so the scooter continues to have ongoing play ability. The breaking system is controlled by hand. The scooter features a kickstand that’s spring loaded.

The tires are some of the best on the market. The front tire is 8 inches, which is what helps create a ride that avoids harder bumps or jarring. When you purchase the scooter, it comes with a battery charger.

There is some assembly required, but it’s not difficult. When you first get the scooter, you will have to allow it to charge before it’s used for the first time. It can take as long as half a day to fully charge the scooter for the first time, so if you have a child impatiently waiting to play with it, you might want to keep that in mind.

The instructions do suggest that you charge the scooter for an entire day before use. There is an indicator light that changes to green when the scooter is charged, but keep in mind this doesn’t indicate that the scooter is completely charged.

The only way to be sure of that is to simply watch the time from when you first began charging it. On a full charge, the scooter can be operated for about 40 minutes. There are some factors that will affect that – such as what the weather is like and if the scooter is on even surfaces or going uphill.

Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station

If there’s ever a toy that has plenty of replay value, it’s the Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station – part of Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys for 2016. The kit comes packed with plenty of different projects that your child can use to let his or her creative side shine.pompomstation

The box comes with everything tucked in so that you can keep all of your supplies neat when you’re done using them. The station can be opened and spread out so that a child has easy access to it or it can be propped on the piece that’s with the station and used just like an artist would use an easel.

There are tons of different supplies and four basic ways that a child can create unique designs of her choosing. The station comes with the decorative station and includes 120 of the Pom Poms.

You will have the option of ordering more of these. Since the station is a lot of fun for kids, you might want to think about going ahead and purchasing some extra Pom Pom refills.

Included in the station are the 135 adhesive dots that kids will use with the Pom Poms. The Pom Poms are in the shape of pellets before they’re used. There are eight of the removable trays with the set along with a water tray.

The station has an adhesive roll dispenser to make creating the designs easier. There are two markers with the purchase as well as a blotting cloth. The set also includes 1 paint brush and 1 pipette.

Also including for kids to use to design with are 4 stamp pads, 4 water colors and 1 glitter get pen. All kids have to do to use the Pom Poms is decorate them with their chosen tool such as one of the stamp pads, then stick the Pom Poms on whatever surface they’re decorating.

You will have to use the adhesive to get the Pom Pom to adhere. A slight finger tap on top of the Pom Pom opens the decoration up in a puff shape. The colors in the Pom Poms will be different styles and hues depending on which tool the child uses to color the Pom Poms.

There will be a difference in the amount of time the project will have to dry – also depending on which tool is used to color the Pom Poms. The station comes with easy to follow directions along with illustrations.

Clean up is a breeze with the toy and once a child is done with it, the station easily folds up. The supplies can be contained within the station. The suggested age range for using the station is between 8 and 11 years.

Pie Face Showdown! Game

The original Pie Face game was so much fun that it created a demand for even more fun games along the same line. With that in mind comes the Pie Face Showdown! Game – part of Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys of 2016 list.

This one takes the same fun of the original game, but adds a twist. It features players competing against each other in a showdown style that’s loads of fun and packs plenty of laughter for whoever is involved.

You can have this great game for a family game night, or you can get together with a group of friends for some hilarious times. It makes a great team against team game. The game is easy to set up and it’s a fast paced game, too – so there’s no boredom or kids waiting impatiently for their turn to play.


Once you get the game set up and ready to go, each one of the players has to put the whipped cream on the hand of the game. This whipped cream does not come with the purchase of the game, so you’ll have to buy that separately.

In case you don’t want to deal with the stickiness of whipped cream, you just use the sponge that’s included with the game, but most people do prefer to use the whipped cream.

When it’s time to play the game, each of the players gets into position by putting his chin on the chin rest that’s associated with his face side. The instructions have it so that the players count to three for the game to begin, but if you have children who do squabble over games, you might want to have an adult handle the counting to avoid any bickering about the count.

Once the count of three is reached, each player presses the button. The button is what operates the throwing arm. This arm can swing from one direction to the other so that it’s aimed at either player – and pressing the button controls this.

It’s hilarious fun as each player rapidly pushes the button trying to get the arm to swing toward his opponent’s face rather than his own. Once the arm reaches a certain position, it will shoot up and splat whichever player the arm is aimed at.

The player who manages to escape getting a face full of whipped cream or the wet sponge wins the game. The purchase of this game includes instructions on play, the pie thrower, splash card masks, the sponge and the chin rests. The game is easy to clean once you’re done playing with it. It’s suitable for children three and older. Two people at a time can play the game.


Num Noms Lipgloss Truck

The Num Noms Lipgloss Truck is a toy that little girls are clamoring to get. The truck allows little users to be able to create their own flavored lip gloss. They can use the flavors, which are cherry and vanilla, to create the gloss – but to add that special touch and have extra shine, kids can add the glitter sprinkles.

What makes this toy so much fun is that everything involved is made in such a way that it looks like they’re creating ice cream treats. Once they mix the lip gloss, the truck serves as the dispenser that pushes the gloss into different ice cream type holders.


It’s so easy to do that even young children can do it with some parental supervision. In the kit, you’ll get the base to use for creating the lip gloss. The truck comes with a choice of two different kinds of flavors.

Kids can pick from cherry or vanilla. Also included in the kit are the cupcake tool and cherry spatula for kids to use. There are three containers that are shaped like ice cream sundaes.

The pots that are contained in the kit are shaped just like real ice cream cones and there are enough ingredients for your child to make more than one batch of lip gloss. The truck kit also contains a collector’s menu.

Keeping everything neat isn’t a problem since each of the items fits onto the truck. Setting this toy up is easy once the child is ready to get started. All that’s needed when you’re ready to finally create is for the lip gloss to be placed in the cupcake that’s at the rear on the top of the truck’s roof.

When your little darling picks whichever flavor she wants to make for her lip gloss, all she has to do is put the flavor drops into the gloss mix. If your child wants the glitter in, this would go in next and once it’s mixed, it’s all put into the cupcake on top of the truck.

There’s a press that has to be pushed down and as the child is doing that, the lip gloss is dispensed into the container. When it comes out, it looks like soft serve ice cream. Kids love trying out the different flavors as well as the fun that’s involved in the mixing process.

The truck can be used as a separate toy when the child isn’t busy making a lip gloss mixture. The toy is recommended for kids who are at least three years old and older and it’s one of Walmart’s hottest 25 toys of 2016.

Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster

Nerf guns are fun for single players or multiple players. Even adults like to get in on the fun. There’s a Nerf toy that landed on Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys of 2016 list. The Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster is an automatic Nerf gun that allows kids to shoot up five bullets per second.

If you’ve ever been in a Nerf battle – or watched your child in one – then you know that every second counts during the fight. Pausing to reload can leave you vulnerable to an attack and make it easy for the enemy player to sneak up behind you.

That’s why the blaster comes with 25 Elite darts. You won’t have to waste time during your battle to stop and reload. This feature is what will give you an edge in any game that you play.


There’s nothing more disappointing than having the perfect angle to shoot at your target only to realize that your gun has jammed. But you don’t have to worry about that happening with the rapid fire capabilities of this blaster.

That’s because the flywheel system that the Nerf HyperFire uses to propel darts out of the drum makes it rare to for bullets to get stuck in the blaster. Nerf players know that the element of surprise is important when you’re at war with other players.

If you manage to sneak up behind your enemy, you don’t want the loud sound of your gun firing to give away your plan. Fortunately, the Nerf gun is designed to be quieter than some of the other automatic firing toy blasters on the market.

But that doesn’t mean this blaster can’t go the distance. You can fire darts as far as 90 feet away from your target, making it easy to surprise an opponent with a shot that seems to have come out of nowhere.

This distance also allows you time to duck and find cover. The blaster is easy to carry and designed for little hands. This means kids shouldn’t have any trouble pulling the trigger and watching their bullets fly.

But teens older than about 14 and some adults may find the grip is a bit uncomfortable, since it’s smaller. While this won’t keep older players from enjoying this blaster, it is something to keep in mind if you’ll be using the blaster frequently. This toy is recommended for kids starting at age 8.

When you’re purchasing this blaster, also keep in mind that you’ll want to stock up on D batteries and you’ll want to grab some refill packs of the Elite darts. The blaster comes with 25 Elite darts – but anyone who has played an intense Nerf battle can tell you that sometimes bullets end up lost during game play.

That’s why it’s smart to have extra bullets stored away. Another perk of having extra bullets is that you don’t have to spend time after your game searching for every stray bullet.

My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

mlpequestriacastleMy Little Pony toys have always thrilled children of various ages with all their adorable figurines. Now, with the introduction of My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle, the fun continues on.

This toy earned a spot on Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys of 2016 list. Kids will delight in creating imaginative scenes that feature Baby Flurry Heart along with Princess Cadance.

The castle is full of exciting things to do and the playset itself is beautiful. It’s made of clear, light blue plastic so it looks like a shining ice jewel fit for royalty. The castle is open, so your child can access it from any angle and it’s large enough so that two children can play with it at the same time.

It does light up with a soft glow and when it’s lit, it shows cutie marks once the heart button is pushed down. The castle is big and roomy enough to include two staircases for Baby Flurry Heart or Princess Cadance to use.

The steps on the stairs are also clear plastic. The castle boasts two closets that are able to spin. Each of the closets features two round shelves that a child can put some of the accessories on if they want to.

There is a balcony at the top of the castle in the center, which is extended out from the floor. When little Baby Flurry Heart is tired or just wants to relax, there’s even a swing to entertain her.

While Baby Flurry Heart is in her swing, Princess Cadance can attend to royal duties. This toy comes with plenty of accessories for kids to use in play that will delight them. Among these accessories, there is the royal throne, the beautiful crystal vanity, mirror, a dress along with jewels and a cradle.

There are also tiaras, a picture frame, teapot and cups. Whether the Little Pony figurines are preparing for a royal party or planning to stay home in the castle, you’ll find plenty of accessories to play with.

The set does take some assembly but it’s minimal. Instructions are included with the set, but the batteries needed to create the light up effect are not included. You’ll need to make sure that you have three 1.5 volt AAA batteries on hand. The castle is suitable for children who are three years old and older, because the toy accessories are choking hazards.

There is an app that kids can access using the code included. This My Little Pony Friendship Celebration app will allow your child to have access to interactive parties and games. You will need a compatible device to access this feature.

Little Live Pets Puppy

Technology is so amazing that it can create toys that look and feel just like the real thing – as is the case with the Little Live Pets Puppy. This adorable pet will be a welcome addition to your child’s play time.

He’s so realistic and so interactive it’s astonishing to watch the toy in action. It will be in big demand this year, since it’s part of Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys of 2016 list. He has light brown fur that is incredibly soft to the touch – just like a real puppy’s fur.


He has big, beautiful eyes and comes with a collar. Kids love to cuddle up to the puppy and even though he’s a work of electronic genius, the way he’s created, these electronics aren’t intrusive at all.

So if your child wants to sleep with the toy in his or her bed, you won’t have to worry about them bumping into something hard or uncomfortable in the toy. This Little Live Pet is fully interactive and will respond to any of the attention that your child gives to him.

Kids love to put his back, touch his little nose or feed him with the bottle that comes along with the purchase. The dog will delight your child the way he engages with them. If a child rubs the puppy’s back, he loves the attention and will respond by panting as well as letting out short, excited barks.

If your child rubs the top of the puppy’s soft head, he’ll react by closing his eyes, his pink tongue protrudes and he’ll make panting. The sounds and the movements are so interactive that it’s like having a real, live puppy to play with.

If you turn the puppy upside down so that his stomach is facing up, then his legs will go limp with relaxation. While he’s on his back like that, if your child gently rubs his stomach, the dog will fall asleep and begin to emit cute little snoring sounds.

What really fascinates both kids and adults alike is the action that happens once you tuck the puppy down for the night. As he lies in whatever bed you choose to buy for him and goes to sleep, his side will rise and fall and you can actually hear him breathing as well as snoring.

It’s so realistic and so adorable that kids can’t stop wanting to cuddle with him. He has the cutest brown eyes that just beg for hugs. He’s the perfect companion pet for boys or girls aged 4 or older. Along with the bottle, the puppy also comes with an adoption certificate that kids can use to put in their information as the new puppy owner.

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