Category Archives: Cars/Trucks

Shopkins S3 Scoops Ice Cream Truck Play Set

Kids of every age love collecting Shopkins. These are cute, tiny characters based on objects and foods. There are hundreds of different characters and kids can continually grow their set.
In addition to collecting the individual characters, kids can also get playsets like the Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck Playset. This Shopkins playset comes with a cute pink and white ice cream van.
The front of the van has a steering wheel and two seats – one your child can use to seat a driver – and one for a passenger. In the back of the van, there’s a little sink where kids can pretend to wash their Shopkins.
Also, in the back is a freezer where kids can place their Shopkins characters. The roof of the van lifts up to reveal a menu of tasty treats, just like a real ice cream truck has. One thing parents love about the ice cream playset is that it doesn’t require batteries and it doesn’t make any noise.
This encourages children to use their imagination while they play. The truck isn’t motorized, but the wheels on the truck do turn so kids can push the ice cream van around the floor while delivering treats if they want.shopkinsicecreamtruckset2Besides the van, the Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck Playset comes with several different accessories. The most beloved accessories are the Shopkins characters, Wally Water and Kylie Cone.
These two characters are exclusive to this playset and are great additions to any Shopkins collection. Another fun accessory that comes with the playset is the ice cream sign.
Kids can park the ice cream vehicle and then set up the ice cream sign so that their other Shopkins characters know just where to line up for a refreshing treat. The playset also has a table with a bright yellow umbrella.
The table has room to hold three of the Shopkins characters and it easily rotates so kids don’t have to move when they want to play with a different character. The seats where the characters will sit are shaped like little ice cream cones which is sure to delight fans of the Shopkins sets.
Besides the accessories, this playset also comes with two shopping bags. These bags are exclusive to this playset and can be opened easily. Kids can put one or more Shopkins characters in these bags, depending on the size of each character.
Kids love getting to play with miniature playsets like this one. But what makes this particular Shopkins toy popular is the fact that it’s so big, kids can transport twenty or thirty Shopkins around at one time. This makes it a fun toy to enjoy with siblings or friends.
Suzanne

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway

Remote controlled vehicles are hot items in toys today and the VTech Ultimate RC Speedway is a great way to introduce younger children to the world of remote controlled vehicles.
If your toddler is showing an interest in race cars, then this toy is sure to delight him. This fun playset comes with one SmartPoint race car, one remote controller, and 13.5 feet of track – so there’s lots of room to play.
There’s a button on the car that, when activated, will say phrases, make sounds and share music. This is a learning car as well because it will say the letter R along with the name of the car.
The remote control is shaped like a steering wheel and it’s easy to manage, even for young children. This is because the controller has only two buttons, forward and backward.
On the racetrack, you’ll find that there are SmartPoints. These eight areas function as checkpoints. When the car arrives at a checkpoint, this is when it lights up and plays music.
This is useful in teaching toddlers about cause and effect as well as giving them a fun playtime. If you have more than one child or if you’re planning on using this toy at a party, you’ll want to keep in mind that the VTech Ultimate RC Speedway only comes with one car and one remote controller.
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Additional cars and remotes can be purchased separately if you need them for more than one child. The Speedway can hold up to 3 cars on the racetrack at one time. That means three players can race against each other to find out who’s the fastest.
One thing that parents love about the Ultimate RC Speedway is that it can easily connect with other VTech racetracks. This means you and your child could use pieces from other playsets to create a unique racetrack that’s bigger than the one pictured on the box.
Kids love watching their car go around the racetrack and parents love the sturdy design of the toy. That means even if your child is a little rough with the racetrack, it won’t break or stop working.
This playset comes with five AAA batteries for demo purposes. These batteries will power the car and remote control for a little while, but if you imagine that your child will spend hours playing with this toy, then you’ll want to pick up some heavy duty re-chargeable batteries.  Keep in mind that if you add an extra car, you’ll need additional batteries as well. The set is easy to assemble and the pieces snap into place.
Suzanne
P.S. You might want to also pick up the Sports Car 3-pack.

LEGO 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set

LEGO 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set

  • Features opening doors, fold-up wheels, flux capacitor, time travel display, 2 license plates, Marty’s skateboard as well as extra engine and wheels
  • Customize the car to match the movie versions; step on the gas and prepare to travel Back to the Future
  • Open the gull-wing doors, just like the real car; fold up the wheels and engage hover mode
  • Jump on the skateboard and pull some tricks; build the model that LEGO CUUSOO members requested
  • Includes building instructions and exclusive Back to the Future information booklet; car measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 5″ (15cm) long and 3″ (8cm) wide

This is the year – 2015!

Suzanne

Toys R Us Fabulous 15 Toys List for Christmas 2015

Toys R Us Fabulous 15 Toys List for Christmas 2015
Below I’ve included the 15 toys Toys R Us calls the fabulous toys for Christmas 2015. If you click on the highlighted link, it will take you to my blog article on that toy where you will find much more information about it.
1. Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie is an interactive, educational toy that is suitable for children who are 3 years old and up. Not only is it adorable but since it has more than 50 interactive responses, your child will have hours of fun engaging with it.
2. Some interactive toys are pretty much like the next one, but not the Fisher-Price Bear Smart Toy. This toy is different in many ways. Rather than you having to switch toys as your child grows in learning and age, the toy itself will change as your child does.
3. A great toy for a child between the ages of 9 months and 3 years old is the Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo. This toy is an animatronic friend that not only promotes physical activity, but is a learning tool as well.
4. There are plenty of fun toys for kids who love dolls and the Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Horse is one of them. There are tons of adventures just waiting for Barbie and her beautiful horse to enjoy.
5. Little Live Pets Clever Keet is just like a real parakeet but without the mess a bird makes or the responsibility it takes to care for one. This toy is an interactive toy that will delight your child.
6. Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset – Kids will have loads of fun on their shopping spree when they’re playing with the Shopkins Fashion Boutique Playset. These playsets use characters that are made just for the playsets.
7. Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll – For those who like to collect dolls or use them in holiday displays, getting the Journey Girls 2015 Italy Holiday Doll is a must have purchase. This doll is part of an exclusive collection of other dolls in the series.
8. Paw Patrol Paw Patroller – The adventures of the Paw Patrol series are led by Ryker, the boy who helps the brave rescue dogs on their many different missions. This toy is a rescue vehicle that can be used to carry three of the different Paw Patrol vehicles at once and the side of it can be closed when not in use.
9.  Fisher Price Imaginext Ultra T Rex – This toy is unique in that it allows kids to direct the adventure with the use of the Power Pads. By using these Pads, kids can control the T-Rex and they’ll easily be entertained with all of the lights, sounds and actions.
10. Star Wars BladeBuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber – As legions of Star Wars fans know, the Lightsabers are more than mere toys. They’re adventures that can be held in the hand. With each new Star Wars related toy item, creating the iconic world with the epic battle between good and evil becomes even more realistic.
11. LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack – Kids can use their imagination to lead them through the adventure to restore everything back to right in the LEGO world. They’ll have an array of minifigures they can use combined in one video game.
12.  Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic Droid – This has to be the ultimate personal buy or gift for any Star Wars fan. This little droid is a replica of R2-D2 and is loaded with the ability to interact with humans.
13. NERF N Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster – With this blaster, users can now create their own blaster the way that they want it and one that’s suitable for the gameplay that they engage in.  This blaster gives users the ability to make over 30 different combinations so playing to win has never been easier.
14. Meccano MeccaNoid Personal Robot – This robot is affordable and comes with a lot of great features that make this one of the most in demand robots on the market. The robot has the ability to recognize voice commands.
15. Guitar Hero Live – Inside many people, there’s a rock star just waiting to be set free. Now you can do that with Guitar Hero Live. This is the game like you’ve never seen it before with cutting edge brand new modes and a guitar controller that’s made to be played.
I hope this blog post was helpful for you. Please feel free to comment below or share, email or tweet this blog post to your friends who are searching for great toys for their kids!
Suzanne

Melissa and Doug Toys

Melissa & Doug
The Melissa & Doug company began in the garage of Doug’s parents’ home. The business continues to grow thanks to the dedication of the company to bring quality safe learning toys to children.
The toys have been names on lists for best toys and have also shown up on television sitcoms. The company produces more than 2,000 items for a wide range of children. For kids who are 3 and older, the Melissa & Doug Car Carrier is a big hit.
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This is one of their older, but very popular toys that continues to land on bestselling lists. The toy truck has a ramp that can raise and lower which enables it to tow vehicles as a single or double ramp truck. The truck and the cars have wheels that make them capable of rolling on any surface. The cars are designed to fit both with racetracks as well as train sets.
The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench is another popular toy that’s one of their older creations yet is still a bestselling item. The toy is suitable for kids 2-6 years old. It includes the bench and the pegs for pounding. Something of interest about the pegs is that they can’t be removed. The set includes the mallet. Kids can learn coordination as well as different colors with this toy.
Also still a bestselling hit is the Melissa & Doug Abby & Emma Deluxe Magnetic Dress-Up Set. This set features two wooden dolls, Abby and Emma. Each doll does come with a stand. There are 56 clothing items that as your child rearranges the combinations can provide multiple outfits and hours of fun play.
If you want to help your child learn the alphabet, a great way to do that is with the Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden Alphabet set that features 52 letters. You get both the upper as well as the lower set for the alphabet. These letters are just the right size for small hands and can make learning words and reading fun. It’s a great set for kids ages 2 and up.
The latest offering from the toy company is the Melissa & Doug K’s Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set. This is a soft set of vehicles that are perfect for kids 9 months to 3 years. Four vehicles come with the set: a police car, a school bus, a fire truck and a car. Because they’re soft, they’re light enough for babies to lift and easy for any child to pull back, let go of and watch zip across the floor. The toys can help your child understand cause and effect, shapes, sizes and different colors.
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Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels exploded onto the toy scene with the production of the die cast cars for kids but the vehicles were snapped up by adults who recognized the collectability value of the vehicles.
The vehicles were designed with meticulous attention to detail. The company is owned by Mattel. The assorted playsets that are available to go with the vehicles makes these toys continue to grow in popularity.
The Matchbox On A Mission: 20-Pack Car Set is a popular choice among buyers. The set is for ages 36 months to 12 years old but adults also collect these. This set is great for someone just beginning to play with Hot Wheels or to add to someone who already has some of the vehicles.
The vehicles come with precision details and are 1:64 in scale. The vehicles that are included in the box will be determined at the manufacturer and the sets can vary.
Also popular in the Hot Wheels line is the Hot Wheels Monster Jam Tour Favorites. This set has four monster trucks made to scale. Each of the trucks has oversized tires and comes with the chrome rims. The Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set can be set up in different ways depending on how your child customizes the layout.
Because the pieces can be added on, the set can continually grow as you add more of the interchangeable pieces. The set comes with the launcher, the track – which includes the curves, stunts, kicker loops and a booster. The batteries needed don’t come with the set, but you do get one of the Hot Wheels vehicles.
One of the long lasting favorites is the Hot Wheels Super Loop Chase Race Trackset. This track can produce airborne vehicles thanks to the way that the vehicles launch. The loop stands at 3 feet in height and can handle a multitude of cars on the track at once. There are secure strips that can pin the track to a wall for additional sturdiness.
You can buy additional track with the Hot Wheels, Track Builder, Straight Track which includes 15 Feet of Track and you’ll also get a car with this set. The pieces can connect with other compatible track sets and comes with 18 connectors and assorted lengths such as 9 and 12 inch track pieces. It’s for ages 4 to 10 years.
The Hot Wheels Track Builder System Mega Set is a must have for anyone who likes to play with the die cast vehicles. This set allows kids to create their own track layout and have the stunts that they want to set up. It comes with a cargo container, assorted tracks and connectors, a barrel drop, four of the cars and more.