Category Archives: Dolls/Figures

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.

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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.

Hatchimals

If there’s one thing that all kids love, it’s getting a surprise. When you add that to a toy, it’s bound to create a fun, learning experience. Spin Master LTD has mixed the fun of a toy with the anticipation of a surprise with their new toy line of Hatchimals – found on Walmart’s 25 Hottest Toys for 2016 list.

A Hatchimal is a toy pet that comes in an egg. The egg doesn’t give a peek to the child as to what’s inside. The only way that the child can get to the toy is by taking care of the egg and patiently waiting until it hatches.

Once the egg has gone through the play incubation period, it will hatch. However, what hatches is anyone’s guess. Your child won’t know what’s inside his or her egg until it’s actually revealed during the hatching phase.hatchimals

Not every single Hatchimal is identical. So there will be a lot of different variations that your child can get. With that in mind, the Hatchimals are sure to be at the top of the most sought after toy list.

The details for the toy have been kept under tight wraps to prevent spoiling the surprise of what’s inside. But it’s clear that the animal your child will hatch will be one that he or she will definitely love.

The animals were created for boys or girls. There have been many hints as to what the names of these Hatchimal pets will be called. Pengualas is one of the names making the rounds.

Draggles is another one. Then, there are also the Owlicorns Hatchimal eggs. There is some speculation as to what will be used to identify the eggs – if there are any marks. Some consumers mention that one of the Hatchimal eggs will be a mixture of both purple and green.

What’s exciting about this new toy from Spin Master LTD is that word has it the toy will be one of their popular interactive ones – which is always a great idea for children. The more interactive a toy is, the more your child discovers and improves his various skills.

The different Hatchimals are said to be able to have learning abilities and be able to grow with your child. From what’s known so far, the Hatchimals toys will feature a few different modes representing learning.

This learning stage will shape the actions of each of the individual Hatchimal. To wipe the slate clean, all you have to do is reset the toy so that it goes back to the factory settings. The toys are durable and created using a mixture of materials such as metal and plastic. The recommended age level for the toys are 5 years old and older.

FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon

The FurReal Friends toys have a reputation for being some of the most fun pet toys that kids can have. The FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon (on Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys for 2016 list) is one of these pet toys that comes to life through hours of interactive fun.

This little baby dragon is one that your kids won’t want to let go of. The dragon is so much like a real pet that it’s amazing. Blazin’ Dragon needs plenty of tender care and will react to that care when your child plays with him.

He can make sounds and has movements that look just like a real pet’s movements would. He can react to a child’s actions and will engage any child in lots of play time. This adorable dragon can simulate the actions of a real fire breathing dragon.

furrealtorchOnce he’s correctly set up, he’ll blast out a puff of flame colored mist to delight your child. It looks like he’s really breathing out flames when the marshmallow is held up in front of his mouth.

The treat will change colors when your dragon breathes on it, turning from white to bright orange. The dragon can puff out the mist whenever your child interacts with him. He can do it when he’s being cuddles or even if there’s no touch at all.

There will always be something exciting going on with the dragon thanks to the myriad of sounds and actions he’s capable of. He can perform more than 50 different movement and sounds together.

During play time, when your child rubs the dragon’s nose, it will give off a variety of responses like puffing out the mist or turning his head from one side to the other. He can also giggle or slowly blink his eyes.

The way the dragon will snort or let out a burp always makes kids laugh. You’ll be amazed at all of the funny things the dragon is capable of doing to entertain your child. The dragon can be posed in a certain position if your child wants that.

You will have to buy 4 C batteries to operate the dragon, since these don’t come with the purchase. When you get the dragon, you also receive the treat that will change colors when the dragon breathes on it.

There’s also the piece that is used to refill the dragon with the water that enables him to produce the mist. A filter comes with the purchase and easy to read instructions are included as well. The toy is suitable for boys or girls who are at least 4 years old and up.

Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart

One of the must-buy toys on children’s wish list according to Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys list for 2016 is the Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart. Kids love the idea of helping their stuffed animals get well again when they’re sick.

It’s a toy that’s educational as well as a kid favorite thanks to the beloved Doc McStuffins character. The cart is a fun, on-the-go toy that’s designed with a lot of eye-catching colors.

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The little wheels that look like flowers can roll smoothly over surfaces as your child makes her rounds from room to room to be able to visit her toy patients. The cart is packed with the various items that kids can use their imagination with to take care of any of their injured or sick toys.

They love the thought of being able to emulate Doc from the show airing on Disney Junior. They can line up the toys and have their patients waiting to be seen. During the exam or treatment time, kids can put the toys in the middle of the cart – much like a table at the doctor’s office – to find out what’s wrong with the patient.

Whether the toy is sick or just in for a checkup, the cart contains everything your child will need to help out. The cart has a light that enables kids to check out their toys and it also has a scanner.

Kids will love using the X-ray to see what’s wrong with their patients. The X-ray comes with cards that show the characters on the Disney Junior show. When checking out the patient’s heart with the EKG, the cart can enable kids to see the patient’s heart patterns.

The heart rhythm tool is on a roller at the front of the cart for easy kid access. There’s also a blood pressure pump that so kids can check out how their patient is doing. A familiar tune that kids hear on the show can play and there are various buttons as well as things that can make sounds like in a real doctor’s office.

The cart keeps all of the medical tools neatly in the drawer so when kids need to rush off to treat the next patient, all they have to do is load it up and go. The hospital care cart does have one toy that comes with it so that kids can get started right away treating him.

Findo is the little dog that needs tender loving care to go from sick to well again. The cart not only encourages kids to use their imaginations, but teaches them to be kind and caring. The suggested age range for this toy is 3 years old and older.

Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset

One of the hottest new toys for kids, according to Walmart’s 25 Hottest Toys for 2016 list, is the Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset. This castle offers hours of fun with fashion dolls in their very own castle.

This castle is expansive and boasts a full three floors to create whatever scenes your child’s imagination desires. The backdrop for the castle floors pop with all the bright, beautiful colors of the rainbow.

From the turrets to the bottom floor of the castle, it’s no wonder it’s in such high demand. Plenty of attention to detail is found in this castle and with the multitude of accessories, your child can create an atmosphere that’s fit for a princess for her dolls.

Some of the lovely features of the castle are found in the butterfly cutouts that you’ll see on the bright yellow doors of the castle. The turret at the top of the castle has a rainbow with clouds.

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A lovely fairy doll can be affixed to the rainbow for more magical beauty. The holder will allow the doll to spin. There’s another rainbow between the turret and the end column of the castle.

The dolls can walk into the castle using the butterfly door or through the open access on the bottom floor which leads directly into the dining room. There are accessories for the dining room.

You’ll find a table and two chairs in bright colors. These cute chairs both have backs that are made in the shape of butterflies. There is a chandelier that hangs above the table, which adds to the glamour of the castle.

The accessories for the table include cupcakes for two fashion dolls along with teacups and miniature saucers. Fashion dolls can access the second floor of the castle using the stairs.

These stairs are brightly colored in keeping with the rainbow theme. On the second floor, you’ll find there’s a bedroom along with a closet and a vanity for the dolls to use. The accessories for the vanity include a bottle of perfume and a hairbrush.

For catching some sleep, the bedroom features a lovely canopy bed with a fluffy pillow. At the very top of the castle, there is a pool that’s shaped just like a seashell and the fashion dolls can relax and have fun splashing around.

The deck on the roof offers the opportunity to survey the kingdom. All three of these floors are packed with details to make the castle come to life and add to your child’s enjoyment. None of the dolls are included with the purchase of the castle – so you’ll need to buy those separately.

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Secret Life of Pets Gidget Talking Plush Buddy Review

The Secret Life of Pets Gidget Talking Plush Buddy is a 12-inch artificial pet toy made in the likeness of Gidget from the movie. This extremely soft and large plush Gidget is really great for playtime and naptime. She is perfect for cuddling as well. This toy talks, interacts, and makes noises whenever you tilt or squeeze her.

How Much?
Well, this pet Gidget doesn’t cost too much. The price for this is around $ 19.99.

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Who Would Buy It?
The manufacturer of this charming pet toy has recommended that it is ideal for kids between 4-9 years. However, if you are a pet-lover, or you don’t want to adopt a real pet, then Gidget would be a great choice for you.

Things We Like About It

1. Though the product is an artificial pet this lovely and adorable pet toy looks quite real with her anthropomorphized face, big expressive eyes, cute floppy ears, lolling tongue, and a pink bow. If you have watched the movie, The Secret Life of Pets, you will find this product similar to Gidget from the movie.

2. Operating this pet is extremely easy. You just need to either squeeze her or tilt her to get her talking and she will immediately repeat some of the best dialogues from the movie.

3. This talking plush buddy is made from some super soft plush materials which will entice you to hug her every time. She also is a great size for cuddling in bed.

4. The manufacturer of this product recommends it as a kid’s pet toy, however, anyone will definitely like to cuddle, snuggle, and play with her.

5. The product is a very well-made talking plush ensuring an excellent longevity and great durability.

Things We Did Not Like About It
Well, this talking plush buddy doesn’t have any major flaws. But still, due to the choking hazards, this product might not be suitable for any kid under 3 years.

Is It Worth The Money?
The package comes with one talking plush buddy, one instruction manual, and three button cell batteries. The entire package is quite affordable.

Where Can I Buy It?
You can buy this Secret Life of Pets Gidget Talking Plush Buddy through the online e-commerce marketplaces. Amazon.com is offering the product at a very reasonable price along with free shipping if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

Final Thoughts
Overall, this product is not only affordable, but Gidget will bring fun and entertainment to  home.

LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and 2 75828 Building Kit

This 556 Lego set ties in with the Ghostbusters 2016 movie. It includes the Ecto-1 Cadillac style vehicle, Ecto-2 Motorcycle, 5 Ghostbuster mini-figures and a scary demon.
It also comes with plenty of other ghostbusting accessories to make this a must buy for Lego and Ghostbusters fans alike.

How Much?
Currently we are seeing it priced at around $60 but it’s always best to do your homework and check prices online.

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Who Would Buy It?
This Ghostbusters set is recommended by Lego for 8 to 14 year olds but we think Lego fans of all ages will like this set.

Things We Like About It
Lego really got it right with the movie character representation of the mini-figures as they do very much resemble the 3 ladies and 1 guy from the movie. The mayhem demon/ghost figure is pretty good as well we really liked the translucent gargoyle wings and color scheme of this mini-figure.
The whole set has a lot of detail and if you have the existing Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set this will look really nice beside it.
Even though the collectors are likely to grab this set it also has a lot of creative play potential for younger Lego enthusiasts who enjoyed the film.
You can also seat four ghostbusters in this Ecto-1 which wasn’t possible in the previous Lego Version. Another added feature is that with this set you can open the doors as well.

Things We Did Not Like About It
This is a nice set and our issue isn’t really with the Lego set it is with the new movie which we think was nowhere near as good as the original. I suppose we are a bit old school and prefer the original movie and the original Ecto-1. If you are a fan of the new movie then you are going to love this Lego version of the vehicles and the characters from the movie.
Some of the decals can be a bit fiddly to add to the bricks so take it slowly and have some tweezers to hand.

Is It Worth The Money?
Many online reviews seem to be comparing this with the previous Lego Ecto-1 vehicle from the original movie and this one comes out on top for value as it has 2 vehicles and 1 more mini-figure. For a 500+ set we would say this is value for money.

Where Can I Buy It?
This set is available from the Lego store and from other online stores such as Amazon.

Final Thoughts
This is likely to appeal to fans of the new Ghostbuster movie but even if you are not enamored with the 2016 movie reboot it still is a set that has a lot going for it. It’s a fun build and makes a good display piece especially alongside the original Ecto-1. It will also appeal to Lego hobbyists who like to customize their own sets as there are plenty of interesting pieces and decals provided with this one.

Funko POP Movies: Ghostbusters 2016 Action Figures

Who isn’t aware of the legendary movie “Ghostbusters” in 1984; and an even legendary release of its characters in the form of a toy which you can play with and pretend to be in the movie? Gotten all nostalgic, isn’t it? The same legacy has followed after the release of the new Ghostbusters movie this year. All new characters, Jillian Holtzmann, Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, and Patty Tolan, are molded into toys to release the new line of Funko POP Movies: Ghostbusters 2016 Action Figures.

How much?
All the characters can be bought individually through websites such as Amazon.com ranging from $6.71 to $8.78. You can also get them in a set of three, which will help you collect more characters at one go, and you also save some pennies! You can get the set of 7 characters at a cost of $56. You can get them in sets of 3, 4, 7 or 8.

Who would buy this?
People from the 80’s and 90’s are less than amused by the idea of replacing the old and legendary characters from the 1984 Ghostbusters with the new ones in 2016. They might look forward to something fresh and hot off the press with these new characters but children of this generation will see the rebirth of the prodigious Ghostbusters, with new heroes to look up to.

Things we like
The portrayal of the epic Ghostbusters into individual toys is great. The fact that the legacy is continued in the similar manner (just with new characters) is remarkable too, with the exact design and concept of the toy characters. These 6-inch toy characters are the exact prototypes of the new cast except a little cuter.

The resemblance and details to the characters include the blasters on the back packs and the logo near their shoulders, and details such as sculpting Patty’s hair and her golden earrings. They have a 360-degree twisting movement which is fun to play with.

You can proudly put these new characters on your toy shelf right next to the old ones: Peter, Ray, Winston and Egon.

Things we did not like
Nothing really.

Are they worth the money?
They surely are! The legendary Ghostbusters characters being molded into tiny cute vinyl toys are worth the price.

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Where can I buy them?
There are many online websites such as Amazon.com, Walmart, ebay, and toysrus.com. If you would want to check them out yourself before buying, you can visit any store near you.

Final Thoughts
This sci-fi flick has done justice to the older one and so have the new toy characters.

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Disney Frozen Little Kingdom Elsa’s Frozen Castle

All the little fans of Elsa and her friends can now take their beloved heroes everywhere! This little castle can become their personal kingdom where they can spend whole hours playing and training their imagination.

Disney Frozen Little Kingdom Elsa’s Frozen Castle – everyone willing to gift their little ones something to play with during the rainy days should check this one out right now!

How Much Is It?
Elsa’s Frozen Castle is a pretty, aesthetic toy that costs around $16. The set contains a little doll of Elsa, the castle, and a lot of other parts. These include two bodices, two peplums, two skirts for Elsa, two different capes, and four snap-ins. For this relatively small price, you get a lot of pieces for your child to combine the way they want to!

Who Would Buy It?
The toy is designed to resemble the character from the famous animated movie “Frozen”. It is an ideal gift for all the little girls who love Elsa and would like to play with her every day. The toy is made to be safe for children 4 years old and up.

Things We Like About It
The toy is of pretty and colorful construction.  It’s small and easy to carry around, so whenever you travel, you can pack it for your child without worrying about it taking up a lot of space. It’s great that Elsa’s look can be modified, seeing as a lot of dolls of this kind limit these possibilities.

Things We Did Not Like About It
Elsa’s Frozen Castle is a pretty piece but there is not much you can do with the toy. The child’s play will come down to changing the skirts and “walking” the doll up and down the stairs. The pieces are also rather small so if your girl tends to lose her toys, it’s likely she will soon have issues finding all the parts.

Is It Worth The Money?
For the number of elements and possibilities it gives, we think this product could be cheaper. It is likely that if a child isn’t a great fan of Elsa, they will quickly get bored with this toy. Otherwise, the Frozen Castle is pretty and pleasant to look at, even if just as a decoration for a child’s room. However, it is not a big price for the joy it can bring to a little Elsa fan.

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Where Can I Buy It?
The toy is available in online shops and you can read a lot of reviews of the parents who have already made the purchase. Elsa’s Frozen Castle is usually cheaper in online shops, so it is an option worth considering.

Final Thoughts
Elsa’s Frozen Castle is a pretty little toy for all the girls that loved the movie. It’s reasonably priced and has numerous elements to play with. It is a good choice for a gift, unless you prefer a toy that offers more interaction or playing ideas.

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