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Star Wars The Force Awakens 3.75-Inch Vehicle First Order Snowspeeder

The Star Wars First Order Snowspeeder is a fun toy that’s sure to delight kids and Star Wars fans of all ages and it will be a welcome addition to any collection. The Snowspeeder is designed similar to how it looks in the movie and has a lot of detail.
It does come with one of the Snowtrooper officer figures, which looks somewhat like a Stormtrooper as far as the armor color and some of the details. The eye portion of the figure is different from the original Stormtrooper in that the eye portion is smaller.
The Snowtrooper comes with some accessories. He has a backpack and a blaster gun, which can also be removed during play. His legs bend so he can stand or sit, which means you can have him pilot the Snowspeeder in a natural pose.
His hands are designed so that they can easily grip the controls in the cockpit to make it seem like he really is controlling this spacecraft. One great thing about the cockpit is that the Snowspeeder can hold up two figures at once, so there’s room to play with a friend or just to add another character to whatever imaginative situation your child creates.
When you open the box, you will have to do a little bit of assembling the pieces to make sure that your Snowspeeder looks like the one that’s pictured on the box. However, the assembly shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes and it’s fairly easy to put together.
One of the most exciting features of the Snowspeeder is the mounted missile launcher on the ship. The launcher really works and fires the included missile when you push down on the button.
Another thing to love about the missile launcher is that it’s removable. This means you can use it in the ship or along with some of the other Star Wars’ toys. The only problem with the missile launcher is that only one missile is included, so if you lose the missile, you won’t be able to use the launcher.
Keep this in mind if you’re buying the Snowspeeder for a young child with a tendency to misplace his toys because you can’t buy these missiles separately. Underneath the Snowspeeder is some hidden landing gear.
If you’re a collector, you’ll want to pull the landing gear down to put this impressive ship on display. What many fans of the Star Wars franchise like about the Snowspeeder is the attention to detail from Hasbro.
When you look at the toy up close, you can see twin engines and storage areas. While the storage areas don’t open, it’s easy to see how much thought went into the design of the craft. Both kids and fans agree that the Snowspeeder is one of the most interesting toy vehicles in the Force Awakens product line.
Suzanne

22 Toys Chosen by Kids – Hot 2015 Toys

Below is a brief description of the 22 toys that were “chosen by kids” as the hot toys for 2015. Click on the toy name and it will take you to my comprehensive blog article so you can find out all about that toy.
1. Disney Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup CenterKids love nurturing their pets when they need some help. Using their imagination in play helps them be more creative, but there are toys that can also boost their creative side as well as give them lots of fun playtime.
2. Candy Craft Chocolate Pen – This is the perfect toy for kids of all ages. With it, your child can easily create a variety of treats including candy pops. It can be used to decorate cupcakes or make separate delicious designs that are completely edible. Kids love this toy because it gives them a chance to express their creativity and explore the fun world of baking.
3. Barbie Dreamhouse – One of the most iconic toys relating to Barbie is the Barbie Dreamhouse and year after year, it continues to be a bestseller. The toy is suitable for kids ages three and older. The three story home has elevator accessible floors and comes with an amazing assortment of accessories for Barbie and her friends.
4. Fisher Price Bright Beats Dance & Move Beatbo – If you’re looking for a great toy for a child between the ages of 9 months to 3 years old, then this is it. This toy is an animatronic friend that not only promotes physical activity, but is a learning tool as well.
5. Nerf N-Strike Mega Series RotoFury Blaster – There’s nothing like engaging in a game of Nerf with your friends. You want to make sure that you have a top of the line blaster that will quickly settle the question of who’s the best and that answer is found in the Nerf N-Strike Mega Series RotoFury Blaster.
6. Fisher Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex – Dinosaurs are creatures that really spark a child’s imagination and now with the Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex, they can bring to life a multitude of adventures.
7. Disney Frozen Elsa Castle – Kids everywhere loved and adored the world that Elsa lived in. Now, thanks to the Disney Frozen Elsa Castle, kids can explore their imaginations and experience the world that Elsa created.
8. Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Playset – One of the hottest sets right now is the Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Playset because it’s power packed with hours of entertainment for your child and his friends.
9. Marvel RC Hulk Smash – If there’s one thing that kids love to play with, it’s vehicles of all shapes and sizes. They also love to use their imagination to create scenes involving their favorite heroes. With the Marvel RC Hulk Smash vehicle, they get the two combined.
10. Fisher Price Little People Big Animal Zoo – This toy will help to foster your child’s desire to explore and discover how things work. With this zoo, your little one can pretend that when it’s dinnertime for the animals, that he’s feeding them their supper.
11. Fisher Price Thomas and Friends TrackMaster Shipwreck Rails Set – Based on the Thomas and Friends movie featuring a lost treasure, this playset will be a welcome addition to any TrackMaster connectable set. With this set, kids can experience the thrill of the action in the movie as they also locate the remains of the shipwreck.
12. My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Canterlot Castle Play – The My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Canterlot Castle Play is a magical playset. Now your child can experience the wonder of love and friendship with the ponies as they go on fun, imaginative adventures together.
13.  Little Live Pets Clever Keet – The 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.
14. Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit – By using the Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit, your child can work on different experiments and find answers just like the characters on Project Mc2.
15. HoverTech Battle FX – This toy is one that offers up something new every single time kids play with it. And it’s so challenging that kids will find themselves competing to improve their skill level each time that send it up into the air.
16. Girl Scouts Deluxe Cookie Oven – Now girls can use their very own Girl Scouts Deluxe Cookie Oven to create special treats to eat and to share with friends.
17. Pie Face GameThis game offers up one of the funniest experiences with games that you’ll ever have. It’s not complicated to play and everyone will want in on the fun.
18. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway – 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.
19. 1:10 Full-Function 12.8V Pro Reaper RC Car – One of the most in demand remote control cars on the market right now is the 1:10 Full-Function 12.8V Pro Reaper R/C Car. Driving this car will give kids a one of a kind off road test of endurance and fun.
20. Max Tow Truck Turbo Speed – This truck is the kind of truck that puts all the others to shame with what it can do.

21. Shopkins S3 Scoops Ice Cream Truck Playset – 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.

22. FurReal Friends StarLily, My Magical Unicorn – This animal is huggable and lovable and has the ability to react when your child touches her. She’ll move about just like a real pet would. The unicorn has the ability to react when your child speaks or touches her.

I hope this post helps you find the perfect gift for the children in your life.
Suzanne

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

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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Characters

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Characters
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first introduced to the public in the mid ’80s. Kids of all ages loved these teenage crime fighters and the popularity of the characters soared.
There was a huge clamor for merchandise featuring these characters including dolls, figurines, bedding, Halloween costumes, and more. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo is the leader of these heroes.
This character is named after Leonardo da Vinci. He’s the one who tries to keep his brothers in line. As a hero, he carries a badge of honor and he likes to be the responsible one in the group.
Being the leader of a group often results in disagreements and this hero has more than his fair share of those with Raphael. The Leonardo doll wears a blue mask and comes with ninja weapons.
Next in the group is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello. He’s the scientist of the group, named after a sculptor by the same name – but he often goes by the nickname of Donny.
He’s a turtle of quiet strength and prefers to avoid trouble if possible, but isn’t afraid to use his skills if needed. The doll wears a purple bandana and comes with a Naginata bo staff.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael is the hero of the group who has a reputation for not always waiting to fight back. His temper can sometimes cause trouble. He was named after Raphael, an Italian painter.
This turtle is tough, loyal and has a great sense of humor. This doll wears a red bandana and carries ninja weapons. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo is one of the more outgoing heroes of the group.
He’s named after Michelangelo and is always making jokes. His personality is less aggressive than his brother Raphael. He’s skilled in using the Kusarigama. When he uses the weapon, he always gets the upper hand.
The Shredder is an enemy of the Turtles and you can get a figure of this character with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Shredder Basic Figure. He uses his destructive armor to achieve his dark goals.
Another villain is Dr. Falco who became the Rat King. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rat King Action Figure. The figure comes with the palm rat, long coat and staff.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Baxter Stockman Evil-Minded Mad Scientist figure is a replica of the villain from the series who teamed up with the Shredder. The figure comes wearing a battle suit featuring T-tech.
The Neutralizer is a force to be reckoned with and is determined to cause destruction. One of his skills is his ability to track those he wants to destroy. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Newtralizer Action Figure wears the same armored costume – including the belt, plates and weapon.

Toy Story Characters

Toy Story Characters
Toy Story is a series of movies about toys that are actually alive. The movie stars the cowboy doll, Woody, who’s played by Tom Hanks, and spaceman Buzz Lightyear who’s given a voice by Tim Allen.
Woody fights his jealousy over the introduction of the new Buzz Lightyear toy, but it’s clear to see he’s worried his owner, Andy, will like Buzz better. When he tries to make sure he’s the one chosen by Andy for an outing and not Buzz, he unintentionally creates chaos that leads the other toys to believe he tried to harm Buzz.
The two end up trapped in a claw machine and are won by a little boy who delights in torturing toys. The movie was nominated for several awards. The characters inspired a line of toys that are still popular.
The Toy Story Pull String Woody 16″ Talking Figure Disney Exclusive doll is for kids who are 3 and older. The doll will say 19 different phrases when the string is pulled. One of the characters from the second and third installment of the popular movie franchise is Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl.
Jessie is available in doll form with the Toy Story Pull String Jessie 16″ Talking Figure as a Disney Exclusive. If you pull the string on the back of the toy, the doll can say up to 17 phrases.
She comes dressed in her signature outfit – including her red hat, which is removable. Her body is made of soft, huggable material rather than hard plastic. You can also get Jessie’s faithful sidekick, Bullseye.
The Toy Story Deluxe Bullseye Figure is just like the horse from the movies. Made of molded plastic, the horse can rise on his legs if you push his tail. The figure of Buzz Lightyear is still a fan favorite and the 12″ Disney Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure can say 15 phrases.
You’ll hear him speak just like he did in the movie. Of course, who can forget the funny antics of Mr. Potato Head? The Toy Story 3 Classic Mr. Potato Head is a must have for kids who loved the movie.
Just like his animated counterpart, the toy comes with plenty of accessories and even has the Tater Tush storage area in the rear. You can also get the Playskool Toy Story 3 Classic Mrs. Potato Head – which is created like the movie version.
She comes with the facial accessories and also includes a purse, flower, glasses, hat, shoes and earrings as well. Like Mr. Potato Head, she also has the rear storage. Slinky, the adorable dog in the movie, wiggled his way into hearts all across the world.
With the Slinky Disney Pixar Toy Story Plush Slinky Dog, you’ll get a toy that’s soft and cuddly and is suitable for kids as young as 3. Plus, he won’t get all tangled up like the toy version in the movie did at times!
Suzanne

VW Camper Van Pop-Up Play Tent

Love to camp, but hate the bugs, packing for the excursion and the rest of the hassle? The Monster Factory people have created a “camper” that is fast becoming the play tent every child wants – and cuts down on the stress of a camping trip into the wilderness.
One of our favorite past times now fits comfortably into your living room and can keep your children occupied for hours. It’s great for sleepovers and keeps the kids corralled in one spot.
This waterproof tent can be used inside or out, features a zipped entrance and UV protection. It sets up in just minutes.
Put together some S’mores and popcorn – and maybe a pizza or two and you have a perfect evening of fun and laughter.
Easy to assemble and put away, this VW Van Pop-Up Play Tent has enough room for adults and children to enjoy a great camping experience anytime – and within the comfort of your own home.
This a great gift choice for a child or grandchild and will give him or her many hours of playtime and adventure.

Disney Karaoke Series: “Frozen” CD

Disney Karaoke Series: “Frozen” CD
Kids – and adults – love to play and sing Karaoke. Now, their Karaoke experience can be complete with the Disney Karaoke Series: “Frozen” CD. It’s complete with all the favorite songs of the movie.
Featured on the track are eight songs, including, “Let It Go,” “For the First Time in Forever,” “Fixer Upper,” and so much more. You can sing along with the instrumental format or use the vocal recording, so you can learn and sing the songs however you want.
Since Karaoke CDs are designed to be used with Karaoke machines, you’ll need to hook up the machine to the television (not a computer) so the words to the songs are displayed.
If you need to purchase a Karaoke machine, consider “The Singing Machine SML-385W Disco Light Karaoke System,” which is low-priced and specifically designed to play all of your Karaoke CDs.
It’s top-loading with flashing disco lights and comes with two microphone jacks and separate volume controls. Fans of “Frozen” will love this CD, which comes with a booklet that includes all the words to the songs on the CD.
Kids love belting out the songs in a Karaoke format – and adults will join in the fun too. Singing is a stress reliever and a great way to bring the family together. If your child is mesmerized by all things Frozen, like so many children, look at some of the other toys that Disney has created.
The Frozen Flashing Light-UP Karaoke features amplified sounds and lights. There’s also the very popular, Disney Frozen Elsa & Anna Sing Along Boombox, which is a less sophisticated version of a Karaoke machine.
It’s especially designed for little princesses and features Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Toddlers love Frozen too, and Disney has created toys designed for them. The Disney Frozen Playland with 20 Balls features an interactive panel including holes for the balls and allowing for a peek through the windows.
Disney has created quite an enormous collection of Karaoke CDs that your children and entire family will love. If you and your children like to play Karaoke, check out  “Disney on Broadway,” “Disney Mania” and other great Disney movie and presentation CDs.
You can always depend on Disney for fun and age-appropriate toys for your children. They make great gifts and are colorful and designed to last.