Leap Frog

Leap Frog
The popular learning and toy company, Leap Frog, was the brainchild of Mike Wood, an attorney. He got the idea for the company when he created a way for his young son to be able to learn how to read through letters making sounds.
Once he built a prototype, landed a buyer and a company to create shelf-ready versions of the product, the company took off. At one point, thanks to the popularity of the toys, revenue for the company reached the $650 million dollar mark.
Leap Frog continues to bring to market toys that are evergreen as well as produce new, innovative toys that continue to inspire and teach children of all ages. They offer toys and games for babies from 0-12 months, for toddlers 1-3 years old, for preschool kids between the ages of 3-5 and for kids between 5-9.
If you want to help your toddler get ahead on learning her letters and words, you can get the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set. This set has the 26 letters of the alphabet with letters that talk and sing.
Knowing the sound a letter makes is the first step toward learning how to read. The set offers three songs, too, that will help children learn and the set is for children who are 2 years old and above.
One of their older toys, the LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket has retained its popularity due to the fun that it offers. The basket teaches kids about shapes and colors using items that you’d find at a picnic. Kids can hear songs that help them learn their colors and more. The set has a total of 14 pieces.
picnicbasketAnother older, but still popular toy from the company is the LeapFrog My Own LeaptopThis toy introduces children age 3 and older to the alphabet and spelling. Kids can learn how they can spell their own name. They can play pretend on the laptop and hear their letters as well as learning the names of the animals. There are 16 songs with this laptop toy.
The LeapFrog Chat and Count Smart Phone gives children 18 months and older a pretend Smart Phone just like the real one mom and dad have. This toy will let kids sing along while they’re learning counting numbers. They can even get pretend calls and voicemails. There are over 15 different ways your child can learn and explore with this toy.
New from LeapFrog is the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Power Learning Tablet. This toy is for kids between 3-9 years old. It contains a front and back camera with a recorder, can be used as an eReader, can play music and has 4GB of memory. The tablet comes with 9 applications including Art Studio, Photo Lab, Pet Pad and other learning applications. The tablet is compatible with hundreds of LeapFrog eBooks, games and more. The recharger pack is included in the purchase.
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Little Tikes

Little Tikes
The Little Tikes company began in 1970 and was founded by Tom Murdough. In the late 70s, the company created toys that delighted kids everywhere. These toys were a child’s play kitchen, the turtle sandbox with shell lid, and the Cozy Coupe.
In the early 80s, the company created a plastic picnic table for kids that became wildly popular. Rubbermaid bought the company in 1984 and in 1986, popular children’s television host, Mr. Rogers had a visit to Little Tikes.
Still popular since its creation, the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car is still a child favorite. The Coupe has gone through some updates including the ability for parents to be able to push the vehicle.
It has storage in the back of the toy and the gas cap will open and close. The wheels can turn completely around. It has a removable floor board, so parents can put it in or remove it depending on if their children need it.
The Coupe can support a weight limit of 50 pounds and is for kids 18 months up to 5 years of age. The Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox never lost its popularity. The sandbox is made of molded plastic for long lasting durability and has seats on the outer edge of the sandbox for children to be able to sit and play. The area is roomy enough to hold the recommended 150 pounds of sand. The top of the sandbox has a turtle shell that helps protect the contents from the outdoor weather.
Another ever popular toy is the Little Tikes Cozy Shopping Cart. The car seat can hold a doll or stuffed toy up to 12″. This toy has high sides for holding plenty of pretend shopping items. There’s room under the basket for other items.
One of the newest offerings from Little Tikes is the Little Tikes Get Out n’ Grill Kitchen Set. This grill has the look of stone and includes a sink as well as a cooking burner on either side.
When children turn the knobs, the grill will make a sound. Beneath the grill, cabinets can hold the play items that come with the toy. These items include buns, a set of tongs, a spatula, ketchup, hotdog and hamburger. The grill can be utilized indoor or outdoor and is suitable for children 2-5 years of age.
Another new offering is the Little Tikes Big Dog Truck Ride On. This toy has four ways for kids age 1-3 to use it. It can act as a toy dump truck, as a walker or a wagon and as a ride on toy. The truck has 7 different sound effects and a storage area beneath the seat.

Frozen Toy Characters

Frozen Toy Characters
The 2013 movie Frozen earned over a billion dollars at the box office. It became one of the highest grossing films and earned two Academy Awards. With the great animation, fantastic soundtrack, and lovable characters, it’s not hard to see why children everywhere loved the movie. Most of these toys are recommended for ages 3-10.
The success of the movie spawned a flurry of beloved toy characters that flew off the shelves as soon as they arrived. The movie featured the much loved Elsa as one of the characters.
As the movie progressed, Elsa became a sort of Snow Queen. After fleeing from her childhood home because of her power to bring forth snow and ice, she created a new castle for herself made of ice where she hid herself away.
You can get the Elsa character with the Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll. The doll is dressed in the same kind of sparkling gown the character wore in the movie. The popularity of the doll landed it on several Most Wanted toy lists.
Elsa’s younger sister, Princess Anna, is a free spirited princess who grew up delighting in her sister’s magical ability. But when Elsa’s powers accidentally harm Anna, Elsa withdraws, leaving Anna to grow up lonely and craving her sister’s company.
Anna is impulsive and adventurous and believes in the goodness of her sister when others think she’s evil. One of the hot selling toys for this movie character is the Disney Frozen Sparkle Anna of Arendelle Doll.
The doll comes dressed in a beautiful blue skirt decorated with flowers. She wears a decorative bodice and a cape with a gold pin at the neck. Like her sister doll, Anna also wears a tiara.
Kristoff is the hero in the movie and it’s him that Anna turns to for help in locating Elsa after her sister has run off. The Disney Frozen Sparkle Kristoff Doll is a replica of the character and even wears the fur trimmed tunic like the character wore in the movie.
Kristoff has a beloved pet reindeer, Sven and the two are constant companions. Sven is instrumental in helping Kristoff and Anna reach their destination. The Disney Frozen Exclusive 16 Inch Plush Figure Sven is made of huggable plush and is patterned after the movie reindeer.
Olaf is the snowman that came to life as a creation by Elsa when she and Anna were younger. The snowman comes to life later in the movie and adds great comedic relief. You can get the doll version in the Disney Frozen Olaf Doll.
The doll can come apart just like the movie figure and if you press down on his head, the expressions on his face change. In a surprise twist in the movie, Prince Hans, thought to be a love interest for Anna, turns out to be quite the villain.
The Disney Frozen Exclusive 12″ Classic Doll Hans is dressed as the prince was in the movie with a long dress coat, vest and cravat. He also wears the dark trousers tucked into knee high boots.

Monster High Characters

Monster High Characters
The creation of Monster High came to life in 2010 and the popularity of the dolls and related toys haven’t waned. The characters in the Monster High series are the children of famous monsters down through the years.
These characters all attend Monster High, which is a school exclusively for them. Frankie Stein is Frankenstein’s daughter and she’s one of the sweet characters. She’s known also for having two different colored eyes.
One is blue and the other is green. She also has both black and white hair. The Monster High Original Favorites Frankie Stein Doll comes dressed in her original plaid dress with necktie.
She’s also wearing the zebra striped shoes. You can get fashionable outfits for this doll with the Monster High Frankie Stein Deluxe Fashion Pack. The set comes with two outfits, a jacket, shoes, earrings and a purse.
Frankie also has the Monster High Frankie’s Vanity Playset that you can get. This set has a vanity table and chair, makeup, perfume, a hair dryer and more. Another character in the series is Clawdeen Wolf.
Her father is the Werewolf. With the Monster High Travel Scaris Clawdeen Wolf Doll, you can get the original doll, with jewelry, a suitcase and journal. Like the other characters in the series, she rules the school.
The school makes the perfect backdrop for Clawdeen and her schoolmates. The Monster High High School Playset has rooms like the ones shown in the series – including the creepateria.
It’s two stories high and filled with ghoulish fun. It comes with many spooky accessories including a three eyed frog. The characters can store their possessions in their school lockers and keep them safe with the skull locks.
Another playset is the Monster High Freaky Fusion Catacombs Playset. This one has three levels and there’s room for up to 15 of the dolls to fit in the playset. The elevator can take the dolls from one spooky floor to the next.
There are cool places to hang with friends like the café or the balcony. There’s also an underground lab where the characters can get together and create ghoulish surprises. The set comes with lab tables and chairs, accessories for the lab, books, a laptop, torches, dishes, food, doll clips and more.
Deuce Gorgon is the son of Medusa and is well-liked. He enjoys skateboarding and has the power to change people into stone. He is the love interest of character Cleo De Nile on the series.
The Monster High Scaris Deuce Gorgon Doll comes with the sunglasses like Deuce wears to keep his power under control. The doll also has the hair snakes and comes with a travel bag.

Fisher Price Toys

Fisher Price Toys
The company, located in New York, began in 1930 with founders Herman Fisher and Irving Price. Mattel bought Fisher-Price and the company became a subsidiary. It was at the American International Toy Fair where the company garnered attention and success.
With the introduction of the company’s Little People, a world of toys and accessories that captivated toddlers was born. The toys made by the company are suitable for kids from birth to over 5 years.
The popularity of the company’s older toys has yet to wane. One of the best selling older toys is the Fisher-Price Baby’s First Blocks and Rock Stack Bundle. This toy helps babies learn shapes and develop motor skills.
It includes the 5 shape bucket sorting toy and matching blocks. The bucket has a handle and lid for easy storage and mobility. The brightly colored stacking rings set can help your child learn order, colors, and problem solving.
The Fisher-Price Piano Gym, Kick and Play gives babies four different ways to learn and have fun. Babies can play on their tummy or back, or they can sit up. The toy is perfect as a take along.
It has 5 different activities for babies to engage in including the sound of a piano if baby kicks the keys. Parents can select the music with the set for as long as 15 minutes or can arrange for the music to stop sooner.
There’s also a volume control. The set has toys attached that are: an elephant, a frog, a hippo and more. The mat does require AA batteries to operate. One of the newest toys by Fisher Price is their Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Home.
The toy offers three different levels as your child ages and comes with more than 75 sounds, songs and word phrases. It has a small opening mailbox beside the door of the toy and the smiling face door will open and close.
The porch light will light up. The toy is for ages 6-36 months and is large enough for baby to crawl back and forth through the door. The lights with the house will move along with the sounds and phrases.
The toy features a doorbell and easy to press numbers above the door. Also new from the company is the Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car. You can get this in pink or red. The car has Smart Stages technology and this is the technology that allows the level of learning to go up as your child grows.
With over 75 songs and interactive play, your child can hours of fun. The play includes a learning time, imaginative play and music. There’s a shape sorter for blocks on the door of the car and the door will open. Kids can honk the horn, switch the gears and more.

Super Hero Toy Characters

Superhero Toy Characters
From the time that they’re very small, kids love pretending to be superheroes. They love the challenge of defeating the villains and saving the day. There’s something magical in a superhero and kids recognize that magic.
Now you can give them the toys they can play with to spur their crime fighting imaginations with a collection of superhero toys. Thor is a hero who happens to be a god.
He is from a planet called Asgard and protects humans from things that would harm them. He has the ability to use the weather to help him fight his battles and is known for his incredible strength.
Mjolnir is the hammer that he carries and he uses it to wield his mighty power. No human has the ability to lift Thor’s hammer. The Marvel Avengers Assemble Titan Hero Series Thor 12″ Action Figure is a replica of the hero.
The figure comes dressed in black with Thor’s hammer, helmet, and red cape. The Iron Man hero came to life because of Tony Stark. The wealthy businessman created a suit of armor in order to help save his own life after he was injured.
The powerful suit later became his identity as a super hero. Tony Stark, as Iron Man, fought unwillingly at first, side by side with Thor in the Avengers movie. The toy Iron Man in the Avengers Series Marvel Assemble Titan Hero Iron Man 12″ Action Figure has an identical red and gold suit of armor created by Tony Stark.
Captain America is also part of the Avengers franchise. This character changed into a strong super soldier after he took serum that toughened and bulked him up. He’s known for his red, white, and blue superhero outfit.
The Marvel Avengers Assemble Titan Hero Series Captain America 12-inch Figure is like the hero in the movie and comes complete with the shield. Some super heroes have remained legends for years.
Among those is Spiderman. This crime fighting hero burst onto the scene after a bite from a radioactive spider gave him incredible powers. The Marvel Ultimate Spider-man Titan Hero Series Spider-man 12-inch Figure is a durable toy for kids aged 4 and up.
The figure comes dressed in the red and blue costume with the spider design on the front. When he was a little boy, Bruce Wayne saw both of his parents murdered. That traumatic event caused the boy to grow up to become Batman because he was determined that those who committed crimes would be brought to justice.
The DC Comics 12 inch Batman Figure is dressed in the blue and gray costume. It also has the gold bat belt around the waist and the bat symbol on the chest of the costume, making it a favorite with fans.

Star Wars Characters

Star Wars Characters
In 1977, the first Star Wars movie released and an epic series of movies and memorabilia followed. The franchise has a huge supply of fan items and a legion of diehard fans that to this day still attend Star Wars events and conventions.
When heroes Luke Skywalker and Han Solo teamed up to fight the dark forces of evil, kids all over the world began to hold pretend rebellions and mimic the scenes from the movie.
With the characters of Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Darth Vader, plus the addition of the heroes, kids can have hours of fun playing. The character of Han Solo knew trouble and wasn’t afraid to cause it, either.
He was instrumental in his part of fighting against the Empire. You can own the character in figure form with the Star Wars The Black Series Han Solo Figure. The figure comes with a removable holster as well as both an imperial blaster and a hand blaster.
He has a white belt that the holster is on and the white belt is over the brown one. He also comes with a pair of gloves. Luke Skywalker was destined to fight the Empire and over time, he learned how to become a formidable Jedi Knight.
With the Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker figure, you’ll have a replica of the movie character. The figure comes with a light saber. Of course, every hero needs a villain to fight and no one can forget the fearsome Darth Vader, who was once Anakin Skywalker.
The Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader 6″ Figure is dressed like the movie character and even carries a light saber. The attention given to the details also makes this a great gift for people who collect Star Wars memorabilia.
Most villains want to command an army of others to help them do their evil bidding and Darth Vader was no exception. Now you can have a replica of those who helped Darth Vader with a Star Wars The Black Series Stormtrooper Figure 6 Inches.
These fighters were always available to help Darth Vader try to get the upper hand. The figures have a replica of the Stormtrooper armor and also have a blaster weapon. The battle wouldn’t be complete without Star Wars The Black Series Boba Fett Figure.
This figure is a replica of the movie character used by Darth Vader to do his bidding. The character was a legendary bounty hunter with extreme skills. The figure comes with the rifle. Any figure collection wouldn’t be complete without the Star Wars The Black Series #6 Yoda Figure. He comes with a cane, lightsaber, snake and necklace.

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!

Transformers Characters

Transformers Toy Characters
Arriving on Earth from the planet Cybertron, the autobots do their best to help the human race. Their battle against the Decepticons, their arch enemy, often causes much conflict against the humans.
There are those on Earth who would capture the autobots to use their abilities for evil. The autobots can transform into a variety of vehicles – ranging from cars to trucks and even to vehicles used by the military.
The box office success of the first Transformers movie in 2007 led to a series of the movies well known for their fast paced action and fight scenes. The leader of the transformers team is Optimus Prime.
His heroic deeds and empathy for the humans as revealed in the movies is one of the reasons toys featuring this character are in such high demand. The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Optimus Prime Figure is one of those toys.
The toy has the ability to change into either a robot or a vehicle. When it’s in vehicle mode, the autobot is a semi truck. When the figure is in robot form, he can hold the saw, which comes as an accessory.
The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Heatwave the Fire-Bot Figure was created after the character who can turn into a firetruck. He comes with a water cannon that he can hold onto. These robots are easy enough for toddlers to transform into vehicles and back again, yet tough enough to handle the rough play.
Bumblebee was the first autobot introduced to the world when the original Transformers movie came out. Audiences loved his affinity for Sam Witwicky played by Shia Labeouf. Kids love Bumblebee toys and the Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Bumblebee Figure is a big hit with kids from ages 3 and up. I know this is my 3-year-old grandson’s favorite! He even has the Bumblebee costume that he loves to wear.
The figure comes with a jackhammer and in vehicle mode transforms into the sports car like the one shown in the movie. The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Chase the Police-Bot Figure can transform from a robot to a police car.
The rescue claw will mount into the front of the police car mode. This autobot, along with the other pieces do fit the Transformers Rescue Bots Playskool Heroes Optimus Prime Rescue Trailer, which is what’s used to transport the autobots when needed.
Kids love the Transformers toy – whether they’re on the ground or in the air. The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Blades the Copter-Bot Figure is one that kids can play pretend with in the air. This autobot can transform into a helicopter. The robot can hold the rescue hook that will fit the helicopter.

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