Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Remote Control Skateboarding Mikey

The toy, movie and TV show empire featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have longstanding places in the hearts of children as some of the most beloved characters of all time.

Whenever a toy comes along featuring one of the characters, it always causes plenty of excitement. This year, one landed on Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys of 2016 list. It’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Remote Control Skateboarding Mikey.

This toy has at its center – Mikey, who happens to be a fan favorite. He’s larger than life, thanks to the introduction of this remote control skateboard. Mikey is always up for whatever is fun and now, children can join in and share along some of that fun by using the remote to help Mikey carry out his awesome antics.

Those who love the moves and the thrill that’s involved with skateboarding will see the same adventure in the stunts they can help Mikey perform. All it takes is the remote control and you can see Mikey pop a wheelie.

mikeyWith another move using the remote, you can see him do some pretty amazing 360s or 720s. You’ll also have the power to control the skateboard so that it can demonstrate the jaw dropping 1 foot spins.

Of course, everyone knows that anyone who has ever been on a skateboard will wipe out at some point. Mikey is no exception to that rule – but thanks to the capability of this toy, he can be back upright and ready to move on to the next stunt, thanks to the remote control’s ability to put him on his feet again using the spin button.

Mikey isn’t exactly the picture of silence with his ability to toss out 20 of the catch phrases that have always delighted audiences. If your child is a fan of the series, he’ll instantly recognize the various quips Mikey says.

The toy will delight you and your child will love to watch the high flying action stunts. The remote that comes with the skateboard gives users the ability to handle Mikey for different actions.

If kids use the left button on the remote, they’ll be able to witness Mikey perform a spin. When you’re ready to see him speed off, all you have to do is use the right button. The toy isn’t intended to be used outside and doesn’t work as well on carpet as it does on a hard surface.

With the purchase, you’ll receive instructions, the Mikey figure and the skateboard. You will have to affix Mikey to the skateboard before the first use. The toy also needs five C batteries, which you will have to buy separately. The recommended age for the toy is 4 years and up.

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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.

Fisher Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway

Little kids love playing with cars and the Fisher Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway offers plenty of fun to spark their imagination. There are little roads that they can propel their vehicles up and down over.

The skyway – which made Walmart’s Hottest 25 Toys List for 2016 – has plenty of bright colors and interesting stops along the way – such as the town that’s part of the Skyway. Kids can run imaginary errands in their vehicles or stop for a visit just like Mom and Dad.

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When their tank of gas is getting low, they can pause at the gas pump to get a refill and keep on playing. From top to bottom, the Skyway will entertain your child. The set is a little above three feet in height, which makes it the perfect size for toddlers to be able to reach.

By putting their cars at the very top of the Skyway and letting go, they can delight to see the vehicles speed down all the roadways and ramps. Kids love making their cars go into the car wash and being in control of lifting up the gates to let their cars go on their way.

The ramps are spiral, which helps keep the vehicles in place as they zip around the toy until they reach the end of the road. The set takes minimal assistance once it’s put together to get it ready for your child to play with and it can switch from a roadway to the tower.

This two way configuration doubles your child’s playing fun. You can change it from a sit down toy to a stand up one. What some parents do is they use the toy in the sit down mode for younger children until their child is a little older.

You can also use the Matchbox cars with this set as your child gets older. Included in the set are two of the Wheelies cars. This toy is suitable for kids who are one and a half up to five years old.

As well as being a fun toy, it also offers some educational value. It encourages physical activity, hand-eye coordination and putting objects in place. Batteries are not needed for this toy, but there is some assembly required and depending on your handiness with putting things together, the timing to get it set up might vary.

The skyway doesn’t dismantle once you have everything screwed into place. So you can’t store it in a toy box, but you can tuck it in a corner or into a closet if you need to get it out of the way.

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.

Razor Jetts Heel Wheels Review

Do you want to experience the fun and excitement of skating without having to wear bulky skates? Then the Razor Jetts Heel Wheels are for you. To use these heel wheels, all you need to do is to step up, strap down, and take off. With these heel wheels, you can transform any ordinary sneakers into the hottest way to roll down the street. It comes with attachable flints so they can spark while you roll. Would you like to see sparks shooting out of your feet while you zoom by? Then you need to get this item.

How Much?
You don’t need to spend a lot to start rolling with the Razor Jetts Heel Wheels. This is because a pair can go for as low as $32.61. You can even have them shipped directly to your doorstep for free.

Who Would Buy The Razor Jetts Heel Wheels?
Razor Jetts Heel Wheels are perfect for kids and adults alike who would like to experience the fun and thrill of skating. The makers of this product recommend that it be used by individuals who are at least 6 years of age for safety reasons. It is for anyone who is tired of bulky and heavy skates and heel wheels.

Things We Like About Razor Jetts Heel Wheels
One of the best things about Razor Jetts Heel Wheels is its compact and lightweight design. You can take them almost anywhere. You can take them to the park. When you are not wearing them, you can just toss them inside the car or you can carry them with you. They are also very easy to put on and off.

These are also more stable than other heel wheels available in the market. Other similar products are made only for small children. This one is something that even adults can wear confidently and comfortably. And because of its excellent design, the Razor Jetts Heel Wheels can also glide faster than other heel wheels in the market. Braking with this heel wheels is also easier. It is something that will surely give your kid hours of fun.

What We Didn’t Like
If you are planning to buy this product because you have seen the commercial with the big sparks, then you may be a little disappointed. While it does produce sparks because of the attachable flint, the spark is not as big as that in the advertisement. I guess the manufacturers of the product may have exaggerated a bit when they made the commercial. Also, this is not made for younger children. The manufacturer says you should be 6 years old or older to use them but you should also consider the skill of your child when it comes to skating. You must also follow the usage guide to minimize risks.

Are They Worth the Money?
At under $32, the Razor Jetts Heel Wheels is definitely worth the money. It is one of the most innovative and well-designed heel wheels in the market.

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Where Can I Buy Them?
You can buy Razor Jetts Heel Wheels at authorized retailers and online stores such as Amazon.

Final Thoughts
If you are looking for a way to spice up your commute or a new exciting way to get around, you should try the Razor Jetts Heel Wheels.

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Lionel Mega Tracks – Corkscrew Chaos

If you have ever had any interest in model trains you’ve probably heard of Lionel but this Mega Tracks model is like no train set that you have seen before.

The Mega Tracks Corkscrew has been described as a crazy mix of slot Car, roller coaster and toy train set. Just to be clear this isn’t a racing set. You just get the one remote control vehicle – I’m not sure if you could call it a train or a car, it looks a bit like a space ship but for this article we will describe it as a RC vehicle to save any confusion.

It comes with over 20 feet of track that is twistable so it can create all sorts of crazy layouts. You also get a charger, one vehicle and a remote control, as well as various clamps and accessories to build the track. The remote also connects to your phone so you can make videos and photos and add a lap timer.

How Much?
Currently the price is around $90 but you should check online to see if this has changed.

Who Would Buy the Mega Tracks Corkscrew?
Lionel recommends 8 – 15 years old as the age group that this would be suitable for. This would make a good father and son project.

Things We Like About It
While the set-up of other railway and car racing sets is a bit of a chore, setting this mega tracks set up is half the fun–designing crazy roller coaster style layouts that defy gravity. Certain kids will really enjoy the challenge. It requires patience so younger kids might easily get bored setting it up.

The RC vehicle is really fast and, like a roller coaster, it can climb vertically and go upside down if you get your track set up right.
We liked that there are add-on packs for larger set ups and that there are two sets, a green engine and red engine, that run on different frequencies so can be used side by side.

Things We Did Not Like About It
The instructions are very small and fairly complicated but there are plenty of videos online which should help in building your track. Once you figure out how to assemble it, you can start making lots of different designs. Some reviewers mentioned the RC vehicle didn’t always stay on the track but with trial and error you will find what set ups work – it’s all about physics! The battery is not included.  You’ll need a 9V battery to get this to work.

Is It Worth The Money?
There is plenty of value in this railway set as there are so many variations of the track you can build. It will be good for a child with patience to make the most of this but if your child enjoys railways or roller coasters and is interested in experimenting and to a degree engineering, then this would be a toy they will use a great deal. Some dads would love this set as well!

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Where Can I Buy It?
The Mega Tracks Corkscrew is available from stores online. Amazon stock both the red and green engine versions.

Final Thoughts
A challenging but fun toy, this will appeal to the older end of the spectrum and some Dads will appreciate this as a gift as well.

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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.

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