Thursday, August 18, 2016
McDonald's newest Happy Meal toy "Step-It" is a colorful bracelet that tracks activity of kids. It measure steps and blink lights indicating the child's activity level. The McDonald's Happy Meal toy will be available for about a month. McDonald's is one of the main 2016 Olympic sponsors and they want the "Step-It" tracker to encourage kids who are rooting for their favorite athletes to be active.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of complains about the tracker heating up and leaving burn marks. A mom in Fort Smith, Arizon complained that the toy burned the arm of her 4-year old son. Casey Collyar said that she let her son wear the Happy Meal toy for just 8 minutes last Saturday.
“I have received approximately eight to nine messages from other parents...all of their children have been burned by the watch, and I received one message from an adult. At this time what angers me is that McDonald's has not pulled the Happy Meal toy," Collyar told FOX news.
UPDATE: According to McDonald's they are now pulling out the toy.
In a statement, McDonald’s said:
“We are voluntarily removing the Step It! Activity Band Happy Meal toys in our restaurants in our United States and Canadian markets. It will no longer be offered as part of our Happy Meals. We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated from wearing the band. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and we are fully investigating this issue. Our restaurants are now offering our youngest guests an alternative Happy Meal toy.”
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
According to the NPD Group, a market research company specializing in consumer behavior, the toy industry grew 7.5% in the first half of this year and they estimated that the industry will grow about 7%, or $1.4 billion, for the entire year of 2016.
The movie tie-in Star Wars was the biggest contributor to the industry’s mid-year growth, with dollar sales for Star Wars toys increasing nearly 200% through June.
In term of category the "Outdoor & Sports Toys" was not only the largest category with $1.7 billion in sales, but also the most popular. It impacted the overall industry growth. Last year, at this time, Outdoor & Sports grew the most of any supercategory and nearly doubled to represent 32% of total toy industry growth so far for this year.
The top 10 selling toy brands for the first half of 2016 are:
1) Star Wars;
6) LEGO Star Wars;
7) Little Tikes;
8) Disney Frozen;
9) Hot Wheels;
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Air Hogs Hyper Disc from Spin Master is really a fun toy to play with friends and family outside the yard or at the park. It is a big inflatable disc about 3 foot wide that you can fill with helium or air. It flies like a Frisbee and float like a blimp. If you fill it with helium, it will float in the air. When you fill it with just air, it acts like a Frisbee that you can toss around with a friend. It looks like a flying saucer when in mid air.
Your kids would surely love to play with it.
Ages: 5 and up
Air Hogs Hyper Disc $14.96
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
From left, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, the director Paul Feig, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon on the set of “Ghostbusters.”
So did you like the rebooted “Ghostbusters” movie starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon as an all-female squad of ectoplasm fighters? It recorded a $46 million ticket sales in North America over the weekend which makes it the 2nd best earning film behind “The Secret Life of Pets.”
If you are a fan you can relive the movie with these amazing Ghostbuster Toys:
LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & 2 Building Kit (LEGO)
The LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & 2 sets is composed of 556 pieces for your kids to build on. The Ecto-1 car features Ghostbusters logo, removable roof, seats for 4 Ghostbusters heroes (Abby, Erin, Jillian, and Patty). The front doors can be opened as well as the rear storage for some ghostbusting accessories. It is also equipped with side ladder and an ECTO-1 license plate.
The Ecto-2 motorbike which features a rear storage box is for Kevin. It includes five mini-figures Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan and Kevin, a Mayhem figure and a PKE Meter.
Price: $59.68 LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & 2 75828 Building Kit (556 Piece) $59.68 on Amazon
LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto 1 2 Building Kit
Ghostbusters Proton Pack Projector by Mattel
MSRP: $29.99 Ghostbusters Proton Pack Projector by Mattel $29.99
Slimer Soft Toy Series Ghostbusters 3 Plush Doll
This is an Original Plush Toy from animated film Ghostbusters 3. Very soft and it's a great toy for Ghostbuster fans.
MSRP: Slimer 9'' Soft Toy Serie Ghostbusters 3 Plush Doll Serie Original by Play by Play $12.95
LEGO Dimensions New Ghostbusters Story Pack
The LEGO Dimensions, New Ghostbusters Story Pack lets players to relive the movie to help the Ghostbuster team save the world from the mysterious and evil ghost, Rowen, across 6 action-packed levels of gameplay. The pack includes characters from the original film, like a classic buildable Peter Venkman LEGO minifigure, which are all playable in the game.
MSRP: $29.99-$49.99 LEGO Dimensions, New Ghostbusters Story Pack by Warner Home Video $49.99
Ghostbusters Slimer Figure by Mattel
With the world-famous Ghostbusters back, and so does the lovable green Slimer. He is more gluttonous than ever. The Ghostbusters Slimer figure is very detailed from the film and when you pull on his tongue you will hear him scream then followed by a gargling noise.
MSRP: $19.99 Ghostbusters Slimer Figure $19.99
Ghostbusters Metal Die Cast Figures Jada Toys
Jada Toy’s Metal Die Cast Figures released a new edition of Ghostbusters 4-inch and 6-inch figures for Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore.
MSRP: $10.39 - $21.95 Ghostbusters Metal Die Cast Figures Jada Toys
Ghostbusters Funko Pop!
Cute and adorable Funko’s Ghostbusters Pop! with huge heads, consist of 7 Figures Patty Tolan, Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Kevin, Jillian Holtzmann, Gertrude Eldridge, and Rowans Ghost.
MSRP: Starts at $6.71 Ghostbusters Funko Pop!
Erin Gilbert, Abby Yates, Patty Tolan, and Jillian Holtzmann 6-inch figures from Mattel.
MSRP: $19.99Ghostbusters Figures (Mattel)
Monday, July 11, 2016
The new Caterham Super Seven kit is a fun toy for do-it-yourself enthusiast. This is part of LEGO's ideas program, which allows fans create awesome model, take great photos, and write a convincing project description and submit it for voting.
If the kit gets 10,000 supporters within the year, it qualifies for LEGO review. The LEGO review board composed of designers and marketing representatives will evaluate the submitted kit and they will choose projects that will ultimately become new LEGO Ideas sets. The Toy company can’t make everything, but every project in review gets a fair shot.
If the kit is chosen it will go into production and it will be officially distributed by LEGO, the creator will get a small percentage of sales.
The Caterham Super Seven Car Kit was created by Carl Greatrix, he jokes that it’s a kit car of a kit car. It is a classic British kit sports car. The parts are close to reality which is really cool. The kit's frame is tubular, the side exhaust looks real, and even individual throttle bodies and side-mounted air intake are visible if you remove the front hood of the car kit.
Updates to LEGO Ideas Guidelines and TOS
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Cozmo, is a tiny robot that look similar to the Pixar movie "WALL-E", the robot which developed a personality after years and years of cleaning up garbage on Earth. Cozmo which is created and designed by Anki is just 2.5-inches tall. It looks like a shaped like a miniature bulldozer with a CRT monitor.
It likes meaningful eye contact and heavy lifting. Cozmo is a robot companion designed as a friend. It’s lifelike enough to evoke sympathy. It looks like an ordinary toy robot, but it has been programmed to move, interact, and give emotion like it has feelings. Anki designed Cozmo using a combination of artificial intelligence, image and voice recognition, and animation.
Cozmo gets grumpy when you poked or turned on his back. It will show you through its small OLED screen with two animated eyes, its eyes narrow and it grunts at you. It evolves the more you spend your time with it.
Other emotion that it express are anger, focused, annoyed, surprised, skeptical, bored, scared, sad, happy, or any combination of those emotions. It can also be curious, clever, persistent or playful. It develops a unique personality according to the person it interacts with.
It works using a smartphone app that provides a matching soundtrack to his actions. A camera in his face can identify who is playing with him, and once you type a name into the app, he remembers who you are and will even say your name. It's one of the few words he says out loud. Mostly he communicates with a series of beeps and tones.
Anki is based in San Francisco that is known for its racing game Overdrive.
The robot is for ages 8 and above and cost $180, it will be available in October. You can pre-order now for just $159.99 on their website.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The beloved orange marsupial is back, at the Sony’s E3 2016 press conference, they revealed that the beloved Crash Bandicoot will be appearing in Skylanders Imaginators as a playable character. The they will be also releasing an HD remake of the classic mascot’s PS1 trilogy, that includes Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot Warped.
In the video trailer looks like a wormhole was opened in Skylanders Imaginators, that brings the appearance of Aku Aku, as he has come to announce a once-in-two-decades Synchronization Celebration, which happens to be a time when all of the worlds align perfectly. However, Kaos wishes to take over Skylands using an army of Doomlanders, leading Crash Bandicoot to jump through the wormhole in order to save them and defeat the villain.
The players may also play with another hero, and the game will also let players design their own characters with which to play.
Skylanders Imaginators is scheduled to release on October 16, 2016 for Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U, with Crash Bandicoot set to join the party.
more on Crash Bandicoot
Check out some Cool Summer Toys:
Intex Surf 'N Slide Inflatable Play Center, 174" X 66" X 64", for Ages 6+
Intex inlatable water slide
Banzai Speed Blast Dual Racing Slide $30.50
Inflatable Crystal Blue Swimming Pool (45in X 10in)
Other water slide
Other inflatable pool