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Syrinscape – Hear Your Games Come to Life reviews an astounding sound app from “Syrinscape.”

Syrinscape 1I remember playing games when I was a kid where I constantly provided my own” sound effects” to enhance the game experience. This was usually done by mimicking an explosion, a gun shot, an animal roar or maybe a strike of lightning using my mouth or clapping my hands. It worked for sure, but now gamers can experience the real thing, sounds that will literally make the playing pieces and game board come to life.


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Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo – A Wi-Fi Two-Wheeled Jumping Camera Drone

Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo in White (Also available in Black and Khaki) looks another type of drone from Parrot.

Having just concluded Drone Week here at Toys Bulletin, we decided to keep the fun rolling with another new and imaginative robotic toy in the same realm.  Parrot is a major player in the drone space, and we set out to test their Jumping Sumo mini drone.

The Jumping Sumo first hit our radar in this spectacular video from YouTube star Devin Supertramp. Even though the Jumping Sumo is technically called a “Drone” this one doesn’t fly through the air. Instead it’s the one seen in the video jumping off tables and chasing the star of the video through the house on the floor via two wheels while keeping an eye on all the action with its Wi-Fi connected camera eye.


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Remote Control, Vehicles

2 Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzles – for Young and Old

Ravensburger Artist's Desk looks at 2 unique puzzle choices from Ravensburger.

Ravensburger continues to produce new jigsaw puzzles that are both challenging and highly creative. First up is a 1000 piece puzzle entitled “The Artist’s Desk,” which depicts a Disney-Pixar animator’s desktop and bulletin board, filled with drawings, pens, pencils, notebooks and lots of color. This puzzle features Ravensburger’s “Softclick” technology, which allows the pieces to neatly fit together without having to press hard or bend them needlessly. There is even a slight click when the pieces fit together to insure you made the right move.


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Puzzle Update – New Site and Content Migration

cropped-cropped-Toys1.gifThis site has been up and running for more than four years, and we have been asked by a few people why we have never updated the design. The short answer is that the site worked, and we’ve learned before that if something works online, don’t mess with it. But the time has finally come for a refresher, a new design and layout that provides a host of benefits for readers.

First of all this new site will load much faster. The previous site was code heavy and a bit of a patch work Frankenstein job that accumulated a lot of excess size over the years. This new site is optimized to run much faster.


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Card Games, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Girls, Information, Learning, Nostalgic, Novelty, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Uncategorized, Vehicles

Our List of The Best Zombie Products Available – Toys, Games, Books and a Few Surprises takes a look at some of the best Zombie products available. 

There is little doubt that one of the most popular media frenzies of the past several years revolves around a single word, that being Zombies. Quite frankly, they are everywhere. The public’s initial infatuation with Zombies may have begun with the release of the classic horror film, “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968. But more recently, the popular TV shows “The Walking Dead” and to a lesser degree, the Sundance Channel release of “The Returned” have continued to fuel the Zombie fires. Add to this the latest theatrical releases, including Brad Pitt’s “World War Z,” the Zombie comedy “Warm Bodies,” and even an animation hit, “ParaNormal,” and you have some idea what kids and even adults are putting on their Christmas lists in 2013. They want something related to Zombies. 

The staff at Toys Bulletin decided to put their heads together and create a list of some of the best and craziest Zombie items for 2013. We are not going to review these items, although we will admit to having purchased many of them as gifts for friends, family or ourselves. There are some creepy products out there, but we kept our list a bit more “family friendly.” Even so, many of our selections may not be appropriate for everyone. Consider the list a general guide to the world of Zombie merchandise. 

The format will be simple. We will provide a simple list (in no particular order), a brief description of each item, an approximate price, an age recommendation and, of course, a mandatory photo. All of the items can be found by performing a simple search on the Internet, and in many cases, is one of the best sources. You will laugh at some of the products, and be startled with others. In any case, have a good time. Here we go… 


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Information, Learning, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Vehicles

The Best of 2013 from Toys Bulletin lists its favorite toys and games of the year.


Each year this task gets much more difficult for our staff here at Toys Bulletin.  As has been the case in past years, we continue to see so many quality and exciting new products during the year that it is especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, we also know that we cannot possibly test and review every toy and game released by every manufacturer in the past 12 months, so there is no doubt that we may have missed some good ones.

Here are the guidelines we follow in making our selections.  “The Best of 2013” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2012 through October 2013.  We have purposely excluded some older items, which may have been reviewed during that period, because that toy or game has been around for a number of years.  However, in some circumstances, we have also included an item that was new to us at Toys Bulletin, even though it may have been available for purchase prior to November 2012.


And most importantly, we followed our mission statement of providing a list of the “Best Toys and Games You’ve Never Heard Of...”

Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Girls, Information, Learning, Nostalgic, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Vehicles

Video Game Review: Skylanders SWAP Force – A New Twist and Turn explores the world of Skylanders SWAP Force from Activision.


The “Skylanders” franchise is well known throughout the world.  For those unfamiliar with “Skylanders,” it is a video game that allows action figures to actually enter the video game by way of a portal of power.  The initial game release was in October 2011 and was called “Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure,” while the first sequel, released a year later introduced kids to “Skylanders Giants.” As of 31 July 2013, worldwide retail sales have exceeded $1.5 billion.  “Skylanders” has proven to be a phenomenally successful product.

The entire “Skylanders” universe includes well over 100+ characters, and each is classified under one of 8 elements, Magic, Water, Tech, Fire, Earth, Life, Air and Undead.  “Skylanders” associated with certain elements are sometimes required to progress further in the game.  Two “Skylanders” figures can be placed on the portal of power at the same time allowing two players to work together on the same adventure...

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A Video Game Review: Mech Mice – Defend Roden from the Dark Union reviews its first computer game.


Readers have been asking for us to review not only mobile apps from time to time, but to review an occasional video/computer game.  Today, we are going to review the first one, and we think you will find this an exciting game for youngsters of all ages.

Hyper Hippo Productions and Oktobor Animation have combined forces to create “Mech Mice.”  It is currently intended for any browser, and it worked perfectly on our Desktop Mac.  It does also require the loading of the “Unity Web Player,” which only took a few minutes, and provides superior graphics for the game.  We did some checking and it is considered completely safe.  The author describes the game as a “squad based tactical” game, where mice take turns doing battle with fierce cybug armies.  The game is brand new, having been released in October 2013...


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