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A Building Set Review: Chuggington Die Cast – Build it Higher

ToysBulletin.com looks at the Chuggington Track Pack from Tomy.

Chuggington4One of the problems with many train and racecar tracks is that they simply take up too much space.  Tomy has solved that problem by providing youngsters with multiple designs for train track layouts that are built higher, rather than flat across the floor.  Today, we are specifically looking at Tomy’s “Chuggington 10 in 1 Track Pack,” along with a couple of die cast train cars for use on the finished layouts.

The “Chuggington 10 in 1 Track Pack” contains an assortment of 28 connectable pieces, including its own easy to connect track.  These new elevated layouts also allow kids to send the train cars down the track at faster speeds simply because the layouts are built higher allowing gravity to do its job.

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Our List of The Best Zombie Products Available – Toys, Games, Books and a Few Surprises

ToysBulletin.com 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, Amazon.com 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… 

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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

ToysBulletin.com 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

Construction Kit Review: Mic-O-Mic – Build It and Play With It

ToysBulletin.com reviews a building set from International Playthings.

 

“Mic-O-Mic” is a collection of German designed and engineered construction kits distributed by “International Playthings” here in the USA.  Their kits are far from the usual type of construction kit.  The complete “Mic-O-Mic” line is made with the finest materials, and every piece of every set exudes high quality. 

 

The variety of construction kits available includes trains, boats, motorcycles, airplanes, cars and trucks.  There are beginner, intermediate and advanced kits.  The beginner kits are suggested for kids 6-8 years old, while the intermediate and advanced kits are best for kids 8 years old and up...

Posted in Building

A Review of One of the Best Construction Toys Around: “Engino 25” For Our Young Inventors

ToysBulletin.com reviews a special construction set from Engino - distributed in the U.S.A. by Elenco Electronics, Inc.

 

There are many parents out there that believe the only good building sets available for their children are those from Lego.  Today, we are going to look at a strong contender for that title.  We got our hands on a high quality and challenging construction set from Engino.  These sets are actually manufactured by Engino.Net Ltd in Cyprus, European Union, and distributed here in the U.S.A. by Elenco Electronics, Inc., which carries a full line of fine toys, educational items, and even electronic test equipment...

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Teifoc – Use Cement and Trowel to Build Brick Buildings

Eitech America, located in Redmond, Washington is the North American distributor for Eitech Germany, one of the leading European makers of construction and building sets. Eitech also distributes the “Teifoc-Build and Play with Real Bricks” line of construction sets, which are actually brick and mortar building sets.


We at Toys Bulletin thought this was a terrific idea for young builders, who want to experience first hand how to build a brick building.  Youngsters ages 6 years old and up will actually be able to mix their own cement, and then construct a real brick structure, including windows and doors and even a brick roof...

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Girder & Panel – Build These at Home

This set of building toys really caught our attention at the Toy Fair in New York this past February. “Bridge Street Toys” has created some amazing building sets for youngsters 6 years old and up, designed by engineers, and offering construction ideas that many other rival sets simply cannot match. The buildings are all 1/87 scale, which is HO size.


We are going to take a look at their line of “Girder & Panel” sets, specifically the Children’s Museum set, and the Goose Hollow Town House set.  The latter is a new set that was designed with young girls in mind...

Posted in Building

Catapult – Design Courtesy of Leonardo Da Vinci

Nearly 561 years ago, a boy named Leonardo Da Vinci was born, and even after those many years have passed, he is still considered to be the most diversely talented individual that has ever lived. Although mostly known for his painting prowess, he was also a technological genius, far beyond his years.

 

Elenco Electronics Inc. distributes a complete line of Da Vinci’s creations, all of which can be easily put together, generally without any tools, and with no batteries or glue required.  We, at Toys Bulletin, chose Da Vinci’s “Catapult” to test and review...

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