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Robo Bug & Squishy Zombie – A Fun Pair

Robo Bug 1ToysBulletin.com reviews two unique items from SmartLab Toys.

We recently discovered another toy company that has a vast catalog of great looking products, that being SmartLab Toys. We are going to look at two of their offerings, a “Robo Bug” and a “Squishy Zombie.”

First off, let’s discuss the “Robo Bug,” which is a motorized Robot with glow-in-the-dark wings, that comes ready to assemble with just 24 separate parts. The kit is suggested for kids 7 years old and up, and the instructions are easy to follow. The completed bug measures just over 5″ in length and stands about Robo Bug 23″ high. It is powered by 2-AAA batteries in its belly, and this six-legged creature moves nicely while its front pinchers open and close. There is even a convenient on/off switch located at the rear of the bug. We really liked the way the parts were connected together, using tiny press on plastic bolts that held everything amazingly well. Lastly, there is a fun-to-read pamphlet included that discusses the insect world from top to bottom, with great photos of various insects/bugs, even showing an actual beetle side by side with our “Robo Bug.” So, kids get a fun building project plus some great information too. “Robo Bug” retails for just $14.99, and can be purchased directly at the SmartLab Toys website.

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Posted in Building, Figures, Learning

Wind-Up Toys : Making a Comeback

Z WindUp 1ToysBulletin.com looks at the latest in plastic wind-up toys from Z WindUps.

When you think of wind-up toys, your mind sometimes takes you back to toys that were being produced in the 1930s and 1940s. Well, it might be time to change your thinking, because we have come across a collection of wind-up toys that brings back not only the nostalgic days of years past but also are very much relevant for today. These wind-up toys are produced by Z WindUps and they will certainly have universal appeal not only to wind-up toy enthusiasts, but also to anyone who has been looking for a toy with unique designs and functions. We play tested 7 different wind-up toys from Z WindUps, representing just 3 design categories. We actually counted around 167 different wind-ups in the entire product line.

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Posted in Figures, Novelty

Plush Animals Arrive : Soft to Touch from The Manhattan Toy Company

t396_680b40af6949f4d813e01189da6ca6a6ToysBulletin.com looks at a pair of irresistible plush animals.

The key word to start this review is soft.  We may have found the softest most plush texture we have ever encountered in any toy when we touched the large version of “Genna Giraffe,” part of the “Lovelies” collection from The Manhattan Toy Company.  Genna stands approximately 10″ high, and measures 9″ long and 6″ wide.  She is primarily orange in color, featuring the appropriate spots befitting a giraffe.  She can sit on her own, and is highlighted with an adorable appointed face.  When you first see her, your first instinct is to squeeze and cuddle this precious treasure.  We showed Genna to two toddlers (a boy and a girl), and they both grabbed her, kissed her and pressed Genna against their chests.  The love was immediate.

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Posted in Baby and Toddler, Figures

ToysBulletin.com 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.

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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

From Toy Fair 2014 – Bendie Buddies – a new line of plush animals

BendieBuddies1Here is a unique new product that we came across totally by accident at the recent New York Toy Fair. “Bendie Buddies” is a new line of plush animals, where magnets play a key to their play value. Currently, there are 3 different “Bendie Buddies,” each in the form of a monkey. Their names are Goldie, who has a orange body with blue face and two wide open eyes, Howie, who has a brown body, light face, eyes closed, and mouth wide open and lastly, Yarie, with his grey coloring and light face, featuring one eye open and one eye closed. Standing upright, they each measure approximately 12” in height.

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Posted in Figures

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

Playset Review: Clockhouse Train Set and Musical Pufferty Train – Lots of Fun from Tickety Toc

ToysBulletin.com looks at toys based on the hit Nick Jr. TV series-Tickety Toc.

81isvJ2M8L_SL1500In the fall of 2012, Nick Jr. premiered a new show for young kids called “Tickety Toc,” and it quickly became the number one daytime show on the network. The show centers around twins Tommy and Tallulah, who must make sure the Tickety Toc Clock chimes on time. Each show begins with the twins being dropped off by the Pufferty Train after completing chime time. From there, things always get a bit more complicated for the twins as they find themselves in the middle of adventures that make it difficult for them to get back to the clock for chime time. Now, two toys that recreate key components from the TV series are available from “Just Play.”

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Posted in Figures

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...”


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