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Pokémon Review: A Collection from Tomy – Collect Them or Play With Them reviews Pokémon Toys from Tomy.


Pokémon has been a household name with kids and collectors since their creation in Japan in 1996.  There was not only a hit video game series, but a succession of spin offs, including films, anime TV shows, and a trading card game.  Of course, that meant there had to be toys and games to match, and the number of Pokémon items on the shelves today is nearly uncountable.

But one company, “Tomy Toys,” has produced a variety of Pokémon toys that is worth looking at in more detail.  Today, we are going to review Pokémon 7” articulated vinyl figures, Pokémon catch ‘n’ return poke balls, and Pokémon 2” match up packs...

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A Unique Plush Toy Review: Gravescabs from Sharkchild – They Provide Qualities that Heal

“Toys Bulletin” has been reviewing toys and games for many years now, but we have to admit this may be the most unusual item we have ever reviewed.  M. Amanuensis Sharkchild is a genius of sorts.  His life is filled with visions of horror and fantasy, and he shares his work through writing, toys and music.  He operates a website, where books are sold, and his curious Dark Energy Discoveries can be heard.  But what caught our attention is his line of toys, called “Gravescabs.”


To start our review, we ask that our readers first follow this link to watch and listen as the narrator, Sanaman, the Box Dropper, explains the creatures called “Skells” who reside in a land called Peel...

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ParkZarz – Interchangeable Ski and Snowboarding Action Figures

We thought we had seen every type of action figure in existence, but we were wrong. “ParkZarz” is a completely new category of action figures, including 12 interchangeable skiers and snowboarders. This is a toy made for those who love the wintry snowy outdoors.


Jon Allen designed “ParkZarz” figures.  He describes himself as the “Head-Kid-at-Heart,” and these toys reflect his devotion to the snow lifestyle, combined with his love of toys... 

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Romper Zombie – Collect Them if You Dare

Just having returned from the New York Toy Fair, we wanted to present readers with a close preview look at one of the most unusual products we saw in New York. “Romper Zombie” is a line of premium collectible Urban Vinyl figures.


The creators of “Romper Zombie” have designed these high quality 8” figures based on the details of an accident that took place at “The National Center for Zombie Technology” (NCZT).  It turns out that one of the specimens there was suffering from “Auto Necrotic Reversal Syndrome” (ANRS).  He unfortunately escaped, resulting in a Zombie epidemic.

The complete “Romper Zombie” line consists of 24 Zombies and 6 Zombie hunters.  The names of each Zombie will follow the letters of the alphabet, beginning with Andie Anderson, Bobbie Blaylock and Colie (Clive) Chaney Jr.  Each represents a youngster infected.  Georgie Gorey will be the first of the zombie hunters.  This initial group of figures is slated to be released during the first four months of 2013...

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Jumbo Jungle Animals – A Great Find for Your Little One

When Christmas approaches, our readers frequently ask what toys or games we, at Toys Bulletin, are buying for our own kids and grandchildren this holiday season. Well, here is one that was purchased just a week ago, and it is now wrapped and under the tree waiting for a very special two year old boy.


“Learning Resources” has released a great set of “Jumbo Jungle Animals” for ages 2 years old and up.  There are 5 animals included, a giraffe, elephant, lion, gorilla and tiger.  That does not seem like very many animals, but you will not believe the size of them.  The giraffe measures 13” in height and is over 8” long, while the elephant is 6” in height and 12” long.  The others are equally large...

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This task has not gotten any easier since we published our “Best of 2011” 12 months ago.  We see so many quality and exciting new products during the year, making it especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, as mentioned last year, 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 2012” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2011 through October 2012.  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 2011.


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

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The Trash Pack-Series 2 – Squishable Friends from the Garbage

Moose Toys created a sensation at the end of 2011 when they released “Trash Pack” series 1, a set of 175 small figures (Trashies) all based on slimy, awful things you might find in your trash or garbage can.  Each figure was unique, had a specific name, and came in its own small green trash can.  The figures themselves measured approximately 1” in height and were soft and squishy to touch.  “Toy News” reported that 1.45 million Trashies were sold.


This summer, series 2 was released, which includes around 170 new Trashies.  The new ones come in distinct orange trash cans, and again they are selling fast already.  As with many collectible figures, Trashies include certain ultra-rare figures, along with rare, common, glow-in-the-dark, limited edition and exclusive ones...

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Sidekix – Playful Balls With a Surprise Inside

"Sidekix" is an innovative new toy being marketed by entrepreneurs Aubren Johnson and Tara Memmott, who created "Sidekix Toys" in 2011. "Sidekix," as advertised, is essentially two toys in one.  It is a colorful "soft to the feel" ball that can be tossed, kicked or thrown, and it also contains a surprise inside the ball.  There is a zipper on the outside of the ball, and once unzipped, a plush animal appears, which can be shaped and played with separately...
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