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The Awesome Foam Weaponry of Whombatz

logoToysBulletin.com reviews a pair of new action toys from Whombatz.

You know every once in a while you come across someone who grew up just like you did, and then you instantly feel like there’s a connection? Well, that’s how I felt when I met the folks from Whombatz (three brothers) at this year’s Toy Fair in New York. The kicker here is that these guys created a product that I knew I would like the minute I saw it.  It was a set of ultimate foam fighting weapons that I would have died to have had as a kid.

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Reza Ninja – The Ultimate Laser Tag Experience

Reza NInja 1ToysBulletin.com reviews the latest Laser Combat game from Gameware Pte. Ltd.

Here’s a great new toy we found that premiered at this year’s New York Toy Fair and it was among the more memorable of the thousands of items we saw – Reza Ninja. Reza Ninja is a line of ninja battling toys that uses their exclusive Reza Sword design to enable fierce ninja battles using laser tag to count the hits.

Besides the obvious awesomeness of combining two things all kids love, ninjas and laser tag, what really sets this apart is the functionality built into the Reza Sword. There’s a small button on the bottom of each one that allows the user to switch from sword to gun mode. Gun mode is ideal when your opponent is farther away and it works similar to other laser tag systems, point at the target and shoot. But sword mode is an all new experience that we’ve never seen done before. When your opponent is close you can swipe the sword up and down as you would a regular sword and acquire points.

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Posted in Electronics, Outdoor, Sports

WWE Superstar Showdown – A Realistic Wrestling Board game.

Superstar Showdown 1ToysBulletin.com looks at an exciting sports game from Gale Force Nine.

There are very few wrestling board games out in the marketplace, and none quite like “WWE Superstar Showdown.” This game truly presents players with a chance to feel the body slams and experience all the action as it takes place inside the ring. The game includes 6 actual wrestlers, Big E, Big Show, John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns. Each of the wrestlers comes with their own miniature, displaying a menacing pose, a superstar stat card and a 30 card superstar deck. There are also some bonus cards, match cards, stipulation cards and some team color rings. Lastly, there is a large folding game board, with a wrestling ring in the center, that measures approximately 20″ x 20″ and a 15 page full color set of rules.

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Posted in Board Games, Sports

Tangle NightBall – More Than Just a Football

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$_12It may not be football season, but the staff at Toys Bulletin sure had fun tossing around the “Tangle NightBall.”  What makes this football special is that it actually lights up while spiraling through the air.  Once darkness sets in, this football comes to life.  It is powered by non-replaceable LED lights, but they seem to have an endless amount of energy, so changing them out is not a worry.

When the ball is thrown, the “Tangle NightBall” will light up and actually get brighter as it spirals through the air.  Once it is caught, the light goes out until the next toss is made.  The larger of the two sizes measures approximately 8″ in length and 15″ around the middle.  The smaller version is about 6″ in length and 11″ around.  Both balls we tested were green with blue accents, although there are other color combinations available.  The ball has a rubber-like feel, is squeezable to the touch and waterproof too.  And boy, do these things ever fly through the air.  It is amazing to see.  They, of course, work just fine in the daytime as well, as they are easy to throw and catch.

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Posted in Outdoor, Sports

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

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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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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THE BEST OF 2012 FROM TOYS BULLETIN

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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