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XPloderz X2 Mauler 1000 – An Extraordinary Shooting Experience

Maya Group, Inc. has released its new line of X2 Blasters, now featuring “auto-load.” The new Blasters have improved accuracy and also shoot for longer distances, when compared to last year’s models. And how could anyone resist something called the “XPloderz X2 Mauler 1000.”  Say it a few times, and you want one immediately.    X2 Blasters are intended for youngsters ages 8 years old and up, and feature a type of ammo that may surprise many of our readers...

Posted in Outdoor, Sports

Elefun – A Fun and Easy Butterfly Catching Game

The Elefun Butterfly catching game from Hasbro is a super simple little game that can be started in under a minute and it consistently kept the kids in our focus group entertained.

The premise is very basic.  The Elefun has a base unit that requires four C batteries, and a trunk made out of a light paper thin fabric material.  When the base unit is turned on, it shoots a light stream of air through the trunk which then expands vertically straight up from the base unit (kind of like those air filled figures you see dancing outside a store on their grand opening).  You just have to preload (the included) small light butterflies in the base unit and then those butterflies slowly make their way up and out of the top of the trunk.  The kids stand around the trunk with included nets and try to catch the butterflies as they fall to the ground.

The kids we tested this with loved it, even the little ones under 2 can participate.  It quickly becomes a contest who can catch the most butterflies.  The older kids really got into it, and even started shoving each other a bit as they jockeyed for position.

We think this would be a great birthday gift for kids between the ages of two and four, and it's just a nice toy to have on hand in the event you need to throw up a quick distraction.  The games don't last long, but it's a clever idea that the kids seem to enjoy.
-- Lance Manion
Posted in Baby and Toddler, Sports

ToysBulletin.com Announces its Best Toys and Games List for 2011

THE BEST OF 2011 FROM TOYS BULLETIN

It is a difficult task to compile a list of the year's best toys and games, since it is absolutely impossible to have played with every toy and game released in 2011. So, we have prepared our "Best of the Year" list based on toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2010 through October 2011.

We have excluded some older items which we reviewed this year, because the toy or game had been around for years, but at the same time we have included some toys and games that were new to us here at Toys Bulletin, but may have been available prior to 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."

Here we go........

TOP TOYS AND GAMES OF 2011 (in Alphabetical Order)

Automoblox- from Automoblox Company, LLC

The best wood building toy we have ever seen (see review on 11-19-10)

Flip Six Card Game- from US Games Systems, Inc.

Easy to play card game, and so addictive (see review on 6-18-11)
Jukem- from Flying Pig Games

A simple, fun and fast football card game (see review on 3-14-11)
Khet 2.0- from Innovention Toys

A chess type game with laser beams, and simply amazing to play (see review on 3-25-11)
Kid's Safety Trampoline- from One Step Ahead

Sturdy, high quality and a focus group favorite (see review on 7-30-11)
Main Event Boxing- from Downey Games

An amazing Boxing simulation that can be played in just 5 minutes (see review on 10-1-11)
Puzzle Pyramid- from Ravensburger

An astonishing 3D jigsaw puzzle (see review on 7-26-11)
Redakai- from Spin Master Ltd

The new standard in trading card games (see review on 7-9-11)
Revomaze- from Ashton Pitt Ltd

The most fascinating, yet difficult, puzzle ever created (see review on 9-24-11)




Sword and Shield Set- from Rubbabu

Soft, flexible and unbreakable, young boys loved it (see review on 5-25-11)



The Wacky Whiddles- from Wacky Whiddles and More LLC

A truly fun word game, that is witty and clever (see review on 4-30-11)
Word on the Street- from Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.

So simple and easy to play, yet so rewarding (see review on 9-17-11)

-- List by Toys Bulletin Staff

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

Kid’s Safety Trampoline from One Step Ahead – Release your Child’s Energy

This newly redesigned "Kid's Safety Trampoline" will be a real winner for parents looking for some indoor/outdoor entertainment for their little ones. This trampoline measures 35" long and 35" wide, with the jumping area approximately 2 feet square. The jumping surface is even skid resistant. The "Kid's Trampoline" also features a soft covered handle at a height of 32", allowing kids to hold on while jumping. Assembly is beyond simple, requiring only a Phillips Head Screwdriver to assembly the legs in less than 5 minutes of time.

The manufacturer suggested and we concur that this item would be best for those ages 3 and up, and less than 80 pounds. It should be noted that this is a very sturdy and high quality trampoline. It carries a suggested retail price of $99.95, and the words "you get what you pay for" fit this product very nicely. Keep in mind there is also a fairly steep shipping charge because of the overall weight.

Our focus group, both boys and girls, loved jumping on the "Kid's Safety Trampoline." They always seemed to grab the handle, without being told, and jumped as high as they could, many times simply bending their legs to give the appearance of jumping higher. Parents told us that they were also surprised how the trampoline seemed to resist sliding even on an indoor tile floor.

"One Step Ahead" has a solid reputation for only selling high quality baby and children's products. The "Kid's Safety Trampoline" is no exception. It can be purchased at Amazon.com. Toys Bulletin awards this product our "Bronze Rating."

-- Lance Manion

*Bronze Rating*

Posted in Outdoor, Sports

Rubbabu – Sword & Shield – Gladiator and Roman versions




The Soon to be Released Rubbabu
Sword and Shield Set

Let's face it, kids love sword fighting. They see it on TV and in the movie theaters, and they want to do it themselves. But parents find it very difficult to find something that is both fun and safe. Well, leave it to "Rubbabu" to create the perfect "Sword & Shield" sets.  Both the Gladiator and Roman versions we tested were made of the familiar soft rubber foam material from "Rubbabu."  Each set included a sword, which measured about 19" long, highlighted by a gold colored handle and silver colored blade.  

The Gladiator shield was circular, measuring about 10" in diameter, while the Roman shield was larger and more rectangular in shape, measuring 16" in length and 11" wide.  Both were about 1" thick.  There was an easy to grip handle on the back of the shields making it very easy to hold.

The "Sword and Shield" sets, intended for those 3 years old and up, were far and away the most popular "Rubbabu" toys tested.  The boys especially gravitated to them, and since we had two sets available, it wasn't long before there were clashes of swords and shields.  Admittedly, several parents looked on with worry in their eyes.  But once they took a closer look at  the product, they seemed impressed and even joined their kids in a little playful fun.  It should be mentioned that the swords have a light wire frame, and can be bent slightly, but as "Rubbabu" noted in the instructions, the swords are easily straightened out manually in such cases.

We had a great time with the "Rubbabu Sword & Shield" sets, and several of the young boys in our focus group were not happy leaving them behind.  We saw more than one parent taking notes on the names and models of these sets.  The "Rubbabu Sword & Shield" sets were recently introduced at the New York International Toy Fair in February 2011, and will be arriving in retail stores very soon.  We have included a photo of the two sets, and we also awarded the "Sword & Shield" sets our highest "Gold Rating." 

-- Lance Manion
*Gold Rating*

Posted in Sports

Daisy Red Ryder 70th Anniversary Edition BB Gun – Don’t Shoot Your Eye Out

Can you believe that the “Daisy Red Ryder,” first introduced over 70 years ago, is still being sold, and is a huge favorite of kids today as well? I never owned one while growing up, but I sure wanted one. Of course, the popularity of everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story,” which featured the famous firearm, has kept the “Daisy Red Ryder” right at the top of many of today’s Christmas wish lists. daisyThis 70th anniversary edition is really special.  Although the actual rifle is much the same as it has always been, this one has a commemorative medallion in the stock, and a bright silver barrel band.  It is primarily best shot from 15-30 feet at targets.  You just cock, aim and shoot.  It holds 650 BBs, and is very well made for the money. This is a great beginner’s gun and is perfect for young sharpshooters ages 10 and above.  Remember to wear some protective safety glasses when using the “Daisy Red Ryder,” and never shoot it indoors.  You can read more about this fine gun, and buy it here . And be sure and check out this enthusiastic review of the “Daisy Red Ryder.” — RJ Cullen
Posted in Outdoor, Sports

APBA Pro Baseball Board Game: Sports board games are still alive and well

Today, the most realistic sports games are played using computer software on game consoles such as X-Box, Playstation or your home computer. They include amazing player images and the video play is simple, yet very much like the real game. The graphics, movements and rich colors are simply breathtaking. The attention to detail and statistical results are astounding. Players look like the real player and perform like the real player. What could possibly be better?51naEKfeaSL._SL110_Well, there is probably nothing that compares with such games.  However, there still remains a segment of the population that plays board games.  Those are games with plastic pieces, cardboard markers, foldout game boards, a pair of dice, scorecards and some rules that must be read before playing.

Back in the early 60’s, a company called APBA, which stood for “American Professional Baseball Association,” had over 1 million fans playing their baseball board game.  I was one of them.  APBA (pronounced App-Bah) was invented by a gentleman named Richard Seitz in 1951.  His original idea actually dated back to the 1930s.

The game itself is fairly simple.  Individual player cards are provided, and each one is statistical accurate for a particular player year.  Using two dice, one larger than the other, and reading the result as a two digit number, you go to the player card to get the result.  Results vary depending on the number of players on base and the rating of the pitcher you are facing.

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Posted in Board Games, Sports

Speedy Kid Rifle by Parris

OK, this review is probably not for the moms out there, but rather for the dads and their sons.

Let's face it, nearly every boy wants to shoot some kind of toy gun. Many retailers pulled most of the true "replica" guns from their shelves years ago. They were considered dangerous, because they could be mistaken for the real thing, which could lead to senseless shootings and possible injuries.

This writer still remembers the picketers who actually stood out in front of the local "Toys R Us" store, forcing them to remove the unsafe guns. They were right, and the few manufacturers left were forced to add a neon orange tip to the end of the barrel to identify their guns as a toy.
However, in the opinion of this reviewer, these actions prompted many parents to simply buy slingshots, BB guns and high speed lead pellet guns for kids that were much too young to handle such things, creating a new generation of youngsters armed and dangerous. 

So, what is the answer to this problem?  Admittedly, it is almost impossible to find a quality kid's gun system. 

The best bet are replica toy guns made by an Italian company called Edison Giocattoli.  They specialize in replica pistols and rifles that shoot soft rubber ammo at distances up to 50 feet, and yes they require the neon orange tips.  Now, a US distributor is handling the same products. 

Parris Manufacturing Company sells a line of Sportsman Air Soft guns, and the "Speedy Kid Rifle" is the one to buy for your youngsters.

As quoted by the manufacturer, "These guns do not use air cylinders, as you cock the lever or hammer on the gun, it will compress its own air."  This reviewer owns several of these guns and can vouch for their quality and playability.

The "Speedy Kid Rifle" measures 33", with lever action, and a 5 shot clip.  It is made of very durable plastic that makes you think you are actually holding a genuine wood stock, and a barrel that looks like it is made of steel.  This reviewer recommends for kids 8 years and older.

The "Speedy Kid Rifle" retails for less than $50.00.  It is also important to order the ammo at the same time.  Packets of soft rubber ammo cost less than $3.00, and can also be found at "Amazon."  You may want to order several just in case.  This is a terrific toy gun and will be a guaranteed hit.

rated Silver.............-- RJ Cullen
Posted in Outdoor, Sports








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