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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 Toy Review: Wrecker and Spike from the Dino Construction Company

ToysBulletin.com reviews a pair of unique dinosaur vehicles from Educational Insights.

 

“Educational Insights,” always among the leaders in children’s toys and games, has created quite an interesting vehicle for kids who like either or both dinosaurs and large earth moving equipment.  Their “Dino Construction Company” line of toys includes 4 vehicles, all featuring the look of a different dinosaur.

 

We are going to take a look at 2 of these toys, “Spike, the Ankylosaurus Steam Roller,” and “Wrecker, the T-Rex Skid Loader.”  Each of them is kid-powered, and requires no batteries.  They are recommended for ages 3 years old and up, and can be played with indoors or outdoors...

Posted in Vehicles

A Christmas Story – A Theme Train from Lionel

Over the holidays I accidentally came across a surprising item to review. While relaxing and enjoying a viewing of the classic Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story,” with a group of friends and their children, one of the kids asked me if I wanted to see their new train. So, this little 4-year-old boy grabs my hand, and leads me to the living room, where I see a huge 9-foot fully decorated Christmas tree. At the base of the tree is an oval, with a nice size train resting on its tracks.  The little guy is obviously excited to show off the train, so he runs over next to the track and sits beside a large train transformer, complete with throttle and a bright green light. He is so ready for the train to perform...

Posted in Vehicles

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.”

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

Micro Chargers – Race Cars Travel at 600+ mph (scale speed)

“Moose Toys” is at it again. They just released a full line of miniature race cars, with track sets to complement them. Today, we are looking at the “Micro Chargers Loop Track and Drag Strip.”images_19The set comes with enough track, including a special loop assembly, to span approximately 5 ½ feet from start to finish.  It also includes one Micro Charger stunt car and launcher.   This stunt car is crazy fast even though it measures less than 1” in length.

The launcher requires 2 AAA batteries to charge the car before each race (only about 10 seconds of time), and includes a specially designed slot to send the car on its way.

The car is launched from one of two start positions, speeds down a straightaway, does a 360 degree loop, roars around the slingshot track, and returns the reverse direction to complete the run, ending up in a circular burnout used to slow the car. 

images4We obtained a second Micro Charger stunt car and launcher, so we could race head to head using both starting positions, creating a drag strip.  The cars are small enough to race side by side down the track, jockeying for position, and providing a great competitive experience.

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Posted in Vehicles

DaGeDar – Battling Collectible Balls




"DaGeDar" (pronounced da-geh-dar) is a new toy from Cepia LLC. They created the ZhuZhu Pets and are also the company behind "Xia-Xia," the crazy hermit crabs, which "Toys Bulletin" recently reviewed.

"DaGeDar" is a racing game, where kids, ages 4 years old and up, can compete in a high speed skill challenge, using battle balls with steel core centers. The balls weigh approximately 33 grams (1.2 ounces) and are 33 mm (1.3 inches) in diameter. Balls have unique identification codes on the back, allowing youngsters to log on to www.dagedar.com and find out more about their characters. There are currently 120 different battle balls available, including some special rare edition balls.

The Battle Balls can be used on specially designed track sets. Each set can be used to race one or two balls down a roller coaster like track with twists, turns, loops and jumps. Kids can use their imagination to create different setups and layouts, which only adds to the fun.

We set up two of the track sets for testing with an age appropriate focus group. The track assembly required some adult help, but the instructions were quick and easy. It was much like setting up a "Hot Wheel" track, using flexible plastic connectible pieces. We used the "DaGeDar" "Two Lane Battle Jump Raceway," and the "High Speed Stunt Jump Track" for testing. We had 8 battle balls, and set things up on a tile floor with plenty of space. We explained the basics to the kids, but we really wanted to watch them do things on their own.

They were fast learners, and soon had the battle balls racing up and around the track with ease. The battle balls would occasionally fly off the track, but for the most part, they held true on the many curves and challenges presented by the two track sets. Because the starting line can be raised or lowered by hand, it is easy to adjust the speed of the battle balls and create changes in the game each and every time it is played.

The kids loved the battle balls, the track layouts and the speed of the contests. They liked the idea of collecting additional balls and wondered if certain balls might be faster than others. We suggested they continue to challenge their friends to find out who had the fastest battle balls. We let the kids and parents know about additional accessories, including a clever "Rapid Fire Power Launcher," a carrying case for the battle balls, and even a "Dual Top Speed Start Gate." Check out pricing and availability at Amazon.com.
-- RJ Cullen
Posted in Games, Vehicles

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

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