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Toy of the Day



The best toys for your kids (and yourself).



Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:58:27 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:58:27 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2005 Randy Charles Morin
 



Hug & Learn Baby Tad

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 15:58:27 GMT

Amazon User Review:
I bought this for my 11 month old daughter for Christmas. She really doesn't put that much interest in it. She got Lily for Christmas and really likes her better.
I think Baby Tad would've been a much better investment if I would have bought it when she was about 3 months old. I love all the songs that it plays and the nighttime option.
Just right now.. she's just not enjoying it. But, next time with next baby I'll bring it out early.




Music N' Play Table

Mon, 16 Jan 2006 20:29:52 GMT

Two-sided play table. One side is sturdy building base (blocks included). Other side is real-working piano. Features fun melodies, flashing lights, movable beads and button. For ages one year and up.

Amazon User Review:
I bought this table for my 10month old and she does enjoy playing with the piano part. I have to say that the other side isn't as good the blocks don't fit too well, they just are too loose. But overall if you child likes music and sounds than this toy is nice too have.




Roboraptor

Mon, 16 Jan 2006 16:50:07 GMT

Price: $99.99Walmart.comPrice: 99.87SearsPrice: 14.00Discovery Channel StorePrice: 99.95eToysPrice: 99.99RadioShackPrice: 119.99KBtoys.comPrice: 99.99CompUSAPrice: 119.99BarnesandNoble.comPrice: 100.00SHOP.COMPrice: 119.95TigerDirect.comPrice: 99.99With over 40 preprogrammed functions, this robotic dinosaur makes fluid tail whips and head/neck turns, and moves with 3 gaits (walking, running and predatory). Has 3 distinct moods, plays tug-of-war and detects/avoids things in its path with infrared vision. Features a demo mode and auto shutoff. For ages 8 yrs. and up; requires 6 AA and 3 AAA batteries (not included). 10Hx8Wx32L". Amazon User Review:I was not happy with the price of it to begin with, then we had a heck of a time figuring the thing out. The directions are way over a 6 year olds head. The overall outcome was not good.[...]



Mini Micro Preschool Scooter

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 19:09:45 GMT

Amazon User Review:
I saw this scooter in a Toys R Us store a few years ago and the floor model was the only one left so I bought it. My son loves this. He has used it since he was about 18 months old and he turned four this year. Now his sister is going on 20 months and they argue over it, so I am getting another one. The kids in the neighborhood mostly have a one-front wheeled scooter and it is very hard for the younger kids to control. The two-front wheel scooter is perfect for these little ones who do not have the balance that the older kids have. As a safety advocate I highly recommend this scooter for the small children.




Mini Micro Preschool Scooter

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 17:54:27 GMT

Amazon User Review:
I saw this scooter in a Toys R Us store a few years ago and the floor model was the only one left so I bought it. My son loves this. He has used it since he was about 18 months old and he turned four this year. Now his sister is going on 20 months and they argue over it, so I am getting another one. The kids in the neighborhood mostly have a one-front wheeled scooter and it is very hard for the younger kids to control. The two-front wheel scooter is perfect for these little ones who do not have the balance that the older kids have. As a safety advocate I highly recommend this scooter for the small children.




Music N' Play Table

Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:41:54 GMT

Two-sided play table. One side is sturdy building base (blocks included). Other side is real-working piano. Features fun melodies, flashing lights, movable beads and button. For ages one year and up.

Amazon User Review:
I am amazed at this table. I love how each toy does something that makes a cause and effect experience for the baby. Like pushing down on the mushroom makes the plate twirl around. The table is full of little things like that. Even the power buttons are disguised as a ladybug etc. I also love love love the fact that this table is not loud like other toys. I also like the fact the light is not overly bright either. But it is colorful and musical enough to grab a baby's attention.

Only gripe would be that I wish there was someplace to purchase more building stacking toys for the "lego" side of the table.




Star Wars Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 17:52:38 GMT

Star Wars Darth Vader Voice Changer. Realistic life-size Darth Vader helmet and chest plate. Electronic breathing sounds and phrases taken from the movies. For ages 5 years and up. 12-1/2Hx12Wx12L".

Amazon User Review:
Sons love to play act and especially Star Wars battles. This has added to their fun and they love trading roles, helmets and light sabers. So far a great toy. The voice changer works but they mostly use the buttons to say things from the movie. Overall they like this one a lot.




Dora the Explorer: Dora's Talking Dollhouse with Lights, Sounds, Music and Diego, Boots & Swiper Figures - Exclusively at Toys"R"Us!

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 17:27:48 GMT

Includes Dora, Mama, Papi and a sofa. Ages 3 and up. Includes bonus Diego, Swiper and Boots figures. Two-story house unfolds and folds for easy storage.. Over 6 areas activate sounds, music and over 20 bilingual phrases.

Amazon User Review:
My 2yr old daughter got this for Christmas this year and it is by far her favorite gift of the year!! She plays w/it everyday; along with her 5yr old brother. We purchased all the acessories and the house in Ocotber because I wanted (and was warned) to make sure she had everything Christmas morning.

I love that the house was already assembled and she was able to play with it right away. Because she ALWAYS plays w/it, it is always open. I put all the accessories in a basket and that seems to work just fine.

I have not encountered a problem w/the front door, but I will say that the attachment i.e, the nursery, the pool and green house could have a better latching system. They disconnect easily. She doesn't seemed to be bothered by this though.

If your child like Dora this is a great toy for them!




V-Smile

Wed, 11 Jan 2006 20:56:39 GMT

V-Smile uses the fun of interactive TV gaming to teach your children important preschool basics. Connect the console directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required—and your kids w. Console connects directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required. Kids explore language, math, phonics, problem solving, comprehension and more. Includes console, game cartridge and adjustable joystick.

Amazon User Review:
My daughter received the v Smile for Christmas in 2005. Like many others the first thing I noticed were the poor graphics. But dont let the graphics discourage you from buying this product. Most 2-5 year olds could care less about graphics. My daughter enjoys playing her V Smile. We have a PS2 and a Gamecube and she would get frustrated when playing them with her siblings. Now when they play the PS2 and Gamecube she plays her V Smile. So yes the graphics may be poor but it serves its purpose.




Hug & Learn Baby Tad

Wed, 11 Jan 2006 18:47:11 GMT

Amazon User Review:
I bought this for my 11 month old daughter for Christmas. She really doesn't put that much interest in it. She got Lily for Christmas and really likes her better.
I think Baby Tad would've been a much better investment if I would have bought it when she was about 3 months old. I love all the songs that it plays and the nighttime option.
Just right now.. she's just not enjoying it. But, next time with next baby I'll bring it out early.




Hug & Learn Baby Tad

Wed, 11 Jan 2006 16:38:46 GMT

Price: $26.99FTD.COMPrice: 35.99Walmart.comPrice: 99.97Bass Pro ShopsPrice: 39.99Amazon.comPrice: 26.99eToysPrice: 17.99KBtoys.comPrice: 17.99Amazon User Review:I bought this for my 11 month old daughter for Christmas. She really doesn't put that much interest in it. She got Lily for Christmas and really likes her better. I think Baby Tad would've been a much better investment if I would have bought it when she was about 3 months old. I love all the songs that it plays and the nighttime option. Just right now.. she's just not enjoying it. But, next time with next baby I'll bring it out early. [...]



Mini Micro Preschool Scooter

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 20:23:10 GMT

Amazon User Review:
Did I mention we love it? We were at a birthday party and the kids were playing, and my son, (he's 2), found this scooter hopped on and took right off! I couldn't believe it! I asked where they got it and bought him one for Christmas.

His little friend I take care of during the week, who is also two, loves it and they would squabble over it so I just purchased one for him today so they may ride together. His Mom saw her son on my son's scooter and she bought him one for her house too. I even bought a third one today for one of my son's other friend's birthday coming up. At 50% off you can't beat it and it is such a huge hit. They can ride them for a long time also. I love the two wheels in the front that makes it so much more stable!

The only thing I don't like is it is not sold in the store. It is obviously well worth the extra money in shipping. It makes such a great gift I would love to be able to just run in the store and grab one for future birthdays. Hope this helps!! :)




Roboraptor

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 19:51:46 GMT

Price: $99.99Walmart.comPrice: 99.87Discovery Channel StorePrice: 99.95eToysPrice: 99.99KBtoys.comPrice: 99.99CompUSAPrice: 119.99Chumbo.comPrice: 109.99BarnesandNoble.comPrice: 100.00SHOP.COMPrice: 119.95TigerDirect.comPrice: 99.99Sharper ImagePrice: 99.95With over 40 preprogrammed functions, this robotic dinosaur makes fluid tail whips and head/neck turns, and moves with 3 gaits (walking, running and predatory). Has 3 distinct moods, plays tug-of-war and detects/avoids things in its path with infrared vision. Features a demo mode and auto shutoff. For ages 8 yrs. and up; requires 6 AA and 3 AAA batteries (not included). 10Hx8Wx32L". Amazon User Review:Ever scince I was a kid I was taking things apart, trying to figure out how they work. When my dad first showed me a picture of a "robot", I was hooked. In October I was randomly searching on google when I came accross Roboraptor. I knew I wanted it, and on christmas, "santa" gave it to me. Ever scince I've been playing whith it every day. Why? Read on. IF YOU OWN A ROBORAPTOR AND DON'T LIKE IT AND HAVEN"T RETURNED IT YET: Take it out and place it on any FLAT surface. Take out the manual and go to Advanced Operation. After about 10 minutes of reading and doing, you'll feel differently. [...]



V-Smile

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 19:33:16 GMT

V-Smile uses the fun of interactive TV gaming to teach your children important preschool basics. Connect the console directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required—and your kids w. Console connects directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required. Kids explore language, math, phonics, problem solving, comprehension and more. Includes console, game cartridge and adjustable joystick.

Amazon User Review:
My daughter received the v Smile for Christmas in 2005. Like many others the first thing I noticed were the poor graphics. But dont let the graphics discourage you from buying this product. Most 2-5 year olds could care less about graphics. My daughter enjoys playing her V Smile. We have a PS2 and a Gamecube and she would get frustrated when playing them with her siblings. Now when they play the PS2 and Gamecube she plays her V Smile. So yes the graphics may be poor but it serves its purpose.




Hug & Learn Baby Tad

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 17:05:56 GMT

Price: $26.99FTD.COMPrice: 35.99Walmart.comPrice: 99.97Bass Pro ShopsPrice: 39.99Amazon.comPrice: 26.99eToysPrice: 17.99KBtoys.comPrice: 17.99Amazon User Review:I bought this for my daughter when she was 6 months old, but she was too little to activate it. At 18 months, she still had no interest in it. She loves music, but this never caught her attention. I finally got rid of it recently since we don't have room for toys that she doesn't play with. I highly recommend Leapfrog's Dreamscape crib soother instead. I could activate when she was small and now she does it herself.[...]



Music N' Play Table

Tue, 10 Jan 2006 16:48:00 GMT

Two-sided play table. One side is sturdy building base (blocks included). Other side is real-working piano. Features fun melodies, flashing lights, movable beads and button. For ages one year and up.

Amazon User Review:
I am amazed at this table. I love how each toy does something that makes a cause and effect experience for the baby. Like pushing down on the mushroom makes the plate twirl around. The table is full of little things like that. Even the power buttons are disguised as a ladybug etc. I also love love love the fact that this table is not loud like other toys. I also like the fact the light is not overly bright either. But it is colorful and musical enough to grab a baby's attention.

Only gripe would be that I wish there was someplace to purchase more building stacking toys for the "lego" side of the table.




V-Smile

Mon, 09 Jan 2006 19:35:14 GMT

V-Smile uses the fun of interactive TV gaming to teach your children important preschool basics. Connect the console directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required—and your kids w. Console connects directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required. Kids explore language, math, phonics, problem solving, comprehension and more. Includes console, game cartridge and adjustable joystick.

Amazon User Review:
My 4 yr old son was given the limited edition v-smile for christmas.( the one with the adapter and 2 joysticks and games). I couldn't get the machine to turn without a lot of "resetting" then it wouldn't turn off. When it was on the screen never came on. He also received a leapster for christmas thankfully as he never puts that down. I would agree with quite a few of the reviews on here that this system needs some bugs worked out of it before I would consider buying it in the future. I think for the money the v-smile is definately not worth it....




Mini Micro Preschool Scooter

Mon, 09 Jan 2006 17:47:23 GMT

Amazon User Review:
Did I mention we love it? We were at a birthday party and the kids were playing, and my son, (he's 2), found this scooter hopped on and took right off! I couldn't believe it! I asked where they got it and bought him one for Christmas.

His little friend I take care of during the week, who is also two, loves it and they would squabble over it so I just purchased one for him today so they may ride together. His Mom saw her son on my son's scooter and she bought him one for her house too. I even bought a third one today for one of my son's other friend's birthday coming up. At 50% off you can't beat it and it is such a huge hit. They can ride them for a long time also. I love the two wheels in the front that makes it so much more stable!

The only thing I don't like is it is not sold in the store. It is obviously well worth the extra money in shipping. It makes such a great gift I would love to be able to just run in the store and grab one for future birthdays. Hope this helps!! :)




Dora the Explorer: Dora's Talking Dollhouse with Lights, Sounds, Music and Diego, Boots & Swiper Figures - Exclusively at Toys"R"Us!

Mon, 09 Jan 2006 17:18:41 GMT

Includes Dora, Mama, Papi and a sofa. Ages 3 and up. Includes bonus Diego, Swiper and Boots figures. Two-story house unfolds and folds for easy storage.. Over 6 areas activate sounds, music and over 20 bilingual phrases.

Amazon User Review:
The door on this house breaks off easily. It's so annoying... Our kids have several of those "little people" houses and we have had no problems with the doors on any of those. The door on Dora's house is attached in a very flimsy manner. If I knew this beforehand I never would have bought it. It is a pain to have my kids come up to me every time they play with the house to tell me the door broke and ask me to attach it. Considering the house costs about $50 and the "little people" houses cost in the neighborhood of $20 I would say this is a major ripoff of people. They take advantage of kids by gouging you for an inferior product just because kids love Dora. Shame on the manufacturers.




Roboraptor

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 19:38:57 GMT

Price: $99.99Walmart.comPrice: 99.87Discovery Channel StorePrice: 99.95eToysPrice: 99.99KBtoys.comPrice: 99.99CompUSAPrice: 119.99Chumbo.comPrice: 109.99SHOP.COMPrice: 119.95TigerDirect.comPrice: 99.99Sharper ImagePrice: 99.95NeweggPrice: 99.99With over 40 preprogrammed functions, this robotic dinosaur makes fluid tail whips and head/neck turns, and moves with 3 gaits (walking, running and predatory). Has 3 distinct moods, plays tug-of-war and detects/avoids things in its path with infrared vision. Features a demo mode and auto shutoff. For ages 8 yrs. and up; requires 6 AA and 3 AAA batteries (not included). 10Hx8Wx32L". Amazon User Review:The roboraptor was a toy that my son just HAD to have. I bought it even though I'd read the reviews about it's problematic walking. I even discussed this with my son prior to putting it on his wish list for Santa. He assured me that he still wanted it. It isn't everything that it could have been, but it is a neat toy nonetheless. First the good: It is really interactive. Roboraptor does have three distinct modes. Yes, they are really distinct. My son likes the playful mode where he can engage in a tug-of-war with roboraptor. He also likes the hunting mode where the roboraptor will snap at his fingers. The remote control works but it seems like just barely. There was a noticeable lag between the pressing of buttons and roboraptor performing the corresponding action. There is also a function where the roboraptor will follow a green laser light that is emitted from the remote. That works, but only if you are very close to roboraptor. You'll not be sitting on the couch and getting him to follow the light from twenty feet away. Walking is the biggest problem for the roboraptor. We have a very low pile carpet and he just seems to move his legs and go nowhere. He doesn't fare much better on the tiled kitchen floor. Perhaps the application of some sort of adhesive pad to the bottom of his toes may help it to gain more traction. I haven't explored that yet. However, in reading the manual (yes I read it!), it mentions that if roboraptor is having trouble on carpet, to press the walk button two or three times. On the remote, one of the directional buttons (the up on the D pad) is able to be pressed three times in a row. Pressing it once is supposed to make roboraptor walk, twice makes him walk faster and three times puts him in a rapid gait/run. I tried pressing the button to the run mode and he was able to get going on the carpet. However, once you get him moving, controlling him becomes an issue. Even if the toy came with a mediocre remote, if Wow Wee nailed the walking/running angle for this toy, it would have been worth every penny. Sadly, I can't recommend roboraptor despite how interactive and downright cool he looks. In the end, his shortcomings overwhelm any sense of intrigue or interest in him. It just leaves you feeling unfulfilled because you realize how close this toy was to being something unique and really cool. Instead, it is just a large letdown.[...]



Mini Micro Preschool Scooter

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 18:03:43 GMT

Amazon User Review:
My 4 1/2 yr old son asked for a scooter for Christmas. A few of his neighborhood friends had them, Razors and Razor knock offs. We ordered most of his Christmas online and did a little research on kids scooters and came across this little gem here. The scooter was only available through the web site so would have to be purchased sight unseen. After reading the reviews we figured we couldn't go too wrong for 20.00 + shipping and purchased it almost as an after thought. WOW am I glad we did! It is now the 29th and it is the one toy he has played with everyday. He had a friend over yesterday and the friend has a Razor, they were going to ride together but the friend (also 5) couldn't keep up on the Razor and wound up riding my son's bike to keep up. Super easy to steer and learn to ride. Very stable due to the two wheels on the front. Great for kids from 4-7. We are going to buy another one to have here when his friends come over. The one thing you need to be aware of is that the height of the handles is not adjustable and would not work well for a child over 6-7 or a taller 6. Great product!




V-Smile

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 16:58:02 GMT

V-Smile uses the fun of interactive TV gaming to teach your children important preschool basics. Connect the console directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required—and your kids w. Console connects directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required. Kids explore language, math, phonics, problem solving, comprehension and more. Includes console, game cartridge and adjustable joystick.

Amazon User Review:
We purchased this system for Christmas 2005 for my 2yr 10mo old son. I was a tad discouraged when I tried it out myself before Christmas to see how the graphics were. The game that comes with the unit is pretty bad on the graphics in my opinion. I was tempted to return it, but took a chance and kept it anyway. Plus it's a generic game for all ages, which my son probably wouldn't be able to play and is not very interesting for his age group. Other family members were getting him some games so we didn't get to try those beforehand. (Elmo's World, Simba, Winnie the Pooh, & Barney) I was pleased with the graphics and movement of these other games. It took about two days for him to get the joystick down.. Some stages of certain games are a little more tricky, like running & jumping over logs & water in Simba, which he sometimes has difficulty understanding, but he keeps trying and I know he'll get the hang of it quick.

He loves the Elmo & Simba games the best. I also purchased a 12volt Transformer from Radio Shack since it doesn't come with one, which is one bad thing. A Transformer costs about $10, and Vtech also sells one for it.

Other than that, it's a great system, and he loves playing it! Now hopefully it will keep him away from my computer!




Dora the Explorer: Dora's Talking Dollhouse with Lights, Sounds, Music and Diego, Boots & Swiper Figures - Exclusively at Toys"R"Us!

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 16:09:44 GMT

Includes Dora, Mama, Papi and a sofa. Ages 3 and up. Includes bonus Diego, Swiper and Boots figures. Two-story house unfolds and folds for easy storage.. Over 6 areas activate sounds, music and over 20 bilingual phrases.

Amazon User Review:
I should have paid better attention to the fact that NOTHING comes with the doll house.....Imagine my 3 yr old opening this Christmas Morning and all she could do was ring the doorbell.




V-Smile

Thu, 05 Jan 2006 15:57:13 GMT

V-Smile uses the fun of interactive TV gaming to teach your children important preschool basics. Connect the console directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required—and your kids w. Console connects directly to your home TV—no additional equipment required. Kids explore language, math, phonics, problem solving, comprehension and more. Includes console, game cartridge and adjustable joystick.

Amazon User Review:
My kids love V-Smile! They are 4.5 (boy) and 3.5 (girl) and they love this toy. I love it because they are learning while they're having fun! My son has come so far since he started playing with the V-Smile. I would recommend it to all parents looking for educational toys that kids actually like to use!