Archive for January, 2011


Heads Up : Spy Video TRAKR $29.99 At Toys R Us!

Maybe your kids were asking for this (or a the dad in the family was) after seeing the commercials, but, the >$100 price tag was a bit of a deterrent?

Check out that new price!

I saw that over the weekend while I was on the hunt for new things hitting the shelves (and some new stuff did — more on that later) at Toys R Us.

I looked, but, didn’t see it online at Toys R Us.

For reference, here is the Spy Gear Spy Video TRAKR on Amazon.  This TRU price is a pretty sweet deal!

Here’s the commercial that ran during the holidays :

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Hasbro’s Followup To Scrabble Flash – Simon Flash!

Another random find while searching the net for 2011 London Toy Fair demos netted me this result :

Ok, well, maybe not this version.  Why would this be at a 2011 Toy Fair?

Nope, it’s a completely updated version of the classic Simon game.  This time, the video was captured by the UK based site Electricpig :

What’s really interesting about this version is the technology that is going in to the little cubes.

Very cool!

We’ll be on the hunt for this and many other Hasbro goodies at the private event!


Gomu Erasers FINALLY On Toys R Us Online! Preorders!

Ok, so if you have been waiting patiently to get your Gomu Eraser fix online, you are ALMOST going to be satisfied.


Preorders have begun :

Gomu Eraserland 6 Pack Set

Go get ’em!  We will add them to the Gomu Eraser In Stock Tracker!

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Sony PSP2 Details Announced in Japan

Watch out Nintendo 3DS, Sony isn’t going to be taking a rest on their handheld upgrades either in 2011!

Due by the 2011 holiday season, a power house new PSP is coming!

Here’s some details :

Going under the codename moniker of  NGP, the PSP 2 packs a 5-inch OLED touchscreen, dual analog sticks, front and rear cameras, a touch-sensitive panel on the back for control (!?) and a quadcore CPU and graphics processor!

And if that isn’t enough, it’s coming with 3G, Bluetooth and GPS, along with wi-fi!  Sounds powerful, but, Sony says not only does it sound powerful — it is!  They say its as powerful as the Sony PS3!
There is also a feature called LiveArea which allows you to search and hook up with nearby players for instant multiplayer fun.

Much like the Nintendo 3DS, we are seeing screen resolution improvements too.  On the PSP2, it is getting nearly 4x the resolution of the current Playstation Portable handheld.

We’ll bring you more as it becomes available!

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Lalaloopsy Button Tails – A Full, BIG Picture & Where To Buy!

Lalaloopsy released a nice, BIG picture today on their facebook page that detailed the new Lalaloopsy Button Tails!  You actually get to “design a pet”!  This is a much better picture than we had before.  You really get a sense for what the toy is all about!

Now that we can see just what they really look like and are, we’re going to get a special tracker together for them!
In the mean time, as of this writing, they are in stock at Amazon :

Lalaloopsy Button Tails Mouse

Lalaloopsy Button Tails Cat

Go, go, go!


UPDATES – NEW PRICES & CONTEST OVER : Piggy Wiggies – Stuffed Toy Pigs – Review & Giveaway!

Update #2 :
We heard from Emma today, the creator of Piggy Wiggies.

Guess what? Things are good! That’s probably no surprise… I know a lot of you thought they were really a cute idea. But, the good news here is that the prices have been dropped!

Now, Large Piggys are $13.50 and Mini Piggy Wiggies are $9.50.

Check ’em out at where to buy Piggy Wiggies on the Piggy Wiggie official site where you can also purchase them online!


Winner is : Sheebahart!
Contact us at with the subject Piggie Wiggies Winner!

We’ll have more soon!

What are Piggy Wiggies?

Piggy Wiggies are a family of soft lovable hand crafted collectables, each with their own individual personality.

Check out our hands on review :

As you can see from the video, these piggies are even cuter and bigger than you may expect — even the keychain compatible pig!

We are giving away one mystery box of Piggy Wiggies!  What’s inside, even we don’t know (watch the video to see the sealed box)!   But, we can tell you it will be some VERY cute piggy wiggies!

(and if you really must know, here’s a spoiler)

Giveaway Details :

So, starting today, January 26th and ending Monday, January 30st, at 10PM EST you have a chance at winning your very own Piggy Wiggies!

What do you have to do?

Same as always – Be our Fan on Facebook!

And, as a bonus, you get to interact with us.  How’s that for a twofer?!

Already there?

Well for an extra entry each, you can :

Follow Piggy Wiggies on Facebook
(and comment to let us know you did & let them know we sent you!)

Follow Piggy Wiggies on Twitter
(and comment to let us know you did & let them know we sent you!)

Follow zooLertOfficial on Twitter
(and comment to let us know if you did or already are!)

Subscribe to our zooLertOfficial YouTube Channel
(and comment to let us know if you did or already do!)

That’s FOUR additional opportunities for more entries!

Piggy Wiggies Gallery :

Sample provided for review.  Opinions remain my own.

Full giveaway rules can be found here.


2011 Thundercats – The Cats Out Of The Bag – Official Image

After the leaked images circulating ALL over the internet yesterday, Warner Bros. Animation has released an official picture :

Here is the information from the press release :

Roaring to life through WBA and Studio4°C’s use of the Japanese animated artistry of anime, “ThunderCats” characters Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, Panthro, Cheetara and others will spring off the screen with realistic cat-like characteristics inconceivable in previous incarnations.

The new “ThunderCats” will appeal to viewers who have loved the characters all their lives as well as young newcomers to the franchise. A sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes, the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost – takes on epic dimensions in this sharp new telling. As the forces of good and evil battle each other in the quest for the fabled Stones of Power, Lion-O and his champions learn valuable lessons of loyalty, honor and mortality in every episode.

“ThunderCats” is executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”). Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) are the producers.

Gotta love the advent of the Internet.  From blurry cam to official press release, the dynamics of promotion and media have changed (for the good!)

As an aside, this is the best tweet ever from a company.  Bandai made a comment late last night regarding the picture snapping fan and the subsequent lighting up of the Internet :

Bandai America
BandaiAmerica Bandai America
What part of “NO PHOTOGRAPHY” do you not understand!? 😛 #ThunderCats
Best. PR. Response. Ever.

Green Lantern 2011 Toy Lineup Sneak Peek – Mattel & More

In conjunction with all of the Toy Fair excitement, a Warner Bros. press release detailing some of the Green Lantern toys was unleashed  :

Along with the release of the “Green Lantern” film, global licensee Mattel will debut an out-of-this-world toy line, including the Green Lantern Ring Blast™ Jet Figure & Vehicle, the Green Lantern Battle Shifters™ Figures, and the Green Lantern Movie Masters® Figures, as well as engaging role-play items including the Green Lantern Colossal Cannon™ Blaster.  A rich and comprehensive line of products based on the film for both kids and adult fans alike, Mattel’s multi-category toy line includes Basic and Deluxe Action Figures, Figure/Vehicles and Role Play, along with Playsets, Games, Puzzles and Vehicles.  Additionally, each Basic Action Figure comes complete with a Green Lantern ring in order for kids to feel as if they, too, have been “chosen” to be a Green Lantern.

The scheduled movie release date is currently slated for June 17th, 2011.

Additional toys (like, a lot) are forthcoming as well :

Additional key licensees include Rubies, with a line of Green Lantern costumes and costume accessories; the Noble Collection, offering high-end ring and lantern prop replicas; and NECA, with a Green Lantern Projection Ring and other accessories.  Licensees also supporting Green Lantern include: Pressman Toy, Hewlett-Packard, Funko, Horizon Group USA, Hy-Ko Products, Kidz Toyz, LPG International, Mezco Toyz, SRM Entertainment, Toy Factory, Trend Setters Ltd, Formation Marketing Canada Ltd. and University Games.

Checkout the gallery below for a full sneak peek of some toys by Mattel and one vinyl collectable by Mezco :


Star Wars Vintage Collection Wave 6 Pictures

More pictures and treats from the 2011 London Toy Fair!  This time, pictures of the upcoming Wave 6 Star Wars Vintage Collection!

Much like our other collected 2011 London Toy Fair coverage, this was compiled from another site.  This time, these pictures come courtesy of Jedi News from across the pond.

Here’s the full gallery, enjoy :

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Angry Birds Catapult Slingshot Toy – Coming 2011!

Ever wish you could feel the real satisfaction of pulling back the slingshot back, shooting your Angry Birds on their way to topple over the layers that make up your current level (and frustration!)?

If you can wait until half way through this year (purportedly June/July), your dreams can become a reality!

Check out a very brief video that Electricpig was able to capture at the 2011 London Toy Fair!

It’s brief, but, it makes you want to give it a shot (horrible, horrible, pun intended)!

Hopefully I’ll be able to replicate this scene for you at the New York Toy Fair!