Archive for March, 2011

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Family Talk Breaks The Ice And Opens Conversations!

I know people like it when we check out toys that don’t just blip, bleep or do some other fancy noise or move. Sometimes, a bit of good ol’ fashioned imagination can go a long way. So can talking.

Well, with Family Talk from Around The Table Games, you can have some fun without all the distractions. Actually, it’s going to have a completely different effect! The modern day Norman Rockwell family usually depicts everyone heads down, deeply involved with their toy of choice (phone, iDevice, etc) .. Family Talk can break the cycle. It brings families together by encouraging everyone to converse with one another!

I know. I know. It’s a little crazy, but, it might just work!

Filled with questions like “What is something you would like to accomplish and why” or “What makes you feel most welcomed when you get home”, it gets the wheels spinning.

Add to this the bi-lingual edition, Bilingual Family Talk, that features both Spanish and English.. and now you have a learning tool and a conversation starter!

We’ll have video and pics soon! Stay tuned!

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Easter & Jelly Bean Day With “The” Jelly Beans, Jelly Belly!

There’ really a day for everything.  Did you know April 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day?  I didn’t either, but, apparently, it is.

And, if you are the Easter Bunny reading this post, I sincerely apologize for pretending to not about this big day.  Between your bunny ears and me, I knew it.  I just didn’t want to look like a Jelly Bean addict to the “normals”.

So… In preparation for the Big Day of Easter or National Jelly Bean Day, why not check out some Jelly Belly ideas both in candy form, toy … and fashion?

Jelly Belly Ice Shaver
The Jelly Belly Ice shaver quickly and easily shaves ice into mounds of soft, fluffy snow – it’s a delicious way to enjoy your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors in a new and refreshing format. Flavored syrups available in Cotton Candy, Green Apple, Pina Colada, Very Cherry, Tangerine, Tutti Fruittie, Berry Blue as well as sugar-free varieties of Very Cherry, Green Apple, Tangerine, Pina Colada and Berry Blue.

Jelly Belly Scented Giant Bubble Wands
Make lots of huge bubbles that smell like your favorite Jelly Belly jelly beans – available in Very Cherry, Grape Jelly and Top Banana scents

Jelly Belly Scented On-the-Go Bubbles
Clip it to your backpack, purse or belt loop. Now you can bring Jelly Belly Scented Bubbles with you anywhere you go. Just pop out the wand and blow! Shaped just like a Jelly Belly jelly bean, these bottles of bubbles are available in your favorite scents – Very Cherry, Grape Jelly and Top Banana.

Jelly Belly Scented Bubble Necklace
A must-have fashion accessory this spring! Each necklace is decorated with Jelly Belly shaped charms and features a Jelly Belly bottle of bubbles. The Bubble Necklace comes in three of the most popular Jelly Belly scents and colors – Very Cherry, Grape Jelly and Top Banana.

Jelly Belly Scented Nail Polish
Now your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor is right at your finger tips. Available in Very Cherry, Kiwi, Bubblegum, Orange Sherbet and Berry Blue

Jelly Belly Scented Body Wash
Come out of the shower smelling like your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean – each fragrance is faithfully translated into a moisturizing body wash that will leave you clean, moisturized and smelling sweet – available in Coconut, Strawberry Jam, Orange Sherbet, Kiwi, Island Punch and Berry Blue

Jelly Belly Scented Moisturizer
Enjoy the scent of your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean all day long with this luxurious moisturizer. Available in Berry Blue, Island Punch and Orange Sherbet

Jelly Belly Stationary
What better way to brighten up your work or school day with fun and colorful stationary?

Jelly Belly Candles
Available in small and large sizes, these candles are sure to get your house smelly as sweet and delicious as your favorite flavor. Available in Berry Blue, Juicy Pair and Very Cherry.

cool Jelly Bean pic courtesy of me and the sysop

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A Kachooz Reviewz For Youz. New Pencil Toppers!

Kachooz are a new spin (see what I did there??) on classic pencil topper theme.

Much like pencil toppers of the past, the fun is getting them all frizzy. But, with a modern day twist (I did it again… that time, it wasn’t on purpose. Swear.) of throwing in the idea of collecting. Each of the different Kachooz are grouped in “Moops”, or, as common folk may say, groups.

Check out this evening’s homework inspiration, brought to you courtesy of some Kachooz :

There are six different groups of Moops with 6 different Kachooz. That’s a lot of pencils that can now be topped.

The groups are Rainbow, Punk, Nervous, Mohawk, 2-Faced, and Highlight.

Want some help finding them in stock online? Check out the zooLert Kachooz Pencil Toppers In Stock Tracker!

Kachooz Gallery

Sample provided for review. Opinion remains our own.

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Teacup Piggies Get New Additions In 2011 – Piglets!

Oink, oink! One of the big hits of the 2010 holiday season were Teacup Piggies. For the year 2011, they will be expanding with new litters and playsets, but, the big news is the piglets!

Ok, so, what does a piglet need? A catchy commercial of course!

Check!

How about some more shots of the piglets?

But, fan of large (and, ironically enough, small) piggies do not have to fear that they have been left to the side with the new piglet stars!

Afterall, someone has to look after these cute piglets!

And, the new Teacup Piggies have their own updated commercial for 2011 too :

Check out the shots of the lemonade stand and litter four :

And, at zooLert, we wouldn’t be doing our full part if we weren’t trying to help you locate them in stock.

So, here’s our new Teacup Piggies AND Teacup Piglets in stock tracker!

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Two Wisecracking Spiderman Toys. A World Apart.

Long time readers know I love to go check out what’s new in the toy aisles whenever I can.  I find a lot of cool new things.  And, sometimes, I find new AND strange things.

Wisecrackng Spiderman
Case in point, the Wisecracking Spiderman toy from Hasbro.

But, it’s not really “just” the toy.

Here, see what I mean :

WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

(yes, it was as awesome of a find as it seems)

No, sadly, I did not buy it.  I couldn’t.  I just had to leave it for an unsuspecting mother or child … or, another grown man that would find it as humourous as I did.

If you happen to get one, let me know what language yours is in!

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Petcakes. One Part Cupcake, One Part Plush. All Parts Cute.

Hungry for a plush toy treat?

PetCakes are pets posing as pastries! Super cute, super plush pets are hiding inside a giant cupcake waiting to be discovered by your little one! Each pet comes nestled inside of their own frosted treat. With 8 PetCakes to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect PetCake for own little cutie pie!

What’s so great about PetCakes?

  • They’re cute and soft.
  • They can transform from a cupcake to a pet and promote imaginative play.
  • They make a great gift!
  • They’re unique and portable.
  • They’re affordable.

Price Range

You can purchase this sweet treat for $13.99 online at EToys.

Age Range

Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Inside the Box

Each PetCake, made by Well Made Toy, comes with its very own special pet that has a frosted hat and a cupcake holder!

Video Review:

For more information check out the PetCakes website

PetcakesToys.com

Finding Petcakes In Stock

When we first were asked to check out the Petcakes, we thought they might be a bit on the popular side. They are! So, we did what we do best. We made a Petcakes In Stock Tracker!

Sample was provided for review. Opinion remains my own.

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More Disney Princess Squinkies Packs From Walmart!

Another stroll down the toy aisles, another unique find.  I found yet another set of Disney Princess Squinkies.  Unlike the ones I found earlier, this Walmart’s Squinkies find had lots more of the Squinkies, and, less jewelry.

Disney Squinkies Full 2

Sorry about the big burly arm making an appearance over and over (mine), but, I was trying my best to capture everything that I could in one shot.

I was able to get shots of all of the available ones this time – Ariel, Snow White, Belle, and Cinderella!

I hope this helps everyone in the hunt.  I know Squinkies announced on their facebook page that the initial batches showing up at Walmart stores were going to be minimal until the full launch some time in April.

Good luck everyone and happy hunting!  Pay special attention to the UPC symbols on the back of the packages.  Hopefully that will aid in your hunt in finding them!  All stores speak UPC!

If they start showing up online at Walmart, we will be sure to make an in stock tracker too!

Disney Princess Squinkies at Walmart Gallery :

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Nintendo 3DS – The First Commercial For America

Nintendo 3DS is coming.

Here’s the first commercial for North America.

Expect much more.

Much, much more.

The official launch date for the United States is coming soon! March 27th, 2011 is the day the Nintendo 3DS is unleashed to the masses!

The $250 3DS will launch with 18 games.

Excited? Don’t forget our Nintendo 3DS In Stock Tracker!

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Lego Fans Get A Classic Minifigure In USB Form

Everyone these days knows what a Flash Drive is, right?  It became a common word out of necessity just like MP3.  If you want to be digital, you need to know some terms.  Here’s another way you know Flash Drives have made the big time.  Check out this Lego minifigure!

Buy this exclusive USB Lego minifigure online at Lego.com!  $24.99 each, limit of 5 per customer.

Contained within the character is a fully functional 2GB USB flash memory drive. You can store and share your photos, MP3s, games, documents and personal files! Attach it to your keychain and carry with you wherever you go!

  • Store and share your MP3s, photos, games, documents and personal files
  • Save up to 2 GB of information
  • Hi-speed
  • Compatible with Mac and PC
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Dinosaur Train Dino Poop – Dig In And Form A Hypothesis!

What is this toy all about?

It may have a funny name but don’t let that fool you – Uncle Milton’s Dinosaur Train Dino Poop Kit is as educational as it is fun! Archeologists in training will have a blast getting their hands dirty discovering the differences between omnivores, herbivores and carnivores! Each mound of …poo… is filled with different food items depending on what type of dinosaur its from. Kids dig through, piece together the food and form a hypothesis about what type of dinosaur it is. The food (bones and leaves) can also be used to make fossils!

Yes, you too can bring the PBS Kids TV show to life. In poop form. Food included.

Things We Love!

  • Whats not to love? It’s fun, it’s educational and it’s just a little gross.
  • It’s affordable!
  • It’s available in 3 different styles – Omnivore, Carnivore & Herbivore
  • Stores easily in resealable plastic containers

What’s In The Box??

  • 1 Pile of Dino Poop
  • 1 Set of Bones (for the carnivore and omnivore)
  • Plants (for the omnivore and herbivore)
  • 1 Container

Age Range

4 & up

Price range

Toys R Us sells the Dinosaur Train Poop Kit for $7.99

Where to buy

Since it’s a new toy, it is just starting to roll out, but, you can find it now at Toys R Us online : Dinosaur Train Dino Poop Kit from Uncle Milton!

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Sample was provided for review.  Opinion remains my own.