Archive for May, 2011

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Ride Makerz!

Ride Makerz

Ride Makerz R/C toys are not just your average every day R/C toys. This cool R/C is unique and can do more than an everyday R/C. Each R/C Can be customized to your liking which makes them fun to play with and something that is hard to put down once you start playing with it. Overall I would have to say that Ride Makerz did a fantastic job on making this toy as fun and as durable as possible. With so many possible ways to play with this toy, I was hooked on it for hours!

What’s so great?

1) Each Ride Makerz R/C toy can be customized
2) They are well designed and is very unique
3) They are very stable, and not easy to break
4) They come with customized pieces making your ride look cooler

Age and Price per Ride Makerz

1) Each Ride Makerz should be kept away from kids under the age of 3. It is for kids ages 6 and up
2) About $50 each

Recommendations

This is a very unique and creative toy, like build-a-bear, except build-a-truck! This is a toy that is worth buying, it’s a great entertainer and kids will be hooked from the start. At first the toy is a little confusing to use but once you get the hang of it, it’s fun, with all the possibilities you will instantly be hooked.

Video Review:

For more information check out the Ride Makerz R/C website

RideMakerz

Sample was provided for review. Opinion remains my own.

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Chuggington Helps Celebrate 40 Years Of Amtrak

Looking for something to do this summer? Have a little one in the house that loves Chuggington? How about trains in general? Or, maybe just an obsession specifically with Amtrak?

(ok. unless your child is a commuter on his way to clock in for story time, they probably doesn’t have the amtrak obsession. that’s ok.)

Well. Then, have a look at this!

Starting very soon (May 7th), Amtrak is celebrating 40 years of existence. And, they are getting some help from some very special die-cast friends, Chuggington!

At special stops (check the Amtrak 40th celebration website to see dates and locations) on the summer tour, there will be a “Chuggington Depot” that will have train tables, DVDs on play, and story time!

Interested? Check the full press release below for all the details!

And, don’t forget to check the Amtrak Celebrates 40 Years site for all the dates and full details!

Press Release :

The ‘Chuggington Depot’ will feature characters from Chuggington, the popular train- based television series for preschoolers, which airs daily on Disney Channel’s Disney Junior programming block designed for kids age 2-7 and their families. Fun, train-themed activities will include play tables with Chuggington die-cast trains, a photo opportunity, a coloring mural, screenings of the television series, a Chuggington story time, and more.

“The ‘Chuggington Depot’ will be traintastic fun for young families with entertaining
hands-on activities that allow even the youngest train enthusiasts to take part in the celebration,” said Maureen Taxter, Senior Vice President at Ludorum U.S.

Chuggington is a CGI-animated television series that follows the humorous adventures of three ‘trainees’ – Koko, Brewster and Wilson. While each episode is filled with action and adventure, the series has been recognized for the important social-emotional and school- readiness lessons it presents like teamwork, respect and the importance of telling the truth.

The popularity of Chuggington has rapidly increased since the show debuted in the United States in January, 2010, and 2011 welcomes the first appearance on retail shelves of children’s products based on the series. Chuggington partners Learning Curve® Brands, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scholastic are participating in the ‘Chuggington Depot’ with train tables, DVD screening and story time, respectively.

For additional information including the Exhibit Train and ‘Chuggington Depot’ schedule, please visit: www.amtrak40th.com.

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Dagedar Comes To Phoenix, Arizona Stores

Dagedar, a new venture for Cepia (makers of Zhu Zhu Pets), has been launched exclusively in Phoenix, Arizona.  Dagedar is a new toy that will attract both collectors and players.

This is a pretty big change from the Zhu Zhu Pets line that Cepia is most known for.  During our closed door introduction to Dagedar, we were told that a key element to Dagedar is how open to interpretation it is.  The kids are the ones intended to make the rules and play style.

If you remember, we were also able to capture some hands on video of the Dagedar line at the 2011 NY Toy Fair.

Have a look :

Live in Phoenix, Arizona?  Have you checked it out or bought some?  Starting today, you should be able to pick up Dagedar at your local Walmart or Toys R Us!  And, they will be available across the US starting this summer.

If you get your hands on them, be sure to let us know what you think!

We haven’t had a chance to play with them since the Toy Fair, but, we’re interested to see how they look outside of the show.

Press release :

PHOENIX, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Cepia LLC, the makers of ZhuZhu Pets®, have taken the timeless game of marbles and given it a modern day spin. DaGeDar™ supercharged battle balls encourage strategy and skill in a collectible racing game that lets kids set the rules. DaGeDar™ is launching in Phoenix today and is scheduled for national distribution this summer.

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110502/CG92979)

Testing DaGeDar™ with kids during pre-launch play sessions was instrumental in fully developing each element of this one-of-a-kind game. Kids that participated were captivated by the speed of the game and “character” of the balls. Parents enjoy the fact that there are no complicated rules and that DaGeDar™ encourages creative play. With DaGeDar™, you rule! You have a limitless amount of unique challenges that kids can solve and then change every time they interact with the game.

“There is no feeling better than seeing kids truly love and interact with a new toy and we really see that reaction with the DaGeDar™ collection,” said Russ Hornsby, CEO, Cepia LLC. “The idea of taking a classic game and adapting it to the play patterns and game trends that exist today was the driving force behind the creation of DaGeDar™. We can’t wait to see how the kids and families in Phoenix react to DaGeDar™.”

DaGeDar™ will be available in Phoenix at local Wal-Mart and Toys”R”Us stores starting in May followed by a national rollout later this summer.  As DaGeDar™ takes Phoenix by storm, local families will be the first in the nation to race, play and interact with the new game at Chase Field during the Diamondback’s game Sunday, May 22. DaGeDar™ trading cards will be given to first 5,000 kids in attendance, DaGeDar™ t-shirts and prize packs will be handed out throughout the game, and there will be play areas for children to experience the thrill and fun of this much anticipated racing game.

What is DaGeDar™?

DaGeDar™ (pronounced DAH-geh-DAAR) collectible supercharged battle balls have a special feel and weight that almost demand to be raced! Each DaGeDar™ battle ball boasts a graphic design that reflects the true energy contained within. More than 240 different DaGeDar™ ball graphics are planned for release this year, with varying degrees of rarity. Each ball carries a special code number that when registered on the DaGeDar™ website (www.dagedar.com) will reveal the true spirit contained within the DaGeDar™ ball, as well as its hidden powers, which can assist in racing strategy and let kids unleash the power within!

DaGeDar™ Racing

Racing DaGeDar™ balls requires skill, practice, agility and finesse. Players must control the speed and velocity of DaGeDar™ balls in order to propel them through thrilling loops and turns without forcing the balls off the tracks. Exciting tricks and stunts can be refined by whirling DaGeDar™ balls in Spinners or loading several balls into Battle Launchers to unleash them with supercharged battle play.

DaGeDar™ lets you experience the ferocity and velocity of hundreds of battle-hungry spirits and their unique 33rd dimension world.

Included among the more than 240 collectible DaGeDar™ characters planned for release:

  • Rhinasty – Rhinasty is a one beast wrecking crew. Anything in his path is destroyed or flattened – stand clear!
  • Kranio – Kranio’s menacing features and brute force make him a formidable force.
  • Specter – A dangerous abominable ghost-eagle whose powerful forearms and bone crushing beak make it nearly unstoppable.
  • Jack Fuego – A humanoid fire summoner from the lava pits of Dimension 33, Jack Fuego fights the demons in his mind as he strives to help those in need.

DaGeDar™ Tracks and Accessories

The versatility and skill required to compete on different tracks makes for a totally different and suspenseful racing experience every time.

  • High Speed Score Zone Raceway Two balls race to a single track loop de loop only to find yet another challenge… the ball with the highest score wins!
  • High Speed Stunt Jump Track This track looks simple but don’t be deceived! Great skill is required to go through the loop and make the jump to the cup!
  • Two Lane Battle Jump Raceway Two balls race to cross a grand canyon-like divide, only to be forced into a single track for the win.

The DaGeDar™ Story

In Dimension 33, there live characters called DaGeDar™. Powered through their emotional charge, DaGeDar™ break the veil from Dimension 33, which captures the DaGeDar™ spirits in a supercharged ball form. Each character has a distinct personality trait; different motivations drive their races. They might use elemental powers of strength, cunning or their trader’s wit in their drive for victory.

DaGeDar™ balls, tracks and spinners are sold separately. DaGeDar™ balls and track sets range in price from $4.99-$19.99. DaGeDar™ will be available nationally in summer 2011.

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