Archive for January, 2012


CONTEST OVER: Tinker Bell and The Great Fairy Rescue Playset Giveaway

TinkerBell and her friends are back in another decorative toy set! Disney Fairies Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue playset is another great and fun decorative set that can make any room a little bit more magical! The set comes with six characters from the TinkerBell show (Rosetta, Iridessa, Tinker Bell, Fawn, and Silvermist); the set also comes with two bonus pets for your little fairies! In the Disney Fairies Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue playset each figure has a tiny stand so that any time you want to place your fairies on your table, drawer, or even on your desk they will stand up perfectly! The Disney Fairies Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue playset in my opinion looks more like a set that a fan of Tinker Bell would use to decorate their room with; this set doesn’t really have too many playable features that would make it stand out among other toys. This little twist to the toy can have both a positive and negative effect on what you view this toy to be because you may want to decorate your room with fairies, but at the same time you cannot use the set like you would with your average doll. Overall I would say that the set is cute and perfect for any decorations in your room, but it is not a toy you would buy to use for actual play. Tinker Bell and her friends are back, but this time they are here to help make your room a little bit more magical!

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Jakks Pacific Night Vision Binoculars Hands On Review

Have you ever wondered what it is like to see things in the dark? From what I know I have always been curious to know what it is like to see things in the dark, and because I see night vision binoculars all the time on the military channel and all the time on T.V I have always wanted to grab myself a pair of night vision binoculars! But where would I find these binoculars for a cheap price? Jackks Pacific has created a cool and fun way for you to see things in the dark without buying those expensive military style night vision binoculars! The Spy Net Night Vision Binoculars are a cool and cheap way to see things in the dark without any hassle and from what I have tested the night vision binoculars can see about 45 – 50 feet in the dark! The binoculars are extremely easy to use and they only require four AA batteries (recommend rechargeable batteries). The Spy Net Night Vision Binoculars have four simple controls that allow you to adjust the light setting, the dual eye display, the focus knob, and the long range ability! The Spy Net Night Vision Binoculars also come with a useful camera cover, working infer-red technology, and a strap that goes around your neck. The Spy Net Night Vision Binoculars are $59.99 and are for kids ages 8 and up. With the Spy Net Night Vision Binoculars you can play games in the dark and you don’t have to pay extra money on expensive military style Night Vision Binoculars!

You can purchase the night vision binoculars at Wal-Mart or Amazon

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Disclaimer: Product provided to facilitate this review. Opinions remain my own. No other compensation was received.


America’s Favorite Xia-Xia Crab Crustaceans are Headed to Nintendo DS

America’s Favorite Crab Crustaceans are Headed to Nintendo DS™ with GameMill Entertainment’s Xia-Xia™ the Game Launching March 2012

Explore Nautical Worlds, Find Kooky Friends, Collect, Mix and Match Interchangeable Shells and More with Your Favorite Xia-Xia™ Hermit Crab Characters!

Minneapolis, MN- January 25, 2012- GameMill Entertainment, an independent publisher of entertaining mass-market video games, today announced plans to bring the loveable Xia-Xia™ hermit crab characters to the Nintendo DS™ hand-held system as a delightful and fun adventure game. Xia-Xia™ the game
comes out of its shell this March at retailers nationwide.

From sandy beaches to deep blue seas, explore it all with fun and silly hermit crab characters in Xia-Xia the game. Set out on dozens of missions to find shells with your favorite Xia-Xia friends, Bimini, Turks, Trinidad and Tobago. Along the way meet kooky friends and unlock loads of secret rewards in five unique worlds across 25 levels! Keep your eyes open, you must discover the hidden star fish in each world to move on to other adventures. With more than 30 collectible shells to uncover and over 60 missing friends to seek out,
Xia-Xia the game provides hours of fun for all ages!

Developed by Black Lantern Studios, the Xia-Xia game for Nintendo DS is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB. For additional information about GameMill’s line of products, please visit: [1]


About GameMill Entertainment

GameMill Entertainment, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota is a third-party publisher of various Children’s and Casual games. Development platforms include PC, Nintendo handhelds and consoles including Nintendo DS™ and Wii™, Microsoft consoles including Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and Kinect™ for Xbox 360®, and Sony handhelds and consoles including PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. With development across the globe, GameMill is a source of entertaining and fun games for all ages. For more information, please visit: [2]

About Cepia LLC

Headquartered in St Louis, Mo., Cepia LLC is a privately held company that manufactures toys and games for children of all ages. The company was founded on the premise that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Ingenuity, creativity, playfulness and passion are the heart of Cepia and everything it creates. Cepia’s toy building enterprises include: Glo-E™, ZhuZhu Pets®, Kung Zhu™, ZhuZhu Princess™, ZhuZhu Babies™, ZhuZhu Puppies™ and their newest ventures DaGeDar™ and Xia-Xia™. ZhuZhu Pets® has received top honor Toy of the Year recognition in seven countries, including 2010 “Toy of the Year,” “Most Innovative Toy” and “Best Girls Toy” at the 2010 TOTY Awards in the U.S. All toys from Cepia LLC are sold globally through national chain retail outlets and independent toy stores. For more information, please visit [3], [4], [5] and [6]


Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figure – Clone Trooper/Commander Cody – By Hasbro

The Star Wars Saga is back with a ton of cool new action figures that are great for playing or decorating! For $9.99 you can purchase a new Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figure – Clone Trooper or Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figure – Clone Commander Cody! These clone trooper are the heart and soul of the Stars Wars Saga! Although you have all your famous Sith and Jedi characters, clones are noble and trust worthy troopers that you can call on for help in any major or minor battle, and every Jedi has his/her own troops of clones to help support them on missions! Throughout the Star Wars Saga clones have always been my favorite type of infantry units because of their lack of fear, and some clones such as Clone Commander Cody has really detailed and unique armor that makes him a great fighter and a cool looking soldier! The Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figure – Clone Trooper/ Clone Commander Cody comes with one clone wearing standard armor or one Clone Commander Cody wearing his special orange designed gear, a stand for your clone, and a selection of weapons such as a blaster or jet pack. Star Wars continues to create cool new products to keep the Star Wars community happy and with the new Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figure – Clone Trooper or Clone Commander Cody you can expand your Star Wars collection!

You can purchase the Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figure – Clone Trooper at Toys R Us
You can purchase the Star Wars Clone Wars Action Figure – Commander Cody at Toys R Us


Resident Evil 6 Coming November 20, 2012

Resident Evil 6:

The zombies are back in Raccoon City and in the new Resident Evil 6 game it is your job to stop these bioterrorist from killing everyone. Capcom has officially announced that on November 20, 2012 Resident Evil will be released. The game will be created by Hiroyuki Kobayashi; a game company who made Resident Evil 4. According to Capcom Resident Evil 6 will have a storyline that starts off ten years after Raccoon City was hit by the disaster, this storyline will put you in the shoes of a survivor know as Leon S. Kennedy. Leon is put up against difficult task that will get you to think smart and play rough in the new and changed world of Raccoon City. The streets will be filled with more zombies who have crazy new powers and the only way to stop the infection is by killing off the infected! The new Resident Evil 6 game is rated M for mature and can be pre-ordered at Gamestop for $59.99 MSRP, and if you pre-order the game at Gamestop you are eligible to receive a Gamestop Bonus! Raccoon City is growing restless and so are the zombies! Help Leon survive the infection in the new Resident Evil 6 game!

You can pre-order Resident Evil 6 for the PS3 now at Gamestop

You can pre-order Resident Evil 6 for the Xbox 360 now at Gamestop


New Lego Marvel DC Building Block Sets

Lego continue to release new and exciting building block sets that can suit any little hero’s needs! Lego have created a ton of new building block sets that re-create all of your favorite Marvel DC super heroes like Super Man or Batman! These new sets feature cool heroes and their sidekicks fighting against evil villains trying to take over the world of Lego. You can choice the path of good or evil and you can deiced what villain or super hero you want to be in any of these new sets!

Here are some of the new building block sets that have already been released:

The Batcave:

With the all new Batcave you can re-create one of the most famous yet secret bases in all of Gotham City! This new building block set contains 690 Lego pieces and is $69.99. The all new Batcave is a secret base where Batman and Robin plan all of their moves to stop the Joker from taking over Gotham City. The set comes prepared with the all famous Batcycle, weapons for Batman and Robin, high tech computers, and missiles to stop any intruders, but as Batman and Robin are holding Poison Ivy captive Bane comes out from underneath the Batcave in his spinning drill! Batman and Robin are unprepared for this sneak attack and need your help stopping Bane from running away with the Poison Ivy! You can decide what happens in this new action packed Lego set!

What’s included in the set:

• 5 minifigures: Bruce Wayne, Batman, Robin, Poison Ivy and Bane
• Features Bane’s drill tank, the Batcycle, handcuffs, binoculars and 2 weapons
• Batcave features elevator function that transforms Bruce Wayne into Batman, holding cell, 4 flick missiles, computer with screens, chair, handcuffs, binoculars and 2 Batarangs
• Transform Bruce Wayne into Batman in the elevator!
• Batcycle features dual flick missiles
• Bane’s drill tank features spinning drill and dual flick missiles
• Includes comic book!
• Batcave measures over 8” (21cm) tall
• Bane’s drill tank measures over 4” (12cm) long
• Batcycle measures over 4” (10cm) long

Superman vs. Power Armor Lex:

Lex Luther has struck again and this time he has captured Wonder Women, but luckily Superman is on his way! Will Superman be able to stop this armor powered robot or will he be unable to stop Lex and his new Kryptonite robot from kidnapping Wonder Women? You can decide what happens between these two rivals in the all new Superman vs. Power Armor Lex Lego set! The new Superman vs. Power Armor Lex set comes with 207 Lego pieces and is $19.99. Power Armor Lex comes with a Kryptonite gun and movable fingers, arms, and legs.

What’s included in the set:

• 3 minifigures: Superman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor
• Features kryptonite robot and kryptonite gun
• Kryptonite robot features movable fingers for grabbing Wonder Woman
• Dodge Lex Luthor’s kryptonite gun!
• Includes comic book!
• Kryptonite robot measures over 5” (15cm) tall

You can check out the Lego Marvel DC Home Page for more Lego sets!


LeapFrog Peek-a-Shoe Talking Octopus

Peek-a-Shoe Talking Octopus lives in the deep sea who is always ready to play. This toy excites children with popping colorful balls. Just insert three colored plastic balls into one arm and see them pop out of the octopus’s head or tentacle. With the music collar, kids can move to the beat while playing and learning with the Peek-a-Shoe Talking Octopus. Not only does the toy provide a fun entertainment to pass the time, it also includes important lessons for children from 9 to 36 months.

With the numbered tentacles and numerous colored balls, children learn to count and recognize numbers as specific quantities.

The colorful variety of balls offer a chance for children to learn the basic colors and cultivating language development—a crucial stage during this time of growth.

Catching, pulling, grasping, pointing, and writing are among the important motor skills this toy offers to kids while playing.

As the 2011 Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Toy Award, this toy offers a great chance for kids to play around while developing their mental and physical progress.

Peek-a-Shoe Talking Octopus Details: $29.99

• Requires 3 AA Batteries
• 15.5” x 10.55” x 8.75”
• Approx. 3.8 lbs
• Colored Balls
• 5 numbered shoes
• 1 Octopus

Available online at Amazon, Toys R Us, Walmart


LeapFrog Shapes And Sharing Picnic Basket Set

LeapFrog offers another toy for kids to have fun while learning. The LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket sets up a day for fun, sharing, and of course, learning. This toy helps kids explore various shapes, multiple colors, important table manners, and more. The 14 piece set build children’s motor skills from shorting, matching, stacking, emptying, and filling. With the products made out of hard, durable plastic (except the checkered blanket—which is made of a strong cloth), all the pieces are made to last for years to come. The pieces are sized to fit the small hands of little kids from 6 to 36 months. The large basket enables kids to pack and unpack with any adult assistance—teaching them a parent’s favorite lesson of clean up. When the basket lid if lifted, music is played and offers musical entertainment during the make-believe picnic. The short songs teach kids about manners, counting, shapes, and the different plastic foods.

At a retail price of $21.99, the LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket includes:

• 6 food items
• 2 plates
• 2 forks
• 2 cups
• 1 blanket
• 1 basket
• 3 AA batters required
• 7.7” x 6.5” x 10”

Available online at Amazon, Toys R Us, Walmart


appBlaster Hadns On Review

As many people already know, the appBlaster has already been introduced here at, but thanks to Spin Master we have been able to get our hands on this cool new blaster to review for all of our fellow zoolert fans! The appBalster is for kids ages 8 and up and is a great accessory of any iPod or iPhone. The appBlaster set comes with one appBlaster with a removable stock, one iPod touch insert plate, one iPhone insert plate, one mounting bracket, and one instruction manual. The set is $19.99 MSRP and the appBlaster is compatible with any iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch 4th gen.

Here I will not get too much into the details of the set because we have already talked about the set in a separate blog, but instead I will be talking more about the pros and cons of this toy. First let’s start off with the cons. The appBlaster App does get little annoying because a pop up appears telling you to purchase other apps, you can always (X) out of the App but I find it to be annoying. The appBlaster technically does not have a reloading system, what you have to do is quickly tilt back the gun to reload, this does bug me a little when I am shooting aliens all around me. Other than those minor problems I have with the gun I do find it to be a lot of fun especially when you challenge your friends to see who can receive a higher score! The appBlaster comes with a lot of accessories and I never had to worry about the iPhone falling out of the case because it was tightly locked inside of the appBlaster case. The appBlaster also has a cool and unique twist that makes this gun fun and addicting. The appBlaster has 360 viewing so you can turn around anywhere you would like and you can still use the appBlaster, but my favorite part about the gun is the background you play the game on. The appBlaster uses the environment you are playing in as the background, so anytime you are in your house and you use the appBlaster your house will be used as the background of the game. This makes it cool to see your couch, bed or any room in the house turn into an infested alien hive! The AppBlaster is a cool new Accessory that turns an ordinary shooting game into a fun survival shooting game for any kid!

Here is our previous blog on the appBlaster: appBlaster Blog

appBlaster Video:

You can purchase the appBlaster at Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us

Disclaimer: Product provided to facilitate this review. Opinions remain my own. No other compensation was received.


IK Multimedia announces iRig MIX

The first mobile mixer for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad for DJ’ing anytime, everywhere

January 2012 – IK Multimedia is proud to announce iRigMIX, the first mobile mixer for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices. iRig MIX offers the same controls you would expect from a professional DJ mixer (crossfader, cues, EQ and volume controls, etc.) in an ultra-compact mobile mixer that can be used with a huge variety of iOS DJ mixing and other apps.

A DJ Mixer: iRig Mix allows DJs to use a traditional setup with two devices (one plugged into each of the independent channels) OR a single iOS device. For the single iOS device setup, the output of the single device is split into dual-mono and sent to the individual channels. Additionally – for the first time on any DJ mixer – it can be used for mixing any type of audio source (mp3 players, CD players, etc.) with an iOS device using automatic tempo matching and beat-syncing. This is accomplished with X-Sync, a feature that works in combination with the DJ Rig free app from IK Multimedia that is included with iRig Mix.

Not just for DJs: iRig MIX also provides the perfect mixing solution for solo musicians or small ensembles that use one or more iOS devices to play live. It features an extra guitar/microphone input that facilitates processing with popular apps like AmpliTube and VocaLive or any other app that offers real-time audio processing. Its standard RCA connectors provide easy, direct connection to PA systems or powered speakers.

Maximum Portability: The ultra-compact size and low profile of the iRig Mix allows it to easily be carried in a regular iPad bag. Plus its low-voltage power requirements (only 5VDC) allow it to be powered not only by any regular mobile device charger but also by suitable iOS battery pack and laptop USB port for maximum mobility to mix anywhere.

iRig MIX includes 4 free apps (downloads from the iTunes app store): DJ Rig, the new professional DJ mixing app from IK, AmpliTube, the most popular iOS guitar amp and effects app, VocaLive the processing app for singers and vocalists, and GrooveMaker, the loop-based beat and groove making app.

iRig MIX features
-2 stereo inputs with gain, bass, treble and volume controls, independent cue on each channel with LED indication and channel crossfader
-Instrument/microphone/extra input with volume control can be processed by iOS apps (such as AmpliTube, VocaLive)
-Stereo output with RCA connectors, master level and LED meters
-High quality, pristine sound
-Quality headphone output for master or cue monitoring with independent volume control
-Input switch splits Input 1 into dual-mono for use with DJ mixing apps on a single iOS device
-“X-Sync” mode allows auto-sync with any audio source using the included DJ Rig free app
-Can also be powered with battery packs and mobile chargers
-Includes 4 free apps: DJ Rig, AmpliTube, VocaLive, GrooveMaker

Pricing and availability
iRig MIX costs $99.99/€74.99 (excluding taxes) and will be available in February 2012 from electronic and music retailers around the world. Pre-orders are already available from the IK Multimedia online store and other selected resellers.

For more information:


iRig MIX and DJ Rig in Action with 2 Devices – Part One

iRig MIX and DJ Rig in Action with 2 Devices – Part Two

iRig MIX and DJ Rig in Action with a Single Device