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Skylanders Giants Coming This Fall 2012

Skylands: Spyro’s Adventure boasts of 3 awards at the 2012 Interactive Achievement Awards at D.I.C.E. 2012 for Outstanding Innovation, Family Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering. However, Activision isn’t stopping there. The publisher is releasing a sequel, Skylanders Giants, to be release this fall.

Within this sequel, it is to introduce 20 new characters tot eh game with twice the size in game and action figure form than the original. These figures are to illuminate the figure when its close the game’s “Portal of Power” by sporting “light technology.” The game is also supposed to feature all-new arenas, fresh gameplay options in battle mode, and enhanced elemental zones and new hero challenges. However, all characters from the original will be compatible with its sequel.

While Activision has not announced what platforms Skylanders Giants will arrive on or what the cost will be, many have referred to the original’s debut. Skylanders: Spryo’s Adventure was released for the Wii, Xbox 360, 3DS, Playstation 3, PC, and Mac at $70. But, additional characters that are available are on sale for separate purchase.

Skylanders Giants trackers:
Skylanders Giants Portal Owner Pack Tracker,
Skylanders Giants Starter Pack Tracker

Other Skylanders trackers:
Skylanders Spyro Adventure Character 3-Pack Tracker,
Skylanders Spyros Adventure Character Pack Tracker

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ARCHOS Kids Tablet

The market is swarming with new tablets for kids. The 7’’ Child Pad is no different when it comes to its competitive edge. ARCHOS is an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, and they are pushing for “entertainment for all”—including children of all ages. According to ARCHOS’s founder and CEO, Henri Crohas, the Child Pad is a tablet that is affordable for parents while fulfilling the entertainment value for kids.

This new tablet includes access to the Kids App Store that is powers by AppLib. The store is broken down into 14 categories and 10,000 apps of comics, communication, multimedia, games, books, entertainment, sports and etc. However, the tablet already pre-includes 28 kids’ apps like Angry Birds, Pig Rush, and Flight Frenzy. To please the parents, the Child Pad complies with the CIPA and COPPA regulations to ensure their kids’ safety. Parental controls and safe web browsing are managed by Edition Profil, the most efficient parent control software in world according to “Mobile Parental Filter.”

With a price of $129, the Child Pad will hit the market by the end of March. Overall, it includes:

• Latest Android version: 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM
• Access to Kids App Store
• 10,000 apps of games, communication, comics, books, entertainment, and sports
• 28 pre-loaded apps
• Parental control powered by Editions Profil

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Android Kurio 7 Tablet For Kids

With the new iPad hitting the markets, more and more people are transitioning to the pad-mania. At the same time, more tabs are being innovated with various positive aspects in mind. One that is standing out among the crowd is the accessibility for kids and teens. However, concerned parents are anxious over the educational value, functionality, and safeness of the tablets. On the other hand, kids and teens are more apt to be taken into the wave if the tablet fulfills their entertainment requests. Taking these into mind, Techno Source has created the Kurio 7 Tablet to apply requests from parents and their younger tag-alongs.

The new Kurio 7 tablet is described by Techno Source as the “kid-friendly tablet that doesn’t cut out useful features.” It features a single core, 1-GHz Cortex A8 CPU, a memory of 512 MB of RAM, storage of 4GB, a micro SD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, HDMI out, a front-facing camera for Skype, and a USB port. The tablet is accessible to the Android market without the ads, microtransactions, and inappropriate content. Access the web can be limited by parents by enabling them to filter out sites that they deem unsuitable for their young ones. While the tablet may not be as powerful as the Kindle Fire or iPad, it is a major step tablet-wise for kids and teens who are just inching for a tablet but are not yet ready.

Beating out Fuhu Nabi on Android version, Vinci Tab on price and design, and the LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer on usefulness over the single digits, the Kurio 7 is definitely one to keep an eye on.

At a price of $199, the 7-inch Kurio 7* includes:
• 1-GHz Cortex A8 CPU
• Memory of 512 MB of RAM
• 4 GB storage
• Micro SD card slot
• Wi-Fi b/g/n
• HDMI out
• Front-facing camera
• USB port
• Parent-control on Android Market and web access

*8- and 10-inch will also be available on the market this year.

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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

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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

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Chatman Your Online Friend

Ready to meet a new friend without moving a single step from your computer? Im Chatman is the perfect device. Plug him into your computer and everything you do online will become more amusing. Chatman moves, talks, and can even help with homework. Games and videos are a favorite pastime. He’s there for you anytime and every time. He will make you laugh without fail. When you need a new friend, downloadable new personalities are available from www.mychatman.com.

Perfect for kids?

It’s more than perfect for kids of all ages—including the unpredictable teens. Kids can chat with Chatman or their friends on facebook, skype, MSN, and other social network communities. Chatman features include the ability to move his eyes, ears, and hands. He can talk right back to you with a state of the art build-in speaker and LED mouth sync. He is the perfect friend since he can understand and expresses emotions like a real person. With multiply personalities, you can choose Chatman to be a male or a female with over 2,000 chit chats, 30 customizable moods, and can recognize over 15,000 words. The limitations are not restricted; you can teach him new words and new actions to make him fit in which ever personality you wish. Chatman can play games and watch videos, help with homework by helping you browse for answers in the cyber world, and remind you with calendar events.

Safety?

With the digital age, cyber safety is a new important concern for parents, but Chatman can help with that. Chatman is not a stand-alone chat platform so he alerts when inappropriate chat is exchanged and when inappropriate web searches are attempted. Parents can add additional malicious expressions or questions to watch out for. Programming to filter web browsing to safe websites only, ensuring Chatman is not disconnected by kids and is always active when surfing the web, and receiving reports of malicious content and dangerous website that were accessed are all within the program to create the optimum safe cyber environment.

At a price of $74.99, the Im Chatman is a great toy for kids of all ages while maintaining a safe cyber environment in the digital age.

Available online at Toys R Us

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Nabi Android Tablet

The world is ablaze with the new, roaring fad: tablets. As various brands—Apple, Samsung, Android, etc.—compete for your support and approval, another tablet enters the market, but this tablet is not just for adults. The Nabi Android Kids Tablet is specifically designed to fit for a child and mommy. Nabi comes with a seven inch screen, 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen display, 4GB storage, and a 533 MHz dual-core Cortez-A9 CPU. Despite being less “techy” as some people would prefer, the tablet fits perfectly for children to enjoy. The tablet consists of various features for a child to explore for five hours of continuous entertainment—a quality tablet for $200 presale.

Game Console: With multi-touch display, 3D graphics processor, and tilt sensor controls creates a remarkable gaming experience. The tablet already includes 15 free games downloaded—popular games like Angry Birds, Need for Speed, and Fruit Ninja. Android has such a wide variety of apps to download to add onto the variety.

Educational applications: The Fooz Kids University—an award winning learning program—includes 22,000 state standardized math curriculums for Pre-K through 5th grade to allow children to develop their cognitive skills.

Netflix ready multimedia experience: This application lets children to watch movies and TV shows with clarity and clear audio. The 1080 HDMI video playback offers a great movie-like experience anywhere—at home or on the go.

Design Studio: 30+ apps to let children draw, paint, and various other opportunities to let them create professional quality books to open up their imagination to a whole new level of creativity to share.

Library: Who needs a library card anymore? This app includes 30 pre-loaded e-Books to help all children at various levels to encourage reading and improve their reading comprehension and critical thinking.

Camera: Have an aspiring photographer? Or want a way to capture precious memories? This camera feature lets your child take a snapshot of hundred of digital photos to store away and keep.
Mommy Time: Nap time? Time for peace…and perhaps a little with the tablet too. With a tap and a password, parents can enjoy the Android tablet with their own apps, games, and even browse the web.

Available online, check out Nabi Android Tablet Tracker

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The Playmobil – Three Wise Kings

Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated throughout the world in many different ways, but the nativity story still stays the same. With the Playmobil Three Wise Kings, your child can reenact the holy, spiritual gift giving of to the new born king as they read their little bible. Stories may come and go, but the nativity story will always remain among the classics. These figures include the wonderfully crafted figures with camel figures and other accessories—frankincense, gold and myrrh. Any child will enjoy playing with these figures and be immersed in the rich religious story.

At $9.99, the Playmobil Three Wise Kings include:

• 3 Wise Kings figures dressed in appropriate attire
• 1 camel figure
• 3 gifts: frankincense, gold, and myrrh

Available online at Toys R Us

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Richard Scarry’s Busytown Busy, Busy Airport Game

The Busy Town Airport game is just too fun. As a player, you are the pilot in control of the plane. Using the board, you can set up “destination” game boards around the room. You can load up your plane with all your favorite busy town characters. Fly to exotic places like the beach, mountains, or new countries yet to be experienced. At each landing, collect as many souvenirs as you can. The player with the most souvenirs wins. A “board” game will never make you “bored” anymore! With this game, it encourages physical movement, imaginative play, and critical/strategic thinking.

At $19.99, the Richard Scarry Airport Game includes:
• 4 airplanes
• 1 dice tower
• 16 passenger tiles
• 15 souvenir cards
• 4 destination mats
• 2 dice
• And Instructions

Busy Town is thriving with new mysteries to solve. Help find the hidden objects to solve the pending cases. Drive through the bright city streets, eventful farm, bustling airport, and a lively harbor of silly boats. With a six foot long game board, there so many things to discover. As players team up to get to Gold Bug so they won’t leave any part of the board unexplored as they look for objects and race toward Picnic Island. With hundred objects to find and discover, this game provides hours of fun. This game encourages kids to build confidence while having fun, teamwork, attention to detail, and object identification/matching skills.

At $19.99, the Richard Scarry Busy Town includes:
• 6 inch game board
• 4 character pieces
• 1 spinning wheel
• And Instructions

Available online, check out Richard Scarry’s Busytown Busy, Busy Airport Game tracker

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LEGO Space Alien Mothership 7065

LEGO Space Alien Mothership has appeared and is terrorizing the city! The poor intrepid reporter was abducted by the clenching claws of the massive UFO as it spun above his head with supernatural alien noises. Have your child help the reporter survive and escape in order to tell his story in the news in preparation for the invasion. With this LEGO set, it includes a large UFO with spinning outer disks, a creepy UFO sound brick, a clenching abducting claw, and two mini-figures: a reporter and an alien commander. With this set, your child can start an alien invasion and attack civilians.

At $58.15, the LEGO Space Alien Mothership 7065 includes:

• Alien Mothership: 19 inches wide, 19 inches long, and 4 inches tall
• 2 Mini-figures: a reporter and alien commander
• UFO sound brick
• Abducting claw

Available online, check out LEGO Space Alien Mothership 7065 tracker