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uDraw GameTablet, uDraw Studio, Pictionary and Dood’s Big Adventure for Wii Review

So there’s been a lot of buzz about Wii’s newest accessory uDraw, and, with good reason. We were lucky enough to receive the uDraw GameTablet, Dood’s Big Adventure, Pictionary and uDraw Studio.

I’ll start with the tablet. It’s a small white handheld tablet with a 4″ x 6″ space for drawing and pressure sensitive stylus. You don’t have to worry about losing your stylus because it’s tethered to the tablet. There is also a convenient storage space for when it’s not in use.

Another feature is that the tablet is wireless – it gets its power from a traditional Wii remote docked on the left side. The Wii remote strap and wire are tucked neatly inside!

With the  SD card support  you can save and print your creations! I can’t speak on the quality of the print outs as we haven’t done that yet.

uDraw Studio

uDraw Studio is the game that comes bundled with the uDraw. The studio is a great tool to use to get you started with uDraw. Here are some of the key features.


There are 9 tools, over 100 stamps, 400x zoom, effects (sepia, neon and so on) and of course a ton of colors!

Backgrounds & Canvases

You can choose to paint in the park, at school on a chalk board or even on the sidewalk! With 11 canvases and 8 inspirational environments you can get as creative or simple as you want! The possibilities are endless!


You can view your artwork in you gallery of take advantage of the SD card and share with your friends and family!

Videos of Gameplay :

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Part Four –

Dood’s Big Adventure

There is so much going on with this game that I’m actually playing it while I review it because I don’t want to forget anything!

There are a few different ways to play this game!


When using the create mode you can choose from a plethora of options.

Dood – Use a blank Dood to make him all your own! Or create one for each family member. You can choose which Dood you want to use while playing!

Baddies – Baddies are the enemies. They are already colored in but you can change them up as well!

Free Draw – Exactly what it sounds like… Draw freely 🙂

Magic Canvases – Just like a coloring book!

Balloonimals – When your playing the game you’ll notice big, white balloon animals floating around. To make them big, colorful balloon animals go to create mode and get….creative!

Doodads – Doodads are like the Ballonimals except instead of floating in the background they’re part of the game play. Depending on which game you play you might be jumping on them or trying to avoid them.

Create Mode helps you make Dood Land (that’s what I call it) all your own! Truly a unique gaming experience!


Pen Panic – Use your stylus to draw line under Dood. The lines turn into trampolines and thrust Dood up into the air. You use the stylus again to guide him in the right direction! Splat the Baddies with ink to defeat them!

Roly Poly – My son Tommy (5) loves this one. It’s a lot like Sonic and Monkey Ball. Dood is in a ball and you tilt the tablet back and forth to get him where he needs to go. This is a good one for they younger players. No stylus needed. Just the tablet and the A button on the Wii controller.

Bubble Trouble – This is my personal favorite. Using the stylus you have to carefully navigate a bubbled up Dood through the level and try to get all the coins you can without hitting any hard surfaces or he’ll pop!

Fan Frenzy – In this game you are using your stylus as a fan. Dood is full of air – you have to use your fan to blow him through the level.

The point of all the games is to collect as many coins as you can to purchase new doodads, balloonimals and magic canvases.


Pictionary for uDraw is a virtual version of the Pictionary board game. What I like about this game is that there is the option of choosing “junior” clues or “adult” clues – that way parents and kids can both play! There is an element of trust in this game too. When the clue is revealed players are asked to shield there eyes from the screen. Another feature I like is being able to choose another clue if the original is too difficult – I think that’s very helpful when playing with kids. Overall I think it’s a great game. It’s a less messy alternative to the pencils, papers and other pieces of the original board game!

Bottom Line

uDraw is a ton of fun and I can’t wait to see what other games they’ll be coming out with!

Be sure to stop by the zooLert uDraw In Stock Tracker page to check availability!
Sample provided for review.  Opinions remain my own.


Barbie Video Girl Hands On Review

This review was sponsored by

The new Barbie Video Girl is great for kids ages 6 and up. The Barbie doll has a very nice design to it, and the best part about this doll is that it contains a hidden camera in Barbie’s necklace. It also comes with a USB cord which allows you to connect your Barbie doll to your computer, and you can even upload your video onto your computer and share the video with your friends (price for the doll is $49.99). You need two AAA batteries (not included) to power the Barbie dolls camera!

When we received the Barbie Video Girl my sister freaked out! She absolutely adored the doll, because not only was this doll beautiful and elegant but you can record video with the doll. My sister loved to use the doll to video tape and playing with her friends! And they even had the opportunity to upload video onto their computer.

Video review:

Overall I would recommend you to check this doll out, because it is very detailed, and is the first Barbie doll to have a camera built-in and an LCD screen which allows you to create video so you to see everything Barbie can see! And thanks to I was able to receive this doll. So if you are out Christmas shopping and want something unique to get for your kids I would suggest you to take a look at this all new Barbie Video Girl!

Where to buy:
Barbie Girl Video Tracker

Sample provided for review. Opinions remain my own


Haywire Group’s Flickin’ Chicken Tournament Edition Video Review

How can you not love a game that has rubber chickens and a silly name! But there is more to this game than wacky names and squishy poultry – Flickin’ Chicken is a high energy game of strategy!

The Tournament Edition of the game includes 6 uniquely colored rubber chickens, a game disc (like a frisbee), a score pad and a storage bag.

The game is played by throwing the disc as far as you can. Next, you take turns flicking your chickens. There are nine rounds and it plays sort of like a golf game. You have to throw your chicken as close to the disc as possible – every time you miss, you get a point – just like golf.  The object of the game is to be the one with the least points by the end of the ninth round!  And to keep things interesting, the disc has two sides with a center based bonus of sorts (or not bonus).  Depending on the side it lands on after tossing, you will either add or subtract an additional point if you hit the center area of the disc upon flicking your chicken to its final resting place of the round.

Flickin’ Chicken is great because of it’s versatility. It’s a game for kids and adults, indoors and outdoors and because of the Tournament Edition’s storage bag, you can take it with you to the beach, the park or even just your backyard!

Retails for around $20 – $30, depending on version :

Flickin Chicken Tournament Edition @Amazon

Flickin’ Chicken Standard Edition @Amazon

And for an up close and personal view of the game check out our video featuring Tommy :

*No (real) chickens were harmed in the making of these films.

Getting ready :

The gameplay :

The results :

And, an outtake :

Happy Playing!

A sample was provided to facilitate this review.  Opinions remain my own.


CONTEST OVER : Giveaway and Pictures – Monster High Doll Frankie Stein – Limited to 5000!

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  • Limited Edition Monster High Frankie Stein doll – only 5,000 produced
  • First introduced at Comic-Con San Diego, and now exclusively at
  • The special black & white Frankie Stein stands framed in a classic black & white package
  • Highlighted with silver foil accents and a fully opening third panel
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    SmartyAnts – Learning Phonics Both Online and Offline!

    SmartyAnts is a new venture by the founder of Leapfrog which involves learning both online AND off.

    From the SmartyAnts website :

    Developed by Mike Wood, founder of acclaimed LeapFrog educational toys, SmartyAnts assesses each child’s skills and tailors a reading program just right for his abilities and personality. Plus the Reading Pup is a real-world buddy that sings and tells stories to reinforce what your child learns.

    By incorporating a robotic dog with a computer connection (USB), it allows for the child to download the current level of educational play for offline reenforcement.

    With each of the robotic dogs comes a one month subscription to the online world of SmartyAnts.  Additional months come at the price of $24.99 for 3 months, or, at the heavily discounted rate of $49.99 for a full year.

    Wonder how it all works?

    Have a look :

    Engaged in a lesson of reading with Smarty Ants :

    Preparing and playing with the dog for offline learning :

    Interested in checking out more?

    Have a look :

    You can find SmartyAnts on Amazon!


    A Squishy, Squishy, Squinkie Photo Shoot – Series 7, 8, 9!

    So, amongst the new Squinkies Squinkie Doos, by Blip Toys, there are the “other” new releases too :

    And, we have your hands on photoshoot with the stars — The babies, the pets, the friends, and the puppies of 7,8,9!

    And, of course, like always, we are tracking everything hot and hard to find!  That includes Squinkies Series 7,8, and 9 right here :

    zooLert Squinkies In Stock Tracker

    If you’re wondering why we didn’t take these out of the package… It’s because they belong to YOU!

    Don’t forget for your VERY own chance to WIN these.  Just for liking us on Facebook!

    Details here :

    Squinkies Squinkie Doos and Series 7, 8, and 9 Giveaway!

    (like you didn’t like us as it is.  just make it officially known to us and the world!)

    Samples provided for review.  Opinions remain my own.


    Squinkies Squinkie Doos Salon and Spa Video Review

    We were really excited to receive the Squinkie Doos Salon and Spa by Blip Toys. Squinkie Doo’s are a wacky haired throwback to the troll pencil toppers that I remember buying at the school store when I was a kid! You can choose from 4 different doos – pink monkey, green frog, yellow piglet and white puppy.

    The Salon & Spa “gumball machine” comes equipped with a hair dryer, brush, two seats and two coins. You can store your squinkie doos in the gumball machine and then use the coins (or your own penny or dime) to buy them!

    Ok, so, now you have the overview… Let’s get to the good stuff!  How does it work?  How do they look?  How long is the hair?  Does it fit on a pencil?

    Gotta have them?  Well, we have some ways to help!

    First, you can always use our in stock trackers to find Squinkies in stock at places like Amazon, Walmart, and TRU :

    zooLert Squinkies In Stock Tracker

    (also tracks Squinkies Doos!)

    Also, check out our HUGE Squinkies Doos Giveaway (provided by Blip Toys!)

    Make sure to look them up and friend Squinkies on Facebook!

    How about some pictures :

    Samples provided for review.  Opinions remain my own.


    Moxie Girlz Magic Snow!

    Here we have the all new Moxie girl magic snow set. The Moxie girl dolls are very extremely detailed from their heads to their toes. There are four dolls in the Moxie girl magic snow series. Their names are Sophina, Avery, Lexa, and Kellan. The Moxie doll have received is Kellan.

    Kellan has reddish color hair. Her outfit is mostly blue and white. Her outfit is a white shirt, blue jacket, silver leggings, and white boots. The items come with Moxie girlz Kellan are a sled, white hat, blue, black and white scarf, and a blue, black and white purse. She also comes with magic snow. When you put water into the magic powder, it starts to grow and there is snow.

    I really like this set because the Moxie dolls are so detailed, and also that they come with a lot of items to collect or play with. But my favorite part of the Moxie dolls magic snow is the snow. I just love when you add water to the snow it grows bigger, making it more real. I really recommend this set for girls. This would be a great present for any occasion. It’s available at reasonable price of $19.99. Have fun playing with your Moxie doll!

    Product provided to facilitate this review. Opinions remain my own.

    Where to buy:
    Moxie Girlz Magic Snow Tracker

    Video review:


    Star Wars Force Trainer!

    The all new star wars force trainer! This toy isn’t like many other toys out there; most toys have to be played physically, for instance every time you move the toys arm it stays in that one spot until you are forced to move it again, but with this toy you have the ability to control the toy with your mind! The set is perfect for kids ages 8+ and the set comes with the force device and the brain transmitter head set. This toy has to be by far one of the most unique toys I have ever come across!

    When I first received the star wars force trainer I couldn’t wait to try it out, although it was a little hard to control the toy in the beginning; it got easier to control after a while! After I got the hang of how to play with the toy my parents and sisters started to kick  in and they gave it a shot, and they just adored it, so not only is this set great for one person to play with but the entire family can get a kick out of it too. The toy was fairly easy to play with, the only problem I had was that if you don’t turn off both the head set and the force device, then you would have to recalibrate the force machine before starting your force training.

    So overall I would have to say that this toy was definitely a unique and exciting toy to play with, and is defiantly something to check out when you are out Christmas shopping and want something unique and exciting to get for your kids!

    Product provided to facilitate this review. Opinions remain my own.

    Video review:

    How to calibrate the Star Wars Force Trainer


    Bratz 10th Anniversary Fashion Girlz Dolls!

    Throughout the Bratz Girlz Party edition there are four dolls. The doll that is being reviewed here is Jade, also known as Kool Kat. Jade is extremely detailed from her head to her toes, and she comes with a lot of accessories to play with, making this doll definitely a unique and fun doll to play with.
    Jade comes with two pairs of foot wear items, she also comes with two outfits. One outfit is a pair of leggings, a skirt, a shirt, and a hat and jacket. The other outfit is a pair of Bermuda shorts, a shirt, and an over vest. Her jewelry is a pair of earrings, one necklace, a ring, and a bow. She also comes with a pink purse. This doll is just $17.00 dollars and comes with a lot of fun pieces.
    I personally like the Bratz dolls series because they are very detailed. Also I think that it is a good collecting item because there are so many series to get. I also like that you can change their clothes and mix and match the accessories. Have fun playing with your Bratz doll!

    Product provided to facilitate this review. Opinions remain my own.

    Where to buy:
    Bratz 10th Anniversary Fashion Doll Tracker

    Video review: