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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: LeapFrog LeapPad

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I know I'm not the only parent out there that has to give up the iPad to the children on a regular basis, and that's why we're putting the LeapFrog LeapPad in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. It's a personalized learning tablet optimized for kids ages 4 through 9. It's got a 5-inch touch display, built-in camera that can record video, and ships with four apps. More apps are available for download, and they focus on various educational topics like reading, math, science, geography, art, music, and more. You can pick up the LeapPad on Amazon now for $99.

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LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer tablet ready for pre-order

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Toys

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LeapFrog will be taking pre-orders for its $100 LeapPad Explorer tablet for kids beginning Wednesday, the educational product developer announced on its site this week. The 5-inch tablet comes in pink or green, has a 480-by-272 pixel (16:9) touchscreen and will have 100 downloadable apps or app cartridges ranging in price from $5 to $25 available in time for the August 15 release.

The multifunctional learning tablet "builds off the success of 2011's Educational Toy of The Year Award winner, Leapster Explorer," LeapFrog said in a statement. The LeapPad Explorer is intended for children ages four and up.

"LeapFrog created the first interactive learning experience with our original iconic LeapPad Learning System in 1998. After 10 years of research into the most proficient ways for children to learn, we are doing it again with LeapPad Explorer," said Craig Hendrickson, senior vice president and chief product officer for LeapFrog, in a statement announcing the tablet back in February.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Tonka Rumblin Chuck

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The Tonka Rumblin' Chuck is an interactive companion designed for kids ages 3 and up, and if you've seen any of the commercials around children's programming this holiday season, you've probably seen this guy, so we're including him in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. This cheerful electronic truck aims to captivate your child with more than 50 sounds and phrases. In addition, Chuck features several fun animations: he'll wiggle, pop wheelies, and can even dump the load he's carrying. Rumblin' Chuck also includes an accompanying storybook, Friends for the Long Haul, which promotes a positive message about the value of friends and having fun. You can pick him up from Amazon for $37.57, which is 16% off the normal price.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide: Justin Bieber Singing Dolls

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Music, Toys, Kids, Teens, Under $50

Justin Bieber Baby Singing Doll saleAs much as we hate to admit it, Justin Bieber is all the rage right now, and the new Bieber singing dolls are going to be one of the hottest sellers this holiday season, so we've gotta include it in our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. Currently available for pre-order, if you check Amazon, you'll find ridiculously high resale prices, which we'd recommend you stay away from. Instead, go with Target. They've got the whole collection of the Bieber dolls for $25.99 each. They'll ship on December 12, which gives plenty of time to arrive--just make sure you purchase soon, because they'll sell out for sure.

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Android is…dead?

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Toys

Vampire Android

No, this has nothing to do with our Windows Phone 7 review, so don’t go selling your Google stock just yet. What we have here is a three inch limited edition vinyl collectible in the form an undead vampire Android mascot. This collectible will have a rotating head as well as movable arms, and a Halloween-themed window box. A vampire Android desktop wallpaper can also be downloaded for free to get you in the blood sucking mood this 31st. Get your hands on a dead Android this Halloween at 2pm EST.

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LED Flying Disc-O

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys

Disc-O

Dazzle your relatives at the next family picnic since this is no ordinary Frisbee. Toss this Flying Disc-O around and its LED and fiber optic illumination system goes through 7 different colors. Durable, yet comfortable to handle, the disc has a 10.5-inch diameter and comes with two replaceable lithium coin cell batteries. Not recommended for kids under three or dogs that like to chew their toys, the Disc-O can be yours for $29.98.

 

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Remote Controlled Water Cannon

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Toys, Wireless / WiFi

Water CannonYou can finally get back at the neighbors’ kids with this Remote Controlled Water Cannon. It can shoot a stream up to 100 ft. Connect it to a hose and use one of three interchangeable nozzles (spray, mist, and stream.) The weapon can rotate 270 degrees and the barrel can be raised 20 degrees and lowered 5 degrees. The cannon needs 4 C batteries and one 9 volt (not included.) Expect a June 22 ship date when you pre-order for $59.99.

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Ecotronic Self-Powered Toys

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Toys, Videos

If you are going to buy toys for your little nippers anyway, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry about batteries? The UK based Ecotronic has developed a linethat you shake or wind up to create its own energy by dynamo technology. The company has a myriad of products, including eco flashlights, microphone, a robot, radios and a rocket. The toys range in price from $9.99 to $29.99 at International Playthings.

 

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Infrared Duck Hunter With Gun

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Toys

Duck HuntNow you can literally play Duck Hunt with this new game. The flapping duck will fly around your room or yard while you commence to shoot it down with your miniature infrared gun. Hit it three times and you have dinner. Charge your prey for 10 seconds and you will get about 30 seconds of flight, unless you down it first. The set needs 3 x AAA batteries (not included) to perform and comes at a price of $55.96.

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What Your Monopoly Properties Say About You

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Toys

MonopolyWe have shown you how to become an M&M and South Park character, tested your knowledge on the Daily Lunchtime quiz, and now this online psychoanalysis cracked us up to the point we had to share. “Jessica” is an incredibly astute writer who has found the reason why we choose certain Monopoly properties. We are almost embarrassed to tell you where we stand, or rather rent, but take a peek at her discovery at the link. Leave a comment if you think she is accurate and she may live up to her promise to analyze why we choose a certain path playing the board game “Life.”

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