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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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Astronaut Rocket Pen

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech, Toys

Astronaut PenThis is no ordinary Bic. You can show everyone of your desire to either go into space or that you are horrifically bored at work with the Astronaut Rocket Pen. Push the ignition control button and it takes off up to a height of a whopping 36 inches. Space Shuttle and Titan Rocket pens are also available, each with a price of $8.94. We hope that helmet keeps the landing from becoming an inky mess. 

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HMS Battleship FM Tuner

HMS Battleship RadioReplace that outdated rubber ducky with this waterproof HMS Battleship. The floating ship has an FM tuner with auto-scanning, volume control and reset button. At a size of 19 x 5 x 4cm, the HMS needs 2 AAA batteries (not included.) Equipped with missiles and guns, we figure you could probably grab a couple of them at £13.00 (~$19.00) each and have soapy battles with your best bud.

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Q-Steer Mario Bros. R/C Cars

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, Driving, Nintendo

Mario R/C CarTakaraTomy has designed tiny remote control cars for those who want to race the Mario Brothers in the real world. The Q-Steer RC car is only 4 cm long and 2 cm high. Each runs on 2 coin cell batteries for the remote and car. The driver can rev up the speed by pressing the up-right button while not sweating the curves with the car’s suspension design. Pre-order Mario or Luigi or one of their other designs for $32.47 and expect delivery within the next week or so.

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Nuclear Doorbell

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys

Nuclear DoorbellHere’s a fun way to freak out those loud neighbors. The Nuclear Doorbell has a 20 meter operating range at 433MHz. When pressed it plays a mega-loud siren, flashes yellow lights and yells at the unsuspecting victim. At a size of 200 x 190mm, it requires no wiring and runs on batteries (included.) You can get the doorbell for £15.99 (~$23.00.) This might also be a deterrent for car thieves as who can resist pushing a button that looks harmless?

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LeapFrog Text & Learn

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds, Toys

Text & LearnLeapFrog has been putting out sophisticated learning products for years. Their latest toy is the a Text & Learn, designed for tots whose parents have Blackberrys or iPhones and won’t share. There is a pretend browser mode, learning games and a QWERTY keyboard to teach them to type. Recommended for kids ages 3 to 6, they can send and receive text messages with Scout the puppy. The Text & Learn made its debut at the recent UK Toy Fair and will be available sometime this summer for $21.99.

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Digital Blue/Lego Kids’ Electronics

Lego CameraDigital Blue has teamed with Lego to bring an entire line of kids’ gadgets out to play. Included in the series will be a digital cam, a video camera, MP3 player, walkie talkie and other electronics. Although they will have the look of the blocks, fortunately the users cannot dissemble them. Look for a summer release. We bet this would be a good gift for those Lego addicted friends of yours as well as the kidlets.

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Radio Flyer Cloud 9 Wagon

Cloud 9If you ever had a Radio Flyer, you might be amazed at the wagon of the future. The Cloud 9 features safety harnesses, padded seats, foot brakes, storage containers and cup holders. Even better, the prototype will have a digital handle to keep track of temperature, time, distance and speed. The is also a slot for an MP3 player and a speaker.

“We approached this product much like an automotive company might with a concept car,” said Mark Johnson, Radio Flyer’s product development manager.

We guess it is going to be a while before this one becomes the real thing. Until then, your tots will have to carry their iPods on their tricycles.

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