Here’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?
Read More | Lazybone
LeapFrog 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.
Read More | LeapFrog
Digital 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.
Read More | Kids Tech Review
If 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.
Read More | CNN
Anyone can have a remote control helicopter or car, but if you really want to creep out your buds, how about this snake? With light-up eyes, the bugger can slither across any smooth surface before anyone is the wiser. The remote can send the robotic reptile in four directions, forward, backwards, left and right. It runs on 2 AA and 2 AAA batteries (not included) and can slink around your house or cubicle for £19.95 (~$31.00.)
Read More | Gadgets
Here’s one that the kids are sure to love - Kota the Triceratops is a rideable dinosaur. Did you catch that? A life-sized baby dinosaur to be exact, Kota is 40-inches long, and has a spring-loaded seat and handle. He also sports a smile on his face, which should mean that children won’t be scared of him. Kota has 11 sensores, so it reacts intelligently to sound as well as touch. He will react by turning his head, tail, horns, or even by roaring. You can also feed him some leaves, which will cause the dino to make a munching sound. The best part? Kota sells for $299 - but Amazon is currently selling him for just $150 - that is 50% off! Better hurry though, no telling how long that deal will last.
Read More | Kota the Triceratops 50% off
Worried about those toxic toys? HealthyToys has a database of more than 1,500 of them that were tested for chemicals. They include lead, mercury and PVC. The organization found lead in some that came from China as well as several manufactured in the U.S. This is the second year that the organization has created its consumer guide. We suggest you head over there before you hit your local dollar store or discount retailer. And if you are out shopping, you can SMS text 41411 with the toy name and HealthyToys will let you know the chemical levels.
Read More | HealthyToys
We had to share this collection of images that show you what we have long suspected, that after we go out for the evening or to bed, our toys really do come out and play. The images include Lego figures, evil Muppets, Happy Tree Friends, Star Wars action figures, Wall-E, and Mario and his buddies. We wonder if the collection’s creators were into “Robot Chicken” or simply caught them in the act.
Read More | Web Urbanist
When was the last time you got to take a potshot at those evil aliens? You have your chance now with the Alien Invasion Shootout Game. Set them up around a room or cubicle, then activate them. They will utter alien screeches before they start shooting so you know that they are about to attack. The 3 ETs are attached with a 3m cable, and they need 3 AAA batteries for the aliens and 2AA for your weapon (included.) Save the planet for £21.99 (~$32.00.)
Read More | Lazybone
I was nine years old and I was a huge Star Wars fan. I was looking forward to Christmas like every kid and I hoped to get a ton of Star Wars stuff.
Christmas morning finally came and back then I would try to sneak out of bed at four or five in the morning so I could start playing. Sometimes I would get caught and I was told to go back to bed, but I always came out later after the coast was clear.
That Christmas I woke up early and quickly ran to the living room to start opening my presents. Every gift I opened was a toy. I don’t remember all of the stuff I got, but as I said it was all toys!
I went searching to the back of the tree to see if there was anything I missed and I found a present in the shape of a rectangle. This meant it was shirt box – clothes! Ugh. I tossed it back and buried it under some of my sibling’s presents.