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Remote Control Snake

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys

R/C SnakeAnyone 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.)

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2008 Holiday Gift Guide: Playskool Kota the Triceratops - 50% off at Amazon

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Toys, Kids, Under $250

Kota the Triceratops

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.

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HealthyToys Chemical Consumer Guide

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Internet, Toys

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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.

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Your Favorite Toys Have Private Lives

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Movies, Toys, Video Games

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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.

 

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Alien Invasion Shootout Game

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

Alien GameWhen 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.)

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Holiday Gift Guide Flashback: A Dark Lord Christmas

Posted by David Torres Categories: Editorial, Features, Toys, Kids


Darth Vader action figureI 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.

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USB Tengu Gets a Makeover

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, USB, Toys

TenguRemember Tengu, the USB toy/buddy that reacts to sound? Mr. Jones recently contacted us to let you know that there is now an updated version with five new faces, now at a price of £19.95 ($30.00.) He is offering free shipping during December when you add in the code “TENGU-08.” There is also a special edition Wooden Tengu for £30 (~$45.00,) but be quick as there are only a few available.

(Thanks, Crispin)

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Keyhole Surgery 3D Game

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

Keyhole SurgeryMoritz Waldemeyer decided to take up the challenge of redesigning the game “Operation.” He came up with a 3D version called Keyhole Surgery in which you have to place the key in a maze without touching the sides. He included a file so that you can study it before you give it a go. The person with the least amount of touches wins. We dig the idea of the prototype game, but this is definitely not one to play at a kegger.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Fisher-Price Elmo Live

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Toys, Kids, Under $100

Elmo LiveOnce again, Elmo is here to take over the holiday, causing parking lot brawls between otherwise-normal parents. Back in 1996, Tickle Me Elmo flew off store shelves. 12 years later, Elmo Live tells jokes, sings songs, plays games, and tells stories. Oh, and he still laughs too. The biggest change, though, is thatElmo’s mouth actually moves when he talks, along with the rest of his body. He also moves his arms, nods his head, stands up, sits down, among other things, all with a squeeze of his foot. I was at Target the other day, and almost every shopping cart with a kid in it had one, and at one moment, I literally heard 7 of these things going at once, simply due to the carts being in close proximity. This is one of the big toy gifts this year. Elmo Live sells for $65.99, but we found it on Amazon for 9% off, at $59.88.


Star Trek Phaser and Communicator

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

Star Trek SetThe ultimate Star Trekkor can now beam up properly while fighting Klingons with the Phaser and Communicator Set. The Phaser has 4 power settings with appropriate lights and sounds, a flip up sight and an overload setting, also with fitting effects. The Communicator is full size with sounds and lighting, a hailing function and 20 effects and phrases such as “Spock here, Captain.” Both run on batteries (included) and have a price of $39.99.

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