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Walmart 12 Toys of Christmas Special

Elmo LiveWalmart is trying to keep that economy flowing with their 12 Toys of Christmas. The list includes the hot Elmo Live for $59.88 (which is really not that terrific a deal as Fisher-Price’s MSRP is $60.00,) Fisher-Price’s Portable DVD Player for $149.88, the EyeClops Night Vision Infrared Stealth Goggles for $68.88 and Air Hogs Zero Gravity R/C Mini SUV for $25.00. Shop early. We found the Air Hogs already sold out online and you have to actually hit Walmart in the real world to get an Elmo. 

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Amazon aims to eliminate hard-to-open packaging

Amazon wrap rage

After years upon years of frustrated purchasers cutting themselves on clamshell plastic cases, a company has stood up and proclaimed “No more!”. This morning, a letter from CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on the main page of the site, informing visitors that the company will now be working with leading manufacturers to deliver products “inside smaller, easy-to-open, recyclable cardboard boxes with less packaging material (and no frustrating plastic clamshells or wire ties).” They are calling it “Frustration-free Packaging.” Really? Could a world really exist where you can simply buy a product, open a box, and easily remove said product from said box—without having to scour the immediate vicinity for a box cutter? We know, it sounds too good to be true. We applaud Amazon for standing up for both the environment, and our cut up fingers.

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Pleo Celebrates Halloween

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Hot Deals, Misc. Tech, Software, Toys,

PleoUgobe is celebrating Pleo’s first Halloween with some new downloadable software. He will not only issue his usual noises, he can also sound like a screeching cat, a spooky ghost, a dragon and a Pleosaurus Rex. The “audio costumes” are free and you will only need a blank SD Card with a minimum of 32MB storage. At a total size of 2.7MB, Ugobe says it will take longer than most downloads, but then maybe Pleo doesn’t like holidays.

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Microfly R/C Flyer

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Toys, Wireless / WiFi,

MicroflyMicrofly is a clever propeller-driven flyer, controlled by a transmitter that also acts as a charger. It will hover or move up, down, forward and backwards to irritate your coworkers or family members. At a size of only 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2-inches, it needs six 1.5V AA LR6 batteries (not included.) You can get your own Microfly for $24.95, shoot some fuzzy images, and try to convince others on YouTube you saw a UFO.

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R/C Micro Bladez Mini-Helicopter

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

Micro BladezLooking for a kewl R/C device to give out to your office buds this year? Micro Bladez can go forward, backwards, up, down, and turn left and right. At a weight of only 0.019 kg, the mini-copter will set you back £24.99 (~$39.00) each if you buy a minimum of 6. Better yet, let everyone chip in and in addition to getting one for yourselves, get one for the boss. Pre-order now for the next shipment.

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Wall Street Guru

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Toys,

Wall St. GuruRemember the Magic 8 Ball? We know that you still have one that you need in bouts of real insecurity. For these troubled economic times, the virtual Wall Street Guru is the perfect answer. Ask it a question and it will respond with such answers as:

  • “Tech Stocks Hot”
  • “Bear Market Ahead”
  • “Out to Lunch”
  • “Buy T-Bills ”
  • and the ever popular “Unclear Ask Again”

It may not be the answer to all your financial needs, but at least you won’t have to take credit for bad decisions. Carry it on your next trip to Wall St. for $7.95.

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Homade Brick Flash Drive

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Accessories, USB, Storage, Toys,

Brick Flash Drive

We never tire of Lego-like gadgets, although there seems to be a new one daily. Homade’s faux Brick Flash Drive is plug and play in your USB port with no software needed. In a size of 15 x 30 x 7mm, it is practically tiny but enhanced for Windows Readyboost. Attach to backpack, cell phone or key chain. Choose one of the seven colors in 2GB memory for $30.00 or the 4GB flash drive model for $42.00.

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R/C My Pet Lawyer

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

My Pet LawyerWho needs a high-paid r/t attorney when you can have your own My Pet Lawyer? The 10-inch tall dude has light-up mouth and eyes, and his arms are bendable. He comes with nine pre-recorded phrases or you can record your own. He can also laugh or growl. Stand him on his Scale of Justice briefcase that doubles as a remote with his magnetic feet. Your new pet comes with a spiked collar, crushed victim, and needs 5 AAA batteries (not included) at a mini-price of $4.95.

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Willcom Kuma Bear Phone

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Toys,

Kuma Bear Phone

Let’s all raise our hands if we want Willcom’s Kuma Bear Phone. Who wouldn’t want to look ludicrous holding a teddy up to his/her ear and speaking into its tummy? Apparently it was a smash at the recent 2008 Good Design Expo in Tokyo. It holds up to four speed dial numbers for Tom and Katie and will come out of its furry holder when Suri get older. After all, at a price of $500.00, who else could afford it?

 

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Sony PS3 EyePet

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Toys, Video Games,

EyePet

Recently announced at the Leipzig Game Conference in Germany, Sony showed off its newest virtual buddy. The EyePet works with the camera attachment on the Playstation 3. When you see it on screen, you can play with it. Roll a ball and the EyePet will chase it. We guess that this would be okay for little ones, although unaware parents might wonder why their kids are touching their monitors so much. The virtual critter should become available late 2009.

 

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