The Complete Dad Does Hot Holiday Toy Reviews

Hot Holiday Toy Reviews 2010 by Dad Does

Hot Holiday Toy Reviews 2010 by Dad Does

UPDATE: We have released our Top Toys for the 2011 Holiday Season Gift Guide! Please click here to see the List of Top Toys for the 2011 Holiday Season!

Stick a fork in it – it is done!  Yes, after more than a month of testing out the hot holiday toys, our Moms and Dads have completed their real world reviews.   We are not talking short blurb reviews – in all, our incredible Dads and Moms wrote over 14,000 words on 16 toys! Did we mention they didn’t use computers…or paper… they etched it all in stone – Flinstone style.  Fine, we are making that last part up – but the 14,000 words bit is true and the reviews are incredibly detailed.

How To Get Real, Honest Product Reviews – Not a Press Release!

We purchased the toys on the Time to Play Magazine Most Wanted List for 2010, in all 16 toys that were rated as the Hot Holiday toys for 2010.  Then, in this toy post we put the call out for Dads and Moms who wanted to receive toys, play with them for a few weeks and write a real and honest review.

The key here is that Dad Does purchased the toys and gave them away to our members to review.  We told the reviewers to be brutally honest – we have no connection with the toy companies.  In addition, we do not make any money if you purchase the toys (no affiliate deals here).

Guess What – The Top 16 Hot Holiday Toys Are Not All That Hot!

A funny thing happens when you have real moms, dads and kids play with toys for a few weeks – you find out that some of them are not fun!  In fact, 3 of the Top 16 Holiday Toys were rated by our reviewers as Do NOT Recommend! The reviewers told it like it was – called a lemon a lemon.

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Highlights of the Top 16 Hot Holiday Toys Reviews

In all, the 16 reviews are 14,433 words long and have 14 videos! Below are some highlights and links to the full reviews.   Before you go shopping, please take a look at the reviews, it might just save you some time and frustration.

#1. Air Hogs Moto Frenzy by Spin Master
Review Quote – “If you like to waste money and watch your kids get frustrated — then this is the toy for you!”
Verdict – Do NOT Recommend
Video in Review – Yes!  Please click the link above to watch the video

#2. Disney Princess & Me Dolls by Disney by Jakks Pacific
Review Quote – “The 18 inch Disney Princess and Me dolls are at least half the price of even the least expensive American Girl dolls”
Verdict – Do Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#3. Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides Cars by Mattel
Review Quote – “The controls aren’t very car-like and the car is kind of pokey”
Verdict – Do NOT Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#4. Leapster Explorer By LeapFrog
Review Quote – “In the two weeks we have had this system I have already noticed a huge improvement in my four year olds ability to recognize and sound out letters.”
Verdict – Do Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#5. Lego Games by Lego
Review Quote – “The changing board, die that can be altered, and malleable rules mean that this game will highly resist getting boring”
Verdict – Do Recommend

#6. Loopz by Mattel
Review Quote – “After about a half hour or so of playing with this toy, Isabelle had had enough of it
Verdict – Do NOT Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#7. Monster High Dolls
Review Quote – “As the video shows, our reviewer — Zoe — loved the Monster High Dolls by Mattel and she would recommend this toy!”
Verdict – Do Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#8. Nerf N-Strike Stampede Blaster
Review Quote – “The Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster by Hasbro is the Nerf gun you want, when you have had a really bad day”
Verdict – Do Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#9. Paper Jamz Guitar by WowWee
Review Quote – “The boys had a blast taking turns rocking out and dancing while playing the music.”
Verdict – Do Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#10. Real Construction Deluxe Workshop by Jakks Pacific
Review Quote – “It was a little bit hard and the instructions weren’t helpful.  I did like the fact that nothing could hurt you and making our own stuff was much more fun.”
Verdict – Do Recommend

#11. Scrabble Flash by Hasbro
Review Quote – “Putting aside some of the oddities, my boys enjoyed seeing the strange words flash as being correct, and we even went to the dictionary to laugh about some of them”
Verdict – Do Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#12. Sing-A-Ma-Jigs by Mattel
Review Quote – “The kids dig ‘em, they’re cute and funny, at a decent price point, and have scrunchies for lips. All winners in my book”
Verdict – Do Recommend

#13.  Squinkies by Blip Toys
Review Quote – “Like any other add-on toy, the kids will now have a new incessant request to repeat mantra-style the next time (and every time) you enter your local toy store/Wal-Mart/Dante’s Ninth Circle”
Verdict – Do Recommend

#14. Tonka Chuck and Friends – Chucks Stunt Park
Review Quote – “At first I was put off by the $39.99 price, but you really get a lot for the money and it has many play options for the kids”
Verdict – Do Recommend
Video in Review – Yes! Please click the link above to watch the video

#15. V.Reader by VTech
Review Quote – “It is a great toy for kids who love to read as well as those who like to play games.”
Verdict – Do Recommend

#16. Zoobles by Spin Master
Review Quote – “Your kids will dig these things and play with them for inexplicable amounts of time.”
Verdict – Do Recommend

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