Shoe Lights

What parent doesn't love the educational and conservation aspects of National Geographic?  What kid doesn't love exploring and playing outside?  Combine exploration, education and outdoor fun and you have the new National Geographic Outdoor Explorer Series of Toys from Uncle Milton. We wanted to see how the new National Geographic explorer toys held up in click to continue...

Toop Tops

When you think of spinning top toys, you probably think of Beyblade Battle sets.  We have   reviewed Beyblades in the past and they are great, but they are not the only spinning top toy in town.  If you are looking for a spinning top with perhaps a little more spin and bling then look click to continue...

Koosh solar recon blaster

It's not easy being a kid.   Homework to do, rooms to be cleaned, constantly needing to teach your parents how to operate the DVR.   Kids need a way to let off a little steam, and what better way than firing off some projectiles at your siblings? Last year we did our article on the Top click to continue...

Toy Fair 2012 Recap

Last week we did our Video Recap of Toy Fair 2012, but with over 100,000 toys at Toy Fair - one video recap review just doesn't do the show justice.  So, here are some more video highlights of what we saw at Toy Fair 2012... In no particular order, here are some of toys we click to continue...

Toy fair 2012 Yoda

The pen is mightier than the sword.  Pens are used to write words.  Swords are used primarily to chop off people's heads.  By inference, words are evil things that kill people.  So words be damned, we can tell the tale of Toy Fair 2012 by using magical moving images AKA video. Maybe you couldn't make click to continue...


Top 10 Fun Toys That Teach from Toy Fair 2012

Slime and Polymer Lab

Toy Fair 2012 has come to an end, but our coverage of all things toys rolls on!  Last week we looked at the Top 8 Girl Toys for 2012, and today we go on the quest for the Holy Grail for that are fun, but also teach.  Often when we think of "educational toys" click to continue...

Top Girl Toys 2012

By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire I was never much of a girly-girl growing up.  My parents, for whatever reasons, raised myself and my younger sister with very gender neutral toys.  We had girl AND boy dolls.  We owned cars and LEGOS and scrabbled in the sandbox as often as we played school or with the dollhouse click to continue...

Toy Fair 2012

Pretty catchy slogan - huh?  Yep, that is the new slogan from the Toy Industry.   Apparently they focus group tested "If Your Kids Play With Your Phone Instead of Our Toys, The Terrorist Win" but it just wasn't edgy enough.  Fine, I am totally making all of this up, but there is no question the click to continue...


Toy Fair 2012: 5 Favorites…So Far


By Noelle, Librarian Extraordinaire We’ve been at the Toy Fair for a couple of days, and seen an overwhelming amount of toys of all kinds.  There’s still more to see, but I thought it would be fun to give a flavor of the fair and report on some of my favorite sights so far. 1.  click to continue...


Nothing like getting the International Toy Fair 2012 started with a big gala award ceremony! On Saturday night, 2/11/12, the 2012 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award Ceremony was held and the best toys from 2011 were celebrated. Before we announce the winners, let's go over what toys qualify - All 2012 TOTY nominated products click to continue...

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