Hot Holiday Toys with Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht
Crazy Cart Drifting Vehicle (Razor)
• Drive, spin, and drift like a pro – at home! The Crazy Cart is the Ultimate Drifting Machine.
• With the new Razor Crazy Cart, kids can drive like a go-cart at speeds of up to 12 mph then lift the Drift Bar to kick it into Crazy Cart mode. • Crazy Cart’s patented drift system features variable angled rear caster wheels, so you can drive and drift forward, backward, sideways, diagonally, and everything in between. • And with a 360+ degree turn radius, you can pivot, spin in place, and turn on a dime. • Ages: 10+ (max rider weight of 140 pounds) • MSRP: $399. 00
Twilight Turtle Tunes (Cloud B)
• The first Cloud b character to feature cutting-edge Bluetooth technology.
• Free downloadable app where parents can create their own lullabies using a pre-set of sound bites. • $1.99 downloadable app where parents can create their own lullabies using their own iTunes Music Library. • Just like the original, the new Twilight Turtle Tunes glows in blue, amber and green and projects the constellations and the colors morph from one to the other every five seconds. • Ages: 0+ • MSRP: $51.95
• LeapReader, is a complete learn to read and write solution for kids.
• Kids will sound out words and read sentences, learn to write letters with interactive guidance, and listen to audio books, music and more on-the-go. • The LeapReader solution includes three essential experiences: ◊ Learn to Read: Sounds out words, reads sentences, and lets kids play games and puzzles.
◊ Learn to Write: LeapReader helps kids learn the sequence of strokes and practice writing letters and numbers with special LeapFrog Learning Paper.
• Learn through Listening: Audio books, learning songs and trivia challenges build comprehension skills and vocabulary.
• A library of 150+ books, workbooks, audio books and more. • Available in green and pink and Includes a USB rechargeable battery. • Holds audio for up to 40 books or 175 songs. • Just hitting shelves this month. • Ages: 4-8 • MSRP: $49.99
Innotab 3S (VTech)
• This tablet features an exclusive communication app that allows kids to be connected with parents and friends via tablet-to-mobile and tablet-to-tablet, VTech Kid Connect.
• It features a kid-safe browser and access to VTech’s Learning Lodge app store. • The tablet includes Wi-Fi and a rechargeable battery pack that lets kids play for hours of fun learning. • Educational games teach reading, math, social studies, and science; the media center plays videos and MP3s. • InnoTab 3S comes with one year Kid Connect Basic subscription. • Ages 3-9 • MSRP $99.99
Kurio Touch 4S (Techno Source)
• Sleek, stylish, pocket-sized, and portable.
• Wi-Fi enabled android 4.2 (Jellybean) handheld device. • Kids can record videos, take photos, listen to music, message friends, play with apps and games, and safely surf the web. • 3.97-inch multi-point touchscreen display with high-definition gaming and movie viewing capabilities, multi-core processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, integrated microphone, USB connection. • High capacity battery offers six to eight hours of battery life. • 8 GB of internal memory, extendable to 40 GB via a micro SD card. • Comes with set of earbuds that comfortably fit in children’s ears. • Available in black and white. • Preloaded with more than 30 free games and apps. • Ages: 3+ • MSRP: $99.99
Disney Creative Studio and Smart Stylus (KIDdesigns)
• A creative experience with Disney characters you know.
• Learn to draw: real Disney artists teach you how to draw your favorite characters in step-by-step tutorials. • The Smart Stylus allows you to access more than five different drawing tools, flip the stylus to erase, or shake the stylus for "magical" art effects. • More than 45 unique “pages” of activities like tracing, connect the dots, and coloring. • Smart Stylus connects wirelessly with the iPad. • Save and share creations with friends and family. • Ages: 3+ • MSRP: $39.99
Air Huntress™ (Zing)
• Decked out in pink, purple and sparkles, the new Air Huntress is the next generation Z-Curve.
• As girls aspire to be the next Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games" or Merida from “Brave”, this is a safe, realistic introduction to the sport of archery that can be used indoors or outside. • The Air Huntress Z-Curve Bow can launch soft-foam ammo over 125 feet, a thrill factor for kids and parents alike! • Aspiring archers can choose between far-flying foam Z-Arrows and stick-anywhere suction cup Zartz. • Hook the ammo into the loading zone, line up the shot and let it fly! Includes two Z-Arrows and one Zartz. • Ages: 8+ • MSRP: $24.99
Draw Something Party Game (Hasbro)
• Players draw on the double-sided, glowing drawing screen with their finger or included stylus.
• Players choose one of three words, ranging from easy to difficult, and work together in teams to draw clues and shout out guesses to earn coins. • Teams race against a timer to win – if time runs out, the other team gets a chance to win the coins. • Includes one pencil-shaped Draw Something Party drawing tablet, 180 cards, and one stylus. • Age: 8+ • MSRP: $24.99
Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends (Mattel)
• Dressed in her signature princess gown, the 10.5-inch doll can talk to Clover the Rabbit, Robin the Robin, and Mia the Bluebird.
• When kids bring each animal close to Sofia’s amulet, it glows and Sofia can recognize and talk to each friend and get unique responses in return. • Features multiple character-specific phrases. • Age: 3+ • MSRP: $39.99
Fart Gun (Thinkway Toys)
• For the rambunctious kids (and adults!) who love toilet humor, they won’t be able to get enough of this.
• By pressing the trigger you will engage both light and fart sound effects. • If you want a fruitier smell to accompany the flatulence, there will be a banana scented version as well. • Ages: 4+ • MSRP: $19.99
Y Fliker Carver Series (YVolution)
• Scooters are body-powered.
• Riders step on platforms and move hips and legs from side-to-side to get going and keep moving. • Sleek design with special patented FLEX technology that provides riders with instant flexibility and a smooth ride. • Riders can simply lean and swing the handlebars using their arms to make sharp turns with a smaller turn radius and maintain balance at greater speeds, all while exerting less energy. • New-tech casters provide quicker propulsion and spinning. • Quick-response hand brake offers more control and safety. • Padded handgrips ensure comfort and proper hold. • Footplates offer grip for drifting and carving. • Features twist and fold mechanism for easy transport and storage. • Ages: 5+ to 7+ • MSRP: $129.99 to $149.99
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