Disney Toy Story 3 Lego Sets

The long awaited Disney’s Toy Story 3 will premiere on the big screen in June of this year. Disney is celebrating with a new line of toys, including several new Lego sets.

Lego’s first Toy Story-inspired toy line features a really cool assortment of construction play sets and figures featuring classic and new Toy Story characters.

First up LEGO Toy Story Woody’s Round Up. Kids can have a Wild West adventure with Woody and his pals!
Help Sheriff Woody and his trusty horse Bullseye cross the desert to rescue Jessie from a gold mine filled with dynamite. But watch out! Stinky Pete is breaking out of jail to rob the town safe! Can Woody’s boardwalk catapult trap help save the day? The set includes Woody, Jessie, Bullseye and Stinky Pete the Prospector mini-figures.

Next up check out the new Lego Toy Story: Construct a Buzz. Kid’s can blast off for interstellar adventures with a buildable, poseable Buzz Lightyear! Build him and Buzz is ready to battle the Evil Emperor Zurg with the help of his winged jetpack, closable visor and arm-mounted, flick-launching laser cannon. He also comes with a little green alien friend mini figure!

The LEGO Toy Story Buzz’s Star Command Ship lets kids use their imagination to rocket through space with Buzz Lightyear of Star Command! Buzz Lightyear is there in his faster-than-light Star Command spaceship to save the galaxy from evil and to battle the sinister schemes of Evil Emperor Zurg in outer space. They can also land and deploy the secret moon buggy for special planetary missions! The set includes Buzz Lightyear and Evil Emperor Zurg mini-figures.

The LEGO Toy Story Woody and Buzz Rescue set lets your kids help Woody and Buzz are race to catch up with Andy’s moving van! Pull back on their car friend RC and release to make him zoom into action at top speed with the Toy Story heroes aboard. Not fast enough? Grab onto Buzz’s rocket and take to the air! The set includes Woody, Buzz Lightyear with rocket, and buildable RC with pull-back motor.

There’s an important mission in Andy’s bedroom – time to send in the green Toy Story Lego Army Men
! Hopping along on their removable stands, these brave toy soldiers never leave a man behind. Good thing they’ve brought their Jeep, stretcher and all their equipment with them! The set includes 4 mini-figures.

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How To Train Your Dragon Plush Toys

How To Train Your Dragon hits theaters in a couple days. They’ve come out with some really cute toys to go with the movie. My favorite is the How To Train Your Dragon Plush Toys, they’re so cute!

Check them out, they talk, and have a price point under $10 which makes them a perfect addition for this year’s Easter basket.

How To Train Your Dragon Movie Mini Talking Plush Night Fury

How To Train Your Dragon Movie Mini Talking Plush Gronkle

How To Train Your Dragon Movie Mini Talking Plush Terrible Terror

5 Easter Toy Ideas For Boys

It always seems like when I go Easter shopping for my son there are plenty of fluffy pink plush animals, but there’s just not that much out there for boys. I really don’t like to fill his basket with candy, we don’t need a sugar overload. I have found a few toys that are always a hit with my son.

Here are just a few Easter toy ideas I have for boys:

1. Bakugan Toys are always a big hit, and they have price points from under $10, and up, which makes them a perfect Easter basket fill in.

2. Matchbox Cars are another popular choice, and they range in price from a little over $1 for the single car packs, to higher price points for sets, racetracks and carriers. The great thing about Matchbox cars is you don’t have to have them all at once, you can build a set over time.

3. I love this Tonka Dump Truck Plush Basket, you can fill it with all his favorite Tonka toys!

4. Toy Story 3′s hitting theaters this summer. Boys would love to wake up to a new Toy Story 3 Lego set in their Easter basket.

5. How to Train Your Dragon is hitting theaters in a few days, I’m sure it will be super popular with boys everywhere to find a How To Train Your Dragon Plush Toy in their Easter baskets.

Think about what the little boy on your Easter list is interested in then find the perfect toy to suit his interests.

Combined Bakugan~ Maxus Dragonoid~ Maxus Helios

The Bakugan Maxus Dragonoid combines 7 Bakugan into one to form the ultimate Bakugan monster. Bakugan 7 in 1 Maxus Dragonoid includes 6 different traps, including Grakas Hound, Dark Hound, Grafias, Brachium, Spitarm, SpyderFencer & Neo Dragono. These Bakugan can be used individually in a game, or all together.

Bakugan Maxus Dragonoid

Dragonoid is one of the most powerful Bakugan yet. If you have a Bakugan fan on your Christmas list, they’ll definitely have this one on their wish list this year.

Another Bakugan combined favorite is Maxus Helios. Another ultimate Bakugan monster that can be used to battle combined, or as 7 individual Bakugan.

Bakugan Maxus Helios

If you have a Transformer’s fan on your gift list who loves Bakugan then combined Bakugan provides the best of both worlds with these Bakugan that can be transformed.

Buy Bakugan 7 in 1 Maxus Dragonoid
Buy Bakugan Maxus Helios

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Lego Video Game Guide

Lego Video Games are a kids favorite, and they’ll top many children’s wish lists this Christmas, so I thought I’d put together a Lego Video Games guide. Here are some of the most popular Lego video games.

Lego Rock Band just hit the stores November 3rd, and is available for the Wii, Nintendo DS, xBox360, and Playstation 3. Kids can personalize their own LEGO Rock Den, and decorate it to suit their own rock style.
Lego Rock Band WiiMy son’s favorites are the Lego Star Wars Video Games. I think we have the Lego Star Wars Complete Saga for the Nintendo DS, and for the Wii. It’s also available for Xbox360, and the Playstation3. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga lets kids and their families to play through the events of all six Star Wars movies in one videogame for the first time ever. Players solve puzzles with creative thinking through the use of teamwork and unique building situations only possible in a LEGO galaxy far far away.
Lego Star Wars Complete Saga

With Lego BatMan video games children can play as Batman, Robin or more than 12 dastardly villains, master special super hero moves, and create and drive the Batmobile, Batboat and the Batwing.

Lego Bat Man

Lego Indiana Jones video games follows Dr. Jones escapades through the jungles of South America to the mountaintops of India. Kids and their families can build, battle and brawl their way through their favorite movie scenes, from Indy’s entanglements with snakes to his dashing boulder run.

Lego Indiana Jones video game

Please feel free to share your favorite Lego Video game.

Thomas Christmas Trains

My son is a big fan of Thomas The Train and with the DVD premiere of the new Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express, I thought I’d put together a couple Thomas Christmas train sets to circle around your holiday tree, or just for play.

First up Thomas & Friends Holiday Delivery Thomas, with a track designed to go around the tree, and a holiday Thomas in a santa hat carrying a fun cargo of presents.

Thomas and Friends Holiday Delivery Thomas

Your Thomas fan will also love this Bachmann Train Thomas Holiday Special Ready-to-Run HO Train Set with moving eyes, and festive holiday train cars he’s ready to deliver fun all the way through Christmas day.

Thomas the Train Holiday ExpressWouldn’t it be fun to wake up Christmas morning to Thomas circling your Christmas tree?

10 Great Toy Ideas Under $20 For Toy Gift Exchanges

It seems like I’m always looking for a last minute toy for a gift exchange, and my budget is usually under $20, so I thought I’d put together a list of great toy ideas you can buy for that price range. Most of these are on the hot toy list this year, so you can’t go wrong!

1. Klutz Invasion Of The Bristlebots is topping many hot toy lists this Christmas. I love the unique idea of the Bristlebots, they’re little toothbrush head robots that can spin, skitter, and bounce off the walls. The Bristlebots also come with a book of ideas games and activities for fun and entertainment.

Invasion of the bristlebots2. Many of the Bakugan toys including most of the Bakugan Battle Packs, and make great toys for boys. They are definitely one of the hottest toys for boys right now.

bakugan board game3. For the little girls on your Christmas exchange list check out Barbie and the 3 Musketeers. Most of the dolls fall into the $10-20 price range, and would make a wonderful gift.

barbie and the three musketeers
4. The IlluStory Make Your Own Story Kit lets kids use their imagination and creativity to create their own storybook.
illustory make your own story kit

5. The Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set would be perfect for the younger children on your list. Let them pretend they’re baking cookies along with the grown ups, or older brothers and sisters with this fun wooden cookie set.

melissa and doug slice and bake cookie set
6. The Crayola Glow Station comes in just barely in the $20 range, but it’s a great gift idea if you have a budding artist on your list. Creative kids can create their own glow in the dark posters and artwork.

crayola glow station

7. The Spin Master PixOs Super Studio is another wonderful toy for kids who love to create.

pixos spinmaster
8. If you have a Tech Deck fan on your Christmas list, you’re in luck. Most of the Tech Deck toys come in under the $20 range. They’ll be really excited if you add to their skateboard collection or add a feature to their skate park.

Tech Deck9. I think the Technosource Printies Pets Design Studio are adorable! Kids can design and print their own stuffable pets. The presewn fabric works just like paper in an ink jet printer.

printables design studio
10. Liv Fashion Dolls are another great choice for trendy girls. If they already have the dolls, you can add some of the fashions to their collection.
liv fashion dolls sophie
There you have it 10 toys you can buy this Christmas for $20 and under.

Hot Toys Christmas 2009: Rocky The Robot Truck

One toy that is topping many children’s Christmas wish lists this year is Matchbox Rocky the Robot Truck. He’s perfectly adorable, and have you seen him move? Check him out in action:

Rocky the Robot Truck talks to your child with over 100 phrases. He even interacts with kids telling jokes and snoring when he goes to sleep.

He’s built strong with durable plastic to withstand hauling heavy loads, and rough play.

Rocky Robot Truck

Rocky has plenty of moves to show you. His smokestacks control much of his movement. If you tilt the lever back Rocky stands on his back four wheels. Pressing the red button on top of the smokestack several times switches Rocky into dancing mode, where he’ll shake his booty for you. Pushing the lever forward returns him to a normal truck position with all his wheels on the ground.

If my son was younger you can bet Rocky the Robot Truck would be topping his Christmas list this year.

Bakugan Games

Bakugan promises to top many kids Christmas wish lists this year, so I thought I’d put together a Bakugan game gift guide. There are several Bakugan games out there your kids can play, from Bakugan board games, to all out Bakugan Battle Brawls. Here are a few of my son’s Bakugan game favorites.

Bakugan video games

He of course loves to play the Bakugan DS Games whenever he gets the chance. His latest favorite is the new Bakugan Collector’s Edition with NAGA Collector Bakugan Ball, or the classic Bakugan Battle Brawlers which is also available for the Wii, Xbox 360, and Play Station.

Bakubowl Arena

If you’re looking for a more hands on Bakugan game there are several to choose from for battles and challenge play.

The Bakugan Bakubowl is a special arena where kids can engage in battle and even hold Bakugan tournaments with their friends. The arena has bumpers you can use as part of your game strategy. Each of the bumpers holds 6 of your favorite Bakugan and 6 playing cards.

bakugan board game

Are you a board game fan? Try the Bakugan Brawl Board Game , where players get to combine the critical thinking required in chess with the battle action of Bakugan.

bakugan attack card game

Or your Bakugan fan is just starting out they can play the classic Bakugan Attack Playing Card Game. That’s how my son got started. Once they get started they can add more Bakugan Cards to their collection for even more game action.

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Mind Games~ MindFlex Game and Star Wars Science Force

This year for Christmas there are some fun new mind control games for the older kids to test out. The first one is the Mindflex Game by Mattel. Mattel Mindflex gameWith the Mindflex Game players combine advanced technology with the power of thier own thoughts to control a ball and move it through the game course. Creating an interactive game that is like nothing else you’ve ever seen.

Here’s a video of the Mindflex game in action from CBS News:

Another new mind game out this year is the Star Wars Star Wars Science – Force Trainer by Uncle Milton, it lets your young Jedi practice using the force of their brain to raise a ball. The headset detects your brain waves, amplifies them, and sends a signal to the training tower.

Star Wars Force Trainer

The training tower then powers a fan which raises and lowers the ball. The levels of training range from Padawan to Jedi Knight. Yoda instructs you whether to move the ball up or down, and to what level you should lift it.Each level requires a higher level of concentration.