See Playskool Elefun, Trashies Garbage Truck, Nerf Vigilon, Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Dolls, Air Hogs, Let’s Rock Elmo, Monster High Fearleaders, Dune Racer.
If you want reviews of new toys from someone who’s spent (and wasted) a lot of money on all kinds of silly goodies for her own children, you have come to the right place. I don’t work for a toy company, so I’ll give you my honest opinion of the stuff they are pushing this year.
This is the second part of my review of the Toys R Us Fab 15 toys for holiday. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find reviews for the first seven items. Note that the toys are not ranked from best to worst. This is just the order that Toys R Us used when they published their list.
8. Playskool Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper:
I like lots of products from Playskool but I think your child will get more out of a shape-sorting toy than this mechanical gizmo. Try the Playskool Busy Basics Form Fitter or the Melissa and Doug Shape Sorting Cube. There are all kinds of variations on this theme. You can even get a Noah’s Ark sorter toy. If those things don’t have enough action for your toddler, go to a fast food joint with one of those ball cages (that kids jump into) and throw the balls at your tot. Do you really need a machine to do this for you?
9. The Trash Pack Trashies Garbage Truck:
I didn’t think I’d like this toy based on the name; I thought it was a noisy battery-operated truck, but I like these little Trashy characters and I like how you can pop them up into the air. Click on the video to see what I mean. Of course, I always love tiny toys that kids can use for making up their own stories. However, if you are looking for a sturdy, play-worthy truck, consider getting the Green Toys Recycling Truck made out of recycled (toxin-free) milk jugs. Actually, the Green Toys truck is probably better for younger kids, and the Trashies are better for somewhat older kids who like to collect and trade stuff.
10. Nerf Vortex Vigilon Gun:
About a million years ago, I was a 10-year-old tomboy who played in the woods with the neighborhood kids, so I have no problem with Nerf guns, air guns, and things like that. I never had a BB gun, but most of the boys did, and playing “war” was good fun. The Vigilon doesn’t shoot darts; it shoots discs, which fly like mini Frisbees. I’m not sure about accuracy, but the discs seem to go pretty far at high velocity. And, you can carry extra clips. See the video (above), but don’t shove six discs into the chamber/clip, or you’ll jam it. For moms who have concerns about toy guns, I want to ask you, “Who is going to save you from zombies?
11. Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Dolls:
I don’t think it’s my imagination that these creatures look like cute little Goth girls. I don’t care if you get the dolls with silly hair or the regular Lalaloopsy dolls, but I want to point out that you can find some rocking clothes for Lalaloopsy dolls at Etsy.com. Or, your daughter (granddaughter) can use these Etsy ideas to come up with her own designs. I give a thumbs up to Lalaloopsy Dolls. They beat the tar out of Barbie and I want one. Don’t be surprised if your teen girl wants a lalaloopsy to decorate her bed.
12. Air Hogs Hyperactives:
It takes something special to get me to recommend a remote controlled car, but this one looks too cool to pass up. The little Air Hog Hyperactive goes over 20 mph. It has a soft plastic “roll bar”, which makes it self-righting (keeps the car on its wheels), so you can race this little bullet up to a range of 150 feet without having to stop the fun. You’ll probably need two little Air Hogs for the full effect. Tip: The ramp in the video is a tech deck (finger skateboard) ramp.
13. Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo:
I’m sorry, but I have to give this a thumbs down. I think your kids will get sick of this repetitive little Muppet. (I know I am.) Maybe we can think of Elmo as part of a zombie attack and we can shoot him with the Nerf Vortex Vigilon before he becomes embedded in the neighborhood….or he breeds. (If the cute punk rocker is included in the price, I’ll buy this toy, because that guy makes Elmo totally campy.)
14. Monster High Fearleading Dolls:
Ummm…these are cute fashion dolls but they are a little anorexic for my taste. If your tweenie is addicted to Monster High, these dolls aren’t bad. Personally, I’m drawn to the goofy Lalaloopsy Dolls because they don’t try as hard. On the other hand, Monster High kids are a good antidote to white-bread Barbie. But, you should get whatever doll is the rage at your local school.
15. Power Wheels Dune Racer:
C’mon. Get your kid a ride-on toy with pedals. Or, get something like a Ybike if your child can’t work pedals. You’re defeating the purpose if you don’t wear your kid out enough so that he/she will take a nice, long, relaxing nap.