Ticket To Ride

October 2, 1900 – it’s 28 years to the day that noted London eccentric, Phileas Fogg accepted and then won a bet that he could travel “Around the World in 80 Days.” Now, at the dawn of the century, some old friends have gathered to celebrate Fogg’s impetuous and lucrative gamble – and to propose a new wager of their own. The stakes: $1 million in a winner-takes-all competition. The objective: to see the most cities in North America – in just 7 days. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

  • For 2 to 5 players ages 8 and older.
  • Playing time: 30-60 minutes.
  • Comes with: 1 Board map of North American train routes, 240 Colored Train Cars, 110 Train Car cards, 30 Destination Tickets, 5 Wooden Scoring Markers, 1 Days of Wonder Online access number, and a Rules booklet.

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Razor Crazy Cart

Get your kids to put down the remote control and head outdoors for some active fun. If you want a toy that will really wow your child this year, this is the choice! The Razor Crazy Cart is like a go-kart for kids aged 9+, but it offers a lot more variety. You can use it like a regular go-cart, or put it in “crazy cart” mode and drive it forward, reverse, sideways, diagonally and everything in between. It’s like having your own amusement park ride!

Also known as the Razor Crazy Drift Cart, the little go-kart can go pretty fast (up to 12 miles per hour), so parents should be sure that safety gear like a helmet, shoulder pads and knee pads are worn. There is a protective seat belt, but there are no sides or roof, so this is probably not the right car for younger or smaller children. The unique drift bar allows you to control back-end sway and drift. [Read more…]

Hot Wheels R/C Terrain Twister Vehicle with Battery Pack System

All Terrain all the time! No matter what the season, Tyco R/C’s newest innovation in radio control can tackle any terrain! Featuring sleek pivoting pontoons with unique corkscrew treads, the Tyco Radio-Controlled Terrain Twister vehicle is virtually unstoppable as it twists its way over almost any surface.

Remote control cars are a favorite among children and even adults.  But often you have cars that are limited to paved areas outdoors or hard floors inside the home.  While they’re still fun to play with, they’re not able to take on different environments.

Hot Wheels has the answer to this problem with the Hot Wheels Remote Control Terrain Twister Vehicle.  You’ll never have to worry about whether or not this car can handle an environment you throw at it. [Read more…]

Avengers – The Movie, The Merchandise

Marvel’s The Avengers came out in theaters in May 2012 and, as with any Marvel based movie, it was sure to be a hit – and so were the accompanying toys! Here’s a guide to what you need to know if your child is Avengers-obsessed.

Iron Man: Iron Man’s abilities are all in the suit. It shoot lasers, has heavy duty armor and can also launch mini missiles. Most of the toys that feature Captain America also come in a very similar version for Iron Man.
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Hottest Toys for Christmas 2011

The Toy Insider has been predicting the hottest holiday toys for five years now. Many parents use this as a guide to help figure out which gift to buy their child. The best thing about the Toy Insider hot 20 for 2011 is that they cover a huge age range, and come in at a variety of prices. Keep reading to find out more about each of the toys on this list.

0-2 Years Of Age

For the very youngest children, the Toy Insider hot 20 for 2011 list includes the entertaining Let’s Rock Elmo, which will teach your child to sing with Elmo and play along with toy musical instruments. There’s also the ever popular Pocoyo Swiggle Traks set, the Elefun Busy Ball Popper and the Little People Zoo Talkers Zoo that’ll help your child learn more about different animals and what they sound like.

3-5 Years Of Age

There are plenty of choices for this age bracket, and one of the highlights is the Plasma Bike. This is a balance bike that’ll help kids develop those vital balance skills, but without yet having to worry about pedaling or using training wheels.

Aside from the Plasma Bike, other recommendations include:
* The LeapPad Explorer,
* Chuggington Interactive Railway,
* Lazer Stunt Chaser,
* Mini Lalaloopsy Treehouse,
* Lite Sprites.

6-8 Years Of Age

For children who are a little older, things get even more fun. One gift that’ll prove fun for the whole family is the Redakai Championship Tin – a starter kit for the popular game that comes with basic and advanced levels for kids and adults alike. Or maybe you’ve got an Angry Birds fan in the house? No matter how old they are, the new Angry Birds plush toys are bound to be appreciated.

Other hot toy predictions for this age bracket include:
* Justin Bieber Rockin’ Tour Bus And Concert Stage,
* Nerf Vortex Proton Blaster,
* Radica Fijit Friends,
* Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure.

9 Years And Older

If you’re looking for a good gift for your tween then there are a couple of Toy Insider predictions that the whole family will be able to enjoy together. First is the uDraw Studio game and tablet for the Nintendo Wii, letting you draw directly onto the tablet into the game, with a range of different effects. Another good option is the WowWee Paper Jamz Pro Mic Series. These microphones are all about having fun, and add plenty of effects to your voice as you sing.

Other recommendations for hot tween gifts:
* Lego Alien Conquest: Alien Mothership,
* Scene It! Harry Potter trivia game.

As you can see, there’s a toy to suit every child on the Toy Insider Hot 20 for 2011 predictions list. They’re all widely available online too, so shop around to grab the best price before these toys go out of stock.

A Guide To The Best Harry Potter Toys

Even though the Harry Potter series of movies may have come to an end, kids still absolutely adore this character and the world that he lives in. If you’re gift-shopping for a child who just loves Harry Potter, here’s a guide to some of the best Harry Potter toys available.

Harry Potter Lego

Lego is loved by children all over the world, and its Harry Potter range has proven hugely popular with kids aged between six and fourteen. Some of the current sets available include:
* Hogwarts Castle,
* Quidditch Match,
* Hagrid’s Hut,
* Diagon Alley,
* The Burrows,
* The Forbidden Forest.

These Lego Harry Potter toys range in size and complexity, and there’s a set available at pretty much any price point. They all come with special Harry Potter figurines, some featured in multiple sets, some included in just one. If your child is really into Harry Potter then they may want to collect them all.

There’s even a Lego Harry Potter game available – build the game board from scratch using Lego pieces. This is an excellent option if you want a game to play as a family during the holidays.

Harry Potter Costumes

Costumes aren’t just for Halloween! There are a number of officially licensed Harry Potter costumes and accessories available for children who love to play dress up. Get hold of the Gryffindor robe, scarf/ tie and wand, and add the classic Harry Potter glasses and lightning bolt to complete the look.

Alternatively, you can buy costumes of some of the other main characters from the series, including:
* Dementor,
* Quidditch player,
* Dobby,
* Hedwig the owl,
* Death Eater,
* Voldemort.

Harry Potter Games

If you’re a Harry Potter fan along with your children, and want to find a toy that you can all enjoy together, then there are some fantastic Harry Potter trivia games available. The Scene It! range has just come out with a new version to take the latest movies into account. You’ll be asked questions on all of the eight Harry Potter movies, and the best thing about this game is the fact that adults and kids have an equal chance of winning.

Other Harry Potter games available include the very affordable Uno special edition, and Clue Harry Potter: based on the classic Clue mystery game.

There really is no shortage of Harry Potter toys available if you need to find something to suit a fan. The best thing is that all of these toys are affordable, so you don’t need to break the bank to keep your child happy.

Syma R/C Helicopters

Flying remote controlled toys have seen a resurgence in recent years due to the production and marketing of smaller lightweight toys made of materials that are safe to play with indoors.

Advances in technology and features that allow flying R/C toys like the Syma R/C Helicopters to move slowly and hover makes playing indoors and outdoors safer and easier even for beginners.
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LEGO Minotaurus Game

“If you build it, they will play.”

The LEGO Minotaurus Game combines the fun of building with LEGOS with a board game the entire family can enjoy together.

The Minotaur is a mythical creature who is half ox and a half human—he protects the hidden temple inside the labyrinth. Your job in this game is to navigate the labyrinth, find the temple, and avoid or defeat the Minotaur.

As in other LEGO games, you start by assembling the LEGO pieces to create the game board. It is played by 2 to 4 players and each player is represented by a hero figure. Your hero will face different challenges and obstacles as he races against opponents to be the first to make it to the temple. As you travel through the labyrinth you’ll need to block the path behind you by building walls. This forces your opponents to take a different route – slowing them down so that you find your way to the Minotaur before they do.

The LEGO Minotaurus Game is recommended for children ages 7 and up. The rules are very clear and simple so that the entire family easily understand them and play. Many families enjoy making up their own rules and challenges—that just adds to the fun of the game! A typical game lasts about 30 minutes, making this an entertaining game you can enjoy during family game night.

The LEGO Minotaurus Game contains small parts, including a marble and 224 small LEGO pieces, so it is not appropriate for children under the age of 3.

Your whole family will have fun building and playing with the LEGO Minotaurus Game, and it will keep your kids occupied for hours.

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Hottest Christmas Toys for Children Ages 8 to 11

Children aged 8 to 11 have very specific likes and dislikes. The good news is that there are many wonderful toys that they will be delighted to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Here are a few of the hottest Christmas toys for children between the ages of 8 and 11.

Nintendo Wii
Video games are always a hit, and your favorite kids will be thrilled to find the Nintendo Wii game system among their surprises from Santa. The Wii avoids the problem of sedentary couch potato kids, and gets them up and moving as they play. There is a wide variety of Wii games to keep your kids singing, dancing, and exercising for hours on end. Some of the most popular Wii games include: Just Dance 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Wii Party.
UP on DVD, with Digital Copy
The Disney Pixar movie Up was popular with both kids and their parents, and now it is available on DVD. Mild-mannered (though slightly curmudgeonly) balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen ties a few thousand together and uses them to float his house to South America. He is fulfilling a long-time dream, but the dream did not include 8-year-old stowaway Russell. Together they share an amazing and—dare I say it?—“uplifting” adventure. Your children will be delighted to watch this heartwarming film again and again. The special edition includes not only the film on DVD, but two DVDs of short films and special features, and a copy of the film that can be viewed on digital devices.
Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker (Ice Cream Ball)
What is better than the family playing a fun game together? Having ice cream afterward! With the Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker, you can make homemade ice cream anywhere, without electricity. Just put ice and rock salt in one side and the ice cream ingredients in the other. Then play ball! As your family shakes, passes, tosses or rolls the ball, the ice cream mixes and churns. In 15 to 30 minutes (depending on the size of the ball) your family will be enjoying a freshly-made ice cream treat! The ball comes in two sizes: one makes a pint and the other a quart of ice cream.
Bop It
Bop It is a flexible and fun game that can be enjoyed by a few players, or brought out to liven up any party. Kids can practice by playing solo. Players choose from any of three game modes: Solo Bop, Vox Bop and Beat Bop. Bop It gives commands that players must follow to stay in the game, and the action gets faster and more challenging as the game continues. Are you supposed to twist? Or was that bop? Or maybe it said to pull? Bop It is an energetic game that improves kids’ concentration skills.
ThinkFun Zingo
Do your kids enjoy games? Then they will love ThinkFun Zingo. Players each choose a Zingo card, then the dealer reveals two picture tiles. The first player to match the tile to a card in their hand wins the tile, and the first player to fill their card wins the game!It is a high-energy version of Bingo and your kids will . ThinkFun Zingo gets kids using their memory, concentration and other important skills.

Whichever toys you choose, your children (and your entire family) will have a great time moving, shaking and playing together.

5 Hottest Electronic Gifts

Not sure what to get the tech-oriented loved one on your holiday list this year? If you’re looking for something extra special, you’ll want to consider one of the hottest phones, gaming systems, or cameras released this year. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Apple iPod touch 32 GB (4th Generation)
The 4th Generation Apple iPod Touch is the newest in a growing line of sophisticated cell phones. Texting and talking are a given but you’ll be surprised at the high quality HD videos you can shoot and edit on its screen as well. The Wi-Fi capability makes it easy to download games and music, read your email or watch movies as well.
PlayStation 3 320GB System with PlayStation Move Bundle
Sony has done it again with the amazing PlayStation 3 System. The 320 GB device makes it possible to play Blu-ray games, watch Blu-ray movies, and download more games directly from the web. The PlayStation Move Bundle adds the PlayStation Eye camera so that you can enjoy a precise gaming experience. The PlayStation 3 makes gaming more immersive than ever before.
Halo Reach
The Halo series of games has never been more popular. Designed for the Xbox 360, Reach players will relive the experiences of the Noble Team, a group of Spartan soldiers working to defend humanity. This version of Halo features visuals, audio enhancements, graphic details, and special effects more stunning than ever before.
Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens
Nikkon is proud to offer an affordable and lightweight version of the SLR camera. The high-resolution D3100 features a 3x NIKKOR zoom lens capable of capturing stunning still images and videos. The HD Cinematic video camera includes both sound and autofocus. The 3-inch display screen makes it easy for you to see exactly what you’re photographing at all times. You’ll want to save your images directly to an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (not included). You’ll be amazed at how beautiful your images turn out with this camera.
Flip UltraHD Video Camera
The Flip UltraHD Video Camera is one of the easiest to use shoot-and-share cameras on the market today. The camera features 8GB of memory and can shoot up to 2 hours of high-quality HD video. The 3rd generation was recently released but the only major difference is in the size of the camera itself. The camera’s built-in software makes it easy to plug your camera into your PC, edit your videos, and upload them to video sharing devices. It’s simple, easy to use, and perfect for the aspiring videographer in your life.

Electronics will certainly please the tech-oriented people in your life this holiday season. Shop around and look for the best price and, remember – you don’t always have to shot for the newest and most expensive model in order to get the best results.