Monday, November 23, 2015

The Good Dinosaur, part 1 - Stocking Stuffers!

Hey Look! Good Dino toys!

So many toys. Where to begin?  It's the little things. Three kinds of mini-figs, a roaring flashlight, a harmonica, some dino-shaped erasers, a wind-up toy, and a bouncing ball. Good news—they all fit into a stocking.

We found Good Dino toys at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and the Disney Store. The Disney Store wins for ease and selection with this group of toys.  They have a better selection than anywhere else, but Target does have our favorite out of this bunch: the World of Dinosaurs set with 25 tiny plastic dinosaurs. Of course, our daughter likes the noisy harmonica best, and that's at the Disney Store.

Specifically covered in this review:
Stay tuned for more! Check back for more Good Dinosaur reviews to come. Thanks for watching.

Monday, November 16, 2015

BB-8 Showdown

These are the droids you're looking for. But which one?

Sphero, Hasbro, and Disney Store face off with their BB-8 toys. Here's our take.

Sphero's is essentially the "original", since their app-controlled ball was the inspiration for BB-8 in the first place. At $150 it's by far the most expensive, but it's durable and waterproof (see the video, we tested it!), and the app has some fun features. It's available from Sphero directly, or various other places like Amazon, the Disney Store, Best Buy, etc. Availability at retail price can fluctuate, but if you keep looking you can avoid paying the $200 or more that some people charge.

Hasbro's BB-8, sold only at Target for $80, is easier to use for small children because of its simple four-button remote, but the body can pop open easily.

The BB-8 sold at the Disney Store for $35 is a relatively cheap option, and it's still pretty fun. It is operated by a button on top, or you can put it in sound-activated mode to trigger the beep-and-roll actions. It's a solid, fun option for younger kids.

The plush BB-8 that makes a brief appearance in the video is currently hard to find. It occasionally appears at our local Target (for about $8), which is probably the best place to look because it's currently listing on Amazon for around $50 or more, which is ridiculous.

And pictured above: the Funko Pop BB-8! Giveaway this week only. Watch our BB-8 video on Amazon for a chance to win it.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Avengers Quinjet Moto Launcher

The Avengers Age of Ultron Quinjet Moto Launcher is a Quinjet-shaped launcher with Moto Track Stars style motorcycles featuring various Avengers characters. It comes with either 1 or 4 motorcycles, and they are also sold separately.

The Moto Track Stars cycles are fun because they roll well and they stay upright no matter what.

The Quinjet launcher isn't great as a launcher, but being a jet with an opening cockpit still gives it some fun value. Plus, you can connect it to Hot Wheels tracks, and basic but more effective launchers are available separately.