6 Electronic Toys for Kids

Get ready for an action-packed list of cool electronic toys for kids.   The choice of electronic interactive toys grows every year, and the toy makers grow more and more innovative along the way.

1. Miposaur

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Miposaur Dinosaur

Miposaur responds to the swipe of your hand! Miposaur has three different moods and ten different commands including things like Swipe, CLap, and Scare. Depending on what it’s in, Miposaur will react to gestures differently.

2. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Garage

Vtech Go! Go! Garage

Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Garage

This is a fun playset for the younger crowd – 1-5 year olds.  The VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Park and Learn Deluxe Garage has a ton a exciting things to do.  For example roll the SmartPoint tow truck over 9 SmartPoint locations to hear different phrases, music or fun sound effects. The set includes 7 interchangeable track pieces.  The track pieces connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels or Go! Go! Smart Animals playsets (each sold separately) to encourage creativity.

3. VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix

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Kidizoom Camera Pix – Pink

Kids can take real digital photographs with the VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix.  This kid-friendly camera includes all the tools budding photographers want to use.  Want to take a selfie? The automatic face detection lets you take great ones. Explore your creativity by using static and animated photo effects to enhance your pictures. The Camera Pix also has a video recorder, voice recorder, 4 built-in games and more that add to the fun. Intended for ages 3 to 8 years.

4. KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

Kids love listening to music, but how to you protect them from damaging their hearing while wearing headphones?  The KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones are designed to protect children’s hearing as they listen to movies, music, games, and more without compromising sound quality.  These headphones come in various colors.

5. Snap Circuits – Arcade

Snap Circuits Arcade Kit

Snap Circuits Arcade Kit

The Snap Circuits Arcade Kit follows in a long line of electronic kits that teach children the foundations of electronic design.  These innovative kits contain color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. In this Arcade you do the building and can even program some of your projects. Change the readout on the Programmable Fan module through the included U29 LED Display and Micro Controller. Recommended for children 8 and older.

6. LEGO Mindstorms Robot Kit

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robot Kit is one of the most advanced electronics kit you can find, and it has the well-established LEGO company behind it. At the heart of the product is the Intelligent EV3 Brick with powerful ARM9 processor, USB port for WiFi and Internet connectivity, Micro SD card reader, back-lit buttons and 4 motor ports. You can use the building App to help build your robots, or advance to the EV3 software for your PC or Mac to build more advanced designs. Building instructions for 5 robots included.

 

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5 Hot Toys for 2017 – Early Look

Summer is just starting but it’s a perfect time to start looking ahead at what might be the hottest toys for Christmas in 2017.  There are a lot of great candidates, toys and gadgets for for all ages.

1. Hatchimals – The Hottest Toy for 2016 is Back!

Hatchimals took the world by storm last year, and within days it they’re release they were sold out and were hard to find all the way through Christmas.  We expect availability to improve this year, but you can never be too sure.

A new type of Hatchimal this year is the Hatchimal Glittering Garden.  The Sparkly Penguala is one of the more popular Hatchimal creatures on the market.  Each Glittering Garden Hatchimal has sparkly fur and twinkly wings.  The process is simple:  Help them Hatch, Raise your Hatchimal, then play Interactive Games.  The quality has improved since 2016, so you shouldn’t let that bother you in 2017.

Another types of Hatchimals is the collectible series called Colleggtibles.  These are smaller creatures that your child can collect and use their imagination with.

2 – Fidget Spinners and Fidget Cubes

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Fidget Spinner

Fidget spinners have experienced a roller coaster in 2016.  These stress-relieving toys have become a viral toy in the beginning part of the year, then quickly attracted some negative press because of some reports of dangers to small children.  So let’s put a disclaimer right up front:  Do not buy a fidget spinner for small children.

There are so many fidget spinners on the market, so use this link to view a selection of fidget spinners on Amazon.

Fidget Cube

Fidget Cube

An alternative to the fidget spinner is the fidget cube.  These are considered more socially acceptable, and give you a few more options to release your stress with.

3. Furreal Friends Flurry

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Furreal Friends – Flurry

Here is another repeat hot toy from 2016, but this is still a very popular item in 2017.  The electronics pets from Furreal Friends are widely popular with children as well as nursing homes.  Yes the elderly can actually benefit with an electronic toy they can interact with.  This cute pet named Flurry Pet coos, kicks, and walks to you when you shake her rattle – more than 45 sound combination.  Of course these pets are as soft as can be too.

4. Cozmo the Robot by Anki

Cozmo Robot

Cozmo Robot

Cozmo by Anki is a very highly rated robot toy, and we continue to recommend it year after year.  Cozmo learns more about you the longer you hang out with it.  He’s a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you interact with it.

5. Despicable Me Pie Face Game

Despicable Me Pie Face Game

Despicable Me Pie Face Game

The Despicable Me Pie Face Game is the marriage of the hottest kids game from last year and the hottest movie franchise over the past few years.  Kids will have a genuine blast with this game.

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Top Animated Movie Preview – 2017

Just as in previous years 2017 promises to be a huge year for popular movies, especially those that will spin-off a range of toys for kids and adults.  Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect in the Animated movie category for the coming year.

The Lego Batman Movie

lego-batman-movieThe Lego company is now pumping out movies that leverage their classic building toys.  This movie successfully mixes the action of the Batman franchise with the fun of the Lego toys.  Having been released earlier this year we already know that this movie is a big hit with kids and we can expect a range of related toys to appear in time for Christmas. (February Release)

Leap!

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An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina.  She flees her rural Brittany and heads for Paris where she passes for someone else and rises to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.  The talented Elle Fanning voices the lead role in this beautifully-produced tale. (March Release)

The Boss Baby

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Alec Baldwin takes a break from imitating Donald Trump and plays the suit-wearing briefcase-carrying boss baby who teams up with his seven-year old brother to stop the evil plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.  Other big stars can be heard in this movie such as Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Tobey McGuire.  This already-released movie is making waves and filling the theaters. (March Release)

Smurfs: The Lost Village

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The Smurfs are up to their old tricks in this adventure movie where we find Smurfette and her friends using a mysterious map to race through the Forbidden Forest towards the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.  Expect requests for lots of little blue toys this holiday season from the little ones. (April Release)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

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The books series that has been cracking up kids for years is now hitting the big screen for the very first time.  The movie features two imaginative pranksters who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a enthusiastic yet dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.  Hilarity ensues.  Real-life funny-guys Jordan Peele and Kevin Hart lead the cast of this laughter. (June Release)

Cars 3

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Kids are eagerly anticipating the third installment of the movie that spawned a whole “Land” in Disney California Adventures theme park.  Lightning McQueen returns to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world. (June Release)

Despicable Me 3

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They’re baaaaack.  Gru meets his twin brother Dru he never knew about. (June Release)

Blazing Samurai

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Expect to hear the voices of top stars in this fun-looking movie, with the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Michael Cera, and even the fan-favorites Mel Brooks and George Takei.  A samurai hopes to make his dreams come true but he must survive challenge after challenge to defeat his enemies. (August Release)

The Nut Job 2

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Will Arnett reprises his role of Surly in this sequel about how the friends try to stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a unnecessary amusement park. (August Release)

Other Movies This Fall

The Lego Ninjago Movie – Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home, using their skills and awesome vehicles to fight villains and monsters. (September)

My Little Pony – Follow the ponies of Ponyville on an adventure to save their home. (October)

Coco – Highly anticipated Disney Pixar release. (November)

Ferdinand – A bull with a big heart is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home. He leads a misfit team on an adventure to help him return to his family. (December)

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New Hatchimals Versions

Unless you were living under a rock in 2016 you should know about the smash toy hit known as Hatchimals, those cute little interactive toys that would hatch and mature as they are played with.  The problem was they sold out almost immediately after release and they were nearly impossible to find all the way through Christmas.

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Original Hatchimals – 2016

But now Spin Master, the company behind the craze, is release two new versions of their Hatchimals.  They are not available yet, but will likely hit stores in a few months.

The first is Hatchimals Glitter (priced at $59.99 each), which enhances the original Hatchimals concept with some sparkle. The new creatures’ names are “Sparkly Pengualas” and “Shimmering Draggles”, both of which sport sparkling fur, new sounds, songs and games. Hatchimals Glitter will hit stores in July.

Also new are Hatchimals Colleggtibles, which will hit stores in May.  The are smaller versions of the the original Hatchimals – mini plastic creatures that live inside a mini egg with a large purple heart on it.  These are self-hatching like the original version – kids have to help hatch their Colleggtibles by rubbing their hearts until they changes from purple to pink, which means it’s ready to hatch.  Manually crack open the egg and hidden inside are mystical animal-inspired creatures with glittery wings.

The first line of Colleggtibles will have 70 creatures, including severak limited editions. The Hatchimals Colleggtibles will be sold in packs ($2.99 for a single and $9.99 for a 4-pack).

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