Hatchimals Take Over Christmas

Hatchimals are about to take this Christmas by storm – we believe it will become the hottest must-have interactive toy for 2016.  Never heard of Hatchimals before?  You’re not alone, but if you will be buying gifts and toys for kids in 2016 you need to know what they are.  Maybe you remember the Tamagotchi toys of the 1990’s – those little interactive digital “pets” that were a big craze for a few years.  Hatchimals are very similar to Tamagotchi pets and even Furbys, but exhibit more advanced behaviors due to the advanced technologies around today.

UPDATE:  Hatchimals are selling out everywhere.  Why not check out our Hatchimal Alternatives.

Hatchimals by Spin Master

Hatchimals by Spin Master

At its beginning a Hatchimal pet starts out in its own plastic egg.  After a bit of playtime (about 30 minutes) the figure starts pecking its way out of the egg.  After this initial “hatching” the toys will react and respond to a child’s play – when you tap on it, the Hatchimal taps back. When you stroke the top or bottom, it lights up and makes sounds.

This toy is designed to grow up and mature the more it is played with over the course of days and weeks.  This way children will not give up on the toy too quickly (at least that’s the hope anyway).   After its hatchling phase the pet becomes a toddler and eventually an adult Hatchimal.  As a baby you feed it by touching its beak to the floor. It becomes more interactive as a toddler (dancing and speaking) and then it will play games as it matures to adulthood.

The price is not too high for a toy like this, and we recommend that if you are interested in buying them don’t wait.  Hatchimals may sell out quickly and may not be available closer to Christmas.

Recommended for aged 5-10 years.

There are two variations of Hatchimals:  Draggles and Penguala (click image to find more information on Amazon):

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Hatchimals – DRAGGLES

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Hatchimals – PENGUALA


 

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Interactive Toys for 2015

Here is a fresh batch of interactive toys that we’ve found that we think will unlock the imagination in your child.

OWI Robotic Arm Edge

OWI Robotic Arm

OWI Robotic Arm

The OWI Robotic Arm will provide your child with plenty of interactive playtime.  Using the wired control you can command the robotic arm gripper to open and close and move in all sorts of directions.  It features radial wrist motion of 120°, an extensive elbow range of motion of 300°, base rotation of 270°, base motion of 180°, and vertical reach of 15 inches.  It has a horizontal reach of 12.6 inches and lifting capacity of 100g.

The arm has some additional features such as a search light design on the gripper and audible safety gear indicators on all 5 gear boxes to prevent potential injury or gear breakage during operation.

Recommended ages: For ages 10 and up.

Add USB Interface cable and Software, OWI-535USB, (not included) to integrate programming and expand the capabilities of the Robotic Arm Edge.

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Drone for Beginners – UDI U818A Quadcopter

UDI U818A Drone

UDI U818A Drone

There are now dozens of drones and quadcopters to choose from at very reasonable prices.  But with so many features it’s hard to know which one to buy.  We plan to publish a full drone round-up in the next few weeks, but here is a drone that is good for beginners.

The UDI U818A Quadcopter has a lot of advantages for beginners.  The first is the low price.  If you happen to crash and break it you’re not out hundreds of dollars.  And since beginners will take time to learn proper quadcopter control, the four-loop style frame protects the large rotors in case of a crash.  Replacement rotors are relatively cheap (under $3 a set) and easy to replace if they don’t survive. We recommend buying a set of rotors in anticipation of that first inevitable crash.

Now for the good stuff.  The UDI U818A includes a video camera that captures 640 x 480-pixel video, but it can be shaky as the drone vibrates. Higher-priced models will have much better camera capabilities, but for a beginner this package is hard to beat.

Recommended for ages 14 and up

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Snap Circuits LIGHT Electronics Kit

Snap Circuits LIGHT

Snap Circuits LIGHT

This Snap Circuits LIGHT electronics kit is one of the highest rated electronics kit on Amazon.com, and there are good reasons for this.  The one main advantage this kit has over other kits is that all of the projects involve LIGHT, and there are actually over 175 projects to work with.  There is an interface to and iPod or other MP3 player, which plays a small electronic organ.  We love interactive toys on this site, so this one gets our “thumbs up”.

Recommended for ages 8-15 years (not for small kids)

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Interactive Toys – The Toys Kids Want

Now think about it.  Does your child really want a toy that just sites there?  Of course not.  Kids need excitement, and interactive toys give them the excitement they want and need, without them sitting in front of a screen playing a video game.

Hot Wheels Remote Control Flying Car

Hot Wheels Remote Flying Car

Hot Wheels Remote Flying Car

With its hi-tech sleek body style and dual terrain versatility, the Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car is truly the ride of the future. As a car, its high speed on the ground is powered by a 2.4GHz transmitter with proportional ground steering control, and a LiPo 3.7V battery (that can be charged using the transmitter or via a USB cable). As a plane, in addition to flying up to 200+ feet, it has dual propellers that spin over 35K RPMs. This remote car/plane is some serious fun.

Recommended age: 5-15 Years

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MiP Balancing Robot

MiP Balancing Robot

MiP Balancing Robot

The MiP Balancing Robot is a very, very cool new toy.  It has technology (called GestureSense technology) that allows any hand motion to control it. Also by using its free app, you can drive it, play games & more all while MiP balances on two wheels!  The MiP robot responds to motions, be it your hand or an object.  It reacts to your actions, for example show some praise, and MiP will be your new best friend, but push it down, and you’re in for an angry robot.

Recommended age: 8+ Years

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See Also: The Sphero robotic toy.

Zoomer Interactive Puppy

Zoomer Puppy

Zoomer Puppy

The Zoomer Interactive Puppy is one of the coolest interactive toys on the market today.  Just like a real dog you’ll need to teach him everything a puppy needs to know. Call his name, teach him lots tricks and watch how excited he gets when you reward him with a real good belly scratch. Kids can run play and laugh as Zoomer excitedly wags his tail and responds to their commands. Zoomer is smart as a whip and can understand English, Spanish and French. He even follows your movement with his cute puppy eyes. Download the free iOS or Android app to learn everything there is to know about training Zoomer. Before you know it he’ll be laying down, rolling over, playing dead and more. What fun!

Recommend Age: 5-10 years

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Kid Galaxy RC Bump ‘n Chuck Bumper Cars

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Kid Galaxy RC Bump ‘n Chuck Bumper Cars

The toys above are mostly single-player toys.  But here’s a neat multi-player toy.  The Kid Galaxy RC Bump ‘n Chuck Bumper Cars allow two players to compete against each other.  These futuristic bumper cars race around each other with using remote controls, and when they collide, drivers are ejected right out of their seats. Prepare yourself for a fierce competition between team orange and team blue!

Recommended ages: 6-12 years

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A Trend Continues – Interactive Toys in 2015

It’s just 2 months until Christmas, and the toy-buying season is ramping up just as it does every year at this time.  So we’re keeping an eye out for the popular trends.  And we’re seeing that Interactive toys are the bee’s knees this year.  I’m not talking about video games, but toys that unlock a child’s imagination.  So if you’re looking for a toy for a younger child here are some ideas that should lead to hours of interactive fun.

 B Woofer Guitar

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B Woofer Guitar

Most children have a musical streak, so why not bring out your child’s inner rock star with this cool guitar. The B Woofer Guitar plays 20 familiar songs and nine “doggie ditties.”  It has realistic strings that let your little musician play like a real rock star.  It’s even smart enough to turn itself off to save on those expensive batteries.

Recommended for: Ages 2+ years

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Magna Tiles Clear Color Construction Set

Magna Tiles

Magna Tiles

We all know that Legos sets are the hottest construction toys around, but here is a fantastic alternative.  The Magna Tiles construction pieces easily attach and come apart.  With these colorful tiles a child can easily build large structures without having to piece together dozens or hundreds of small pieces.

These sets come in many different sizes, so you can easily find a set to meet your budget, and your child’s appetite for fun.

Recommended ages: 3+ years

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Qwirkle Board Game

Qwirkle Board Game

Qwirkle Board Game

The Qwirkle board game mixes concepts of both Uno and dominoes.  Players advance by placing blocks with matching colors and shapes next to each other.  It is designed for kids as young as 6, and it should be a lot of fun on those cold winter nights when you’re looking for some family fun time.

Recommended ages: 6+ years

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See Also: The Toys Kids Want – Interactive Toys

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