Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mega Bloks Ultimate Action Dragon Destroyer

Earlier, I gave you some background on Dragons Universe....a world where it's man vs. beast, or specifically, human soldiers battling against alient-like dragons! YIKES!  Kids love this kind of stuff, and they will LOVE the detailed toys that are in the Dragons Universe collection.

I had the opportunity to check out the Mega Bloks Ultimate Action Dragon Destroyer which includes two dragons, a ship, a removable dragon blaster with electronic battle sounds and light fx!!!  There are built-in flight controllers, which makes this "pretend" play seem pretty dang real!!!!

I cannot get over how cool and intricate these toys are. In my last post I mentioned that my 24-four-year old brother would love these, and as I was writing up my review (and playing away!!!), my husband could not help but become interested, too! He commented that he wished he had these to play with as a kid!

Megabrands provided us with a sample of this product to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

Mega Bloks Thomas Adventure on Misty Island

Are you looking for an amazingly fun gift this holiday season that won't break the bank but really presents as a "big" present? I can help you with that. If you know any little people who are about 2-4 years old, more than likely you know someone who is a fan of trains. More specifically, you know someone who is a fan of THOMAS!!!

Mega Bloks has partnered with Thomas to bring to you Mega Bloks Thomas Adventure on Misty Island, a 101 piece set for 3+ year olds.  This set contains buildable Thomas and James trains, tunnels, barricades, canyons, tracks, and of course enough pieces to build a tall mountain that both Thomas and James can ride up, down and around!!!

Forget about stretching the train track as far as the eyes can see, this set challenges children to go higher and higher, with neat accessories to make their experience very life life (or just like the show!).  My daughter and niece LOVE trains and are so smitten with this set! They love building the track and making Thomas and James go-go-go!!!

This is a really innovative set and the added dimension of height takes it to a new level of coolness!

You do not want to miss out on this one, pick one up today!

Megabrands graciously provided us with a sample of this product to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

MegaBrands Color Blanks

Do you have any guesses as to what the above photos may be? 
I will give you a hint: Anything you want them to be!


This insanely cute line of toys by Rose Art is called Color Blanks!

Rose Art sells 10 different models including monsters, pets, and shapes.  Each figurine is completely blank and comes with tools to encourage creativity from children aged 6+.  Each box contains 1 figurine, 1oz. of clay, 3 mini permanent markers, and 1 sticker sheet.  The possibilities are endless and kids will have so much fun planning and creating.

These make great gifts and are great activities to complete at a party or sleepover!  

Ridiculously sweet, huh?!

Megabrands graciously provided us with sample Color Blanks to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

Pinkalicious Goldilicious Unicorn Plush

I am REALLY excited to tell you about our next item on the 2010 Holiday Gift Guide.  For all the precious little girls in your life----I present to you, Goldilicious!!!! A 12" tall, soft, plush, beautiful unicorn with long flowing mane and tail, a removable tutu, and a sparkling pink sewn-on necklace!

You will remember Goldilicious from the Pinkalicious series of books and I guarantee your little girl will feel so special owning her very own unicorn (I know mine does).  Along with her Pinkalicious plush, this sweet unicorn rarely catches a break from my daughter.  She calls her Pink's Horsie and allows her dolls to take turns taking a ride (I have even caught Ava riding Goldilicious around)!!!!

The unicorn itself is really well-made and is soft enough to sleep with!  Whether it's Pinkalicious and Goldilicious, or Ava and Goldilicious, there are fun times to be had--nothing can stand in their way!

Read more about Pinkalicious on her official website here!

A huge thank you to Jakks and Pinkalicious for providing us with a Goldilicious Unicorn Plush Toy to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

Pinkalicious 3-in-1 Card Game

I am loving the classic games that are spun with something extra special, like Pinkalicious artwork and themes!

We got to check out the 3-in-1 Card Game set that features Cupcake Snack, Golden Wands, and Princess Purple. Each game is filled with artwork by Victoria Kann, authur of the wildly popular serious, Pinkalicious.

The Cupcake Snack game is based on the classic game of Slap Jack, Golden Wands is based on the classic game of Crazy 8's, and Princess Purple is based on the classic game of Old Maid.

Though Ava is too young to play these right now, I am really excited to be able to teach her these wonderful games when she is ready.

I actually had to read the directions on each of these games before playing because it has honestly been way too long since I have played them. It was nice to put down the computer and just have some good old-fashioned fun!!!

These are small enough that they would make wonderful stocking stuffers!

Read more about Pinkalicious on her official website here!

Thank you to Pinkalicious for providing us with the Pinkalicious 3-in-1 Card Game to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

Mega Bloks Deluxe Dual-Blast Dragon Hunter

Have you heard about Dragons Universe yet? If not, sit back and be prepared to be impressed!  Dragons Universe is about another world where it is man vs. beast.  In this imaginary world that is immune to time and space, the soliders battle alien-like dragons called Predavors.

Intrigued yet?

Made by Mega Bloks for children aged 6-15, this 151-piece Dual-Blast Dragon Hunter set will surely excite the boys on your list this holiday season.  The set includes a fully buildable Dragon Hunter and a Predavor Dragon!

Equipped with missile launchers that really fire, a flight controller that facilitates real flight, lights and real flight sounds, this toy is a must-have for all little boys this year. My brother (at 24 years old) would STILL love this toy!

For more information about Dragon Universe and Mega Bloks, click here.
Mega Bloks graciously provided us with a Dual-Blast Dragon Hunter
to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

Mega Bloks Play'n Go Musical Train

By now you know my family is a huge fan of Mega Bloks. I loved the Pirate Ship, and I still love the basic block sets that they sell, and it seems they just keep coming up with more and more to help expand imaginary play skills in toddlers and young children.

I recently had the opportunity to check out the Play'n Go Musical Train that is out on the shelves this holiday season. My daughter went ga-ga for it! She loves the characters, the music, and the train that goes with the touch of it's smokestack. I love it's farm theme, I love the fact that children can build the track, but that it's not overwhelming. There are 20 pieces, including two train cars, a farmer, a cow and a sheep. We practice animal sounds while building, singing and playing. What a blast!

My daughter recently began to express a love of trains and yells "Choo choooo" whenever we approach a train station and now she is smitten with the fact that she can play "choo choo's" whenever she pleases!!

Mega Bloks graciously provided us with a Play'n Go Musical Train to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

UNO: Pinkalicious

Everybody loves a classic game- especially a classic card game. UNO and I go way back. It's a wonderful game that the whole family can enjoy.

It is recommended for ages 7+ and 2-10 people can play at a time.

UNO is perfect for boys and girls, though this set will appeal more to girls- it's PINKALICIOUS-themed!!!! So fun! Not only are the cards all Pinkalicious-themed, they come in a beautiful, durable tin for easy transport!

We especially love to take UNO to the beach, on trips that involve flying, to holiday dinners with lots of family members- it's easy to throw into my purse and provides hours of laughter and fun!

I cannot wait until my daughter is old enough to learn this fun game, but for now I'm having fun playing UNO with my little cousins!!!

Read more about Pinkalicious on her official website here!

Pinkalicious provided us with the game Uno to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

Mega Bloks Pull Along Musical Pirate Ship

This toy is SO neat. There are many great toys out there, but so often they seem to fit in the same old mold. If there is one thing little kids (especially little boys) love, it's PIRATE SHIPS!

Take the coolness of a pirate ship, add in the fact that it's big, colorful, and chunky (perfect for little hands), add in the even greater fact that it is MUSICAL---you have a win-win toy! My daughter absolutely loves this toy and pulls it all over the house.

The Pirate Ship set contains 20 pieces and makes for hours of fun imaginative play!  Each time the boat is pulled, a sweet little pirate song plays, which encourages those new walkers to keep testing out their skills!!

The set also includes a pirate, two sharks, a monkey, a canon, and a working trapdoor!!!

It's really nice to see something so cool available to the little guys!

Thank you to Mega Bloks
for providing us with a Pull Along Musical Ship to help facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% our own.

Pinkalicious Cloth Doll

A few weeks ago, I told you about the sweetness that is PinkaliciousPinkalicious is a lovable little girl who stars in a series of stories for children and young readers.

Books are WONDERFUL and help children learn and grow in so many ways, but how much fun would it be to have a doll of Pinkalicious--to take to the playground, to sleep with at night, and to play and imagine with!

Thankfully, the good people of Pinkalicious felt the same way. This review is of the Pinkalicious 18" soft doll, available online and at Walmart.  The doll wears a crown, holds a princess wand, and of course, wears her iconic fairy princess dress.

To be perfectly honest, my daughter is CRAZY for this doll!!! She takes her Granny's house, to babysitting, she sleeps with her at night, and she feeds her in her pretend kitchen. Pinkalicious is quite familiar with a day in Ava's life and has been a very good little companion.

People compliment Ava on her "beautiful little doll" everywhere we go.  On Saturday, we met up with a photographer for our family photo shoot, and the photographer said, "Oh, cute, Pinkalicious!" Turns out her niece also loves Pinkalicious and also hangs out with her all the time.

This doll is a doll after my own heart, it's everything I would have wanted as a little pink- she's fun, she's cute, and she's PINK!!!!

Read more about Pinkalicious on her official website here!

Pinkalicious provided us with a cloth doll to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own. No monetary compensation was received.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kidz Bop Dance Party Wii Game

Who doesn't love an awesome Wii game?! In our family we have a lot of kids. By a lot of kids, I mean, A LOT. For example, we had four boys born on my husband's side SINCE JANUARY, and one girl on my side since January!!!! Wowsas, I know!  Our "kids" range from the tender age of 1 month old and span all the way up to the age of 30.  Often, the kids naturally branch out into natural age or gender-related groups to play, but to be honest, there have been many a holiday dinner than ends with EVERYBODY packed into the living room, taking turns playing Wii! We have done Wii Sports
to death. Don't get me wrong, we still love the game, but this year, we are ready for something new!

I know you have heard of the CDs by Kidz Bop, an ingenious company that takes popular songs and remakes them into kid-friendly versions, complete with appropriate language and "kid" voices.  The songs are familiar and fun, and kids LOVE them. I actually had this funny moment last night while listening to a CD by Best Pals with my daughter---all children love music, but MOST children really love music by voices they can relate to!! My daughter kept cackling and yelling "MORE MORE!!!!!!".

Anyway, back to Wii. Wii and Kidz Bop have teamed up to create Kidz Bop Dance Party! Awesome, no?  Rated "E" for everyone, kids of all ages (even grandma!) will love rocking out to 24 popular dance hits, including "Party in the USA" and "Paparazzi".  The moves are relatively easy to master, though putting them all together is quite another story.

The game is fun and exciting and is sure to bring a lot of laughs to any family game night!!!!

Thanks to Wii and Kidz Bop for providing us with a copy of the game to help facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own.