Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is a villain. He’s also tired of being a villain. After three decades of smashing a brownstone apartment building in a video game named for him — and worse, having to sleep on a pile of garbage every night, alone and cold — he’s looking for some respite. He envies the warmth and community enjoyed by the hero of his game, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), whose magic hammer allows him to repair Ralph’s damage, again and again.
We recently had the opportunity to review CatRatBatSplat, a Pressman Toy. CatRatBatSplat is a “Frenzied fun giant dice game where everyone’s a player on every turn.” The game itself only consists of 3 parts, and that’s including the box! 4 oversized dice, a deck of cards, and well... The box! The “rules” of the game are really quite simple. Each player gets 6 cards, one player rolls the four oversized dice and they see what combination of cats, rats, bats and splats come up. Then look at your six cards to see if any of them have the combination that was rolled. If you have the…
Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman) lives in the perfect place. In Tinkers’ Nook, the light is bright, the sunshine is warm, and she’s happy spending her time tinkering with her fellow fairy friends, as they make baskets. But still... at the beginning of Secret of the Wings, Tinker Bell has a sense that something’s missing. She’s adventurous and sprightly, yes, but she longs especially to visit another place. And not just any place, but the Winter Woods, located across a log bridge. Here, the summer animals go each wintertime, and their coats turn white and they burrow down for hibernation. And here,…
I was sent the Splat X Smack Shot to review. It is a slingshot type launcher for ages 8+. It was very easy to remove from the packaging with a few snips and came with batteries. The launcher itself is well made, it lights up, and is easy to hold for adults and kids.
We were very excited to receive the Out Of This World Dolls and Stardoor to review. The dolls we received were Astra and Gigi. Each doll has her own unique feature when you press the button on the front. In this case, Astra lights up and has musical chimes, while Gigi shakes and giggles. The stardoor, when the dolls are placed inside it, lights up, plays music, and recognizes which doll you have placed within. The package recommends these dolls for ages 4 and up, however, having 5 daughters under 12, I was very interested in seeing what each one thought of them.
Young Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) loves his dog Sparky. Each day the boy survives school while looking forward to his afternoons with his dog, in the backyard or even better, in the attic, where Sparky dutifully plays assorted parts in Victor’s movies. Mostly, he plays monsters, outfitted with tinfoil and paper wings, delivering cheerful chaos to humans played by plastic army men and dolls, in super-8 sagas that inspire Mr. and Mrs. Frankenstein (Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara) to ooohs and aaahs.
Mavis (Selena Gomez) is a vampire. She wears black miniskirts and crawls on the walls, hangs upside down, and has cute little fangs that she doesn’t use to suck anyone’s blood (she drinks synthetic, as it’s safer). And she’s spent all her young life in the castle her father, Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) turned into a hotel for monsters back in 1895. Now that she’s turning 118 years old — a mere teenager in vampire years — she’s yearning to see the world outside and meet some people beyond her father’s circle of friends/hotel guests. It’s true, these friends…
The La Dee Da Fashion City Girl Doll has moveable legs and arms, so you can move her in any position that you want. Her outfit looks very nice and cool since it is based on New York City. Her hair is very pretty with both the brown and red coloring, also with pieces that sparkle in the light. Even her hair is fun to play with, since you can have it either up or down.
We received the Rubik’s Sort & Solve Puzzle toy to review. Once I opened the package it caught my twins attention right away. My twins are 3 years old and the toy is perfect for that age. I unpacked the Rubik’s Sort & Solve Puzzle and put the top of the toy on and they were eager to begin to play with it. I gave them each some shape pieces so they could figure out where they belonged. They had fun taking turns and helping each other out looking for the correct color and spot. Once they were finished finding all the shapes they started rolling the toy to each other.
I received Make Me a Story Magnetic Playboard created by eeBoo to review. It is listed for ages 5+, and sells for $14.