When you think of robotic building sets —not just toys you assemble, but kits that allow you to create robotic models that interact with their surroundings— LEGO Mindstorms probably come to mind. There’s a new option, though, a Kickstarter success story that’s now going mainstream. My kids and I had the chance to try out a MOSS Zombonitron 1600 set. Here’s what I we thought about what Modular Robotics calls its “futuristic building blocks of ingenious invention.”
For the most part, many of the iOS based toys nowadays have potential, but are very limited to what they can do. The Parrot Mini-Drones for example were fun, but not that expansive in ability. They both also cost more than the Sphero Ollie, a brand new challenger into the fold. Ollie comes from the same science and physics loving minds behind the Sphero and promises to continue branching fun and physics at an affordable price. You know what? It's great fun too. Come check out the Sphero Ollie.
There’s a huge mass of Star Wars geeks out there (myself included) watching every move Disney and J.J Abrams make as a new crop of Star Wars releases draws ever closer. If there’s one thing guaranteed to get the attention of these Star Wars fans, it's a peek at what Abrams is working on. And if there’s one thing guaranteed to get pop culture geeks in general in a froth, it’s a mash-up between franchises. J.J. Abrams just managed both in one shot with his HUNKA JUNK YouTube clip of the new Millennium Falcon from his forthcoming Star Wars film—with a very unexpected Easter egg.
I think there are few people out there that enjoy spiders, whether they be the flying or crawling kind. Parrot's Rolling Spider is one that doesn't have 8 legs, but is a miniature quad-copter with detachable wheels. It's a breeze to set up and play with, and can even land itself without worrying about clumsy timing! Come check out this small yet imaginative device!
Oyo Sportstoys are one of the neatest new sports collectible in the block: Brick form! Drawing off the previous and too short success of many of the LEGO Sports lines, Oyo brings licensed football, hockey and baseball products to you, and they're all at Best Buy! With NFL Season right around the corner, come take a look at the Oyo NFL GameTime field. Click below to check out this huge 200+ piece set.
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I've had quite a time with my grubby little mitts behind the (RC) wheel of some very impressive machines. Previously the big boys, E-Maxx and E-Revo got some love and as incredible as those behemoths are, they have themselves a cool kid brother, LaTrax Teton. A boss little 4WD monster truck, with a lotta gumption for a little guy, LeTrax Teton takes the conventional RC vehicle and leaps over it dramatically, spraying it with dirt and gravel as it leaves it in its dust.
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Ever watch someone unveil their very serious and impressive RC vehicle - be it boat, plane, or four wheeled - and think, "man that looks so fun, those people are super cool?" Ok, so, maybe not that last part, but the first one is absolutely true. I was recently given a chance to play with some of these ultimate "Big Kid" toys. Powerful, awesome looking, wonderfully designed: I'm talking about the E-Maxx and E-Revo by Traxxas. Come on, let's take a spin.
One of my favourite things about Father’s Day is how it lets me be a kid again. When my kids were younger, this often meant building a LEGO kit together. Now that they’re older and into high tech toys like drones, robotic kits and R/C vehicles, Father’s Day means I get to relive being a kid while playing with gear I find genuinely fascinating —all while bonding with my own kids. If there’s a dad in your life who’s just waiting to unleash his inner child, I’ve put together some high tech toy suggestions from Best Buy’s extensive selection of gear that will have dad (and his kids) pretty happy on Father’s Day.
It's nice to see some toys hit the market that are such clear winners, you’ll be excited to play them yourself. Case in point? MIP, Wowwee’s Balancing Robot. He might only hit your ankles height-wise, but he’s a little powerhouse of high-tech, kid-savvy fun. And best of all? This is one little robot that can actually bring you a sandwich too.
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If you read the NY Times Bestseller Wild by Cheryl Strayed, then you will learn how not to pack as she did for her hike on the Pacific Coast Trail. If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend this true story of her over 1,000 miles hike by herself to escape the loss of her mother and a broken marriage, all with no wilderness experience whatsoever. I don’t profess to be a wilderness expert although I have done a fair number of wilderness trips of at least one night, and usually more. The trick with overnight backcountry camping is not to take too much while making sure you have what you will need so you don’t get in trouble.
With the newest season of Lego: Legends of Chima underway, Best Buy has brought in the new line of building sets to match. This season, previous foes have now united as friends to save Mount Cavora and its Chi from the Scorpion Tribe. New sets reflect the challenges ahead, as well as bring unique builds to the Lego Universe and add-ons previously unseen. Come check out some of these new sets.
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If you are into toys, tech, gadgets, software, or any and all of the above, you might just want to lean in a little closer. Touted as 'The first video game in the real world' Anki Drive may just blow your mind. Real cars with really intellegent AI, play against friends, or the smartest little cars you ever met in a head to head battle around a large race track that actually takes up space in your house. Score points, level up, upgrade your machines, its all there, and all with the added bonus of having a cool toy to show off. It's Anki Drive folks, and its a heck of a lotta fun.
On February 7th, the Lego Movie debuts in theatres featuring an all-star comedic cast of voices. In addition to the movie, a full line of Lego Toys has launched with exclusive minifigs and scenes from the movie! In addition, a video game based on the movie will be out a couple days before the film launches. Click below to take a look at the Lego Movie toy line and video game, both of which you'll be able to get your hands on through Best Buy.
Growing older is inevitable. Growing up? Now that’s optional as far as I’m concerned. I’m not alone with this one either. There are a lot of people out there who believe that, although the years pass and you have a birthday or two, it doesn’t have to mean you give up on all of the things you liked once-upon-a-time when you were younger.
Die-hard sports fans are truly a breed of their own. Trust me, I know. There is someone on my list who lives and breathes a particular football team. If it were up to him, and considered acceptable behavior, he would commute to and from work in a custom decaled Seahawks SUV, wear a different Seahawks jersey and cap every day, and have his entire home decorated in Seahawks memorabilia. Thankfully there is someone in his life to put the breaks on his Seahawks obsession – thank you mom. But what do you get the sports fan for Christmas without blowing the bank, your sense of style, or décor? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Playtime is the best way to help baby grow and master new skills with each exciting phase.
Babies change at an astonishing pace so you want toys that will grown with them. This holiday season pick up an interactive toy that is going to nurture your favourite baby in a fun way. This collection of baby gifts may even get Mom and Dad playing along.
Being dragged out of bed on Christmas morning by your excited kids isn't so bad when you see their happy faces around the tree. Which toys do your kids have on their wish list? Are you looking forward to filling your home with the sound of cheers when they tear open their gifts?
With another installment of the Hunger Games in theaters now, it puts archery as a fun hobby back to the forefront. In the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen learned archery as a young girl, and her expertise helped in feeding her mother and sister. Luckily, your children will be able to treat it as more of a hobby. Bear Archery sets are now available at Best Buy, and make an out of the box, yet enjoyable gift idea.
With the holidays fast approaching, gift giving can be really easy, or really hard depending on whom you're buying for. Then there are the gifts with dual purpose - Maybe you want to give it to your teen, or maybe you want something you can all enjoy as a family. Maybe it's even something that might flash you back to when you were their age? Here's a list of some of those fun products that might do just that.
It is amazing how my two girls are so different: their temperaments, eating habits as well as the toys they like. When I had asked my two girls whether they would like a new kitchen or train set, my older daughter replied “I want a new kitchen” while my younger daughter replied “I want a train set”, so I was desperately looking for space in our home to house these two new KidKraft toys that I was asked to review. In this article, I will discuss the KidKraft kitchen. Overall, I am very impressed with Kidkraft creations: in my opinion there’s no comparison to the Kidkraft kitchens sets.
Are the Leap Pad Ultra & Leap Pad 2 the ipads for younger kids?
I was given a few Leap Pad products to test and try out. I wasn’t sure if my kids would actually use them or not since we already have 2 ipads & an ipad mini at home which both my girls use daily. So going from an ipad to a leap pad ... I thought it would be a bit of a stretch to get the girls to try something new. But surprise, surprise, leap pad does have a way to lure the kids to try their educational toys. Read more about my adventures testing the Leap Pad Ultra, Leap Pad Power and the Leap Pad Monster Bundle.
As one of the self-admitted hardest people on the planet to buy a gift for, it's sometimes helpful to have a list of some of the things we secretly want or think would be great to receive. Some of us have simple tastes. Some of us have expensive tastes. Either way, this list might provide insight into some of those bits and pieces of technology we're secretly interested in, but might not let on as much as we should.
A more serious line of RC Vehicles catering to older racers, Traxxas blends sophistication with toughness and puts forth the LaTrax Rally car. With waterproof elements and full 4 Wheel Drive, this vehicle (done in the spirit of real rally cars) is capable of powering through the rain, leaves, sand and even snow. How does it hold up to some of these tests? Read on for more.
Canadian Pro Scooter manufacturer, Havoc, have brought their line of versatile scooters to Best Buy! Havoc Pro Scooters can support riders from ages 8 to 88 (up to 100kg) and cater to all different skills and experience levels. Whether the rider in your family just wants a scooter to take around the block, or to the skate park to show off the latest tricks, Havoc has something for them. Havoc scooter are also customizable! lRead on to learn more about Havoc's scooters.
Almost every parent out there has purchased at least one LeapFrog Learning product. I mean, who doesn't like LeapFrog? I found that my two girls were always drawn to all the colorful designs on the toys and the sounds that each of the LeapFrog toy makes. Below I will talk about the Musical Rainbow Tea Party Set and the Read With Me Violet Book Set.
It’s safe to say that 1998 was the Year of the Furby. The cute little electronic robots hit the market like a firestorm and were one of the must-have toys of the holidays that year. Not only were they cute, resembling a hamster or an owl, but they were smart too. When you unpacked your Furby from the box, it started out talking nothing but Furbish. As you spent more time with it, your toy was able to slowly learn your language.
Flash forward to 2012 – after years on hiatus, the Furby became available again. This time around, Furby had LED eyes, a lot of cool new phrases, and seriously fun ways to interact.
But the 2012 Furby was just the tip of the kid-tech iceberg, because an all-new Furby is hitting the market again and this time he’s taking your iPad or Android tablet for a wild ride too.
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