Movie Themed LEGO Sets Available at Best Buy!

by Blogger on ‎04-17-2015 01:14 AM - last edited on ‎04-17-2015 12:54 PM by Editor in Chief






Have you ever noticed how versatile the popular LEGO toy brand has become over the years? With numerous themed building block sets currently available, I'd say that LEGO is pretty much tied in with everything these days! With this in mind, I thought that today I'd take a look at several LEGO sets that specifically have movie related themes. There are some really cool sets available, so click on through to see LEGO sets related to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie itself, and more. After all, it's all about having fun!


Review: National Geographic Laser Pegs sets are fun for everyone

by Blogger ‎04-15-2015 10:03 AM - edited ‎04-16-2015 11:07 AM


As a big sister to two brothers, then an Auntie to a nephew, then a mom to two boys, I have my fair share of experience with building blocks and sets. I am a huge National Geographic fan as well, from their magazine to their shows on t.v. So when I was given the chance to review National Geographic Laser Pegs I was pretty excited.




Let your kids' imagination soar with LEGO Elves, Friends and more!

by Blogger on ‎04-11-2015 03:33 PM - last edited on ‎04-12-2015 03:46 PM by Editor in Chief

elves.jpgA few toy lines out there have kept the same basics for the last half century. LEGO's one of them, and LEGO has been encouraging people of all ages (especially kids) to build whatever they could imagine creating. With new lines like Elves and Friends, the characters may look different, but the stories and the fun are still all yours. 


Get Moving With LEGO Vehicle Sets

by Blogger ‎04-07-2015 11:54 AM - edited ‎04-07-2015 12:08 PM


What kid doesn't love LEGO? Add vehicles to the mix, and there's plenty of opportunity for after-build fun. And with the abundance of LEGO sets available also comes tons of selection of vehicles of all kinds.


Review: Flying through the sky with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus

by Blogger on ‎03-14-2015 09:52 PM - last edited on ‎03-20-2015 10:51 AM by Editor in Chief

Phantomontherocks.JPGWith winter almost officially over, it's time to think about those spring and summertime activities, and might I recommend flying a drone?  They're portable, compact and can turn a few heads.  In fact, I drew a crowd one afternoon while I doing nothing but minding my own business and flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus for this review.  Let's take a look at it.


Traxxas batteries 101: keep your toys powered and ready for fun

by Blogger on ‎03-06-2015 09:44 AM - last edited on ‎03-06-2015 04:27 PM by Editor in Chief

2970-EZ-Peak-Plus-Connected-2872X-LiPo.jpgThe world of RC vehicles is a very fun place to be.  Powerful scale model versions of your favorite real world racers, fully equipped to handle serious terrain, they're a lot of fun. That is, they're a lot of fun when they're full of power and ready to go, without the fully charged powercells, well, they're just an exceptionally well designed, aggressive looking model car. Taking the confusion out of keeping your Traxxas vehicles full of juice and ready to go is the new Traxxas iD system. Streamlined and full proof, with their new power cells (batteries) and EZ-Peak Plus Charger, they've taken the challenge out of charging.


The Traxxas Slash racer is ready to race and a ton of fun

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2015 07:23 PM - last edited on ‎03-12-2015 04:56 PM by Editor in Chief

traxxas_slash top.jpgPacked with all the power and durability of a Traxxas brand RC vehicle, the Slash is an Off-Road Short-Course Stadium Truck that comes in a variety of configurations and really likes to fly. Whether around corners with insane drifting, or when actually flying. Launching off anything resembling a ramp, the independent suspension makes sure it lands like a dream and keeps going. Now with on-board audio, the Slash sounds every bit as tough as it looks, with real throttle and idle sounds that will make even the biggest kid grin from ear to ear. Let's go for a rip!


A Beginner's Guide to Drones

by Blogger on ‎03-01-2015 10:48 PM - last edited on ‎03-04-2015 09:31 AM by Editor in Chief

ParrotBebop.jpgHave you ever wanted to get into model drones, but weren't sure about some of the ins and outs, including what you could fly in Canada (or what qualifies as a drone) and where you can fly it?  Look no further.  Click below to find out some of the basics about drones, including flight restrictions, qualifications and even what drones can do for us now and in the future.


Traxxas SST Latrax brings big fun in a small fast package

by Blogger on ‎02-28-2015 09:04 PM - last edited on ‎03-02-2015 01:22 PM by Editor in Chief

TraxxasLatraxSST.JPGYou might be surprised how much they can pack into an RC vehicle these days, especially when you're dealing with a Traxxas Latrax. The SST is a 1/18th scale model 4 x 4, all terrain beast of a truck. With independent suspension and a sturdy construction, all terrain means water resistant and tough.  You might be surprised where you can go, and how fast you can get there.  Priced for the everyday sort of RC fan, it might just be your gateway into a wider world of RC enthusiasm. 


What will be the next robot you bring into your home?

by Blogger on ‎02-23-2015 10:07 PM - last edited on ‎02-25-2015 11:55 AM by Editor in Chief

C-3PO.jpgWhen I think of a “robot” two things happen. First, I picture the iconic droid C-3PO from the Star Wars movie franchise. Second, I involuntarily start to sing the 1980’s Styx classic Mr. Roboto … Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto, Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto. But a robot isn’t necessarily a shiny golden humanoid or the subject of an annoyingly catchy song ... Secret, secret, I’ve got a secret. In fact, according to Webster’s dictionary, a “robot” is “a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks” or “a mechanism guided by automatic controls.” So by those definitions, it's clear that we are truly surrounded by robots. Don’t believe me? Here are some fun and some functional items that are robots by definition. You might even have one of these at home already!


Great gifts for kids and teens

by Blogger on ‎11-27-2014 06:02 PM - last edited on ‎11-28-2014 11:36 AM by Editor in Chief

Great-gifts-for-kids-teens.jpgThis year, there are so many cool gifts for kids and teens that even I’m having a hard time choosing. If you need some ideas, look no further because here are just a few of the great gifts online at right now.


Bring family together this holiday season with a board game

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2014 03:05 PM - last edited on ‎11-25-2014 04:51 PM by Editor in Chief

LOT Monopoly 2.jpgWhether it’s a new twist on an old family favorite or something you’ve never tried, cozy up with family and friends this holiday season with a selection of board games from Best Buy!


Top Toys For 2014

by Blogger on ‎11-12-2014 07:30 PM - last edited on ‎11-27-2014 01:48 PM by Editor in Chief

toys.jpgInstead of pouring over a toy catalog like we used to before the Holidays, we cuddle up on the couch with our kids and scroll through pages of the latest toys on our tablet. But no matter how we check out the top toys of the season, I still get that cozy holiday feeling that comes from sitting down with the kids and dreaming about what Santa will bring them. Check out the top toys of 2014 right now, and do a little Christmas dreaming yourself.


Review: Crayola Arts and Crafts Kits

by Blogger on ‎10-27-2014 06:52 PM - last edited on ‎10-28-2014 11:54 AM by Editor in Chief





It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts, and at the top of our family’s list each year are arts and crafts supplies and kits. We encourage our kids to explore their inner artists and to express themselves through different mediums, whether it’s colouring, painting or creating something with their hands. Crayola products have been a part of our home since our firstborn could hold a crayon. When our family had the opportunity to test four of their best new products, we jumped at the chance.


Telescope 101

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM ‎10-21-2014 08:01 PM - edited ‎10-22-2014 10:35 PM

telescope.jpgAbove our heads every evening is a world of celestial happenings. A telescope can open the night skies for you to enjoy. It’s all waiting for you to discover when you have the right telescope. Here’s what to look for when buying one.



Arts, Crafts, Fun & Games With Melissa & Doug

by Blogger on ‎10-15-2014 08:02 AM - last edited on ‎11-06-2014 05:47 PM by Editor in Chief


Arts & crafts are fun for kids of all ages. I tried out this super-creative art easel and companion accessory kit from popular brand Melissa & Doug, along with a cute basic skills puzzle board, and the challenging Suspend family game. Check out my take on these fun toys and crafts for kids aged 3 and up.


MOSS Zombonitron 1600 reviewed: a magnetic robotic kit

by Blogger on ‎09-30-2014 08:17 AM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 10:56 AM by Editor in Chief

Moss Preview.jpgWhen 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.”


Review: Sphero's Ollie spins circles around its Robot competitors

by Blogger on ‎09-22-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 10:50 AM by Editor in Chief

ollie.JPGFor 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.


HUNKA JUNK: J.J. Abrams' Star Wars Clip Has the Web Buzzing

by Blogger on ‎09-18-2014 05:57 PM - last edited on ‎09-19-2014 10:31 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgThere’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.



Leapfrog Leappad 3: Learn while having fun

by Blogger on ‎08-30-2014 05:42 PM - last edited on ‎11-26-2014 10:19 AM by Editor in Chief


Make learning fun with the new LeapPad3 from Leap Frog!  This week I had the opportunity to try the LeapPad3 and a variety of games from the Leap Frog Learning Library, and here’s what I thought:




Review: VTech Innotab Tablets for Kids

by Blogger on ‎08-26-2014 10:59 AM - last edited on ‎10-31-2014 02:18 PM by Editor in Chief

vtech innotab 3 plus learning app tablet.jpg

Why get a tablet made just for kids when you can just hand them the one you have for play time, and download some fun apps? There are actually plenty of reasons. Find out why, and learn more about VTech's latest Innotab 3S and 3 Plus tablets; plus the super-cool James Bond-esque Kidizoom smartwatch.


Dancing on the ground, in the air and on the ceiling with Parrot's Rolling Spider

by Blogger on ‎08-23-2014 08:42 PM - last edited on ‎09-03-2014 03:37 PM by Editor in Chief

Rolling_Spider.jpgI 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!


Binoculars and telescopes that bring the heavens to your doorstep

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎08-08-2014 04:10 PM - last edited on ‎08-08-2014 04:55 PM by Editor in Chief



Get some celestial tech help to witness the show in the heavens. Find out what to look for in binoculars and telescopes that can bring the heavenly bodies to your doorstep.


Review: Parrot Jumping Sumo - Now available at Best Buy!

by Blogger on ‎08-05-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎11-10-2014 10:53 AM by Editor in Chief

SumoOrangeRocks.JPGParrot's new line of miniatures looks to bring you functionality and creativity for a fraction of larger drones of its size.  The Jumping Sumo is one of these new gadgets, capable of jumping upwards of 2.5 feet at the push of a virtual button, and can even take stills and film videos from an onboard camera.  Best of all, your smartphone is the remote, and you can even follow along with the display in real time if you roll it out of sight.  Ready to see more? Click below to read on.


Get ready to kick off the NFL Season with Oyo Sportstoys!

by Blogger on ‎07-27-2014 09:49 PM - last edited on ‎07-29-2014 09:13 AM by Editor in Chief

OyoLogo.pngOyo 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.


Review - LeTrax Teton, The Little Truck That Could (and does!)

by Blogger on ‎07-14-2014 09:00 AM - last edited on ‎09-26-2014 04:32 PM by Editor in Chief

traxxas-latrax-teton-actiontitle.jpgI'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.


Traxxas E-Maxx / E-Revo Brushless Edition - Review

by Blogger on ‎07-10-2014 04:26 PM - last edited on ‎07-11-2014 03:28 PM by Editor in Chief

Traxxas_Einstieg410.jpgEver 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.


The coolest toy tech for father's day fun

by Blogger on ‎06-06-2014 07:22 AM - last edited on ‎06-23-2014 09:54 AM by Editor in Chief

Preview.jpgOne 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.


May the fourth be with you

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎04-30-2014 07:41 AM - last edited on ‎05-01-2014 02:58 PM by Editor in Chief

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May 4th  commemorates a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. On Earth it is when fans around the world celebrate all thing Star Wars.


This is your time to connect with your inner Jedi and conquer the evil dark side. You’ll need a few things to help you "use the Force."


May the fourth be with you.




Top 10 Wilderness Products for Back Country Camping

by Blogger on ‎04-26-2014 04:14 PM - last edited on ‎05-28-2014 01:47 PM by Editor in Chief


tent.jpgIf 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.


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