With 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.
on 03-06-201509:44 AM - last edited on 03-06-201504:27 PM by BBYMartin
The 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.
on 03-05-201507:23 PM - last edited on 03-12-201504:56 PM by BBYMartin
Packed 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!
Have 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.
on 02-28-201509:04 PM - last edited on 03-02-201501:22 PM by BBYMartin
You 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.
When 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!
This 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 Bestbuy.ca right now.
Instead 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.
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.
Above 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 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.
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.
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.
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!
Parrot'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.
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.
on 07-14-201409:00 AM - last edited on 09-26-201404:32 PM by BBYMartin
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.
on 07-10-201404:26 PM - last edited on 07-11-201403:28 PM by BBYMartin
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.
on 04-26-201404:14 PM - last edited on 05-28-201401:47 PM by BBYMartin
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.
on 03-31-201410:46 PM - last edited on 05-13-201409:23 AM by BBYMartin
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.
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