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.

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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. 

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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!

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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 Bestbuy.ca right now.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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:

 

 

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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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The NEW Lego Legends of Chima: Foes unite for a greater good

by Blogger on ‎04-20-2014 10:04 PM - last edited on ‎04-21-2014 12:21 PM by Editor in Chief

Legends_Of_Chima_Boxsets.jpgWith 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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Review - Anki Drive

by Blogger on ‎03-31-2014 10:46 PM - last edited on ‎05-13-2014 09:23 AM by Editor in Chief

screen568x568.jpegIf 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.

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The Lego Movie: More than just a Cinematic Experience

by Blogger on ‎02-01-2014 05:28 PM - last edited on ‎02-13-2014 05:14 PM by Editor in Chief

LEGO-Movie.jpgOn 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.

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Cool gifts for kids and for kids who don’t want to grow up

by Blogger on ‎12-12-2013 07:10 AM - last edited on ‎12-12-2013 04:38 PM by Editor in Chief

Christmas-Gifting-Ideas.jpgGrowing 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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Sports Fan Shopping Made Easy

by Blogger on ‎12-06-2013 03:57 PM - last edited on ‎12-07-2013 06:50 AM by Blogger

canucks.jpgDie-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. 

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Holiday baby gifts

by Regular  Advocator ShelaghM on ‎12-04-2013 04:48 PM - last edited on ‎12-17-2013 01:15 PM by Editor in Chief

ExerSaucer_Baby_Xmas.jpg 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. 

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You'll hear Christmas morning cheers with these gifts for your children

by Blogger on ‎11-25-2013 08:55 PM - last edited on ‎12-23-2013 03:44 PM by Editor in Chief

 

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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? 

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Archery sets make a great gift for "Catching Fire" fans

by Blogger on ‎11-18-2013 02:20 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2013 02:02 PM by Editor in Chief

hunger_games_catching_fire.jpgWith 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.

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