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Air Swimmer Remote Control Inflatable Floating Shark


The Air Swimmer Remote Control Inflatable Floating Shark is much more than a simple toy. Kids and adults will be amazed and surprised from the moment they set their eyes on it. It makes an excellent gift, and its great for parties or surprising anyone that enters the room.

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The Air Swimmer Remote Control Inflatable Floating Shark is a flying remote controlled inflatable shark. It’s pretty big too, measuring 57 inches long and 36 inches tall. This inflatable shark needs some space to swim. its controlled with the included remote control.

As you pilot the inflatable shark around the room, its tail moves back and forth. It really looks like it’s swimming through the air. Don’t worry about it taking up space. When you aren’t flying this floating shark around the room, it can be deflated for convenient storage. When you’re ready to fly it again, just simply inflate it and start having fun. It must be inflated with helium so you don’t want to deflate it until the helium has worn off. Once inflated, the helium will usually last about two weeks.

The remote control allows you to steer the shark from up to 40 feet away. You can move it up and down and it can turn a full 360 degrees. It does take batteries. You will need 4 AAA batteries to steer this shark across the room.

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Is the Air Swimmer Remote Controlled Inflatable Shark for kids or adults?

You will quickly notice that this toy gets the same type of reaction out of everyone regardless of their age. Everyone looks surprised when they first encounter this flying shark. How many people do you know that have seen a flying shark float across the living room? Both children and adults will enjoy watching the inflatable shark as it swims its way through the air.

The only real downside to this fun filled toy is the fact that it requires helium to fly. That can be a deal breaker for some folks, but these days you can find tanks of helium at party stores and just about every major department store in the United States. Remember that once its filled it will last approximately two weeks.

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The Air Swimmer Remote Control Inflatable Floating Shark does come in two different versions, and the difference is the controls. One version uses infra-red controls and the version that is being talked about in this article uses radio control. Radio control will have less interference from other electronics, and it offers more range for greater flying distances. With radio control it can be flown right around corners without losing signal.

Remember that this is filled with helium so don’t try to fly it outside unless you want to see it fly away forever.

The Air Swimmer Remote Controlled Inflatable Shark makes a great gift for kids and adults. its a one of a kind quirky toy that both kids and adults will enjoy for hours. It will quickly become the life of the party as it swims through the room.

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LEGO Ninjago Limited Edition Set #2521 Lightning Dragon Battle


New for 2011, the Ninjago Lightning Dragon Battle is a limited edition set from Lego. This set comes with a range of different characters, as well as an impressive dragon model and helicopter. This makes a great gift for any child who likes Lego, or anyone collecting sets from the Ninjago range specifically.

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The story behind the Lightning Dragon Battle set is that of the ninja Sensei Wu, who has been captured by Frakjaw and Kruncha. They’ve also stolen the nunchucks of lightning, and taken them all away in their helicopter. It’s up to the Lightning Dragon and Jay to work to save Sensei Wu and get the weapons back before they can escape to the underworld. But it’s not going to be easy, as the helicopter is equipped with a number of different weapons.

Features Of The Lego Ninjago Lightning Dragon Battle

* Limited edition product,
* 4 minifigures included: Sensei Wu, Kruncha, Jay and Frakjaw,
* Exclusive skull chopper pilot and spinner included,
* Includes a number of weapons: 2 spears, sword, silver mace, 2 golden spears, golden blade, nunchucks of lightning and staff,
* Helicopter is 4 inches wide by 10 inches tall,
* Lightning Dragon is 18 inches wide by 19 inches tall,
* You can snap the Lightning Dragon’s Jaws or spit out lethal lightning balls,
* The Lightning Dragon has pose-able wings, limbs and tail,
* 645 pieces in total.

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There’s something about ninjas that kids just love. They’re excellent fighters, and you just never know where one could be hiding! The Ninjago Lego range tells the story of the good ninja Sensei Wu, looking to protect the town against his evil brother. This latest set is a new chapter in the story.

The detail on the Ninjago minifigures is excellent. From Sensei Wu’s wise-looking beard to Kruncha’s scary face and skeleton body – these are like no other Lego minifigures before them. Some characters are featured in other sets on the Ninjago range, but they often include subtle differences (such as different weapons or coloring).

The models themselves – the skeleton helicopter and the Lightning Dragon – look excellent once you’ve put them together. Building them is a challenge, but nothing too off-putting for kids between the ages of 8 and 14. Once building is complete, there are spaces for the minifigures to fit inside the helicopter or on top of the Lightning Dragon as kids recreate the famous battle.

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The one downside that most parents will notice about this set is the fact that it doesn’t come cheap. However, when you consider just how much you get from this set – 645 pieces total, to make a helicopter and a dragon – the cost isn’t too bad at all. And the set is certainly unique!

In short, if you have a child who is already into the Ninjago Lego range, then there’s no doubt this will be a welcome addition to their collection. If not, it’s still a very high quality limited addition toy that any Lego fan will be happy to play with. The only thing you need to watch out for is whether it stays in stock over the holiday period.

LEGO Ninjago Limited Edition Set #2521 Lightning Dragon Battle

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Fur Real Friends Cookie Puppy


The FurReal Friends range of pets have been popular with children for years now, designed as realistic toy pets for your children, without all the responsibility of owning a real animal. Cookie My Playful Pup is the latest addition to the series. She responds to things you say to her, and moves just like a real puppy. She’s been listed as one of Kmart’s Fab 15 Holiday Toys, and is bound to be popular with little boys and girls this holiday season.

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Features of Cookie My Playful Pup:

* 14 inches tall,
* Can sit or lie down,
* Soft fur,
* Comes with a squeaky toy bone,
* Makes a variety of puppy sounds,
* Responds to what you say,
* Wags her tail and moves when you pet her.

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It’s the little details that make all the difference, and Cookie really does look lifelike. As for what she can do, here’s the list of movements:

* She wags her tail and barks when you pet her on the head or back,
* She moves her head towards your hand when you pet her on the cheek,
* She may even fall asleep when you pet her for long enough,
* She makes crunching noises when you put the toy bone in her mouth,
* The best thing is she can even respond to what you say: she talks back to you in the form of little barks.

One negative is the fact that you need 4 C batteries to get Cookie to work. Although she comes with four included, these need to be replaced as they will have been used for the demo mode.

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Another downside to this toy is that it isn’t as soft as cuddly as a stuffed toy. It’s impossible due to the electronics included to get Cookie to move around. That said, Cookie is a lot softer than previous generations of the FurReal Friends toys, and is a lot more lifelike in the way she moves. She’s still soft enough for kids to cuddle, and the electronics will be more than worth it for the fact that kids can interact with their new friend.

If you’re a parent who isn’t yet ready to get a real pet, Cookie could be just the substitute you need for your children this holiday season. True, she costs a little more than your standard cuddly toy, and isn’t quite as soft, but she can do so much more too. She really does look like a real puppy!

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Lazer Stunt Chaser Dragonfire RC Car


If you’ve got an RC vehicle fan in the family then there are a range of different toys to choose from this holiday season. For an option that lets kids create their own stunts, and drive at insanely fast speeds, the Lazer Stunt Chaser RC vehicles could be just the right toy!

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Lazer Stunt Chaser RC Vehicle Features

* Comes in red and blue designs,
* 1:32 scale,
* Speeds over 300mph,
* 40 foot control range,
* Can perform a range of stunts,
* Car chases the light from the remote control,
* Wheels light up and change color,
* Rechargeable battery with battery deck charger,
* Wireless infra red remote,
* Stunt ramp included,
* Instruction guide.

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This RC car is specially designed to perform a range of stunts, and it has a two sided design that means it’s always the right side up, even if it gets flipped over. It drives really fast, which is always popular with children! There are many ways to control the car, either with the directional pad on the remote or simply by shining the light on the remote and letting the car chase after it.

Kids can get together and play with friends thanks to the fact that there are two channels on the remote to prevent interference. The remote can also be used from around 40 feet away, which is a good distance in most homes. The Lazer Stunt Chaser RC vehicles should only be used indoors, and kids should avoid any collisions which could damage the car.

The Lazer Stunt Chaser cars use eight AA batteries to run: two in the remote, and six in the charger. These aren’t included with the toy. The car takes about 30 minutes to charge, which isn’t too bad, but you will only get 15-20 minutes of play with each charge.

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Another potential negative is the fact that it can take a while to learn the stunts and properly control the car. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, as it teaches kids patience and they will have fun as they learn. The manufacturer recommends the toy for ages four and above, so it is easier to use than some other RC toys on the market today.

In short, the speed, agility and lights on the Lazer Chaser RC vehicle make it impressive for kids to play with. They can create cool stunts both on and off the included ramp, and have a lot of fun while they do. The vehicle is affordable as far as RC cars go, but the main downside is the fact that you’re going to need to keep replacing the batteries in the charger.

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Playskool Poppin’ Park Eelefun Busy Ball Popper


Although adults may never understand why, babies and young children are enthralled by watching balls defy gravity and pop up out of a ball popper. The newest ball popper to hit the market is the Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper from Playskool, in a cute elephant design.

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Features of The Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper:

* Comes in pink and blue,
* Some balls go back into the trunk to fall again,
* Some balls pop into the room for your child to find (encouraging crawling),
* Includes 10 different tunes that play while switched on,
* Can rotate the trunk to control the direction the balls pop in,
* Ball popping is powered by air,
* Comes with 5 balls and instructions,
* Easy push button to turn it on,
* Recommended for ages 9 months – 3 years.

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Starting with the design, the Elefun Busy Ball Popper is certainly one of the cutest ball popper toys you can buy for your child. Most of them just don’t compare to how the elephant looks, and it’s certainly a design that’ll go down well with young children. From a parent’s point of view the elephant is durable, and random items that your baby drops down the trunk are unlikely to get stuck.

One downside of the Elefun Busy Ball Popper is the fact that the popping is powered by a fan that pushes the balls out of the elephant’s trunk. Although this works well to push the balls into the air, the downside is the noise it makes. Although it doesn’t bother most children, some have noticed the sound and don’t enjoy the popper as much as a result.

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Another downside of the toy is that not all of the balls will feed back into the system. If the balls go to the elephant’s left, they will feed back in and continue popping up as long as there are enough balls to do so. If they fall into the elephant’s right ear, however, they just drop into a storage area where the balls won’t pop out from again. It’s unclear exactly why it’s been designed this way.

The original Playskool Busy Ball Popper seems to have more to it than this newer version of the toy. With the former, the balls pop up and run down a shoot before popping out again. Both are as noisy as each other, however.

Ball popper toys in general are surprisingly popular with babies and young children, despite how simple they may seem. The balls can keep them entertained for long periods of time, and children love running after balls that pop out into the room. That said, although the Elefun Busy Ball Popper is listed as one of the Toys R Us Fab 15 holiday toys, your kids may enjoy the original Busy Ball Popper more.

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Nerf Vortex Vigilon Blaster


Nerf blasters are more than just toys: this range has been loved by children and adults alike for years now. If you want to find a toy that dad will have fun with too, Nerf is certainly the way to go. Toys R Us have recently named the Nerf Vortex Blaster as one of their Hot Holiday Toys, so keep reading to find out whether it’s worth buying.

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Features Of The Nerf Vortex Vigilon

* Long-range shooting,
* New disc ammunition,
* 5 discs included,
* Rapid reload option,
* Includes instructions.

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The first thing to note about this blaster is that it isn’t suitable for very young children. Because the discs can fly pretty far, they can be painful if you get hit. For safety reasons, the blaster should never be aimed at the face or eyes, and you may want to purchase Nerf eye protection to go with this. It’s suitable for kids aged eight and above.

Now, onto what makes the Nerf Vortex Vigilon such a good toy. Firstly, the Vortex line is new in the Nerf range and brings with it some new technology. These blasters send discs out at long distances, as opposed to the foam darts you’re used to seeing. The discs are fun to play with and offer a new spin on a classic range of toy.

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The best thing about the discs is the XLR technology used to propel them. This stands for extra long-range, meaning that you can shoot the discs very far with the Vigilon – around 30 feet in range. This is pretty impressive and something that kids will love. The only downside is that it’s easier to lose the discs once you’ve shot them! You can buy extra discs separately if you need them.

As for the way the gun works, it’s easy for kids to hold and reload. The mechanism means that reloading is quick: simply stack the discs and then place them into the included slot. The only thing to note is that this is a little bigger than some other Nerf blasters given that it only fits five discs.

To conclude, the Nerf Vortex Vigilon Blaster is an excellent toy for kids aged eight and above. One of the best things about it is how much play kids will get out of it in proportion to the cost: it’s cheap to buy but kids will love it!

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Wowwee Lite Sprite Wand With Prisma Sprite And Pod


The Lite Sprites come from Lite-Topia, an enchanted world full of different lights and colors. There are a range of toy characters for children to collect. Prisma herself is leader of all the Sprites, and this set comes with her figurine in her own little pod as well as the Lite Wand that your child will need if they’re going to interact with other characters from the series.

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The main selling point of the Lite Sprites range is the way in which the Lite Wand can recognize colors from the world around us, when your child points it at a certain objects. The light at the end of the wand will light up. When they point the wand at Prisma, she’ll change to match that color. When kids find a color they like, they can point it at other Lite Sprites from the range and change their color too.

Features Of The Prisma And Lite Wand

* Includes Lite Wand and Prisma character,
* Prisma comes with 10 favorite colors,
* Prisma comes with her own Forest Pod,
* Learn different color games,
* Cast color spells,
* The Lite Wand can capture colors of objects around the home,
* Use the Lite Wand to send this color to Prisma,
* Makes magical sounds and colorful lights,
* Interacts with Lite Sprites playsets,
* Uses 4x AAA batteries (not included).

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If you’ve got a little girl, then you may already know that this is a “must have” item for the holiday season. What this means is there are many little girls who all want the same gift, so you’ll need to buy it early to make sure you can find it in stock! As for which girls it will appeal to, the manufacturer recommends it for ages 4 and up.

Although 10 colors come with the Lite Wand on a separate color wheel, it’s designed for kids to find new ones by exploring the objects around them and absorbing the colors. In this sense the set encourages kids to become more observant of their surroundings, and more creative as they search for a color that they’ve never used before. The wand will store colors if your child wants to bring them with them somewhere else.

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The fact that you can “absorb” colors with the wand and change the color of the Lite Sprite is fun, but it’s a novelty that could quickly wear off. Thankfully it’s not the only thing that kids can do with the Lite Sprite. There are a few different games on the Lite Wand – such needing to find the color that it shows you before the time runs out – or you can use the characters as a nightlight (Prisma stays lit up for around 12 minutes).

Wowwee Lite Sprite Wand With Prisma Sprite And Pod

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Simon Flash


If you’re a fan of the original Simon memory game, then the new Simon Flash will go down well in your household. This new game is set to make waves this holiday season, combining a number of different games into one. The original game uses four different colored lights. To win, you must memorize the order the lights appear in. As you get further in the game, the sequence you need to memorize gets longer and longer.

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This new Simon Flash toy has a number of different modes to keep things interesting:

* The yellow game requires you to line up the cubes to get the lights to turn off,
* The red game mixes up the colors of the cubes, leaving you to put them back in their original order,
* The blue game requires you to get the same color on all four of the cubes,
* The green game is the classic Simon memory game.

What Do You Get With The Simon Flash Game?

* 4 electronic cubes,
* Game rules,
* Case,
* 8 AAA batteries,
* Quick-play card.

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This game is certainly fun. It has enough to it to keep the whole family occupied for hours at a time, thanks to the four different game modes. The great thing about this game is that it’s totally fair – the younger kids have just as much of a chance of winning as the adults do!

You can play the Simon Flash game with as many players as you like – whether that means on your own or with the whole family. Although it’s recommended for ages eight and above, younger kids can and do have a great time joining in.

The fact that the game is so small means it’s a good game to take with you when you travel. Keep the kids entertained in the back of the car while you try to navigate, or bring it with you as a game you can all play together while on vacation.

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The one downside of this game is that it may seem a little expensive for what it is. At around $25, it’s still cheap, but it does cost a little more than some other family games you can buy. Aside from the price, the only other downside is that it needs eight batteries to run. These are included, but future batteries could be a little costly.

All in all, Simon Flash makes an excellent holiday gift for the whole family. Toys that bring people together should be treasured, and Simon Flash can do that, or keep you entertained when you’re alone.

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Power Wheels Dune Racer


Kids never tire of playing on motorized vehicles. The Power Wheels series of vehicles from Fisher-Price have been around for decades now, and are the top brand for this kind of toy. The latest in the line is the Dune Racer – designed to be able to drive two riders over all sorts of terrain. It also comes with a number of extra features for imaginative play, from seat belts to storage compartments and more.

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Power Wheels Dune Racer Features:

* 2 seat racer car,
* Can drive over mud, gravel, wet grass and more, with large off road tires,
* Open cockpit design,
* Two forward speeds (2.5 and 5 mph),
* 2.5 mph in reverse,
* Front storage compartment,
* Seat belts,
* Metal frame and nickel plated side safety bars,
* Front bumper,
* Shifter,
* Metal plated wheels,
* 12-volt battery and charger.

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First things first, the Power Wheels Dune Racer is excellent fun for kids aged between 36 months and 7 years of age. The fact that it can hold two kids at the same time makes it an excellent toy for encouraging friends and siblings to play together – they can each get a turn at driving, or riding along as a passenger.

As for set up, the Dune Racer is easy to put together. It takes around 45 minutes to assemble, and comes with a number of stickers to decorate it and help achieve the realistic feel of the vehicle. Once it’s set up, you’ll see that it’s quite roomy and more than enough space for two kids to ride comfortably.

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One thing parents are always concerned about with this type of toy is safety. Thankfully, Fisher-Price have an excellent track record when it comes to the safety of their products. Because the Power Wheels Dune Racer rides low to the ground, and has a safety bar on each side, it’s unlikely that your child will fall out and hurt themselves. The vehicle is also very wide, preventing it from toppling over.

Kids generally find the Dune Racer extremely easy to use. As with anything, it takes a little practice before they become skilled drivers, but once they are they will be able to take this over all kinds of terrain. The smallest children in the spectrum of recommended ages may find it a little difficult to reach the pedals, but they will soon grow into it.

The Power Wheels Dune Racer is a fun, safe and affordable toy within the motorized vehicle category. Yes, it costs more than some non-motorized equivalents, but the fun factor more than makes up for it. This is a toy that has the potential for hours of play at a time, getting your child out into the fresh air. A definite contender for your child’s main gift at Christmas this year.

Power Wheels Dune Racer

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Fisher-Price Dora the Explorer Fiesta Favorites Kitchen


Little girls never get tired of preparing meals with kitchen playsets. This particular playset has one important difference to all the others out there, however. The Fisher-Price Dora Fiesta Favorites Kitchen Playset features Dora the Explorer, a character that little girls just love! This is why it’s guaranteed to be such a hot seller this holiday season.

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Features Of The Dora Fiesta Favorites Kitchen

* Comes with a refrigerator, oven, grill, sink, stovetop and phone,
* Double-sided recipe card for girls to put in the kitchen window,
* 2 recipes on each side of the card,
* Dora will talk you through each recipe,
* Comes with over 60 English and Spanish phrases,
* 20 play pieces in total,
* Uses 3 AA batteries (included).

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This kitchen is brightly colored and looks fun, and there’s a lot of detail in the various cooking elements. For example, your child can set the cooker knobs and timers, and they will make a noise when she does. You can see the racks inside the oven, or put the food into the refrigerator, and then wash up once the cooking is done.

The fact that it features Dora is a huge benefit over some other toy kitchens. If you have a child who adores the character, chances are she’ll be asking for this kitchen in time for Christmas! The fact that Dora calls your child on the included cell phone to talk about what she’s cooking is a cute bonus.

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Note that there is some assembly required for this toy. Thankfully the instructions are easy to follow and it shouldn’t take you too long before the kitchen is up and running. It’s generally well constructed and should last long enough to be passed down to younger kids in future, though some parents have commented that the plastic could have been a little thicker.

To extend what your child can do with this toy kitchen, there are a couple of recipe packs available to buy separately: the apple pie and holiday cookies set. Each one of those comes with a recipe card that’ll unlock new phrases in the kitchen, and the various pieces needed for the recipe. They cost around $11 each.

The recipes are easy to follow, especially with Dora’s bilingual instructions, and the kit is suitable for kids aged 2 and above. Overall, however, this set is great fun! It keeps kids occupied for long periods of time, especially when they play together to follow all of the recipes.

Fisher-Price Dora the Explorer Fiesta Favorites Kitchen

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