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The Grifta Gamepad – divide and conquer

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Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek lets you show off your patriotism

Over the years, we have seen the Doctor Who series roll out a fair number of merchandise that involved Daleks of all kinds – including a Dalek Eye Stalk flashlight, now how would have thought about that? Well, if you happen to be British and have a strong streak of patriotism in you, then chances are you might be more than willing to drop some serious coin – to the tune of $102.95, in fact, for the Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek.

This uniquely patriotic British Flag printed Dalek will celebrate the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, and does it in style. In fact, this Dalek will not be static at all, where you will need to come up with your very own sound effects for that added touch of reality. Rather, he is capable of moving around on rather pliable wheels while featuring posable arms, head and eye. Heck, Doctor Who fans who love Daleks in particular will be pleased as punch to hear him spout 8 different Dalek phrases with lights and sound FX. The Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary (British Flag) Dalek will be powered by a quartet of AA batteries, where the 8 Dalek Phrases will comprise of “Seek, Locate, Annihilate”, “Seek, Locate, Destroy”, “You will obey the Daleks, obey, obey!!”, “Halt or you will be Exterminated!”, “You are an enemy of the Daleks!”, “We are the Supreme Beings”, “Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate! + Gun SFX” and “Exterminate! + Gun SFX”.
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The Triple Snowball Blaster is the perfect winter weapon

In a snowball fight, only those who can keep their energy up will be victorious. Your body can only handle the cold for so long, and you don’t want to end up with frostbite from playing outside, so there is a time limitation you face. Of course, no one’s usually keeping score, but you still want to feel like you “won” the day. If you know your throwing arm will fail you at some point but don’t want to give up the good fight, then you might need a little help on the battle field.

While you can’t rapid fire shoot snowballs unless you have a good vantage point, the Triple Snowball Blaster will certainly help. This has a snowball press on the top that will give you three perfect snowballs that you can launch at your opponents with minimal effort. This is a slingshot style launcher that will be far more accurate than we would be after an hour of throwing. If you are the overzealous type there is a scoring game included, but keeping track can sometimes detract from the fun.

There are no batteries to worry about, or needing to pump air to build pressure, as you only need to drop the snowball in, tilt back, pull the bungee and let it loose! You will need some time to reform more snowballs, as the convenience of getting three at once means it will take a little bit of time to pack in the snow. Being able to launch up to 80 feet seems a bit far-fetched, but this $39.99 toy could add to the fun on a snow day where you’ve got nothing better to do.

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CogniToys help children learn by talking to their toys

When children are young, they use their imagination to come up with adventures at every turn. Rocks and bugs can be their friends just as quickly as a doll or car can. The older they get, the less toys fascinate them because it’s harder to project a personality onto an inanimate object. This creates a gap between children and toys, as it’s a rather one-sided relationship. There are starting to be more and more “smart toys”, but they can’t really keep up with how quickly children learn. It’s no wonder that kids are always after your smartphone or tablet, as it can provide a constant stream of new information.

The CogniToys will allow your children to carry on real conversations with their toys after pressing a button on the stomach to start talking, which makes it a truly educational toy. This can listen, speak, and learn with your child to cater more adequately to their needs. It can answer thousands of questions and provide age-appropriate questions, hear and create stories, tell and listen to knock knock jokes, and will make a personality for itself based on how your little one interacts with it.

This must be connected to the Internet, so you will need WiFi for it to work properly. It can cover topics such as rhyming, spelling, vocab, math, and more. As your child understands each topic more, the CogniToy will increase the difficulty level. Parents will be able to observe educational progress, and moderate the material. It will cost you $99 towards this successfully funded crowdfunding campaign to be able to receive your own CogniToy.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter
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Anpanman Let’s Go Driving Game offers brain training on the move

The human brain can be said to be some sort of muscle (although technically speaking, it is more of an organ than anything else) – and as with any other kind of muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. Well, a child’s brain is still developing when he or she is young, and you might want to take this opportunity to ensure that it gets the relevant amount of “exercise”, so to speak, in the form of the $119 Anpanman Let’s Go Driving Game. Just what the heck is this? It so happens to be a training educational toy which we can read more about it at the bottom.

The Anpanman Let’s Go Driving Game has been specially themed to be around one particular popular character, which happens to be the award-winning Anpanman Let’s Go. This driving game console would allow your young one to navigate around the colorful world of Anpanman, where what looks like a toy from the outside, is actually a device that has been carefully designed as a form of brain training for children, where it boasts of 14 universal education activity games which will require thinking and mental calculation to complete. This means one would need to actively navigate through routes and mazes in order to develop one’s mental faculties and thinking abilities. Far more creative than a mindless shoot ‘em up or other game genres, don’t you think so?
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Pop-Up Space Station keeps the young ‘uns occupied this holiday season

Children are definitely a bundle of energy who need their own time and space to run around, and basically being children as they exercise their imagination. Having said that, with the new Star Wars movie coming out next year, not to mention your extended family congregating at your place this coming holiday season, you would definitely need some sort of space to keep them occupied while the adults talk. Since you have not constructed a room with a childrens’ playground or a water park in your backyard, why not pick up the $159.95 Pop-Up Space Station instead?

The Pop-Up Space Station lives up to its name – it is portable, easy to set up, and yet functions as an interplanetary command post for young space explorers. In terms of safety, you need not fret too much since it is made from 190-denier polyester taffeta complete with a polyurethane coating, which in turn makes it ideal for withstanding the vacuum of space (or at least a pretend space) in addition to the rigors of a backyard adventure. There will be four tunnels in the tent that evoke the sprawling modules of a space station. Other “features” include painted viewports and control interfaces, while the screened tunnel ceilings and a screened section of the dome would do their bit in encouraging imaginative play during celestial observations. It even comes with a storage bag for easy storage after playing with it.
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Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle Full Scale Replica does not just look pretty

If you are a huge fan of the Mass Effect video game franchise, then I am quite sure that you would have also amassed quite a collection of knowledge concerning the various weapons that the Mass Effect franchise has – in addition to the backstory of all the characters involved. This holiday season, would you want to be a little bit more extravagant with yourself – by picking up this $974.99 Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle?

The Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle is a full scale replica device, and it does not just sit there on your shelf looking pretty. In fact, it would tip the scales at a rather hefty 20lbs, so you might want to make sure that your hands are not too sweaty when you pick it up since dropping it is going to cause two cracks – one in your heart, and perhaps another on the replica rifle itself. Apart from that, the Mass Effect Geth Pulse Rifle will boast of LED effects for you to maximize your imagination, but I would doubt that you will be letting your 5 year old nephew play with such an expensive “toy” since it is a Limited Edition with just 500 units of this bad boy around the world. Each one of these will be unique, since they come across in hand-finished and hand-painted polystone.
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LEGO Crazy Contraptions unleashes the inner engineer

Some of us happen to want to live our dreams to be someone else, simply because the circumstances surrounding our lives did not manage to give us a chance to be able to land that dream job. However, with us having children, we might actually want to let our children live out our dreams. If you have always wanted to be an engineer but never really managed to achieve that dream, then the $21.95 LEGO Crazy Contraptions might be the thing to get for your little one this coming holiday season.

The LEGO Crazy Contraptions will boast of clear instructions, step-by-step diagrams, a cool 150 LEGO bricks and rubber bands, gears and axles for you to play around with. With that particular combination, you will be able to make up 16 different projects which will result in crazy contraptions that are capable of spinning, stretching or speeding. Heck, it might be meant for those who are aged 7 and above, but I am quite sure that adults themselves, too, would be interested in giving it a spin.
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Peek-A-Boo Animated Bear is guaranteed to elicit excited laughs

So far, if you would like to play it safe when it comes to getting a gift for your other half, or perhaps a favorite nephew or niece of yours, then the teddy bear would be an all-time popular choice. It does not diminish in popularity, and neither does it get old. This is a timeless gift, and one that might last well into adulthood for the fond memories in which it comes with, unless you take a more morbid stance with it. The $39.95 Peek-A-Boo Animated Bear does more than just provide companionship and comfort whenever there are monsters under the bed, as its name suggests that it will be involved in a round of peek-a-boo with children, too.

Whenever you squeeze the Peek-A-Boo Animated Bear’s foot, he will raise the blanket that he’s holding over his eyes, asking you the question “Where did you go?” before lowering the blanket and saying “Peek-a-boo, I found you!” in a giggly voice. This is one toy that picked up the gong for the Dr. Toy Best Products Award, and the bear will sit upright for engaging play and his mouth opens and closes each time he spouts out phrases such as “Hello, baby!”, “Peek-a-boo is the most fun with you!” or “Peek-a-boo! I see you!” A trio of AA batteries are required to power the Peek-A-Boo Animated Bear.
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Illuminated Learning Blocks ups the ante in educational tools

When it comes to helping your little one learn the ways of this world – at least from the academic point of view, there are many different methods as well as routes that one is able to take. However, since we live in an extremely technologically sophisticated environment, it might be prudent to go with the times – and this is where the $99.95 Illuminated Learning Blocks come in handy. These happen to be award winning learning blocks, where they will actually boast of the ability to light up as well as teach toddlers about shapes and colors, while being relevant to the older children as well when it comes to the likes of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Each purchase of the Illuminated Learning Blocks will comprise of a pegboard as well as three dozen 1″ blocks that will emit a colorful glow or mesmerizing flash whenever it is plugged into the board or another block. There will be a dozen displays of shapes, numbers, and basic mathematical signs; while there will be another that shows off the letters of the alphabet; and the final dozen will come emblazoned with simple words such as “red”, “dog”, and “big”. Toddlers are able to stack up these blocks into towers before “graduating” to counting and reciting their ABCs, whereas older children will have the chance to compose sentences, practice their times tables, or even solve basic equations. Each set can be used to play 39 different games,tic-tac-toe and checkers included, and the board itself functions as a storage container for added functionality. The Illuminated Learning Blocks will be powered by a trio of AA batteries.
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