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All Terrain Buggy Racer offers a safe environment to get the adrenaline pumping

Forget about getting hold of a simulator when it comes to driving a vehicle around – the graphics might be super realistic and the sound pounds out from various channels to deliver the most authentic experience possible, but nothing is still able to beat the real thing. If you think that your little one has the potential to actually make it big on the race tracks in the future, then you might want to consider keeping a keen eye out for the $269.95 All Terrain Buggy Racer.

This All Terrain Buggy Racer is touted to get the adrenaline pumping, although there will not be any kind of major thrills and spills that we see on the TV during a live race telecast. In fact, it is a pedal racer that will offer young drivers a taste of off-roading while they remain within the safe confines of your neighborhood. Thanks to Kettler, Germany’s premier maker of ride-on vehicles, the All Terrain Buggy Racer will feature a durable powder-coated tubular steel frame as well as rubber-clad plastic tires which will enable racers to pedal up and down mild grades or across a lawn or beach. The buggy ensures the driver remains just 12″ off the ground, resulting in a low center of gravity so that there will be better stability to handle them treacherous hairpin turns.
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Classic Sit-On Sand Excavator lets Jack work and play simultaneously

Whoever said that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy? Not only that, if Jack were to play all day long, he is not going to end up with the strength of character to work when the situation demands so, which is also detrimental to him when he grows up as he tries to find a fit in our society. Hence, a careful work-play balance ought to be achieved in this case, and for parents who might want their children to participate in some of the house chores around the home, the $59.95 Classic Sit-On Sand Excavator might make perfect sense.

The Classic Sit-On Sand Excavator will allow children to dig through the sand in the same manner as that of an actual backhoe. It is tiny enough to fit in a backyard sandbox as well as lightweight enough to bring to the beach, and its hinged boom, serrated bucket, and swiveling seat would open the door for optimal digging, scooping, and dumping sessions. Special sound effects are optional, and with a pair of hand controls, children are able to raise and lower the boom, helping direct the bucket’s teeth to dig for treasure and collect a mound. The seat itself will be able to swivel 360° in order to deposit the load on the opposite side of the job site. Even if the hours are long, fret not, as the seat comes in a contoured shape for a comfortable and stable work shift. With this, you do not need any kind of LG KiZON to keep track of your children.
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The World’s Smallest Voice Changer is perfect for pranks

When we were young, there were all sorts of toys we wanted. We just wanted them, and seldom did we actually need them in any capacity. It was always up to our parents judgement on whether or not we would get a new tiny toy based on how much it cost, and how long it would be played with. Now we’re all grown up, and we can buy whatever toys we want, and the only way we can be told “no” is if our credit card is denied.

If your idea of a toy is similar to what children would think of as a play thing rather than a car or boat, then you might like the World’s Smallest Voice Changer. Shaped like a megaphone, it has the ability to alter and somewhat amplify your mouth sounds. Simply move the button across to select the voice you want, press the button, and speak into the small end. It’s simple, it’s stupid, but it’s fun to play with.

If you think this toy is beneath you that’s fine and dandy, as there are likely just as many people who find this fun or nostalgic. To those who fit the latter description, you’ll be looking at a price of 7.95 euros for this little blue and white contraption. Other than messing with your coworkers or playing with your kids, it’s likely going to develop dust on a shelf, but it could certainly make some interesting memories.

Available for purchase on Red5
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Mr. Knocky can lay down some sick beats

Playing percussive instruments is always a lot of fun. We get to let out a lot of frustration, because the point it to hit things. However, it takes some measure of skill to play along with a beat. If you know you’re not going to want to play professionally, but still want to mess around with hitting something that is specifically meant for percussion, then there’s a toy that you might like.

His name is Mr. Knocky, and he lives to play drums. Alright, it’s really just a simple toy that will allow you make it seem as though a little robot is playing drums, but it will all rely on your talent. This plastic drum toy doesn’t need batteries, as the controls are solely based on the hand-held triggers. You can either press the orange knobs on the triggers, or swing it at varying strengths to get Mr. Knocky to hit whatever is in front of him.

While this does come with orange plastic percussive surfaces, you can switch them out with other cans or similarly sized containers for different sounds. It’s a simple idea, and if nothing else could be fun to play around with. Thankfully this isn’t going to break the bank with a price tag around $35. While it’s definitely not something you would need, it certainly falls under the “want” category. Just look at that cute smiling face and tell me you don’t want to be that happy about playing the drums.

Available for purchase on Rakuten, found via geekologie

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Diablo III The Sword of Justice Prop Replica lets you swing it like Tyrael

I am quite sure that those of us who happen to be avid gamers would also know of Diablo III. Perhaps we have invested the better part of our lives some time back in the past over the first two editions of the game, before throwing plenty of hours into Diablo III, hoping to kill the female-looking form of Diablo this time around. Evil, however, does not remain quenched for long, as there remains the essence of evil hanging around our realm in some form or another. Well, regardless of what comes your way, I am quite sure that Tyrael’s blade, one of the most powerful ever created of course, would make anyone feel a whole lot safer carrying it around with swagger. Called El’Druin, this $59.99 Diablo III The Sword of Justice Prop Replica has been specially built using in-game, digital files.

Not only that, to add to the overall effect, it even boasts of a pulsing blue LED that is located in the hilt itself, with the entire sword measuring more than three feet in length in total. This makes it one cool and essential tool to own if you are into cosplay. With some seemingly magical (although a whole lot more talented than anything else) hand-painting, it just looks like the real deal, albeit being far safer and lighter since it is made out of high-quality plastic. It’ll need a trio of LR44 batteries to power the LED light though.
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The AirForce Toy BlowGun will take all the breath your lungs can muster

When it comes to playing with toy guns, how fast your ammo fires out of the barrel will determine whether or not your opponent will feel it. There’s nothing more frustrating when play fighting than someone getting hit and not taking the shot as legit. What would happen if you were the factor in how hard the dart would come out?

The AirForce Toy Blowgun’s strength is directly dependent on how powerful your lungs are. Of course, this means this kind of toy can be used by kids, teens, or adults. It’s accurate up to 40-50 feet, but can go up to 100 feet away. This comes with a zombie box for practice, 10 darts, and safety glasses, which you’ll want to make sure you always wear when playing with this.

Seeing that 10 darts is going to make for a very short round, you’re likely going to want to stockpile those. If you don’t, your game won’t last much longer than 5 minutes. If you already have a bunch of toy darts lying around, you can use any you come across so long as they are 15mm in diameter. To use the dart gun is easier than using a super soaker or Nerf gun, as you don’t need to do any pumping to build up pressure. Simply load the dart, carefully suck back, and then blow out with all the breath you have stored in your lungs. It’s only as accurate as you can aim, and will cost you around $25-30.

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Skylanders Trap Team brings toys and video games together in a whole new way

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At E3, you can find a myriad of games and gadgets. You might see something that was released last year which has been revamped or a completely new item that may not even be available for purchase yet. Every now and again, you see the perfect marriage of a gizmo and game which makes you have hope that new innovations will still be able to surface in the gaming world.

The game Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure which came out in 2011, took over from the well-loved Spyro games. While it wasn’t what die-hard fans were hoping for, this brought a completely new element to consoles. Instead of having you as a separate entity from the game, you are known as the Portal Master, and have control over the portal, which is how Skylanders (the heroes of the game) enter and leave the world.

It allows you to integrate a physical object, which are figurines of Skylanders, into a virtual world. The amount of characters you own is the equivalent to the number of “lives” you have per level. It uses Near-Field-Communication to be able to determine what toy is on the “portal”, and each one can store information, such as the amount of gold or experience they earned. They later came out with Skylanders Giants (larger Skylanders), and then Skylanders Swap Force, which would allow you to change out the top and bottom halves of different Skylanders to access new ability combinations and areas in the game.

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This year they unveiled a new game, called Skylanders Trap Team. This new game not only allows you the use of previous characters alongside new ones, but will give you “traps” in which you can capture and control enemies and/or bosses you face in the game. Not only do you get to use their abilities in-game, but the new portal has a speaker, so when you send the captured villain into the “Traptanium” crystal, you can hear dialogue from your prisoner. As the toys are capable of storing information, you could actually bring your trap with a villain inside to a friend’s house who owns the game, and use them there. It’s somewhat similar to having a genie in a bottle, but without the three wishes.

Skylanders is known to be a bit on the cheesy side, and while it is aimed at kids, it’s fun for adults too (Yes, I’m speaking from experience). There is a massive level of replayability as the more toys you have, the more there is to do. Beware, as the “gotta catch em all” aspect can and will kick in. The starter pack for this game will cost around $75, and it will be available for the WiiU, PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, PS4, and Xbox One in early October. The starter will come with one Skylander, two traps, the portal, and the game, but each additional trap or Skylander will cost anywhere from $4-6.

More information available on Skylanders, available for pre-order on Amazon
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Star Wars Death Star Planetarium offers education and fun in a single package

So, you are also one of the many millions who simply cannot wait for J. J. Abrams to complete the seventh instalment of Star Wars? I do wonder whether there will be as many lens flares as what we have seen in his previous outings in Star Trek, but that is a minor thing to worry about. At the end of the day, hopefully Star Wars VII will be able to deliver the kind of magic that the first Star Wars did in 1977, and drop all the baggage from the second trilogy that kicked off in 1999. Having said that, if you would like something to tide you over in the mean time, here is the $30.99 Star Wars Death Star Planetarium.

The name of this particular device would more or less give the game away – the Star Wars Death Star Planetarium will be able to light up just about any dark room with a full solar system, while you survey all and pretend that you happen to be Emperor Palpatine, wondering just which particular star system in our Solar System you would like to subjugate next. Of course, what is the point of all this other than it being educational if you cannot indulge in a little bit of imaginary play acting? The Star Wars Death Star Planetarium can also project the Star Wars solar system, letting you pinpoint the secret location of the hidden Rebel base and send a fleet of Star Destroyers to crush whatever hope there is left. Powered by a trio of AA batteries, the Star Wars Death Star Planetarium measures a relatively tiny 5.6″ x 5.6″ x 6.2″.
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Leapband – Activity Tracker for Kids

It seems that as far back as I can remember, kids liked to pretend they were grownups. In my day there were sets of keys, and old corded-type phones that little ones could drag around with them and pretend to be mom or dad. Today “play” cellphones and tablets are popular… and some of them actually work. Childrens playthings have certainly come a long way…

Its time to check out the new Leapband, from Leapfrog. As adults, we have our Fitbits and Fuelbands, but wasn’t it just a matter of time before our kids wanted to jump on the wearable tech bandwagon? The brandy-new LeapBand activity tracker is a wristband made for kids that encourages active play and healthy habits (including hygiene and food choices) with 50 fun challenges. The Leapband tracks activity, can be used as a watch, and it provides an engaging and fun-filled display of motivating, colorful, cartoon virtual pets.

Kids simply wear the Leapband, pick a pet, name it, and begin earning points by being active. Points can then be used to play games, and care for your virtual pet. Parents can set up specific challenges and activities for their kids including, “Jump like a frog” and “Walk like a crab” to get kids up off the couch, and moving.

Leapband comes with a rechargeable battery, water-resistant design and hi-res screen; it allows parents to manage play times with School and Quiet modes. If you think your kid might enjoy some wearable tech, Leapband will be available in August, and you can choose from green, blue, orange, and pink varieties at leapfrog.com, for right around 40 bucks.

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Inflatable Water Shooting Float keeps the kids happy

Kids absolutely love playing, as their imagination is able to run wild even with something as simple as a cardboard box that can be transformed to become a castle, spaceship, or racecar. After all, they learn a whole lot through play. While many kids have grown up on a steady diet of video games in this day and age, how about taking a different step this time around with the $59.95 Inflatable Water Shooting Float?

The Inflatable Water Shooting Float happens to be a floating carnival game which will be able to offer quite the challenge for a couple of competitors to displace half a dozen plastic balls with integrated squirt cannons. Each of these cannons have a flexible tube that extends below the bottom of the float into a pool, delivering a constant water supply along the way as the float’s elbow rests will help steady one’s aim. There is a couple of cylinders that are built into the float’s alien-themed backboard, one with six yellow balls, while the other has six green balls.

Each player’s deft aim will be able to squirt water into a cylinder with maximum frequency, as the water displaces the balls; and the first player between the two to eject all half dozen balls from a cylinder will be declared to be the winner. It takes mere minutes to inflate with an air pump.
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