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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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Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge offers a fun build-and-balance game

When it comes to being fun and imaginative, there is no need to pile on the work. After all, wasn’t it Jack who ended up being a dull boy after having nothing else to do but work? Having said that, too much play on the other end of the extreme is not too good, either. The $29.99 Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge offers not only a good learning experience, it is also a futuristic building and balancing game.

You will be able to play with it alone – which makes it great for those with just one child in the family, and it is also good for two players – hence siblings will have yet another avenue to exhibit their rivalry. Regardless, just make sure that the child(ren) are aged 8 and above. This particular purchase would update and old-school building game by providing a twist, as players take turns to stack pieces on a platform. The catch is, this particular platform would levitate via magnetic repulsion, and the winner would be the last player to place a block without causing the platform to tumble. Not only that, this is a fast game – better than Candy Crush, as it takes anywhere from 30 seconds, all the way to 5 minutes.

Games with an updated twist like Space Invaders Jenga are always well worth the effort to check it out.
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Spider Glove Launcher for kids

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, or so the saying goes. Well, since we are familiar with that particular saying, when was the last time you actually dropped by a store in order to pick up a toy for your beloved son or daughter? While your children have looked on at you in envy with your collection of Nerf guns and Nerf sessions with your mates, how about giving them some shooting toys of their own? Enter the $19.99 Spider Glove Launcher, which is a wristband that will be able to hold up to a quartet of darts for quick reloading.

This particular Spider Glove Launcher would feature a squeeze and fire mechanism, and adults who wished that they too, could get in on the fun will need to give it a pass, since this particular model is strictly meant for kids only. It is cool in its own right, and each time the wearer’s hand squeezes into a fist, the dart will fire away. It does not require any kind of battery to run – which is a good thing for our earth and landfills, while it is accompanied by half a dozen 6 foam darts (3 suction cup tipped, 3 hook-and-loop tipped). Now, if only they could come up with an adult sized version…
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Star Wars Force FX Removable Blade Lightsabers are extremely realistic

I am quite sure that many of us are already looking forward to what the next installment of Star Wars would be able to offer in the near future, and it is not a coincidence at all for a slew of Star Wars merchandise being pushed out at the moment to make sure that you are subtly being drawn into the hype of the space opera. Star Wars is definitely one franchise that does not look as though it can be fully milked, even in the coming generations, and one of the most endearing aspects of it would be the classic lightsaber battles. How about getting a lightsaber of your own without having to actually find the crystal bits and build it yourself? That is made possible thanks to the $169.99 Star Wars Force FX Removable Blade Lightsaber.

The Star Wars Force FX Removable Blade Lightsabers are touted to be the most perfect lightsaber toy to date, where the blade is easily and quickly removed in order to change from a fighting stance to being placed on your belt – taking just a few seconds for that to happen. Apart from that, you can also save your saliva since it can be ignited using authentic power up/down effects, which will also be further accompanied by motion-activated sound effects, now how about that? Each purchase is an authentic lightsaber that has been licensed by LucasFilm, so purchase it without any worries.
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Long Range Laser Blaster Set offers some outdoor fun

Sure, children these days do have a whole lot more choices than we adults did much earlier on in our lives when it comes to entertaining themselves, taking into consideration the sheer number of TV channels that are available (and yet we still hear the age old complaint of “there’s nothing to watch on TV!”), not to mention the amount of video game titles that are in circulation at the moment. Getting them to engage in a little bit of outdoor activity could prove to be rather difficult, but what if you had the assistance of the $59.95 Long Range Laser Blaster Set?

The Long Range Laser Blaster Set happens to be a laser tag set which enables a couple of players to target one another from a distance of up to 100’ away. Each blaster would be able to send pulses of harmless infrared light which can be detected by the opposing player’s visor, and in turn will emit flashing LEDs to indicate nearby opponents, as well as incoming fire from 360 degrees. There is a long-range mode which enables players to engage each other up to the maximum range, where it will require a manual “reload” between shots. A single push of a button would turn the barrel’s bottom into a vertical forward grip, letting you engage in some Rambo-style rapid fire mode albeit at a reduced range. Seems to be the perfect gift to help your young ones get some fresh air!
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