Thursday, February 23, 2012

2/23/12: Tour of JAKKS Pacific and Tollytots at Toy Fair - Big Wheels Back in Action

I was extremely lucky to be able to tour the JAKKS Pacific and Tollytots Showroom when I was at Toy Fair.  I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw BIG WHEELS ARE BACK!  Ok, how much did you love your Big Wheels as a kid?  I absolutely loved mine and felt like a little kid climbing on to this adult size one in their showroom.  I am giving you a sampling here of what I saw and I hope to provide you more in depth reviews of products in the future.
Would you believe that Big Wheels is celebrating more than 40 years of being the “King of the Sidewalk,”?  Best of all Big Wheel ride-ons are Made in America!  Little ones ages 1 to 4 can learn to ride with the My First Big Wheel, which will retail for $29.99.  For ages 2-5 there is the Big Wheel Sidewalk Screamer with an 11' front wheel which will retail for $39.99.  The Original Big WheelRacer for ages 3-8 has a large 16” front wheel, a three-position “Grow with Me Seat” and will retail for around $50.00. 
Now on to the little girls in your life.  Graco is a wonderful trusted brand for baby products, so why not buy your baby Graco baby products for her baby?  How cute is it that they now have a jogging stroller.  Little girls love to be just like Mom and how cute are these products?  This would also be great if you have a sibling coming in to the family to get your little one used to helping take care of the baby.
 I love that they also have come out with Rubik's Mini Minds toys for little ones.  Another fond memory I had as a kid was playing with my Rubik's cube.  The play sorter you can see in the is one of the best I have seen including shapes, number and colors!
 Safety 1st is also another trusted brand who has come out with these adorable Cubikals toys.  Cubikals are versatile, collectible playthings that encourage role play, stacking, sorting, plus recognition of animals, numbers, letters, and shapes. Little fingers love 'em!
 My kids also love Baby Genius.  Look at this adorable music machine  Just like with a real jukebox, kids insert plastic "coins" and use the letter & number buttons on the front to listen to their favorite Baby Genius songs.  Two microphones stored on back make it karyoke and LED lights that flash along to the beat.

 Check out these super cute Pawggles slippers.  We received a pair and Lauren has been wearing them every day.  She loves them!  Furry animal friends that magically pop into slippers!
 We are big fans of Tinker Bell in our house.  Check out this new super cool Tinker Bell that has wings that change colors based on the color behind her.
 Mark your calendars! The highly anticipated Disney movie, Secret of the Wings, is set for DVD release Fall 2012. In conjunction with the upcoming movie, JAKKS Pacific has created beautiful dolls, dress-up and role play accessories that bring to life the key themes of the movie: friendship and sisterhood. Here is a preview, but stay tuned for some spectacular surprises!
 Just beautiful!
Another love in our house, Disney Princesses!
 And soon the new Disney Pixar movie Brave will be coming out and JAKKS Pacific has you covered with beautiful new toys.
 I love that Maximus is coming out and Rapunzel in a wedding gown!
 Winx dolls are also releasing.  Winx Club, the hot new Nickelodeon show, is an animated modern fantasy adventure series that follows six best friends – Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna and Aisha – enrolled in Alfea College, the finest fairy school in all the realms. When trouble arises, the Winx Club transform into beautiful fairies who use their unique magical powers to fight villains and save the world from evil.
 Ok, now for the boys.  TRAIN WORLD!  My son's dream come true.

All aboard! JAKKS Pacific modernizes a classic play pattern with a new line of realistic, motorized toy trains at an affordable price point, called Train World™. The line of small-scale trains have realistic proportions and detailing, just like the collector versions, but at a budget-friendly price that today’s kids can easily collect without paying top dollar collector price.  We are exactly at this stage with my son and this is a perfect fit for him.
 Love the quality of these trains!

The top-selling app that has turned everyday moments into music is now available as a toy.  This app turns any spoken words in to a song.  Just talk in to the toy and the app produces a song with background music.  Too funny!  The Songify app has had over 7 million downloads and 100 million songs created – be sure to add your song to everyone’s playlist!
 My son is totally in to Spy Net gear.  These products only debuted in 2010 but I know we have many in our house.  They provide "real tech" action play to kids of all ages. Nominated for four Toy Industry Association’s Toy of the Year Awards™ (2010 and 2011), as well as dozens of consumer and trade awards, Spy Net applies real world technology to kids’ toys. With new breakthrough visual technology, Spy Net™ Ultra-Vision now joins the ranks of the Spy Net™ Video Watch (which we own and love) and the Spy Net™ Night Vision Stealth Goggles as the must-have toy! The all new Spy Net Ultra-Vision builds on the Night Vision Stealth Goggles technology with new and exciting ways to see your world!
 Love this stuff.  Great for collaborative play.
Another new toy line that they are coming out with is for Monsuno.  This is an animated
series which premiered with two back-to-back half-hour episodes on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons and will air in its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. The Monsuno series is being co-produced by Pacific Animation Partners LLC, a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. & Dentsu Entertainment USA, Inc., with FremantleMedia Enterprises and The Topps Company, Inc. FremantleMedia Enterprises will be responsible for the exclusive worldwide distribution of Monsuno
debuts the much-anticipated toy line based on the original animated entertainment franchise.
The comprehensive toy line features innovative, kid-controlled action figures, accessories, combat sets, collectibles, electronics and integrated role play and brings the larger-than-life adventures of the Monsuno animated series into kids’ hands.
Another cool item is the Action Shot™ Camera. This portable mini-camera captures athletic and gaming adventures up-close with a front row view of all the action. Simply attach the Action Shot Camera to skateboards, bikes or helmets with the secure mounting system to record the most exciting thrills (and spills!) footage.  You probably have already seen footage from these on X-Games and other sports.   Super cool!
 And last but not least for the parents out there, a new baby monitor that is truly revolutionary.  I almost passed out when I saw it and wished it was around when my kids were babies.  It is called Baby Watch and the first ever wearable baby video monitoring system.  Baby Watch 1.0™ has a 1.77 inch color screen, water resistant portable monitor and high-tech features including night vision, a low battery alarm, and a 500 foot range! Retails for $179.99 - $199.99.  The Baby Watch 2.0™ WiFi Edition is perfect for parents on-the-go. It features a wireless WiFi connection from a home network router to smart phones, tablets, computers and WiFi-enabled TVs, allowing parents to check in on their child while they are at work or traveling. Retails for $279.99 - $299.99.  The line also offers a WiFi-enabled camera that connects to any WiFi-enabled smart phone, tablet, computer, or WiFi-enabled TV. This is for parents who plan on using their existing devices in place of the monitor screen.  Retails for $79.99 - $99.99
Disclosure: I was able to tour the JAKKS Pacific and Tollytots Showroom and received some toys to review. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own.


Aileen said...

You look way to happy on that Hot Wheel!

Danny Sierra said...

You look way to happy on that Hot Wheel!