Holiday Toy: ECR4Kids Softzone Foam Big Blocks, 7-Piece Set Review

ECR4Kids Softzone Foam Big Blocks, 7-Piece Set

$118.99($164.99 28% off )(18 customer reviews)

  • Vinyl-covered foam blocks
  • Set of 7 blocks
  • Stimulate children’s creativity and stacking skills
  • 3 different shapes and sizes

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ECR4Kids Softzone Foam Big Blocks, 7-Piece Set Customer Reviews

Not the best qualityTOP 1000 REVIEWER (By Dave)

I got these to aid in some physical therapy I’m doing with one of my daughters. They aren’t bad, but the stitching looks marginal and the dye on the blue blocks comes off so easily that my daughter ended up with blue hands after only a modest amount of use. And while the dye came off the block easily enough, I’m having trouble washing it off her hands. After a lot of scrubbing I think I got all the loose dye off the block, but now I’m slightly concerned about what might be in that dye (the blocks are made in China).

Overall it’s hard to recommend these blocks to anyone. They do seem to cost less than comparable blocks, but you are definitely getting less. On the plus side the vendor claims they are made of phthalate-free vinyl and they are “GreenGuard” certified to meet fairly strict indoor air quality standards. Mine had a “chemical” smell when I opened them but the odor was gone within a few hours.

Fantastic Fun for my kids (By Daniel D.)

Great fun for all out kids. Age 6,3 and 2. They stack em toss em knock them over. Hours of enjoyment daily

Pricey But Great (By Amazon Customer)

Great product. My kids play with these on a daily basis.
So far, after months of playing, no color coming off, no torn or broken ones. Well put together and I feel safe.
Keeps them busy and great learning tool as well.

My Grandson loves these! (By Artcat)

My daughter and autistic grandson have had a blast playing with these! They are part of his autism program and are lots of fun!

Great for toddlers (By Kindle Customer)

Great quality, my 2 yr log grandson loves these foam blocks, He gets really creative with them. I would highly recommend them.

Five Stars (By Grammie B)

My grandchildren LOVE these blocks. We haven’t had any problems…just tons of fun!!!

Fun bold blocks (By Ken M)

I love these blocks! They are large yet light enough for my 15mo old to pick up and move around. The colors are bold and fun. There was no chemical smell when I opened the package. They appear to be very durable and wipe clean with a damp cloth. I recommend them highly.

Toddler loves them! (By Amazon Customer)

We purchased these for our younger son for when he starts to crawl and pull himself up on things, but in the meantime our 2-year-old has loved them – stacking them, standing on them, building things out of them. They seem well-made and are firm enough to hold our toddler, yet soft enough to do no damage if he falls on them (or they fall on him). Only downside: he is using them as stools/steps and climbing higher than we necessarily want!

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Holiday Toy: Disney Frozen Ice Skating Elsa Doll Review

Disney Frozen Ice Skating Elsa Doll

$39.94(65 customer reviews)

  • Re-create the magical movie moment when Anna and Elsa ice skate to celebrate the end of a wintry spell, or make up new adventures of your own
  • Attach doll to base for easy ice-skating action
  • Roll her forward and her arms and legs move in elegant ice-skating form – just like she’s on real ice!
  • Features Elsa in her beautiful ice-skating fashion inspired by the movie
  • A great gift that any girl is sure to love

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Disney Frozen Ice Skating Elsa Doll Customer Reviews

Skater Elsa (By J. Harris)

She is cute but hard to operate. My grand daughter loves her anyway.

DISPLEASED!!!!! (By patricia jack)

NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING AT ALL!!!!!
Does not skate. Very cheap made. Falls
over at the waist. To many cheap made
joints on the doll. VERY VERY DISPLEASED!!!!!

GRANDDAUGHTER LOVED IT!! (By ROBERT ROOF)

PURCHASED THIS DOLL FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER’S 4TH BIRTHDAY. SHE LOVED THIS DOLL AND WOULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.
THE DOLL ITSELF WAS BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS DELIVERED IN TWO DAYS AS PROMISED. GREAT JOB!!

Frozen wins again… (By BikerDoc)

It was enough to light up the life of my 5 year old granddaughter. In my mind that makes it a successful toy.
Its attractive and well constructed so looks like it will weather the handling it will receive

Arms broke off (By Patty)

Initially, my daughters loved this doll, however, both arms have just come off, and I cannot get them to stay on :( And we only had this doll 3 weeks.

I bought it for my niece for her birthday. … (By MIchael P Gorski)

I bought it for my niece for her birthday. She loves it and carries it everywhere with her now.

Beautiful doll (By Joyce)

If you bought Anna, please buy Elsa too! Beautiful doll

Disney Frozen Ice Skating Elsa Doll (By Kinder Playtime)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfvzIN7WMcE

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Holiday Toy: Crayola Doodle Magic Lap Desk Review

Crayola Doodle Magic Lap Desk

$21.20($24.99 15% off )(4 customer reviews)

  • Ergonomic design fits comfortable and securely on child’s lap
  • Thin profile is lightweight and easy to hold
  • Underbelly storage included for markers and eraser

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Crayola Doodle Magic Lap Desk Customer Reviews

Great for kids who like to draw or color. (By JennyG)

My 3.5 year old loves this and will draw pictures, erase and repeat over and over again.
The first one we got was a dud with dried out markers, but the recent one works really well.

One Star (By Amazon Customer)

The crayon is so light color, its hardly seen on board which comes along with it.

My girls played with it for about 30 mins but … (By Melissa Lopez)

My girls played with it for about 30 mins but lost interest because the colors are so light you can barely see them. We tried coloring over and over the lines hoping it would be darker but it didn’t happen.

One Star (By Johnny Brown)

Markers are dry and don’t work good. Don’t buy

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Holiday Toy: 38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package (Guitar, Gig Bag, Strap, Pick) Review

38 Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package (Guitar, Gig Bag, Strap, Pick)

$27.95(707 customer reviews)

  • Full wood construction
  • Extra set of Strings
  • Great gloss finish
  • Carrying case
  • Perfect for beginners

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38″ Black Acoustic Guitar Starter Package (Guitar, Gig Bag, Strap, Pick) Customer Reviews

Good Starter Guitar (By CelticRose923)

Here is what you need to know about me before you read the rest of my review: I am a pretty musical person. I play keyboards and ukulele, and decided that I would like to venture into the challenge of learning guitar. Also, you should know that I am visually impaired. I can see, but not very well at all. Kind of like Mr. Magoo.

Here is everything that came in the box and what I think of it:

1. The Guitar: Beautiful color. I thought it was going to be a lighter blue color, but mine kind of looks purple, which is nice because that’s my favorite color. I’m not sure if this was intentional or a mix-up at the factory, but I am content. There were a few dings in the finish, but that’s OK with me. I’m not taking it out in public for performances any time soon.

2. The “gig bag:” I like the straps on the gig bag. You wear it like a backpack, which is handy, actually. Also, it has a pocket on the front where you can keep your extra strings, your tuner, and your picks, if you want. It’s kinda cheaply made, but hey, I only paid $14.95 or something like that. I’m not complaining in the slightest.

3. Tuner: I was a little concerned when I saw that it would come with a tuner. I thought that it would be a visual display to help you tune the string. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tuner in question was actually a pitch pipe, with six different pitches to blow, one for each string. Love that part of the deal! Wish I had one of these for my ukulele, but I’m not complaining.

Strings: Ah, yes, well, here is the one flaw in this otherwise acceptable arrangement. I was tuning the G string when it snapped. The pitch was still too low, but the string just snapped. So I thought to myself, “OK, no big deal, I have a spare.

” Upone replacing that string and attempting to tune it, the replacement string snapped as well. I have since ordered a new set of strings, so that I’ll just replace them all so I know what I’m dealing with. I only knew that the strings were steel and I didn’t know the gage or anything else about them, so I’m just going to replace them all and then I’ll know what I have next time one breaks.

My overall opinion of this product is that it is a good guitar to start with, to learn on. It doesn’t have to be perfect if you are just learning in the comfort of your own home or in the company of an instructor who isnt’ going to look down on you or anything like that. If you are going to buy this product, I do highly reccommend that you buy a new set of strings, since there is no way to be sure what strings are already on the guitar. Thankfully, strings, even steel ones, can be pretty cheap. I got mine for $3. I also bought some extra picks, but that’s nothing to do with the one that came with the guitar. Oh yeah, did I mention the kit only comes with one pick? You might also want to buy some extra picks just in case. I got a 12 pack of blue ones for $5 or thereabouts. But this is a good product, and it shipped out really fast, even with only standard shipping. I was happy about that.

Happy playing!

I like it but…BUT…. (By Amazon Customer)

When I spend 40 dollars on a guitar I am not expecting much. Lets get all the obvious stuff out of the way: The guitar bag it comes with doesnt fit, the “tuner” is actually a pitch pipe (I mean it works but dont call it a tuner) the pick it comes with is ridiculously huge (Ironically I have very large hands so I am able to use it if I want, I just dont) and the strings it comes with are laughable and should be replaced immediately. The Guitar Strap is too short to be usable on an accoustic guitar unless you add a strap button at the base of the neck. That being said…

I didnt buy this for the bag, the “tuner”, the pick, or the strings. I paid the 40$ for an accoustic/electric guitar. So lets look at that.

the wood used for the guitar body has a very fragile feel to it (like if you dropped the guitar onto a hard surface it might not be able to take the fall. (As a matter of fact I actually did just that and the guitar survived just fine, but it still feels excessively light) The neck is made of sturdy enough wood and the action on the strings is actually remarkably easy on your fingers. This guitar does have one very DIRE shortcoming that I found: The wood glue used to affix the neck to the body came undone merely by my tightening the strings. (I dont mean it fell apart, I mean you saw it starting to seperate from the body) There is a very easy solution to this problem. I drilled a small hole right dead center where the neck meets the body and then drilled a 3 inch drywall screw into it, affixing the neck to the body. No more problems after that. (Some might complain that they shouldnt have to do such a thing…

to which I respond, its a 40 dollar accoustic electric guitar, if thats all you have to do to make it playable then its not that big a deal) If anything I think if the company started doing this themselves that would be just fine as it doesnt hurt the sound at all.

The sound is unique…it sounds like a cheap guitar. its the best way to describe it. I dont mean this in a bad way; this is actually a sound many musicians try to create (Especially handy for playing blues). The lack of dots on the fretboard can be disorienting at first but its nothing major and if it really bothers you you could add your own I suppose. Ive seen a lot of reviews saying this is only good as maybe a beginner guitar. I would disagree and if anything I would say the opposite…unless you have some decent experience with guitars I wouldnt suggest this. But if you know guitars and are looking for something with a gritty poor mans blues sound that you just want to play with for your own amusement then this guitar is fine. The equalizer actually works very well and sound comes through loud and clear on any amplifier. If you put some decent strings on it then it holds its tune very well once youve screwed the neck to the body.

I would say this is an okay guitar once you make the one modification I described. I actually get a kick out of playing it. For 40 bucks, to me it was well worth it, just know what you are getting is all.

You Get What You Pay For (By Keenan Kern)

This guitar just came today, shipped just fine, came in 2 days since the shipper was a state or two away. The guitar works. It has strings that can be tuned, there’s a sound hole, and when you strum, generally speaking, nice noise comes from it. It’s nothing special, but hey, look at the price of it. There are no markers on the fret board so if you’re a beginner or cannot easily tell which fret you’re on, you need to actually count it out. Personally, I hate the little design around the sound hole, however, it’s not any reason to poorly review this product, because again, look at the price. Anyway, the guitar also came with a second set of strings which work just fine. It came with a ginormous plectrum but I already have tons of picks so that wasn’t a problem. The bag isn’t anything special, it just holds the guitar and can be held like a backpack or a briefcase. I suppose it protects the guitar from minor things, but it’s no solid case. The tuner works just fine, you blow air into there and hear a note, then tune your guitar accordingly. Pretty simple stuff. Also, the guitar is a nice shiny black, which is just what I wanted. The only real problem is that the guitar only has one hook for the shoulder strap, so the other side has to be tied around the fret board or the head stock, however, I usually play sitting down, so not a problem for me.

Anyway, I give this guitar 5 stars simply because you cannot get better for the price. Usually a “cheap” guitar is at least $50, which is largely different than the $33 ($20 + $13 shipping) I paid for this. If you’re a beginner, poor, or just need another guitar for the occasional playing, definitely get this solely because it works as a guitar should.

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Holiday Toy: LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Xbox 360 Review

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham - Xbox 360

$39.99($49.99 20% off )(15 customer reviews)

  • For the first time ever, battle with Batman and his allies in outer space and the various Lantern worlds including Zamaron and Odym.
  • Play and unlock more than 150 characters with amazing powers and abilities, including members of the Justice League, and BIG LEGO Figures such as Cyborg, Solomon Grundy and more.
  • Surprising disguises, Brainiac’s mind control ability, and the power of the Lantern rings bring a whole new twist to characters you thought you knew.
  • Access Batman’s training modules on the Bat Computer and take part in various challenges including battle arenas, races and detective mazes.
  • Visit the Hall of Justice, the Batcave, and the Justice League Watchtower to access shops, trophy rooms, and the hero and vehicle customizers.

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – Xbox 360 Customer Reviews

Fun, but Lego Batman 2 was better (By Amazon Customer)

I preferred Lego Batman 2 for the story and the ambiance. Still, I’m enjoying the game. I just finished the main play. I’ll update and adjust as I go. I will say I enjoyed the humor of the super heroes having their personalities "switched" to be beyond cute. I thought it added some of the elements of the Lego Movie video game and Marvel video game to upgrade. I still preferred the old Lego Batman 2 Hub. I don’t find the space shuttle nearly as fun as running around Gotham in the last game.

Fun (By Madison T. Edwards)

I bought this for my 10 year old sons birthday who has been impatiently awaiting this release. He absolutely LOVES it! The graphics and colors are great, and there are over about 150 characters you can unlock to access their power and abilities. There is out of space combat with Batman and his allies. You can also visit the Hall of Justice, the Bat Cave, and the Justice League Watchtower to access shops, trophy rooms, and the hero and vehicle customizers The story lines are cool and there are so many extra things to do like training modules, challenges, races and mazes. So much fun – he a very happy kid! Plus, he actually kept this game and plays it over and over again – I myself get miffed when I spend 40 or 50 bucks on a game and he wants to return or exchange it after 4 or 5 days! So this game is a winner for me!

Doesn’t quite amaze.. (By K. Schultz)

Batman 3 threatens to be overkill at times, especially on the visual front. My goodness do my eyes hurts from the LSD-style use of color. In fact it’s so distracting at times that you’re unable to comprehend and follow the steps to what needs busted up and rebuilt to do what, etc. And there are glitches, no doubt. Glitches galore, which surprises given that Batman 2 was such a breeze (at times almost TOO breezy). I’ve had to reset a number of times. It also seems like the controller button coordination is rather rocky, like when changing a character suit when prompted. Changing characters within your team is effing exhausting, particularly when you set out to find the other Lanterns and your team goes up 5 members, making pressing the Y button unbelievably tedious and time-wasting. There was a solid way to change characters and it seems that’s been completely (and strangely) taken away in this game. I found myself cursing quite a bit here. Overall, it’s fun – but the glitches and lack of controller correspondence tends to annoy more than enjoy.

Classic (By KLR)

These games are incredible. If you love the DC universe, then you have to have this game. Go beyond Gotham in to the far reaches of the DC universe, including space, the Hall of Justice, Legion of Doom, and Green Latern’s planetary base. Play as classic heroes and villains. Explore in free play. Or flashback to 1960′s BATMAN universe, complete with Adam West. Great game. Great for all ages.

Where’s Gotham City? (By Bangles)

My grandson wants to write this review, he has all of the lego games and this one he hates! We preordered it and he couldn’t wait to get it, but what a disappointment! He says that your trapped in space, all the levels are in a space ship and they’re all alike! Not that much fun! He got his first game at the age of 4 and has enjoyed all of them! He says he’ll wait for the next one, hopefully it will be more like the last one, the marvel super heroes!

Another Success (By Pierre Ricolando)

These Lego games are clearly addicting and this is no exception. You delve in to the DC Universe to thwart Braniac and his devious plot to take over not only Earth, but the entire universe. You get to play as all your favorite DC characters, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter,Superman, and of course Batman. The side missions to unlock new characters and gold brick are just as fun as the actual level missions. The free play world is pretty expansive as you can travel to the Hall of Justice, the Batcave, and other worlds as well. Just like all other Lego games, the gameplay is much longer than simply the levels themselves, and using each of the new characters becomes a joy in itself. My daughter likes to play as well, so it’s fun for all ages of gamers. I definitely like the newer Lego games, simply because they use talking characters, which adds some humor as well. If you have played any of the other Lego games, you will surely like this one as well.

TOO EASY FOR MY 12 YEAR OLD (By Smilie)

Was easy to finish for my 12 year old boy. He is kind of bored of it after 2 weeks. He loved the Marvel Lego still plays it for hours. THis one not so much!

Lego franchise holds true (By Btest729)

Good game, lego has always been something I’m able to play two players with my son, seems to be a few things that I don’t like…things are a little harder to find like the mini kits which isn’t all bad. The free play is bad , they hit the nail on the head with lego marvel, the open world for gold bricks was how they should have kept it. Also the split screen can be annoying at times, it’s not right and sometimes you can’t even see fully what your trying to do. They kept it true to the franchise and still family friendly and fun. Just hope they bring back the open city like marvel for future installments. Thanks again for making such a fun game for me and my family.

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Holiday Toy: Mobo Total Tot Disney Planes- Dusty: The Roll-to-Ride Three Wheeled Cruiser Review

Mobo Total Tot Disney Planes- Dusty: The Roll-to-Ride Three Wheeled Cruiser

$181.30($259.00 30% off )(1 customer review)

  • Adjustable frame that grows with your child
  • Innovative rear-steering mechanism to improve hand-eye coordination
  • No chain = no mess; also includes a reversibility function
  • Ergonomically designed for toddlers and preschoolers between 30″ – 42″ tall
  • Durable steel that will last for years

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Mobo Total Tot Disney Planes- Dusty: The Roll-to-Ride Three Wheeled Cruiser Customer Reviews

My grandson’s favorite! (By Lynne Cochran)

We have a fleet of ride on vehicles for our grandson so I hesitated to buy yet another bike. I’m so glad that I did! It’s a very high quality product that was easy to assemble. It’s low profile makes it safe even when he "flies"!

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Holiday Toy: Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set Review

Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set

$119.99($164.95 27% off )(4 customer reviews)

  • Set Includes: Coke General Style Locomotive and tender, boxcar, center Cupola Caboose
  • Working headlight
  • Authentic train sounds including bell and whistle
  • Opening doors on boxcar
  • Remote features: forward and backwards, sounds the whistle and rings the bell

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Lionel Trains Coca-Cola Holiday G-Gauge Train Set Customer Reviews

A must buy for your Christmas Tree! (By Kevin Thompson)

Length:

0:32
Mins

Hopeful gift. (By bek)

Now I just hope my son-in-law likes it for Christmas.

Nice train (By Flores Ramirez Miguel Angel)

Nice train. would have 5 stars but have a serious issue with the remote controller distance. My train(at least mine) needs to be within a meter of the controller to function or else it stops. That means you have to leave the controlled attached to the tree or somewhere inside the tracks. Besides this inconvenient, the Train set is awesome.

Kids love it. (By kraer)

Kids love it.

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Holiday Toy: Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster Pink Deco Review

Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster Pink Deco

$28.00($29.99 7% off )(13 customer reviews)

  • Heartbreaker Bow blaster has real bow action
  • Blaster fires arrows up to 85 feet
  • Includes 3 arrows and a decoder to reveal secret messages
  • You can store the detachable quiver and decoder on the bow
  • Arrows whistle as they fly

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Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster Pink Deco Customer Reviews

Nerf Bow Targeted Towards Girls Misses It’s Mark (By turtlex)

Unfortunately, the best thing I can say about this Nerf Bow is that we got some pretty good distance with it – we were able to get the arrows to fly about 70 feet or so ( the packaging indicates a range of about 85 feet ). With only three supplied arrows, however, we got pretty tired of playing "shoot" and "retrieve" so often.

I’ll break it down :

The Good :
- Nice range on the small arrows. We were surprised they traveled as far as they did, and even had some accuracy.
- After clipping the bow together (it comes partly unassembled), it felt fairly solid.
- The arrow rest, how the arrows are loaded and cocked, all but ensure a good flight of the arrows.

The Bad :
- There’s absolutely no need for the battery-operated "electronic sight". First, it’s a waste of batteries, as our "sight" only seemed to work at random times. Second, the batteries are not included. Third, since the arrows require an upturned bow angle when firing, you don’t use a sight for aiming anyways.
- This bow is obviously targeted towards girls. There are girls on the packaging and since it’s made for girls – of course it has to be a hideous color with pink highlights. It’s pretty gaudy.
- You’re given 3 arrows. Only 3. You can purchase more arrows – I found them here at Amazon priced $8 for 3.
- The arrows sometimes make the advertised "whistle" when they fly, but certainly not always.
- The arrows are ‘encoded’ with a secret message on the feathers, which turned out to be "NICE", "RUN" and "LOL!".

These require a ‘decoder’ that is bound to get lost almost immediately and since you need to give the decoder to the person RECEIVING the message, picking an arrow that you want is not easy for young eyes.
- Shooting with the "quiver" ( a small pink piece of plastic that the arrows snap into ) on the bow is difficult and just causes a lack of balance when freeing the arrow.

All in all, I’m disappointed with this set and I can’t see it getting much use. I’m all for anything that allows kids to become interested in archery, especially girls, but I don’t think this set will do that. And the back and forth running because of the 3 arrows grew tiresome almost immediately.

If you do purchase this set – do yourself a favor and buy the extra arrows.

Great Bow! Super Easy To Use! (By kindlemom1 (My Guilty Obsession))

This has to be the best Nurf bow out there. Super easy to use and it shoots pretty accurately and the arrows travel pretty far. My daughter is loving it.

Exactly as described. Tons of fun. (By G. Hampton)

Exactly as described. Tons of fun.

I received this today just like you said I would (By Amazon Customer)

I received this today just like you said I would, thank you so very much. I ordered this as a Birthday present for a little girl, that turned 8 years old and she loved it along with the purple one that someone else bought her, so she ended up with 2 of them one pink and one purple, how totally cool. I love the Nerf products we get through you and we’ll continue to buy them at recommend them to our friends and family.

Another great nerf product for girls! (By skigem)

Couldn’t be happier with this. Great toy. Well made. Pretty design and color scheme. Love how you can store the extra arrows right on the bow itself. Glad they offered multiple bow color options so i was able to buy a different color for each kid (i went with the pink and the purple choices)

Five Stars (By Mary Daughtry)

My 9 year old loves this. I gave to her for her birthday.

Fantastic Play Bow (By Amazon Customer)

Love this Bow. The tips are soft and they whistle. It shoots pretty far too. Its pretty good for a play bow. I was impressed.

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Holiday Toy: Mega Bloks Barbie Fab Mansion Review

Mega Bloks Barbie Fab Mansion

$59.95(36 customer reviews)

  • Five interchangeable rooms to build and rebuild the most fabulous mansion!
  • One Barbie and one NEW Skipper mini fashion figures
  • Glam accessories to decorate each room any way you want
  • Combine with other Mega Bloks Barbie play sets to build a world of fashion and fun!

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Mega Bloks Barbie Fab Mansion Customer Reviews

A nice starter setVINE VOICE (By Pampered Prepper)

This isn’t our first Mega bloks Barbie set and it wont be the last. My daughter who is 8 simply adores these sets as they are a little more girl oriented than most Lego Sets. The Barbie Fab Mansion was easy for her to put together since the house itself is already built. You the builder get to interchange all the items with in the rooms and there are a lot of little pieces so things can be put all over the place.

I think that 4 years is a good starting point and they don’t have to be frustrated with building the house itself. These pieces are very comparable to Lego and it fits well with other Mega Blok Barbie sets that we have. This particular set would make a great gift that any young girl could have fun playing with. Recommended!

Mansioning BarbieTOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE (By Amazon Customer)

A product like this is sure to have naysayers and yaysayers. Our four-year-old tester fell in love with this Mansion at first glance. The instruction book is well written and easy to follow. Our young male construction worker, aided by his willing 4-year-old helper, assembled the mansion in a little over half an hour. It was suggested by one of our evaluators for Spud Laboratories that if given as a Christmas gift, one might consider building this mansion before hand. Some of those 200 pieces might get lost in the mayhem that is Christmas morning.

After the construction the fun has just begun. With so many pieces and multiple rooms, girls with wild imaginations can play for hours with the Barbie mansion, redecorating with the many accessories or even rearranging the mansion by swapping rooms around. We are impressed by the intricate detail of the mansion – the bathroom, for example, has a mirror, tub, brush, blow-dryer, and of course a little potty.

Prefer assembledVINE VOICE (By Brian Kodi)

Comments from my 4 and 6 year old daughters:
It’s not as small as Lego Friends (they’re tiny pieces). It looks nice, and the girls, poodle and little bear are fun to play with. The house is pink so it’s good for girls. Don’t like that it’s not assembled. We’re interested in playing immediately.

They like the little furniture and accessories such as dog bone, umbrella, purses, drinking glasses, bed, bathroom, balcony, barbeque, kitchen with refrigerator etc.

6 year old gave it 5 stars. 4 year old, 100 stars until she was reminded the highest is 5, so she picked 5 stars.

Moulded Plastic and Very Little to Actually BuildVINE VOICE (By Alison Hudson)

This was a disappointing product for me. The shell of the house isn’t buildable! It’s a plastic shell of the make and quality of any Barbie product. Each room has a slot to put a small building base, and THAT’S all the child can build — what’s inside the five interchangable rooms. And since so many of the pieces are themselves specialized pieces, there’s really not a whole lot of “building” for a child to do. They’re basically placing items in the room. Part of the point of building blocks is supposed to be the fun of, you know, BUILDING. I’d rather have gotten my daughter a LEGO set than this.

A doll set with some bricks, not a building setVINE VOICE (By Michael)

As I say in the video, this isn’t as much a lego style building set as much as it is a modular house with some Lego style bricks. Each room is one pink plastic piece. The three walls of the room is just one piece. The floor and roof are each one more plate. You can’t take the house apart and build anything other than rooms

The large parts in this set may disappoint you or it may excite you. I thought I’d hate it. I grew up building creations with Legos–I don’t want sets I can’t build with. But my 3 and 5 year old girls want just the Lego style because their older brother is really into them (and they like the movie and games). They want to be like him. The girls really aren’t builders (at least yet). They want more of a doll house. So here is the brick style dollhouse that can’t be destroyed! They have Lego Friends sets and when those sets come apart they stop playing with them! They can’t take apart the rooms here. A couple snaps and everything’s back together!

So I like it much more than I thought I would. And they love it. I think we’re going to see a lot of our Lego Friends accessories and people being used in the mega blocks house… (I know, I know, I consider mixing inferior Mega Blocks and master toy Lego sacrilegious too, but, but, this set works for me…)

The cons: I was missing 3 blocks. I had some extras too. The most important was I was missing a flower–so no big deal. They’re mega blocks so it’s not quite Lego quality. It’s much harder to snap the accessories on the claws. I feel the bricks don’t snap together and come apart as nice as Lego. It’s closer than it used to be but I think it’s obvious that Mega Blocks are cheaper than Lego.

But overall, I would really do suggest this set if you have girls who want bricks but don’t really seem like builders. At least it gets their foot in the door. They still have plenty of time to become career master builders so their Dad can follow them to work and just play with bricks all day…

Great for little interior decoratorsVINE VOICE (By a)

My six-year-old daughter is a huge Barbie fan, and we have one other Mega Bloks Barbie-themed playset, which she has enjoyed for a long time. This "Fab Mansion" set is even better, in her opinion (and mine). Keep in mind that this is not like a Lego set, where you build everything completely from scratch. It is more of an interior decorator kit, where you select the layout and furnish the room with tons of tiny accessories. Although there may not be much actual "building" going on, there is a lot of room for fun and creativity. My daughter loved this set and played with it for hours after school. Honestly, she was engaged with it for more than two hours.

It has pretty much everything a young Barbie-loving girl will want – lots of pink, nifty accessories like a hair dryer, teddy bear, flower pots, fridge, and TV, Barbie figurines, a dog, and, well, lots of pink. It’s an elaborate set, even though describing it as a "mansion" is a bit of a stretch. This is not the Barbie Dream House, but it is a very fun, highly interactive set for any little girl who likes to decorate or play house. And my daughter loves both, so this was a perfect set for her.

One pretty obvious word of warning: as the box states, there are 222 pieces here, and most of them are very, very small. You will definitely want to devote a plastic tub or some sort of sealed container to this set if you have any hope of keeping 3/4 of the pieces together. It can, however, be combined with other Mega Bloks Barbie sets.

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Holiday Toy: Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Bounce, Stride and Ride Elephant Review

Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Bounce, Stride and Ride Elephant

$39.99($44.99 11% off )(103 customer reviews)

  • Three “grow-with-me” ways to play: Sit and Bounce; Stand and Walk; Scoot and Ride!
  • Over 30 sung songs, tunes, fun sounds and phrases
  • Colorful light-up buttons
  • Wobbly-action bumblebee; Bat-at rollerball with rattle bead sounds. Adorable first friend for baby-steadies first steps, too!
  • Bouncing, walking and riding encourage gross motor skill development; Hands-on activities exercise fine motor skills

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Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Bounce, Stride and Ride Elephant Customer Reviews

Bounce, Walk, Ride to Grow with Baby–Makes Great GiftTOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE (By molu)

The Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Bounce, Stride, and Ride Elephant is beyond cute. It is rated for 9 to 36 months of age. I think this is a wonderful toy and agree that it would be great for as early as 9 months old because it will engage the baby no matter his/her play ability. And it will grow with baby for many months to come.

1. Wow Factor – The box it comes in is huge! Measuring about 18″ x 36″ x 10″. My girl was definitely excited to see the big box and got even more excited when we told her it was for her. So if you’re thinking about getting it as a gift, you should! For around $40, this definitely makes an impressive and wonderful gift because of how big and colorful the box is. The elephant toy inside is great, too.

2. Easy to Assemble – It took my husband about 10 minutes to assemble with his cordless drill/screwdriver and glancing through the instructions once. The wheels have to be attached to the bottom of the chassis. And then the elephant and walker handle is attached to the top. Batteries are included and already installed for convenience.

3. Attracts Kids – It talks in a kiddo-friendly voice “I am an elephant!” “I like to stomp my feet” and it plays familiar children songs in adorable jungle/safari/tropical arrangements. If you have other toys from the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn line, then you’ll have heard some of these songs before. Baby immediately crawled up to it and explored everything. She is cruising (supported walking) so she liked grabbing on to the elephant to stand up. There are motion sensors in the elephant so that when baby engages it, it starts talking and playing music. My girl laughed in delight whenever it made elephant noises because she never heard them before.

The toy spinner on the elephant head could be looser so that it actually spins and the fabric ears could have been designed so that they provided some play interest… But baby doesn’t care.

4. As a Walker – When baby found the handle, she immediately started to push it and use it as a walker. The wheels do not have a mechanism that lets you adjust the resistance. But it’s not completely free-spinning because it doesn’t spin all that well. However, the elephant goes much faster than the other walker we have which is set to the highest resistance for the slowest rolling (VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker – Pink). So baby was not used to it. To help, I held the elephant so that it would not roll away leaving my girl to fall down. After baby was walking better this was no problem and she loves using the elephant to ram things around the house. It makes a “SPROING” sound!

5. As a Bouncer – After baby was well acquainted with the elephant, we lifted her onto the seat. My girl is about 30″ tall and both her feel touched the ground on both sides. She sat very happily bouncing on the bouncy seat. When the seat bounces, more music plays. There are interactive buttons and a spring toy on the elephants head. That when pressed, plays music as well. The first couple of days, she did not know how to straddle the elephant by herself. But after about 5 days, she figured it out and can get on and off by herself.

6. As a Ride – When we tried to push her around for a ride, she got scared and cried. But that was just our first night with the elephant. This morning, she was excited to see it again. So I’m certain that even though she doesn’t like riding now, she will grow to love it.

I think this was a great addition to my girl’s toy collection. And the quality and value of the elephant is also what we expect from Fisher-Price.

Great for various stages of growth (By Jeri M. Golda)

this is the cutest thing that I have ever purchased. My 1 year old loves it. Great for various stages of growth.

One big blue friendVINE VOICE (By Mary Ann)

Seen through the eyes of a small child, this is one big blue elephant, and presents with the quality we have come to expect from Fisher Price. It is smooth, with no hidden rough edges, and low to the ground to keep from catching little toes. It will be easy to clean with a wipe or damp cloth. The lights and sound features are loud enough for the bouncer/rider to hear, but not annoying to other people in the room. Suggested for ages 9 to 36 months, it is adaptable and engaging over a long span of baby and toddlerhood. The colors are not gender-specific, and the only cloth parts are the ears.

Bouncy fun for little ones!VINE VOICE (By Bluerose’s Heart)

You do have to assemble this thing, but it’s pretty simple.

As with most toys like this, it’s a little on the loud side, but it’s not too bad. There’s been much worse noise traveling through our house with other toys.

This toy can be used 3 main ways. Your little one can sit on the seat and bounce. The seat is “bouncy”. Your little one can also push themselves along with their feet while straddling the seat. And, they can stand behind it and push it along. The handle used for pushing the car is hid underneath the elephant. To pull it out, simply push the red levers in toward each other, and it comes loose. Just snap it in place behind the elephant and it’s ready to go.

A few other features:

There are buttons to mash and light up.
It plays music and sings songs.
The elephant has cloth ears.
There IS a button to turn the volume off.

My little ones love it!

Expensive-ish, but overall it’s pretty good.VINE VOICE (By Atomicwasteland)

This is an interesting product. Though made of quality materials, it seems to try to do too many things, and because of this it isn’t fully effective, and it is more expensive than it needs to be. That said, it is durable, and may be a good catchall toy if your grandparents (for example) want to get something that can be used for different stages of a baby/toddler’s early life.

PROS:

+++ COMES WITH BATTERIES INSTALLED. This is a nice touch. You don’t have to buy batteries, and you don’t have to unscrew the battery case to install them.

++ KEEPS CHILD ENTERTAINED. This can be moved across the floor, and it has a lot of music and sounds, as well as an off switch if it drives you batty.

++ HIGH QUALITY TOY. Even though I have complaints about this toy it is sturdy, and it is not cheaply made. I have very little doubt that it will last.

+ SEAT IS VERY SPRINGY. This acts as a shock absorber/cushion, but more likely it will help your child to bounce up and down.

+ REQUIRES ASSEMBLY, BUT EASILY ASSEMBLED. You DO need a screwdriver, and you have to screw in 12 screws, but the assembly is rather simple, and it doesn’t take a lot of time. I have assembled other children’s toys that took a lot more effort, so I am going to call this a slight positive. It just isn’t realistic that the toy would not require assembly.

NEUTRAL:

NO NEED FOR MOVABLE HANDLE. This is a waste of space. The toy tries to sell to you the great idea that when your kid is old enough to move around that you lift the handle up and lock it in place. Why on earth wouldn’t the handle always be up? It provides zero value down, as your child is not going to pull this around. If anything, the handle up will allow it to be pushed.

The toy could also be made more cheaply if you just made the handle stick up and act as a seatback. Trust me, your kid is going to wobble around A LOT, and the handle up is going to provide a much safer environment.

CONS:

- WHEELS DON’T ROTATE. Although not a deal breaker is a shame that the front wheels don’t rotate. This limits the use of the toy a bit, and it isn’t as fun as it could be, since there is no steering.

- RATHER EXPENSIVE. I think it is a little overpriced for the value it provides your child. I would buy a toy specific to the need you are trying to meet. You want a walker? Buy a walker. You want a bouncy toy? Buy a bouncy toy. You will get “A+” experience out of those versus “B” experience for each of this toy’s functions.

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