Mattel’s Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game

Games are always a huge hit, especially as gifts – and some games are instantly popular, like the popular phone application game Angry Birds. Now it’s here board game style with the arrival of Mattel’s Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game.

With the phone application game, the green pigs steal the birds’ eggs and the birds want their eggs back. They go after the pigs (by being shot at them via slingshot) and by getting rid of or knocking down the structures, which are intended to keep the pigs safe.

With the board game, the goal is still the same. Tear down the structures and take care of those pesky pigs! The fight between the birds and those pigs continues to rage on in this game of patience and strategy.

In this fun game, the players will have to take a card, create a structure from the blocks provided and then attempt to destroy those structures. To start, players take a card and then create the structure that the card tells him to build. Once the structure is finished, the next player gets to launch his bird at it in an attempt to tear down the structure and advance in the game.

The basic premise behind the game’s goal is similar to the application version. By using the birds in Mattel’s Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game, each player (the game supports 2 to 4 players) has an opportunity to advance to the next level by destroying the castle created by the other player.

The cards have different building levels on them for ideas and when players reach the fourth level, they’re introduced to the ability to build a structure of their choice rather than following a card.

Each card (and each structure) gives the players the potential for a certain number of points they can accumulate. The tougher the card, the more points that are available to get. The bird launcher is used to launch 1 of the 3 Angry Birds at the structures that’s housing one or more of the 4 pigs – and players can earn a bonus star or bonus egg.

The Mattel’s Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game is a rapid paced game that will raise the stakes as one player tries to build his structure before his opponent sends an Angry Bird to stop the progress!

The game includes 3 of the popular Angry Birds, the green pigs, the launcher in the shape of a slingshot, the pieces to build the structures and the mission cards. Just in case you were wondering, the board game is indeed as addicting as the phone application and will give your family hours of fun and laughter.

FurReal Friends Torch – My Blazin’ Dragon

FurReal Friends Torch - My Blazin' DragonThe FurReal Friends toys have a reputation for being some of the most fun pet toys that kids can have. The FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon doesn’t dissappoint, delivering hours of interactive fun.

This little baby dragon is one that your kids won’t want to let go of. Torch is so much like a real pet that it’s amazing. Blazin’ Dragon needs plenty of tender care and will react to that care when your child plays with him.

He can make sounds and has movements that look just like a real pet’s movements would. He can also react to a child’s actions and will engage your child with lots of play time. This adorable dragon can even simulate the actions of a real fire breathing dragon.

Once he’s correctly set up, he’ll blast out a puff of flame colored mist to delight your child. It looks like he’s really breathing out flames when the marshmallow is held up in front of his mouth.

The treat will change colors when your dragon breathes on it, turning from white to bright orange. The dragon can puff out the mist whenever your child interacts with him. He can do it when he’s being cuddles or even if there’s no touch at all.

There will always be something exciting going on with the dragon thanks to the myriad of sounds and actions he’s capable of. He can perform more than 50 different movement and sounds together.

During play time, when your child rubs the FurReal Friends Torch – My Blazin’ Dragon‘s nose, it will give off a variety of responses like puffing out the mist or turning his head from one side to the other. He can also giggle or slowly blink his eyes.

The way the dragon will snort or let out a burp always makes kids laugh. You’ll be amazed at all of the funny things the dragon is capable of doing to entertain your child. The dragon can be posed in a certain position if your child wants that.

You will have to buy 4 C batteries to operate the dragon, since these don’t come with the purchase. When you get the dragon, you also receive the treat that will change colors when the dragon breathes on it.

There’s also the piece that is used to refill the dragon with the water that enables him to produce the mist. A filter comes with the purchase and easy to read instructions are included as well. The toy is suitable for boys or girls who are at least 4 years old and up.

Fisher Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway

Fisher Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway

Fisher Price Little People Sit 'n Stand SkywayRemember  when you were little and love playing with cars?  The Fisher Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway offers your toddler the same opportunity to spark their imagination. There are little roads that they can propel their vehicles up and down and over.

The skyway – which made the Hottest 25 Toys List for 2016 – has plenty of bright colors and interesting stops along the way – such as the town that’s part of the Skyway. Kids can run imaginary errands in their vehicles or stop for a visit just like Mom and Dad.

When their tank of gas is getting low, they can pause at the gas pump to get a refill and keep on playing. From top to bottom, the Skyway will entertain your child. And since the set is a little above three feet in height, making it the perfect size for toddlers.

By putting their cars at the very top of the Skyway and letting go, they can delight to see the vehicles speed down all the roadways and ramps. Kids love making their cars go into the car wash and being in control of lifting up the gates to let their cars go on their way.

The ramps are spiral, which helps keep the vehicles in place as they zip around the toy until they reach the end of the road. The set takes minimal assistance once it’s put together to get it ready for your child to play with and it can switch from a roadway to the tower.

This two way configuration doubles your child’s playing fun. You can change it from a sit down toy to a stand up one. What some parents do is they use the toy in the sit down mode for younger children until their child is a little older.

You can also use the Matchbox cars with this set as your child gets older. Included in the set are two of the Wheelies cars. This toy is suitable for kids who are one and a half up to five years old.

As well as being a fun toy, it also offers some educational value. It encourages physical activity, hand-eye coordination and putting objects in place. Batteries are not needed for this toy, but there is some assembly required and depending on your handiness with putting things together, the timing to get it set up might vary.

The toy doesn’t dismantle once you have everything screwed into place. So you can’t store it in a toy box, but you can tuck it in a corner or into a closet if you need to get it out of the way.

Fisher Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex Ice

Imaginext Ultra T-Rex Ice

Ultra T-rex IceLittle children of all ages love dinosaurs – and the Fisher Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex Ice is a great toy for young dinosaur lovers. It’s slated to be one of this year’s hottest toys for good reason.

The T-Rex Ice version is bright blue and stands at two and a half feet tall. When one of his three Power Pads has been activated, the T-Rex will move forward, taking about four steps at a time.  It’s a super fun, interactive toy that kids love to play with over and over again.

To make his movements even more fun, encourage your child to build small towers with blocks and watch in delight as the T-Rex knocks them over. As he moves around, his eyes and his spikes will glow bright red.

Touch another Power Pad and the T-Rex will then stomp and roar, loudly. And if he has any spears in his mouth, he’ll fire them, which kids of all ages enjoy seeing.

The T-Rex also has ice boulder cannons on his chest and in his back. Kids can put the boulders that are lightweight and look like ping pong balls into the launchers.  When the T-Rex’s levers have been pushed, he’ll fire the ice boulders into the air from his chest or his back. Despite the fact that the dinosaur launches ice boulders and spears, parents shouldn’t worry.  The launch is gentle and these play weapons are designed to be lightweight so kids won’t be injured during play.

Along with the T-Rex, kids will receive four spears that can be thrown from his mouth, four ice boulders, and three cavemen.  The cavemen can climb onto the T-Rex’s back and rest on the lookout spots. Kids can have fun pretending the Imaginext Ultra T-Rex Ice is a fearsome predator that the brave cavemen are taming.

There’s also a trap door that the cavemen can use to escape from their enemies. When the good guys have managed to capture their enemies, they can put the bad guys in the jail cell that’s between the T-Rex’s big, blue feet.

The Pterodactyl glider is another feature that kids will enjoy with this playset. They can snap the glider onto the caveman and pretend he’s helping the mighty T-Rex finish his latest mission.

Because of his large size, several dinosaur lovers can play together without arguing since there’s plenty to see and do. Parents don’t have to worry about any of the spears or ice boulders getting lost because the T-Rex has built-in storage for the weapons, making it easy to clean up once playtime is over.

Do keep in mind that for the light and sound to work on this toy, you will need to purchase “AA” batteries since they aren’t included with the T-Rex. There’s another version of this T-Rex that’s not the blue ice version, so compare and see which one your child would like best!

Pink Disney Princess Ride On Carriage

disney-pricess-ride-on-carriageEvery little girl dreams of being a princess and having her own Disney Princess Ride on Carriage come and carry her to the castle where she’ll be the hit of the ball. She can be a princess and attend the ball of her imagination with this beautiful carriage.

Patterned after the magical one in the fairy tale, this carriage even has the rounded shape just like the pumpkin in the story. She can have hours of fun in this carriage going for a spin in the neighborhood.

It’s super easy to get started having fun with this ride on toy. To begin, all that’s needed is to place the wand in the front center of the carriage. The carriage can light up and make sounds once you put the wand in.

The old fashioned looking lamps on the carriage look they are straight from the fairy tale.  There are beautiful lights on the front as well as on the back of the carriage. The steering wheel in the Disney Princess ride on carriage is wide and easy for children to grip and hold onto.

To play music, your child pushes on the large button. There is also a lovely heart shaped window at the rear of the carriage. Not only does this offer a great view of her surroundings, but it also allows a cool breeze to blow through.

The car also has a trunk with space so that your child can bring along some of her dolls or other toys if she wants to. There is a tiara that comes with the carriage and it’s known as the wear and share because the tiara detaches from the carriage for your child to wear (or share).

The wheels have a bright pink inset with a scrollwork design. All along the lower side of the carriage, there are images featuring all of the much loved Disney princesses.

The doors have gold like handles that pull down to open the door for your child to easily step inside. Once your child is inside, she can sit on the lovely purple seat. There are no seatbelts in this toy, but there are restraints that do go around the lap of the child.

There is room enough on the seat to be able to fit two children, but the maximum combined weight is 130 pounds. There are lovely sheer curtains inside that you can either let blow in the wind or you can hold them back with the ribbon.

The Disney Princess Ride on carriage has the ability to make three different maneuvers when in operation. It can be put in low speed or high speed as well as go in reverse. When your child wants to operate the carriage, all she has to do is put her foot down on the go pedal. When she’s ready to stop, she simply stops pushing on the pedal. The car can only reach speeds of 5 MPH.

Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart


One of the must-buy toys on children’s wish list according to the Hottest 25 Toys list for 2016 is the Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart. Kids love the idea of helping their stuffed animals get well again when they’re sick.

It’s a toy that’s educational as well as a kid favorite thanks to the beloved Doc McStuffins Disney character. The cart is a fun, on-the-go toy that’s designed with lots of eye-catching colors.

The little wheels, look like flowers, can roll smoothly over surfaces as your child makes her ’rounds’ from room to room to be able to visit her toy patients. The cart is packed with the various items that kids can use with their imagination to take care of any of their injured or sick toys.

Kids love the thought of being able to emulate Doc from the show airing on Disney Junior. They can line up the toys and have their patients waiting to be seen. During the exam or treatment time, kids can put the toys in the middle of the cart – much like a table at the doctor’s office – to find out what’s wrong with the patient.

Whether the toy is sick or just in for a checkup, the cart contains everything your child will need to help out. The cart has a light that enables kids to check out their toys and it also has a scanner, too cute.

Kids will love using the X-ray to see what’s wrong with their patients. The X-ray comes with cards that show the characters on the Disney Junior show. When checking out the patient’s heart with the EKG, the cart can enable kids to see the patient’s heart patterns.

The heart rhythm tool is on a roller at the front of the cart for easy kid access. There’s also a blood pressure pump that so kids can check out how their patient is doing. A familiar tune that kids hear on the show can play and there are various buttons as well as things that can make sounds like in a real doctor’s office.

The Doc McStuffins Hospital Care cart keeps all of the medical tools neatly in the drawer so when kids need to rush off to treat the next patient, all they have to do is load it up and go. The hospital care cart does have one toy that comes with it so that kids can get started right away treating him.

Findo is the little dog that needs tender loving care to go from sick to well again. The cart not only encourages kids to use their imaginations, but teaches them to be kind and caring. The suggested age range for this toy is 3 years old and older.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Batcave

Dawn of Justice Playset

The Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Batcave is a playset that will make fans of both superheroes happy. The Batcave playset has four different levels for play and stands four feet tall so it provides the perfect setting for children to act out all their favorite scenes from the Batman v. Superman movie.

The playset also comes with a six inch Bruce Wayne figure that’s already dressed in his iconic Batman costume, just like in the movie. Children of all ages will easily be able to see that Mattel paid plenty of attention to the details when designing this action figure.

The completed character really does look like the character in the movie. The first level of the Batcave has a training room which comes complete with a punching dummy so that Bruce Wayne can practice his moves when he’s not busy defending the city.

Across from the workout room is the garage, which stores the Bat Mobile. Between the two rooms is an elevator that kids can use to move their action figures throughout the house.

On the second level, there’s a green jail cell that’s big enough to hold Batman’s enemies. Across from the cell, players will find a room that houses Batman’s costumes so that he’s always prepared for his next crime fight.

These costumes are attached to the wall and can’t be moved but they do give a realistic feel to the design. The third level of the Batcave has a command center with screens that let Batman monitor the city both day and night.

But what’s most exciting about this room is that it features a trap door. If an enemy tries to attack Bruce in the command center, he’ll fall through the trap door into the green jail cell on the second floor.

The fourth level is the one that has the beloved Bat signal light. Kids can swivel the symbol to shine the light in the night sky. If Batman senses an enemy attacking from the sky, he can launch missiles from the nearby cannon and defeat the villain’s plans.

One of the most exciting features of this Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Batcave playset is that it has a working zipline. Children will enjoy zooming Batman along the zipline as he rushes to save his fellow citizens. Expect to see this area of the playset get the most use because it’s so cool. Kids (and, yes – even adults) will want to play with the zipline again and again.

Besides a beautifully designed Batman action figure, this playset comes with over twenty different accessories. This gives the Batcave plenty of repeat play value and ensures that kids will spend hours acting out various superhero storylines.

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Super Hero Flight City

If your child is a fan of comic book super heroes, then this Imaginext DC Super Friends Super Hero City, is a perfect playset for him or her.  This set includes two superhero worlds – the city of Metropolis as well as Gotham City. Gotham City contains Batman’s house and comes complete with a small elevator that fits the Batman and Superman figurines that do come included in the set.

Playsets are a great way to spark imagination and learning and the Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Hero Flight City is one of the year’s most imaginative toys.

Batman’s side of the playset contains a balcony and the light for the bat signal. The city of Metropolis includes the Daily Planet building. This building has the Superman logo on it and includes ladders your child can have the small figurines climb up and down.

Both sides are connected by a third, middle section that contains a flight suit that your child can load with either Batman or Superman to watch him fly.

Each section contain Power Pads, which allow your child to have endless hours of fun. One Power Pad controls the flight suit that allows the figurine to fly from Gotham City to the city of Metropolis and back.

This Power Pad allows for 360 degree flying so your child’s favorite superhero can swing back and forth between the two worlds. There’s also a roof panel on the top of Gotham City.

Your child can practice flying Batman or Superman over the roof and then pressing the panel open to allow the superhero access to the buildings in their cities.

The two cities contain jails and trap doors as well as hidden passageways. Your child will have a lot of fun discovering all the hidden places the superheroes can hide.

The set also contains a projectile launcher and landing pads for added fun. The launcher and landing pads can only be discovered by turning two of the four Power Pads in the set.

So your child can have fun keeping the superheroes’ weapons hidden from the villains. Projectiles are also included in the play set. There are four pie projectiles as well as two other projectiles.

Because these pieces can be choking hazards, this set is recommended for children between the ages of three to eight years old. The final Power Pad reveals the hidden Lex Corp.

This company belongs to Superman’s greatest enemy, Lex Luther. The set comes in three large pieces and once they’re put together, the pieces can’t be folded up.

This helps keep little kids from pinching their fingers during play time. The toy set needs to be assembled by an adult. The set requires two AA batteries that are included with the purchase.


Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset


 One of the hottest new toys for kids, according to the 25 Hottest Toys for 2016 list, is the Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset. This castle offers hours of fun with Barbie dolls in their very own castle.

From the turrets to the bottom floor of the castle, it’s no wonder it’s in such high demand. Plenty of attention to detail is found in this castle and with the multitude of accessories, your child can create an atmosphere that’s fit for a princess for her dolls.

This castle is expansive and boasts a full three floors to create whatever scenes your child’s imagination desires. The backdrop for the castle floors pop with all the bright, beautiful colors of the rainbow.

Some of the lovely features of the castle are found in the butterfly cutouts that you’ll see on the bright yellow doors of the castle. The turret at the top of the castle has a rainbow with clouds.

A lovely fairy doll can be fixes to the rainbow for more magical beauty. The holder will allow the doll to spin. There’s another rainbow between the turret and the end column of the castle.

The dolls can walk into the castle using the butterfly door or through the open access on the bottom floor which leads directly into the dining room. There are accessories for the dining room.

There is a chandelier that hangs above the table, which adds to the glamour of the castle.  You’ll find a table and two chairs in bright colors in the shape of butterflies.

The accessories for the table include cupcakes for two fashion dolls along with teacups and miniature saucers. Fashion dolls can access the second floor of the Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle using the stairs.

These stairs are brightly colored in keeping with the rainbow theme. On the second floor, you’ll find there’s a bedroom along with a closet and a vanity for the dolls to use. The accessories for the vanity include a bottle of perfume and a hairbrush.

For catching some sleep, the bedroom features a lovely canopy bed with a fluffy pillow. At the very top of the castle, there is a pool that’s shaped just like a seashell and the fashion dolls can relax and have fun splashing around.

The deck on the roof offers the opportunity to survey the kingdom. All three of these floors are packed with details to make the castle come to life and add to your child’s enjoyment. None of the dolls are included with the purchase of the castle – so you can buy those separately.