Toys for Kids Who Love Zootopia

 

Zootopia is the latest hit Disney animated movie. It tells the story of Judy Hopps, a bunny from the sticks, who travels to the big city of Zootopia to become the first rabbit officer in the Zootopia Police Department. She quickly realizes that she is just a token bunny who isn’t expected to do much more than write parking tickets, and is determined to show what she can do by solving a big case. However, this means she has to work with Nick Wilde, an annoyingly self-confident fox who may not be all he seems.

Zootopia takes place in a world of mammals who (mostly) all get along, living side by side in a big city. They talk and act like people, living in buildings, driving cars, and wearing clothes, yet still display their animal characteristics. The drivers license department, for example, is all staffed by sloths, who of course move very slowly, just like in a real bureaucracy!

DVD cover

In just a few weeks of release, Zootopia has already taken in over half a billion dollars, so if you have kids in your life, there’s a good chance they have seen and enjoyed it, and would love to expand on the movie experience with some Zootopia toys, games and activities. The main target audience for this movie are kids in the age range of about 4 through 9, and the toys tied in with the movie are mainly for that age range as well.

So what kinds of toys and games are out there? Here is a look at some of the best choices. Continue reading

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The Latest from Monster High: Great Scarrier Reef Dolls

 

The newest Monster High special, “Monster High: Great Scarrier Reef” was released on Nickelodeon in February 2016 and on DVD in March 2016. In the movie, Lagoona Blue, Frankie Stein, Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf, Toralei Stripe and Gil Webber are drawn into the Monster High pool by a mysterious power, and find themselves transported to the Great Scarrier Reef. Not only that, they have been transformed into mermaid versions of themselves! They meet new friends, confront an old enemy of Lagoona’s, and avoid the wrath of the Kraken, while working hard to get back home to Monster High.

MHGSR DVD

If you have a Monster High fan in your life, they will definitely want to add the Great Scarrier Reef Dolls to their collection! The designers have outdone themselves with this set of dolls, which are incredibly detailed yet remain in the $15-$20 price range for each doll. Continue reading

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Review: VTech Learn and Discover Driver

 

Toy name: VTech Learn and Discover Driver

Manufacturer: VTech

Price range: $15-$20

Suggested age range: 6 mo – 18 mo

Needs batteries? Yes, 2 AA batteries required

 

I am the oldest of seven kids, and the last three of us were boys. I was in middle and high school when they came along, so I got to see how they liked to play.

As toddlers, all three LOVED the toy console that imitated the driver’s seat of a car, complete with a pretend dashboard, keys and levers and buttons to manipulate, a horn to honk, and best of all, a steering wheel! They were happy at first to just push all the buttons and switches, and later moved on to elaborate pretend games of driving cars, trucks, or buses. 

vtech driver

The new generation of kids has their driving toys as well. The VTech Learn and Discover Driver is the best-selling one currently, and it’s easy to see why. Not only does it have the steering wheel and plenty of levers and buttons, it also talks, sings, and makes vehicle noises!

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