Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Santa Came Early and He Brought His Awesome

Liam is the perfect age for Christmas this year. Every Santa sighting is magical, every moment a perfect time to talk with him about the wonder of the holiday season--it's been awesome and we've loved sharing every minute of it with him. So when our box of toys arrived, courtesy of Chris Byrne aka The Toy Guy and his list of Top Holiday Toys it was like an early Christmas for all of us.

We had the privilege of checking out the seven toys included and below is our review of each.

As a family our absolute favorite was the Lazer Stunt Chaser from Thinkaway Toys. Each of us tries to find a way to wrangle this toy for ourselves, because YES it's just that cool. The car comes with a rechargeable station that you can use to make sure your car is full of "juice" and then you use the remote to point the laser in front of the car where you want it to go. Liam's favorite thing is to point it between his legs and then the car will go in circles through his legs to get to the laser.

Cracks him and us up every single time.

We all also really enjoyed the Perplexus Rookie (easy) and the Perplexus Epic (challenging) 3D maze balls. After getting the metal bearing in the right place you have to work it through this maze turning and flicking just so to not knock you ball off the track and have to start all over. It's a good challenge and the perfect thing to have around the house during the holidays. I know it would go from person to person in our families as everyone tried to make it all the way to the end.

I love Hexbugs and the Hexbug Larva that we received is no exception. I don't know what it is about these little guys but I just can't get enough. Our new Larva is black, and he gets along just fine with our other Hexbugs wiggling to and fro in their giant habitat.

Liam loves the Zhu-Fari Pets that we received. It's a little habitat for a faux hamster and he loves making the animal squeak, roll and explore the remote regions of our living room and kitchen.

The 3D BreakThrough Puzzle (Spiderman) was a big bit too. Liam is really really into puzzles these days and never does a day pass that we don't talk about some sort of superhero as well. You can make this puzzle over and over again or make it into a mask (glue included) and mount it on your little person's wall.

The Redaki card game that was included was a little old for our kiddo (geared for ages 6+), but it would be a great trading card game for slightly older kids. Each player becomes a character and then also acquires a set of attack and monster cards that they can then use to attack their opponent's character with.

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Disclosure: This review was made possible by The Toy Guy. The Toy Guy provided me with product for test/review purposes and agreed to provide one lucky reader with one of each of the toys listed above. The opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone and were in no way influenced by The Toy Guy.

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