Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - What's New?

Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - What's New?   A few weeks ago I went into New York on a bright summer day to attend the Nickelodeon Holiday Showcase.  Here are some of my favorites that are either available now or will be soon in time for holiday shopping.  These items are all likely to be heavily marketed and will be on many Holiday Wishlists.  Here’s a sneak preview of some of my favorites for you.

Dora Loves Winter by Fisher-Price  $19.99
This 8 inch Dora doll features an outdoor active winter theme.  She is dressed in a pretty pink sweater and leggings and features poseable arms and legs. There are also lots of accessories including a scarf, mittens, ear muffs, ice skates, snowboard, safety helmet and even a mug of hot cocoa.  I think this will be a winner at this reasonable price.

Power Wheels PAW Patrol Fire Truck 12.99
The Power Wheels® PAW Patrol Fire Truck features realistic lights, sounds and styling and a pivoting ladder to spark lots of pretend play. Designed with toddlers in mind, this ride-on features the PAW Patrol colors and graphics and easy push-button operation. 6-volts of battery power provide a safe 2 mph maximum speed. Yes it has a break the bank price tag but some grandparents are willing to spring for the big ticket items.

For those you more traditional grandparents there will be lots of Paw Patrol themed pajamas and bedding available this season too in infant and toddler sizes.  Target, Wal-Mart and K-Mart will have exclusives so you may want to look around before you make your purchase.  Make sure you know your grandchild’s favorite characters before you shop.  Here is a look at what you may find depending on where you shop.

Die Cast Blaze and the Monster Machines Small Vehicles  $4.99
These small die cast vehicles are only $4.99 each and make the perfect stocking stuffer or grab bag gift for Blaze fans.  They have a lot of detail for the price and the kids will get a lot of imaginative play with them.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Oven by Wicked Cool Toys   $49.99
Last year Wicked Cool Toys had a hit at Toy Fair New York with its new Girl Scout Oven which made pretty good Girl Scout cookies.  Now the same company takes the same oven and repackes its success with a TMNT Pizza Oven which will appeal to boys and girls. This is a real working oven, it comes complete with tools and mixes that allow Turtles fans to make mini pizzas that look and taste just like the real thing. There’s also a viewing window so you can watch as the pizza is cooking. It comes with mix packets to create Pizza, a spatula, pan and measuring tool.  If you have young TMNT fans in your family be sure to check it out – it is a nice option to the weapons gear.

Mutations Mix and Match by Playmates   $8.99
What would it look like if the Turtles had Metalhead’s power, Shredder’s armor, Tiger Claw’s stripes and Splinter’s quick reaction hands?  Kids can find out with Mix and Match and create hundreds of different Mutations. Swap parts and make custom mutations. Available in Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Splinter, Shredder, Slash, Metalhead, Tiger Claw, Bebop, Rocksteady and Casey Jones.  This concept is the same as the Hasbro superhero Mashers line.  Great fun but you need to have several in order to enjoy the mix and matching.  Fortunately, at $8.99 each that is very doable.

Some of these items are available now at Amazon.

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