THE FIRE WIRE 2013 Holiday Must-Have List: Toys

Here are my top suggestions for kid’s playthings for 2013:

Plamobil PopStars! Stage


Play a sold out show featuring your own tunes with the Plamobil PopStars! Stage ($40). This MP3-compatible set allows young pop stars to belt out their favorite lyrics, drum up awesome beats, and wow crowds with radical guitar solos. Just hook up an MP3 player with the enclosed cable and choose your favorite chart topper. Set includes four figures, stage with flashing lights, drum set, two guitars with guitar stands, microphones, two preloaded tunes, built-in speakers, and other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten.

InnoTab 3S Wi-Fi Learning Tablet


Now you can own the next generation of our popular Wi-Fi learning tablet, the InnoTab 3S ($100). This tablet offers a wealth of fun, age-appropriate learning games for kids, plus new ways to play and learn. Kids and parents can exchange and share their text messages, photos and more over a kid-safe Wi-Fi connection using VTech Kid Connect1. Browse kid-safe and parent approved websites to find even more learning fun right from the InnoTab 3S. For even more value, some InnoTab 3S come bundled with a rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter eliminating the need to buy expensive replacement batteries. With the InnoTab 3S, the learning fun never has to stop!

Jagger the T-Rex


Transform from a motorized construction truck to a powerful dinosaur with VTech’s Jagger The T-Rex ($70)! With voice recognition technology, this mighty toy dinosaur is yours to command! This electronic toy fuses two of boys’ favorite things—dinosaurs and vehicles—into one awesome play experience your child will love! The biggest of all the Switch & Go Dinos, Jagger is 16″ tall and easily transforms from a dinosaur to a crane and back again. Jagger’s motorized wheels and jaw make him walk, drive, launch the drill and more in response to 20 voice commands in both dinosaur and crane modes. His LCD screen displays cool customizable dinosaur eyes and driver animations. Press his buttons to learn dinosaur facts and hear wild sound effects. Jagger also includes a small T-Rex that transforms into a bulldozer. Plays 90+ sounds and phrases.

Glow Pet Unicorn


Make bedtime something to look forward to with this fun Glow Pets tie-dye unicorn pillow pet 16-in ($29). Part of the popular Pillow Pets Glow Pets collection, this sparkling multicolor unicorn is part squeezable plush toy, part ultra-soft pillow. This smart 2-in-1 design is great for kids who always need to have their favorite things close by. And those who are afraid of the dark love how it lights up the night.

Designed to delight, the Glow Pets sparkling unicorn pillow pet is colorful, light-up fun from horn to hoof. The psychedelic tie-dye multi-color coat is ultra-cool, especially when illuminated from within by 20 bright LED lights. This combination of exciting color and brilliant sparkle is as magical as mythical beast herself. The long-lasting lights with 20-minute auto shut-off are designed to sparkle through thousands of snuggle sessions, and they stay cool to ensure comfy cuddling.

Hello Kitty Dynacraft 16 inch Girls Bike


Your little one will love riding around in style on this Dynacraft 16 inch Hello Kitty Girls Bike ($100). The bike features lots of fun Hello Kitty details and graphics all over! Features Hello Kitty basket, streamers and training wheels.

The bike weighs 29.5 pounds and measures 36.2 x 17.8 x 7.8.

 Laser Pegs EDU1000


Looking for a fun way to teach reading, writing and arithmetic? Check out the light up Laser Pegs EDU1000 Educational Blocks ($100). The kit comes with 12 Letter Blocks, 12 Number Blocks,12 Word Blocks and a 3D Lite Board. Each block contains an LED that illuminates when connected to the 3D Lite Board. Combine and stack the blocks any way you can to make different words, sentences and equations. All of blocks are compatible with the other Laser Pegs construction kits so you can build and learn at the same time. With more than 35 fun games included for the beginner or advanced pupil, these blocks are a great way to get kids exited about reading, writing and arithmetic. For fast clean up, the building base doubles as a storage unit.

Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror


Girls can give themselves mess-free, makeup-free makeovers with the Barbie Digital Makeover Mirror ($70)! The virtual play is brought to life in a way that only Barbie can deliver — using cutting-edge technology. Your tech-savvy girl can enjoy endless styling playtime with a console that turns her iPad (not included) into a digital makeup mirror! Just download the free app, available at the App Store, and then slide your iPad into the vanity frame — the makeup lights turn on, and the app and front-facing camera recognize your face. Use the applicator wand to apply virtual makeup to your image onscreen. Select the perfect eye shadow and lipstick color. Even add glitter or try a ready-to-wear look. Use the “erase” icon to selectively remove makeup with a swab, or “wash” your face to remove all makeup and start again. The possibilities are endless!

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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