Very quick update – we have found the best YouTube Channel for toy reviews – go check it out now!
It was just announced at a press event in NYC, Skylanders Swap Force is coming in Fall 2013. Swap Force is the 3rd game in the Skylanders series and it looks pretty incredible. Here is some video from the Skylanders Swap Force event in NYC on 2/5/13 –
As you can see from the above video, the big selling point is that Swap Force introduces Skylanders Action Figures that can be mixed and match. Take the legs of Blast Zone and throw on the top of Wash Buckler. What do you get then? Wash Zone of course!
What is awesome is that the powers change based on how you mix and match. The legs control how you move in the Skylanders world and the arms (or top half) controls what attacks you have.
It sounds confusing, but read this article on Swap Force and it all starts to make sense.
Swapping is Great, But Graphics are Also HD in Swap Force
The other huge improvement with Skylanders Swap Force? HD graphics. Take a look at the above video and you will see graphics in a Skylanders game that you have never seen before. Clealry a great deal of time went into creating the Swap Force Skylanders world and I can hardly wait to play.
As many of you know – I love videos. There is something about watching a video, that just works for me. So, when I decided I wanted to find some honest reviews of the best toys, I knew the place to look was YouTube.
Man, There Are Lots of Terrible Toy Reviews on YouTube
What I did not realize was there are thousands of terrible toy reviews on YouTube. I mean terrible in every sense of the word – production value, content, information, acting – all of it. I then realized I was in “needle in a haystack mode” – searching for the one or two YouTube channels that were consistently putting out quality toy reviews. Finally, after hours of searching, I had it…
DadDoesBlog Channel Provides Great Toy Reviews
When I finally found the DadDoesBlog YouTube Channel, I knew all my time spent searching for honest toy review videos was worth it. Here is a link to their playlist of toy reviews from 2012. I dare you, click on any video in that Toy review playlist – you will not be able to find a bad one in the bunch, they are all good!
Just to give you a taste, here is a video review they did for the Nano Speed Super Vert Crash Set –
As you see, well produced and filled with useful information. I am going to subscribe right now…
It may only be April, but already the toy companies are already trying to get their toys for the 2012 holiday in front of influential people. The race is on to try to have the hot toy for 2012. To help consumers sort through the hype, DadDoes.Com – a product review blog, attended Toy Fair 2012 in search of the best toys for 2012.
What Will be The Top Toys for 2012?
Dad Does had the opportunity to see many of the new toys that will come out for Fall 2012. One major trend is the connection of iPads and iPhone to toys. More and more toys and games are bringing apps, tablets and phones into the mix. One of the more interesting toys at Toy Fair was the Nerf Laser Tag game which incorporates your iPhone. By using your phone, it turns the game into an augmented reality game that kids will love.
The other trends were battling toys. Everything from Pokemon, Bakugan, Beyblades and Monsuno were on display at the show. Here is a great video of the monsuno toys. Not to be out done, here is a video of the new Beyblade XTS Stealth Battlers…
It looks like 2012 will be a big year for toys!
What kid does not love robots? How about a robot you can program to move, talk and record sounds? The Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover is a new toy robot from SmartLab toys that allows kids to learn and play. The Rover is completely sell contained – no computer is necessary. We wanted to learn more about the Recon Rover so we went straight to DadDoes.Com to read the full review of the Recon Rover Toy Robot.
The Recon Rover Makes Learning About Math Fun
Some toys teach. Some toys are fun. It is rare to find a toy that teaches and is fun, but this is exactly the case with the Recon Rover. The Rover teaches children about math, logic and mapping skills. The great part is, kids are having so much fun sending their Rover on missions, they have no idea they are learning.
Here is a great video review of the Recon Rover from DadDoes.Com . The video gives a good flavor of how you program and play with the Recon Rover. It is a little pricey at $69.95, but it does look like a ton of fun!
Monsuno toys were just launched in March 2012, but they have already become a very hot toy. A quick scan on Amazon.Com shows Monsuno toys selling for above retail prices, a sure sign that a frenzy is under way.
What in The World are Monsuno Toys?
Monsuno is new animated series on Nick Toons. In Monsuno you have good guys, bad guys, the government and Monsuno monsters. The key element to Monsuno are the cores. By spinning the cores, the Monsuno monster comes out. In this sense it is very much like Bakugan or Pokemon.
Monsuno toys are a new line of spinning toys by Jakks Pacific. The Monsuno toys were just released at the Toy Fair 2012. Here is a video of the monsuno toys that DadDoes.Com shot at the Toy Fair.
Kids will love all the collectible elements to the Monsuno toys. Parents on the other hand may not love having to buy more and more Monsuno toys for their kids.