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We'll be honest with you -- IDL Motors' installation at Toy Fair 2008 was a bit short on details, but we're certainly digging what we saw. Apparently, both the Bullet Train & Cars and Z-drive creations were on display, and while the former used linear propulsion to whiz magnet-laden "cars" arou...

February 25th 2008 at 6:52am 0 Comments
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If you're content with letting time pass you by, you may not realize that this year's holiday shopping season is but ten months away, and apparently, Mattel thinks it's got the whole hottest toy thing figured out already. Granted, we'd place our bets on that wildly animated Elmo Live fellow (and yea...

February 21st 2008 at 3:22am 0 Comments
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We were warned that Elmo Live was pretty much a full-fledged robot, but we can't say we envisioned this. This critter sings, dances and does a decent job of freaking us out with his innate intelligence. Seriously, you've got to see it to believe it -- good thing the video's just one click away.

February 19th 2008 at 3:13pm 0 Comments
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We're blown away by how much of a behemoth ToyQuest's Touch Table EES unit is, but perhaps that's what kids are into these days. The "table" is really a swiveling TV with touch capabilities and some edutainment software. Games include bowling and trivia, kids can draw on the screen or organize phot...

February 19th 2008 at 1:21pm 0 Comments
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We saw a few clever products at Toy Fair 2008 designed to get kids up and active, but none so nefarious -- and cute -- as Swinxs. The "toy" is basically a talking computer with an RFID reader, that guides kids through different pre-loaded games or stories. The kids wear RFID wrist bracelets that id...

February 18th 2008 at 10:04pm 0 Comments
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LeapFrog is virtually unchallenged in quite a few of its product lines, but that doesn't seem to be slowing them down any. The company was showing off bunches of new product at Toy Fair 2008, with most of it newly designed to hook up to the computer and help parents keep better track of what their...

February 17th 2008 at 9:47pm 0 Comments
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Yeah, you know you want one. While we're rather skeptical about the "carabiner" aspects of this Guitar Hero Carabiner -- forget your keychain, we've owned cars smaller than this thing -- it certainly manages to bring enough of those Guitar Hero rock star vibes along with to make it worth the $15 (j...

February 17th 2008 at 9:17pm 0 Comments
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LeapFrog is moving on up the chain, and hitting 3rd through 8th graders with a new study aid, the Crammer Study and Sound System. Crammer works basically as a replacement for those annoyingly handwritten index cards, allowing you to enter data for each side of virtual "cards" and run through them o...

February 17th 2008 at 8:42pm 0 Comments