Friday, July 25, 2014

imageFor 30 years, Toy State has been an innovator and industry leader in the manufacture of licensed and highly stylized lights & sound and radio controlled vehicles. Founded in 1984, Toy State’s core portfolio includes Road Rippers®, Hot Wheels® and James Bond 007™ lights & sound and radio controlled vehicles, as well as Cat® and Cat® Preschool construction toys. Working in-step with the world’s leading automakers, and Caterpillar, the leading manufacturer of construction equipment, Toy State products provide hours of enjoyment for kids of all ages.


When I was approached to review some of their products, I didn’t hesitate a minute because I knew that the kids will like this.    I received four products from Toy State which I think will place any kids and adults.

First, we received two pack of Hot Wheels RC

One was the 24 ours and the other one was the Baja Truck.   Both can be seen below.


These full-function r/c custom Hot Wheels vehicles is specifically geared for children age 6 and up.    They possess a light-up engine feature and is packaged in such a way that you can light up the car and use it a a storage container for the remote and the car.  In fact, I definitively find the packaging to be very ingenious as the remote control can be slide at the bottom of it.   That way you can’t loose the remote control when you are done your play time.     The vehicles are about 6 inches long and will provide fun time for your kids.  Both the controller and the vehicle require 2 AAA batteries.  

The other product I have received is a Lights & Sounds Hyper Race.  Geared for kids ages 3 and up, this specific model will include music (which is quite lound) as well as changing colors when it goes in hyper speed.    All you have to do is press on the vehicle so it can zoom toward your destination.  Iconic Hot Wheels vehicles scream (literally) down the road with motorized driving action. With the push of a button, hear the engine kick into ‘Hyper Mode’ and watch as the car body transforms into a completely new color. Driving will never be the same for your child. 

We received the Yur So Fast vehicle seen below.


THe Hyper Racer vehicle include great music and exciting sound effects.  Personally, I could live without this noise but somehow I think kids like it.  The vehicle requires 3 AAA batteries.

Finally, the last item that was in my delivery was one of the Engine Power products.     Geared for kids age 6 and up these Hot Wheels custom vehicles possess full-function R/C driving and a rumbling engine feature.  We received the Baja Boneshaker vehicle see below.


The Engine Power R/C vehicles include working headlights and a light-up engine during the driving action.  The controller requires 3 AAA batteries  while the vehicle requires 4 AA batteries.

Each of these vehicles and many more available on the Toy State website will bring fun entertainment for kids of all ages and even adults!   The detail put into the vehicle is amazing and the fact that each are different in how they work is great too because you can simply collect them if you want.  There is definitively something for anyone in your family on that website and you can find the perfect R/C vehicle for your child in a matter of a few clicks.   

The Toy State vehicles are available at a store near you even on



Disclaimer: Thanks to Toy State for sending me the above mentioned products for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Every year, when summer time pops in and the days gets warmer, the kids wants to stay cool.  One way they do that is by competing against each other and soak themselves using the Nerf Soakers.   This time of the year, you might see new models on the shelves of your favourite stores.  I am here to present you two of the newest models on the market.


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This new bow blaster has been specifically designed for girls.   It somewhat makes me think of Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games because of the shape of the blaster.    Your girld will step up with strength and style and bow-blasting soakage with the Dolphina Bow Blaster.  This stylish soaker will allow you to fill it with  up to 25 ounces of water.   All the child has to do is to pull the handle back and push it forward to fire a blast of water at your target.   Practice on target or shoot at your siblinngs, you can show off your skill and soak your mark with the Dolphina Bow blaster.   I love the design of the bow and the fact that there is something out there for girls now.   The blue and pink colors make it very attractive.  

However, my only disappointment with it would be the storage capacity of this blaster.   Only 25 ounces of water can be poured in.   Which means that the refilling would happen more often than the regular size soakers.    It would be nice to have a storage capacity a bit bigger than 25 ounces of water.  What is 25 ounces of water? About this much.


So you can easily imagine that this quantity of water will be drained quite rapidly from the NERF Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster.  But I have to highlight the fact that I think this is the first time ever that there is a water blaster specifically designed for girls.   And I hope that many more will make their way on the shelves in store in the future (yes even with a bigger storage capacity!).


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Presenting the new huge-capacity Barrage soaker! This big drencher can hold up to 84 ounces of water, and it's easy to pump and fire at your opponents.   Turn the nozzle to 1 of 3 soaking modes so you can choose just how to soak your target including a huge stream in Flood mode or the ability to hit multiple targets in Scatter mode.    But if you need to hit targets up to 38 feet away, you will want to use the Distance mode!   Nobody will be able to stand against you when you come armed with the Barrage soaker.

Now with this big soaker you can be certain to drench your opponents no matter where they are hiding.   This soaker is also very versatile as you can use three different soaking modes on it.    Simply switch the nozzle to select the one you prefer.


The NERF Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster and the NERF Super Soaker Barrage Soaker are available for purchase at your favourite store.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned products for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.



The month of August is just around the corner and with it comes a much anticipated comic book related movie – The Guardians of the Galaxy which is coming out in theaters on August 1st.  Needless to say that my husband and I are planning to go see this movie as soon as possible.    One of the popular characters of Guardians of the Galaxy is Rocket Raccoon.    Since the movie was announced a few years ago, the comic book fans have been trying to snatch the first appearance of the main characters in the movie.

My oldest son, Alexandre, was quick to check out which comic book had the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon.  Turns out that it is Incredible Hulk #271 and the value of this comic has been increasing in the past year or so simply because of the upcoming movie.


To celebrate the upcoming movie of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Hasbro has a line of toys that would please small and big kids.   From action figure to space ship as well as masks, you will find something that will bring joy in a boy or girl in your life.    I received three items from Hasbro Canada to review and interestingly enough all three items are based on the smallest character of the group – Rocket Raccoon!

49A551F450569047F58BF9D6F22388C7Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Big Blastin’ Rocket Raccoon Figure

About the toy

The Guardians of the Galaxy need all the help they can get to save the cosmos from destruction, and this is just the raccoon for the job! This incredible electronic Rocket Raccoon figure has a spinning blaster that lights up in the heat of battle. When you press the button on his leg, the blaster fires, and you can choose the battle sounds you want to hear! The intergalactic action will be epic with your Big Blastin’ Rocket Raccoon figure!
Figure comes with blaster.  Requires 3 "AA" batteries (demo batteries included).  Adult assembly required. No tools needed.

My Thoughts

  This toy is not a small one.   On the contrary, if I put my hands next to it with my middle finger touching the table, the head of Rocket Raccoon is going above my wrist.    This toy will bring numerous noise in your household too as Rocket Raccoon will blast through anything your child will want to knock off.   Mind you it’s only the sound you will hear nothing will be destroyed.   But the blaster is almost as big as the raccoon itself.    But Rocket Raccoon would be himself without his blaster.    When you press the button on the top of the blaster or on his leg, Rocket Raccoon will start shooting or charging his gun.   Sometimes, you might hear him growling or yell and start shooting immediately.   Every time the blaster is shooting, the pressure of the gun with make the raccoon tremble.  In a way the blaster works a bit like a machine gun seen in the gangster movies.   The mouth, head and ears of Rocket Raccoon will move a bit as he blast his way.

Though I personally like this toy for collectors, I am uncertain on how it will be received in household.   I mentioned to my husband that I was thinking he should put it in his office for decorations.   

Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Warbirdimage

About the toy

Blast into battle against interstellar evil with this sweet Rocket Raccoon Warbird vehicle! The included Rocket Raccoon figure pilots it into the fight against the forces of evil. When the dogfight is joined, the its wings pivot up for battle! No enemy will stand against your vehicle when you upgrade it with the included battle gear! The Guardians of the Galaxy will always prevail when your Rocket Raccoon Warbird vehicle is in the fight!
Includes vehicle, Rocket Raccoon figure, projectile launcher and gear.

My Thoughts

I wasn’t expecting this particular vehicle from the Guardians of the Galaxy but I was very surprised and delighted to realized that I received the Rocket Raccoon Warbird instead of the one I was suppose to receive.    This space vehicle is small to be held in your hand.   It comes with everything you need to explore the galaxy – even a small version of Rocket Raccoon!

You can upgrade the space ship with the battle gear that is included in the box.   Also the wings moves up and down and as you may expect it there are cannons on this warbird.  And like Rocket Raccoon will say himself “When you’re facing down whatever nastiness space throws your way, there’s only one thing better than a really big cannon: two really big cannons.”

The Rocket Raccoon Warbird is the perfect item for your child if he/she wants to fight the aliens throughout space.

4DFAE40250569047F5B1E47985764850Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Action Mask

About the toy

Lead the battle against interstellar evil as your favourite Guardian of the Galaxy with this awesome Rocket Raccoon Action Mask! You’ll feel like Rocket Raccoon when you slip this mask on, and you control the action. Do you want to move the mask’s ears, or raise the eyebrows or open the mouth? Just move your jaw to activate it! Will any enemy stand against you? Not when you have the Rocket Raccoon Action Mask on!
My Thoughts

I think this one is my favourite item of the lot.   I just love the look of this mask and the details included in it.     When you wear the mask you can move your jaw to activate the mask.   What?  Yes, when you move your own jaw, the mouth will open, the eyebrows will raise and the ears will move.   Essentially, whoever wears the mask control the action on it.   A blaster is sold separately if you choose to dress yourself as Rocket Raccoon at Halloween.


All these toys and more other ones are available at your favourite toy store, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to Hasbro Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.


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