Taptic Toy developed and displayed their Xachi at last year's American International Toy Fair and are finally getting around to sending it out to play. Soon you will be able to download the app on your iPhone and meter the little guy's hunger, thirst, health and happiness. You can interact with him and play games, and if you pet him, he purrs, sort of. With glowing eyes and a squeaking voice box, the modernized Furby can dance up a storm. Sign up to be notified of his arrival.
We've come a long ways since the days of the iDog. Wappy Dog is controlled via a Nintendo DS game with its purpose being that you actually raise a puppy to a grown dog. After naming, you teach it with games and tricks and speak to it through the game. He responds by barking and moving.
Here comes the hitch. The owner/trainer must pet the dog to accumulate points and must keep at it to develop it fully. So kids/adults who ignore their pet will end up with a very unhappy and underdeveloped Wappy. A Travel Mode is included so that you can keep training on the fly. Look for this to be a hot one this holiday season if the price is right.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" arrives June 29 and although the silly plot concerns the past space race between the US and Russia, those who go for the action will love the effects when Shockwave joins up with the Decepticons to fight the usual Autobots. This one is in 3D and Shia LaBeof returns as Sam, while Rosie Huntington-Whitely plays love interest Carly.
Wild and Wolf have a couple of robots for those who want to add to their private collections. Venus is 3.1 x 2.7 x 5.5," nicely pink and comes with its own key. The Lilliput is 3.1 x 3.1 x 6.3," butterfly yellow and also winds up. Both are replicas of 1920 toys designed in Shanghai, comply with Toy Safety Regulations and are not intended for small children.
Babies can share the robot love with this Carini Bambini designed Mobile with 4 enchanting bots. It also plays "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" to help the infant get to sleep.
Once awake, take him/her out with Rusty, the stroller and car seat toy. Baby can mix and match his body, experience different textures and strengthen those muscles when pulling and squeezing the cuddly bot. A Lamaze link makes for easy attachment.
While you await the release of Disney's Cars 2, which will be out June 24, you can at least play with its star, Fisher Price's RC version of Lightning McQueen with Geotrax Radio Control. This special Radiator Springs Edition claims to be 2X faster than wimpier Geotrax cars and includes phrases from Owen Wilson to show your superiority over non-verbal RC vehicles.
Rovio's Angry Birds has been downloaded over 100 million times so it was only a question of time before licensed plushies came out. Case in point, both the Bird and Pig are not only fun friends to have around but will make annoying sounds when patted on top. Each is 5.5 x 4.8 x 4.5" and recommended for ages 1 and up. We guess it won't be long before the company makes RC Birds. Ka-ching.
I remember being jealous as a kid that my brother had an Erector set and I didn't because my father decided girls shouldn't play with them. So not only is it kewl to see them still around, it is really fine that there is a kit that does robots. The Erector Robot's included power tool becomes a motor to run each and pre-programmed sounds and movements are included. The company promises that their Speed Play construction makes for a simpler, quicker assembly.
This car doesn't just run by RC, it runs via your smartphone. Compatible with Android and some Nokia Symbian smartphones, BeeWi's Mini Cooper is controlled by orientation sensor and touchscreen buttons. The 179 x 98 x 74 mm BBZ201-A0 zips along on 3 AA batteries for up to 3 hours before needing a recharge.
For those kidlets who bugged you for Wall-E Action Figures until you relented, there is now a Truck Play Set built to their scale. The truck makes noise when moving forward and its roof and back door opens. There is also a button for sound effect and the voices of Wall-E and M-O. The 13" vehicle needs 3 AA batteries, not included.