December 24, 2010

Must Have: Paperoni Pets

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A new hot toy, the Paperoni Magic Moving Pets, lets kids aged 4 and up to make 3D plastic characters that will run and jump after creation. The wind-up creatures kit includes a puppy, hamster and rabbit, with templates to make flower beds, dog house, hedges and carrots.

Via Paperoni Magic Moving Pets

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December 23, 2010

Gundam Topples Rival Lookalike

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A 60 ft. tall statue was reportedly being built at the Floraland amusement park in China that resembled Gundam a tad too much. Sotsu Co., the company that owns the copyright to the Gundam in Odaiba district in Tokyo, is looking into the matter. Those who saw it noted that the Chinese version had the same EFSF and WB logos on its shoulders. Although the park's operator claims that the design was original, it is nonetheless missing for now, leading us to believe that the Gundam has some powerful friends.

This ia not a select incident. In 2007, the Shijingshan Amusement Park near Beijing tried to create mascots and figures that resembled Disney and Japanese Anime characters. Even if you cannot understand Japanese, it is obvious from the video that those characters are/were a direct rip-off. Most of the videos released at the time were taken off YouTube and a quick check at the park's site claims that it is "under construction." As far as we can tell, the Disneyesque characters and a banner stating "Disney is too far, so please come to Shijingshan" has been removed.

Via Japan Times

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December 22, 2010

SAP Ad Features Familiar Bots

Check out this SAP commercial that features both NEC's PaPeRo and Optimus Prime in its spiel. The German software company says that it "offers technical account management for the life cycle of your solution and supports your implement of end-to-end solution operations." Yeah, we thought that, too.

Via SAP

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December 17, 2010

Must Have: A Dozen Galaxy Windup Robots

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Not one, not two, not three, but a dozen Galaxy Windup Futuristic Robots come in a pack that will make for great stocking stuffers. Each is 2 ΒΌ" and has its own unique design.

Via Windup Robots

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December 10, 2010

Must Have: Happyland Rocket Set

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Get your kidlets their very own space station this holiday season with the Early Learning Centre Happyland. The 6 piece set includes a large robot that makes noise and rolls his eyes, his cap, an astronaut and three mini-bots. Recommended for ages 19 mos. to 4 years, the plastic is phthalate free and safe should your tot or small pet decide to take a nibble.

Via ELC Happyland

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December 6, 2010

Denver Bomb Squad Destroys Toy Robot

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You can never trust a robot 100%. Denver police received a call last week that someone had cemented a small toy robot to the base of a pillar. They were freaked out enough to send the Bomb Squad and keep people away, blocking rush hour traffic. Since they couldn't decide if the bot was just a toy, they decided to blow it up, just in case.

Via Denver Post

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December 3, 2010

Must Have: Tonka Ricochet 4 x 4

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Tonka's Ricochet 4 x 4 Vehicle is not your basic RC toy. It will flip from side to side on the floor and also features a monster lift suspension that will let it flip in the air. The rugged car can go for about 15 minutes per charge and comes with a controller, charger and 9V battery.

Via Tonka

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December 2, 2010

ChouChou Robotic Butterfly Feels No Pain

When you were a kid did you ever try to catch a firefly or butterfly in a jar, only to find that the effort either destroyed the poor insect through damage or asphyxiation? Tenyo's ChouChou Robotic Butterfly needs 3 AA batteries and a thump on its container to fly around. Available next month for $55.00, watching the video still gives us enough guilt to want to set it free.

Via Japan Gadget Shop

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December 1, 2010

Fisher Price Robots for Toddlers

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How cute is Fisher Price's Toby the Totbot? Geared for toddlers, he moves his head eyes, waist and arms. Touch a button and letters, numbers and shapes are displayed on his light-up screen. At 12" tall, he can also sing and dance and comes with all batteries needed.

For older kids, Kasey the Kinderbot helps develop academic, social, and physical skills. He has 40 pre-reading, math, music and manners activities, moves most of his bod while talking and singing, and will get your chubby tot dancing and stretching.

Via Fisher Price Robot Toys

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November 24, 2010

Toys "R" Us Holiday Deals

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Toys "R Us" continues its holiday sales this week with several robotic toys, including 25% off the Rescue Pets Puppy that swims when plopped in the tub, the growling Dinosaur Train Interactive Boris and the RC Tonka Bounce Back Racer. The sale goes on through today and if you sign up on their Facebook page you can get advance information on their after Turkey Day sale.

Via TRU

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