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Grossery Gang – The Grossest Collectible Toy Ever

Grossery Gang

A rotten tomato. A moldy piece of pizza. An apple with a worm in it. Not exactly what you or I would consider something to pick up and play with but if you have a kid that loves gross stuff, the Grossery Gang is really going hit the spot!

Developed by Moose Toys, The Grossery Gang is the yucky flip side of Shopkins, the ultra cute collectibles that took the world by storm in 2014. Shopkins themselves were the flip side of the Trash Pack, another set of collectibles that launched in 2011 and did really well worldwide but never quite reached the fame of Shopkins. And while the Grossery Gang also hasn't matched the Shopkins craze, it's still selling millions of icky miniature foodstuffs.

So what the heck is The Grossery Gang? I'm glad you asked!

The Grossery Gang – Welcome to the Yucky Mart

Released in June 2016 by the Melbourne-based Moose Toys (strangely, Australia does not have any native moose), The Grossery Gang are small rubbery toys made to resemble a wide variety of rotten grocery store items (hence, the name “The Grossery Gang”). They are not appropriate to have around younger children who might (will) put them in their mouths. Yes, they look disgusting but when has that ever stopped a baby?

But past that, the characters are hilariously nauseating. They're broken into subgroups or “teams” like “Gross Greasies,” “Stinky Snacks,” and “Moldy Veg.” Most of the characters have an alternate version with different colors. Some of these are rare while some entire subgroups are “ultra rare.” This is where the “collectible” part comes in as kids try to get the entire set. Lucky for you, The Grossery Gang is currently up to Series 5 so it'll take some time before you run out of nasty little critters for your child to collect!

Looking to avoid the pitfalls of previous collectible toys, The Grossery Gang started to introduce a storyline with Series 3. This included bad guys for our slimy heroes to fight. Each series after that introduces more villains to keep the story going and your child's interest piqued.

But first, let's start at the beginning.

The Grossery Gang Series 1

The Grossery Gang – Series 1

These are the original 150 goopy figures that started it all. With the tagline “Your shoppin's gone rotten,” you have a pretty good idea what to expect. They're sold in little candy bar-like wrappers, mini-bags of “chips,” and tiny “mystery milk crates.” Some of the packaging tells you what characters are inside, but there is always at least one random surprise character. My particular favorite is the “Vile Vending Machine” which has 16 on display and four mystery milk crates.

The Grossery Gang teams for Series 1 are:

  • Awful Sauces
  • Badly Frozen
  • Barf-Room Supplies
  • Gross Greasies
  • Half Baked Bakery
  • Moldy Veg
  • Scummy Sodas
  • Sour Dairy
  • Sticky Sweets
  • Stinky Snacks
  • Trashed Cans

They really are just as gross as they sound. And yet, they're still somehow endearing. Sort of? Anyway, the Trashed Cans are the limited editions, the Sticky Sweets are the special editions, while the Moldy Veg team is ultra rare. And considering they're up to Series 5, best of luck finding them!

You might have a better time getting a hold of the three playsets/storage containers:

Mushy Slushie Collectors Cup


Mushy Slushie Collectors Cup

Basically, this is a large Slurpee cup that you can stuff about 40 of the Grossery Gang into. The lid pops off and the “slushie” top has little pegs to stick the characters on. It comes with four exclusive Grosseries.

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Mushy Slushie Machine


Well, if you have the cup, you need someplace to fill it up, don't you? This play set lets you send your Grosseries flying out of the slushie machine and it also comes with another two exclusive characters.

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Yuck Mart


This is where the magic happens! The Grossery Gang comes from the Yuck Mart which is located in, I kid you not, Cheap Town. Apparently, Cheap Town was a “bustling urban metropolis” but a superhighway was built to “Sales City” (presumably where Shopkins live) and now Cheap Town is a Dystopian nightmare. The set has a microwave, a freezer, shelves, etc. and it comes with, you guessed it, two exclusive figures.

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The Grossery Gang – Series 2

Series 2, released in January of 2017, sticks with a winning formula, adding another 150 stomach-churning Grosseries and one more playset. The twist this time is that several of the little critters glow in the dark or change color when you put them in warm water.

The Grossery Gang teams for Series 2 are:

  • Awful Sauces
  • Barf-Room Supplies
  • Cruddy Lost ‘N' Found
  • Fungus Fruits
  • Glowin' Gadgets
  • Gooey Breakfasts
  • Gross Greasies
  • Scummy Sodas
  • Sour Dairy
  • Untasty Treats

As you can see, some of the teams are the same, but the Grosseries on those teams are not. There's a ton of different ways to have fun with “Scummy Sodas” so why limit yourself to just one go at it?

There are still commons, rares and ultra rares, although no one particular team is ultra rare this go around. The Glowin' Gadgets are the special edition because they, surprise, glow and the Cruddy Lost ‘N' Found is limited edition because they have a “dusty metallic finish.”

The play set for Series 2 is the Horrid Hot Dog Machine and it's enough to make you want to pass on the grilled tube steak the next time you're in a convenience store. It comes with a mustard bottle launcher to shoot your Grosseries through the air, and you can squish the rubber foodies through the rollers. It also serves (see what I did there?) as a storage container for your now burgeoning collection of nastiness. And yes, it has two exclusive figures.

The Grossery Gang  Series 3

The Grossery Gang – Series 3

Series 3, released in June of 2017, adds yet another 150 tiny terrors to collect but now the Grosseries have someone gunning for them: the Clean Team. Yes, the villains are, seriously, cleaning items like mops, feather dusters, dustbins and, I'm not making this up, an evil box of tissues.

Series 3 also goes international with the World Food team which includes tasty foreign dishes like “Bangers & Trash” and ” Chewie Sushi.” Yummy!

The Grossery Gang teams for Series 3 are:

  • Barf-Room Supplies
  • Clean Team
  • Cruddy Sport
  • Fish Market
  • Gross Greasies
  • Gunky Gas Station
  • Junk Yard
  • Stinky Snacks
  • Trash Alley
  • Vile Vermin
  • World Food

Series 3 has a whopping four playsets and one alternate version:

Clean Team Street Sweeper


The bad guys are riding in style! The street sweeper can sweep up your Grosseries in the front and shoot them out the back. It comes with two exclusive characters.

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Collector's Trash Can


Pretty self-explanatory, no? The trash can holds 40 Grosseries and comes with two exclusives of its own.

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Delivery Strike Motor Bike


This tricked out pizza delivery Harley lets you launch missiles as you cruise the streets of Cheap Town. And you'll never believe it: It comes with two exclusive Grosseries!

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Muck Chuck Garbage Truck and Metallic Trash Attack Pack


These two playsets are identical except for the paint scheme. They both can launch your Grosseries like a catapult and they both open up for “battle mode.” They also both come with two exclusive characters each. However, the Metallic Trash Attack Pack comes with one of the new action figures which leads us to…

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The Grossery Gang Action Figures!

Yup! In addition to the little rubber and plastic collectibles, Moose Toys also started to produce full-size action figures. How does one make an action figure out of rotten food or a stinky garbage can? Easy! Just add arms and legs and call it a day! OK, it's a little more complicated than that (there are toxic sludge and mutations involved), but you get the basic idea.

Breathe easy, while the action figures are naturally more expensive, there's a whole lot less of them to collect! And you're in luck! Each comes with an exclusive Grossery collectible and they're all available at Amazon.

  • Blow Fly
  • Dodgey Donut
  • Fungus Fries
  • Gooey Chewie (Discontinued and hard to find)
  • Grub Sub (Discontinued and hard to find)
  • Putrid Pizza
  • Squished Banana
  • Trash Head (Discontinued and hard to find)
  • Vac Attack

The Grossery Gang – Series 4

Series 4, released December of 2017, introduces the next set of bad guys: The Bug Army. Unlike Series 3, there are three full teams of villains this time around letting your kiddos stage epic battle between bugs and blech! Series 4 also continues the trend of the Grossery Gang including a lot more non-food items among the 150 new collectibles. In fact, of the 12 teams, only three are actually foods! Not that your kids are really going to care because this series has paratroopers (bugs with parachutes) and wall-crawlers (bugs that stick to the wall).

The Grossery Gang teams for Series 4 are:

  • Army Preserves
  • Bug Brigade
  • Dessert Warfare
  • Foot Soldiers
  • Gravy Officers
  • Hair Force
  • Medics
  • Para Crawlers
  • Repellants
  • Scrappy Camo
  • Stationery Officers
  • SWAT

Curiously, Series 4 doesn't have any playsets associated with it. They did, however, continue making action figures.

The action figures for Series 4 are:

  • Capt. Lice Cream – Capt. Lice Cream
  • Dodgey Donut
  • Fungus Fries
  • Gen. Arak Attack
  • Gooey Chewie
  • Grot Dog
  • Grub Sub
  • Putrid Pizza
  • Trash Head
The Grossery Gang  Series 5

The Grossery Gang – Series 5

By the time you read this, the 150 collectibles of the newest set of the Grossery Gang should have just been released into the stores. Time is running out! No, seriously! In series 5, the Grossery Gang is fighting bad guys from the past and the future. From Stone Age Pizza to Cyborg Pizza (wait, what?! Don't put too much thought into it, you'll hurt yourself), our decomposing heroes will have to go all Doctor Who to stay alive!

The Grossery Gang teams for Series 5 are:

  • Computer Virus
  • Fungus Fossils
  • Jurassic Muck
  • Medieval Muck
  • Putrid Pirates
  • Rotbots
  • Scabby Samurai
  • Time Wasters
  • Vile West

The play sets return for Series 5 but with only two new sets and one color scheme variant. Still, it's better than nothing! As of this writing, pricing was not available.

Chomp ‘n' Chew Trash-o-saur


Chomp ‘n' Chew Trash-o-saur


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This is basically, I'm not joking, a T-rex used as a shopping cart/battle platform. As of this writing, the Chomp ‘n' Chew has not been released but will presumably have at least one but more likely two exclusive Grosseries.

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2 in 1 Gross Glow Assault Vehicle and 2 in 1 Rotbot Assault Vehicle


These dune buggies have launchers on top that shoot toilet plungers (I can't believe it took them this long to think of that!). They also have grappling hooks and winches in the front. As always, they come with two exclusive Grosseries.

The action figures for Series 5 are:

  • Bad Beans Shooter
  • Cyber-Slop Pizza
  • Dodgey Donut
  • Gooey Chewie
  • Grotty Graffiti
  • Jock Slop Burger
  • Pirate Sharrrk
  • Potato Punk
  • Putrid Pizza
  • Space Jump Pumpkin
  • Spewy Loo
  • Trash Head

Since this set is brand new, they're all the same price on Amazon.

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It's all good clean fun, even if it's gross

The bottom line here is that there are a zillion of these things and your kids are going to drive you crazy trying to collect them all. On the other hand, they're pretty creative and there's far more expensive stuff your kid could be nagging you to buy. Bonus! The Grossery Gang is step up from other collectible crazes like Beanie Babies because you can actually play with them instead of just watching them collect dust. If you're looking for something new for your kiddo to get into, take a trip to the Yuck Mart and let your shoppin' go rotten!

RC Excavator: The Top New Models and All Time Best in the Market

RC Excavator

If you're in the market for an RC excavator, the sheer number of options on the table can be confusing. Most people who are shopping for remote control excavators are buying them for their children (or a child they know), and you don't want to waste money on an option that disappoints your kid.

Or, worse, on something that your kid loves, only to have it break after just a few minutes of use. If you want to avoid that situation, it's best to do a bit of product research before you go shopping.

Remote control excavators are going to end up getting put through a lot of punishment, so getting a great model that is built well the first time around is essential. We're going to discuss what you should be looking for, as well as highlighting a few of the best products available in 2018.

RC Excavator FAQs

There are quite a few questions when it comes to RC excavators. What should you look for? Where can you get the best options for purchase? When you go to buy one, what should you expect to pay?

1. What should you look for?

2. Where can you get the best options for purchase?

Features

For each RC excavator, we've laid out the size, battery options, remote features, recommended age range, bucket features, and movement details, in an easy-to-scan bullet list. None of these excavators will break the bank, but some may be better for certain purchasers than others. 

Without battery upgrades, the average RC excavator on this list will last for about 30 minutes of play.

Our Picks for the Best RC Excavator of 2018

Below, you'll find some of our highlighted favorites on the RC excavator market in 2018. Because what makes an option "the best" can be so varied, we've included several models, as well as full, comparable feature lists for each product.

ToyThrill Remote Control Excavator


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  • Size: 1:14 scale
  • Comes with a 7.2v 400mah Ni-cad battery for the excavator itself, but the two AA batteries are not included
  • This RC excavator uses a 2.4GHz signal and has 15 channels, allowing for long-range control without interference
  • The manufacturer recommends that children be aged six or up to use this toy
  • Has a durable metal bucket, and every joint can move individually
  • The cab rotates a full 360 degrees, and the workbench rotates up to 680 degrees

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  • With intuitive controls, this RC excavator is a great choice even for young kids. 
  • ToyThrill excavator is also great — the lights and sounds are all realistic, and even the interior of the cab is well detailed.
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    Its all-metal die-cast body will stand up to a lot of abuse.

Cons

  • Some users report that the bucket is not as strong as they'd prefer. 
  • Operating instructions, which are located on the box instead of in a separate manual.
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    There is a running theme of complaints about connectivity issues. 

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Top Race TR 211 Excavator


Top Race 15 Channel Full Functional Professional RC Excavator, Battery...

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  • Size: 1:14 scale
  • Includes a 7.2v 400Mah rechargeable battery for the excavator. Remote requires two AA batteries; these are not included
  • The Top Race TR 211 is a 15 channel, 2.4GHz RC excavator that works from up to 100 feet away
  • Recommended for ages 8+
  • Heavy-duty steel bucket with three different motors can dig and lift dirt, sand, etc. The cab rotates 680 degrees and can move in all directions

Pros

  • This one is a fantastic excavator.
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    It digs in the sand, snow, and loose dirt all without issue. 
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    People also report that the customer service for this brand is great.

Cons

  • Some of those who have purchased this RC excavator report problems with the remote.

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Double E Full Functional RC Excavator


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  • Size: 1:20 scale
  • Comes with an 800mah 4.8V battery for the excavator. It requires two AA batteries for the remote, which are not included
  • This RC excavator has a 2.4GHz, eight-channel remote that allows for control from up to 100 feet away
  • For all ages, with adult supervision for younger kids
  • Made from heavy-duty plastic with a bucket that can lift a couple of ounces of dirt at a time. The cab rotates 660 degrees

Pros

  • European adapter, the seller includes a link to a free USB adapter promotion
  • Kids love the realistic sound effects and the full range of motion

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  • Less durable than other options on our list
  • Can be a problem if you don't see the promotion for the free USB cable

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So Which Is the Best?

Out of all of the RC excavators on the market in 2018, our favorite is the Top Race 211. Top Race also has some other excellent selections this year, including a TR-215 model excavator that uses a grapple instead of a bucket.

They have a fantastic balance of price and features, and durability that can't be matched. However, these models are suitable for older children — probably children who are old enough to know what they want.

If you're buying a gift for a kid who may or may not be into remote control excavators, it might be better to go with a cheaper, simpler option. Yet when it comes to value, the Top Race 211 is not going to be matched.

The Best New Toddler Toys: Award-Winning Products 2018

Finding the most captivating toddler toys can seem like a difficult task, even for the most careful shopper. Who hasn't spent hours wandering up and down the toddler toy aisle, searching for the perfect gift for that special boy or girl in our lives? And who hasn't proudly presented the toy they spent hours agonizing over to a toddler, only to have the small recipient wander off to play with the box? Who among us hasn't spent more money than we could afford on a toy that we could never quite figure out how to assemble? Worse still, who hasn't seen a child fall madly in love with a toy that we picked out, only to have it break after ten minutes of play? These are the things of nightmares.

Have no fear. We've done a wealth of research on this year's most captivating toys for toddlers. The result of our effort is in this unique collection of products, all award-winning and expert recommended.

How the Experts Define Toddler Toys

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How the Experts Define Toddler Toys

Pediatricians define “toddler” as a child who is between the ages of 12 and 36 months. Many people think of a toddler as a child who is learning to walk. Regardless of a child's physical capabilities, during this stage, a child will practice muscle control and develop coordination needed to master all kinds of life skills, from feeding themselves to drinking from a cup. While a child may enter this stage crawling, they're sure to be off-and-running by the time they leave it.

During this stage of life, a child is also building a host of other skills. Most children can say a few words when they enter the toddler stage. By the time this stage is over, he or she will be learning the alphabet, learning to count, and practicing early-reading skills. That's a lot of growth in just a couple short years.

Understanding the importance of these early years of development and growth, experts have spent years designing products to help children build the skills they need. It is important to note that different toy manufacturers may define “toddler toys” differently. For example, some toddler toys are appropriate for children as young as six to nine months. Likewise, a toddler toy may also be recommended for children as old as four.

What experts look for in toddler toys

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What experts look for in toddler toys

One of the best ways to avoid wasting money on toddler toys that disappoint is to determine what the experts look for when they're selecting the “best toys.” Aside from things like safety and durability, pediatric experts also recommend choosing toys which help toddlers build specific skills, depending on the stage of toddlerhood they are in.

For example, children who are between the ages of 12 and 18 months are just beginning to grasp the idea of cause and effect. (This is why every one-year-old insists on knocking over the block tower you're trying to build.) Toys that respond to a toddler's actions are great for this age group. Children at this age are also building memory skills, so toys that encourage repetition can be great for kids at this stage, too.

By the time a toddler reaches the 18-month mark, they have generally gained a great deal of independence. This later stage of toddlerhood is an endless period of exploration. As the toddler ventures further out into the world that surrounds them, their little hands are eager to touch, grasp, push, pull, feel, and experience every new object they encounter. Children at this stage will benefit most from toys that engage them with hands-on, multisensory activities.

GearZooz™ Roll & Roar Animal Train™ by VTech

What child wouldn't love this adorable, and durable train set designed especially for small hands? Made by VTech, the GearZooz Animal Train can be assembled by an adult or even an older toddler. The easy snap-together design means no frustration for your little one as they build critical fine motor skills. Once the train is assembled, you can watch your child take off behind it as it slowly chugs its way along. Or let your toddler use the pull string to test their understanding of cause and effect.

The GearZooz Animal Train was among eight finalists for the U.S. Toy Association's 2018 Toy Of The Year Award. It's recommended for children ages 18 months and up. It requires two double-A batteries for the sound and lights to work. Here's a short video featuring the GearZooz Animal Train, courtesy of VTech Toys on YouTube:

This adorable toddler toy sells for less than thirty dollars. You can find out more about the VTech GearZooz Animal Train by following this link.

Mega Bloks® Building Basics Elephant Parade

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The Elephant parade building blocks set from Mega Bloks is a toy that toddlers and parents will love. Easy-to-build interlocking blocks make it possible for your toddler to build a  giraffe, hippopotamus, monkey, and toucan. Parents will appreciate the big, blue elephant storage, which smartly doubles as a rolling pull-toy.

You can find the Elephant Parade building blocks set at most major department stores and retail outlets. As a final bonus, this product doesn't require batteries. Watch the video below to find out more about the Mega Bloks Building Basics Elephant Parade, courtesy of TTPM Toy Reviews of YouTube.

To find out more about the Mega Blok Elephant Parade, or to make a purchase, visit this link.

Yvolution™ Y Strolly Bike

Another award-winning toddler toy, the Strolly tricycle runs on either adult or kid power. While it may not look like a toddler toy at first glance, the Strolly is a stroller, a push-bike, a tricycle, and more — it can even convert to become a two-wheeled balance bike. The lightweight stroller is easy to push and steer, making it the perfect vehicle for a leisurely stroll in the park with your little one. As the child grows, this unique and functional toy will grow with them.

The Strolly features a puncture-resistant, wipe clean vinyl interior. The Strolly bike was a 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award recipient from The Toy Association. When you consider that you get four different products in one convenient package, the price seems well worth the money you'll spend.

Watch the video below, courtesy of TTPM on YouTube, to learn more about how this fantastic stroller bike works.

Squigz By Fat Brain Toys

One of the most highly recommended toys, Squigz are fun for kids of all ages. The brightly-colored building materials are soft and pliable. Their suction-cup design makes them easy to stick to each other, or to surfaces like tables or walls. Stick some on your toddlers high-tray and let the fun begin!

Watch the video below, courtesy of Fat Brain Toys on YouTube, to find out more about these modern construction toys for toddlers.

Go Go Smart Wheels

Fans of VTech's Go Go Smart Wheels playsets for toddlers will love the new vehicles just released for 2018. Little ones are sure to love the chubby police car, complete with flashing lights and blaring siren. There is also a blue pickup truck, which helps toddlers learn the sound of the letter “T”. This three-car set also includes a little red helicopter which plays music and lights up with the touch of a finger.

While VTech Go Go Smart Wheels vehicles can work in conjunction with other Smart Wheels playsets, they don't have to be. The vehicles are made to work with or without other playsets. Each of the vehicles requires two AA batteries. You can purchase the three-car set at most major department stores or toy stores in the US for less than fifteen dollars. 

Toddler Corner House

Known for quality, safety and durability, Step Two is a brand parents know and trust. The toddler corner house from Step Two provides an array of educational and motor-sensory activities to keep any active toddler occupied during those early, explorative years.

The corner house features an easy-open, kid-friendly gate that is safe for little fingers. The garden wall is adorned with a removable play panel with chunky, toddler-size gears to turn, and an easy-carry handle. A pass-thru mailbox with a working flag provides lots of opportunity for imaginative play. The mailbox also doubles as a shape-sorter. Once inside kids will find a miniature kitchen, complete with kid-friendly pots and pans. A ball maze and ball launcher help round out the fun.

Watch the video below from Step Two to find out more about the Toddler Corner House:

Just Have Fun

It can be tempting to want to rush to the store to buy the newest and most highly-recommended toys for toddlers the minute that they hit the shelves. Experts say that we grown-ups really don't need to do that. In fact, too many toys can actually overwhelm a young child, making it difficult for them to focus on any one thing. What that means is that, in an effort to give their children the best of everything, some parents may actually be hampering their child's development by offering too much.

Instead of buying out the toy store, consider investing in a few age-appropriate, multi-purpose toys such as those shown above. When you make your selections, look for award-winning products and products that are educator-recommended. You may also want to seek out toddler toys that feature the “Parent's Choice” seal. Toys with this seal have been tested and approved by thousands of parents and caregivers from all areas of the country.

Remember, the most important feature of any toddler toy is that it is to be fun for the child. Bright colors, flashing lights, bells, buzzers and bangs aside, a toy should be able to capture a child's attention and keep their busy minds and fingers actively engaged. Strive for a balanced assortment of battery-operated and quiet toys.

Play Together

Experts tell us that a child's most valuable plaything at this age is an actively involved adult. For this reason, toys that encourage adult-child interaction are great. It can be hard to find new toys that fit this bill. Don't hesitate to round out any toddler's toy box with tried and true toddler toys too. Look for chunky puzzles, textured books, brightly colored balls (bouncy and plush) and other inexpensive toddler toys that adults and children can play with together.

Fur Real Pets: The Cuddly Toys that Make the Purrrrrfect Companion

Fur Real Pets

Searching for a toy that is as fun for youngsters, as it is adorable? Ready for a cuteness overload? Then you need to check out Fur Real Pets. These fuzzy stuffed animals are the perfect toy for any child over the age of four, who needs a friend to cuddle. Featuring soft fur, big dreamy eyes, and infectious smiles, Fur Real Pets will make playtime a blast and bedtime a breeze.

What are Fur Real Pets

Fur Real Pets

Yes, Fur Real Pets are stuffed animals. However, they most certainly aren't your run of the mill teddy bear either. Hasbro, who creates time-tested toys such as My Little Pony and Transformers, is the maker of Fur Real Pets. 

In 2017, these furry toys were ranked among the top toys of the year during the International Toy Fair, and for good reason. One look, and you'll be in love before you know what hit you -- and so will the little people in your life.

Most Popular Fur Real Pets

Fur Real Pets come in a variety of different species. Does your child want a familiar animal like a cat or a dog? Or would they rather have something more exotic, such as a monkey? Either way, from horses to pandas, Fur Real Pets have you covered, because they really do have something to suit every child's tastes. These toys also come with a wide array of interactive options. Here are a few of the most popular stuffed animals in this wildly popular toy line.


Do you have one of those kids who is always asking for a pony? If so, Butterscotch My Walking Horse will make their dreams come true. Or, at least as true as they can, unless you happen to live on a ranch. According to her bio, Butterscotch is proud and confident, so she always "trots through town with her
head held high." Since she is trustworthy, her friends all know that they can tell her anything because she will keep their secrets. She moves her head when you pet her, and makes munching sounds when fed her carrot. 


If pandas make your child swoon, you have to check out Pom Pom My Baby Panda. This cutie is endlessly curious. Her favorite thing to do is to spend her days exploring the world around her. But once she's tuckered out from a long day spent in search of new experiences, she's ready for some cuddle time. She comes with a bottle, so you can make sure she's well fed. And thanks to her crawling skills, she can walk right up to you when she hears her rattle.


Does your child love cats? If the answer to that question is yes, then Daisy Play-With-Me Kitty will make their day. Like most kittens, Daisy is happy and frisky. She loves to play and have fun. She has tons of energy and, like most cats, has a strong sense of curiosity. However, she's also a cuddle bug. Daisy is fully interactive. By petting her forehead, touching her back, or squeezing her paws, you can cause her to react by wiggling around and making the most adorable kitty sounds.


A longtime favorite, Go Go My walking pup is described as a born leader who is both brave and smart, and is always ready to play. Go Go loves a good adventure and the buttons on her leash let you move her around. She not only walks, but also wags her tail, tilts her head, and sits. When you talk to her, she responds with an adorable little bark. 


For kids who have a thing for primates, you can't go wrong with Baby Cuddles, My Giggly Monkey. As her name suggests, she loves to giggle and wiggle. How could she not make all her friends smile? When you tickle Baby Cuddles, she "giggles and grooves." 


If your child wants to groom their own pet, they will be elated with Shaggy Shawn. Grooming is the name of the game with this pup. He comes with a toy buzzer that vibrates and makes realistic sounds so you can "trim" his hair and mustache to perfection. 


For kids of love to make noise, Roarin' Tyler, the Roaring Tiger will have them howling. This tiger cub roars back when you pet him, or talk to him, or even when you roar at him. He boasts more than 100 sound and motion combinations.


Do you have a child that loves to pretend to be a doctor or nurse? If so, you must check out Snifflin' Sawyer, the sniffling, sneezing polar bear. This tiny cub will tug at your heartstrings with the sweet sounds she makes in response to your cuddles. 

Other Fur Real Pets


There are more Fur Real Pets, but a few are worth an "honorable mention," so to speak. Namely, Poopin' Pets and Luvimals.

Poopin' Pets do just that. They poop. You can choose between Kami, My Poopin' Kitty, and Pax, My Poopin' Pup. These guys can go for walks on their leashes, and when you have them sit, they "do their business." 


Luvimals not only interact with your child, but they also interact with each other. Among the Luvimals available are Harmony Cool and Fancy LeBon. When Luvimals are around one another, they will all join in and sing to you. 

Fur Real Pets Extras

There is more to the Fur Real Pets franchise than just toys. For kids who just can't get enough of their cuddly friends, there are also coloring pages and apps available for download on their website. And yes, all of these are just as cute as the toys themselves.

Coloring pages


Fur Real Pets coloring page

For generations, coloring has been a childhood past time and a right of passage. There are multiple coloring pages that you can download on your computer and print out for free. Beyond just being adorable, coloring helps children develop their fine motor skills and can keep them entertained for hours.

Apps


Coloring pages provide old-fashioned fun, but Hasbro has a plan to engage children with technology too. Several of their Fur Real Pets also have apps that you can download to use with your toy. Some of these apps can even help your child learn nifty skills, such as computer programming and coding.


Furreal Makers: Proto Max App

This app works with the Fur Real Makers Proto Max robotic pet. Together, they will let you create and code your very own robotic pup. You can program responses to activation points, set routines through coding, and control your robot through a remote control. The app, which you can download on either Android or iOS devices, also has multiple mini-games for kids to play. 


Does your child have a unicorn obsession? Thanks to this app, they can now interact with their very own unicorn. Through the app, kids can interact with their unicorn in a whole new way. You must buy Starlily separately, but once you connect her to the app, she actually responds to what your child does on their device. Together, Starlily and your little one can explore the enchanted FurEver Forest, drow a Wishing Tree, play music in the Crystal Caverns, and so much more. 


Kids who love Go Go, My Walking Pup will be ecstatic at the chance to use the matching app to care for their furry friend. With this app, you can take Go Go for a walk and feed her. You can also play a variety of games with her. It should be noted that although all content is available through the app, to connect your toy, you will need the Get Up & Go Go version rather than just the regular Go Go. 

Best Stuffed Animals Around

Kids want more than just plain, old stuffed animals these days. They are used to toys that interact with them and thrive on technology. Fur Real Pets give the kids of today what they crave. Whether your child just wants a toy that will respond to certain actions or would rather build their own fully customizable robot pet, Hasbro has a Fur Real Pet that they will cherish.

2018’s Best RC Helicopter: Buyer’s Guide and Review

best rc helicopter

So, you’ve always wanted to learn to fly an RC helicopter, but you have no idea where to begin. Or maybe you’re an RC helicopter hobbyist looking to invest in your next whirlybird. With the rise of technology, RCs and drones of all types are becoming more popular every year. 

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Top 10 RC Helicopters of 2018

Now for the cool stuff. We are excited to present you with our favorite picks. Here are the best RC helicopters currently available for purchase online for both children and adults!

GPTOYS Remote Control Helicopter


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This indoor chopper is for kids 14 years old and up and makes an excellent gift for those who show an interest in learning to operate RC helicopters or drones. It has omnidirectional maneuverability, operates on lithium-ion batteries and takes about 40 minutes to charge. Flight time lasts around 6 minutes. It weighs 12.6 ounces.

Pros include gyro, LED lights, and four-channel remote control which allows movement in all possible directions. Including hovering and lateral movement as well. Unfortunately, it has some cons. For instance,  it is not for outdoor use and has limited play time.

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Tenergy Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter


The S107 has a metal frame, it weighs just over a pound, and runs on lithium-ion batteries. Charge time is 25 to 30 minutes, and flight sessions last up to 12 minutes. This 3CH RC helicopter model is made for 14-year-olds and up and is for indoor use only. Furthermore, It’s a great unit for getting acquainted with RC fliers.

Pros include above-average flight time, a gyro, and a durable metal chopper frame. Sadly it can only be flown indoors.

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Protocol Predator SB


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The Predator SB is one of Protocol’s very best products. This large RC helicopter is for outdoor use, has a 3.5CH remote which allows for movement in five directions, and weighs a whopping two and a half pounds. In addition, charging takes around 30 minutes and provides about 8 minutes of flight time. It runs on lithium-ion batteries and kids 14 and up can play with it.

Pros include a gyro, crash resistant components, decent playtime and superior maneuverability. The main con for this product is that its price tag is about double other RC helicopters in the same class that are less than 4CH, 5CH, or 6CH.

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Wltoys V913 Large Alloy 70cm 2.4G 4CH RC Remote Control Helicopter


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This bad boy is one of the larger choppers in its class, weighing in at 3.75 pounds. A 4CH design allows for upward, downward, left, right, and sideways movement. It can also hover. A built-in battery is the power source and charge time lasts around one hour. Playtime, however, lasts 8 minutes. This helicopter is for outdoor use by kids at least 14-years-old.

Pros include a higher range of movability than other 3CH and 4CH RC helicopters including the ability to rotate a full 360 degrees. A gyro and a durable frame made of metal and plastic are also major pluses. The main con is that it costs as much as a 5CH or 6CH outdoor RC helicopter.

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Syma S109G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro


The Syma S109G is one of the most original looking choppers that we came across during our product review. It has a 3.5CH remote allowing for movement in 6 directions, made of high impact plastic and weighs in at 14.1 ounces. Six AA batteries power this little beast and charge time is around 40 minutes. The helicopter's playtime lasts up to 8 minutes.

Pros include the appearance of a US military attack chopper, a gyro and an extremely durable design. It is excellent for those learning to master RC helicopter piloting. Also, cons include that it has a short flight time and is for indoor use only.

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Syma S111G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter with Gyro


As with the S109G, the S111 was built with high impact plastics. It also has a 3.5CH remote enabling six directions of movement. It is super lightweight at less than an ounce, runs on lithium polymer batteries and is for indoor use by 14-year-olds and older. Charge time lasts around 40 minutes and works with USB. Maximum flight time is approximately 8 minutes.

Pros include the appearance of a medical rescue chopper, a USB charger, and rugged construction from impact resistant materials and gyro. The short playtime is a big con, though.

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Gizmovine Wltoys V319 Spray RC Helicopter 3.5CH with Gyro


A different RC helicopter if ever there was one. The V319 is a 3.5CH RC helicopter by Gizmovine has a water gun and kids can play with it inside and outside. The helicopter has a flight time of 10 minutes. It draws power from a 3.7V lithium battery and charges for 30 minutes via a USB charger. It weighs about one pound.

Pros include a durable build of alloy and plastic, longer than usual flight time, gyro, a built-in water cannon, and superior maneuverability inside and outside. The cons include that it is not a full-size RC helicopter and the water tank for the sprayer is quite small.

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Cheerwing S107/S107G Phantom 3CH 3.5 Channel Mini RC Helicopter


The Cheerwing Phantom is a genuinely different mini RC helicopter. It has an upgraded metal frame and a 3CH functionality. It moves up, down, left, right, forward, and backward and weighs 12 ounces. Charge time is one hour and draws power from a 3.7V lithium polymer battery. It is for 14-year-olds and up and is for indoors or outside. The helicopter's flight time is 6 minutes.

Pros include a gyro, upgraded metal alloy frame, great movability for a 3CH RC and is for both indoors and outdoors. Cons are that it takes a full hour to charge and has a lower than average playtime.

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Vatos Mini Remote Control Hobby Helicopter


The vatos mini RC hobby helicopter has a crash resistance polypropylene frame. It has a 3.5CH functionality allowing for upward, downward, left, right, and hovering movements. The weight is 1.1 pounds, flight time is 12 minutes, and charge time is about 45 minutes. A 3.7V 250WAH lithium polymer battery powers the helicopter. Children 12-years-old and up can play with this one, but it is only for indoor use.

Pros include a flight time twice as high as many RC helicopters, a long-lasting battery, a gyro, and a high-quality frame. Cons are that it has a small structure, has less maneuverability than other RC choppers and charge time is higher than usual.

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Quickbuying WLtoys V911 4 Channels 2.4GHz Mini RC Helicopter


This sweet little flyer has one propeller and performs aerial stunts. It has four channels and can move up, down, left, right, sideways and hover. The body consists of cutting-edge V911 materials. Weight is precisely one and a half pounds. Flight time is 6 minutes and draws power from a 3.7V battery which takes 30 minutes to charge. The stunt ‘copter is for 14-years-old and up and is for outdoor use.

Pros include new-wave construction from high-quality materials, the ability to perform stunts in the air, better than average movability, a powerful battery, and a gyro. The cons are that it is not for indoor use and has shorter than average playtime.

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The Verdict

We concluded that the Syma S109G 3.5 Channel RC Helicopter is the best RC helicopter of 2018.

Due to its superior maneuverability, gyro, super durable impact resistant construction, and 8 minute flight time, it just doesn’t get much better than this. Furthermore, let’s not forget it’s more than fair price range of under $40.

We want to know what you think. Whether you purchase an RC helicopter form this list, or you have one you feel like we should have mentioned, let us know in the comments below!