TinkerBots Launches New Robot-Building Construction Line

TinkerBotsTinkerBots is a building set that enables kids ages 5 and up to create an endless number of toy robots without wiring or programming. The set includes “Power Brain” and kinetic modules, which easily twist and snap together along with other TinkerBots pieces, adding movement and interest to whatever robot is built.

TinkerBots is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com to offer parents the opportunity to pre-order a TinkerBots robot building set, and to support the production of a toy that introduces robotics and STEM concepts to kids in the form of play. The toys are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of this year. [Read more...]

Young Builders, Make Way for Modular Toys USA!

Modular Toys.Racetrack_piecesModular Construction Toys, the Israeli-based manufacturer of Modular Toys construction sets, is bringing its product line to U.S. specialty retailers with Modular Toys USA. More than 125 stores across the country are already stocking the company’s construction sets, and the expansion includes racetracks, as well as locomotive construction and building sets. These toys are suitable for kids age 4 to 8.

Modular Toys’ sets are designed to grow vertically through the use of included elevation pieces. No sorting needs to take place, since the innovative connector pieces let children mix and match different sets. This season’s new additions include the Mega Racetrack, which includes nine construction pieces, three cars, and a sturdy plastic storage bin for clean-up and organization; and the [Read more...]

Lego Mixels Mix Things Up

Jan29.MixelsLego Mixels is a new series of buildable toys that create fun collectible characters that leverage the versatility and creativity of the Lego building system. Mixels are colorful creatures that belong to different tribes, each based around a unique element. Set to debut in stores on March 1, Lego Mixels are batched in tribes, such as Frosticons, Infernites, Stretchers, Cragsters, Electroids, and the Fang Gang. Kids will be able to mix and combine the Lego Mixels using the mysterious Cubits, resulting in new characters and further immersion in the Mixels universe.

The Mixels franchise will also debut on multiple screens and digital platforms next month.

Laser Pegs Introduces Zippy Do

ZippydoZippy Do is the newest creation from Laser Pegs. The Zippy Do comes packaged as a car, but it can also be transformed into a helicopter or jet plane. Kids can also convert the Zippy Do packaging into a ramp and launch their new jet, helicopter, or car into the sky or along an imaginary racetrack.

Zippy Do comes with a light-up core that also has the capability to be set on flash mode, and comes with three batteries, instruction manuals for creating each model, and 22 different colored pieces that are interchangeable and 100 percent compatible with other construction toy sets. Children can follow the manuals or they can create something only they can dream up.

After the child has finished their creation, they can take a picture and upload it to the Laser Pegs website to be entered to win free Laser Pegs toys. Parents ands kids can also download the Zippy Do app for iPad and Android on the website. In the app, kids can choose between a virtual Zippy Do car, jet, or helicopter and race against time to record the fastest speed.

Zippy Do is suggested for kids ages 3 and up.