Toys


Reviews
Parrot
Jumping Sumo

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 18th, 2014

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I’m used to France-based Parrot making toys that soar – namely the AR Drone series; but earlier this year, I attended a media event that demonstrated that Parrot also made remote-control ground vehicles. The Jumping Sumo is an interesting two-wheeled oddity that is capable of far more than just driving. Using your iOS or Android phone (or tablet), the Jumping Sumo is a toy that is easy to pick up – but it’s not without its quirks.

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Reviews
Ollie

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 15th, 2014

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If you like remote-controlled vehicles, then our review of Sphero probably tickled your fancy last year. Who wouldn’t be fascinated by a remote-controlled sphere (which actually moved at a decent clip)? Well, Colorado-based Sphero (formerly known as Orbotix), has released a follow-up product in the form of the cylinder-like Ollie. Sphero was kind enough to let us check out their product and I have to tell you, if you found Sphero to be a fun ride, wait until you try Ollie!

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
LEGO

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 8th, 2014

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Fan Expo is always chock-full of interesting displays; as usual LEGO’s booth was a force to be reckoned with. When it comes to interactivity, LEGO really pulls out all of the stops. Wonderfully crafted LEGO tributes to popular movie and cartoon characters dotted the space while various construction areas were available for people to get their build on.

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Hasbro

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 6th, 2014

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Hasbro had a small booth this year, showing some of the toy lines that compose their front line. Both Kreo and My Little Pony made an appearance, with each getting one side of the floor space. As usual, several folks from Hasbro were on hand to show off some of the cool Fan Expo exclusives and help people with any questions. Toronto Thumbs will be reviewing a number of Hasbro goodies in the next few months; but in the mean time, check out some of the cool stuff that we saw on the Fan Expo show floor.

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Toys
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy
Rocket Raccoon Warbird Vehicle

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 16th, 2014

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Marvel’s latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy, takes place in the vastness of space, so it’s no surprise that the movie features a number of different spacecraft. One of these ships belongs to the feisty and skilled pilot, Rocket Raccoon. Hasbro sent us the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Warbird Vehicle to try on for size. Smallest Thumbs and I enjoyed playing with this particular toy, and have a few things to report after the jump.

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Toys
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy
Big Blastin’ Rocket Raccoon Figure

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 14th, 2014

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Guardians of the Galaxy is currently in theatres, shining a spotlight on an old favourite from comic book land. In the story, the shortest member of the crew, Rocket Raccoon, is a gun-totin’ intelligent pilot and strategist who is not afraid to mix it up. Hasbro sent us one of their latest toys, the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Big Blastin’ Rocket Raccoon Figure, to review. Smallest Thumbs and I took a look at this electronic toy and we have come up with a break down to what it’s all about.

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Toys
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy
Rocket Raccoon Action Mask

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 12th, 2014

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is currently being enjoyed by scores of people in theatres all over the place. I know that more than a few exuberant parents have already taken their children to see this1 – but besides that, many kids have probably seen posters or trailer footage of one of the coolest characters in the flick: Rocket Raccoon. Hasbro sent us the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Action Mask, which should make make-believe time a bit more entertaining for all of those would-be defenders of the universe.

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