The Playdate

First aired on November 30, 2012

This show features People’s Play Awards Winners

This week’s hosts:

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Cindy M. from Medford, OR.darlene m. from new vienna, OH-Ohio.

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  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures
    •  4+

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with an all-new CG-animated series on Nickelodeon and a new line of toys from Playmates, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures assortment. The line includes the four main turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, along with Splinter and April O' Neil. Each action figure is uniquely sculpted to capture the personality of each character with more than 12 points of articulation. Figures range in size from 4.25 to 4.75 inches. Each Turtle is wearing its signature bandana and comes equipped with its signature Ninja weapons. A bonus weapons accessory rack is also included. The Evil Foot Clan characters are also featured in the line, such as Shredder, The Kraang, and a foot soldier.

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  2. Power Blaster Buzz Lightyear

    Power Blaster Buzz Lightyear

    from Thinkway Toys

    •  4+

    The Power Blaster Buzz Lightyear is ready for combat with his Power Blaster and Quantum Energy Shield. There are four ways to play with this Buzz. In Combat mode, plug in both the Power Blaster and Quantum Energy Shield to activate phrases, lights, and sound effects. To activate Defense mode, put the Power Blaster in Buzz's right hand and plug it in for special phrases, lights, and sound effects. Press the arm button for Power Blaster lights and sound effects. In Protection mode, plug in the Quantum Energy Shield to hear unique phrases and sound effects. And in Play mode, press Buzz's voice sampler buttons to hear Space Ranger phrases. The shield and blaster snap onto Buzz's back when he's between missions. This 12-inch figure is poseable and includes a retractable helmet, pop-out wings, 20 sayings, laser lights, and sound effects.

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  3. Disney Creativity Studio
    •  4+

    Disney Creativity Studio comes with a "smart" stylus that interacts with the Disney Creativity Studio app and enables all kinds of Disney-related drawing activities and free drawing. We reviewed an almost-final version of the app and the stylus, and so there are still some refinements and additional features to come. However, for kids interested in drawing and Disney, even not fully complete, this is an impressive toy. The app is free in the App Store, and there's a lot you can do for free just drawing with a finger. But the stylus is really what this is all about and unlocks the magic of drawing like a Disney artist. With the stylus, you get a complete toolbox to create an awesome drawing experience. You can switch between different types of drawing tools: pencils, stamper, marker, and crayon. You can also change line thickness with five different choices. You have a wide variety of colors to choose from, and you can get magical effects when you shake the stylus and, just like a traditional pencil, flip over the stylus to erase. The activities include things such as dot-to-dot pictures, coloring, and tracing, but the piece de resistance of the app and the stylus is the learn-to-draw function. Young artists are guided step-by-step through the drawing of Mickey, Donald, and Goofy just the way the Disney artists do it. There's even a video you can watch that introduces the basic drawing concepts and techniques. We really love this part of the app and it's what makes it truly different. Using the stylus and drawing, you really start to understand the drawing process and can get a feel for drawing. You quickly realize that you don't have to be "perfect." Best of all, it's easy to undo anything so you can just try whatever you want. The technology is fluid and easy to use, and you can email your creations, then print them out. We found the stylus, even in the unfinished version, easy to operate and responsive, though you'll want to spend time familiarizing yourself with it for best results—like any piece of technology.

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  4. Crayola Marker Airbrush
    •  6+

    With Crayola Marker Airbrush, kids can create spray art on paper, fabrics, and windows using Crayola's broadline markers. Select a marker and press it firmly into the airbrush holder. Unlock the airbrush machine's handle and pump it up and down about 15 times. You will feel the air pressure build in the machine. Then, lock the handle back in, press down on the sprayer's trigger, and start spraying.

    The kit includes an airbrush sprayer, eight washable markers, four bright fabric markers, 20 sheets of paper, and four stencil sheets.

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  5. Cake Pops by Bakerella Ultimate Cake Pops Set
    •  5+

    Cake pops are super popular in the food world now and no one knows them better than New York Times bestselling cookbook author Bakerella. SRM Entertainment and Bakerella have teamed up to help kids make their own cake pops at home. The Cake Pops by Bakerella Ultimate Cake Pops Set comes with a Cake Pops Crumbler, a Cake Pops Mixing Bowl, a Cake Pops Tray, a Cake Pops Press, Cake Pops Molds, a Cake Pops Dipping Bowl, Cake Pops Sticks, and a Cake Pops Stand. You will need 1/3 of a nine-by-13-inch cake, completely cooled. (Either make your own or buy one, which is what we did.) You will also need 1/3 cup of frosting, a large spoon, one 12-16 ounce bag of candy coating, and sprinkles. These extras are not included with the kit.

    Follow the instructions to crumble the cake into a bowl, add frosting, and mix the cake and frosting together until thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into balls and place them on the Cake Pops Tray. Place the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then trim excess cake mixture by using the Cake Pops Press and one of the Cake Pops Mold shapes. Return the cake pop balls to the freezer for another 15 minutes. Then transfer to the fridge. Melt the candy coating in the Cake Pops Dipping Bowl. Insert sticks into the cake pop, and dip the cake pop straight down into the melted coating. Decorate with sprinkles. Place the cake pops in the stand and let them dry for 10 minutes. Then eat!

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  6. LEGO Friends

    LEGO Friends

    from LEGO

    •  49.99
    •  6+

    This is a product line featuring the following toys which you can search through here: LEGO Friends.

  7. Monster High Ghouls Rule
    •  6+

    The characters from Monster High are starring in their first DVD movie, Monster High Ghouls Rule. The premise of the movie is that for Halloween, the characters have gone into their parents' closets and gotten old-fashioned but high fashion clothes to wear as Halloween costumes. Each outfit pays homage to the girls' monster heritages. The dolls in the line include Frankie Stein in a lightning bolt/Bride of Frankenstein costume, Draculaura in a pink and black dress with large and intricately detailed wings, Clawdeen Wolf in a cheetah-inspired furry catsuit, and Cleo de Nile in lots of teal, black, and gold. The dolls come with Halloween party accessories, hairbrushes, and doll stands. Each doll is sold separately.

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  8. LeapPad2 Explorer

    LeapPad2 Explorer

    from LeapFrog

    •  3+

    The LeapPad Explorer was a huge hit when it came out last year. But this year, LeapFrog has revamped the LeapPad Explorer to give it more memory, better battery life, and more features.

    The LeapPad2 Explorer has a sleek new look (in either green or pink) and a growing library of more than 325 games, apps, music, videos, and more that will all be available by year's end. Just like the original LeapPad, it works with all LeapFrog Explorer cartridges and apps and LeapPad learning apps. But unlike the original LeapPad, the new LeapPad2 has two built-in cameras: one in the back so kids can take traditional photos and video and one in the front so kids can take photos and videos of themselves. There is also a built-in microphone. And LeapFrog has doubled the amount of storage in the LeapPad2 to 4 GB and given it a faster processor (550 MHz compared to 393 MHz).

    Play on the LeapPad2 is very much the same as using an adult tablet. Touch the five-inch color screen with a finger to bring characters and words to life. Tap, draw, and write with the child-sized stylus or turn, twist, and shake the tablet for motion-based play thanks to the built-in accelerometer. With the Pet Pad app, kids can create and take care of their own pet. The LeapFrog Learning Songs app is a music player with five songs. The Cartoon Director app lets kids create animated cartoons, and the Art Studio app lets kids edit pictures. LeapPad Ultra eBooks are interactive reading experiences written at three reading levels. The stories progress from simple text to more complex words and sentences. LeapPad2 remembers progress from game to game and book to book to keep the content challenging and engaging. Each experience offers multiple levels of play, and games auto-adjust so kids can learn at the right pace.

    The LeapPad2 comes with five learning apps. Pet Pad and LeapFrog Learning Songs are built into the device. The other three you'll need to download from www.leapfrog.com/connect. To do this, just go to the website, connect the tablet to your computer using the included USB cable, and follow the on-screen prompts to install the LeapFrog Connect Application. Complete the registration and go to the App Center where the Cartoon Director and Art Studio apps will automatically download. For the fifth app, you can go to the App Center and choose whatever game, eBook, or video you would like.

    When using batteries in the LeapPad2, the battery life is about nine hours. But, for parents who don't want to use batteries, there is a LeapPad2 Recharger Pack, sold separately, that replaces the need to use batteries with LeapPad2.

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  9. Angry Birds Space Game
    •  5+

    Mattel's Angry Birds games, Knock On Wood and On Thin Ice, have been hot-selling games in the marketplace, and there's a brand new game based on the Angry Birds Space app. The object of the Angry Birds Space Game is to be the first person to reach 1,000 points. To score points, players must knock over pigs and break open the pig's helmet or asteroid for bonus points.

    The game comes with Space Mission Cards that tell players how to set up the scene. There are four levels of cards. Level 1 is easy, Level 2 is harder, and Level 3 is the most difficult. The points values go up as the difficulty level does: 100, 200, 300. Level 4 is freestyle, meaning the Mission Cards will show you all the pieces you must use, but you can put them together however you want. The point values for Level 4 differ.

    Players take turns choosing Space Mission Cards. Once you've chosen a card, hand it to the next player. That player is going to build what's on the card and you're going to shoot it down. Place the launcher at least one foot away from the front of the structure. Then use the birds listed on the Space Mission Card (in the order shown) to shoot down the structure. Place the bird into the launcher, hold the launcher down with one hand, and pull down on the slingshot with the other hand. Let the slingshot go to send the bird flying. All of the pigs must be knocked over in order to score points. Keep the Space Mission Card to keep track of your score if you knocked down all the pigs. If you're not successful, move the Space Mission Card to a discard pile. Score 100 bonus points for cracking open the space helmet and asteroid.

    The Angry Birds Space Game comes with two birds (Ice Bird, Super Red Bird), a breakable asteroid, three pigs, a space helmet, a bird launcher, four large girders, two small girders, two triangles, two large stone girders, two small stone girders, two stone cubes, 32 mission cards, and eight points cards. The game is for two to four players.

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  10. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pony Princess Wedding Castle
    •  3+

    With the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pony Princess Wedding Castle, kids can help celebrate the royal pony wedding of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor in Equestria. The playset features a pink staircase, which Princess Cadance can stroll down and make a grand entrance; a golden drawbridge that drops open; and a purple swing for the bride and groom and their guests. Wedding accessories include a tiered seashell-decorated cake, rings to place on the ponies' ankles, and a piano. The exclusive three-inch figures of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor are only available in this playset.

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  11. Playskool Rocktivity Sit to Stand Music Skool
    •  6 mos+

    The new Rocktivity line from Hasbro's Playskool brand encourages babies to move, learn, and play with music that mom and dad will enjoy listening to, too. The toys in the line feature well-known rock and pop songs and multiple ways to play.

    The Rocktivity Sit to Stand Music Skool is a musical activity table with more than 50 musical activities and digitally recreated songs such as The Jackson 5's "ABC," "I Like to Move It" by The Hit Co., "On the Floor" by Jennifer Lopez, and The Beatles' "Twist and Shout." There are three ways for kids to play. In music mode, kids can create songs with the three piano keys, three guitar buttons, drum button, and microphone rattle. Remove the microphone rattle to start a song. In learning mode, the Sit to Stand Music Skool introduces kids to shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites when kids press the different buttons. In Spanish mode, kids have all the fun of learning mode but in Spanish. The table legs detach for sitting play.

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  12. The Big Bang Theory Fact or Fiction Trivia Game
    •  12+

    Test your knowledge of The Big Bang Theory with The Big Bang Theory Fact or Fiction Trivia Game. The game comes with a gameboard, a die, eight character moving pieces, eight plastic moving piece stands, a fact cards deck, a fiction cards deck, a The Big Bang Theory character cards deck, and a pad of paper. The object of the game is to collect a complete set of five character cards by answering enough fact and fiction trivia questions correctly.

    On your turn, roll the die and move your playing piece that many spaces in any direction along the path. Follow the directions for the space on which you land. Almost all spaces direct you to draw a card. If you have to draw a fact card, the questions on these cards will test your knowledge of science, math, and trivia about The Big Bang Theory. You may be asked to draw a hydrogen atom, solve an equation, or answer a question about Howard. Fiction cards challenge your smarts' about the characters' interests. These cards include trivia questions about comic books and video games, as well as activities, such as draw characters from their favorite TV shows. If you answer a fact or fiction card correctly, draw a character card and place it character-side up in front of you.

    When you land on Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock spaces, choose another player to play a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. The winner gets to take any of his opponent's character cards.

    The Big Bang Theory Fact or Fiction Trivia Game is for two to eight players.

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  13. Jake and the Never Land Pirates Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship Bucky
    •  3+

    Jake's Musical Pirate Ship Bucky is based on the TV series Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The ship is about 16 inches long and 14 inches wide, and it includes lots of play features. From the crow's nest you can spot Hook. The cannon fires plastic water projectiles. There is a hidden door that pops open to reveal Tic Toc Croc. There is also a slide and an opening and closing cabin door. The ship also has real rolling wheels so kids can push it along. As it is pushed, the ship rocks from side to side, giving it the feel of being on the water. Press the button at the steering wheel to hear music and phrases from Jake. There are 25 pirate phrases, sounds, and music. The ship comes with Jake and Skully figures and three plastic water projectiles.

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  14. Disney Princess Puzzle Cubes

    Disney Princess Puzzle Cubes

    from Cardinal Games

    •  3+

    Disney Princess Puzzle Cubes includes six puzzles in one set. You start off with one cube that features pictures of the six Disney Princesses on each side: Belle, Cinderella, Tiana, Ariel, Aurora, and Rapunzel. Each Disney Princess picture is color-coded. For example, the Cinderella side has a blue border, while the Belle side has a yellow border. Roll the picture cube and if you land on the purple Rapunzel side, find all the puzzle cubes with the purple border. Once you have all the puzzle cubes together, start assembling your puzzle. Each finished puzzle measures about nine inches by six inches.

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  15. Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay

    Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay

    from Spin Master

    •  12+

    There have been a lot of amazing indoor R/C helicopters in the past two years, and you've heard us say it before, but they just keep getting better. Spin Master's Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay is the best yet. It's got a terrific design with incredible detail on the helicopter. Spin Master has even upgraded the charging board and the plugs so connecting this to charge is easier and more stable than ever before. The helicopter comes with an R/C controller that doubles as the charger. Before you play, you'll need to charge up the helicopter, which takes 25 minutes to do, though it might take a little longer the first time you charge it. Once it's charged, place it on a flat surface so that the internal gyroscope can calibrate. When you're ready, use the remote to lift off and fly.

    If you really want to get the most out of this toy, you can download the free app that works with most iOS devices and some Android devices. The helicopter comes with the Air Hogs Link that you plug into your mobile device. The app gives you the chance to work with a virtual joystick like the controller or a tilt-operated controller. There are also two modes of play, beginner and advanced, so as your skill grows you can create more stunts. The app also lets you customize the controls for your most comfortable use. You can also record and play back three different flights.

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  16. Monster High High School
    •  6+

    Just like regular kids, it's time for the Monster High students to go back to school. The academy where ghouls rule comes to life in an incredibly ingenious new building, the Monster High High School. This playset features all the locations that any school should have: a school entrance, a "casketball" court, a classroom, a locker hallway, and a creepateria that can be turned into a school dance scene with a DJ booth on the level above. The playset comes with two student desks, two notebooks, one binder, a beaker with lid, a creepateria table with two bowls of food, a casketball hoop with four trophies, one bleacher, one disco skull, and a sticker/label sheet for decorating the rooms. Monster High dolls are not included. The Monster High High School can be folded up when playtime is over.

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  17. Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire
    •  8+

    The Nerf N-Strike Elite blasters take the technology from the N-Strike line to the next level. The N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire boasts a revolving clip carousel and the highest dart capacity of any Nerf N-Strike blaster ever: 144 darts. The darts can travel up to 75 feet. The Hail-Fire's revolving clip carousel has slots for up to eight clips of any size. Simply press the trigger to fire all the darts from one clip, and then advance to the next loaded clip with just the pull of a handle. The Hail-Fire features semi-automatic motorized blasting power and includes four N-Strike Elite six-dart clips and 24 N-Strike Elite darts. Additional darts and clips are sold separately. The N-Strike Elite darts are fully compatible with most N-Strike classic and N-Strike Elite blasters.

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  18. Boo - The World’s Cutest Dog
    •  1+

    Boo, The World's Cutest Dog is an internet sensation that made his way onto the pop culture scene on Facebook and has amassed more than 1.8 million fans. Now Boo is going for the title of world's cutest plush. Gund has captured the adorable pup in plush form as a soft and cuddly toy.

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  19. Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Power Tower Track Set
    •  5+

    The Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Power Tower Track Set is the newest set in the Wall Tracks line of wall-mountable track sets. The track set uses 3M Command Strips to stick the track pieces to the wall. Load Hot Wheels cars onto the track and send them racing. There are several different obstacles, including a car-chomping beast, trap door, and moving buzz saw. The Power Tower Track Set also has two diverters to make the cars go down different tracks and a motorized elevator to bring the cars back up to the top of the set. Kids can combine the track pieces in this set with other Hot Wheels Wall Tracks sets to create their own unique tracks. The Power Tower Track Set comes with one Hot Wheels car, four yellow brackets, and five 3M Command Strips.

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  20. Minecraft

    Minecraft

    from Microsoft

    •  Birth+

    Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition is an insanely addictive game in which you mine for materials then build items out of those materials. You can build whatever your imagination can create, as long as you imagine in 16-bit because the game has a retro, block-style look. There are no missions or goals. However, there are monsters that come out at night and can wreak havoc. So whatever you build, make sure it keeps you safe at night.

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