The Playdate

First aired on August 3, 2012

This show features Preschool Toys and Basketpong

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Congratulations to last week’s winner, darlene m. from new vienna, OH-Ohio.Jeanette M. from Lebanon, PA.

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  1. Little People Wheelies Loops n Swoops Amusement Park
    •  18 mos+

    The Little People Wheelies Loops 'n Swoops Amusement Park is a two-sided, ramp-filled vehicle playset with lots of action-packed fun. The set is more than two feet tall and anchored by a rolling ramp filled with twists and turns. There is also a gravity-defying 360-degree loop. Preschoolers can send the Little People Wheelies vehicle down the rolling ramp and through the monkey arch to activate the spinner. At the end of the ramp, activate fun sound effects as the vehicle zooms by. Push the button on top of the Amusement Park to send the Wheelies vehicle speeding down the tall ramp and finishing with the 360-degree loops. Lift up the jump at the end of the loop to see the vehicle really move. The bottom level of the playset has a ticket booth, fun house mirror, food stand, lift gate, and other amusement park details. It includes four colorful flags that can be repositioned throughout the park. Two amusement park-themed Wheelies cars are also included.

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  2. Ready for Potty Baby Dora

    Ready for Potty Baby Dora

    from Fisher-Price

    •  2+

    Kids can help potty train Dora with the Ready for Potty Baby Dora doll. Turn on the doll and press the button on its chest. "Feed" Dora from the sippy cup, and Dora will tell kids when she has to go potty. Place the doll on the toilet seat, and when Dora is done, she will sing a song. The doll comes with a toilet seat, a sippy cup, and a link to an online storybook about Baby Dora's potty adventure.

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  3. Fisher-Price Little Mommy Ride n Drive Shopping Cart
    •  19.99
    •  2+

    The Fisher-Price Little Mommy Ride 'n Drive Shopping Cart from Tollytots, a division of Jakks Pacific, has gotten a new look. This pink, blue, and white shopping cart seats two dolls and comes with 10 play food pieces, including grapes, bananas, and a loaf of bread. The top seat is designed for smaller dolls, and the bottom seat is designed for toddler-sized dolls. The stroller does not come with any dolls, but it is designed to accommodate dolls up to 16 inches.

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  4. M3: Master Moves Mickey

    M3: Master Moves Mickey

    from Fisher-Price

    •  2+

    First there was Dance Star Mickey and Rock Star Mickey. Now there is M3: Master Moves Mickey. This interactive Mickey is dressed in his hip-hop dance gear and features 15 break-dancing moves, including a signature handstand. Master Moves Mickey has eight original songs, interactive dances, and lots of humor. Press Mickey's nose to start the dancing. After showing a few moves, the toy will ask kids to press Mickey's nose again to start a new dance sequence. Mickey also says several different phrases, such as "I'm so cool my ice cream doesn't melt."

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  5. Team Umizoomi Come & Get Us! Counting UmiCar
    •  2+

    Based on the animated Nickelodeon series Team Umizoomi, the Come & Get Us! Counting UmiCar moves, sings, and counts. Sitting inside the UmiCar are Milli and Geo (non-removable figures). Kids can control the UmiCar with the easy-to-use UmiPhone remote control. The remote has three buttons. Press the center button to "call" the UmiCar, and the car drives toward the child. Press and hold down the forward arrow button, and the UmiCar moves and counts forward. Press and hold down the reverse button, and the UmiCar spins backwards and counts backward. The UmiCar also has different sounds, phrases, and music.

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  6. Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle

    Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle

    from Fisher-Price

    •  3+

    The Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle is a huge playset that is packed with fun and features that, like all the Imaginext toys, puts the child's imagination at the center of the play experience. The playset opens up to a full three feet in length, and kids can configure it in different ways. The play is classic fun where the knights have to protect the battlements from any kind of foes, and it's all been designed to work with preschool-sized hands. The big transformations happen when you place one of the figures on the transforming discs and turn them. In an instant, the castle is protected and the front of the castle transforms into an eagle. The castle also includes what Fisher-Price calls Action Tech, a system that allows the castle to recognize other play pieces, such as the cannon. Fire a projectile at the castle, and the castle responds with sounds. The drawbridge makes noise as it's raised and lowered, and there are breakaway wall pieces so that invaders can "crash" into the castle. The castle also has secret compartments, a jail cell with a breakaway escape wall, disc catapults, three Imaginext knight figures, and lots of accessories to keep kids engaged and imagining. When play is done, the castle folds back up. All of the pieces can store inside the castle when it's folded, and though they aren't secured, they will all be together the next time the castle is under siege. The set works with all other Imaginext figures.

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  7. Imaginext Castle Dragon

    Imaginext Castle Dragon

    from Fisher-Price

    •  3+

    With the Imaginext Castle Dragon, kids enter a world of medieval adventure and get to control the roaring dragon. Lift the dragon off the ground and its wings will automatically expand. Then use the handle to make the wings go up and down as if the dragon was really flying. Squeeze the handle on the dragon's back, and the dragon will lunge forward and "eat" an Imaginext figure when you release the handle. Squeeze the handle again to spit out the figure. Then squeeze the handle again to hear the dragon roar. The Castle Dragon also comes with a 14-minute DVD called Hassle with the Castle. The Castle Dragon can be used with the Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle, which is sold separately, and recognizes and interacts with the castle playset.

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  8. Imaginext Castle Ogre

    Imaginext Castle Ogre

    from Fisher-Price

    •  3+

    With the Imaginext Castle Ogre, kids enter a world of medieval adventure and get to control a monstrous ogre. Squeeze the handle on the ogre's back to raise its arms. When kids move the ogre around, they can swing the ogre's arms and smash anything standing in the way. The ogre also makes different sounds. The left hand is spring-loaded, so kids can open the ogre's hand and place the included club or an action figure in the hand. When kids press on the ogre's tongue, they will hear a chomping sound. There is also a figure imprint on the bottom of the ogre's foot, so when the ogre steps on an Imaginext figure, the figure fits inside the imprint, making it look like the figure got "smashed" into the bottom of the ogre's foot. The Castle Ogre comes with what Mattel calls Action Tech technology. This means that a squeeze of the ogre's handle sends a signal to the Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle (sold separately) to warn the knights that the ogre is approaching.

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  9. Matchbox Big Boots Bootsburg Blaze Brigade
    •  3+

    Big Boots are small preschool action figures that can be tossed, launched, or dropped and always land on their feet thanks to their big boots. The Matchbox Big Boots Bootsburg Blaze Brigade comes with three Big Boots figures and a fire truck. There are three ways to launch the figures. First, you can open up the front of the truck and place two figures inside. Close up the truck, then pull back on the rear fender and let go to launch the two figures from the front of the truck. There are two rear launchers on either side of the fire truck that each hold one figure. Place the figures on the launchers, then pull back on the rear fender and let go to launch. Place a figure on the ladder, then push down on the right-side middle button to lift up the ladder and send the figure flying. Kids can also blast a "water" missile. The truck can hold up to 12 Big Boots figures. Additional figures are sold separately.

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  10. Matchbox Big Boots Bootlandia Dino Adventure Squad
    •  3+

    Big Boots are small preschool action figures that can be tossed, launched, or dropped and always land on their feet thanks to their big boots. The Matchbox Big Boots Bootlandia Dino Adventure Squad comes with four Big Boots characters and a truck. There are several ways to launch the figures into action. Place a Big Boots character on the truck's crane, then push down on the lever to launch the figure. Slide down the ramp to take off on the ATV. Pull back on the rear bumper to shoot characters down the front of the truck. The T-Rex figure can chomp on the Big Boots and, with a push on the dinosaur's tail, can send a Big Boots figure flying. Place a Big Boots character on T-Rex's tail, then press down on the dinosaur's head to send the Big Boots figure flying again. Kids can help the Big Boots characters capture the T-Rex by sitting in the missile tower and launching projectiles. When kids have captured the T-Rex, they can contain it in the truck's cage. There are places on the vehicle where kids can store additional Big Boots figures, which are sold separately.

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  11. BasketPong

    BasketPong

    from Xtreme Pong Sports

    •  Birth+

    BasketPong is a new family and party game that combines the competition and skill of basketball with the fun of other activities such as bean bag toss or skill games requiring targets. BasketPong comes in a lightweight, compact carrying case and can be easily assembled for play within minutes. Similar to a basketball hoop, BasketPong features a vertical set-up, including a backboard, stand, and base. The backboard features eight slots to insert rims and cups (We used 16-ounce red plastic party cups.) in different configurations. You can play with as many cups as you want (up to eight), which allows you to play the game at various skill levels. The goal of the game is to shoot BasketPong balls into each cup or net in order to clear the backboard. You can also play H-O-R-S-E or any other game you come up with. It's recommended to shoot from at least eight feet away. You can adjust the height of the unit to two feet, four feet, or six feet.

    The set comes with a base/carrying case, four balls, three posts, a backboard/carrying case cover, a base plug, nine cup holder rings, and instructions.

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