The Playdate

First aired on February 1, 2013

This show features Super Giveaways for the Superbowl

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Congratulations to last week’s winner, Amy H. from Hennessey, OK.Tim B. from Clawson, MI.

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  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset
    •  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. With the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset, kids can recreate the action from the show in an amazing level of detail. It has areas that simulate the street level, where the Turtles fight crime, but the majority of it is "underground." The playset is 42 inches tall and about 2.5 feet wide. It includes more than 20 Ninja features to train your Turtles for battle. Features include a telescoping periscope, rope swing and swing-down ladders, lines so kids can rappel the Turtles into battle, an elevator, a Shredder practice dummy, an ooze drain, and more. There is even a computer lab for Donatello to master his latest invention.

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  2. 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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  3. LeapsterGS Explorer

    LeapsterGS Explorer

    from LeapFrog

    •  4+

    The LeapsterGS Explorer is a major update to the very popular Leapster Explorer handheld learning game system. (As you might guess, the GS stands for "gaming system.") The LeapsterGS has a bold and sleek new design. It's ergonomically designed to fit in hands of different sizes. The LeapsterGS features a high-resolution 3.5-inch touchscreen; a responsive accelerometer; a built-in 2 megapixel camera, video recorder, and microphone; 2 GB of storage; and on-board memory of 128 MB.

    The GS comes with three apps: Escape of the Sillies, a number recognition game; Pet Pad writing app; and another free app that you get to choose when you install the LeapFrog Connect software onto your computer. LeapFrog says that more than 300 titles (e-books, games, videos, and more) will be available by the end of 2012, building all kinds of educational skills. All the apps have great learning, engaging play, and auto-leveling, which means kids learn at their own pace. Cartridges and apps for the Leapster Explorer are compatible with the LeapsterGS. The LeapFrog Connect software is for Mac and PC, and it's easy to navigate. It gives you access to the app store where you can download more apps. Plus, parents can track kids' performance on the LeapFrog Learning Path.

    The LeapsterGS is available in both green and pink.

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  4. Touch Magic Rockin’ Guitar
    •  3+

    LeapFrog's new Touch Magic line brings touch technology to preschool toys. Touch Magic toys recognize every tap, touch, and swipe to bring each toy to life. With the Touch Magic Rockin' Guitar, kids can play solo without a back-up, pretend to play along with a band, or select electric or acoustic guitar. There are no strings on this guitar, just a flat surface with colorful images of strings and buttons. To play the guitar, just swipe your fingers across the image of the strings. Kids can add guitar riffs, silly sounds, and drums. The guitar features 10 built-in songs, including "Rockin' Robin," "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," and "If You're Happy and You Know It." When the songs play, kids can strum faster to hear the song speed up. There is also a button that kids can tap to hear applause. The guitar comes with a strap and two volume settings: low and high.

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  5. Touch Magic Discovery Town
    •  2+

    LeapFrog's Touch Magic line brings touch technology to preschool toys. The Touch Magic products recognize every tap, touch, and swipe to bring each toy to life. With the Touch Magic Discovery Town, preschoolers explore and discover people and places in the community. There are two town boards to explore with seven touch points per board. Each town encourages kids to bring an interactive town to life with music, early vocabulary, and sounds. In Learning Mode, touch a word and location to hear its name and meet a Discovery Town resident. In Game Mode, kids will hear a question and explore Discovery Town to find the answer. In Music Mode, kids can sing along with music from the residents of Discovery Town. Touch Magic Discovery Town has two volume settings: low and high.

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  6. 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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  7. Nerf Firevision Sports Football
    •  6+

    Part of Nerf's new Firevision Sports line is the Nerf Firevision Sports Football, an ultra-light football that you can play with in the dark. The ball comes with two sets of Firevision Sports Frames eyewear in red and green. Flip the switch on the glasses and you can see the ball as it flies through the dark. Depending on what color glasses you wear, reflective graphics and skins will appear on the ball in either red or green. NERF says that the Firevision technology works up to 100 feet, so you can see the ball from sufficient distance to have a great game.

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  8. Nerf Firevision Sports Nerfoop
    •  6+

    Part of Nerf's new Firevision Sports line is the Nerf Firevision Sports Nerfoop basketball set that you can play with in the dark. The set comes with an adjustable over-the-door hoop, a mini Nerf Firevision basketball, and one pair of Firevision Sports Frames eyewear. Flip the switch on the glasses and you can see the ball light up in the dark. Depending on what color glasses you wear, reflective graphics and skins will appear on the ball in either red or green.

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  9. Barbie Photo Fashion Doll
    •  6+

    The Barbie Photo Fashion Doll is a standard 11.75-inch Barbie doll which is also a great digital camera. Charge up the internal battery with the included USB cable. Switch on the doll and make sure the switch on the doll's belt is in the up position. Then you're ready to point and shoot. The camera lens is on Barbie's back. In typical Barbie style it looks like a gem in her necklace. The screen is on the front of the doll in the T-shirt. The doll will hold more than 200 photos at a time, and you can also add one of 30 different photo effects to your shots before you take them. To take a picture, line up your image in the screen, push Barbie's belt buckle, and you've got the shot. After you're done taking pictures, you can scroll through your images and display one on Barbie's T-shirt. You can also use the USB cable to connect Barbie to the computer and upload your pictures to add more effects. Photo Fashion Barbie works with both PC and Mac operating systems. The doll also comes with a stand.

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  10. Barbie: The Princess and the Popstar Musical Light-Up Castle
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    The Musical Light-Up Castle is based on the new Barbie DVD The Princess and the Popstar. The new movie, which comes out in September, is about a princess, Tori, who wants to be a popstar and a popstar, Keira, who dreams of becoming a princess. With a little magic, the two girls end up switching roles.

    The Musical Light-Up Castle playset comes with two four-inch dolls with removable skirts and doll stands. Press a doll on each staircase step to hear a musical note play. Press the heart-shaped button on the floor to hear the movie's theme song play and watch the staircases light up. The closet door opens and there is a spinning fairy at the top of the castle. The castle includes six pieces of furniture. When playtime is over, simply fold up the castle and store everything inside.

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  11. Barbie Build n Style Pet Shop
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    The MEGA Bloks Barbie line of Barbie-themed construction sets gives Barbie fans a new way to play with their favorite fashion doll. With the Pet Shop set, kids use the 98 pieces to construct a pet shop for Barbie and her animals. The set comes with a mini Barbie figure, a cat, a puppy, a poodle, a fish tank with fish, and lots of accessories, including a laptop, a blowdryer, a pet bed, flowers, stickers, and more. Two skirts and four hair accessories are also included so that kids can style the Barbie figure. Barbie's hair can also be removed and mixed and matched with hairstyles in other MEGA Bloks Barbie sets. The instructions show kids one way to build the Pet Shop, but it also includes a few pictures of other builds so kids can use the pieces in this set to build the Pet Shop in any configuration they want.

    The Pet Shop set can be combined with other MEGA Bloks Barbie sets. There are 19 mini fashion figures to collect, and each one can be dressed and styled to create dozens of looks.

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  12. One Direction Singing Bears

    One Direction Singing Bears

    from i-Star Entertainment

    •  14.99
    •  6+

    Fans of the boy band One Direction can hear favorite One Direction songs sung to them by teddy bears. I-Star Entertainment's range of One Direction Singing Bears includes nine-inch Musical Signature Bears. Squeeze these bears' tummies to hear a 15-second snippet of the song "What Makes You Beautiful." The Musical Signature Bears come dressed in hoodies and are available in six colors: one for each member of the band and one version that features a group photo of the band on the bear's hoodie. Each retails for $14.99.

    The 12-inch Singing Bear also wears a hoodie with a photo of One Direction on it and holds a microphone in its hand. Squeeze the bear's left foot to hear it sing a 35-second snippet of "What Makes You Beautiful." The bear also dances and moves its mouth to the music. On the bear's right foot, there is an embroidered 1D logo. It retails for $29.99.

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  13. One Direction Bears

    One Direction Bears

    from i-Star Entertainment

    •  3+

    Fans of One Direction can show off their 1D fandom through a collection of One Direction stuffed bears. There are Collectible Clip On Bears that kids can attach to a belt loop or backpack. There are six bears to collect, and each wears a different colored T-shirt with an image of a 1D band member on it. They retail for $5.99.

    Kids can also clip on a Mini Bear with Heart. This six-inch bear holds a heart that says "I Love 1D." It retails for $5.99.

    The Collectible Signature Bears are nine-inch bears that wear colorful hoodies with a picture of either a 1D member or a group shot. There are six bears to collect. Each retails for $9.99.

    If kids want their bears in different fabrics, there are the nine-inch Varsity bears in either hi-pile or corduroy. Both styles wear 1D varsity jackets and retail for $9.99.

    For big 1D fans there are big 1D bears. The 22-inch Varsity Bears wear a 1D varsity jacket or red sweatshirt with band image on the front. Each retails for $29.99.

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  14. One Direction Pillows

    One Direction Pillows

    from i-Star Entertainment

    •  3+

    One Direction fans can decorate their rooms with soft One Direction Pillows. The pillows come in different sizes and shapes.

    There are 10-inch by 10-inch 1D Photo Real Cotton Pillows. Each pillow features an image of one of the band members. Each retails for $12.99.

    There are two styles of the 14-inch by 14-inch 1D Photo Real Cotton Pillows. One pillow features a funny image of the whole band, while the other features the boys in a more serious pose. Each pillow retails for $17.99.

    The 1D Photo Real Bolster Pillows are cylindrical instead of square. There are six styles to choose from: one for each band member and one group shot. Each retails for $19.99.

    Kids can also take smaller versions of these pillows on the go by clipping them onto a backpack or belt. The Mini Heart Photo Real Clip-Ons are available in five styles, one for each band member, with the 1D logo on the back of the clip-on. Each retails for $6.99. The Plush Clip-Ons are soft square clip-ons that come in six different colors, one for each band member and a group shot. Each retails for $6.99.

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  15. One Direction Accessories

    One Direction Accessories

    from The Wish Factory

    •  3.99
    •  6+

    One Direction fans, called Directioners, can have the band with them at all times thanks to One Direction Accessories from The Wish Factory.

    The Plastic Pop Band Bracelet transforms from straight patch into a bracelet once it is slapped on a wrist. The bracelet features a centerpiece for kids to pop in five different charms, one for each member of the band. The Plastic Pop Band Bracelet retails for $7.99.

    Kids can also wear 1D around their wrists with the Braided Bracelet. It has hooks for charm attachments. Kids can attach charms of individual band members, group shots, or the 1D logo. The Braided Bracelet retails for $7.99.

    One Direction Dog Tags feature a band member on one side and a group shot on the other. The Dog Tags retail for $7.99.

    Kids can give themselves a 1D manicure with 3-D Nail Charms. Just press the charms onto nails. Each package comes with 10 charms. The 3-D Nail Charms retail for $7.99. There are also 2-D Nail Charms. Each package includes 20 nail charms. They can be mixed and matched with the 3-D Nail Charms for even more options. The 2-D Nail Charms retail for $7.99.

    Squishy Key Chains are soft busts of each 1D band member. They are filled with memory foam so kids can squeeze them. There are five Squishy Key Chains to collect, and each retails for $7.99.

    Fans can carry a 1D band member around with them with the Micro Figure Key Chains. Each key chain is 1.5 inches tall and comes with a latch hook for easy clipping. Each band member also comes in three different models, so there are 15 key chains to collect. Each retails for $3.99.

    Fans can hear 1D music whenever they want with Singing Key Chains. The key chains play 20-second snippets of two songs: "What Makes You Beautiful" and "One Thing." They retail for $7.99.

    The Collectible Key Chains are 3.5-inch figural key chains that feature a backpack clip. Each retails for $7.99.

    The Music Poppin' Headphone Charms can be popped onto a set of headphones, which are sold separately. There are 24 charms to collect, mix, and match. Each retails for $3.99.

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  16. One Direction Singing Zayn
    •  5+

    One Direction fans, called Directioners, can bring the fun and fandom of One Direction (more commonly referred to as 1D) off the stage and into their homes with One Direction Singing Dolls. There's a singing doll for each member of the band. Singing Zayn is a 12-inch doll dressed in stylish clothes inspired by a real outfit worn by Zayn. The doll comes with a microphone, and when you press the button on its stomach, the doll "sings" a 30-second clip of the song "What Makes You Beautiful."

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  17. One Direction Singing Niall
    •  5+

    One Direction fans, called Directioners, can bring the fun and fandom of One Direction (more commonly referred to as 1D) off the stage and into their homes with One Direction Singing Dolls. There's a singing doll for each member of the band. Singing Niall is a 12-inch doll dressed in stylish clothes inspired by a real outfit worn by Niall. The doll comes with a microphone, and when you press the button on its stomach, the doll "sings" a 30-second clip of the song "What Makes You Beautiful."

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  18. 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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  19. Monster High Robecca Steam
    •  6+

    The Monster High student body continues to grow with the addition of Robecca Steam to the class roster. Robecca's father is a mad scientist, and Robecca herself is a robot. She is 116 years old, and her pet, Captain Penny, is a mechanical penguin. Robecca's favorite subject is metal shop, and she really hates rain. The doll's blue and black dress and rocket boots reflect a "steampunk" style. Robecca comes with a bag, hairbrush, and doll stand.

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  20. Monster High Ghouls Rule Cleo de Nile
    •  6+

    The characters from Monster High are starring in their first DVD movie, Monster High Ghouls Rule. Instead of staying home on Halloween, the Monster High gang is taking back the holiday and dressing in over-the-top costumes that commemorate their famous monster heritages. They call it "haunt couture."

    Cleo de Nile wears a teal, gold, and black dress with puffed-out skirt. The doll comes with a matching gold mask, pyramid-inspired shoes, a cauldron of punch, a teal bucket for collecting candy, and a hairbrush.

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