Monday, February 25, 2008

The Mighty Tonka Dump Truck

In 1949, the Tonka Mighty Dump was presented to the public, and from this single truck came a series of Mighty trucks, two of which are the Hydraulic Dump and the Bottom Dump. Tonka, meaning GREAT in Sioux, wanted to make toys for little boys that can stand the test of time. They wanted something that boys can play with for a very long time, hence, their designs and materials are always top-of-the-line.

Brief History
By 1987, it has introduced toys specifically for the younger set - preschool-aged boys. During its 50th year, it celebrated in a big way by hosting a national truck tour. The Tonka trucks continued to get even more popular and expanded through many partnerships including Hasbro toys. Their roster now includes die-cast, trucks with mini lights and sounds even books!

In 2005, the Tonka Toughest Mighty Dump Truck, introduced the previous year, was replicated life-sized to tour nationally for the truck tour. To date, Tonka keeps finding innovative ways to make their trucks even stronger, more durable and lifelike while maintaining its standard of excellence found in every Tonka toy.

For the Little Engineer
For the little one who loves to play with trucks, the Tonka Dump Truck is the perfect gift for him. You can choose from the Tonka Might trucks series including the Toughest Mighty Dump Truck.

You may also check out their website or visit online shopping sites that carry Tonka toys for a list of all their toys. It's best to compare prices with a few online shops before making your purchase.

Remember to ask about their delivery turnaround time, shipping and handling policy, payment mode - VISA, Mastercard or something else - return policy for damaged toy/s or erroneous toys delivered and money back guarantee.

Online shops know that there have been a lot of internet scams including shopping sites, and they understand that customers want to be assured that the same thing won't happen to them. Thoroughly discuss their online security system and identity theft protection.

Finally, ask about their Tonka toys - where they come from, what models they carry, warranties, and such. Unfortunately, another online scam is peddling products that are either fake or secondhand passed on as brand new. You have to be sure about where you get your shopping done online.

Better still, visit your nearest retail shop and ask for their Tonka toys. You can either take a good look at the one you like before ordering it online, or you can just get it there yourself. Either way, your little boy will definitely flip once he sees his Tonka Dump Truck!

George Hansson writes about trucks in the online magazine sethson.com. There you can read much more about dump trucks and other types of trucks.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Outlook on New Webkinz For 2008

Outlook on New Webkinz For 2008
By Joe Moz

Every year the Ganz company releases a variety of new Webkinz pets. Some of these pets go on to be retired shortly thereafter, others stick around for awhile. Post-retirement, some pets will appreciate in value considerably.

For 2008 there are a number of new Webkinz releases on the horizon, some already released into the market. This article will outline the known new releases as of the first quarter and forecast which Webkinz will be most in demand.

We have already seen some new releases hit the market for early 2008 including the highly anticipated seasonal Webkinz Love Frog. New for Valentine's Day, this February release will be very popular. If the Love Puppy is any indication, the Love Frog could become quite valuable in the future.

New webkinz that are already out or coming out soon include:

  1. Love Frog
  2. Schnauzer
  3. Black and White Cheeky Dog
  4. Black Poodle
  5. Duck
  6. Grey Arabian Horse
  7. Grey Wolf
  8. Himalayan Cat
  9. Kangaroo
  10. Pink and White Cat
  11. Tie Dye Frog
  12. Velvety Elephant

January also saw the release of the Webkinz figurines.

Expected New Webkinz releases for March include the Snake, Tiger, and Brown Dog.

Given the past price performance of the previously released "Cheeky" pets, it is expected that the Black and White Cheeky Dog will rise in value after retirement. Other plush that are predicted to remain in demand and see values go up are the Schnauzer, Kangaroo, and Pink and White Cat. These predictions are based on interest and resale performance following intial launch.

In conclusion, there are many new Webkinz in 2008 that should make it a great year for the Webkinz enthusiast.

Joe Moz writes for CuteCritterz.com, a rapidly growing website for finding deals on new Webkinz and retired Webkinz.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Kids' Digital Cameras

Kids Digital Camera

By Laurie Lindsay

Do you have a budding shutterbug? There are some great options for kids digital cameras. They range in price depending on how good you want the pictures to be. Many come in your child's favorite character. Here is a look at some of the most popular kids digital cameras.

Go Diego Go Digital Camera

Now kids can go exploring themselves with their very own Go Diego Go digital camera. It is targeted towards kids 6 years and up and has great sound effects and bilingual phrases. It also has photo editing software so kids can play with their pictures. It has a 1.4" color LCD and a built in auto flash. It has a light that lets you know when the battery is low and an auto switch off after one minute. The digital camera reviews on this camera are middle of the road. It generally got three out of five stars. The price on this camera runs around $40.

Bratz Plugged In Digital Camera

This kids digital camera has very good reviews since it gets four out of five stars. It has 3.0 megapixels which is higher than most kids digital cameras. It also has a CD Rom with software and a USB cable to transfer images to your computer. It has an SD card slot and also a webcam mode. It has 3 flash settings and a 10 second self timer. The Bratz Plugged In digital camera also has a 1.1" color LCD. It take both still shots and videos. This is a great kids digital camera for those kids who are more advanced or want more features. It runs about $70.

Disney Pix Micro Digital Camera Featuring Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana is one of the most beloved kids kids shows on right now. Millions of little girls would love to have a Hannah Montana digital camera. This one has three out of five stars based on user digital camera reviews. It has a 1.1" color LCD display. It holds up to 40 pictures and runs on only 1 AAA battery. It also comes with great software that Hannah Montana fans will love. This kids digital camera is only $20.

For great info on digital cameras, visit: http://digitalcameraratingssite.com
To compare digital camera: http://digitalcameraratingssite.com/digitalcameracomparison.html

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Friday, February 1, 2008

Hannah Montana Dance Mat

Hannah Montana Dance Mat Review
By Susane Dean

As you probably already know if you're reading this article, this dance mat has been sold out all over the country because of the recent "Hannah Montana fever" currently in full swing. I purchased this for my daughter for Christmas. She also has the older version of the dance mat. Here is my review of both products - both the new version with the wig and dvd and the old version, without the wig. There's also a link for where to get these hard-to-find items at the end of the article.

The New Version Features And Price:

The new version is the one that is flying off of stores right now. It features a blond Hannah wig, a microphone and the mat itself, which lights up. The premise of this toy is that the kids can learn dance moves to three Hannah Montana songs: "Who Said?," "Best Of Both Worlds" and "This Is My Life. " Dancing instructions appear on an included DVD and teach dance moves to the songs.

I want to say right off do not expect the wig to be the quality that you see Hannah wearing on TV. It isn't, but it's good enough to get the effect kids want. Also, your child will probably not be dancing like a professional dancer at the end of a play session, but your child will learn moves to Hannah songs. Kids basically just want to learn how to dance for the new Hannah movie or a Hannah concert and the Hannah Montana Mat accomplishes this while they have fun. The price of the new version mat is about $35 retail.

The Older Version Features And Price:

The older version does not have the wig included, but I would argue that the quality of the actual product is a bit better and the product will last a longer time. It plays the same songs as the newer version, but the lights and music sync better with the numbers on the mat. I honestly find this one more user friendly for younger kids. This one is very hard to find, but I think I like it better than the first.

All in all, my daughter loves both dance mats. She's a 7 year old little girl who just wants to dance and have fun. She doesn't expect she will dance just like Hannah. I love the fact that it gets her off the couch and she gets some exercise. Would I buy them again? Absolutely.

To see where to purchase either item for the best price, click here to visit the Hannah Montana Dance Mat Review Website.

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For more Hannah Montana gift ideas go to Hannah Montana Gifts.