VTech's Go! Go! Smart Wheels have been something that my wife and I have regularly given as gifts over the past few years - some really cool vehicles and playsets that weren't quite on the scene yet when our girls were toddlers, but ones that arrived just in time for some other kids we know. Now the line is expanding again, with new sets like the Launch & Chase Police Tower, Tow & Go Garage and the Take Flight Airport. These sets can spark toddlers' imaginations and offer engaging play experiences while teaching first words, letters and more, and each features innovative SmartPoint technology. One of my favorite features is that they can all hook together for a large and immersive play environment. Check out the new sets below!
Preschoolers will soon have some new rides to play with as Funrise and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) are teaming-up for a new toy line called HERODRIVE. Making their debut at the 2018 edition of the North American International Toy Fair in New York City, HERODRIVE is being touted as "an innovative, one-of-a-kind line that combines kids' favorite entertainment characters with fun and innovative play features to deliver the coolest vehicles for preschoolers." Racing from the starting line, the HERODRIVE DC Super Friends Collection will launch with vehicles inspired by iconic DC Comics characters such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, and more.
Right now, as I sit here typing this, there is a Weebles Treehouse not more than five feet from me in this very office. It's likely the last Weebles Treehouse to be directly produced under Hasbro for their Playskool line, as we got it for Addie roughly 5-6 years ago. Now, continuing the tradition of their older lines being licensed out to smaller toymakers (Tonka, Mr. Potato Head, etc.), Weebles have moved over to Jazwares, and will be relaunched with a new look this August.
We're keeping the preschool (and Sprout!) vibe going for two days in a row here on my annual 31 Days of Halloween with PAJANIMALS: SPOOKY COSTUMES, a new DVD from NCircle Entertainment. On this specially-priced DVD, Cowbella is nervous about trick or treating because she doesn’t like all the scary vampires and zombies she saw at a party. A trip to Storybook Land reveals that those vampires and werewolves are just costumes that the big kids wear to have fun, just like her pretty princess costume!
If you don't already have those DVR's set, get ready - today is the day that THE COOKIE THIEF premieres on PBS KIDS, bringing the first-ever one-hour Cookie Monster special to the masses! This Sesame Street special is "a classic chewdunnit" that guest stars SNL-alum Rachel Dratch as a museum security guard that's looking to finger someone for the theft of a priceless piece of cookie art - Leonardo da Crunchy's The Muncha Lisa! But why would Cookie Monster take such an iconic piece of art? Well, you'll just have to gather the kids to find out...