Friday, September 29, 2023

Nintendo Holiday Showcase 2023 in NYC | Sneak Peaks of Super Mario Bros Wonder, Detective Pikachu 2, and more!



The holidays are closer than ever! Take your gifting to the next LEVEL with my gamer gift guide that includes the most engaging, family-friendly games for the Nintendo Switch for 2023!



My family and I were invited to the Nintendo Holiday Showcase, and as original Nintendo gamers from the '80s, we Princess Peach long jumped across the 59th Street Bridge as quick as we could! I'm talking Princess Peach circa Super Mario Bros 2! She has the best floating jump! We received bountiful gift bags of Nintendo Switch games, a Nintendo Switch case, a Hallmark ornament, and so much more! I am a huge fan of Nintendo, and I am no stranger to this company, but I am still a parent shopping on a budget, so you will get my honest review, and I always try to share the best price available!




With less than 100 days away from the holiday season I have the ultimate guide in what's hot this holiday from Nintendo - Nintendo Switch games to plush featuring your favorite Nintendo characters (think Mochi Mochi Club by TOMY) to toys by the biggest toy makers in the business (think LEGO, Mattel, and Jakks Pacific!). 

Hot Wheels Mario Kart Rainbow Road Raceway
Target $149.99




This was voted BEST toy of the evening by the whole family!

Super Mario Deluxe Bowser Battle Set, Jakks Pacific
Amazon & Target $39.99



Video Game Vibes


The ambiance was nothing short of fun and even quite chill in some spots thus allowing us to opportunity to be guided by professional Nintendo players who specialized in demonstrating the games. Shout out to Matthew, Thomas, and the rest of the crew who helped us. 









The good people who work with and for Nintendo created several different lounge areas with fluffy pillows, cute character plush, gamer-approved snacks, and demos of the latest games for the Nintendo Switch. There was even a beautiful aesthetically pleasing setup created by the official Nintendo Inspired team. They created this beautiful desk area set up with the Animal Crossing gamer in mind. 








Fun and friendly atmosphere, and yummy food! 


They really made us all feel welcome! The snacks were so Nintendo-themed as well. There were mushroom-themed pastry puffs, a quiche fit for Queen Rosalina, and even garlic knots that looked like Pikachu! 



 


Gaming Fun for Everyone


In addition to playing with toys and eating everything in sight, we got to play the latest games available on the Nintendo Switch


Super Mario Bros Wonder is available for preorder now! We got to demo the new Super Mario Bros Wonder, and it is just a WONDERful game! The new game is chock full of new Super Mario Bros surprises like the wonder flower that can transform your world and will revolutionize gameplay! When you stumble upon a wonder flower, watch the map come to life with warp pipes waking up to crawl across the screen, changing the map from day to night, a spike-balls rain shower, and more! 

You can also power up into cool, new costumes with an elephant berry to turn into an adorable elephant. Take a bite of a drill mushroom to be equipped with a drill head to mine through the ground or ceiling! The bubble flower is, you probably guessed, the ability to blow bubbles to defeat enemies! 

COMING SOON! LEGO Disney Wish Sets Full of Magic, Fun, Storytelling

Courtesy: LEGO

Fans of the much anticipated new Disney animated feature, Wish, will get new LEGO sets to help bring the magic at home. 










LEGO® | Disney Asha in the City of Rosas #43223

The townsquare of the City of Rosas is bustling with excitement! This set includes Wish characters, Asha, Star, and Valentino. There is a fruit and vegetable cart, and a storefront.



·       LEGO® | Disney King Magnifico’s Castle #43224

Have a royal adventure in King Magnifico's Castle! There is a kitchen, a laboratory to explore, a magical spellbook, and plenty of ways to uncover the mysteries of the castle.




King Magnifico's Castle's details give great opportunity to expand the magical tale of Disney's Wish, because there are four levlels of play. This set comes with minidolls Asha, King Magnifico, Dahlia and Star.







·       LEGO® | Disney Asha’s Cottage #43231

Build Asha's charming two-level home, complete with delightful details like a table featuring a smiley-face cake, cabinets with a notebook, and a cozy bedroom with a fireplace. Don't forget to make a wish at the wishing well and explore the abundance of play accessories.


 


This set features lots of detail, and elements to continue to storytelling of Asha and her family. I love that this set has multiple levels of play. It also comes with mini-dolls: Asha, Sakina, Sabino, and Star.



The new LEGO Disney Wish sets will be available online at LEGO.com and in LEGO stores starting October 1, 2023.



What do you think of the new LEGO Disney Wish sets? Let me know in the comments!

Disney Wish will be released in theaters in November 2023. Check out the newly released Disney Wish trailer below.




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Friday, September 22, 2023

Toy Alert! Cry Babies Video Game Available for Pre-Order Now! Crying Magic Tears!

Updated September 22, 2023 with my affiliate shopping links!

From toy shelves to a successful YouTube channel to Netflix, Cry Babies is now taking the gaming world by storm with their new game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox X | S, and PC! 



That's right! Cry Babies, those adorable dolls that cry magic tears have their very own video game now available in Europe and North America. "Cry Babies Magic Tears: The Big Game" features fun minigames, excellent graphics, smooth video gameplay, Cry Babies character customization, and more! 

I received the video game for free to review, all opinions are my own. 


Thursday, July 27, 2023

New Pokémon Obsidian Flames TCG, Playsets, Books, and More at The Toy Insider Sweet Suite 2023!

Pokémon fans! Get ready for some Pokémon goodness! 


The Pokémon Company was at The Toy Insider’s annual summer party, Sweet Suite. Each year the hottest toy companies join up for a massive event in NYC, and we got to see a lot of the cool new products on display and for play! 







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The Pokemon Company at Sweet Suite 2023


The Pokémon Company was our first stop, and we were able to play a very easy version of Pokémon TCG geared toward new players. For fall 2023, Pokémon is releasing a new collection called the My First Battle collection. We played in the Pokemon Play Lab a game of PokéCatch and Catch & Attack. The new My First Battle sets will give younger Pokémon fans the opportunity to master the TCG! The sets will roll out September 29, 2023, with two different versions: Pokémon TCG My First Battle Pikachu and Pokémon TCG My First Battle Charmander. I have been playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game since 1998, and I am stoked for this easier way to play for the little ones. 

GameStop, Inc.



Legend In Real Life


My fourteen-year-old self was swooning with delight as I got to meet Snorlax in person! Snorlax was there in person to unveil Pokémon Sleep, a revolutionary way to sleep paired with the new Pokémon Go+! Measure your sleep and get woken up by Pikachu to start a productive day. Your sleep will have an impact on your Pokémon Go game, so keep this in mind. There is a chance to play with the new Pokémon Go+ and encounter a sleeping Snorlax wearing a nightcap.  Pokémon Go+ is available at GameStop, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy for $54.99.





Pokémon Primers Press is a great collection of starter books for little ones giving a colorful array of Pokémon characters featuring Water, Fire, and Grass Pokémon. This book is colorful and is full of Pokémon-themed information. There’s even information on how to properly pronounce Pokémon’s names. I love the lift flaps and the high-quality books because these are great gifts for new Pokémon loving parents. 





Pokemon Obsidian Flames is the latest expansion of the Scarlet and Violet era. This collection features 15 ex cards and beautiful TERA cards of treasured Pokémon. You can watch unboxing videos of the latest Pokemon TCG Obsidian Flames on our Youtube Channel now! Available August 11, 2023, and available for preorder now on Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, Best Buy, and local comic book shops. 




Pokémon 151 will release on September 22, 2023, and will feature all of the original Kanto Pokémon beautifully illustrated throughout each pack. Pokémon 151 celebrates the Kanto region and gives trainers new and old a new perspective on the original 151 Pokémon that started it. Trainers can collect a stunning Binder Collection, Elite Trainer Box, Booster Bundle (so happy for this one!), Ultra Premium Collection, and more!



My girl Chansey finally got some love with the MEGA Forest Pokémon Center set. This set is perfect and has moving parts inside. All we need is a Nurse Joy, and all will be right in the land. Retails for $79.99 and is coming out soon!






Sprigatito Plush and accessories will be available from the Build-a-Bear Workshop! This plush is so cute and will have an exclusive cap available only on Build-a-Bear's website. You can visit Build-a-Bear now to create your own Sprigatito, or order it online now for $55.00. 



MEGA Motion Charizard celebrates the ferocity and strength of this Pokémon! It moves beautifully but was hard to capture while holding the camera, so when you see our video just note that the video does not do it justice. It moves seamlessly like the MEGA Pikachu set. You can add this to the Pikachu and Buterfree sets to round out your collection. Retails for $139.99 and is coming soon. 

The latest collection of Pokemon shows how much Pokemon has evolved as a whole over the past 25 years. It's not just a trading card company, it's a lifestyle.

What's your favorite from this line up? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Amazon Prime Day Deals 2023

Amazon Prime Days are my favorite because I get a jumpstart on holiday shopping. I’ve been scouring the pages of Amazon for the hottest deals for home, back to college, toys, collectibles, outdoor play, and more! This is going to be updated up through Prime Days July 11 and 12, so keep checking here and on my socials! Also, please give me a follow on Amazon, so you can get notified when I go LIVE to share these deals in real time. 




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Educational Toys 

I’m all all about learning through play, and this collection of educational toys have a great deal of benefits for children.




Answer Buzzers are a great way to add some magic and color to family game night. These buzzers will help increase concentration , and motivate more focused game play. Plus they have fun colors and sounds! This is also a great price!!! Learning Resources Lowest price in 30 days at $9.99 on Amazon




Magnet Movers will increase logic and problem-solving skills. It comes with a bunch of magnetic objects to test too. My five year old loves this toy! Learning Resources It’s 50% off, so the final price is $9.99 on Amazon!! 




Cash Register is iconic and shares the same details as its predecessor. Nostalgic parents will understand! This is a great pretend play tool that will also increase language, maths skills, and creative play. Learning Resources It’s 30% off and is $28.48 on Amazon!! 


Magnetic Sticks are great for refining fine motor skills and enhance logic skills. You can also encourage problem-solving, and creativity with this fun Magnetic Set! Plus, they’re easy to connect and to build. 





Magnetic Set (40 piece set) $19.95 after 40% off on Amazon!


Shop the dupe with less pieces, and cheaper on Amazon. 



Magnetic Set (30-piece set)  just $7.83 after 40% off coupon is applied on Amazon!


Outdoor Play


Soak up the summer sun, and stay outside and play! Here’s a list of fun toys to have on hand for when things get kind of boring.




Backyard League Smart Baseball provides active play and will increase a child’s interest in baseball. My son who is a huge soccer fan now wants to throw the ball around every day! Backyard League is unique because it has a free app, and you can record and save your progress. In addition to challenging fellow Backyard League players around the world, this toy will keep kids motivated and build their skills all while having fun! Backyard League uses technology as an advantage by recording speed, distance, and has real time Coach rooting you on. Technology is a distraction, but Backyard League uses it a gateway to active play. Playfinity Active Gaming On Amazon, it's $75.45 after 30% off! 





Hoyle Waterproof Playing Cards are great for the beach, the pool, and just to have for the neat texture and design. Fully waterproof, these cards are so sleek and definitely a conversation starter. Plus, they’re kid proof, water proof, and easy to clean. Amazon$6.97





Pie Face Splash pairs the fun of the Pie Face game with a sprinkler! It’s easy to set up, just connect to a garden hose, and you’re done. Kids can take turns hitting the lever and who ever gets splashed loses. It’s a win-win for all though!!! WowWee Right now it’s $18.74 with 25% off on Amazon. It was lower last week at $9.99! Watch for more savings! 



Collectibles


Amazon has a great selection of deals on collectibles, especially from Funko.




Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual Funko Pop! Album Funko This is only $8.98 at 64% off on Amazon!! It’s a steal! 



Bruce Banner
 Funko Pop! Deluxe 

Immortalized in vinyl, this iconic end-of-credits scene of The Avengers is a must-have for your collection. There are six to collect in all. Funko There's a limited-time deal and it’s only $3.99 on Amazon!!!! 




Batman Gingerbread Funko Pop! Heroes is so cute. Perfect addition to your holiday decor! Funko  It’s only $5.99 with 40% off on Amazon! What?!!





The Aristocats with Duchess Funko Pop! VHS Cover is an Amazon Exclusive and is a must have for fans. The price is ridiculously low!! Funko  It’s only $8.99 for this massive display piece on Amazon!!!




Toy Story with Woody holding Lenny Funko Pop! VHS Cover is a must have but. I’ve been waiting for this one to drop, and it’s dropped significantly. Funko  It’s only $9.99 on Amazon! He’s holding Lenny for crying out loud—the real ones will know! 




Guardians of the Galaxy Funko Pop! Marvel Holiday collection is a five pack dressed in their holiday best. This is an insane deal!! Funko It’s $9.99 for all five Pop!s on Amazon!




Dead Strange and the Scarlet Witch Funko Pop! Movie Moment is so cool! Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is my favorite of the franchise (seriously!!!), and this is a steal of a deal. Dead Strange just looks so cool. Funko It’s only $11.99 for this massive set on Amazon!

 




Mighty Thor Funko Pop! has a lot of detail and is marked down significantly! Funko  Perfect gift and it’s $4.99 on Amazon!! 




Tiered Riser is the perfect addition to your shelf! With all of these collectibles, you will need risers to display them! This is a great riser for displaying all of your new Funko Pop!s

Buy the 3-pack of this riser set to save some cash on Amazon!






Road Trip Toys


Summer is just getting started, so add some new road trip friendly toys for your traveling family.




Disney Eye Found It card game is a hidden picture game. Each card has a Disney themed scene and your kiddo has to concentrate and find missing objects. Wonder Forge/Ravensburger This is only $5.97 after 40% off on Amazon





Word Whiz is a handheld toy and is educational too! It’s an electronic flash card game that will help improve letter identification, word building, reading, language, and will keep kids off of the iPad! Takes 3AAA batteries. Learning Resources Lowest price in 30 days at just $11.99!! https://amzn.to/44a8k56




Flip Slide is a fun electric puzzle game that is really addicting! To slide and flip makes the most satisfying sound. Plus it improves concentration and problem-solving skills, and it’s a lot of fun to play!!  It’s $15.29 and is a great deal on Amazon!!! 





BizzyBoos are adorable and tactile Hide n’Seek busy bags. This is not a prime day deal, but there are two for under $20 on Amazon. It’s a great addition since my kids love these toys for road trips. Vango Toys 


Home and Dorm

Freshen up your living spaces with these great Prime Day Deals! Many of the items listed here I have in my own home! These products can also be used for dorm room essentials, so keep that in mind for your college kids! 




Bedsure Duvet Insert is soft and has great thickness. There is also loops for easy attachment to your duvet cover. It comes in a variety of colors too. It’s 42% off with a final prime day price at just $24.51 on Amazon!! 


Pair this insert with the Bedsure cotton duvet cover, you can find it here.



I gave this to my mom to use at her country home. She shared a photo before she covered the blanket with her favorite duvet (it wasn't Bedsure), and said it was a great night's sleep. Notice the Bedsure sheets, they’re cooling sheets and so comfortable! 




Bed in a Bag set is super soft and stylish. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Get Twin XL for dorm room beds! With 29% off various sizes on Amazon!





My kids were knocked out and cozy in their Bedsure bedding. The pink is from the Bed in a Bag set. These comforters are super soft!




Bedsure Pillow set comes in a variety of sizes and as a 2-pack. They are fluffy, comfy and also have sleep options. Choose from back sleeper and side sleeper. Great deal on pillows at $26.99 for two on Amazon!!




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