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The Little Tikes Hide and Slide Climber for Every Child

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There are three games toddlers would always enjoy doing. These are climbing, sliding down, and playing peek-a-boo. Small children enjoy climbing very much as this gives them a new sense of superiority as the activity gives them a better view or perspective of things. They would climb upon every presenting opportunity as this really is enjoyable to them.

They also want to slide down as they feel satisfied with the sensations they feel upon doing it, especially with the sense of freedom they get. On the one hand, playing peek-a-boo with their parents is quite engaging as it requires their participation.

Those three mentioned games are what children could enjoy with the new Little Tikes Hide and Slide Climber. This new addition to the Little Tikes big toy collection including the Little Tikes cube slide makes for the best fun your little child can experience. They can not only climb and slide down, they can also play hide and seek or peek-a-boo with others.

There are holes which can be found on the set as a new feature design making peek-a-boo possible. Aside from the holes, there are also wide platforms that form the spiral staircase which allows more possibility for hiding. Truly, children will come to enjoy this set to the highest level, especially with other playmates.

A child can be deemed very safe while playing this set as the tools set for climbing and sliding all function with no hazards. The stairs are quite wide and easy to climb, with side grips for children to hold on to. The slide waves down to the ground adding better safety on the child’s part. Parents can then look freely from afar as they know their child is very safe. They can do other activities while watching over their child engrossed in the play set for quite some time. With the size of the play set, it can also be fitted well inside indoor playrooms. There are many more toy themes and you might want to look at the Little Tikes country cottage for a different kind of Tikes toy.

Lego and Star Wars Collectibles

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As soon as the brick maker Lego and George Lucas with his Star Wars teamed up to make a range of toy, collectors have gone crazy buying and building Lego minifigures and sets. A lot of these sets are definitely aimed at collectors or high level builder but I would guess that any adult or child would appreciate one of these Lego collectables.

You can see all the tiny intricate details in the Lego Star Wars minifigures that come with the great Star Wars star ships. Each set varies in how hard they are to build but it doesn’t matter to collectors as they like to set up these minifigures and ships to act out a scene from the movies.

These Lego Star Wars collectible sets were Legos first time they licensed a product. This sparked a huge interest for Star Wars fans and collectors and led to over 200 different sets being made so far. They have sets based on all the movies – Episode One: The Phantom of the Menace, Episode Two: Attack of the Clones, Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith, Episode Four: A New Hope, Episode Five: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode Six Return of the Jedi, and The Clone Wars movie, so there is a set from your favourite movie.

Of course the main characters in the movies are available: Luke and Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewie and Darth Vader. The sets are now celebrating the 10th anniversary with special re-released collector sets for sale. Not all sets are minifigure scaled, Lego has made some great Ultimate Collector Series sets with big, fully detailed characters to show off to friends. They come with display stands, authenticity cards and some USC sets are the biggest sets that Lego has ever sold.

The Lego and George Lucas licence deal is meant to end in 2011, if so this will make the Star Wars sets even more rare and collectible than what they are now. Lego Star Wars even have a range of video games for all the major consoles so I can’t see that the popularity of these Lego sets fading away any time soon.

Common Parts Found in RC Cars

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When you take a look at the mechanical aspect of radio controlled vehicles, you would be surprised to know that they are very complex under the hood. If you seriously want to get into RC vehicles as a hobby, you will need to be aware of what all the parts do since RC racing is a very high maintenance hobby, and a lot of parts ca break easily. Here is a quick rundown of the parts that you will need to keep your eye on or keep spares handy.

Pinion Gear – This small toothed cog is used to connect with the spur gear and drive the transmission. If your batteries run hot then that is a sign that you will have to change the pinion gear.

Suspension Arms – These connect to the axle carriers, and both of these parts can be quite problematic it certain models such as the MERV (mini E-Revo) monster truck. If your vehicle land at an awkward angle on the wheel, these can break, and they are a lot of hassle to change out.

Shock Towers – Support the suspension and join the oil filled shock absorbers to the chassis. Certain trucks such as the Traxxas Stampede and Rustler can break their shock tower at the back quite easily after a big jump, so it is a good idea to have spares.

Servo – motor that allows the wheels to turn left and right – the steering in other words. You don’t want to break this!

Servo Saver – this is a part that is actually designed to break easily. It prevents the servo from breaking by absorbing all of the impact. This can break very often, so make sure you have a lot of parts.

Certain models are hardier than others – a Traxxas Stampede RTR will break a lot less frequently than a Revo. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these parts!

RC Cars – A Great Beginner’s Model – Traxxas RC Stampede

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There are many people who are really starting to get into RC racing as it is shown on television late at night. These RC cars are a lot faster than the old remote controlled cars that you used to find 10 years ago – these ones are capable of incredible speeds and car easily beat a full size car in acceleration alone.

The cars are called Nitro cars, or Nitro buggies, which run on a mixture of nitro methane and oil, function in much the same way as full size engines because they have an internal combustion engine which is typically two stroke in order to generate their massive power. However, these hobby grade engines are expensive to buy, and a chassis that is designed to handle the large forces generated by this engine even more so, and the huge cost can be very off-putting to those who just want to get started.

Luckily, there are cheaper models available that are not quite toy-grade but still pack a lot of acceleration and speed. Electric technology is improving fast, and some think that maybe one day the electric variants will be faster than the nitro powered versions.

If you are looking for a powerful starter’s car then you couldn’t do any better than a Traxxas Stampede for starting out. These cars are powered by battery rather than an oil nitro mixture which gives them a little bit less power but they are still really fast and maneuverable. The cost of the starting model of the Stampede is under $200 which is really affordable for many especially since the full scale nitro models can cost $600 or even more!

The 4×4 rating of the Traxxas Stampede allows it to travel over multiple surfaces, and its suspension can handle the bumps with ease. If you are looking for a good car for starting out then look up this model – you won’t regret it!

3 Toy Range From Spin Master – Mighty Beanz, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and the Dolls

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If you are into toys you will no doubt have heard of the Spin Master company, who have had a very long history of supplying some of the best toys in the country to children. Starting with the 3 most interesting toys in the company’s line up this year, let’s explore them in more detail:

Starting with the Mighty Beanz, this range has just seen the release of a new series of the original toys in 2009 and now again in 2010. The small beans are one inch high and have a magnetic bean inside the toys that allows them to flip and flop and roll around in very exciting ways. There are a lot of games that can be played with these little toys, and they are great fun to play with for young boys and girls alike. There are also the Star Wars Mighty Beanz, a side license that is set to do good things for the company, combining both passionate fan bases of Star Wars fans and Mighty Beanz fans.

Next there are the Liv Dolls, a set of 4 characters that have based-on-real-life stories that try to make the dolls as down to earth as possible. The direction that the Liv Dolls have went in makes for an interesting change in the way that dolls are presented to young girls and it trys to move them away from being all glitz and glamour. Suffice to say, they have been very successful so far since their release, and they see frequent updates.

Also on the shelves are the Bakugan Battle Brawlers, and hybrid card/collection game that involves mini robotic warriors that roll around and combat each other on the way to obtaining 3 gate cards for the player. These toys are based on the hit TV series, so watch out for them the next time the set is on.

All of these toys should be very successful this Christmas as well as being great fun, so if you have children then take them as mini-gift ideas if you are in the dark.