COMPILED BY PHILLIP D. JOHNSON
This, the first of the FASHION+LIFETSYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES, is all about the children. These are the toys that were the bestsellers this past year and the ones that are presently selling out everywhere. There’s a toy or tablet here for every child on your Christmas list.
IT’S THE HOTTEST TOY ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW! The award-winning LeapPad2, from LEAPFROG ENTERPRISES, INC., offers kids more engaging learning experiences than ever before. New features include front-and-back cameras and video recorders, a faster LF 2000 processor, double the on-board memory (4GB) and a longer battery life, all wrapped in a high-tech styled kid-tough tablet design. LEAPPAD2‘s extensive library of hundreds of games, music, videos, eBooks and more are carefully designed and approved by LEAPFROG‘s highly experienced team of educational experts and include a combination of LEAPFROG‘s top quality educational entertainment and engaging content from the biggest names in children’s entertainment. LEAPFROG‘s own learning content is grounded in the latest research and draws on a comprehensive curriculum that covers more
than 2,500 skills across 100 skill categories. LEAPPAD2 is sold at MSRP $99.99 and is recommended for children 3 to 9 years. The LEAPPAD2 DISNEY PRINCESS BUNDLE is sold at MSRP $129.99. Downloads are priced at MSRP $5.00 and up and game cartridges at MSRP $24.99. New accessories for LeapPad2 include a Video Display Case (MSRP $19.99), Fashion Handbag (MSRP $19.99), Car Adapter (MSRP $14.99), Gel Skins (MSRP $9.99) and much more. An optional recharger pack is also available at MSRP $39.99. LeapPad2 is now available at www.leapfrog.com, online and at major retailers in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland
Don’t judge me but I have to say it: I LOVE GUMMIBÄR! From the moment I received the package of CDs and DVDs in the mail, I have been spellbound by Gummibär and his friend: KALA (a ‘serval cat,’ and the brain in the group), HARRY, the nerdy know-it-all chameleon, and VAM PIRO (a vampire bat with a big problem: He faints at the sight of blood!).
GUMMIBÄR is a green blue-eyed character that is usually naked except for orange underwear and sneakers and also seems to have been bitten (with a small portion of the upper left ear missing), which may be why he sings about candy. Gummibär represents the child inside of us (much like SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS); and he’s a dancing machine! He knows how to work that body like no one else! Again, much like the SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS character, there’s an element of adult sarcastic humor mixed in with a kid’s smart-alecky sensibility and I love it all. The theme song (“I am a Gummy Bear”) is like a classic earworm, and the new Christmas DVD, “The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa”, is a new Christmas classic. The cultural references sprinkled throughout the movie are to die for!
The first Gummibär theme song, “I’m a Gummy Bear” (“The Gummy Bear Song”), was produced in Germany in late 2006, and became a regional success as a dance song. The company has since created six additional music videos for a global audience in an increasing number of languages, has recorded additional songs, and Gummibär songs and videos have now been recorded in over 28 languages. They recently announced the addition of party supply products and cookie cutters to the mix, and much more are on the way. For Christmas 2012, check the new Christmas DVD, the CDs (“I am a Gummy Bear”, “Gummibär Christmas Jollies”, “Gummibär: La La Love to Dance”) and the DVD (“The Gummibär Video Collection”). For more information and where-to-buy, visit www.gummibar.net, www.gummibar.net/music/, www.facebook.com/funnygummy, www.gummybearinternational.com/.
LIGHT UP CHECKERS, BACKGAMMON AND CHESS FROM PAVILION®: Fans of traditional checkers, backgammon and chess will love to switch things up by playing with these brand-new sets, now featuring light-up technology. The lighting effects on these classic games help to build the perfect atmosphere for kids to play well into the wee hours of the night. 6 “AA” batteries required (not included). AGES 5 YEARS AND UP. Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
Fans of the GEARS OF WAR™ franchise will now be able to bring the game to life as they will be able to build model vehicles offered by ERECTOR®, a division of MECCANO®. Enthusiasts—young and old—can now build the most popular vehicles and recreate the LOCUSTS VS. DELTA SQUAD BATTLE with these highly detailed sets. And with the expertise of the iconic ERECTOR brand, the precision construction and attention-to-detail will engage everyone, while the easy-to-follow instructions and cool vehicle designs will make it a fun experience for younger fans who haven’t yet played the video game. Ranging in price from $24.99 to $59.99, for ages 8+, the models (C.O.G ARMADILLO, C.O.G KING RAVEN, C.O.G CENTAUR TANK) feature 80 to 300 pieces and all models will include character figures, building instructions, stickers and tools. With Locusts vs. Delta Squad Battle Set, your child can recreate a battle scene between the C.O.G DELTA SQUAD and the LOCUSTS, including a watchtower, tanks and crates. Then choose your side: the C.O.G. army with the Armadillo and enter the battle! More information and where-to-buy information can be found at www.gearsofwar.com.
Kids love to sing and perform, and are inspired by extremely popular TV shows such as THE VOICE, THE X FACTOR, and GLEE. So set your budding singing superstar on the road to stardom with the WRAPSTAR MICROPHONE from FIRST ACT DISCOVERY. The WRAPSTAR MICROPHONE, in addition to being too cute for words, is an innovative toy, giving kids new levels of creative freedom to express themselves. Kids are encouraged to shape the Mic into new and inventive shapes – a hat, an animal, a pair of glasses, a bracelet, pretty much anything because it has a soft, moldable patent-pending design for the perfect amount of flexibility. Available at retailers nationwide, the WRAPSTAR MIC offers three feet of bendability so everyone can get wrapped up in the fun and retails for $19.99 (requires one “AA” battery, not included). www.wrapstar.firstactdiscovery.com
NICKELODEON brings in the holiday cheer with the release of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, DON’T BE A JERK IT’S CHRISTMAS!, a digital e-book, available now, and limited-edition hard cover print edition available exclusively online at www.NickShop.com. This brand-new holiday book takes readers on a festive romp through Bikini Bottom, set to the lyrics of the hit song, “Don’t Be A Jerk – It’s Christmas,” co-written by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) and Andy Paley. In the stop-motion special, inspired by the Rankin/Bass specials (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town), Plankton turns everyone in Bikini Bottom from nice to naughty by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake – all in an effort to get his Christmas wish, the KRABBY PATTY formula. Inspired by the half-hour stop-motion It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! Special airing on Nickelodeon, Dec. 6 at 8p.m., with illustrations by Heather Martinez, the e-book is now available on iTunes, Nook and Kindle.
LEXIBOOK®’s two new Innovative Android™ Tablets for Kids, LEXIBOOK® JUNIOR TABLET and LEXIBOOK® TABLET MASTER, blend rich educational content with an immersive gaming experience – all in a “kid-tough” rubberized double injection molded casing. Developed especially for kids, LEXIBOOK® tablets combine educational, multimedia and interactive activities, empowering children to play and learn using their very own tablet . The double injection molded plastic casing is solidly constructed to hold up to kids at play — even in the hands of its youngest users and the easy-to-use interface can be intuitively navigated by all ages. The scrolling menu makes it easy for kids to access a treasure trove of apps, games, music, videos, cartoons and books. Young imaginations will be fueled by 52 do-it-yourself activities: food recipes, scientific experiments, fashion design, games, and special apps for drawing, coloring and learning animal and nature facts; and both tablets are a gateway to even more fun via a gaming platform with access to thousands of downloadable games and 25 pre-installed games. LEXIBOOK® JUNIOR TABLET and LEXIBOOK® TABLET MASTER are available nationwide at major retail outlets, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Walmart.com, Amazon and online at www.lexibook.us.
ALEGRIA™ is also a new line of fun footwear created by California based company PG Lite. Alegria shoes is developed with technical features that promote health and wellness, with a non-skid sole that meet both ASTM and SATRA standards for slip-resistance. And while its simple slip-on ergonomic construction suits the relaxed California lifestyle, they will feel equally at home if you live in New York City, Miami or Dallas. The standard heavenly padded footbed really feels like you are walking on clouds. After all, life’s too short to be wearing uncomfortable shoes. Made with leather in a variety of bright, up-beat collectable designs, Alegria is the perfect shoe for your little shoe-a-holic-in-training. The Girls’ ALEGRIA™ALEGRIA VINCA GIRL AND DOGS EMBROIDERY KIDS SHOES ($69.95) is a hand sewn leather upper Mary Jane, with an adjustable velcro strap, a mild rocker outsole, a Patented Interlocking Footbed System with latex, memory foam and cork, superior arch support and leather lining. More than anything else, they are just too cute for words. This and all the other styles in patent leather, painted leather and various prints can be found at the Alegria online store at http://www.alegriashoes.com/kids/
Just in time for the holidays, NICKELODEON and SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT‘s (SME) has released “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! Album” ($9.99) features 11 tracks of original holiday-themed music, featuring four songs from the upcoming SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS special “It’s A SpongeBob Christmas!,” like “Santa Has His Eye On Me” and the timeless Bikini Bottom classic, “Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas),” as well as seven brand new compositions co-written by TOM KENNY (voice of SpongeBob) and ANDY PALEY. The complete track listing for “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! Album” is as follows: “It’s A SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas!”, “Don’t Be A Jerk (It’s Christmas)”, “Christmas Eve Jitters”, “Santa Won’t Let You Down”, “Snowflakes”, “Pretty Ribbons And Bows”, “Wet, Wet Christmas”, “Ho, Ho Hoedown”, “Christmas Is Mine”, “Hot Fruitcake”, “Santa Has His Eye On Me” and “A Holiday Message From SpongeBob SquarePants”. As a long fan of the SpongeMan, I couldn’t be more tickled by this CD. “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! Album” is available online at the Nickelodeon store, www.NickShop.com.
BURBERRY makes some pretty cute winter attire and accessories for children but none is cuter than their girls’ COTTON CASHMERE GLOVES AND BEANIE SET ($195.00) and the girl’s DIAMOND QUILTED JACKET (195.00 in Iris Blue, Fritillary Pink and Military Navy) is just the coat your stylish daughter would love to receive on Christmas morning. The Holiday 2012 CHECK AND PATENT LEATHER BALLERINAS ($195.00 in Black, Bronze and Rosehip [shown here]) features a Nova check with polished patent leather trim, with an elasticized strap for a comfortable fit and rubber grip sole. Couple these shoes with the girls’ Jacquard Stripe Dress, an elegant dress with cap sleeves, gathered yoke and exposed zip closure, and your daughter will be the picture of youthful beauty. All these pieces and much more are available online at www. http://us.burberry.com/store/festive-gifts/childrens-gifts/bright-spirits-for-girls/?WT.ac=LP_NOV_H_EXPLORE_CFESTIVE
The iconic PEEPS® and MIKE AND IKE® BRANDS continue to thrill their fans—especially the young ones—with delicious and eye catching new offerings this Christmas. And while I avoid most other candy products, I cannot ever resist PEEPS and MIKE AND IKE.
PEEPS® and MIKE AND IKE® BRANDS puts a new spin on candy canes with a combination of chocolate, sweet mint and marshmallow wrapped in holiday inspired candy cane stripes. , making this 3-count package a perfect stocking stuffer. PEEPS® RAINBOW POPS feature 4 chicks dressed in holiday colors, nestled on a stick, and wrapped with festive graphics, great for a stocking or an on-the-go holiday treat. PEEPS® GINGERBREAD FLAVORED GINGERBREAD MEN are as nostalgic as they are good. Highlighted with classic white decorations and wrapped in an eye-catching gingerbread house 6 count package, these treats are terrific for all holiday occasions. PEEPS® PEEPSTERS® CHOCOLATES offer a smooth chocolate experience with luscious layers of creamy milk or rich dark chocolate enveloping a marshmallow-flavored crème center. CHRISTMAS PEEPSTERS® are individually wrapped in seasonal foils and packaged in 8 oz. bags featuring Christmas graphics. MIKE AND IKE® MERRY MIX is perfect for holiday candy dishes. This MIKE AND IKE® flavor combination of Lime, Cherry and Holiday Punch tastes delicious and boasts a beautiful and colorful holiday wrap.
PILLOW PETS® DREAM LITES FROM ONTEL PRODUCTS CORPORATION®: With the push of a button, these cozy characters can create starry skies in little ones’ rooms. These plush pets come in various styles, including a dog, unicorn, penguin, butterfly and giraffe that illuminate ceilings with stars and glow as a comforting night-light. A 20-minute sleep-timer mode is also included so children can fall asleep under the stars. 3 “AAA” batteries required (not included). AGES 3 YEARS AND UP. Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
Additional JUST BORN CHRISTMAS TREATS include PEEPS® CHOCOLATE (MILK OR DARK) DIPPED CARAMEL FLAVORED CHICKS (available in 3-count packages), PEEPS® CHOCOLATE (MILK OR DARK) COVERED MINT FLAVORED MARSHMALLOW TREES (in single serve packages), PEEPS® SUGAR-FREE PEPPERMINT STARS (in 3-count packages), PEEPS® CHOCOLATE MOUSSE FLAVORED MARSHMALLOW REINDEER (available in 6-count packages), PEEPS® TREES in both 3 and 9-count packages, PEEPS® SNOWMEN in both 3 and 9-count packages. PEEPS® PEPPERMINT FLAVORED MARSHMALLOW STARS in 9-count packages and HOT TAMALES® and MIKE AND IKE® STOCKING STUFFERS in 5 oz. boxes. PEEPS® fans can find these cheerful treats at their favorite stores or visit www.peepsandcompany.com where they can also find brand-themed merchandise and apparel.
INNOVATIVE INNOTAB(®) 2S LEARNING APP TABLET (INNOTAB 2S) is a multi-media tablet with a 5 inch touch screen that keeps kids between the ages of 3 and 9 entertained and engaged while they learn. With a sleek design and new high-tech features, the INNOTAB 2S gives kids their own touch-screen tablet equipped with free on-board activities to get them started, and a new rotatable digital camera and video recorder. The INNOTAB 2S, the latest addition to VTech’s ever-expanding high-quality platform line, puts kids at the forefront of technology with the availability of a secure Wi-Fi connection to VTECH‘s LEARNING LODGE NAVIGATOR® downloadable content. The tablet has all of the great features of the INNOTAB 2, and it is the only Wi-Fi enabled children’s tablet on the market today equipped with learning games, music, videos and more that retails under $100.00. Kids also receive built-in value with VTECH‘s INNOTAB 2S purchase, as it comes equipped with one tilt sensor game, one augmented reality game, one e-book, art studio app, notes app, friends list, calendar and calculator to get started. For more information on VTech’s additional product lines, visit www.VTechKids.com, www.facebook.com/VTechtoys on Facebook, or follow @VTechToys on Twitter. VTech’s INNOTAB 2S is available at all major retailers and online at www.VTechKids.com for a suggested retail price of $99.99.
The retailer, PEEPS & COMPANY®, and its online arm, PeepsandCompany.com, have also introduced their “PEEPS® ON EARTH” COLLECTION. Available now, the “PEEPS® ON EARTH” LINE includes Adult and Children’s t-shirts in several colors and styles, Infant ‘Creepers’ and water bottles. Drawing on the enduring hope for “Peace on Earth”, the company “knew that our ‘PEEPS® On Earth’ product line would touch our very devoted PEEPS® fans. In fact, they immediately started buying and ordering items from line. The messaging, graphics, styles and wonderful color selection, seem to be hitting the right chord. The products appeal to the whole family and will allow our faithful fans to display their love of PEEPS® all year long.” http://www.peepsandcompany.com
BOUNCE BOUNCE TIGGER FROM JUST PLAY™: “The wonderful thing about Tiggers” is that they bounce! Kids will love hopping along with this animatronic version of the classic Winnie the Pooh character as he uses his tail like a spring, while singing “Bounce Bounce.” Playtime with Tigger continues as he giggles when his foot is touched, sways in sync to music and “wiggity-wiggity-wiggles” to his own silly tune. 4 “AA” batteries required (included). AGES 3 YEARS AND UP. Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
CUTIE POPS™ (www.cutiepopsdolls.com), from JADA TOYS, INC. (www.jadatoys.com), are a uniquely trendy quartet of friends, who love to decorate and accessorize everything in their colorful world. These dolls (Candi, Carmel, Cookie, and Chiffon) have clothes and accessories that every little girl loves from cute hearts and pretty rainbows, to all kinds of delicious sweets. You can express your own Cutie Pop style with unique style pops that are easy to use and share. Each doll comes with different style pops. When your little princess wants to change her doll’s outfit, she just simply pop out the accessory she has on and mix and match with a new pop. She can switch pops with friends to create all kinds of cute looks. Instead of cutting a CUTIE POP™’s hair, just pop out each side and pop in a new style! She can change the color, the shape, and even the length of your doll’s hairstyle. For the first time ever, your doll can have different color and style hair on each side. Isn’t that super awesome? Each CUTIE POP™ doll includes pop-on style pops, hair pops and Accessor-Eyes to “Style ‘n Pop, Create ‘n Swap.” Each doll comes with 10 Pops, 1 Pair of extra eyes, 1 Pair of hair extensions, and 1 Brush.
OLIVIA “READY FOR BEDTIME” 8-INCH PLUSH FROM SPIN MASTER™: Now, kids can get ready for bedtime alongside their favorite oinking friend from the famous book series and hit Nick Jr. show Olivia. Dressed snugly in one of her darling outfits, a cozy, light blue robe, Olivia comes prepared for bedtime stories, snuggling and snoozing. Complete with intricate details and bendable ears, this Olivia plush pal is the perfect everyday carry-along friend for any child. No batteries required. AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS. . Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
BARBIE™ COLOR, SPARKLE AND STYLE FOR IPAD®, its first original coloring and activity app with MATTEL and RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS (www.randomhouse.com/kids) invites fans to play with color—and Barbie—in a brand-new way. Packed with never-before-seen art tools, special effects, and pages of fabulous Barbie artwork, girls will be captivated for hours as they color, decorate, design, dress-up, and create on the go with their best friend, Barbie. The BARBIE™ COLOR, SPARKLE AND STYLE APP includes 2 coloring books for a total of 16 pages, as well as a Barbie Bubble Wand (Blow and pop Barbie bubbles to decorate), Glitterizer (Magically add sparkly glitter in a fabulous array of colors) 2 Watercolor Paintbrushes, Paint Bucket (Simply tap to fill in the images with color), and Stickers (Stylish stickers featuring Barbie, her friends, and her pets). The DESIGN SHOP within the app offers additional coloring books and art supplies for sale. When kids have finished designing, their coloring book pages can be shared through email, Facebook or Twitter. Parental controls can also disable sharing and in-app purchases. BARBIE™ COLOR, SPARKLE AND STYLE FOR IPAD is now available in the APP STORE™ (www.itunes.com/appstore) and retails for $4.99.
COLUMBIA RECORDS and NICKELODEON has joined together to celebrate the season with the release of MERRY NICKMAS. The CD brings together Nickelodeon favorites BIG TIME RUSH, RACHEL CROW, the casts of VICTORIOUS and HOW TO ROCK, DRAKE BELL and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, as they get into the holiday spirit with their own recordings of “All I Want For Christmas,” Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” and “Jingle Bells”
The full track-listing of Merry Nickmas is as follows: Sleigh Ride (Nickelodeon cast), It’s Not Christmas Without You (Victorious cast feat. Victoria Justice), All I Want For Christmas (Big Time Rush), Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Victoria Justice), Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (Rachel Crow), Deck The Halls (How to Rock cast feat. Cymphonique Miller), Jingle Bells (Drake Bell), Beautiful Christmas (Big Time Rush) and Don’t Be A Jerk (It’s Christmas) (Tom Kenny, voice of SpongeBob SquarePants). Merry Nickmas is available online at www.NickShop.com.
LITE BRIX™ LUMI-PORT ™ FROM CRA-Z-ART: Kids can construct a towering airport or a colorful airplane that lights up the sky with this brand-new take on classic construction. With LED light-up bricks, this set allows kids to form colorful characters and vehicles compatible with all Lite Brix’s products. 3 “AA” batteries required (not included). Comes with a battery power pack that attaches to the model. AGES 6 YEARS AND UP. . Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
Giving and receiving personalized CHOCOLATE M&M’S® as gifts just got ‘sweeter’ thanks to new packaging and product formats that can be ordered online. At mymms.com, M&M’S fans—meaning you and your kids—can express your thoughtfulness and creative chocolate gift-giving with new options including iconic “m” acrylic containers, re-sealable stand-up bags with keepsake scoops, holiday stockings and teddy bear gift sets. Also available will be a new upscale gift box with a magnetic closure.
To make your holiday all that more special, you can—without major price adjustments—now order: (1)new 2-pound or 5-pound stand-up re-sealable bags with a 1.5 oz. iconic scoop that provides the recommended serving portion of M&M’S, (2) 8-ounces or 16-ounces of personalized M&M’S in iconic “m” round clear acrylic containers that showcase the candy inside, and (3) the popular glass jar and candy dispenser items that now include a 1-pound bag of M&M’S — the ideal amount to fill the containers. Holiday gifts for Christmas have also been reinvented to include a colorful holiday stocking that features Ms. Green, stuffed teddy bears and elegant gift boxes for the winter holidays, all accompanied by the iconic “m” acrylic containers that showcase the personalized candy inside. For more information and to order personalized chocolate M&M’S candies, visit www.mymms.com
ANGRY BIRDS fan can get ready to unleash the flock to destroy the STAR WARS DEATH STAR and take down Lard Vader in this brand-new take on the classic JENGA game. Played as an individual or two-player game, kids can take turns trying to topple the Empire in an intergalactic battle. And, by pulling back the X-Wing Fighter, they can launch an epic squawk attack with Luke, Han or Chewy birds, knocking the pigs’ block off and exploding the Death Star. Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS content in-app with a special code that comes included in the game pack. No batteries required. AGES 5 YEARS AND UP. Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
RUBIK’S® STACK & BUILD BLOCKS FROM TOLLYTOTS, A DIVISION OF JAKKS® PACIFIC: This eye-catching block set allows kids to build towers – and brains! Rendered in Rubik’s iconic colors, these 3-D shapes put a modern spin on the classic toy for endless hours of creative play. Made in shapes to specifically promote skill development, they all pack neatly away into the included storage box. No batteries required. AGES 18 MONTHS AND UP. Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
MY LITTLE PONY® FAVORITE COLLECTION™ FEATURING NIGHTMARE MOON™ FROM HASBRO®: Kids and collectors will treasure this special assortment of seven My Little Pony figurines, featuring fan favorites, including RAINBOW DASH, DJ PON-3, FLOWER WISHES, TRIXIE LULAMOON, PIXIE PIE and LEMONY GEM, as well as the rare NIGHTMARE MOON PONY. Little ones will enjoy hours of imaginative play as they help the six little ponies work together to make sure they defeat the threat of Nightmare Moon and save the light of day. No batteries required. AGES 3 TO 5 YEARS. . Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
ILLUMIVOR R/C SHARK FROM SKY ROCKET: Rolling out of the sea, this radio-controlled TOYS”R”US exclusive shark is ready to find prey, whether hunting day or night, thanks to its bright lights. And, with the push of a button, the lights shift to create swimming and chomping animations that simulate a true shark. 1 9V and 6 “AA” batteries required (not included). AGES 6 YEARS AND UP. . Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.
APPFINITY APPBLASTER, APPFISHING, APPDRIVE AND APPCOPTER HELI from SPINMASTER ®: While these items look like traditional playthings at first glance, when connected to an iPhone or iPad, kids can experience their apps in a digital-meets-real-world way. With the APPFINITY APPBLASTER, which looks like a typical handheld blaster and comes in orange or green, users can lock ‘n’ load their iPhone or iPod Touch into the designated slot before engaging in a digital blasting battle that they can view on their device. Likewise, kids can cast a reel when APPFISHING and can put the pedal to the metal when using APPDRIVE‘s standalone steering wheel set. Plus, children can control a helicopter and get immersed in the thrill of flying with APPCOPTER. No batteries required. AGES 8 YEARS AND UP. Available at TOYS”R”US and online at www.toysrus.com.