It was an honor to be invited to come down to Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite 2016. To then, receive a massive box of goodies after it was over. That is something else entirely. Now, unfortunately we can’t do an unboxing of each item, because the excitement was too intense and everything was ripped open immediately, but I did get some pictures, we did get a video of taking everything out of the big box, and we are thrilled to share it with you. Check below the video for product details and images!
Take out a closer look at all the great products featured in this awesome Sweet Suite Swag Box! Thank you to all the sponsors and vendors for sending us this great stuff.
Fun light up the night balls for all sports. Check them out at coopreactorz.com.
Gemlins are adorable little anthropomorphic gems, cute, collectible, and you can make a bracelet out of em! Check out more info at PamsonEnterprise.com
The TUL is a pretty sweet gel pen from Office Depot. It’s not a toy, but I like pens. Check em out at OfficeDepot.com
A fun play on the gross stuff in your fridge. These Grossery Gang toys are cute and very cleverly packed. Check them out at MooseWorld.com.
Check out more great toys from our friends we met at Sweet Suite 2016!
Sky Rover™ Voice Command Drone by Auldey Toys
Super cool Drone with innovative, easy to use Voice Command technology! The Voice Command Drone from Sky Rover™ responds to 12 commands when spoken through the included headset. Simply say “take-off” and watch as your drone changes direction and does amazing stunts like 360° flips all in response to your verbal commands. With 4 individual motors that are protected by propeller guards, this Drone is perfect for all levels of flyers.
Sky Rover™ Voice Command Missile Launcher by Auldey Toys
Ready, aim, fire! Fly your helicopter and launch missiles all by voice command! Speak into the included headset and take control in a whole new way. Watch as your heli flies in a circular motion in response to your command “Enemy Scan,” and launches missiles when you say “Missile Fire”. The Sky Rover™ Missile Launcher helicopter comes with 8 missiles and has a gyro balanced engine for easy and stable flying. Indoor use only.
Super Wings™ Transforming Characters by Auldey Toys
Super Wings™, transform! These 5-inch scale Super Wings™ figures are fully articulated and transform from plane to robot mode (and back) in 10 easy steps. The challenge is fun for kids of different ages. Watch as they master the transformation and re-enact their favorite missions from the popular TV show, or create their own new adventures with their imagination. No batteries required.
Super Wings™ World Airport Playset by Auldey Toys
It’s Fly Time! The iconic World Airport from the popular Super Wings™ TV series sets the stage for this ultimate playset for preschool boys and girls. Its large 35-inch scale delivers loads of fun, with electronic sounds and lights plus tons of activities for kids to recreate their favorite Super Wings scenes with minitransforming characters Jett and Donnie. Attach them to the flyaround balance bar and spin them to circle the World Airport before they come in for a landing. Load Jett into the elevator and lift him up to the Control Tower, then launch him down the ramp. Flip open the base compartments to reveal a rotating luggage carousel and a cargo scale. Press the button to hear commands from the Control Tower. Transform Jett and Donnie from their plane mode to bot mode in 3 easy steps. The World Airport Playset will deliver hours of fun to Super Wings fans! Set includes large-scale playset and 2 mini-transforming characters.
Requires 2AAA batteries (included).
Whiffer Sniffers by Bearington Collection
The Original Whiffer Sniffers are high-quality scented plush characters with quirky personalities to match their scents. The Whiffer Sniffers have built a craze as the ultimate fun and friendly scented collector’s item. All of these fun characters are available in a collectible backpack clip, a huggable-size, and nostalgic scratch ‘n’ sniff stickers.
I Glow! You Glow! We all Glow Crazy™! Creating mess-free glowing works of art has never been so easy with the Glow Crazy™ Doodle Dome. Create your own play space wherever you go with this convenient pop-up tent that is fun and easy to set up. Inside is the built in Glow Canvas that allows you to doodle with glow light for glow-in-the-dark play any time of day! Close the flap and create exciting designs with the Wide Beam Glow Wand, use stencils to trace fun shapes or even put on a light show for friends and family. Draw and write with light over and over again for hours of endless glow-in-the-dark fun. The Glow Crazy™ Doodle Dome is available in single and dual person size, and comes in multiple colors. Each Glow Crazy™ Doodle Dome includes built in Glow Canvas, Wide Beam Glow Wand, 4 stencil sheets and Doodle Dome carry bag.
Surprizamals™ by Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company
Pop them open, and collect them all! These cute, collectible pop out play friends love to hide in Surprizaballs, so you never know which pet you’ll get! Made of soft plush, these adorable animals are cute, cuddly, soft and snuggly. With over 60 to collect in wave one, these fun Surprizamals™ come in Wacky, Cuties and Mini styles, and include must-have chasers and ultra-rare Surprizamals™ pets. Pop them open for hours of fun and start collecting today! Series two launches Fall 2016.
The Emojiez “Plushiez” and “Buddiez” characters are fun to collect, trade and each tell their own story. The Emojiez line is made up of 12 characters with unique personalities that include Romeo, the hopeless romantic, Knuckles, the champion fighter, Donny, who loves to live large, and Smelvin, who stinks but is still loveable. Emojiez will be available as collectible plush and vinyl characters known as “Plushiez” and “Buddiez” along with crafts and accessory sets to come out in 2017, building on the excitement of Emojiez.
MSRP: Plushi Palz $3.99, Buddiez $1-$1.99
Chameleon Skinz by Play Visions Inc.
This accessory tape will change color right before your eyes! All Chameleon Skinz are temperature sensitive and will transform into a new color as soon as they’re touched. Watch your skinz switch from blue to white, purple to pink, green to yellow, and many more!
New for 2016: Color changing Umbrella, Rainbow Reveal, Color Changing Activity Mat, Color Changing Play Mat.
Floof by Play Visions Inc.
From the makers of Sands Alive!, this new compound looks like snow, feels like a marshmallow, molds like clay and can be reused every single day! It’s lighter than air, soft and smooth to the touch, and easily molds into amazing detail. You need to feel it to believe it!
Soothing Sands by Play Visions Inc.
Soothing Sands is the desktop Zen Garden for any home or work environment. The soft sand at your fingertips will help you escape the tensions of everyday stress. The sculpting tools and display pieces help clear the mind of chaos all while sitting at your desk! Sets vary, but include: 1lb soothing sand, rock with inscription, wood sculpting and massaging tools, essential oils, bamboo display tray.
Precision RBS by Super Impulse Ltd.
Precision RBS, a unique new rubber band launching line like nothing ever experienced before. Precision RBS delivers safe and intense fun, with more ammo, more power and more on-target accuracy! It is more accurate than any foam dart in the marketplace. With three models to choose from, The precision RBS System is the next evolution for power and accuracy.
Some of the BIGGEST and most classic toys you know and love are back as working versions in the smallest sizes ever created! These retro toys are a great throwback for parents and the perfect size for kids to fall in love with. Brands include: Rubik’s Cube, Perplexus, Duncan Imperial YoYo, Etch A Sketch and Little Green Army Men.
Age: 4+ (some brands 8+)
Gemmies™ by Tech 4 Kids
Gemmies are the next evolution of the popular 3D beading craft. Following a simple process, kids clip Gemmies crystals to elastic rings then join completed rings to create a 3D sparkling creation! Design templates are intuitive and use a repetitive pattern that lets kids develop their cognitive abilities and progress to designing their own creations. You can make anything out of Gemmies crystals. Starting series include animals, flowers and more! Store all your Gemmies crystals and accessories in the Gemmies Design Studio and display your favorite creation on the light up pedestal.
At Blogger Bash 2016’s New Product Expo, attendees were treated to face time with some of the worlds most awesome companies. Nothing short of being one of THE actual world’s most awesome companies, Sony had some great electronics and gaming to show off and we soaked it up! We had a great time talking to the folks at Sony about the ghosts of Gaming’s Past about the absolutely astonishing present, and about the future of Playstation / Playstation 4.
We have the official company press release below, but we got some hands on time with Ratchet & Clank for Playstation 4. The game is beautiful! We hope to be able to get a full review to you some time in the near future. We are also looking forward to the unbelievably real looking Gran Turismo Sport and have been salivating for years over Last Guardian. Check out images from the table and scroll further for Sony’s official press release for Blogger Bash 2016’s New Product Expo!
Some legends are meant to be lived. In The Last Guardian, players will experience the journey of a lifetime in this touching, emotional story of friendship and trust. In a strange and mystical land, a young boy discovers a mysterious creature, named Trico, with which he forms a deep, unbreakable bond. The unlikely pair must rely on each other to journey through towering, treacherous ruins filled with unknown dangers as they discover the hidden secrets of this far-gone civilization.
Gran Turismo Sport
Available November 16, 2016
GT Sport forges a new standard for the racing genre and empowers gamers to develop their virtual careers on the track with advanced online competition on the PlayStation 4 system. With multiple class divisions, gamers of all skill levels will compete for a chance to become legends in the world’s first and only online e-Sports championships certified by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). Welcome to the future of motorsports.
Gravity Rush 2
Gravity Rush 2 is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed, gravity-shifting classic, developed exclusively for PlayStation® 4 by SIE Japan Studio. In a new story set just after the conclusion of the first game, Kat returns with her gravity-shifting partner Raven and Syd, the police officer, to investigate strange gravitational waves appearing over Hekseville. The next adventure for the gravity princess begins when Kat is swallowed by a gravity storm of unprecedented scale and taken to a remote mining village.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Available now. ESRB Rating T for Teen
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End released to strong critical-acclaim and is currently the highest rated
PlayStation 4 game of the year as well as the highest rated PS4-exclusive to-date. Uncharted 4 sold more than 2.7 million copies to consumers worldwide and was the fastest selling PS4 title in North America.
The fourth entry in the series, Uncharted 4 is set three years after UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception and Nathan Drake has presumably left the world of fortune hunting behind. It doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, resurfaces seeking his help and offering an adventure Drake can’t resist. On the hunt for Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure, Sam and Drake set off to find Libertalia, the pirate utopia deep in Madagascar. UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End takes players on Nathan Drake’s final treasure adventure, a journey through jungle isles, urban cities and snow-capped peaks on the search for Avery’s fortune.
Ratchet & Clank
Available now. ESRB Rating E10+
Ratchet & Clank™ marks the PlayStation®4 debut of PlayStation’s greatest intergalactic heroes, Ratchet and Clank, as they battle to save the Solana Galaxy from the evil Chairman Drek. It is a new game based on elements from the original Ratchet & Clank (PS2), featuring more than an hour of new cinematics, new locations, weapons, bosses and more. Join Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark and new friends as they embark on an intergalactic adventure, and experience the start of an epic friendship (again) on PlayStation 4. Ratchet & Clank (PS4) released alongside an animated film of the same name. Featuring a star-studded voice cast, the film was released in April by Focus Features and marked the first time a PlayStation first party game received a cinematic release.
San Diego Studio packed more gameplay enhancements, new game modes and graphical upgrades into this year’s game to make MLB The Show 16 the most immersive, authentic MLB gaming experience on consoles. With more ways than ever to play and significant additions to The Show’s most popular modes, fans of the franchise relish the return of America’s pastime on PlayStation.
PlayStation®VR (PS VR™)
Available: October 13, 2016
PlayStation®VR is a virtual reality system for PS4™ that enables gamers to experience a deeper level of immersion and a true sense of presence within the virtual worlds of their games. PS VR demonstrates the future of gaming. More than 30 games will be available at launch, with approximately 50 games expected by the end of 2016.
PS VR™ headset All contents of the PS VR™ Core Bundle
PS VR™ cables PlayStation Camera
Stereo headphones 2 PlayStation Move motion controllers
Demo disc PlayStation VR Worlds (game)
With a single press on the DUALSHOCK®4 controller’s “SHARE” button, the PS4™ system allows gamers to easily broadcast to Twitch and share images and videos of their epic gameplay moments to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Users can access entertainment options such as Spotify on PlayStation™Music, the PlayStation™Vue cloud-based live TV service, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, Netflix, NFL Sunday Ticket, NBA Game Time and more. Subscription fees may apply.
3 Plans available.
Access: 55+ channels, including live cable TV, movies, and sports channels for $29.99 per month ($39.99 in cities with major live local cable stations*).
Core: 70+ channels, including all the channels from ACcess with the addition of livenational and regional sports networks for $34.99 per month ($44.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations*).
Elite: 100+ channels, featuring all the channels from Core with the addition of top movie and entertainment channels for $44.99 per month ($54.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations*)
Available nationwide, PlayStation™Vue is an internet-based TV service that streams live TV, movies and sports over the internet without a cable or satellite service. PlayStation Vue is accessible through PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3; Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streaming players, and Roku TV; and
Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. With an existing subscription, users can also access iPad® and iPhone® (with Android support coming soon), through the PlayStation Vue mobile app. Google Chromecast is also supported via compatible devices.
PlayStation Vue’s multi-channel plans have a robust catalog of popular programs, with live sports channels like ESPN and FOX Sports, to popular channels such as AMC and Comedy Central. Additional channels are also available a-la-carte, including SHOWTIME.
PlayStation Vue is the first pay-TV service to be available nationwide that offers more than 100 top live sports, movie, and TV channels, with unique features such as simultaneous streaming and an unmatched cloud DVR.
* Cities with major live local broadcast stations: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami
Sweet Suite 2016 wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to our friends at Playmates. They were hanging out showing off all of the great Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys out now and yet to come for 2016. Let’s dive in.
Playmates hit the ground in 2016 running with great entries in their main TMNT line as well as the new Half Shell Heroes line. Find us now at mid-2016 and the Movie TMNT line is firing on all cylinders. You know it’s there, you know it’s great, but sometimes it takes seeing it on display all in one place to remember that. With the huge sewer play set, it’s really breathtaking.
They will expand their Half Shell Heroes line this year with a new series of construction turtles and a great new HSH sized sewer play set (check the gallery).
Also still on shelves are T-Blasters…you can shoot your friend with a turtle face! Don’t miss the stacking turtles and mini collectible turtles either.
2016 is going to continue to be a killer year for Playmates, and we hope to bring you some reviews at litlgeeks and MUReview.net soon!
MUReview.net went to Blogger Bash this year. One of the most fun parts of Blogger Bash, Sweet Suite! A gathering of great bloggers, good food and drink, and most importantly, toy companies showing us all that is coming out for the holiday! We had a great time, met a lot of great people, saw a TON of old friends in the toy biz, and we are thrilled to be able to share it all with you.
MUReview and litlgeeks got to talk to Magformers at Toy Fair 2016 where they showed us their exciting line of products featuring magnetized pieces that fold up and together into exciting shapes. At Sweet Suite they gave us a glimpse of new Half Shell Heroes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magformers and walking robots! Magformers.com.
Mattel always brings the fun to a toy show! Featuring Minions Mega Bloks, Blaze, WWE Pin a Superstar figures, DC Super Hero Girls, and something the litlgeeks have been excited about for a while, brand new Imaginext playsets, we can’t wait for Super Hero Flight City in the Fall!! Shop.Mattel.com
The Future Of Play booth had a ton of fun stuff going on, starting with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Battlesnap game. Come back to MUReview and litlgeeks for a full review on the fun game that turns figures into cards! Also on display were the MagicMeeMees. Cute little figures that interact with food and with each other. Guess what?! Thanks to the fantastic folks at Future Of Play, you will find a review / unboxing of MagicMeeMees on litlgeeks too! Futureofplay.com
WowWee showed off CHip at Sweet Suite and we were impressed! We even caught some video footage. Hopefully in the coming months we get the chance to bring you a full review of CHiP, an impressive interactive dog that can be controlled by voice and wrist band! Also on display, some really awesome drones and their adorable little robot used to learn to code, COJI. WowWee.com
Old friend of MUReview, Tech4Kids was hanging out at the show showing off their new Gemmies creative toy line. As seen in the picture, one of the young ladies at the table was showing off a dress fully covered in Gemmies. Think about that…a toy you can buy, and make a dress pretty with? That’s pretty cool! Tech4Kids.com
FUN 2 PLAY TOYS
The good folks at FUN 2 PLAY TOYS walked us through some of their awesome Emojiez brand. Emojiez brings emojis to life them to life in plush and plastic. Check back at litlgeeks.com for a full review of Emojiez items like Buddiez and Plushiez! emojiez.com
Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company
Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company wasn’t showing off teddy bears..but Doodle Dome! The Doodle Dome is a tent. On the inside of the tent, you can use the included special pen to write in glow in the dark ink. Even more awesome, the ink will disappear, so you can keep writing and drawing infinitely! Check back at litlgeeks.com for a full review of Doodle Dome (hopefully!)! glowcrazy.com. Beveryly Hills Teddy Bear Company was also letting folks in on Surprizimals. Bringing adorable plush animals to the blind box crazy! Check them out at Surprizamals.com!
You might have caught the litlgeeks review of Whiffer Sniffers. Adorable plush characters that smell like what they are. They all smell delicious and series 3 is coming soon! Banana, Lemon, Mixed Fruit. Cute characters, wonderful smell, keep your eyes out for more reviews! whiffersniffers.com
Jazzwares brought out the fun for little little kids, litlgeeks, and even less litlgeeks. For the young youngs, not pictured, but remember Weebles? They still exist, they are still adorable.
For the next step up, Jazzwares has the license for the red hot Peppa Pig children’s show and they do an outstanding job of servicing fans of the show with adorable, fun playing toys and play sets.
For ages 7 and up, we have Animal Jam. A toy line in conjunction with National Geographic. It features collectible, adorable animals. Animals come in different sizes, play sets are available, and you have a game code with each animal that can be used to play the Animal Jam game for Android, iOS and on the web. Jazwares.com
Auldey pulled out all the Super Wings stops for Sweet Suite, showing off playsets, figures, and they even brought along a Jett in full costume. The highlight for me was the transforming toys. Very cool! Very easy to transform! AuldeyToys.us
We love seeing our friends at Uncle Milton. They always bring out new and innovative toys that challenge children to think and learn while they play. This year, no different. Star Wars Force Spinners Magnetic Lab will teach kids about the power of magnetism. Also featured, their Ant Farm line up. We got another good look at the VR play sets featuring space and dinosaurs. Real world play that blends into VR play! Uncle Milton also showed off it’s growing collection of beautiful room lights! UncleMilton.com
You may remember Blip Toys from Squinkies do’ Drops. litlgeeks does! Blip was showing off more Squinkies play sets, some real world food creation sets, and some awesome new gun / racing toys. Gun / racing toys, yep. Street Shots Racers. Take one of the Street Shots, place it in the gun, rev the gun. Put the gun angled on a flat surface and fire off your racer into a world of stunt play! BlipToys.com
Lego Dimensions hit Christmas time 2015 and it has exploded ever since, growing it’s exceptional library of characters and play sets for players to build and get lost in in a digital world. Nothing new announced for Lego Dimensions at Sweet Suite, but we did get a look at coming expansion packs and game play. Check out images for Harry Potter, Gremlins and more! Lego Dimensions
Zing brought fan favorites Stikbots and Wet Head to Sweet Suite. We already love them. Also at the Zing table, Entennmann’s and Sara Lee treats. It was great seeing our friends at Zing, and just as great eating yummy Little Bites and donuts! ZingToys.com
Unfortunately we didn’t get any face time with our friends at Bandai, but we do have some images of their red hot Miraculous toy line. Check them out! Bandai.com
Thames & Kosmos
Before this show, didn’t know who Thames & Kosmos was. After, I’m a huge fan. As shown in the images below, you’ll find what I think might be the most awesome toy of the show, Happy Atoms. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved most of what I saw, a lot of great toys, a lot of great educational opportunities. Happy Atoms though took education and fun to the next level by using physical toys, mixing with digital mediums and pouring in a ton of education about a topic that is often overlooked because it can be so intimidating. Chemistry. Happy Atoms comes in a few different levels of kits offering various numbers of molecules and bonds that allow the player to link together molecules. Once a molecule is complete, they can scan it into an app and learn about what they have created. Going further, the player is brought to a molecule map that guides play and education. Also to note, there is an Indiegogo campaign out to support the game, which is already set for production, so it will be made funded or not.
Modarri / Ozobot / Reactorz / Geosmart
One of the last tables of the day that we got to visit had an awesome spread of various brands in one place.
Ozobot is the worlds smallest programmable robot. You write your code on paper or on a tablet, and the Ozobot follows the lines of code that you draw. Clever, innovative and educational. Ozobot.com
Modarri is a kit of customizable race cars and parts. Well made, metal and plastic, these are sure to provide hours of fun to young and old builders alike. Modarri.com
Geosmart Geosphere provides click and connect building fun for all ages. GeoSmart Toys
Reactorz is a line of light up balls that flash light driven by motion. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, they have a ball for everyone! Coop Sports
Tangle Nightball Collection
The Tangle Nightball collection brings light to the night of sports fun with light up balls for just about every sport. Tangle NightBall
Thank you to all of the awesome vendors that took time to walk us through their exciting product lineups. I hope everyone had some fun reading this, because we had a blast at Sweet Suite 16 and we can’t wait for 17!
Skylanders has been a fixture in our home since the release of Swap Force. I looked at it at the store and thought…this will bring financial ruin upon me. My children are such collectors, they will have to have them all. I was right about my children, the litlgeeks having to have them all, but so far, no financial ruin, just a lot of fun, and a lot of fantastic toys to life figures decorating the basement.
Between the toys to life games, we’ve always preferred Skylanders, because it offers a guided journey through a colorful world, with lots of fun adventures and activities at the ready. Something you don’t get, or don’t get enough of in the other TTL games. Skylanders Imaginators picks up the banner waved by last years stellar Skylanders Superchargers and carries it forward to dazzling results.
Though we only got in a few minutes with a pre-release build of Skylanders Imaginators, we had an amazing conversation with our new friends at Activision and we got to check out the hook that will bring you back to this years Skylanders release.
Imaginators features Senseis and Creation Crystals. A player will use a Creation Crystal to create their very own hyper customized Skylander. The Senseis are there to “teach” the Skylanders moves. All of the same play mechanics are in place from years past, and of course, the full back catalog of Skylanders and even vehicles will be use-able in Imaginators. This allows for an absolutely mind boggling combination of gameplay interactivity.
Activision also showed off for the first time, Hood Sickle Sensei figure at Sweet Suite and we have some great images of him in the gallery. He’s the one in the hood, with a sickle.
We had a great time at the Skylanders Imaginators booth and we can’t wait to get our hands on the game for a full review when it comes out this October!