June 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 6
LEGO Star Wars Droid Escape 9490 by LEGO
C-3PO and R2-D2 have the secret plans to escape the Death Star, and must avoid capture by heading to the desert planet Tatooine in their escape pod. Will they land safely and avoid being captured by the Imperial sandtroopers on their swoop bike? Includes 4 minifigures: C-3PO, R2-D2 and 2 sandtroopers.
— As of 4/11/2012 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Design has improved from previous sets; escape pod is larger and more detailed; good assortment of useful LEGO bricks.
— In a May 2012 survey, two out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that LEGO Star Wars was their best selling licensed product. 4/11/2012 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 7 to 12)
The Hunger Games Movie 7 Inch Action Figures - Katniss Everdeen by NECA
From the Hunger Games movies and NECA comes the Highly Detailed "Katniss" 7 Inch Action Figure. Figures are sculpted in the movie likeness , and painted in great detail. 4/11/2012 (MSRP: $17.99; Age: 14 and Up)
Power Rangers Deluxe Megazord Claw Zord by BANDAI AMERICA INC.
The Power Rangers iconic Megazord comes in a sleek Samurai look. Three ways to play: 1) Morph as Megazord mode; 2) Morph as Zord mode; 3) Morph with items in the ZordBuilder collection. The ZordBuilder collection takes Deluxe Megazords to an ultimate level. Collect and combine with: Cycles or Zord Vehicles (#31550 or #31565, each sold separately). Collect all the Megazords and Zord Vehicles to create the Samurai GigaZord.
— As of 4/11/2012 this product had 4 out of 5 stars from 11 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Durable; has three modes of play. Cons: Difficult for kids to maneuver and connect. 4/11/2012 (MSRP: $29.99; Age: 4 to 17)
Barbie Collector Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen Doll by MATTEL INC.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Hunger Games Katniss doll wears a hooded jacket, top, and military-style pants inspired by the costume Katniss wore in the film. Included are bow, arrows, and quiver. Completing her look is the iconic mockingjay pin. Launch date: September 1, 2012. 4/11/2012 (MSRP: $29.95; Age: 6 to 15)
Clifford Tote by DOUGLAS CUDDLE TOYS
8" wide. Kids can carry their mini Clifford the Big Red Dog® stuffed dog everywhere in this stylish tote. Quilted material with colorful trim and embroidery. Plush dog is removable and comes with sak. ( Watch Video) 3/26/2012 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 2 and Up)
LEGO Star Wars ZipBin Millennium Falcon Minifigure Case by NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL LLC
This Millennium Falcon shaped case is home for 23 LEGO Star Wars Minifigures, each in their own pocket and holds at least 200 LEGO bricks. The detailed artwork creates an awesome play experience and playmat on the inside and outside of the case. Race through space and dodge the pursuing Tie Fighters, all while keeping figurines neatly tucked away. Ages 3+. Weighs less than half a pound and wipes clean with a damp cloth. ZipBin Products - Keep it Together™. © 2012 The LEGO Group.© 2012 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.
— As of 03/16/2012 this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Makes organizing fun for kids; can be used for storage or as a toy; contains individual pockets to carry 23 minifigs and has a handle. Cons: A little too small for storage of other LEGO pieces. 3/19/2012 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 3 to 12)
MONOPOLY: World of Warcraft Collector's Edition by USAOPOLY
World of Warcraft Collector's Edition Monopoly features a custom game board with iconic locations from the World of Warcraft virtual world! Also included in this edition are 6 collectible Warcraft-themed tokens voted on by the fans, 'Treasure Chest' and 'WOW Chance' cards replacing classic Community Chest and Chance Cards, and Custom Towns and Cities replacing traditional Houses and Hotels. 3/19/2012 (MSRP: $37.99)
Glammerati Pop Star Electric Guitar by IMPERIAL TOY LLC
Kids will have hours of star strumming fun and feel like a real Pop Star with the Glammerati Electric Guitar. With its sleek modern look and feel and special glitter effects, this glammed out guitar will deliver a full pop star experience. The Glammerati Electric Guitar features 3 KIDZ BOP hits with additional built in keyboard, drums and bass sounds. Pop stars will fashionably take the stage with the groovy guitar strap, wireless headphone microphone and totally rock out with the life-like guitar strings that are extended down the entire guitar and play real music. Includes an “All Access VIP Credential,” lanyard, and two concert tickets. Launch date: Summer 2012. 2/13/2012 (MSRP: $29.99; Age: 5 and Up)