If you are looking for a unique present this holiday season, the toy market has come up with a new option that will have your kids fascinated for more than a few minutes. Squawkers, the Nearly Real Talking Parrot, is a toy that exceeds multiple kid-tested criteria. This one toy not only talks, but responds to your mood, plays music and can be “trained”. If your child has been begging for a pet for Christmas, loves talking toys and would enjoy a toy that can trick his friends, Squawkers will satisfy all of these desires.
This Venice street scene with its painted ceilings and replicas of famous Italian landmarks, punctuated with free live entertainment is another unique Las Vegas experience.
The animatronic dinosaur suppliers top of the tower was painted silver in as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. A giant model of King Kong was placed on the side of the tower in 1984. In 1985, escapologist Karl Bartoni and his bride were married suspended in a cage from the tower.
Another popular baby doll is Annabell III. She is perfect for the tiny crowd around age three to five. Amanda giggles, cries, and drinks from her water bottle just as a real baby would. She even makes sucking sounds and has amazing mouth movements. She yawns and closes her eyes and even breathes and snores while she is sleeping. Annabell retails for around $15.
Gear Building Sets like TechnoGears, M-Gears, or Gears! Gears! Gears! are all based on the engineering principle of using gears to create mazes, towers, and mechanical toys. M-Gears has a motorized set for about $43 that comes with 350 pieces including a motor. You can build a tank, robot, or car and actually watch it go. Gears! Gears! Gears! is a $20 – $30 srp 82-piece set of building toys that connect with each other to make towers of stackable gears. They are not exactly to create moving toys. Techno Gears Marble Mania is a wonderful maze-creation set that requires one “AA” battery. Its 215 pieces include channels, mills, a pendulum, plenty of gears, a motor, a funnel, and tons of support pieces. It retails around $32.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studio. Both of these rides are indoor roller coasters, but Revenge of the Mummy is more of a coaster/dark ride hybrid. Both go backwards at some point, and both have animatronic raptor for sale figures (although the Yeti at Everest hasn’t been working too well lately). Universal steps it up, with lots more effects including plenty of propane, and Mummy will give you some decent airtime. Everest is much tamer for real roller coaster buffs, but you’ll get a great view of Epcot if you glance over while climbing the lift hill.
For boys in transition, between six and eight, the Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet may be a huge smash. It speaks and makes sounds and, of course, allows its wearer to play the ultimate role-playing game. The helmet retails for $29.99.
Like most good roller coasters, they end before you want them to, and this one is over quickly. Even so, I thought it was worth the wait, and the addition of the museum was a nice touch to help distract you from the long lines. If you visit Animal Kingdom, I highly recommend that you visit Expedition Everest.