Best Nerf Guns

Introductory apologetic: I am totally against weapon toys. But this is NERF! My little boy and girl (now aged 7 and 3 respectively) have absolutely no weapon toys whatsoever!… Dammit, I forgot about Darth Vader’s light saber. Ok, so there’s only 2 weapon toys in our household but you can surely see the reasoning behind getting them, or will so soon. What Nerf gun to buy? The Nerf Mega series proved to be the best for me and my kids If you’re wondering what Nerf gun to get and which one is the best, well, it’s the one you like the most or the one suited the best for your kid. There are differences between guns though, the main one being the size. You’re not going to get a 5 year old a huge Nerf cannon. For toddlers it is better to go with simpler (and cheaper) models that they…

1:24 Scale Diecast Cars

Maisto vs Bburago This isn’t an article for collectors, this is an article for parents, grandparents and other people looking for a really cool present for their little ones. I waited for a few years on purpose before writing this article so that I could have experience and proof about the toy cars at hand. These toys don’t come that cheap and I really do not like reviews based on 1-day ownership of a toy. The purpose of this article is to show which 1:24 scale diecast toys are the best buy for kids to play with.   Why 1:24? The scales of the scale model cars differ in popularity from country to country with the 1:24 scale being the most popular one in the United States (according to wikipedia). The reason for this is that it’s the size large enough for details to be very visible, making it popular…

Maisto 1:43 Model Cars

Let me begin with an explanation. Even though Maisto toy cars are around the 1:43 scale some of them in that range are labeled as 1:40, 1:42 or other but for convenience sake I’ve titled this article the way it is because the 1:43 scale is a more common standard. But still, you have to give credit to Maisto here because other manufacturers label their models with various scales even though you can see with your own eyes when comparing different toys that they’re not the scale that says on the bottom of the car. Now that we have that out of our way let’s focus on the toy at hand. These toy cars slowly moved into my kid’s life and almost completely by chance. You see… judging by my past experiences with Maisto’s 1:64 scale toys (on which I wrote more in the linked article) I wasn’t willing to…

Funny and random cars made by Hot Wheels

You know the cars I am talking about.. the weird one’s that look like they’re either from the future or figment of someone’s really active imagination. Call it creative thinking or smart marketing these toy cars draw kids eyes to them and this most probably even is the answer to the question why small kids like Hot Wheels more than other brands of die-cast toy cars that make regular cars. These are the toys I am talking about: A small collection of funny Hot Wheels cars I first started noticing them when I began regularly buying toy cars for my kid of course. At first I did not like them, I mean I still don’t because most of them are not that pretty to me. But I did grow fond of them eventually because my kid digs them. These kind of toy cars are nothing new with Hot Wheels… in…

Hot Wheels Games

Hot Wheels Worlds Best Driver Hot Wheels World’s Best Driver might be a cool title for a game but let me assure you… it’s not the World’s best game :D. It has a lot of cool ideas but you kinda get the feeling they wanted to do way too much with the game and hence made me, the gamer, not appreciate these small parts. It’s cool doing various tasks but it gets boring really really fast as all of these are quite repetitive and you have to do them 6 times I believe to unlock other stuff you want to do. Also, there’s not that much racing involved. I expected a lot more races but there just aren’t that much in the game. There’s a few and there’s also the ghost mode where you compete a ghost car in a time challenge. Only once did I see my kid have…
hot wheels muscle cars

Hot Wheels Muscle Cars

If you don’t wanna waste your time reading a positive review of these toys and only want to enjoy cool photos of them, please scroll down a bit   A fan of muscle cars I was a bit (read: VERY MUCH) egoistical in my intention to transfer the love of muscle cars to my son. Did I succeed.. I believe I did a bit. But honestly, I don’t care because I can play with them as well :D. No main stream toy line says muscle cars more than Hot Wheels; they practically scream it! In fact so much that they even have dedicated sets devoted just to this theme. And in my humble opinion these are their best looking toys; if only they made more effort with the hub caps and diversified them a bit here and there they would be perfect. Seeing as muscle cars are a big selling…

Hot Wheels Color Shifters

I remember when I was a kid I always wanted a car that could change colors and I got one.. it’s alive today still. An old Majorette Pontiac. It doesn’t change color anymore but the memory of it going from dark green to “light/aqua” green is still very vivid. The car can still drive though and I am amazed at how well built the old Majorette cars were made 20 years ago when the production was still placed in France. When I saw the price of this toy car I was a bit put off cause frankly.. why do you have to overcharge every single extra addition to a toy car. Soon I saw why there was such a price difference between regular Hot Wheels Cars and the Color Shifters; the build quality here is exceptional. The car looks and feels like it could go through a wall, you can…

Hot Wheels Case

Let me share with you my little story on how I even started to think about cases which can be used to transport little die-cast toy cars around the planet. For a while now me and my wife have been  struggling with our kid carrying die-cast cars around. A typical scene would look like this: 1. As we prepare to leave the house to go to wherever my kid wants to bring toy cars with him at the last minute. He stuffs them in his pockets, puts them in a random bag, asks his mom and me to hold them for him as his pockets can only hold 2- 4 cars (he is 5.. he has small pockets). 2. We loose at least one car on the way to wherever… I swear, sometimes I believe our real car is a cannibal vehicle that eats small cars. 3. All hell breaks…

LEGO City Mining 4×4

The 4 X 4 Lego Mining truck is quite alright BUT this set’s best selling point are the accessories. You get a set of dynamite sticks with a timer and a detonator, a warning sign, gold nuggets and a few tools. Also, the boulder that comes with the set is quite nice. There are two drawbacks to this set for me. The stickers! I hate it when they put stickers in sets. Sure, I like the detail and they look nice… but kids tend to tear stickers off. Only a few ever survive, most get taken down from a set rather quickly. Similar sets offer far better toys, like for example the monster truck set which offers a truly great toy to play with for the same (or even less) amount of cash. The quality build is really good. The pickup truck is quite strong and will withstand a lot…

LEGO City Fire Chief Car

LEGO City Fire Chief Vehicle This LEGO set is a really simple set. You get a fire truck a fireman and a damsel in distress. It has a cute and funny story. It’s that of a cat being stuck on a tree and a fireman helping a lady get her cat back by baiting it with a fish. I am sad there isn’t a similar set yet made for the police. I was only able to find larger or smaller police sets. Anyways… back to the fire truck. As with most Lego City cars the only bad thing is that they have a lot of stickers and they either fall off due to play or your kid wants to take it off. Unlike the stickers the car itself is very well built and is quite durable. I love how they very simply designed the tiny compartment inside the vehicle that…

LEGO City Auto Transporter

I do not like the LEGO City Auto Transporter (60060) set that much. I have to be completely honest and says upfront that this is possibly due to my son (and I, hehe ) waiting for it for so long. You see, he wanted to buy it with his own money and was saving up for it. It took a while so we were really looking forward to it. He still loves it and I help him (read: assembleitcompletelybymyselfwhileheisplayingwithotherlegos ) assemble it here and there. He loves It because it IS a car transporter and he loves cars and because of that adores car/auto transporters. I mean what boy doesn’t like cars on a truck? The LEGO Auto Transporter with two sports cars Quality build Anyways,  I was very sad when I saw the build quality of this set. The trailer is really solid and the cars are ok but…

RMZ City 1:36 Die-cast Cars

RMZ City’s diecast cars come in a somewhat unusual 1:36 size and when it comes to the Bentley Continental GT model also in 1:38 size. The size of the cars is somewhere in the middle between Bburago’s 1:43 Collection and the Bburago 1:32 Collection and so is the price. Unlike their 1:64 line (you can read my little rant on them here: 1:64 die-cast cars) this line is distinguished with beautiful design and solid build quality; the 1:64 RMZ City cars fall apart quite easily compared to the same sized Hot Wheel’s and Matchbox. Good pull-back motor The 1:36 scale features a pull back motor and even though I am completely against putting pull-back motors inside die-cast cars since they often stop working quite quickly and you end up having a display toy and not a functioning toy (you can’t push around a toy car that has a pull back…

Bburago 1/43 Die-Cast Cars

The affordable standard in the 1/43 diecast size What i find incredible is that Bburago have impeccable quality control. I do not mean to say that their cars are indestructible and play resistant but what I am trying to say is that during the course of about 30 years their toys have practically remained the same quality. The only thing changing are the real cars and hence the model of cars Bburago toys are based upon. Since they base their models upon real cars and have done this very well for a very long time they are an excellent addition to any collection but this article isn’t about diecast collecting, it’s about getting a toy car for a kid.   Bburago-1/43 car fleet Bburago toy cars in the 1/43 range are ideal for when you want to buy a kid larger die cast toy car other than the 1:64 sized…

LEGO Road Plates

THE 4 PIECE ROAD PLATE SET IS OUT NOW! Lego City Straight and Crossroads Lego roads plates and other surfaces/plates are a completely underestimated piece in a Lego collection. Kids on the other hand do not underestimate them and want them. They can revolutionize your entire collection, offer stability for many constructions and overall enhance play. I understand both sides of the coin, on one side I can remember how I always wanted a few road plates but never got them :(, and when I was older other interests came along so I never spent my money on them. On the other side I see how getting a 2 piece set might seem inferior to lets say a fire truck or a boat or any other set which has a lot of pieces and also a lot of possible combinations. But the key word is exactly that: combination! Lego surfaces…
Lego Monster Truck

LEGO Monster Truck

The photogenic Lego Monster Truck The Lego City monster truck can be best described with the following sentence: “Really good design and an even better price.” You can’t go wrong with the big Lego sets, especially when it comes to Lego City. No matter if it’s the Fire Station, Police Station or a airplane you will never be disappointed. These big and expensive sets are the premium products and they gain the most attention from the designers and the Lego team (and also you, the customer) but we can not always buy the largest and most expensive sets. Sometimes you need something smaller and the folks at Lego know this. Priced at around 10 dollars you really do get an amazing toy and your money’s worth. First of, the wheels are really large and any boy is going to be thrilled by this because it also gives them options for…