Got My Eye on You
The creepy-yet-cute Bratzillaz Pets get their appeal from their funky looks. In addition to Winkers, the Cyclops with a light-up orb, there's Barkthalameow (half-dog, half-cat), and three others. Ages 6 and up MGA Entertainment, $6.99 each.
Originally published in the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.
One Flashy Feline
Roll the Eyelights Flashlight on the ground to light up the kitty's bright LED eyes. Press the button to make them glow, flash, or change colors. Ages 3 to 7, Battat, $11.95
Originally published in the November 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.
No Strings Attached
Sometimes, simple is best. Case in point: this googly-eyed Puppet-on-a-Stick. Pull a lever to move the mouth, then enjoy hours of take-me-to-your-leader conversations. Three puppets included. Ages 4 to 9, Educational Insights, $23.99
Originally published in the February 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.
Have a Ball With a Party Animal
Our testers were bullish about the Moose Popper. Load one of the six foam balls into its waiting chompers, then press the belly to send the ball flying up to 20 feet. Twelve other animals are also available. Ages 4 and up, Hog Wild, $10.95
Originally published in the March 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.
Monsters That Will Melt Your Heart
Okay, we'll admit it. We love Blobimals, a new build-and-destroy toy, almost as much as our kids do. Shape the putty, stick in (and on) a few plastic monster parts, then walk away. Come back every few hours to watch the monster slowly melt into a pile of goo. When you're ready, pick up the pieces and start again. Parent tip: It makes a great office toy as well! Ages 4 and up, Blue Sky Designs, $8; thinkgeek.com