Archive for category: Toys

LEGO Bringing Ghostbusters to Life this June

ghostbusters-legoSomehow I rationalize this story as related to tech; perhaps it’s my inner-child making its way out…

If you are a fan of Ghostbusters (and honestly, who isn’t?), then you’ll be happy to know that LEGO has come up with an official set just for you. With the LEGO Movie still number one at the box office, the company is tapping historical classics with LEGO Ghostbusters, set to release in June for $50. The set will include a new and improved Ecto01 model, with the four mini-busters alongside. The real story here is how exactly LEGO plans on recreating Slime–but for that answer, you’ll have to wait until I pick up the set in June…for my son, of course.

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Follow CES 2014 Right Here at

images-1Next week marks the official tech-kickoff to the new year with CES 2014 in Las Vegas–and as usual, YourTechReport will be all over it. From breaking news from all of the big names in the industry to the smaller companies that always amaze with killer gear, follow us @YourTechReport on Twitter and you’re guaranteed to get the latest news and announcements from the largest tech show in North America. Plus, be sure to tune into our recap on YourTechReport Radio (1pm Eastern on SiriusXM ch. 167) on the Saturday following CES to hear what gear we’ll be looking forward to in 2014.

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Amazon Promising Huge Cyber Monday Savings

amazon-logoYes…we know that it’s Black Friday; but why should that stop us from getting excited about what sales await us is three days? While Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday is the day that Amazon sells the most products–and that translates into huge savings for those strong enough to resist the temptation of today’s great deals. Amazon will be offering huge discounts on everything from toys and electronics, to tools and fashion. Have we piqued your curiosity? Click past the jump to see where your money will be going in less than 72 hours…

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LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor Helicopter Now Available

Alias 6608 GreenI’m a sucker for RC…especially when it comes to quad-copters.

LaTrax has teamed up with the folks at Traxxas to bring you the new Alias high-performance quad-rotor helicopter. Featuring four powerful motors, a 2.4GHz radio with LCD display, a Lipo battery, LED lighting, and 3 flight modes, the Alias is not only ready to enjoy right out of the box, it’s also versatile enough to please RC helicopter beginners as well as pros. The Alias comes in 4 colors and retails for $149–but the best part? The LaTrax Alias has full product support and a lifetime warranty for all of its electronics through Traxxas. We can’t wait to get our hands on one–but until then, you can click here to learn more.

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Swann Security Tickles our Fancy with the New Bubble Bomber RC Heli

bubble_copter_angle_left_actionWhile the rest of the world knows Swann for its excellent line of home security and surveillance products, those of us with maturity issues like to think of Swann Security as the company that puts out all of those cool RC helicopters. Today. my not-so-inner child is all smiles, as Swann has introduced its latest flyer…and this one drops bubble bombs!!

You read that right. The appropriately named Bubble Bomber may look like your average mini RC copter, but once airborne, the Bubble Bomber is actually able to drop “bubble bombs” with a mere flick of its 2.4GHz wireless remote, thanks to an on-board bubble reservoir. As far as the rest of the copter, Swann’s built-in gyro should keep the BB steady, and the rechargeable Lipo battery is good for an impressive 7 minutes of continuous flying. We’ll have our full review (all in the name of science, of course) once our Bubble Bomber arrives, and you can check out the full PR after the jump.

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YourTechReport Radio on SiriusXM Channel 167

ytr_siriusxm1-280x141-e1370573020220Sure, it’s fun to read all of the latest tech news and reviews; but while in your car, wouldn’t it be easier (and safer) to simply listen to us? Well you can…on YourTechReport Radio–every Saturday at 1pm Eastern on SiriusXM channel 167. On this week’s show, Marc and I will fill you in on Samsung’s new Galaxy Round–the first smartphone with a flexible display; we’ll also be giving you the latest news from Apple and Microsoft, as well as answering your questions in our “You Asked for It” segment. For those without a SiriusXM subscription, we’ll be posting the show right here after it airs.


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New Monopoly For Kids Ends “Neverending Games”

monopoly-30-minutesHasbro has launched a brand new Monopoly game with one really distinct feature: It can be played in under 30 minutes. The newly launched children’s version uses a “first-past-the-post” system–which means a player can win by simply collecting a certain number of assets, as opposed to forcing other players into bankruptcy. While Monopoly purists may  balk at the new version of the game, anyone who has ever been a part of an endless game of Monopoly with their children is sure to be cheering right now. Hasbro vice president of marketing Jonathan Berkowitz says the new Monopoly was a result of feedback from parents and children, who say “they want a quick in-and-out, frictionless gaming experience.”

We have 2 words for you Hasbro: Thank you.

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LaTrax Rally Car Offers AWD Performance and Traxxas Reliability for Less Than $150

Latrax Rally GreenThough the LaTrax name may not sound familiar to some, RC purists will remember the brand as a pioneer in the hobby through the late 70′s–and thanks to a new relationship with Traxxas, LaTrax is back with their new 1/18 scale All-Wheel Drive Rally. With a new focus on premium features and sub $200 price points, the LaTrax Rally is Ready-to-Run and “Powered by Traxxas;” which means your not only getting Traxxas’ legendary quality, you’re getting their lifetime warranty and support as well. Featuring a 2.4GHz radio, independent suspension, waterproof electronics, 1200mAh battery and more, the $149 price tag seems like a steal–and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. We’ll have more details for you when our review unit comes in; but until then, you can click here to visit the LaTrax product page for all of the details, including dealers.

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ThinkGeek Introduces the Play-Doh 3D Printer

TextThinkGeek has come up with some pretty cool gadgets over the years, but this one may be the coolest of all: An app-controlled 3D printer that brings your creations to life using Play-Doh. Simply fire up an app on your iPad or Android tablet, create your design, push a button, and watch your creation come to life in glorious Play-Doh!

Ok…by now you may have noticed that it’s April 1st, and sadly, the Play-Doh 3D Printer doesn’t really exist…yet. But here’s the good news: ThinkGeek has actually brought their April Fool’s products to market on more than one occasion–so who’s to say that we won’t be printing with Play-Doh in the not-so-distant future?

Click past the jump for the full April Fool’s press release, as well as a list of other ThinkGeek products we’d love to see.

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Swann’s New Sky Duel Helicopters are Battle-Ready!

image001Sure…Swann may be best known for its security monitoring solutions, but they also make some great RC gear–and the new Sky Duel Helicopters may be their coolest release yet. Featuring not one, but two gyro-stabilized helis and transmitters, Sky Duel copters let you take your battle to the air with a friend and “fire” IR blasts at each other; when hit, you’re treated to flashing lights and sounds–and if you take enough damage, your Sky Duel is knocked out of the sky. Thankfully, Swann promises these guys are built to last, and 7 minutes of flight time should  keep the airborne carnage going; we’re also impressed with the $79 price tag (remember, you’re getting 2 ready-to-fly copters!) . We’ll have our review units soon, so make sure you check back–until then, you can click past the jump for the full PR.

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