Movie & Toy Review: Marvels Avengers: Age of Ultron



Now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD is latest installment in Marvel’s mega-movie franchise – Marvels Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Idris Elba, Anthony Mackie and Cobie Smulders.

This film has an amazing cast. Talk about “star studded!”

In Age of Ultron Tony Stark tries to re-start his peace keeping program. He creates a robot-like create with artificial intelligence as part of the program. That only problem is that the robot/monster takes on a life of his own and plans on creating peace his own way – but mass extinction! It’s up to the Avengers to find a way to stop him before it’s too late.

This film does not give you a moment to settle into your seat and take your first handful of popcorn before the action begins. Within minutes the Avengers are making their way to a Hydra location in order to infiltrate it and put an end to it.

Back to the story…

Tony Starks creation, Ultron, is hell bent on destruction and taking over. He employs a set of “twins” (not really but that is what they are called) – Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. They were created by Hydra and given powers by a gem stone Hydra had stolen from Loki’s scepter.

When the Avengers retrieve the gem, Tony unwittingly uses it in his Ultron creation. The stone turns his simple, peach keeping robot into a crazed robot out to destroy the human race.

Age of Ultron

Now it’s up to the Avengers, and some unexpected allies, to put an end to Ultron before it’s too late.

Will they succeed? To find out you need to pick up, or download, a copy of Marvels Avengers: Age of Ultron, now available where ever movies are sold.

This film DID NOT fail to entertain. It was jam-packed with a lot of action, humor and even a budding romance between two Avengers (I won’t tell you which ones – you’ll have to watch the movie to find out).

My husband and kids are not overly familiar with Marvels characters, yet they still found the film to be very entertaining.

We watched the film on Disney Movies Anywhere. There might have been bonus features, but we didn’t keep the end credits on long enough to find out. I do know that there are bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film.

Digital HD*, Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray

  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • Making-of Featurettes
  • Gag Reel
  • Audio Commentary

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer           


  • Making-of Featurette

I received along with the movie download code some other goodies including Avengers plates and cups and some of the coolest toys I’ve had the pleasure to play with recently from Hasbro.

I had pictures of the plates and cups “in action,” but I accidentally deleted them from my phone.

My husband thought it would be funny to use/wear all the toys at once.

Avengers Toys

I received the following toys.

Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man ARC FX Armor gloves – These are fun gloves. One glove does nothing but the other one has a power button (for lack of a better description) in the middle that makes power up/power down sounds as well as other cool sound effects. It’s motion activated, but I mostly pressed down on the button to make the sounds. It lights up too!

I posted a brief video of the glove in action on my Instagram page. You can CLICK HERE to view it or visit my Instagram page directly (SheScribes).

Thor Hammer 2

Thor’s Hammer – This is not as heavy as it looks, but it can break things and hurt people. It’s only human nature to want to whack something with it when you hold it in your hands.

When this arrived one of our cats was sitting in the box the toys came in. My husband jokingly said “Whack a Cat” (instead of whack a mole) and pretended to bop her on the head with the hammer (Don’t worry! He didn’t really do it. We love our pets).

Hulk Hands 2

Hulk Hands – When you slip these on your hands you automatically want to punch something. LOL!


Hawkeye’s Longshot Bow – I had such a blast playing with this. We all did. It shoots far – and I do mean VERY FAR! The first time I used it (indoors) the “arrow” almost went out the sliding glass door and off our balcony. Thankfully it hit the curtain, which stopped it.

This is not an indoor toy unless you have a lot of indoor space. I would recommend using this ouside so you can really let the arrows fly.

Watch out for dogs. One of our arrows met with an unfortunate end because our dog got to it before we did.

I took this upstate with us so I could try it out on my father’s lawn. WOW! It really DOES shoot fast and far. In fact we lost one of the arrows. I guess it will show up eventually or my father will run over it with the lawnmower.

I also received…


Captain America Socks – Love these socks. Me and both of my kids fought over who got to keep them. I won! LOL! Sadly they were too small for my chubby legs, so I have to give them up to one of my kids.

Avengers Party Game

Avengers Party Game – I didn’t set this up for my guests, only because with our Halloween decorations up there was no place to hang this. I plan on bringing this to work with me (I work with school aged kids). I know they will have a blast with this. It reminds me of a “pin the tail on a donkey” type game.

Avengers Velvet Coloring Poster with Markers – This is really cool. I remember coloring these when I was younger. The set comes with markers too. My daughter said she wanted to color this but hasn’t had a chance to as of yet.

Look for these fun Avengers toys from Hasbro where ever toys are sold.

Having the toys and other goodies really helped make watching the movie a lot more fun.

Have you seen Marvels Avengers: Age of Ultron yet?

What do you think about the Hasbro toys? Do any of toys stand out to you?

Age of Ultron


*I received a free digital download in order to review the movie. I also received free sample products to review. I received a gift card to purchase snacks with. There was no other compensation. The opinons expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Jurassic World coming to Digital HD October 1, 2015 (Awesome giveaway ends 10/10/15)



The #1 movie of the year proves that once again, dinosaurs rule the earth. #‎JurassicWorld is stomping onto Blu-ray and DVD October 20th, and is available on Digital HD  October 1st!

I am super excited that Jurassic World will soon be available for home viewing.

I have seen all three Jurassic Park movies at least a dozen times each – if not more. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to see Jurassic World while it was in theaters. Every time we planned to see it something came up and we couldn’t go. If there is one movie that was meant to be seen on the big screen its Jurassic World. I couldn’t imagine seeing the massive dinosaurs on the screen – better yet, in 3D!

In case you didn’t see the film, here is a brief synopsis.

The Jurassic World theme park lets guests experience the thrill of witnessing actual dinosaurs, but something ferocious lurks behind the park’s attractions – a genetically modified dinosaur with savage capabilities.  When the massive creature escapes, chaos erupts across the island.  Now it’s up to Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to save the park’s tourists from an all-out prehistoric assault.

Even watching clips, like the one below, gets my adrenaline pumping. I couldn’t imagine having to outrun that massive beast (check out his nails too! Oh my!).


This is why I CANNOT WAIT to see the film.

Thankfully the wait is almost over. Jurassic World will be available for download on Digital HD on October 1, 2015. For those of you (like me) who prefer Blu-ray/DVD, that will be released on October 20, 2015 – so we have to wait a wee bit longer.

I have seen A LOT of really cool Jurassic World merchandising. I even have a Velociraptor toy sitting on my desk watching me as I type away.

The kids I work with also love this film. I bet they will be asking for Jurassic World toys and games this holiday season.

To see what others are saying about this film check out the hashtags #TeamJurassic and #JurassicWorld.

In honor of the upcoming release I have an AWESOME toy giveaway, compliments of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Hasbro. One lucky reader will win a Jurassic World Stomp & Strike Tyrannosaurus Rex Dinosaur AND an iTunes code to download the film. This prize package retails for $54.98.

Hasbro T-Rex Toy

The Jurassic World Stomp & Strike Tyrannosaurus Rext Dinosaur is for ages 4+ and has a retail value of $34.99. The powerful Tyrannosaurus rex stomps onto the Jurassic World scene! This ultimate T-Rex figure features an intimidating stomping action when kids press down on its body. Push down on its tail and this beast will let out a ferocious roar before its mouth shuts. Requires 2 AA batteries, demo batteries included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

This toy is HUGE too!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 10, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I will be receiving the same toy in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The sample and prize package is courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Hasbro. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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See what is new from Baby Genius (awesome giveaway ends 9/30/15)


Baby With Toys

As a parent you want to do whatever you can to ensure that your baby/toddler gets off to a great start. You want them to be healthy, happy and learn as much as they possibly can.

As a mom I was always on the lookout for things that would help my children learn and grow. At the same time I wanted the things to be fun for my child too.

Are you familiar with the Baby Genius line? Baby Genius has been entertaining and enriching toddlers for over a decade with content and products “with a purpose.”

The brand has a new and refreshed Baby Genius® “Learn & Grow” program which recently launched. Their Learn & Grow program incorporates a curriculum developed with early childhood development experts led by Stanford University Professor Emeritus Don Roberts—that aligns with your child’s natural growth.

Professor Roberts has a series of videos that explain his career in developmental communication, the importance of interaction on a child’s development. He also explains the benefits of the Learn & Grow program. You can learn more about it HERE. 


Baby Genius characters have also been refreshed thanks to the talents of renowned pop artist Todd Goldman, founder of apparel and accessories company David & Goliath.

Even the brand’s music has been given the “Rock Star Treatment” by music industry veterans (and parents of four!) Ron and Stefanie Fair, who have written and produced for numerous multi-award winning artists, including The Pussycat Dolls, the Black-Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and others!

The brand currently has over 500 songs and 125 music videos featuring classic nursery rhymes, learning songs, classical, holiday and more. That is amazing!

You can find Baby Genius entertainment on DVD from PBS, on Netflix, and Comcast’s Baby Boost Channel.

Starting TODAY (September 21, 2015) you can find over 40 Baby Genius products available exclusively on Amazon.com from some of today’s premier toy companies! Look for their products at Amazon.com/BabyGenius.

Here are just a few of the fun products now available.


Animation and live action combine with classic nursery rhymes to get toes tapping and hands clapping in this FIRST DVD from PBS Kids. Favorite Nursery Rhymes features familiar classics like Old MacDonald Had a Farm; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star; along with Baby Genius® originals, and many, many more. Bonus CD included. The fun never ends! (SRP: $9.99)


For babies and toddlers, cuddly friends who will help develop creative, emotional and social skills. (SRP: $14.99);

For Discoverers (6-12 months), Soft Cloth Interactivity Books featuring colorful graphics and engaging electronic sounds that encourage learning through repetition and developing coordination skills. (SRP: $15.99)

And for Curious Learners (18-24 months), All My Instruments and All My Shapes Wooden Interactive Activity Toddler Puzzles to encourage problem solving and learning shapes, featuring fun sounds about each shape as the pieces are placed properly on the board! (SRP: $16.99)


A fun…and functional selection of new mealtime products for toddlers 6 to 38 months of age will be available from Zak Designs!

Featured here are the Baby Genius Curious Learner Plate, Bowl, and Flatware, Set of 4 (SRP: TBD); and the 8.7 oz Perfect Flo Toddler Cup, featuring the Baby Genius® characters.


A range of Baby Genius® musical instruments and toys are now available from DGL, for Independent Doers, age 24 to 36 months!

Toys include: My First Music Set, a 3-piece musical instruments set that includes a tambourine, a xylophone and a clap noise maker (SRP: $34.99); and the Step To Step Electric Piano Dance Mat (SRP: $34.99); together with a range of wooden instruments, including a guitar, tambourine, flute and xylophone and drum set!


Plus, early learning toys with a musical focus are also available from WinFun.  Here are just a few!

For Proud Explorers, ages 12 – 18 months,Baby’s Learning Pad, which encourages hand-eye coordination and introduces letters and numbers (SRP: $14.99); My Baby Genius Laptop, which encourages motor development, reviews numbers, letters and words and encourages independence (SRP: $19.99); and Baby Genius Musical Bus, which offers the perfect way to introduce numbers and musical sounds (SRP: $19.99).

For Independent Doers, ages 24 – 36 months, Learn With Me EduPad, which encourages learning the letters of the alphabet and numbers 1 to 10. The Find It Game Mode offers fun learning challenges for your toddler and the Music Mode lets your little one play around and create melodies (SRP: $19.99).

As you can see the Baby Genius brand has a lot of wonderful things available for babies and toddlers. All of these items would make great gifts for a baby shower, new parents, birthday and the upcoming holiday season. Be sure to check them all out at Amazon.com/BabyGenius.

For more information about Baby Genius visit their official website, www.BabyGenius.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram (@BabyGenius).


Baby Genius would love to give a lucky readers a fabulous Baby Genius prize package. Thank you Baby Genius!


The prize package includes the following items;

From PBS Distribution: Favorite Nursery Rhymes DVD: SRP $9.99 (pictured towards the top of this post)

Puppet and book

From Manhattan Toy:

DJ Talking Soft Hand Puppet: SRP: $15.99

Colors & Shapes Soft Cloth Interactivity Book: SRP: $15.99

BG-Musical Bus

From Winfun: Baby Genius Musical Bus: $SRP: $19.99 


From Zak Designs:

Baby Genius ABC Curious Learner 8.7oz Perfect Flo Low Profile Toddler Cup: SRP: $7.99

Total Package Value: Approximately $70

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 30, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which Baby Genius product you are most excited about?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received the same prize package in exchange or my participation. It was donated to an organization. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted and not influenced in any way. 

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Safari Tales – A fun, interactive learning game for children



As a parent I can’t help but compare how things were for my kids when they were younger to life as we know it for children today. Back when my kids were little there were plenty of computer games that you could purchase software for and download it on your computer to enjoy. My kids enjoyed a few games but not many. Back then computer games were not cheap.

Fast forward to today. Now you can download an insane number of games made with children in mind instantly on your computer, tablet or smartphone. In addition, instead of spending $30-$50 for a game you can download games for free or a nominal fee.

Even though my kids are older, I still like to keep up on current trends in children’s toys and games, including gaming apps. I work with children from infants up to middle school. It’s nice to know a thing or two about these subjects to talk to kids with as well as their parents.

I recently had the opportunity to try out a new gaming application called Safari Tales™. The app is from Kuato Studios, world-leading developer in learning-through-games.

Following in the fossilized footsteps of award-winning Dino Tales™, children join five baby animal friends as they explore a vast African Savannah teeming with wildlife, mini games to master and artifacts and relics to discover and collect. Throughout their in-game adventures, kids learn countless facts and figures about the various environments, their inhabitants and items they encounter on their way, building knowledge and enhancing reading skills.

Safari Tales further feeds inquisitive minds through an adaptive gaming engine built around Apple’s SIRI technology. Curious kids are encouraged to construct over a thousand different questions to ask their in-game guide, Darwin, who will supply intelligent and fact-filled answers, aiding literacy skills in sentence structure, reading and creative thought.

At the end of each play session, Safari Tales uses patented technology to convert children’s adventures, discoveries and achievements into an incredible interactive storybook. Each new tale can be saved and stored to be read over and again with parents and loved ones, strengthening literacy, reasoning and inquiry skills.

I download the app for free in order to do this review. The app sells for $3.99.


The game is pretty easy to maneuver, even for young children.

You start off the game with a cute baby elephant name Eshe. You move the elephant around by pressing on a direction “button” on the screen.

You can do a variety of things including gathering “stickers” and going on “quests.” Along the way you are able to do things like change the appearance of your animal, ask questions of the game’s “host,” Darwin and more.

I did a lot of walking around the game to check out the different things you’ll find in the jungle. I also went on the quest to find specific things, like the baby tiger, which was my first quest.

The scenery is really nice with flowing water and big, beautiful flowers. My favorite part was the area where the baby tiger was (off hand I can’t remember the exact name of the location). There were steep cliffs, narrow passage ways and surprises along the way. Take for example the first cave my elephant went to explore. I saw yellow eyes glowing inside of it, so I thought that was where the tiger was hiding. It turns out it was a bat cave! As soon as my elephant stepped inside dozens of bats flew out. Oh my!


In another area of the jungle there is a fun water slide your animal can slide down. It is kind of cool because it has a 3D like effect to it.

I enjoyed the water slide so much that I made my elephant ride it twice. LOL!

I took a screen shot (below) but it’s hard to make out that its the slide. The white “sparkles” are sprays of water and the blue/green color in the middle is the water.


There are a lot of things you can do including letting your animal stop for a drink and finding food for it to eat. The game will tell you if the food is not appropriate for the animals (for example, the baby elephant wouldn’t eat a big piece of meat).

I think kids will have a lot of fun exploring the jungle while on a quest to find the various animals.

Another fun thing kids will enjoy is changing up the look and color of their animal. There is a section on the game that allows you to change the pattern on their skin as well as their color. I changed my elephant to a green pattern.


While playing the game I came across an animal band. Each animal made a different sound and together they made great music. That was fun to play with for a while.

As you can see from my screen shot (below) the animals are pretty realistic too.


There is also an option to ask the game’s host, Darwin, questions about the animals found in the game. One question I asked him is where can you find giraffe bones.

Each time you spin a wheel, you can choose a different word and create a new question for Darwin to answer


I’ve played with this game off and on and I have yet to discover all that it can do. I can see this bringing hours of enjoyment to your child, most especially if they enjoy animals and enjoy interactive games. This is exactly what Kuato Studio had in mind when creating this colorful game.

“Kuato Studio’s goal is guilt-free gaming. With Safari Tales and Dino Tales, our aim has been to harness the power of engagement that kids have with really good games and use it to enhance literacy and learning,” said Kris Turvey, Creative Director at Kuato Studios. “Our games allow children to explore beautiful worlds packed full of adventure, while fueling their imagination to produce creative interactive storybooks that can be read with mom or dad.”

Aimed at children aged between four and ten, SAFARI TALES has been developed in conjunction with pupils and teachers, to ensure that content is age-appropriate and game play fun. “Feedback from both kids and adults is invaluable for us as a studio,” said David Miller, award-winning teacher and now Director of Learning at Kuato Studios. “This participation in the development allows us to pinpoint particular opportunities where the child’s engagement with the game play, their creativity and performance peak, producing the perfect learning experience.”

I neglected to mention that the game has enjoyable music and realistic sounds to accompany it.

One of the best features of this game is that your child’s adventure can be turned into a virtual storybook that they can read and enjoy after they are done playing the game. I think this would be a fun thing to do at bedtime – have your child create their own bedtime story using the app.

As a mom I enjoy anything that helps promote literacy and the love of reading. I think most kids would be super excited to create their own storybook and have the opportunity to read it afterwards – even read it to their parents.

Safari Tales is so much more than just a game – it’s a fun, interactive way to learn too.

Safari Tales also has a parent section that allows parents to make the game “pin-restricted.” In addition it allows parents to set the reading age and control the game length ensuring that your child only plays for as long as you want them to.

In addition you can set notices to notify you when new creative artwork is produced in the game, allowing parents to monitor their child’s learning and share in their creativity.

Check out this brief video clip that gives a sneak peak inside the game.


As a parent I think my kids would have enjoyed this game if they were younger. After giving it a test drive I would be happy with my kids playing this game. I think they could learn a lot from it. I appreciate learning games over those whose main purpose is to destroy things or blow things up.

It’s a cute game. The graphics are not overly realistic, but for the age demographics this game was created for they will certainly appreciate it.

Safari Tales is available on bot iOS and Android platforms. You can find the game on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

Join in on the adventure at www.SafariTalesGame.com.

For more information please visit www.KuatoStudios.com. You can also follow @KuatoStudios on Facebook and Twitter.

Kuato Studios


*I received a free download code in order to do this review. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own (unless otherwise noted) and not influenced in any way. 

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Find a new “friend” at Douglas Cuddle Toys (Giveaway ends 9/9/15)


Pal and Bridgette

When you were growing up did you have a special stuffed animal or doll that you considered your “friend.”

When I was a young girl I had A LOT of plush friends. I had two that were with me all the time. I never left home without them (visiting relatives, going on vacation). I didn’t actually take them to stores or places like that with me – I just liked knowing I had them to cuddle with at night.

My friends are pictured above. The gray one is Pal and the brown dog is Bridgette. I believe Pal was actually a dog at one time (not bear). Poor Pal. He is in sad shape but I love him just the same. Both plush are 47 years old. They have been with me since I was a baby.

I had amassed a huge collection of stuffed animals when I was younger. Whenever I was at the store I would pay a visit to the stuffed animal section. Whenever I found a plush animal that was less than perfect (mashed face, missing an eye, marked up…) I would buy it. I know it sounds silly but I used to think that they had feelings and that the ones that were flawed were never going to get purchased and therefore never going to experience love. So I would buy them and bring them home with me where I showed them love.

I don’t know if that makes me a big hearted person or just nuts. LOL!

Even as an adult I have a soft spot in my heart for plush animals. I have several in my home that I adore. They make me smile every time I look at them.

One of my furry friends is Mr. Bear. I sleep with him at night sometimes (no kidding!).

Here is my hubby with Mr. Bear. I got him for free from at the toy store for making a big purchase. I was going to donate him but he was just too cute and cuddly. I had to keep him for myself.

Mr. Bear

Have you heard of the brand Douglas Cuddle Toys? Douglas Cuddle Toys sells the most adorable, and realistic looking, plush toys.

Douglas Cuddle Toys has plush dogs, cats, zoo animals, wild animals – you name it.

Douglass Cuddle Toys

Aren’t they just darling?

I was thrilled when Douglas Cuddle Toys reached out to me and asked if I’d like to do a review.

I received to review Ingrid, a Pembroke stuffed Corgi dog.

My great-great-Aunt lived in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales where the Pembroke Welsh Corgi originates from. I’ve even been to Pembroke. I was there in 82′ and again in 86′. One of my favorite castles is also in Pembroke (Pembroke Castle, birthplace of Henry VII). I find it fitting that I received the Corgi as one of my review choices. I also happen to love the breed (they are so cute!).

Ingrid is about 14″ long – about the size of a Corgi puppy. She’s also incredibly cute and very realistic looking.

You many have seen some photos of Ingrid on my Instagram page.

Ingrid 1

Ingrid 2

Cute! Cute! Cute!

There are other Corgi dogs available at Douglas Cuddle Toys. I’m going to purchase the other dogs to add to my collection.

If you would like to check out all of the delightful plush toys from Douglas Cuddle Toys visit www.DouglasCuddleToys.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Douglas Cuddle Toys would like to give a lucky reader their own Ingrid Corgi plush toy (the same one I have). Thank you Douglas Cuddle Toy.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 9, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you want to win Ingrid – OR – tell me what other Douglas Cuddle Toy do you like?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Relieve childhood memories with Tin Toy Arcade



I am a very sentimental person. I place sentimental value on things rather than monetary value.

I have several items that belonged to my great-grandparents and grandparents. I don’t know, nor do I care, if they are worth a lot of money. As far as I’m concerned you can’t put a price tag on precious memories.

Take for example a porcelain dog that belonged to my great-grandparents. It has to be at least 100 years old. For all I know it’s worth hundreds of dollars. That doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that every time I look at it I think fondly about my great-grandparents and spending quality time with them. The porcelain dog always sat on their mantel. I loved it then as much as I love it now.

I still own some of my favorite childhood toys (Fisher Price Little People sets) and books. Some thing I simply can’t part with. Some things I lost over the years and wish I could find again.

A few weeks ago I was introduced to a site called Tin Toy Arcade. Tin Toy Arcade sells many retro and classic toys, many of which are from my youth.

Tin Toy Arcade asked me to pick out some toys to review. I was more than happy to do that! I’m a big kid at heart and I was excited to see some of my favorite toys from my childhood.

I received to review the following items.


Bozo Finger Bop Bag Clown 

This little punching bag is only about 7″ tall. Its more of a “finger” bunching bag. I always wanted a Bozo punching bag when I was younger but my mom and dad never gave me one. I always thought they looked like a lot of fun. Now I finally have my own inflatable punching bag – even if it’s tiny.

sock monkey

Schylling Sock Monkey Baby

I grew up with Sock Monkeys. I never owned one personally, but I always wanted one. I though this baby version was adorable. He’s very soft too.

Decision Maker

Original Decisive Factor Magic Pendulum

I have a hard time making decisions. The Magic Pendulum reminds me of the Magic 8 Ball. Ask it a question and let the ball move back and forth, round and round, and wait for it to stop on the answer. I’ve actually used this several times when trying to make decisions.


The Amazing Woodpecker on Pole

I remember this from my youth. You pull the little woodpecker to the top of the pole, tap his head and he wobbles his head back and forth while he slowly climbs down the pole. It’s fun to watch and it drives my cats crazy! They love this toy and are always swatting at the bird. I think the little feather on his head interests them.


Amazing Bird Whistle Water Warbling

Growing up I went to the Dutchess County Fair every year with my family. When you first walked into the fair there was a man who sold these bird whistles. You simply add a little water to the base and blow into it and it makes a fun sound. Some years my mom would buy me one, other years she didn’t. I had several of these growing up. I wish I knew what happened to them. This toy especially brought back a lot of great memories.


Gold Mine Nugget Bubble Gum in Candy Bag

I used to love this gum growing up. The gum is in irregular shaped golden yellow pieces and are supposed to be like “gold.” The gum tastes the same now as it did when I was a kid. Even my husband had fun with this one.


Newton’s Cradle Chrome Desktop Toy

I keep this toy on my desk. I like to hear the click-click-click noise it makes when you use it. I find it relaxing. My father has the same one and I use it when I’m visiting his home too.

Gyro Wheel

Magnetic Gyro Wheel

I had one of these when I was younger. I was good at it too. It’s nice to know that I haven’t lost my touch. I can whip this thing around and around without it stopping or falling off.


Atari Joystick Bubble Gum Tin

I had Intellivision growing up. I always wanted an Atari but mom and “Santa” never gave me one. I liked the feel of Atair joystiks compared to the Intellevision ones. Now I can say I finally have an Atari. The joystick moves too.


Jungle Hunt Pinball Ornament

I remember the plastic and cardboard pinball games. I had several of them when I was little. They don’t work like real pinball machines but when you are a kid this is the closest thing to id. This is an ornament that I plan on hanging on my tree this year when we bring up the holiday decorations.

I could literally spend hours on the Tin Toy Arcade website. They have so many retro and classic toys. I must have at least a dozen more on my wish list.

The toys and games from Tin Toy Arcade are a fun way to bring back memories of your youth. I also think the would make a fantastic gift idea (or stocking stuffers). It would also be nice to introduce you children or grandchildren to the things you once thought were fun when you were little.

If you would like to check out the goodies for yourself visit www.TinToyArcade.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom left of their home page.

You can also save 15% on your purchases using the discount code SHESCRIBES upon check out. 

What was your favorite toy or game to play with when you were younger? What special childhood memories do you have with toys? Did you play with any of the toys featured in this post?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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