The holiday shopping season is around the corner and Dickie D went to the annual Holiday Showcase and found some cool toys:
Dickie D is back from the annual New York Toy Fair and here's what he found -
The Giz Wiz is at the Toy Fair where he saw Oobleck! What The Heck Is It? Is it a liquid? Is it a solid? Yes, it is. It's both. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it acts as both a liquid and a solid. You can pound your hand on it (as you'll see on this week's show) and your fist will just bounce off it. And after you do that you can scoop it and roll it into a ball (as a solid), and then it can even ooze out of your hand (like a liquid)! Comes in a variety of colors. It's said to contain only non-toxic and washable materials.
This STEM Kit (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a great introduction to Engineering, Robotics, Circuit Building Projects for kids and teens. It's DIY science experiments use real motors, real hardware and real wood. Kids can build & rebuild endless robotic creations with a single kit. The company says it's for 8-12 year olds & teens. Dick was very impressed with the kit as you'll see in the video. There are 50+ real parts with 10 challenge cards, wood, electric motors, & hardware. You'll see a lot of the products kids built in the video.
Watermelon Smash is the latest new twist on the water roulette game. It challenges each player to press the watermelon against their head as many times as the number on the spinner. It's a suspenseful game because you never know when the watermelon will fully crack open. (You'll see my surprise when I tried playing the game and got drenched. The link is at the Giz Wiz Video below.) If it cracks on your turn, you either get covered with water or plastic watermelon seeds and you are out of the game. Be the last player left to avoid having the watermelon crack open and you win.
Chemistry Magic Invisible Test Tube Kit. (All the components are in the kit, in a smaller size than the video demo.) You take a test tube filled with liquid, and a measuring cup also full of a liquid. (It was premixed, so not sure exactly what the liquid was.) When the test tube is lowered into the liquid, all of the test tubes below the liquid line instantly disappeared! (You'll see it in the video below.)
The Toy Fair is coming and Dick got a sneak peak of Turbo Jetts electric motorized heel wheels! Heel wheels aren't skates because they just power your heel with two real wheels. An unpowered version has been around for a while, but the Turbo Jetts add an 80-watt, geared-drive motor to provide a one-of-a-kind boost to any pair of sneakers. There's no remote and only one skate is powered. The Turbo Jetts use an integrated, pressure-sensitive, power control system to help you ride comfortably at speeds up to 10 mph (16 km/h) for up to 30 minutes of continuous use.
This week's gadget comes from Underground Toys and it's the Darth Vader Cookie Jar, which includes sound effects from Star Wars. Darth Vader Breathing Sounds Cookie Jar Under $25. Open the lid and you'll hear the scary deep breathing Darth Vader sounds which right from the original movie. R2-D2 Sound Effects Cookie Jar - Under $25. Open the lid and you'll hear bleep-bleep sounds and see flashing LED lights. Not enough Star Wars Stuff? Well, there's also:
Fan Hands. Want to make noise? Want to show that you're the "Ultimate Fan"? Fan Hands is the product for you! Fan Hands is a pair of specially designed gloves that have hard plastic pieces adhered to the palms and fingers. This enables the user to create a higher sound level than simply clapping their hands. Fan Hands are great noise-makers for sporting events, concerts, fun runs/walks, and any event where applause is needed! Fan Hands are made in the USA of a breathable, polyester fabric. Fan Hands - "The Ultimate Fan's Accessory.
Spring has sprung in New York and the Giz Wiz has a new gadget -- a new Toy Car set by Lionel. The MegaTax is a new train set for kids which uses a novel new clamp and construction system to attach train tracks to just about anything. Kids can create stunts, rail racing, all with handheld remote control through a phone app. The master set includes 20 feet of TwisTrack, 55 construction pieces to build customized track layouts, a Rail Racer vehicle and charger, a handheld remote controller, plus track clamps and connectors. MSRP: $99.99. Recommended Age: 8+. Availability: Fall 2016