Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas -- Toys for Nickelodeon Fans (Review)

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One of my daughters' favorite channels to watch on television is Nickelodeon. They are both fans of the popular animated series' like, Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, Go Diego Go!.  So, when it comes to shopping for birthday and Christmas gifts for the girls, I can always rely on the folks at Nickelodeon to offer an assortment of toys, CDs and DVDs, , books, apparel, and so much more, that will please my little Nickelodeon fans. :-)

Even though Christmas is a couple of weeks away, it felt like Christmas last week in our house, when we received a box full of Nickelodeon goodies for the girls.  From DVDs to plush toys, and even a remote control Team Umizoomi car, the girls were over the moon with excitement.  Here are some of the photo I took of them of their initial reaction to the Nickelodeon toys they would help me review. :-)

Can you picture you little ones excited come Christmas morning when they find some of their favorite Nickelodeon character toys waiting for them under the Christmas tree?  I think they would look just like my daughters did. :-)  What I love best about Nickelodeon is that their programming appeals to both boys and girls.  Yes, some girls may prefer Dora the Explorer over Diego, and vise versa with the boys.  But, my daughters enjoy both shows, and have toys from both, thanks to the folks at Nickelodeon.

Out of all the samples we were sent, I have to say the girls enjoyed the Bubble Guppies DVD, Nickelodeon Favorites: Dance to the Music! DVD, Dora Rocks Cuddle Pillow, Dora the Explorer Handbag by Global Design Concepts and the Come & Get Us! Counting UmiCar.  Arabella now has a new cuddle buddy, while Savannah can't get enough of driving the Team Umizoomi remote control car all around the house.  :-)  And, just tonight, Savannah spent Daddy/Daughter time coloring and using her Dora Giant Coloring Pages – “Gymnastics” and Color Wonder Markers & Coloring Pad – “Coastal Explorer”. Then, she followed up by asking for her new Dora the Explorer toothbrush set from Colgate. :-)

Not sure what Nickelodeon toys are available for purchase?  Here is just a sampling of the popular toys, DVDs, CDs, books, etc. that you can pick up and surprise your Nickelodeon fan with. 

"Keeps the “mess free” fun going with the Color Wonder Dora the Explorer Coloring Pad!  Join Dora in gymnastics and have fun coloring pages with Mess Free Color Wonder markers! SRP $4.99"

"Neon Color Explosion creates a surge of color on colored paper that’s 5 times brighter than regular markers on construction paper! Create super-bright mini-scenes starring SpongeBob SquarePants and his Bikini Bottom friends. Includes 15 double-sided sheets of Neon Color Explosion Paper and 4 Neon Color Explosion Markers. SRP $7.99"

"Play the mystery face guessing race!  Ask YES or NO questions and be the first to figure out your opponent’s favorite Nickelodeon star.  Does your mystery character have an Internet show?  NO.  Can you see your mystery character’s teeth?  NO.  Keep guessing until you think you know who your mystery character is!  Does your character have glasses?  YES!  Now make your guess!  Who is it? SRP $19.99, AGE 6+"

"Steal the SECRET Krabby Patty recipe, but don’t get caught!  The classic game of pop-o-matic fun takes a twist through Bikini Bottom as you race around the board to get safely home.  Beware of your opponent as you move around the board and they attempt to bump you back to start! SRP $14.99, AGE 5+"

"Step into the world of Winx as Flora, Alfea’s peacekeeper! Inspired by Flora’s Believix outfit, this dress features cascading tiers of glittery green tulle, sparkling petal-shaped satin and iridescent sequin trims.  Unravel a whole universe of make-believe fun with Flora’s Believix Dress! "

Product Features
Sparkling fuchsia satin & matching sequin trim
Cascading layers of sparkling tulle
Fits sizes 4-6X

SRP $19.99

AGE 3+


"Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are leaving the sewer for the time and discovering action, adventure, aliens and the awesomeness of pizza. Boys ages 3-7 will love this full-color storybook that includes stickers! Available at retailers nationwide. SRP $4.99."


"To hone her fairy powers, Bloom enrolls at Alfea, a school for fairies in the world of Magix. But when wayward witches known as The Trix threaten to ruin a party at Alfea, it’s up to Bloom to save the day with some quick thinking! Available at retailers nationwide. SRP $6.99."


"Victorious 2.0: More Music from the Hit TV Show features six songs performed by Victoria Justice and the series cast, including the brand-new single “Make It In America,” co-written by Justice and Martin Johnson (Boys Like Girls), plus the infectious “Take A Hint” and “Countdown”. "

Large Assortment of DVDs including:



"The InnoTab 2 learning tablet gives kids ages 3 to 9 their own 5” touch-screen tablet with FREE onboard activities to get them started, and a new rotatable digital camera and video recorder. This sleek and durable toy also comes equipped with a tilt sensor, photo viewer, video player, MP3 music player, e-reader, art studio, microphone and more. With 2GB onboard memory plus an expandable SD card slot for up to 32GB more, and now the addition of great video content from Nickelodeon, the InnoTab 2 will keep your child inspired while they learn. SRP $79.99."

"Now your toddler can relax with this Dora the Explorer Picnic Icon Chair. It is made of plush polyester fabric and soft foam that is easy to clean and very comfortable for your little one. Dimensions: 25.0 x 24.0 x 19.0. SRP $129.99."


"2 sparkly lip glosses with a pretend cellphone storage accessory that is fun for all Dora and Boots fans. Available at Walmart nationwide. SRP $5.99, AGE 3+."


"Get dolled up with the Winx Club Glam Makeup Case! This stylish, on-the-go primp & play case features wing-shaped palettes with 20 pots of play makeup and two glitter gel tubes.  Keep all of your beauty essentials in the compartment beneath the extendable wing trays."

Product Features
Collectible train-case style Winx Club makeup case
20 pots of sparkling, shimmering, makeup plus 2 glitter gel tubes
Also includes makeup brush & applicator

SRP $19.99
AGE 5+

"The Nickelodeon Gak Color Mixer lets you turn Gak colors into even wackier Gak color combinations. Just insert any two colors of Gak, crank the handle and watch your two colors turn into a wackier Gak color!  Crank It!  Twist it! Spin it! Mix it! SRP $24.99, AGE 6+."


"Arrgh! Captain SpongeBob and his first mate Patrick have found an old treasure map and are searching for the treasure. Barnacles! The Flying Dutchman is here on his ghostly ship. Help keep him at bay using the bubble blaster before our friends are made to walk the plank! Includes 3 mini figures: Pirate SpongeBob, Pirate Patrick and The Flying Dutchman. SRP $24.99, AGE 6-12."


"Each Ninja Turtle action figure is individually sculpted true to size and includes their signature colored bandana and core ninja weapons to easily identify and capture the personality of your favorite hero as seen in the TV show.  These Ninja Turtle action figures include more articulation and decoration than ever so you can recreate your favorite action poses during battle. SRP $7.99, AGE 4+."


"Get ready to rock with the Winx Club band, six magical friends who love to perform.  These fashion dolls come dressed in rockin’ fashions perfect for performing on stage.  Winx Club Concert dolls have 7 points of articulation to show off their individual personalities.  These dolls also include a Winx “X” on their back allowing for magical transformation from girl to fairy.  Wings are sold separately.  Complete the band by collecting all six Winx Club band members: Bloom, Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa and Aisha! SRP $12.99, AGE 4+."

I know that Savannah is asking Santa for the Dora and Me Dollhouse, shown here:

Are there any items from the above sampling that your children have been asking for?  Don't wait until the final days of the shopping season to pick up these and other Nickelodeon toys.  Many have been listed on "Top Toy" lists, while others have been selling off the shelves quickly.  And, after reviewing an assortment of them firsthand with my girls, I can see why.  They are not only fun to play with, but offer educational aspects to them, which you have come to expect from Nickelodeon.

And, don't forget to load your mobile devices with apps from Nickelodeon.  Here are just a couple of the recent releases that are sure to keep little ones entertained on those long rides to Grandma's:


You can find Nickelodeon brand products online at the Nickelodeon Shop --  In addition, popular retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Toys R Us also carry these toys. 

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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