New Toys for Summer

TOY STORY 3 BLAST-OFF BUZZ LIGHTYEAR An update of the original Buzz toy that was wildly popular when the first "Toy Story" film was released 15 years ago. Blast-Off Buzz has a retractable helmet, speaks several classic Buzz phrases, and includes a rocket pack ignites with fun bursts of light and sound. Push the red button on his chest and his wings pop out for a flight around the playroom or yard! From Disney/Thinkway, $34.99; 4+

TOY STORY 3 ACTION LINKS Snap together each set of Action Links to recreate scenes that mirror the new "Toy Story 3" movie. Once connected a simple push of a button sets off the fun, creating a chain reaction of events where characters fly through the air, zip line to safety and defend against villains. Action Links has a total of five collectable playsets including: Jessie Rescue, Buzz Saves the Train, Sunnyside Breakout, Evil Dr. Porkchop Attacks, and Junkyard Escape. Each set includes one or more 2" Buddy Pack characters. From Disney/Mattel, $14.99; 5+

OPERATION: TOY STORY 3 EDITION Bring Buzz Lightyear back to full flying speed by removing all 13 of his malfunctioning parts without touching the sides of his spacesuit and setting off the laser sounds. Extract Buzz's Toasted Turbo Booster, Crystalic Confusion or Battered Blaster and earn the most points to win the game. From Disney/Hasbro, $19.99; 6+

CLUB PENGUIN: ELITE PENGUIN FORCE: HERBERT'S REVENGE Just for Nintendo DS, agents of the exclusive Elite Penguin Force are being called back into action with Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge. Fans of the original game can expect all new mysteries, missions and mini-games in this action-packed sequel. Players will be able to navigate through familiar elements from the online world, as well as new adventures and gadgets unique to the DS game. Similar to the first game, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert's Revenge lets kids earn coins while playing the DS game and seamlessly upload them to their online penguin accounts. From Disney Interactive Studios; $29.99; ages 6-12 years

MIGHTY BEANZ Mighty Beanz are back! Mighty Beanz are zany and eccentric 'bean' characters. Each Mighty Bean belongs to a specific "Bean Team" and each Bean Team has a rarity level - common, rare and ultra rare - to signify their collectable value. Mighty Beanz move using a wacky, unpredictable and unique movement. Collect them all, Play Games & Race! From Spinmaster, $2.99-$12.99; 5+

SKY BALL SLAMMER AND GRAFFITI SKY BALLS Sky Balls are the highest bouncing balls ever and now the hottest sensation in bounce balls just got hotter. This helium-filled ball can bounce up as high as 75 feet with The Slammer, a handheld piece with a suction cup on the end. Challenge your friends playing catch or super hand ball. The Graffiti Sky Ball is the perfect blend of ultimate performance with the artistic creativity of graffiti art. Graffiti Sky Balls are 4 inches in diameter and come in red, blue, yellow, purple, orange, and silver, though no two Graffiti Sky Balls are ever the same patterns because each Graffiti Sky Ball is individually hand painted. From Maui Toys, $14.99/The Slammer; $12.99/Sky Balls; 6+

SKY BALL BASEBALL Named Sports Toy of the Year, SKY BALL™ Baseball by CNBC's Darren Rovell, from Maui Toys, Inc. It is flying off the shelves as the newest and hottest activity for kids and adults. Move over wiffle ball and hello to SKY BALL™ Baseball. The SKY BALL™ Baseball set, let's little leaguers feel like big leaguers as the ball can travel up to 300 feet. This is a great toy and with the summer months around the corner, look for many SKY BALL™ Baseball's soaring near you and watch kids self esteem as an athlete rapidly increase. From Maui Toys, $14.99; 6+

CRAYOLA SPIRA-CHALK BLASTER Kids create big, multicolored spiral designs with a whirling, twirling top-like sidewalk chalk tool. This unique new toy will get them outside to play ... every day! Just insert a stick of Crayola Sidewalk chalk into the Blaster, wind it up, and then press the button to launch it into a spin. Watch with amazement as it spins across a driveway or sidewalk leaving cool, colorful spiral designs in its path—unique and different every time! Totally kid-powered, the Spira-Chalk Blaster needs no batteries. From Crayola, $9.99; 6+

TONKA STRONG ARMS: Bulldozer and Dump Truck Two beefy free wheeling construction vehicles with a trigger lever built into the vehicles. The trigger/lever has two functions; pull lever without squeezing the trigger and you will rev up the vehicles, they vibrate and sparks show in the arm window, squeeze the trigger and the vehicles will move into action, i.e., Dump Truck's bed will lift, the Bulldozer's blade will push forward. No batteries required, just kid power! From Funrise, $24.99; 3+

ROCKBOARD SCOOTER The Rockboard Scooter incorporates new propulsion technology, allowing it to be ridden for hours without putting a foot on the ground. It can be used as a classic kick scooter or, when in Rockboard Mode, requires no kicking, batteries, charging or gasoline. While standing on the Rockboard deck, the rider rocks their weight back and forth in order to power the chain that drives the scooter. Propulsion is achieved with each rock, wasting zero energy and allowing the scooter to reach speeds up to 10mph. From M.Y. Products, $199.99; 8+

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