We recently put a Skype video phone in my nephew Ryder’s bedroom. It is pretty cool because it is always on and he can call his Auntie Stephanie whenever he wants. The boys – Maveryck is pictured above – usually call me in the morning before they head out. It is always cute because they have bedhead. It is a really great way to start the day.
This was a fun gadget to receive from the iloverobots folks. It is a Mechatar. A robot that connects to the computer that can engage in both online and offline battles. All in all it is a pretty simple robot. I would say that the average age of kid that would enjoy this robot would be between 5-10 (oh, and myself at 35).
The robot itself is pretty simple. It comes with a wireless remote that has battle buttons and buttons to move it around. You push the Go button to make it move forward and the turn button allows it to rotate out of tricky positions by moving in one direction. Presumably you can battle with other Mechatars if they were nearby. I really wish I had one to try this out. When you are done with your battle, you can upload battle data to the website also play against other opponents online. The gameplay is pretty simple stuff and perfect for a child. You choose an attack and sit back and watch it happen. It is a Pokemon-like experience.
I’m sure that kids will love playing with this since even I had fun making him run around the room. I would definitely recommend getting two of these because having one is a little bit lonely. Who are you going to battle with?!?
You can buy your own Mechatars (retail value $39.99) and accessories by visiting iloverobots.com and using coupon code MECHMOM to receive 10% off your purchase. The code is valid until 11/30/2011.
Or you can win a Mechatars by doing one (or all) of the following:
Go to the Mechatars website and click Play Now (you’ll have to register) – leave a comment here about which Mechatar you would like
Wow. The fine folks at Quidsi have done it again. Quidsi is the parent company for my beloved Soap.com, Diapers.com, BeautyBar.com and Wag.com…geez. And now they have launched Yoyo.com. Yoyo is a toy store that features about 20,000 products – compared to Toyrus’ 10,000. Everyone knows that the reason I love Soap.com so much is their super fast and free shipping and all of the Quidsi sites clearly share logistics because the same 2 day rule applies to Yoyo. It makes tons of sense that Amazon bought Quidsi and they got a bargain for $300m if you look at all the sites they are launching. Pretty exciting stuff.
Yoyo looks like it has a pretty awesome selection across the board. I especially love the child age / gender selector to pick toys. I would like to point out that we launched the personalized child selector on Grows Up that was similar. Great minds think alike?
Yoyo will certainly make it much easier for Moms and Aunties when shopping during the Holiday season!
I do wish that Quidsi would launch an Amazon Prime program across their sites. And that they would beef up their reviews.
I have embedded an offer here if you want to try out the freshly launched Yoyo.com. Free shipping when you reach $25. Not too bad.
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Wow. This is a weird attempt at a viral video from Microsoft to promote servers. I’m wondering why Daddy is the one who has to buy a server? And why does the Uncle smell like bark. Oh the great mysteries of the world.
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