Bed Bugs- in toyland

Bed Bugs (the game!)

Every time I turn on the tv, there’s a new report of where bug bugs are now…forget tacky hotels, they’re now everywhere it seems (stores, movie theaters).  The old expression “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite” doesn’t seem like a cute little thing to say to your kids as you turn off the lights.  I’m itchy just thinking about it.

Bed Bugs are also in toyland!  This week I got a new updated version of the classic game Bed Bugs (now from Patch Products). The game was first released by Milton Bradley in 1985.

The game is still fun (if you can get over the current hype about the real bugs).  Comes with a bed that’s just hopping with bed bugs, literally (the bed is motorized so the bugs really do move about). The youngest player calls out a color and then it’s a free for all where all players are trying to get those colored bugs out of the bed with a tong.

Wonder if the current epidemic will help or hurt the sales of this classic game.

Get ready for the doll wars….

An amazing new collection of dolls just arrived called Dollie & Me from Madame Alexander. They cost $29.99 – incredible. Additional clothes are available for both the doll (and girls). The two sample dresses we received were very holiday-ish…there are also “school outfits” and pjs. The clothes range from 2T to 16.  They range from $34 to $62. They’re all are very special and much more reasonably priced than American Girl.

Gotta love me some blabla…

After two very intensive weeks of looking at what seemed like a boat load of plastic toys…I finally decided we were ready for a treat. We opened the box from blabla kids.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against plastic toys per se – many are on our top list this year- but there’s something really special about this collection of dolls. They’re both deliciously retro and fresh in design and spirit.

Take a look at just two of the new dolls that we’re reviewing this morning.

For fans of 39 CLUES…a contest

This just came into my mailbox…

Scholastic Media and Post Cereals Join Up Again for THE 39 CLUES®  “The Lost Pages” Promotion

Following the successful THE 39 CLUES® “Race to Win” sweepstakes earlier this year,  Scholastic and Post Foods LLC today announced the second wave of the 2010 promotion in conjunction with the release of the 10th and final book in the bestselling multi-media adventure series THE 39 CLUES®.

Beginning this month, “The 39 Clues: The Lost Pages” promotion will be featured on 4 million packages of Honeycomb, Alpha-bits, Golden Crisp and Waffle Crisp. The boxes – which will feature all ten books of The New York Times best-selling series – include an exclusive story about “The 39 Clues” protagonists Dan and Amy Cahill – and ask consumers to enter a secret code at <> to get 6 free digital cards that jumpstart their own clue hunt.

The 39 Clues is a groundbreaking multi-media adventure series for children ages 8-12 that spans 10 adrenaline-charged books / audio books, hundreds of collectible game cards, and a website that allows readers to play a role in the story and compete for prizes.   There are more than 8.5 million copies in print – which has been on the New York Times series bestseller list for 55 weeks.  The online game has logged more than 1.1 million registered users to date – drawing readers and gamers from all 50 states and 191 countries worldwide.  Movie rights for The 39 Clues have been acquired by DreamWorks Studios with Steven Spielberg eyeing to direct and Deborah Forte of Scholastic to produce – and the series has been licensed for publication in 24 languages. Scholastic Media recently launched The 39 Clues Madrigal Maze App for the iPhone™ and iPod touch®, which has been ranked among the top “Paid Kids Games” on the App Store since release.