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Tomy The Good Dinosaur Dino Walker Arlo
Tomy The Good Dinosaur Dino Walker Arlo
Offered by Seeyasales!
Price: $24.41
5 used & new from $19.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the fasted walking dinosaur toy I have seen., May 4, 2016
My son got two toys on his birthday that were from the Pixar movie The Good Dinosaur. The large Poppa Henry figure and this walking Arlo toy. Like all of the other Tomy toys of this movie franchise the detail on the figure is good. This toy's claim to fame is that it walks on its own. And boy does it! Hit the easy to reach and press button and Arlo moves in a pretty brisk fashion for a toy like this. It's a refreshing change from many of the slow, lurching dinosuar toys out there that move. His does a lot of wobbling when moving, which I'm assuming is the nature of the design. His feet are wider at the base than you may notice from the movie, but that keeps the toy from falling over when walking at that accellerated pace.

Arlo is obviously battery operated, which means no winding up to do. So far the battery has been going strong, but to be honest my son hasn't really made him walk for an extended period of time. So I really have no idea how long the battery lasts as of yet, or if his walking slows as the battery gets low. I can say after months the batteries have gone on strong and the toy is moving as fast as it did when we unboxed it.

Because this is a moving toy there are limitations. As an action figure it doesn't really have much articulation for play beyond having him walk. You can move legs as long as it's following the mechanical motion path it does when walking without much fear of damaging the motor. The head can be moved a bit up and down, but it's mostly there to bob to and fore when walking. That's about it. I would say this toy is best suited for kids who love the movie (or dinosaurs in general) and also enjoy moving toys. His walk is entertaining.


TOMY The Good Dinosaur Poppa Henry Figure, X-Large
TOMY The Good Dinosaur Poppa Henry Figure, X-Large
Offered by sushka
Price: $13.81
18 used & new from $12.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly detailed and fun to boot, May 4, 2016
This is a surprisingly detailed toy. It's Poppa Henry from the Pixar movie The Good Dinosaur. This figure it pretty tall at about 11 inches at full height. As far as dinosuar figures are concerned it also delivers. He is supposed to be an apatosaurus, but when I see him I think brontosaurus (although paleontologists could easily elaborate the differences... especially the different eras they lived in). All four legs are posable as well as the neck, tail and head. The legs don't have a full range of motion, but that makes sense for the type of dinosaur he is. The neck has a full up and down range of motion. The tail just rotates around so not much to do there. However the head is where all the fun is.

Granted you get the standard left/right turning motion on Poppa Henry's head, but you also get to articular his lower jaw. When you open that jaw you get a nicely detailed mouth with teeth, tongue and everything in good detail. The jaw opens and closes smooth and easy without feeling loose. This jaw/mouth movement has brought the most entertainment with my son. I would move the toy's mouth like Henry was talking and thanks to all the inner details it looks great when he does. My son would keep giving me the toy and want me to make him talk. I don't think I have ever seen him have this much fun with any other dinosaur toy.

If your kid likes dinosaurs this is a really nifty toy to have that gives the giants a gentle cartoon-like look without sacrificing some good anatomy details. It feels like the toy will last a good while as well.


Despicable Me Minion The Game of Life Game
Despicable Me Minion The Game of Life Game
Price: $14.99
56 used & new from $12.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising fun even if it veers widely away from the original Game of Life, April 26, 2016
So if you've been reading the other reviews then you should already know this is not a reimaged version of the Game of Life. The only things this game has that resembles The Game of Life is the spinning wheel and "careers", but aside from being slightly misleading by calling this game Life it does stand up on its own as an enjoyable family game accessible to younger audencies.

The Game of Life is what I would call a rail game. You have a single direction to go and it's all about how fast you get to the end. For Despicable Me Minion Life game there is no set trail. A player can move in all sorts of directions. That's part of the charm of the game. A playing piece can hit an intersection, you spin the piece and go the direction you end up. Some cards make you reverse course as well. You can have a player traverse the entire board while another is "stuck" in part of it, and both players have an equal chance of winning.

The objective of the game is to get five bunches of bananas, which isn't hard to do. You can gain bananas through action cards, or special places on the board that either give you bananas or let you play a mini game for them. You can also buy bananas using Banana Bucks that you earn throughout the game. Bananas can be stolen from other players of you can simply lose bananas based on an action card or a board space. This means banana bunches can change hands quickly and just when you think someone is winning another player can jump in the lead fast. The games are quick and last maybe a half hour on average so this makes for a nice family game to break out when everybody is bored.

The playing pieces are the minions from the first Despicable Me movie who went to the large shopping center disguised as a family. I suppose this could be another connection to the Game of Life as the players are portrayed by minions dressed like mom, dad, daughter and baby. The playing pieces have a bit of a hollow base that can be put on board pieces that allow them to spin. You also get plastic banana bunches that have a nice look and feel to them. Cardboard counters are provided for one of the mini-games as well. From there you have two sets of cards: the career cards and action cards. Both cards reference the first two Despicable Me movies with career cards having a less direct reference. The action cards will reference specific details you will remember from the films like stealing a shrink ray or getting turned into a purple monster.

So the game is fun, especially for fans of the movies. However it's not all great. The spin wheel isn't secure and will fly off its base if not spun right (my son actually got a kick out of making the wheel fly out of allignment so it may be a plus for some people). The design of the spin parts for the playing pieces isn't perfect either. Allin all game is pretty cheaply made when you compare with how The Game of Life was made long ago. Still if you compare it to the current level of quality the Game of Life is at this is actually a better build with slightly thicker plastic parts.

This is a really fun game that will give any Despicable Me or Minions fan a fun time. Personally I wouldn't purchase it at the current price though. This game was an absolute steal at the $4 we bought it for locally, however if you can find it for around $10 or less I think you will get your money's worth.


Matchbox Skybusters Missions Stealth Launch Die Cast Aircraft Vehicle (Black)
Matchbox Skybusters Missions Stealth Launch Die Cast Aircraft Vehicle (Black)
Offered by Balloon shop
Price: $5.98
3 used & new from $5.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice design, February 29, 2016
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Matchbox doesn't just make toy cars. They also make die cast toy planes. The Sky Busters series is a crazy mix of not only some notable plane designs and concepts from real life they also have a lot of cool plane designs are are totally off left field. In essence the Sky Buster series is doing what Hotwheels has done with cars by making planes have a fun and varied selection for kids to enjoy. This particular plane is one of my favorites.

While I got this one for my son after he picked it out at the toy store I have to admit I have a strong affinity for this design. It's forward swept wings and sleek profile give this jet a sci-fi edge to it. The cockpit area seems to be it's own pod attached to the rest of the plane. The twin scramjets have a sleek look to them, and you also get armaments on the wings. The plane is almost completely die cast metal. I think the under part of the wing (or parts of it like where the missiles are) are made of a sturdy plastic. It's a really cool design well worth getting for any kid into high octane fighter jets.


'Twin Blast' Matchbox on a Mission Skybusters Series, Red, White & Blue by Matchbox
'Twin Blast' Matchbox on a Mission Skybusters Series, Red, White & Blue by Matchbox
Offered by Vitapippi
Price: $85.24
2 used & new from $85.24

3.0 out of 5 stars Way overpriced., February 29, 2016
This is essentially the exact plane from the Clint Eastwood spy movie Firefox! Of course there are slight design differences. The wings have different edges and the the frame isn't an exact replica. However if you ever wanted Firefox in toy form this is it. Forget models that can't handle any serious play. This is a fully die cast plane with no plastic parts. It's great to see a movie icon come to life like this, but the price on this particular one is way off the ballpark. You can get the EXACT same plane with the same color scheme and decals for a LOT less. While it's getting harder to find this jet at the stores this isn't a collector's item. The closest thing you will get to that is an orange and black variant that was made for Matchbox's 60's anniversary, and even that one isn't hitting more than $8 at the time of this review. Even if you love this toy steer clear of buying it at the $30+ price tag I see on it right now.


TWIN BLAST * MATCHBOX 60TH ANNIVERSARY * Die-Cast 2013 MBX Sky Busters Series Airplane
TWIN BLAST * MATCHBOX 60TH ANNIVERSARY * Die-Cast 2013 MBX Sky Busters Series Airplane
Offered by toybliss
Price: $7.99
6 used & new from $6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Clint Eastwood's Firefox now in a die cast toy, February 29, 2016
Yes! This is essentially the exact plane from the Clint Eastwood spy movie Firefox! Of course there are slight design differences. The wings have different edges and the the frame isn't an exact replica. However if you ever wanted Firefox in toy form this is it! Forget models that can't handle any serious play. This is a fully die cast plane with no plastic parts.I saw this and knew I had to get it for my son.... okay I had to get it for ME, but he does get to keep it in his room. I love seeing this plane every time I come to his room, and when he's not looking I will grab is and admire/play with the jet in a limited fashion. They also make an all American red, white and blue version that has some different and cooler decals/detailing on it. As cool as that one looks I don't regret getting this one. Plus this one is an anniversary edition. I don't expect it to be super collectible, but the prices are going on up for this one just a tad. Either way Firefox is now available to the masses. Rejoice!


2011 Matchbox Sky Busters MBX Undercover Stealth Launch Orange & Purple Lightning Special Variant
2011 Matchbox Sky Busters MBX Undercover Stealth Launch Orange & Purple Lightning Special Variant
Offered by Free your mind
Price: $7.99
8 used & new from $1.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Super cool design., February 29, 2016
Matchbox doesn't just make toy cars. They also make die cast toy planes. The Sky Busters series is a crazy mix of not only some notable plane designs and concepts from real life they also have a lot of cool plane designs are are totally off left field. In essence the Sky Buster series is doing what Hotwheels has done with cars by making planes have a fun and varied selection for kids to enjoy. This particular plane is one of my favorites.

While I got this one for my son after he picked it out at the toy store I have to admit I have a strong affinity for this design. It's forward swept wings and sleek profile give this jet a sci-fi edge to it. The cockpit area seems to be it's own pod attached to the rest of the plane. The twin scramjets have a sleek look to them, and you also get armaments on the wings. The plane is almost completely die cast metal. I think the under part of the wing (or parts of it like where the missiles are) are made of a sturdy plastic. It's a really cool design well worth getting for any kid into high octane fighter jets.


'Twin Blast' Matchbox on a Mission Skybusters Series, Red, White & Blue
'Twin Blast' Matchbox on a Mission Skybusters Series, Red, White & Blue
Offered by ToKaLand
Price: $6.99
3 used & new from $5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Remember the movie Firefox?, February 29, 2016
Yes! This is essentially the exact plane from the Clint Eastwood spy movie Firefox! Of course there are slight design differences. The wings have different edges and the the frame isn't an exact replica. However if you ever wanted Firefox in toy form this is it! Forget models that can't handle any serious play. This is a fully die cast plane with no plastic parts.I saw this and knew I had to get it for my son.... okay I had to get it for ME, but he does get to keep it in his room. We actually got a variant color that sports orange and black, but this color design is pretty cool and makes me wonder if I had preferred this over the one I have. No matter. Either way Firefox is now available to the masses.


TILTIN' TURBO (GREEN S-92) * MBX ON A MISSION * 2014 MATCHBOX Sky Busters Series Aircraft
TILTIN' TURBO (GREEN S-92) * MBX ON A MISSION * 2014 MATCHBOX Sky Busters Series Aircraft
Offered by Karens Garage Sale
Price: $13.99
2 used & new from $7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Harrier jump jet concept to the extreme, February 29, 2016
This interesting looking plane takes the VTOL (or rather STOL) concept from the Harrier jets and puts it into an extreme design. What you have here is essentually four turbine engines strapped on either side of the body of the plane (with the wings wrapped around them). The engines can be tilted up to about 80%-85% to simulate what I would call a short take off as opposed to a complete standing veritcal take off (the engines don't point all the way down if you are a stickler for realism). Aside from the pivot action of the engines there are no moving parts on the plane. The four engines are plastic while the rest of the plane is made of die cast metal. All in all a very sturdy toy that should give you years of enjoyment.


KORG M1R Synthesizer music workstation
KORG M1R Synthesizer music workstation
2 used & new from $185.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best selling keyboards of all time in rackmount form., February 25, 2016
What you are looking is the rackmount version of a keyboard that is so well received that it practically changed the synthesizer industry forever. A synthesizer that sounded like nothing else in the market and brought to the table features that previously were only available on machines many times more expensive. It stands right up there among legendary synthesizers like the Yamaha DX7 and the Roland D-50. The Korg M1 was the first in a long line of successful Korg keyboards that sported that signature sound. This rackmount version sports everything keyboard version did other than the keyboard and pitch/modulation joystick.

Keyboard manufacturers have been trying to find ways to make their products sound like real instruments since the advent of synthesizers. Many of the classic synth sounds musicians cherish came from the happy accidents of sound designers trying to get that particular keyboard to sound like an acoustic instrument. While sampler technology was also the rage in the 80's it was also prohibitively expensive and hard to manage for your garden variety musician. The Korg M1 is arguably the first keyboard to truly succeed in being a serious candidate to replace real acoustic instruments with an affordable keyboard.

For 1988 the sounds had an uncanny realism. You had musicians buying this up to replace heavy pianos or expensive string ensembles for touring. Smaller music production houses used it for creating movie soundtracks. Even tejano bands were buying these up in lieu of looking for accordion players. Acoustic musicians were saying for years electronic equipment would replace them, but it never seemed to be a reality until the M1 came along. The secret behind this was the M1's sampled wavetable being stored onto 4MB of internal ROM. This was a massive amount of memory at that time for keyboards, and many wavetable synths made years later still used half that capacity. This gave the M1 a lot of legroom to have high quality acoustic and sampled analog waveforms at their disposal. They called it Sample & Synthesis technology, which employed subtractive synthesis and digital filters to create the sounds.

On top of that the M1 was also one of the first affordable workstation synthesizers, which meant you can create your own songs with this one keyboard. You had 16 notes of polyphony to work with on an eight track sequencer. The sequencer capacity was pretty small at 8,000 notes... enough maybe for one good song or a few simple ones. However this is what happens when you come in first, and to be honest workstations made years later held the same capacity (Korg, Yamaha and Casio all were culprits). Also you had the ability to layer sounds, split them along any keyrange, and more (a relatively new feature). Another feather in the workstation cap is the dual effects processor that is still known for making incredibly bright and vibrant mixes.

The M1R is a 2U rackmount version of the M1, and has all of the same capabilities and performance parameters as it's keyboarded cousin. Other than the controller the M1R also lacks a floppy drive, and in its place uses two memory card slots for loading additional wave ROM or sequencer/program data. They also made an M3R in a 1U rackmount, but it's not as powerful with half the waveforms and a more sparse interface. If you are a collector of vintage synthesizers the M1 should be in your sights. If you don't have room for the full fledged keyboard the M1R gives you everything to love of the classic in a tidy little package.


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