When it comes to character toys, things can get a little sketchy. My boys have fallen in love with movies and TV shows over the years like Toy Story and Batman, so accordingly we’ve put those items on holiday wish lists for extended family and friends. We quickly learned that just because something has a favorite character on it, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be good quality. If you’re going to spend the money for a “licensed” toy with a particular character, don’t you want it to last?
That’s why Thinkway Toys are so great. They’re a global toy company that designs and develops high quality electronic, interactive and animatronic toys with characters from all of your kids’ favorite shows. From Despicable Me to Cars, Toy Story to Planes, Batman to Spiderman — you can be sure these are super fun toys that won’t be poorly made. Here are two of our favorites:
Talking Figures Power Projector Buzz Lightyear
This poseable Buzz Lightyear action figure goes to infinity and beyond — far beyond any other Buzz toy out there. Not only does he have the SFX, laser light, pop out wings and retractable helmet of other Buzz models, but this guy comes with a special Power Projector gun that shows an electronic image of Emperor Zurg that you can shine on walls — then use the laser button to blast Zurg! So fun. My preschooler is endlessly delighted by trying to nail that sneaky bad guy.
Power Projector Buzz Lightyear is available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Amazon with an MSRP of $44.99; recommended for children 4+.
“Bee-Do” Fireman Minion Stuart
This guy is soft and huggable but has real flashing lights and makes hilarious “minion” sounds when you push his hand. Plus, his siren lights go off with even more crazy noises when you squeeze his tummy.
The Bee-Do Minion is new for the 2014 holiday season and available at Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Amazon with an MSRP of $49.99. It’s recommended for ages 4+, but as you can see even the littlest Despicable Me fans find him pretty irresistible.
Check out the Thinkway Toys website for the full line-up of toys currently available, and take a peek at their Youtube channel for some fun corresponding videos.
Happy holiday shopping!