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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Best Toy I Bought this Summer

Even though I am technically grown up and have no children, I can't walk by a toy store without looking inside.

I'm especially a sucker for toys I'd never seen before.

Some don't always deliver as promised. I recently picked up this Balloon Helicopter in Sausalito and got it to work only once as described on the box.
The rest of the the time it fell to the ground whistling annoyingly until the air ran out. I honestly think the only reason anyone would tolerate the noise this thing makes is if it actually flew.

However one toy that for me delivered exactly as I thought it would is Kid Galaxy's "Bump and Chuck RC Bumper Cars."
I picked it up at FAO Schwarz in New York and travelled with it for weeks before getting it home to actually get to try it out.

It took a little to get it working. But once I did I've had nothing but fun with this thing.
It basically takes the greatness of "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots" and goes "one louder" by making them remote controlled cars.
You chase each other around until one of you bumps the other on one of the two side buttons, sending your opponent's driver into the air. It's a lot of fun.

40 comments:

Ali said...

Did you go to Sausalito Ferry Company? I love that store so much, they have the craziest inventory. Glad you enjoyed Marin as much as I enjoy living there!

TheJungleman said...

That's awesome! 2009 version of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots.

HoDa said...

Looks Realy FUN!!!

I should try it some time :)

Jenea said...

This is a realy awesome!

Avinash said...

I wish I could live like you.

If only I had enough money to get a frontal lobotomy too... a man can dream though, a man can dream.

:P

Hurleyrules said...

The balloon helicopter almost looks like the white orb from that show the prisoner only with wings.

Topanga said...

I bet Nunu loves that toy! It turns her living room into an LA freeway! LMAO!

Petra said...

You need to let the "Bump and Chuck RC Bumper Cars" folks know that you are endorsing their product, because I immediately want to get them and you should at least be rewarded for your good review!

: ) P

Elizabeth said...

Those look super cool! I know my hubby would love them. I wonder if you could order online?

MissBeaHaven said...

I agree with Petra let the company know, and if they send you mass quanitys of the toy start a league of Bump n Chuck Smackdown. I envision a portable track, with built in hazzards well you get the idea. I going online to look for my own floor Warriors. Thanks for the spark of fun this morning with my coffee.

Miztification said...

I'm the same way about toy stores, Jorge. :)

Poseable action figures (with really good likenesses) are my weakness, not so much into cars and planes.

My dad used to collect Matchbox cars, etc. for a time...I guess I get my penchant for collecting from him.

milk and cookeez said...

That's how my husband is!
My mom got my kids these toys that are on a lawnmower type mechanism and they are just a platsic cirle with "spokes/blades" in the middle, you put the circle (with an led light on it) on the handle menchanism, pull the lawnmower string and it flies extremely high. It was alot of fun, best part they were like $1.50 each. I got everyone of the kids stuck on a 3 story high roof-too fun-the kids werent happy-I did it 3 times.
You should try and find them, you would really like them!

MissBeaHaven said...

Jorge, I just googled the toy and your blog showed up, here it is: Dispatches from the Island Jul 10, 2009 ... However one toy that for me delivered exactly as I thought it would is Kid Galaxy's "Bump and Chuck RC Bumper Cars." ...
I hope the Galaxy people see it.

Juju said...

I'm the same way! Love it!

Gilsner said...

Mr. Jorge... you must visit thinkgeek.com! Seriously. If you're a child of the 80's, a geek (not that I'm implying...) or just like plain old fun you have to check it out. They even have shirts that interact with each other, a hot potato game that shocks people (kick-a#$!), and- a company after my own little-girl heart- a cute, fuzzy, singing gizmo! Seriously? Seriously! http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/b89a/

ReNaTo UêGa said...

Oh funny! I wanna try it someday. Hehehe

Sucess Jorgeman!

Ashlie-Mommycosm.com said...

Those robots look perfect for my son's birthday gift this year, thanks :)

BTW, he's turning 4. Boys never really grow up, do they?!

Psalm Mom said...

Since it looks like you've been hanging out in Sonoma and Marin--if you're still in the area you need to check out Heebe Jeebe in Petaluma. Fun unique toy store =)

Psalm Mom said...

oh - here's a few comments on it =) http://www.heebejeebe.com/

James Hernandez said...

Jorge,

Knock their blocks off!

Poorpooland said...

You american people are SO BORED.

Topanga said...

Actually I would think "Bump and Chuck Bumper Cars" would be anything BUT boring. I'm Canadian and I find myself envious of the well entertained Americans who have this toy.

:-p

AlYaGotADo said...

Thanks for making me laugh a little this morning Hugo! You're the best! I mean Jorge! You'll always be Hugo to me!

Staci said...

The RC cars look cool! My 9yo son approves. He'd like to come play, but HI is an awfully long commute from SC.

MsYvone said...

Thanks Jorge! Now I know EXACTLY what to get my brother in law for christmas! SCORE!

Maya99 said...

Never feel silly about buying toys! My office is a shrine to my youth, and whenever I see childhood faves at antique malls, on eBay, etc. I scoop them (back) up.

Movie Star Wife said...

Those bumper car toys sound fun. I just might have to investigate those for myself. I mean for my kids.

Erin said...

I'm always a fan of the bumper cars! These look super-fun! :D And I'm 28 but I can't walk by a toy store without stopping by either...

BeckyW said...

I think you have inspired my son's b'day present. I think he will love the Bump and Chuck RC Bumper Cars.

BTW, I enjoy your blog. You seem like a really cool person. I enjoy getting a little bit of Hawaii through your blog. We visited there last summer. I miss it. I also am a total LOST fan.

Lacy said...

That is sad.
Just think of some kid purchasing the balloon toy and having the problems you had.
Pooh on the manufacturer!

Also, your post yesterday on cucumbers.
They need to be harvested before they grow too big.
One, they will taste better.
Two, they're not as scary.

Love your blog, it's a hoot!

tarddersauce said...

Gotta stop by my toy store in Lake Placid, NY then. Totally out of the way, I know. But what the hell. We need some gimic to get people up here other than the Olympics from years ago.

Kathi said...

I just checked out the Bump and Chuck Bumper Cars on Amazon and they have a short video of the toy in action, for those interested!
http://www.amazon.com/Kid-Galaxy-Bump-Chuck-Bumper/dp/B000SQTJJO

Jorge-If you like fun and addicting toys, you HAVE to check out the Hasbro Electronic Hyper Slide. You'd love it!

Forensic said...

I think you should buy a set of the RC bumper cars for the 33 poster on this thread ;)

Donna said...

I just want to see a video of Jorge & someone in action using them LOL

Updates about Hanna said...

CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR MY NEPHEW, DECLAN! Thanks, Jorge!

Judy in Indiana said...

have to ut this on the list for my kids' Christmas this year, I think they will love it!

kerenl said...

niiiiiiiiiiiice :)

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