Holiday Gift Guide

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE – Day 8: Kre-O and Nerf Review + Win a Tonka XT: Ricochet Tricksters RC Car

If you have some boys ages 6+, I have some great gift ideas for you for the holidays. I received a few products from Hasbro that I want to tell you about (I will even be giving one of them away as part of my Holiday Gift Guide)! Keep reading through the reviews and the giveaway will be listed at the bottom of this post.

The first is the Tonka XT: Ricochet Tricksters RC Assortment. This is one very cool car and it happens to be on sale on Amazon for just $19.99. It is valued at $24.99.

The Tonka XT Ricochet Tricksters are double-sided stunt vehicles that can perform stunts with the click of a button! This is really awesome because my 6 year olds can easily play with and control this vehicle. This car has the ability to perform freestyle stunts, which you and/or your child can have fun learning to do, but it also has pre-programmed stunts. When you push the Trick Trigger button, you can get the car to zig-zag, flip, sip and more. I assure you the kids (and some adults) will have a blast with this little car.

I also like that this car is not tiny like some of the other popular RC cars that have recently come out. It does require 5 AA batteries, but also comes with a rechargeable battery. You can get a good 20 minutes of play after each charge.

For your battery needs, I happen to notice that there is a great price on Duracell Batteries right now. Get a 20 pk of Duracell Coppertop Batteries for just $7.72 with the Subscribe & Save option on Amazon. This also includes a $.75 coupon that can be found right below the product pricing!

Back to the car, I think my kids will be playing and fighting over this car for quite some time. I love the possibilities of creative play because of the stunts. My boys are wanting to build some ramps and things to really see what this car is made of.

If you want to see the car in action, watch the Youtube video below.

The next item I received to review is the Kre-O Transformers – Prowl Set. We had the Optimus Prime set already and my 7 year old loves it, so we requested the Prowl Set. Now we’ve got a hero and a villain.

If you aren’t familiar with Kre-O’s because they are fairly new, let me tell you a bit about them. Kre-O’s are similar to Legos, but are made by Hasbro. A wonderful trait about them that you may not be aware of is that they will match up with any legos you may already have. They are interchangeable! I love this because I don’t feel like I am buying a completely new set of toys that won’t go with what we already have.

Another great thing about the Kre-O Transformers is that the sets aren’t made to make just one thing. Of course you can build whatever you’d like with your Kre-O’s, but they come with instructions to build two things, just like transformers. Just like all transformers, the Prowl Set can be a vehicle or a robot. Use your Kre-O’s to build Prowl as a police car for some fast action play, then take it apart and build a robot! I love the versatility and the fact that you are getting basically 2 great toys in one!

Kre-O’s are intended for ages 6-12. We haven’t actually opened our Prowl Set yet because I am saving it for my son’s birthday. Since we already have a Kre-O set, we know how much we love them already – and he is going to be thrilled!

Do keep in mind that putting the robot (moreso than the car) together may be challenging for some children. My 7 year old (nearly 8) is extremely good at building so this isn’t a problem for him. When the Transformers are in their robot form, rough play would not be my recommendation, since these are bricks that can break apart.

Most of the Kre-O Transformers also happen to be on sale on Amazon. They have a nice variety so feel free to browse around. They make excellent gifts.
You can grab a Kre-O coupon for $5 off a $20 purchase. Plus stack it with the newest Target Mobile Coupon here.

The last toy (if that’s what you want to call it) that I got to review is the Nerf Vortex Praxis Blaster. First I gotta say that we are big Nerf fans at my house. I also got to test out some very cool Nerf products while at BlogHer 11. You can’t really go wrong with any type of Nerf product – especially if you’ve got boys!

Nerf guns are the only guns my kids are allowed to play with and they provide hours of endless fun with my kids. Yes it is true that we have lost darts and gotten some stuck up on the roof, but that’s why it’s a good idea to buy big packs of them. We surprisingly manage to hang onto most of them.

The Nerf Vortex Praxis is valued at $24.99, but is on sale for $23.49, over at Amazon. That is currently the lowest price anywhere that I know of. The Vortex Praxis is different than any other Nerf gun we have had because it doesn’t shoot darts, but it shoots discs. My kids absolutely LOVE this!! I would love to post some video footage of my kids playing with this, but my camera is broken and my phone takes some shotty video. Maybe for Christmas I shall get a new one?!!? Plus,  it would only be fair of at my oldest’s opponents (brothers) had a Nerf Vortex Praxis to defend themselves with. Maybe another Christmas gift….

Here are some of the awesome features of this particular Nerf Gun:

  • Pump-action, 10-disc blaster is customizable so you can enhance your fire control or modify your blaster for mobility
  • With removable 10-disc magazine for maximum firepower with minimum reloading time
  • Removable stock and versatile Tactical Rail System let you modify your blaster to meet your battlefield needs. Tactical Rail accessories sold separately
  • As with all VORTEX blasters, features XLR long-range disc technology to launch discs an ultra long distance
  • PRAXIS blaster comes with removable stock, 10-disc magazine, 10 discs and instructions

The Nerf Vortex Praxis is rated 5 stars and rightfully so! This is geared toward children 8+, but I guarantee many adults will have fun with this as well.

I wish I could giveaway each of the above products because I know how much you all would love them, but for now we will settle on giving one Clever Housewife reader a Tonka XT: Tricksters Ricochet RC.

This giveaway will end at 11:59pm on 11/17.

*You can do any or all of the following and each will count as an entry. Please leave a separate comment for EACH Entry, for them all to count.

1. Leave a comment telling me who you would like to win this car for. Don’t be ashamed if it’s for hubby! 😉

2. Subscribe to my feed by e-mail or by Feedburner, then leave a separate comment here telling me that you do. If you subscribe by e-mail, be sure to check your e-mail and activate your account, for your entry to count.

2. Follow HasbroNews on Twitter.

3. Follow Clever Housewife on Twitter and tweet “Enter to win 1 Tonka XT: Ricochet Tricksters RC from @HasbroNews and @CleverHousewife” Be sure to come back here to tell me that you’ve done it.

4. “Like” Clever Housewife on Facebook. Be sure to leave another comment here telling me that you’ve done so.

5. “Like” Hasbro’s Nerf page on Facebook. Come back here and let me know you have complete this step.

6. Update your facebook status to the following: “Enter to win 1 Tonka XT: Ricochet Tricksters RC from @HasbroNews and @CleverHousewife” Be sure to come back here to tell me that you’ve done it.

7. Follow Clever Housewife on Google Friend Connect. You can do that by clicking on the Join Site button in the GFC box, in my right sidebar.


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*By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Official Sweepstakes Rules.

Hasbro provided me with a each of the above products to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are those of mine, and I was not compensated for providing them. Hasbro is also providing 1 Clever Housewife reader with a Tonka XT: Ricochet Tricksters RC.

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