My posts this week have been kind of heavy, so I thought I would end the week with a fun giveaway!
A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a luncheon to learn about the new fall boys lineup from Hasbro, and we even got a few to keep. In addition to doing a lot of great charity work, what I like about Hasbro is that they are stepping up their commitment to be more environmentally sustainable. The company originally set goals in 2008 which they achieved fairly quickly, so now they are taking it further. Their plans to reduce their environmental impact by 2020 includes: minimizing waste, improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving water at its owned and operated facilities. In addition, they are trying to utilize more sustainable packaging initiatives, including: reducing packaging material, eliminating PVC from packaging, increasing recycled content, and sourcing paper responsibly. We all have to do our part to be more environmentally friendly, from individuals to big companies – and as individuals who can choose to support companies that are working towards these goals.
The new lineup of toys from Hasbro for this year is really neat because each one can (but does not have to) incorporate a show or social media platform.
The Nerf N-Strike Blazin’ Bow is nothing short of awesome. It is a simple pull-back bow design that is easy to use and can hit targets at up to 40 feet. It comes with three foam arrows and retails at $19.99, making it perfect for a holiday or birthday party present. My kids are so getting these for the holidays.
The Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoop set is also one that I loved. This is a basketball hoop that hangs over a door and keeps score automatically, but there is also a twist. If you download the free Cyber Hoop app you can play on of their challenges or you can play against someone else in another location. How neat is that? In other words, not only can my kids play against the app or against one another at home, if my kids have one in Pennsylvania and my nephews have one in the Midwest, they can play a game against each other! This also retails for $19.99, a terrific price point for a gift item.
KRE-O now has three different Cityville sets that will wow kids who love to build and play. Each set has sound and motion technology inspired by the accompanying City Ville Invasion app by Zynga. If you know a young builder these playsets will amaze them. Choose from the Skyscrapter Mayhem set (complete with a rampaging gorilla who has escaped the local zoo), the Police Station Zombie Defense set or the Haunted Hideaway set. They retail from between $24.99 and $39.99 and are perfect for kids ages 7 and up.
If your child is a BeyBlade fan, watch out for the next line of BeyWarriors based on the new TV series, BeyWarriors: Shogun Steel. Kids can battle in a new Octagon Showdown set, which comes with a stadium, two battlers, two ripcords and collector cards. The Octagon Showdown set retails for $39.99. You can also purchase battlers separately for $9.99. With these interchangeable pieces, kids can combine warrior wheels from different tops with a heavier bottom for double metal power.
We had lots of fun playing with the B-Daman Break Bomber Battlefield arena and figures with characters from the B-Daman TV series. Players can scan their figures on their mobile devices to get points and access to digital content. Kids can battle the player next to them or someone across the world. The Break Bomber Battlefield Arena retails for $29.99. Players take opposite sides and blast away at their opponents territory. Each set includes the arena and two B-Daman figures. You can also purchase the figures separately for $8.99.
As it turned out, a good portion of our lunch was spent chatting about the Rebelle line of Nerf products for girls, and how much we like their design. My boys came home from school talking about it one day recently. Even though the Rebelle line is decorated with pink and purple phoenix feathers, it is fierce. If I had known about the line when my kids first started their Nerf obsession I absolutely would have gotten one for myself.
Disclosure: I was invited by the Hasbro public relations team to attend a luncheon introducing the new fall boys lineup of toys and was gifted several items at the event. There was no requirement to write a review or monetary payment provided.