Friday, December 29, 2017

Potted Potter is hilarious!

We got a chance to see Potted Potter the week before Christmas, and I've been meaning to write about it.   The show is hilarious, and well worth seeing, especially if you are a fan of Harry Potter.

As you might remember from our London sojourn we are big Harry Potter fans.

 If you are not a fan-boy or girl, you will still have a good time, as long as you know a little bit about Harry Potter.  I think even if you know absolutely nothing about Harry Potter, you will think it's funny, but you will have a really weird idea about what's going on in the book.

The show is delightful and fun and goofy.  There are two characters in the show Dan and Jeff.  At the start of the show Jeff is reading one of the books attentively on the stage, and Dan is endeavoring to shake everybody's hand in the audience. Once the show actually begins, it becomes clear that Jeff's mission is to tell the audience the story of the books, and Dan is along as Jeff's more trouble than he's worth helper.   Along the way, Jeff is bound for disappointment, as Dan manages to "help" in ways that frustrate Jeff no end, and like any good clown show, the difference between what is aimed for and what is achieved is where a lot of the comedy comes in.

Dan and Jeff have a great working chemistry.  Jeff hits just the right tones as an earnest fan wanting to share his love, and Dan manages to be stupid, cunning, charming, deceitful, mischievous, and innocent all at once.   Dan does most of the heavy lifting in the comedy department, but without Jeff, it would not be meaningful or significant.  They play well off of each other, and they clearly improvise at moments (as there were several moments where the actors started laughing and cmomenting on their improvisations.  It's all in good fun, and they work very smoothly together.

Dan in the pre-show shaking everybody's hand.  Here he holds an invisible wand.
Here my son and I pose in front of the marquee also holding invisible wands.  He also brought his Gryffindor robes,
but declined to wear them in the theatre.  Probably wise.
The show started as a street show and has since progressed to the stage.   There are props, and while they are kind of goofy and fun, but they are mostly inconsequential.  There is a large toy train that represents the Hogwarts Express, and while it's nice they have it, it's really inconsequential.  The real story and the real comedy is between Jeff and Dave and of course the cast of characters that they present.   I don't want to spoil the jokes, but my son (who is a big fan of Harry Potter) was laughing out loud for a good 50 out of the 80 minutes of the show (the show is 80 minutes long-- 10 minutes or so of prologue, followed by 70 minutes of sending J.K. Rowlings to her grave prematurely and making her roll around in it.)

Here's a promo video from their run 2 years ago in Chicago in 2015.  As far as I can tell, the show hasn't changed appreciably.  (Dan is the one in the wigs)  This definitely doesn't give away a lot, and shows some great interaction between Dan and Jeff!

I do have a small warning:  if you are a superfan of the books/movies, it's possible for you to take Umbrage with some of the choices here.  Although they do a pretty good job of mentioning major plot points of the books, they miss whole parts, of which Dolores Umbrage is one.  (See what I did there?) They also don't talk about the centaurs, Peter Pettigrew is mentioned once, Hagrid is given short shrift, and a bunch of other characters (poor Buckbeak) are not even mentioned once.  In fact, what they don't talk about in the show probably outnumbers what they do talk about!  Ultimately however, none of that matters.  The joy and fun of working together and making the audience laugh uprariously trumps any minor imperfections.

Tickets are on sale now through January 21 when it closes.  (Also please note, that the last couple of weeks there are only weekend shows, so see it early!)  Tickets start at $25.  The show is playing at the Broadway Playhouse in dowtownn Chicago.

Find out more at


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Is your child the next Master Chef Junior?

I got this request from Master Chef Junior, and I had a weird feeling, and a realization that I am not sure how I feel about exploiting children on behalf of reality television. 

Yes, I know, I have a dad blog, and on some level, I'm exploiting my child as well, but I think there are some big differences.  My audience is tiny in comparison, and my son is not really the feature of my blog.  He's of course what made me a dad, and I tell my fair share of embarassing stories and videos about him,  but he's not  the front and center of every post.  Also the potential for failure/ridicule is relatively low. And any money my "production" makes goes directly into feeding my son and keeping him in speedskates.  Can we say the same for Master Chef Jr? 

Nevertheless, people love the show (we watch it too) so I decided I'd pass along the request for MasterChef Junior.  (Please ignore if you like!)

I am pretty sure we won't be attending with my son, but he mostly doesn't like to cook, so we're good.

And who knows, maybe your kid IS the next MasterChef Jr. and will be propelled to fortune and fame.  (If so, I want 10% for the tip!)

Here's the notice that I got from MasterChef Junior Casting:

FOX's #1 Hit show, MasterChef Junior, is now casting Kids who like to cook who have passion, potential and personality. The MasterChef Junior team is going to be in CHICAGO on JAN 13th
If you know any kids who are into cooking send their parents to 

These casting calls are a lot of fun and very lighthearted! Everyone leaves feeling like a winner! Plus your kids can try out with friends if they want!

They are looking for kids of all skill levels in the kitchen so don't be discouraged by what you see on TV. MasterChef Junior is all about learning & growing into an amazing cook!

In addition to the open call on January 13 in Chicago, they have other open calls in other cities:



CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 13, 2018 9am to 5pm

ATLANTA - JANUARY 13, 2018 9am to 5pm


LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20, 2018 9am to 5pm


PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 20, 2018 9am to 5pm


And if for some reason you can't attend the open call, you can still make a video and apply online. For more information and the complete set of rules to follow, visit the URL

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wicked, Hamilton, and Beautiful: Combined! One Show only! December 11! CHICAGO!

What do you get when you mix the members of the cast of three hit musicals, all performing their favorite songs on the same stage?  Some would say the best of all worlds!

If you are in that group, you should know that members of the national touring companies of WICKED and BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, as well as the  HAMILTON Chicago company members, are combining efforts for charity.

The cabaret, entitled “We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit,” is produced by the company members themselves, and will benefit two charities:  Chicago House & Social Service Agency and  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The benefit will take place at Thalia Hall (1807 South Allport Street) on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:30PM. Doors open at 6:00PM for VIP ticketed guests and 7:00PM for general admission.

Tickets are currently on sale now at 

General Admission tickets are available for $65 (main floor) and $85 (balcony seating). VIP tickets are available for $150 and include a pre-show reception with the performers at 6:00PM, reserved premier seating, catered light hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary drinks. A limited number of premium opera boxes are available for $550 which includes seating for six at the foot of the stage.

The evening will include a live auction featuring backstage tours – including costuming, makeup and “watching from the wings” opportunities, performance tickets, and an opportunity for walk on roles. You can also expect a lot of great songs sung by the cast members (although sadly, there will be no mashup entitled Wicked Beautiful Hamilton, about a sincere green-skinned patriot trying to change the world by writing songs about a mythical place called America.  (I wish!)

Net proceeds raised from the benefit will support adults and children living with HIV/AIDS as well as those at risk for HIV through wraparound services provided by Chicago House, including housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention, and prevention services.


Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. 

Chicago House and Social Service Agency
has been on the forefront of reducing barriers for those affected by HIV/AIDS since the early years of the epidemic. Founded in 1985, Chicago House was the first HIV housing provider in the Midwest. Chicago House provides integrated programs inclusive of housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, trans specific services, and supportive programming to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity.


is at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) now through January 21, 2018. 

Returning to Chicago by popular demand, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL plays through January 28, 2018 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph). 

HAMILTON is currently playing at the CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe) with tickets on sale for performances through September 2, 2018.

Tickets for all three shows are available at their respective theatre box offices, the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line (800-775-2000) and online at

Sunday, November 26, 2017

CHITAG 2017: Highlights!

One of my favorite events of the year, CHITAG (Chicago Toy and Game Expo) has come and gone again.  It was fun while it lasted, and I already can't wait until next year.

This year I had a limited window to attend due to a bunch of family/holiday mishegas, including a giant Friendsgiving party that we attended and cooked several dishes for.  I could have probably spent a full day at the event or even longer, talking to vendors, trying out new games and toys, and talking to

In selecting what to feature in this post, I am trying  to focus on the stuff that seemed innovative and wonderful.  If possible, I also like to focus on smaller game and toy companies and local people if I can.  Not that I don't love me some big games too, but it's the little guys that make this super interesting.  Many of them are risking their IRA's and their kids college accounts on a game or toy that wouldn't get out of their head, and they had to follow it through.  My leading question to them is often, "So, what made you decide that you had $15,000 you didn't need?"

(Although to be fair, a lot of them also used kickstarter or other crowdfunding as methods to finance their ideas. Nevertheless, the point is they have significant time energy and money invested in what may be a foolhardy idea.)

Here's a few of the vendors/toys/games that I found most interesting this time around.

The Sphero people (they of the robotic programmable balls) have introduced a tiny version of Sphero, deemed Mini-Sphero.  It operates separately from the regular Sphero, with its own app, and one of the most interesting aspects of this is that they've designed methods of controlling the sphero using your face.  Yes, as you make faces into your camera, the sphero moves around!  You can also program it using javascript, use it as a game controller, and lots of other stuff.


I took a couple of videos of it working, but they aren't nearly as succinct or as well done as the promo for the sphero.  Here's that promo:

I think one of my favorite booths/new products of the year was  PINBOX 3000's cardboard pinball machines.  They've combined cardboard techology with the maker movement to make cardboard pinball machine kits that you can make on your own and then modify.  They have three or four readymade pinball kits (along with art, such as SwampQuest featured)  But you can also build your own, swap it out, decorate it yourself.

What I loved about it is how it is low-tech STEM.  Here's an easy way for kids to learn about engineering and technology and solving problems without turning on a computer.  They've also got an online community to help share solutions and problems.

The cardboard games and constructions are surprisingly sturdy and easy to fix. BUY ON AMAZON

It's a centuries-old practice to try to make meaning of your life by throwing stones (I Ching) or bones (Throwing the Bones).  An Evanston game maker has gamified this idea. You ask a question and throw the charms (each signifying a different aspect of your life) onto a board (which has as its map different spheres of your life.)

 Players write a 2-minute interpretation of what this could mean and the questioner decides who is the winner.  Then that person gets to throw the charms and ask their question.  I'm not 100% sure I'd want to play this game with any but my closest friends (and maybe not even them) but I think it's fascinating how they've turned a spiritual and religious practice into a thoughtful game with actual meaning for your life.



This is a clever add-on game to any other game.  It's a way to up the stakes for a game, or decide what happens to the Loser of a bet.  The Loser has to draw a card of consequence, and do whatever the card says they have to.  They are not all bad, but they are all family friendly (unless you are playing with the adult deck, which could have some romantic consequences. )  They do have a number of expansion decks.

You can also play the game on its own.


Part of the day that I was there they had YoYo Trick competitions as part of the Illinois State Yoyo Contest.  Kids from all over the country competed with some amazing tricks.  You could stay the whole day and just watch some of these amazing yoyo competitors.  As well, (sponsor of the contest) was on hand with a large amount of different styles of yoyos, strings, trick videos and books.  BUY A YOYO ON AMAZON

Here's a video I took of one of the competitors 1 minute performance, posted from my Instagram account.   Please note this is NOT speeded up.  This guy is just moving that fast!

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The last few years I've been attending, I've watched Ben of Ben's Bubble Shows entertain the crowds.  He's an Evanston based artist, and he's great at showing off bubbles and doing the tricks.

He's not selling anything other than his show, and it's really really good.

Here's a video of Ben doing his magic.  (I didn't take this video, this is from YouTube)

Find out more at

Each year as part of ChiTAG, young inventors come and display their games or toys.  The stakes are high, including over $10,000 in scholarship prizes and potential monetization of the game. Last year's winners have a contract and were at the show this year selling their game!

I love meeting those inventors, not necessarily because the games are so great, but because of the great verve and inventiveness that these young game entrepreneurs show. It's invigorating!

One game I saw this year was actually really great!  It should be a commercial product.  It's called Digit-Dash, and it's got great game play, useful math learning, and can even be tweaked or adapted by teachers for their own uses.  The creator is 12 years old, from a local suburb of Chicago.  (I redacted his name on the photo for privacy reasons.)

The game is played like this:  Players draw 10 random number tiles from a bag.  They could be repeated numbers.  Each player has a couple of each operand tiles: +, -, x, ÷  and some parentheses.

The teacher pulls another number tile and says go. The players have to create an equation that creates the teachers number tile using their random numbers and their operands.   Player who wins gets new number tiles and a point.  First person to win five rounds wins.

You can't buy this game yet, but I hope someday you will!

Here's an interview I did with the young inventor.

There was a lot more that I really loved at the show, including a few more kids I interviewed about their games, and a lot of fun games, but I might save those for a different post.

Friday, November 17, 2017

REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil's Crystal: Ice Circus Experience

We got a chance to see Crystal, Cirque du Soleil's latest arena show, which is here in Chicago (actually Hoffman Estates) on a short run through November 19. I saw the opening night on November 16, and wanted to rush this review out because it's a really fun show, and well worth seeing, especially if you like ice shows.

I have to warn you though:  this is not an ice show for babies.  This isn't Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck have a great time on ice.  This show has moments of darkness and light, and some relatively adult themes (nothing too adult, but there's a few monologues about being alone, and there's a couple of moments where it looks like Hell on Ice might start to unfold.  It never actually happens, but it feels like it might, and those are some of the best moments in the show.)

The show starts with a very fun pre-show.  The stage is set, and hockey players are messing around on the ice, the clown is encouraging people to throw snowballs at him, there's a couple flirting on the ice.  It's a small town in Canada or New England where the local skating pond is the center of attention.  Then the show starts, the lights dim, and the structure in the back of the ice rink lights up, and displays a computerized slide show that shows off our protagonist Crystal. 

Her parents are yelling at her, her friends are making fun of her, and she needs to get away and go for a nice long skate.  She is out on the ice when the unthinkable happens.  In a startling visual effect, the ice cracks, and like an ice skating Alice in Wonderland she descends into the world beneath the ice.

The clown in the audience during pre-show.
It's a great concept, and if they could have kept that story going, and showed us what the underwater world was really like, and kept it up, it would have been outstanding.  But like most Cirque shows, the plot gets a little murky and unclear as the circus acts take over, and the story goes out the window.

As always the set is wonderful, and the circus acts are great.  Circus acts take on a new meaning of bravura when they take place over frozen water, and every acrobat and performer is a superb skater and it shows. A special shout-out to the swinging poles act, which is a pole act that sort of becomes a flying trapeze act in the middle, as the poles swing to each other and the acrobats vault to the pole.

 I was also really taken with the hockey routine, in which 4 or 5 ice skating acrobats do skateboard-like tricks on skates, getting 10-15 feet of air on ramps as they jump up and do all sorts of impossible flips and stunts on ice.  There's also a really nice juggling act, a breakaway ice bike,  lots of hand-balancing and aerial work, and a live band that plays an eclectic range of music.

The following photos were provided by Cirque du Soleil and were taken by photographer Mathew Beard.

One interesting thing about this show is that they used a lot of text and songs with discernible lyrics in the show.  It did set a tone and make the play a little clearer, but not as much as you would think.  Still, after seeing a whole bunch of Cirque shows, it was interesting to see this one take a different tact.  (This was my second Cirque show this week, having seen La Nouba in Orlando last week!  #circuseverydamnweek!)

The show is performing in the Sears Arena in Hoffman Estates.  It's a little bit of a hike from Chicago, and lots of the shows are right after rush hour, so you should leave early. It took us a little over an hour to get there (and I live in the north of Chicago, and it's supposedly 29 miles from my house) There's a shopping mall nearby with plenty of eating choices.


Tickets start at $30.  To purchase tickets, visit the Cirque site

After the Chicago dates, the show will tour Canada and the US for at least the next 6 months.

Here's a list of cities and dates where Crystal is coming.
(always subject to change)

Hoffman Estates, IL Sears Centre Arena Nov 16-19, 2017

Worcester, MA DCU Center Dec 7-10, 2017

Quebec, QC Centre Vidéotron  Dec 13-17, 2017

Montreal, QC Centre Bell Dec 20-31, 2017

Windsor, ON WFCU Centre Jan 3-7, 2018

Detroit, MI      Little Caesars Arena Jan 10-14, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena Jan 17-21, 2018

Topeka, KS Kansas Expocentre Jan 24-28, 2018

Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena January 31, 2018 - February 4, 2018

Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center Feb 7-11, 2018

Cedar Park, TX H-E-B Center Feb 14-18, 2018

Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena Mar 8-11, 2018

Tucson, AZ Tucson Arena Mar 14-18, 2018

San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center Mar 21-25, 2018

San Jose, CA SAP Center March 28, 2018 - April 1, 2018

Portland, OR Moda Center Apr 4-8, 2018

Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre Apr 11-15, 2018

Penticton, BC South Okanagan Events Centre Apr 18-22, 2018

Prince George, BC CN Centre Apr 25-29, 2018

Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre May 16-20, 2018

Medicine Hat, AB Canalta Centre May 23-27, 2018

Monday, November 6, 2017

Vote For the Toy of the Year!

Are you ready to doll up your hair, get out a tiny red carpet, and start the imaginary Paparazzi's camera bulbs popping?

The Toy Industry Association has recently announced the finalists for the 2018 Toy of the Year Awards. There are a number of categories, including categories new for this year, including Action Figure of the Year, Doll of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Vehicle of the Year.

Toys are nominated by companies, and there is big business to be had in winning one of these awards, so the companies are duking it out. This year’s finalists were selected from 700 nominees submitted by more than 250 companies of all sizes. They introduced a more rigorous and transparent judging method this year, with 25 judges, including toy and play experts, retailers, academics, and journalists, reviewing and ranking products in specific categories relevant to their areas of expertise. The judges then participated in a live discussion to debate any categories that did not draw an undisputed roster of finalists during the judging period. They considered each product’s creativity, originality and innovation; design and promotion; excellence; and marketplace acceptance before narrowing the field to the slate of finalists.

We have one of the toys nominated! 
Still working on building our Disney Castle!
The winners in each of the 14 categories and the coveted “Toy of the Year” will be selected based on votes from mass and specialty toy retailers, media, TIA members, and consumers. The “People’s Choice” award winner will be selected solely by consumer votes.

That's right, you have a vote in this! to vote, go to and cast your vote by January 15, 2018. The winners will be announced in February at a live gala kicking off Toy Week in New York.

More information about the TOTY voting and selection process can be found in the “About the Awards” section of

Here's the full list of categories and the nominees!

I've linked each one to their Amazon Page.  Please note that the links are affiliate links, so if you end up buying one of these toys from this link, I will make a small commission-- usually a few pennies on the dollar.  It helps keep the lights on and me in lattes.  But please, feel no obligation to purchase, unless your kid is dying for that particular toy, in which, Be My Guest!

Toys that include action figures and their play sets/accessories

DC Super Hero Girls™ Action Figure Assortment by Mattel, Inc.
Fossil Hunter Lottie by Arklu, Ltd.
IAmElemental Series 1/Courage Lunch Box Carrying Case With Complete Set of Action Figures by IAmElemental
PJ Masks Headquarters Playset by Just Play
Pokémon Throw 'n' Pop Poké Ball Duel Set by TOMY
Stikbot by ZING
Transformers Generations Titans Return Fortress Maximus Action Figure by Hasbro, Inc.

Toys that are designed for active/outdoor play

3-in-1 EZ Fold Wagon by Radio Flyer
Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone by Spin Master Ltd.
Bunch O Balloons by Zuru
Hot Wheels® Sky Shock™ RC Vehicle by Mattel, Inc.
Nerf N-Strike Modulus Tri-Strike Blaster by Hasbro, Inc.
Sky Viper v2400FPV HD Streaming Drone with FPV Headset by SkyRocket Toys
VEX Robotics Zip Flyer by HEXBUG
Xtreme Cycle Moto-Cam by WickedCoolToys

Arts and crafts, construction and other indoor toys that inspire creative play through various forms of activity

Circuit Scribe Maker Kit by CircuitScribe
Crayola Air Maker Sprayer by Crayola, LLC
K’NEX 3-in-1 Classic Amusement Park Building Set by K’NEX Brands
Lionel Mega Tracks Corkscrew Chaos Master Set by Lionel
Mighty Makers Directors Cut Building Set by K’NEX Brands
Mover Kit by Tech Will Save Us
My Fairy Garden Magical Cottage by Play Monster

Toys that compose a set; can include novelty playthings, miniature versions of existing lines, licensed collectibles, etc.

Dorbz by Funko, LLC
Gift 'ems™ by JAKKS Pacific
LEGO Minifigures - The Disney Edition by LEGO Systems, Inc.
Num Noms by MGA Entertainment
Pop! By Funko, LLC
Shopkins Season 6: Chef Club by Moose Toys Pty Ltd
Tonka Tinys by Funrise

Toys that include building and engineering sets

Arckit Go Colours by ARCKIT
Grippies® Builders by Guidecraft USA Inc.
LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster by LEGO Systems, Inc.
Marine Rescue Center by Build & Imagine
Meccano Micronoid by Spin Master Ltd.
Tinkerbots by Tinkerbots
Walking Robot 45PC Set by Magformers, LLC

Toys that include plush, baby, toddler, and fashion dolls, and their play sets/accessories

Barbie® Fashionista™ Doll by Mattel, Inc.
Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa by JAKKS Pacific
Elena of Avalor Adventure Dress Doll by Hasbro, Inc.
Project Mc2 Experiments with Doll Sets by MGA Entertainment
Shopkins Core Shoppies by Moose Toys Pty Ltd
Stargazer Lottie Doll by Arklu, Ltd
American Girl® WellieWishers™ by Mattel, Inc.

Children’s board, card, electronic, or other physical game formats or puzzles (does not include video games or apps)

Bloxels™ by Mattel, Inc.
Circuit Maze by ThinkFun Inc.
Escape Room the Game by Spin Master Ltd.
Imhotep by Thames & Kosmos
Maze Racers by FoxMind Games
Simon Air Game by Hasbro, Inc.
Speak Out by Hasbro, Inc.
Yeti in My Spaghetti by PlayMonster!

Toys that are developed for infants/preschoolers (up to 5 years)

Doc McStuffins Toy Hospital Care Cart by Just Play
Go! Go! Smart Friends ® Enchanted Princess Palace™ by Vtech
IO Blocks® Vehicles by Guidecraft USA Inc.
Razor Jr. T3 Scooter by Razor USA LLC
Robot Engineer by Thames & Kosmos
Wash 'N Go Wooden Car Garage by KidKraft
Zoomer Marshall by Spin Master Ltd.

Toys that utilize innovative design, technology, or manufacturing processes to enhance play value

CHiP by WowWee USA, Inc.
Cozmo by Anki
Fisher Price® Think & Learn Code-a-pillar™ by Mattel, Inc.
Hatchimals by Spin Master Ltd.
Mebo by SkyRocket Toys
Project Mc2 H2O Car by MGA Entertainment
Special Edition Battle-Worn BB-8 with Force Band™ by Sphero

Character or property that has had success spreading its brand throughout the industry

DC Super Hero Girls
Disney's Elena of Avalor
Paw Patrol™
Star Wars

A new company (created within the last 2 years) that has brought to market an outstanding toy

3DoodlerStart Essentials Pen Set by WobbleWorks
Acids, Bases and pH Chemistry Kit by Yellow Scope
CogniToys Dino by CogniToys
Geometry Strategy by Games by Bright of Sweden
IAmElemental Series 1/Courage by IAmElemental
Malia's House by Build & Imagine
Superhero Will by Wonder Crew

Toys primarily distributed through specialty retailers

Automoblox C9 Sportscar by PlayMonster!
Design & Drill® BrightWorks™ by Educational Insights
Flappy Animated Elephants by Gund a Division of Enesco LLC
LEGO Disney Castle by LEGO Systems, Inc.
American Girl® Melody™ Doll and Book by Mattel, Inc.
Nano Nitro Slingshot by HEXBUG
Perplexus Q-bot by PlayMonster!

Physical toys that are electronic or interact with a smart-phone, tablet or gaming device

Air Hogs Connect: Mission Drone by Spin Master Ltd.
CodeGamer by Thames & Kosmos
LUMI by WowWee USA, Inc.
MOTA JETJAT Ultra Streaming Nano Drone by MOTA
Sky Viper Hover Racer by SkyRocket Toys
Wonder Workshop’s Dash & Dot by Wonder Workshop
Zoomer Chimp by Spin Master Ltd.

Toys that are powered or non-powered vehicles, and their play sets/accessories

Air Hogs – Star Wars X-wing vs. Death Star, Rebel Assault - RC Drones by Spin Master Ltd.
Disney Princess Carriage by Dynacraft
Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Treasure Mountain Train Adventure™ by Vtech
Hot Wheels® A.I. Intelligent Race System by Mattel, Inc.
LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3RS by LEGO Systems, Inc.
Telsa Model S for Kids by Radio Flyer
XPV® RC Skateboarding Mikey by JAKKS Pacific