Attention Science Teachers: Physics and Art!

October 5, 2010

Hasbro's Play-Doh 3-D Flash Art

We were really blown away by the Hasbro Play-Doh 3-D Flash Art.  It wasn’t until I tested it with two high school students (both having just finished AP Physics) that I fully appreciated how cool this toy is and how useful it would be in any science class. Watch the video and you’ll see how art is a beautiful display of science! Read our complete review.

Watch the video.


2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards are Announced

October 4, 2010

Tah dah!  Check out the list of award winners!

All of the new toy awards are posted on the site. Books, dvd, and audio to follow soon!


Barbie reads Torah

February 25, 2010

Tefillin Barbie

One of our testers just made me aware of Tefillin Barbie.  This was not one of the official new Barbie professions, but I love the concept.  She is pricey: with tallit, tefillin and gemara she is $130…the Torah scrolls are an additional $40.


One of my favorites: Sheep in a Jeep

February 23, 2010

Sheep in a Jeep

Just received a board book edition of Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Margot Apple. If there is a toddler in your life, this is must have for your own library. The story and illustrations are a treat!   First published in 1986, it has been followed by many other sheep stories (my other favorite, Sheep Out to Eat).  Both books are at Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Classics.  You can also visit Nancy Shaw’s site and read more about Margot Apple at her publisher’s site.


Say it 3X fast: Criss Cross Crash Track

February 22, 2010

Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track

Hot Wheels are always fun.  This year the big track of the season is the relaunch of a classic…the Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track (Mattel).  This closed, clover leaf track is an opportunity to crash your favorite Hot Wheels. Watch our video from Toy Fair.  Now if you’re really old school, you’ll remember that the fun of Hot Wheels was making your track as long as possible…down the staircase was always the best.  There were a few loops – but making your own system was the point.  Closed tracks are a novelty – since there isn’t much to do besides watch the cars go.  This track is a little better in this department since you are always feeding the system with new cars.  Stay tuned.  We’ll have a complete review at www.toyportfolio.com once we receive a set


More Video of Mattel’s Stinky Garbage Truck

February 22, 2010

Mattel's Stinky Garbage Truck

Here’s some more video of Stinky Garbage Truck from Mattel–will be launched in the fall.


Toy Trucks will go head to head: Tonka’s Rumblin’ Chuck versus Mattel’s Stinky Garbage Truck

February 22, 2010

Hasbro's Tonka Rumblin' Chuck

Last year we’d have to say that Mattel’s Matchbox Rocky pretty much ran over Hasbro’s Tonka’s Talkin’ Chuck.  Rocky just did so much more. (Watch the video of these two head to head.)  This year we’ll have to see how the new Tonka Rumblin’ Chuck- who promises to do many more tricks (including moving side to side as if he’s ready to line dance)…will compare to the farting Stinky Garbage Truck from Mattel. We’ll be interested to test both of these interactive trucks when they arrive..for now you can check out their prototypes from Toy Fair.  Click here to watch Rumblin’ Chuck.

Here’s Stinky…to watch him in action, click here to view our video.

Mattel's Stinky Garbage Truck


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