We’re eager to test this new mini projector from Jakks Pacific that you can use with your DVDs, your MP3 player and Video Games. We like the idea of being able to create your own outdoor movie theater. With a suggested retail of $99– it promises to project up to 70″ and fit in the palm of your hand. If it works, it will be a hit with our tween testers.
One of my favorite toys last year was Jakks Pacific’s EyeClops, a magnifier that you can hook up to your tv and see anything really up close (your skin, the rug, anything that you can reach or bring to the EyeClops). Seeing your skin that blown up is really, really interesting (and delightfully gross). Everyone wanted to play with this product when we tested it.
This year the company is bringing out Eye Clops BioniCam that allows you to move around and capture images at 100x, 200x or 400x magnification. You can record the images and view them on the color LCD screen. Best yet, you can then take them back to your television or computer and look at the images on a larger screen. When hooked up to the computer you can print or email your discoveries. Fun for science projects! (Yes this is another USB opportunity!) The suggested age range is 6 & up–but I think it will be most enjoyed by the 9 & up crowd. Suggested retail is $79.99.
We look forward to testing this one!
When we received Eye Clops (Jakks Pacific $49.99) during the summer, it was at the end of a very long day of toy testing. I know that sounds like fun, but after several hours of screening games with poor directions–it can get a little tired.
Anyway we plugged the Eye Clops into the tv and followed the suggestion to put the device (that magnifies up to 200X) up to fabric we had in the room–the sofa, a sweater, etc. — the fibers looked like something out of “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”…but the coolest and grossest thing we did was to try it out on our skin. The smoothest skin to the naked eye became a sea of scales–with some odd variations in coloring. Let’s just say I called the dermatologist the next day!
While kids are having such a great time finding new things to use the Eye Clops on–they are having a hands on science experience that’s fun and interactive! And because kids can see the results on a large tv, it really does allow younger kids to explore the concept of magnification that would usually happen much later in an intro lab situation.
Eye Clops received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. For more information visit www.toyportfolio.com.