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Jacksonville Parents Pick Winners in On Your Side Toy Test

4:50 PM, Nov 24, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We recruited friends from the First Coast News Facebook page to be our testers in the 2010 On Your Side Toy Test; they were prompted and eager to go.

"Are you ready for the toy test?" I shouted, and the reply was a resounding, "Yeah!"

We turned the Brooks YMCA into our test lab and turned it over to our testers.  The toys were arranged by age group and by categories.  The testers were very excited.

One tester screamed across the room, "Jay, watch this!"

Some were too focused to talk; some were very shy. And there   were very serious about their business.

"Smile, he doesn't want to take your toy, he just wants to put you on TV with your toy," said one of the moms.

The testers, ages 3 to 12, played with the toys for hours under the watchful eyes of their parents; some toys required assembly.

"I thought this was not for us; it is too much work, " said one dad.

And there were toys that left even the adults looking puzzled.

"This is actually pretty fun," said a mom. "It is called perplex, so I am perplexed," she added.

There were the classics like Play Doh, but with a new look. And  board games like Monopoly and Nabit that got a lot of attention.

But the electronic toys like the walking Iron Man, and the Fur Real Friends seem to hold the testers' (kids) attention.

"It is so cool," said a girl.

Toys like the transformers gave everyone a challenge, even the adults.

"It is supposed to look like a car, but it still looks like a robot," said a frustrated parent.

They tested more than 60 toys.  Our Facebook friends said there were enough toys help them sort through their Christmas list. 

Some parents were preparing for  Black Friday Shopping.

"I will be going and he will be staying with the kids," said one parent.

In the end, our Facebook friends had picked the winners of the 2010 On Your Side Toy test.

The winners in our Facebook friends On Your Side toy test, based on quality, interest, fun, durability and safety are:

  • Nabit - Hasbro
  • Scrabble Flash - Parker Brothers
  • Learning Kitchen - Fisher Price
  • Battleship - Fisher Price
  • Fur Real Friends - Hasbro
  • Go baby Go - Fisher Prices
  • Chuck and Friends - Tonka
  • Nerf Flag Football - Hasbro
  • Bop It Game - Hasbro
  • Snuffle Teddy Bear - Gund

 

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