Hot Wheels 4-Lane Raceway Review

Want to find out the fastest car you have? Then this toy is definitely for you. The Helpful Dad gives it 5 of 5 stars for hours of fun!

Product Description:
“Line up your Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars and race em down the 4-Lane Raceway! The fair start gate and winner’s flag shows the clear victor in every race! Connects to other Hot Wheels sets for crazy racing action. Case has a fold out handle for you to take your racing action to go.”

Product Details:
Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.1 x 18.9 inches ; 2.5 pounds
Shipping Weight: 2.6 pound

Playskool Charlie Coal Toy Grill Hasbro, Product Review

Charlie Coal the Talking Grill – should you buy him or will you just get burned?

The Helpful Dad says “I was suprised at how cool this little grill is. It’s a decent buy for about $25-35, but not at a higher price point. Be sure to shop around.”

Product Features:
Friendly, smart-talking buddy for grilling play
Electronic pretend grill says more than 50 phrases – and makes realistic grilling sounds too
Grill comes with 2 legs, mustard bottle, ketchup bottle, fork, spatula, 2 plastic burger buns
3 Modes Switch: Choose between Play, Off and Demo mode
Builds fine motor skills and allows for little helpers to grill just like mom and dad!
Grill automatically shuts off after a period of inactivity plastic burger, plastic hot dog bun, plastic hot dog and instructions

Fisher Price Giggle Medical Set featuring Sesame Street Kids Toys Doctors Office Pro

Fisher Price’s Giggle Medical Kit is a GREAT BUY according to The Helpful Dad. Here’s why…

The Sesame Street Medical Kit comes with 5 medical tools that all fit inside of the Elmo Medical case for easy storage. The Cookie Monster stethoscope is loaded with fun sound effects like heart beats, giggles and more. Push down on the Bert Thermometer and the temperature will change. Squeeze Ernie’s head and the rubber ducky dial will spin. Look through the Big Bird Otoscope. The Sesame bandages snap onto your wrist. The Sesame Street Medical Kit comes with 5 medical tools that all fit inside of the Elmo Medical case for easy storage The Cookie Monster stethoscope is loaded with fun sound effects like heart beats, giggles and more Push down on the Bert Thermometer and the temperature will change Squeeze Ernie’s head and the rubber ducky dial will spin Look through the Big Bird Otoscope.

Melissa and Doug My First Bead Maze Product Review

Melissa and Doug’s classic wooden toy “My First Bead Maze” features brightly colored, multi-shaped beads that spin and slide along red and yellow wire pathways that are anchored by a strong suction cup base.

What’s the BOTTOM LINE? The Helpful Dad says this is a NICE TO HAVE item in the toy box.

This product encourages color recognition, hand-eye coordination and fine motor development through play!

My Pal Scout from Leapfrog Product Review

My Pal Scout is a great BEDTIME toy.

The Helpful Dad rates this as a MUST BUY!

Scout comes with 5 pre-loaded songs, or you can select and download your choice of learning tunes and lullabies from an online list of 30 songs.* Press a paw to play music, learning songs or games. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog Learning Path for customized learning insights and ideas to expand the learning. *Internet connection required to personalize Scout with your child’s name and favorite items or to change songs.

Learning Skills: First words – Daily routines – Early number sense – Feelings and emotions – Animals

Trackmaster Train Battery Change Tip Percy Thomas

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Have you tried changing the battery on your trackmaster train and opened the wrong compartment – thus dropping out the tiny magnets? Now you don’t know how to get them back in? Watch this video for help.

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Suretrack Locking System for Wooden Train Tracks

Do you have trouble keeping your wooden train tracks together – especially over inclines or on carpet? If so, you might want to the Suretrack Locking System.

What’s the bottom line? A good buy IF you need the extra support…

Suretrack says…
Build your train track anywhere – even on carpet – with the amazing Suretrack. Compatible with both BRIO and Thomas and Friends brands, it will hold your track securely and won’t come apart during play. It eliminates the need to frequently rebuild your track during play. Provides the opportunity for new, exciting layouts. Suretrack is specifically engineered to secure all straight, curved and switching tracks along wit turntables, tunnels and other specialty pieces. Includes 14 clips.

Philips Portable DVD Player PD9000 Review TheHelpfuldad

Another product review from The Helpful Dad.

What’s the BOTTOM LINE: This is a GOOD BUY if you are in the market for a portable DVD player. It comes with a remote and a carrying case as added bonuses and features a really nice 9inch viewing screen.

Philips says…
Play your movies, music and photos on the go
DVD, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, (S)VCD, CD compatible
The Philips Portable DVD player is compatible with most DVD and CD discs available in the market. DVD, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, (S)VCD, and CD — all of them can play on the DVD player. DVD+/-R is a shorthand term for a DVD drive that can accept both of the common recordable DVD formats. Likewise, DVD+/-RW handles both common rewritable disc types.

MP3-CD, CD and CD-RW playback
MP3 is a revolutionary compression technology by which large digital music files can be made up to 10 times smaller without radically degrading their audio quality. A singe CD can store up to 10 hours of music.

View JPEG images from picture disc
Play JPEG photos that are saved on your disc. Relive your favorite moments with family and friends anytime you want!

DivX Certified for standard DivX video playback
With DivX® support, you are able to enjoy DivX encoded videos and movies from the Internet, including purchased Hollywood films. The DivX media format is an MPEG-4 based video compression technology that enables you to save large files like movies, trailers and music videos on media like CD-R/RW and DVD recordable discs, USB storage and other memory cards for playback on your DivX Certified® Philips device.

Enrich your AV entertainment experience
Built-in stereo speakers
The stereo speaks provide quality sound and allow you to listen freely. Enjoy music anytime, anywhere, with built-in stereo speakers that allow the convenience and enjoyment of music playback simply by unplugging the headphone.

9″ TFT color widescreen LCD display
The high resolution color LCD display brings images to life, showing off your treasured photos, favorite movies and music with the same ‘real life’ rich detail and vibrant colors as high quality prints.

Extra touches for your convenience
AC adaptor, car adaptor and AV cable included
This Philips player comes with AC adaptor, car adaptor and AV cable for your convenience.

Up to 5-hour playback with a built-in battery*
This Philips player comes with a compact built-in rechargeable battery for long-lasting power. Up to 5 hours of continuous movie, photo and music playback enjoyment can be achieved on a single charge. Just plug in the power cable to recharge the player – it’s that simple.

Car mount pouch included for easy in-car use
Mount your portable DVD player easily to your car headrest. You can enjoy DVD movies on the road.

Full Resume on Power Loss
The DVD-Video player remembers where you have finish viewing a DVD and continue playing from the exact scene where you stopped watching even after a power failure. If you did not take the disc out of the player, simply press play and it will resume play where you have stopped the movie. For other disc that you have taken out of the player, just reload the disc and press “play” followed by “resume” on the remote control. The Philips DVD-Video player makes life easy!

Dutailier Grand Glider from Babies R Us

Another product review from The Helpful Dad. Contact us at

BOTTOM LINE: This is a STRONG BUY – if you are in the market for a ‘grande’ glider, definitely go with the Dutailier vs The Shermag. No comparison. Watch our reviews on both and see for yourself.

Product Description
This grande size glider is Dutailier’s top of the line quality and durability. The Cherry Grande LR Rocker with Sage Micro Fiber Fabric offers an exceptionally smooth and long glide motion provided by top quality ball bearings that last for years. The high-quality cushioning and the comfy arm pad cushions with storage keeps you comfortable for long period of time. It is covered with luxurious and durable microfibre. There are no sharp edges and the finish is toxic free.

Assembled Dimensions (in inches): 31 x 35 x 44

Imaginarium Train Table and Train Set – Parents Review

Should you buy the Imagainarium Classic Train Table and Train Set? Here’s a video from The Helpful Dad to help you decide.

BOTTOM LINE: Great value for the money!

Imaginarium’s description:
Encourage endless hours of creative play with this interactive Imaginarium Classic Train Table with Roundhouse Wooden Train set, a Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive. Scratch-resistant and easy to clean, the large train table fits the included double-sided playboard, which features graphics on one side and a solid green on the reverse. The Train Table set comes with a fueling station with working sign, airport tunnel with sound and working door, bridge with light and sound, a working crane with magnetic grapple, mountain tunnel with sound, and a roundhouse with 5 opening doors and working turntable. The sounds and lights can be activated using any wooden train engine or train car with magnets, so your child’s existing Brio or Thomas & Friends wooden train sets can be used with it. Over 100 pieces and 23 feet of track are included as well as the following wooden accessories: 4 people, 4 street signs, 7 trees, 4 street lamps, 1 helicopter, 1 truck, 1 car, 8 train cars, and 12 pieces of cargo. When playtime ends, store everything in the train table’s two large drawers. Six button cell batteries are required (included).