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Laptopmag.com has published the first video of AppGear at Toy Fair 2012 in New York City.

Here’s what they’re saying about our new product line that merges collectible toys and app games:

“WowWee’s AppGear is looking to make a name for itself in the appcessory games category, and it certainly looks like the company is off to a good start. AppGear took home Toy Fair 2012′s Best New App Toy award, and its various games use augmented reality and physical toys to create a unique gameplay experience.”

Check out their video of Foam Fighters to see how you can take to the skies with WWII fighter planes for immersive aerial combat.

We had an absolutely amazing time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, where apps and games really took the show by storm.

If you had a chance to visit us at the Wall of Apps, ShowStoppers or the Mobile Apps Showdown (we were a finalist!), then we hope you enjoyed the fun line of amplified reality games that we’re launching this Spring.

If you weren’t able to make it out, check out the following review and coverage direct from the event floor.

Wired: Video – Use Your Imagination, iDevice and AppGear for Augmented-Reality Gaming

LAS VEGAS — Kids have it so good these days. Sure, they can use their “imaginations” to play games, but now traditional fantasy play can be augmented by mobile devices for even more textured experiences…

PCMAG: WowWee AppGear Connects Game Apps with Toys

LAS VEGAS — There are tech toys and there are game apps, and back in the day never the twain should meet. Now WowWee hopes to change that with its launch at CES 2012 of AppGear, a collection of toys and free downloadable apps that are meant to work with your iOS or Android device to change up the gaming grid as we know it…

Mashable: Wowee AppGear App Includes Toy Fighter Plane That Amplifies Reality [VIDEO]

LAS VEGAS — WowWee rolled out AppGear, a line of iOS games that work with toy accessories. The one that caught our eye at CES 2012 was this cute little toy airplane that is part of a flight simulator game…

Consumer Reports: CES 2012 Video: WowWee AppGear

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, WowWee, which makes both robotics and digital toys, announced that it is launching a line of six toys called AppGear that combines virtual and real-world play…

CNET: Video

New York Times: WowWee Creates Games That Blend the Physical and Virtual Worlds

LAS VEGAS — At the International Consumer Electronics Show WowWee unveiled a previously announced line of toys it calls “Appcessories,” which are game pieces, collectable figures and toys that control games on Android or Apple devices…

AppGear is right around the corner and we’re gearin’ up for an amplified Spring — all puns intended.

Here’s a quick recap of some of the press we’ve received for this exciting lineup of amplified reality toys.

ToyXplosion
“I love it when a toy company takes play trends seriously and then creates an amazing product. As a family with 4 iPods, an Android smart phone and a tablet, apps are quite popular. “Mom can I buy this app?” is a phrase I’ve heard countless times.”

Techland Time
“It’s a familiar refrain among parents of young children: Kids don’t want to play with toys anymore because they’d rather play games on an iPad or a smartphone. Now, some toy makers are trying to adapt by fusing phone and tablet apps with store-bought toys. One of these companies, WowWee Toys, recently showed me some of their prototypes as part of a toy line they’re calling “App Gear.””

Engadget
“WowWee, the company best known for its endless supply of adorable robot toys, is kicking off 2012 with something a little more virtual than visceral. AppGear combines actual physical toys with iOS and Android apps, like the launch title Foam Fighters. Each collectible, action figure or playset is paired with its own free, downloadable app that offers an augmented reality game or virtual way to interact with the toys.”

Coolest-Gadgets
“After all, who doesn’t want to see their toys come to life? It looks like the Alien Jailbreak works by placing the alien jail toy in front of you and then shooting the aliens with an iOS or Android augmented reality application of some type.”

We’re pumped… Like really pumped. Actually, you might want to sit down for this one…

WowWee is amplifying reality with AppGear, our new line of products that merge toys and apps for interactive digital and real-world fun. This new product category will redefine gameplay by upgrading the physical experience with digital action.

The folks at TechCrunch got a sneak preview. Check it out below.

Hands-On With WowWee’s AppGear AR Gaming Toys

If you’re looking for a cool tagging system this holiday season, we understand that it may be difficult to judge between options.

As such, when we found a fantastic rundown of both laser tag systems from Skurj – a well-known tagger – we had to share.

Here’s his conclusion:

This LTX vs Light Strike stuff is unsurprisingly just like every other subjective matter of opinion. Just like H&K vs Glock or like Honda vs Toyota. People will tend to prefer what they already have, rationalizing their purchase or their judgement or whatever. The good news is these are toys. They don’t need to protect our lives or support our livelihoods in any way. They just need to be fun, and both of these systems are super fun.

Check out the full blog post from The Hive Mind.

Happy tagging!

If you braved the stores for Black Friday, we commend you. Hopefully you’ve recovered from any bruised elbows squished toes and have set your sights on a click-crazy Cyber Monday tomorrow.

As always, there are plenty of deals to be had, and as long as your Internet provider can keep up with you, you’re sure to cash in on some sweet gifts for the holiday season.

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most recent reviews on WowWee toys – if you need that little extra convincing ;).

Lite Sprites – Not Just For Girls

Light Strike – Light Strike Assault Striker and Accessories Pack

Paper Jamz Pro – A Star in the Making?

You can also check out the WowWee Toy Shop for some great bundles.

Good luck!

This video from Ben Spark gives you a fantastic look at how much fun the Paper Jamz Pro Microphone can be. Whether it’s a concert, or a talk show, the Paper Jamz Pro Mic adds a touch of fun and creativity to your day.

There’s also a superb demo of how to sync your songs with the Paper Jamz Pro App.

Thanks Drew and Eva!

Eva is loving the Paperjamz microphone. We even downloaded some of our own songs to the mic so that she could sing what she likes whenever she wants. Eva does love to sing so we are hearing more from this microphone every day.

Happy Monday!

An eventful weekend is just ahead of us with US Thanksgiving, Black Friday and finally Cyber Monday.

Will you be joining the masses to get some of your holiday shopping out of the way?

Here’s a quick Light Strike review we saw over the weekend that might help your decision process.

If you happen to brave the malls this weekend, be sure to pack your elbow pads!

“I could talk about these for ages as they are all flashy lights, fabulous sound systems and the only thing we were missing to make it a fully fledged laser tag type set up was the jackets. I can see the jackets being on the Xmas list this year. The boys were over the moon to be playing with this set, and I don’t blame them. Flashing lights, pretend guns and safe targets lets them play at superheroes and cops and robbers all day.”

 

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