Thursday, October 25, 2007

Where to Buy Russ Shining Stars

Shining Stars LogoShining Star Toys by Russ Berrie, U.S. Gift.

If you're a fan of Webkinz, there's a good chance you'll like Russ Shining Stars.

They're absolutely adorable, and they have a quality that no other plush toy has, and likely never will - the ability to name a real star after the pet.

If you're not familiar with these toys, you can get the review on the Shining Stars Site.

Okay - where to buy? There are a number of places that you can check out for pricing but the best prices I've seen on them so far have been with eBay and Amazon. But as always prices can fluctuate based on demand and competition between resources, so here you go:

Click Here for Shining Stars @

NEW Resource!
Kimmy Shop has Shining Stars on Sale:

Click Here to Find Shining Stars @ KimmyShop

A word about Russ Shining Stars - These are possibly the most unique virtual pets I've seen due to the "name a star" aspect. International Star Registry is a service where anyone can actually buy a right to name a star and have their chosen name entered into the register. It's a really neat idea for a gift but even better when it's for a child.

That's my two cents. :)


Click Here for a List of Shining Star Pets

New! Visit My New Shining Star Toys Store!

Visit the "Russ Berrie Shining Stars - The 'Name a Star" Pets Page

Name a Star at


More Great Toys by Russ:

Check Out Russ Puppets @ Squidoo

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Top 10 Toys for Kids

Top 10 LogoThe word is out! Toy Wishes magazine has published the top toys of 2007 (and part of 2008) - these are predicted to sell out during the Christmas Holiday season this year.

For each toy listed, links will be provided for you to do a bit of price shopping. These are places I researched in terms of having the best prices at this writing (Oct., 2007). Note: I won't state outright which online resources have the best prices, because the prices are subject to change based on competition and demand.

The best prices I found online were at,, and -- so without further delay, here they are:


#1. American Idol Talent Challenge

Pricing Links:
American Idol Talent Challenge - Amazon aStore
American Idol Talent Challenge on eBay

#2. Aqua Dots Super Studio
(Note: This toy has been recalled as being potentially dangerous for children.)

#3. Barbie Girls

Pricing Links:
Barbie Girls on Amazon aStore

#4. Eye Clops

Pricing Links:
Eye Clops on Amazon aStore
Price Eye Clops on
Price Eye Clops on

#5. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Pricing Links:
Guitar Hero III on Amazon aStore
Guitar Hero III on

Hannah Montana Singing Dolls & Pop Stage

Pricing Links:
Hannah Montana on Amazon aStore
Price Hannah Montana on

#7. Nerf N-Strike Disk Shot

Pricing Links:
aStore: Nerf N-Strike Disk Shot
Nerf N-Strike @

Rubik's Revolution

Pricing Links:
Amazon aStore: Rubik's Revolution
Rubik's Revolution on

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle (and Video Games)

Pricing Links:
aStore: Top Ten Toys - Fischer-Price Smart Cycle
Fischer-Price Smart Cycle on

#10. Spotz

Pricing Links:
Spotz on Amazon aStore
Spotz on


You can also visit:

Top 10 Toys For Kids @ Squidoo
Top 10 Toys for Girls
Top 10 Toys for Boys
Top 10 NEW Toys for Boys on


Thanks for visiting my Top 10 Toys for Kids Post - I hope this helps you with your Christmas (or other) toy shopping!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Special Post: About Retiring Webkinz

Retired Webkinz LogoWhat does it mean when a Webkinz "retires"? That means it goes out of production. There is a sort of a "game" that goes on along with the retiring of the Webkinz - it's a guessing game, with the question, "Which ones will be retired next?"

Let me explain...

There are basically two types of Webkinz fans:

1. Those who collect them, play with them and make use of them as stuffed plush animals and virtual pets.

2. Those who purchase them and keep them like new in hopes that they will retire, and that the price will go up and they can sell them at a profit.

Either way, these people are very curious about which Webkinz will be retiring - the collectors hope that they get them before they cost too much and the sellers buy them in hopes that the price will go up!

But Ganz doesn't announce which ones will retire, so it tends to be a bit of an unsure situation.

There are various resources online, however, that make predictions on which ones will retire, and the ones who are reliable sources are almost always correct. It appears to be possible then, to figure out at least most of the ones that are in the retirement lineup.

There's been quite a bit of "noise" about this amongst Webkinz fans, so I wanted to share some information I've come across. If you're curious about this, I've written a full article on the subject, and you can check it out: Click Here to View the Retiring Webkinz Page.

If you have some input on retiring Webkinz, or if you would just like to make a comment, feel free to submit a comment on this blog - I'd love to hear any info you have to offer!