Time is funny, it goes by too fast when we love what we are doing and super slow when things are difficult.

My grandfather just turned 100 last month, he is my hero. With only a High School diploma, he worked his way to become a commander in the US Navy. It’s so amazing to hear him speak of his life but especially of his childhood. I have some video footage of him remembering when he was three years old!


I can remember a little but no where near his vivid memory. I can recall instances of playing on the living room floor with my toys. Toys are the link that can instantly turn me into the kid I was all those years ago.

My oldest is five and youngest is three and I hope the memories they make now will be worth remembering when they are 100 too. When I recently received a few toy sets from Playskool to try out, I couldn’t wait to see my boys reactions. I knew I was going to love playing with them.

I couldn’t really tell you what they were thinking that night as I unpacked these new play sets; but for me it was like a time machine that took me back. I didn’t even get down on the floor that night as I normally would, I just sat back and recorded their whole experience. It was really interesting to see how my kids play and interact with each other, especially when I am not playing with them.

The first night, I really wanted to get my boys perspective, so I didn’t tell them anything about the toys or how to play with them. I assembled all the toys (super easy) and put the down in the living room and let them go. It was about 6 pm at night, my oldest is normally in bed by 7pm. There it was, the time blur that sneaks up on us. All I can tell you, my oldest didn’t go to sleep that night until 9pm.


It was the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS  HIGH TIDE that stole the show that night. With their great grandfather being a retired commander in the US Navy, this was a perfect toy. I am also a huge fan of the original Transformer animation. I recall being a kid getting home as fast as I could to watch it – yup we didn’t have DVRs back then! Fans of the Transformers Rescue Bots will find a few new friendly characters and vehicles which are being introduced into the 2015 product line. With all new rescue tools and vehicle modes, my guys love to play out all kinds of heroic adventures.


My boys incorporated the Super Hero Adventures of Iron Man Armor up fortress and Transformers Rescue Bots toy sets so perfectly. Land and sea, air and water, some toys can come together to create a perfect collection and these are some of them. The great thing about the Iron Man fortress is that kids can grab their favorite action hero, suit up, and start saving the day! Seriously, all the super heros From SPIDER-MAN and HULK, to CAPTAIN AMERICA characters and more, with the MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES. We had Iron Man and Spiderman suited up to join the Transformers and together they protect our world!


Playskool also sent over a Jurassic World Tyrannosaurus Rex, which is really cool! The roar itself startled me the first time I heard it then made me laugh with a little burp which made me laugh. I can tell you since that first night, T-Rex has made more than one trip outside (that is only something the very special toys get). Why not, every kid loves a good dinosaur, and this one rocks!

I have a recording of my grandfather telling me about when he was a kid, and now I have this video of my boys playing in the middle of our living room as I did when I was their age. I plan on putting together a short video that would include both of these videos for my boys to share when they have kids. I can only hope that this becomes a family tradition for my children’s children. I do know that for us playing is the magical bond that transcends time and makes us all kids again.


Have you taken a trip in your time machine lately? Here is more information about the toys I received, and maybe it will help you take a magical trip with your kids as well!



(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: FALL 2015)
Tony Stark is ready for the next mission with his SUPER HERO ADVENTURES IRON MAN ARMOR UP FORTRESS playset! Pretend to re-enact one of the most iconic moments from the Marvel cinematic universe—Tony Stark armoring up to become IRON MAN. With lights and sounds, the IRON MAN ARMOR UP FORTRESS playset makes this moment come alive! Place the Tony Stark figure into the top of the IRON MAN ARMOR UP tower and push down on the tower to lower the Tony Stark figure into his armor below, which activates with lights and sounds. The IRON MAN ARMOR UP FORTRESS playset also features a capture cage, Hall of Armor where the IRON MAN suits can be stored, and the ability to be reconfigured so that preschoolers can customize the fortress. The IRON MAN ARMOR UP FORTRESS playset includes a Tony Stark figure and 2 suits of IRON MAN armor – 1 classic red suit and 1 blue suit. This fun playset makes the world of Stark Industries the perfect setting for little heroes’ biggest adventures. Requires 1 AA battery. Demo batteries included.


(Ages 3-7 years/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2015)
RESCUE BOTS fans can dive into big sea adventures as they take command of the TRANFORMERS RESCUE BOTS HIGH TIDE Playset! The new recruit, HIGH TIDE, now acts as the new RESCUE BOTS command center for ocean rescues. Load the HIGH TIDE figure into the command center console, then pull up on the lever to help HIGH TIDE assume full command of his ship. When High Tide needs to dive below for a deep sea rescue, press down on the lever, and twist open the hull to reveal HIGH TIDE converted into his mini submarine form! Preschoolers will be amazed at this easy to do conversion. The High Tide playset also comes with a capture cage with trap door and a crane with multiple rescue tools.


(Ages 3 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Now)
Tyrannosaurus Rex is the ultimate dinosaur for preschool JURASSIC WORLD fans to track and capture! Features light-up eyes and a roaring action. Includes a human figure and a capture cuff to track the Tyrannosaurus Rex but watch out – the head-chomping Tyrannosaurus Rex might gobble the human figure up first! Tyrannosaurus Rex figure requires 2AA batteries, demo batteries included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on

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A huge thanks to Playskool! Dads love the opportunity to spend time and play with our kids, these toy sets make it easy! Thanks for compensating me for my time and giving my boys and me some cool toys to make happy memories together with. Opinions are my own (and some of my boys options are included).