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Latest Lineup of Leapfrog Toys Might Be Invading Your Home Soon - Is your house as full of Leapfrog games and gadgets as ours?

Posted by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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Latest Lineup of Leapfrog Toys Might Be Invading Your Home Soon

Posted by John Biggs on August 21, 2012

Our house is strewn with various Leapfrog games of various vintages. The kids have played with almost every one - until the Nintendo DS came along - but they're great fun and a good way to keep the wee ones occupied when they have their eye on your cellphone.

Two new Leapfrog models add a few interesting features to the already popular (and inexpensive) line of electronics. 

The LeapPad 2 is a $129 device that lets kids play tablet-based games and read kids' ebooks. It comes in three colors, including Rapunzel pink, and additional games cost $60. It requires four AA batteries.

Kids can use it to take pictures and draw, and wallpapers that come with it allow youngsters to personalize their screens. The device supports downloadable content, and you can play games, make music, and learn to spell right out of the box.

The Leapster GS looks more like a handheld gaming device than a tablet. A large, central screen displays games and ebooks and it has a built-in camera that can take still pictures and video. It has 2GB of memory built in for storage and supports most of Leapfrog's collections of apps and ebooks.

The GS costs $70, about $20 less than the Nintendo DSi. Leapfrog games are always rated G, so there's little chance of the kids finding a violent title in the bunch. However, I've found that kids often outgrow these games fairly quickly, which could mean this falls into the toy basket a few months after you buy it. Still, as a gift for kids around the holidays or as an early learning tool, it's considerably more educational than traditional game systems. 

Sure, it's no Mario Brothers, but helping Dora wander through her jungle adventure on the GS is still pretty fun!

Is your house as full of Leapfrog games and gadgets as ours?

by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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aneela
by on Aug. 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

ha ha we have a leapster 2

the3Rs
by Member on Aug. 22, 2012 at 7:38 PM
Nope. We have leapster & Leapster Didj and neither has ever been played with. I've given up on Leapster.
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kerryket
by Kerry on Aug. 22, 2012 at 11:22 PM

It was when my kids were small, we use some of them at school, but most have been taken over by Kindles and iPads.

robertmommie
by Renee on Aug. 22, 2012 at 11:26 PM

We have a few and will be getting for this Christmas lol.

sarahjz
by Platinum Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 12:13 AM

We don't have any of those game devices.

Melinda32
by New Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
We've got the leapster explorer, a year later and she still takes it out on long car rides and plays with it at home too, not as often as she did before but she still loves it. We've got about 6 games for it now.
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lillucky8
by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 8:06 AM
Not yet
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by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

WE have the original leapster

kanake
by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

none here

EbonySnow
by Desiree on Aug. 24, 2012 at 1:15 PM

 my dd loves leapfrog she only has 3 of the toys but she loves the learning videos she watches on netflix

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