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Scott’s Toy Box: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I enjoy traveling.  Seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, getting lost and finding my way again. I’m still waiting on my chance to see England, like everyone else I know. Although it’s better when done physically, traveling can take place within the four walls of a room if you have a large imagination.  The toys in this month’s Toy Box have to do with three modes of travel children can use with their imagination to explore their own world.

Sky Busters Aircaft Carrier

Matchbox not only takes us up in the air but also out to sea with their Sky Busters Aircaft Carrier. It comes with one Matchbox airplane, which is called a Sky Buster.  These planes are really cool. The body is metal and the wings are hard plastic. I bought one of them to use as decoration on an island-themed cake.  When I tried to break the plane to create a plane-crash on the cake,  I only succeeded in tearing off the wings after a couple of minutes. The carrier holds up to eight planes and is portable.  These toys don’t float on water, so don’t take them into the bath with you.  Available on for $17.

Real Talking Rocky

Matchbox also takes us to the road with Real Talking Rocky.  Rocky is a dump truck that stands up and talks when you press a button.  The button launches him into the standing position, and he is easily reset by pressing him down to look like dump truck.  He sells on for $10.

Good Night Thomas

For those who like to fall asleep listening to the soothing sounds of the rails, Fisher-Price has come out with Good Night Thomas.  This is a plush toy that says “good night” phrases to your child as he drifts down the tracks to Dreamville. It requires 2 AA batteries that are stored in the back of the toy in a case.  The case is a bit hard but is mostly enclosed in padding.  The other part that’s not completely soft is the face where the speaker is encased.  However, both these places are just small parts of the toy, and the padding is large enough that you really have to squeeze in the certain areas to feel the hard plastic.  Good Night Thomas sells on for $20.

About The Author

M Scott Anderson

M. Scott Anderson grew up in Hattiesburg and now currently lives in Jackson. He went to college at USM and got a degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. He has always loved to be a storyteller. Friends from childhood would tell him of stories he would say he’s writing that included them in it. He enjoys comic books and superheroes and loves having friends over to play both table top games and video games.

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