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12 Days of Spring Giveaways - Day 10 Interview and Buzz Bee Toys Adventure Force Thermal Tracker

Welcome to DAY 10 of the 12 Days of Spring Giveaways hosted by Chatty Patty's Place and The Review Wire!

Spring is just around the corner and the warm weather will be here before you know it!

While attending Toy Fair last month, Dena and I were invited to a breakfast for Buzz Bee Toys, where we got to see and try out all of the different Air Warriors and Adventure Force Blasters. We had so much fun learning all about the new products that are coming! We also met Brownie Johnson, Vice President of Product Development.

Brownie was fun, friendly and you could see his passion for his job. We told Brownie we would love to interview him for our blogs and he was very happy to oblige. Here is our interview and a special giveaway!


1. How long have you been inventing for Adventure Force?
Buzz Bee Toys has been making Adventure Force items since 2017, it’s a great Walmart brand.  Several members of our team at Buzz Bee Toys have brought excellent ideas to the table, which have been transformed into toys you can buy at Walmart and other retailers not only in the US, but all over the world.  We also often work with inventors who’ve come to us with some great ideas, including the Adventure Force Thermal Tracker with heat seeking scope.
2. Do you have family members or children that help with ideas for your inventions?
We gather inspiration from the friends and family of Buzz Bee Toys.  For example, Roan, a son of a friend, came up with a feature for one of our new blasters.  It also helps to get feedback by asking others to play with an early sample. Allowing them to experience the blasters earlier in the game allows us the chance to gather their thoughts and opinions on what can potentially be changed.
3. How long does it take the conception of a blaster to become a reality?
Typically, it takes at least a year and a half for a toy to go from a concept to being on a store shelf.  This can also take longer - we just presented one that took three years to become a reality!
4. Which Adventure Force blaster is your favorite?
That’s a hard question - for me, it’s like asking which child is your favorite!  However, I do really love the Adventure Force Thermal Tracker.  It’s amazing how the heat seeking scope can spot temperature differences from 60 feet away!
5. How do you come up with the ideas? Do you dream about them, base them on movies, TV, etc?

At Buzz Bee Toys, we sit down as team to brainstorm and figure out what we’d like our blasters be able to do, and how we can make that happen. Our team truly enjoys this process as we collaborate on what’s next for Buzz Bee Toys!

We also look at play patterns from games such as Overwatch and Fortnite.  While we don’t make items from these games, we like to draw inspiration from how kids are playing with them.
6. Do the Adventure Force blasters go through a lot of testing?  What kind of tests?
Depending on the country where it is being sold, a typical dart blaster goes through a lengthy testing process, spanning physical, battery, and safety tests.  We also ensure that each item is properly labeled. Likewise, additional tests are performed for retailers who request them.

7. When you aren't busy creating, what do you like to do?
When I’m not busy creating new blasters, I love art, reading, and helping a local group called New Alternatives for [LGBTQ] Homeless Youth.
8. What advice do you have for young inventors who want to bring their ideas to life?
Never lose sight of your goals and stay persistent! You’ll have many ideas - most don’t work out, but every now and then, there’s one that’s just right.  Do your research on different companies and see how your ideas might fit in. Write in and ask how to submit an idea (don’t give it away just yet!). Above everything, be sure to have fun with it! When you’re doing what you love, it shows.
9. What do you have planned for the future?
Ah… yes, we have secrets.
10. Have any tips or tricks for your Adventure Force blaster fans?
Check out Buzz Bee Toys on Facebook and Instagram.  We post all about our blasters and have frequent giveaways!

Today's Giveaway is:

Buzz Bee Toys

Adventure Force Thermal Tracker

    Adventure Force Thermal Tracker [MSRP $24.97; Ages 8 and up The Adventure Force Thermal Tracker by Buzz Bee Toys provides unbeatable target detection. Its heat seeking scope detects a heat source up to 60 feet away, and its cross hairs will turn red when on target! Coupled with blasting power of up to 100 feet, your opponent's escape is near impossible! The rail adapter allows for complete customization - offering you the ability to add and interchange parts with other brand's accessories or place this scope on other brand's blasters.

    • Additional Notes: Includes blaster, 10 long distance darts, 10 count dart clip, heat seeking scope and rail adapter. Available at Walmart.

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    One reader will each receive a Buzz Bee Toys Adventure Force Thermal Tracker  See below for terms and conditions. Open to U.S. residents of the United States. You must be 18 years old to enter to win. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on 4.8.19

    All entries will be verified. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Entrants who have created social accounts purely for the purpose of entering Competitions or Sweepstakes will not be eligible to win. All social accounts used must be public. The winner will be chosen randomly through Giveaway Tools and contacted via email. A reply to the winning email is required within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. Void where prohibited by law. One person entering per household, please. The Review Wire and Chatty Patty’s Place is not responsible for shipment of prize. Open to US residents of the 48 contiguous states.

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