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Peter Jenkinson

Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

Play the mountain mining game with Hape

Hape Mighty Mountain Mine

Not a single flashing light nor any digital sounds the Hape Mighty Mountain is as analogue as the Austrian Alps. Certainly wooden toys have seen a resurgence of late, many bigger toy retailers showcasing their own lines of value created from lumber. There are however a couple of outfits who …

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Women of NASA celebrated in brick

lego nasa

Under the headline “Ladies rock outer space” LEGO fan designer Maia Weinstock presented her idea for a Women of NASA LEGO set to LEGO Ideas. It made it through the process and as of 1st November you can buy one yourself. As a science editor and writer, with a strong …

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My Little Pony – see the film buy the stuff

my little pony

And so it is the kids break up for half-term, well they’ve been working five days a week for like six hours a day for, well, six weeks or so, they must be shattered. So, any plans for entertaining the junior troops as yet anyone? Holidays to far-flung destinations, caravan …

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Bella Italia and Hasbro in cahoots with activity sheets

Nerf and Pony

My Little Pony and NERF Nitro brands from Hasbro have teamed up with the new look kids menus from Bella Italia Restaurants and are launching 200,000 co-branded activity sheets. Across 108 of their restaurants these sheets will also contain some rather decent competitions. An absolute lifesaver for parents who want …

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Old pound coins – amnesty announced

At midnight on the 15th October, the round pound loses its legal tender status and so shops don’t have to take them any longer. The Entertainer however have stuck an amnesty in place and every one of their 140 outlets across the UK will take them until the 31st December. …

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Kangaroo, Ronaldo and Putin lookalike snaps making the rounds

So top left is the Metro (UK’s biggest read newspaper) and their take on a versus for this splendid snap of a rather beastly looking Kangaroo. Top right is how the Sun (UK’s second biggest read) took the look. We couldn;t find a “roo” that looked anything like a toy, …

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Ninjago auction is now open

lego ninjago

Get your bidding digits ready folks, eBay are raising money for Sebastian’s Action Trust with an extensive range of Ninjago LEGO up for grabs. The film by the same name has just hit the screens, we were impressed, definitely the best brick based ninja-style film we’ve ever seen. So eBay have …

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Wiggle ball gets a total recall

Recalled Giggle Ball

It is no laughing matter, this kids ball has been recalled as the rubber knobs and plastic back can come away. We’re no health and safety clipboard Charlie types over here but really! It has been reported six times for being dangerous and children been found with the pieces in …

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Stormtrooper arrives, this time he is AR infused

First Order Stormtrooper

There are Imperial Guard playthings a plenty out there, these armour shell-suited characters lend themselves well to the task. This latest arrival from UBTech Robotics takes things ton another level however. The Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot is an app-enabled (iOS and Android) device features a cutting-edge AR experience, …

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