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.

The Crew – The Quest for Planet Nine bags a gong

They’ve been chewing down to their cuticles and had butterflies in their bellies at Kosmos Games UK of late.  Two nominations a couple of months back for their games The Crew and My City from the Spiel des Jahres jury. Today, the news arrives that The Crew – Quest for …

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Medieval looking music machine is an utter joy

  We’ve built kit from Smartivity before, a kaleidoscope in fact, was a joy to create and is still a pick-up-and-play after all these weeks.  We harped on about the easy to read instructions and the added value of an information sheet to further enhance their playset last time so, …

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More Super Mario analogue play

This 35th anniversary of likely the most iconic video game of all time is ramping up somewhat this week. Its started with the most expensive ever video game sale at auction with a 1985 Super Mario Bros. acheiving a whopping £90k in its original packaging, just showing the appetite for …

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Rubik’s Edge – More than a drinks coaster

  We’ve tried over the lockdown months to get a grip on solving the 3x3x3 traditional cube but sorry to say, we gave up. We did achieve a proficient level in balloon modelling and juggling though! Anyways, with 43 quintillion ways to scramble the regular Rubik and this new edge …

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Happy Etch a Sketch Day – 60 years of knob turning fun

Happy 60th Etch A Sketch, you’re the most infuriating piece of kit I’ve ever owned but I’d not be without you. Hours and hours of trying to construct just my first name on your aluminium coated screen, no success, but you’re a shelf-worthy and retro-tastic piece of kit. Others (Jane …

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Battle of Britain – 80 years since the first foray

Eight decades ago today the Luftwaffe dropped their first payload onto the UK the battle that ensued was seen as one of the most pivotal points of WWII – Thanks to all the air aces that guided us to victory in the skies. We struggle to maintain our composure when …

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Coronavirus cover-ups

shopDisney have introduced a range of non-medical, reusable cloth face coverings featuring favourite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters for kids and families in the UK.As part of the launch, Disney will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sales of these cloth face coverings, up to £500,000, to …

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Studio creator – a fully analogue version

Most of the tech “giants” have a Studio Creator tool yet none of them are as remotely interesting as this one by the name of Kevin’s Studio. Now, we’ve been enjoying the raft of releases of late from LEGO (Creator and Technic builds) and have enjoyed, during lockdown, building and …

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Board Game outfit heads outside

Leading UK board game distributor Asmodee is calling gamers to take their titles outside this summer and tempting us with a weekly £2,000 prize for doing so. Their #PlayItOutdoors campaign is designed to get families and social bubbles out and about into the garden, park, field, beach, hill-tops, roof-tops, penthouse …

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