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.

Chinese New Year LEGO Sets

Chinese New Year Temple Fair – £89.99 – 1,664 pieces   The most important holiday by far in China, the new decade will be ushered in with the year of the Rat. LEGO created a trio of sets focused on these Asian celebrations last year and have added this pair …

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A New Decade Ahead: TechUp Powers Up Partnerships and Curates the Future of Play at CES 2020

    With CES 2020 around the corner, we’re looking at over 170,000 people from across the globe descending on Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show, action packed with some of the most innovative technology from around the world. TechUp, a curated service designed by play innovation …

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CES 2020 Kids at Play Awards Top 10 Winners Announced

  Hasbro’s Lightsaber Academy, Virsix Games’ St. Noire and Bandai Namco’s tori have been named among the winners of this year’s Kids at Play Interactive Awards. CES is the showcase for technology and innovation. At the heart of this innovation is a multi-million dollar toy industry, and with this list …

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Some of the best board games we’ve played in 2019

Another stonking year for the board and party game market, a raft of new titles, the emergence of new categories, sales still on the increase and the promise of even more gaming goodness in 2020 – For now here are some of our favourite (not-too-intense) lighter weight games for some …

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2019: The year’s top bits in LEGO bricks

  The birth of the royal baby has been voted as the best bit of 2019 by Britain’s kids, in a new poll conducted by the LEGO Group. A few of these iconic happenings have been brought to life using the Danish bricks. The birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May …

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Hide and Peek – How do you hide gifts from everyone?

TOP CHRISTMAS PRESENT HIDING AND HUNTING SPOTS REVEALED Almost half (42%) of British parents admit hiding decoy presents to outwit their children Nearly two thirds (61%) of British parents have forgotten where hidden presents are until after Christmas day Over two thirds (63%) of parents are most vulnerable to the …

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Slot racing sets we want

We were HUGE fans of the ANKI Overdrive system, AI powered vehicles that battled on-track with umpteen different digital weapons, we used to play into the small hours and then, BOOM, they went bust – sad times. Now, as the nation appears to be on a bit of a “lets …

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Retro Toys – Return of the past

More retro remakes and updates on shelves than ever before Traditional board games are being given tech makeovers Generation Z and Millennials embracing analogue Kidult toy market accounts for 14% of total toy sales in the UK   There have been plenty of new toys announced for 2019 yet many …

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Abracadabra – Grab some Christmas magic

These portable mini magic kits won’t be with us in time for this Xmas sadly, but at about a fiver each are definitely ones to watch for 2020. Each small top hat contains the props and instructions to perform two or three simple magic tricks each with a different theme …

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Bye bye Virgin trains there’s a new operator incoming

Yup, over 20 years of (mostly) fine Virgin trains taking me and the family back up to the North West, not without it’s issues at times but largely (apart from their egg/cress sarnies) I’ve enjoyed travelling with them. Now we’ve the Avanti West Coast running the line, a joint venture …

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