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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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Revolutionise your brick based play with Mayka Tape

Mayka Tape

If you, like me, have opted to shun traditional sprucing approaches in your abode such as vases and paintings in favour of knick-knacks and “Collector’s Items”, then you’ve also probably got a storage issue. With shelves buckling under the weight of Die-Cast-this and Never-Un-Boxed-that, the room of a Toy Aficionado …

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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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Build a fire type Pokemon to get you through the winter months

vulpix pokemon

The Build-A-Bear Workshop decided a while ago that ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’ was an outdated concept and instead opted for ‘Gotta Build ‘Em All’ with the launch of their Pokémon range. This week saw them continue their quest to be the very best with Vulpix joining the team. This luvable …

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Set yourself up for Flu season

neds head

With Teresa May officially bringing tickly throats back on trend last week, we thought it’d be useful to line up the six board games that’ll prep you for the upcoming Flu Season! Gooey Louie We’ve all been there, the sniffles start, you’ve got no tissues, you think you can get …

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Double trouble – Hatchimals twin set arrives

this years xmas hit?

Hatching one mystery friend is so 2016, get with the times granddad, Its 2017, now we’re hatching two at the same time! That’s right, if you thought your days of frantically searching for a Hatchimal were over, think again. They’re back this year with ‘Hatchimals Surprise’. What’s the surprise? Well, …

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Luvabella advances doll technology more than a baby step


With the toy industry more and more resembling a robotics convention it was about time the doll sector stepped up to the plate. Gone are the days of one trick pony dolls like ‘Baby All Gone’ and ‘Baby Wee Wee’ (did we really need the latter?) as Spinmaster’s Luvabella has …

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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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