News

December, 2017

  • 18 December

    Worlds biggest toy shop about to open in China

    Increasing incomes and an increasing popularity of brands like Peppa Pig and Thomas & Friends are accounting for some of the major growth in the Chinese toy market. China is about to open the world’s largest toy store in time for Christmas Day, 10,700 sqm Hamleys in Beijing – That’s …

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  • 14 December

    Embrace the force as The Last Jedi storms into cinema

    Lego BB8

    It’s here. Episode 8 is finally here! The build up to Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi has been long and painful but with Luke, Rey, Kylo and the gang gracing the silver screen this week we’re feeling the force! So much so we thought we’d put together a list of …

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  • 13 December

    Fraudulent Fingerlings Fears as Fake Furry Friends are Frequently Found

    Fingerlings - look out for fakes

    So, you’ve just snagged one of this year’s top toys for Christmas and you’re feeling pretty smug but watch out, The Fingerling in your bag may not be the real deal. Following several reports from the public, Trading Standards have issued some advice on how to spot a genuine finger …

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  • 13 December

    Thomas the Parkour Engine

    What’s got six wheels, a fixed grin and has wicked sick moves? A botoxed breakdancer in roller skates? Get out of town mate, it’s Thomas The Tank Engine! You may have thought that the rail-bound hero of Sodor was out of steam but YouTubers, 5MadMovieMakers beg to differ. In this, …

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  • 13 December

    Would you ask a stranger for a Fingerling

    Fingerling

    The mums of Mumsnet and Facebook are seemingly in a bit of a dilemma this year. Adorable, palm-sized monkeys- The Fingerlings are one of Christmas 2017’s ‘hot toys’ but it seems mums around the country are a little hesitant to ask for them across the counter. Isadora2007 admitted to Mumsnet …

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  • 12 December

    Marvel Legends Series Mjolnir – Be it Thor worthy?

    Mjolnir with lightning

    With Thor: Ragnarok storming the box office and paving the way for next years Infinity War, the Norse God of Thunders spark couldn’t be brighter! So we took a look at Marvel Legends Mjolnir to see if we could harness some of that lightning. At a cool £99.99, this isn’t …

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  • 12 December

    Toyology and Mobile Phones Direct collaborate on Parental Controls Campaign

    mobile phones direct

    Online child safety is becoming more important than ever before. Living in a digital world has provided children with new tech toys, gizmos and gadgets at a seemingly endless rate – not to mention access to connected smartphones from a young age. While these children may have more knowledge of …

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  • 11 December

    Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition Voyager Trio

    Transformers

    Can the new boys live up to the G1 Granddaddies? With Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise being about as coherent as a box of spoons tossed down the stairs, I had written off Hasbro’s latest toy line. The designs were too muddled, the characters were too different from their cartoon counterparts. …

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  • 8 December

    Music is on the menu at the new LEGO Creator set

    Lego Diner

    Here’s our first peek at The Downtown Diner (aka Central café if it makes you Brits feels better) is a LEGO Retail exclusive and an early 2018 addition to the Creator Expert Modular Building series. This classic 1950’s style diner design has a pink and teal brick façade, this teal brick …

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  • 8 December

    Netflix bringing us toy nostalgia – We can hardly wait

    Toys that made us

    On 22nd December it’s the first episode of ‘Toys That Made Us’ on Netflix. This eight-episode documentary is all about the history of important toy lines and I’m really looking forward to it. It got me thinking about the toys that potentially ‘made ME’, my top Ten favourite toys when …

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  • 8 December

    Doll with attitude

    Potty Mouth doll

    Why do stores and online retailers slash prices? New year sales, end of season sales, closing down sales (there is a clothes shop near us that has been “closing down” for three years) the dreaded Black Friday weekend/week sale – and many others. These sales are the retailer plots to …

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  • 6 December

    Can you have too many toys?

    toys

    We all knew it but now that the University of Toledo has published it as a research document perhaps we’ll pay more attention – Kids have too many toys. Controversial stuff from the Toyology team to agree with such banter? Well no, we’re proponents of promoting the non-plastic tat that …

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  • 5 December

    Tech for tots – Two reviews for toys to get your ankle biters into

    Vtech tots tech

    Since Billy crash landed in to the world I’ve been made more and more aware of VTec. They are a toy company who specialise in electronic interactive learning toys for babies, toddlers and slightly older kids. Billys first VTech gift we were blessed with was from Grandma last Christmas. It’s …

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  • 5 December

    Teddy bears picnic from the terraces

    teddy bear picnic

    I’ve never really liked football, in fact I can’t stand it. It might simply be that I was very very bad at it when made to do it at School and the nightmares have never quite stopped. This, on the other hand has warmed me to the so called “beautiful …

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  • 4 December

    Minifigures – Most wanted

    lego leia

      The chaps and chapesses at Firestar create custom LEGO stuff, over 25,000 unique bits and pieces that are plays on the Danish originals and if you slip over to Firestar Toys and use the code BRICKME15 we’ve snagged you all a discount, a 15% one, are we good or …

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