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April, 2017

March, 2017

  • 29 March

    It’s Morphin Time!

    Saban Entertainment unleashed the Power Rangers last weekend and it is doing rather well. The big budget exceeded expectations and opened with $40mns big budget debut exceeded expectations grossing $40m on its US opening weekend. It cost over $100mn to make so it has some ground still to go and …

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  • 28 March

    Fly swatting simulation with Simon Optix

    Inspired perhaps to create this version of the ever-popular colour memorising game from the world of VR headsets this Optix set doesn’t require a smartphone to get in the game. Don your sleek looking futuristic spectacle wear and identify the colour sequence using hand gestures. on-board motion sensors track if you’ve …

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  • 23 March

    Robotic showdown RC style

    Time to stop whatever you’re up to, speed read through this positive portrayal of this mini-remote-control-robot-set and get thee to the buy button. This is the most perfect way to settle any office disputes, pool/foosball/ping-pong tables are so very last week. Each of the bots on offer has three pieces …

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  • 21 March

    Hairband based hilarity is here

    We’ve played our fair share of fast paced, quick and frantic grabby style games these past few months, never ceasing to wonder what “they” will com up with next. Dobble was an incredible success last year and with minimal TV advertising shifted over 375,ooo units, The Sock Game (one of …

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  • 16 March

    Paper based Pinball

    Budding scientist or engineer in the house? This book based pinball play system comes with a 32 page book as well as all the bits to make your own machine.  Using the pinball machine to look at many of sciences theories including resistance, mass, friction and gravity. All the sciency …

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  • 14 March

    Swings out, Scooters in – Inflation basket updated

    A taste for gin and lactose-free drinks have been revealed as items we Brits are discovering a taste for. The updated 2017 basket of goods which the Office of National statistics uses to calculate Inflation in the UK (Consumer Price Index CPI) Other new additions included kids scooters, bike helmets, …

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February, 2017

  • 17 February

    Ooh ooh ooooh, Can you feel the…..

    So, December 15th will see Star Wars:the Last Jedi hit the big screen and, as with the last major outing, there’l be a global unboxing of toys and more.  Disney and Lucasfilm have announced they will be holding their second Force Friday fan event to celebrate the reveal of new …

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  • 9 February

    We’re forever blowing bubbles (well we will be now)

      Bubble blowing is brilliant, few pursuits involving such a simple collection of kit can be more satisfying. From having the kids run about chasing and popping them to simply blowing them for grown-up satisfaction, bubble blowing, as we’ve just alluded to is just quite brilliant. There are a couple …

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  • 3 February

    Guardians of the Galaxy Groot gets his groove on

    Hasbro have unveiled, well press released at least, their Dancing Groot figure. Scheduled on shelf this Spring the 11.5-inch sound-detecting dancer lights up and dances to your tunes but can also blast out Jay and the Americans Come a Little Bit Closer track whilst performing the same groove/light-show tricks. Ok, this is …

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January, 2017

  • 28 January

    All the fun of the Toy Fair

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    For three days last week under the resplendent glass roof the Olympia exhibition centre the great, good and somewhat questionable folk of the toy market came together. These coming weeks see’s the bulk of this toy army head off to the worlds biggest toy fair in Nuremberg (75,000 new products and …

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  • 13 January

    Selfie drone from Revell set to land

    CME Drone

    Making its debut at CES earlier this month the C-me selfie drone is a smartphone sized flying machine from renowned model makers Revell. Part of the US Hobbico outfit they’ve been in the R/C flying machine business for a while but, smaller than the much lauded LILY and far less …

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  • 11 January

    Action Man returns

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    The original superhero is staging a comeback, the iconic Action Man is back. Other superhero characters can stand aside for now, Ironman, Spiderman, Superman and Batman with all their fancy, and frankly, quite incredible attributes still can’t compare to the gritty bare-knuckled nature of this chap. To celebrate the idol’s …

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  • 9 January

    Skydive time

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    One of the most reliable toys of all time, well for a few throws at least, was the manually propelled paratrooper parachutist, or plain old parachute toy. Simple plastic skydiving human-form strapped to plastic chute via multiple lines of string. Simple premise, throw into air, gravity takes over, parachute opens(mostly) …

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  • 6 January

    DC Super Hero Girl sets fly onto shelves

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    So much brick based goodness already this year, 13 yes, THIRTEEN Batman based sets already announced and then this colourful collection of female foe defeaters. We have a very decent line up in this range of half-aa-dozen and rather than wax lyrical about them we’ll post the images of the …

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