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August, 2020

  • 2 August

    Waka Waka – Monopoly going all Pac-Man

    The Pac-Man’40th anniversary celebrations continue, this time with Hasbro releasing Monopoly Arcade Pac-Man Game – complete with tiny arcade cabinet that serves as the central mechanic for this Monopoly set. The game revolves around points as a pose to money, each turn you’ll move your icon and the ghost token. …

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July, 2020

  • 31 July

    New twist on Erno’s mind-mangling cube

    Rubik’s have produced the first official app to help teach us how to solve it.  This iOS app uses audio and visual clues real-life popular puzzle and help improve and record your solve times.  It’ll use your mobile camera together with artificial intelligence processing to track your real 3D Rubik’s …

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  • 30 July

    Perseverance sets off to Mars

    At a cost of billions we do wonder WHY but the madcap professors and their underlings appear to be keen on seeing if life did exist on Mars so they’re sending up a rocket with a rover on-board. The red planet is a bit of an enigma, so we’ll see …

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  • 30 July

    Tech infused old school play

    Pressure Games have launched their Kickstarter campaign for, Countdown. Back it, we love it, its a tech infused toy that brings all the fun of “up and active” gaming into one circular box. There are a dozen games built-in, each one a retro inspired play using reflex, logic and movement …

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  • 30 July

    Only Fools and Horses fans – This way please

    A replica of that Yellow Trotters Independent Trading van, a flat in Peckham perhaps – all aspirational objects for fans of the show, here’s one for just £14.99 though and we think you’ll like it. Boycie in Belgrade is a new documentary featuring John Challis as he sets of to Serbia …

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  • 27 July

    Hot Wheels sketches of cars arriving in 2021

    Unveiled at last weeks San Diego Comic Con these are a few of the sketches from the 20+ shown-off to Hot Wheels fans last week.. The HeMan and Skeletor ride look pretty impressive, you can keep the Baby Yoda though.

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  • 24 July

    Olympic(ish) eventing for the home

    Today would’ve been the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics, the first events kicking off tomorrow and a full two-weeks of sporting goodness on the goggle-boxes, sigh. Still, we get to do it all next year , likely with a bit of added fanfare, and we cannot wait. In fact, …

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  • 23 July

    The latest in the LEGO 18+ range has our wallet feeling weary – but so what?

    Here it is, the first-ever brick built Grand Piano from LEGO. Fresh out of the LEGO Ideas operation this set is the latest aimed at the “adults” with £319.99 spare cash and 3,662 pieces of spare time. It is an intricate build and at over 8.5” (22.5cm) high, 12” (30.5cm) …

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  • 23 July

    Rip-racing explosive four-wheel fun anyone?

        Right, our Boom City Racer cars have arrived and, before we turn the Out of Office on let us give you the lowdown. Falling into the category of “rippers” this genre of toy has been around since the 70’s, a threaded piece of plastic inserted into the chassis …

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  • 22 July

    Two sporting greats

    The headline is of course purely subjective, some say golf ruins a good walk, others prefer the egg-shaped ball in play with grown people running around after it. The arrival of Footgolf a few years back did make me wonder “Why” but, after seeing the sport increase in popularity seems …

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  • 21 July

    Hasbro and Mattel unveil their Comic-Con lines

    Both the toy makers have a history of keeping some of their very best launches for Comic-Con gatherings and, despite each not having a booth presence this year they’re each still making plenty noise around the now virtual gathering. FRom Hasbro a line-up that’ll go live on their PULSE website …

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  • 21 July

    Fisher Price continues to up its Pop Culture game

    The rise in popularity across the pop culture collectibles market has been incredible the past couple of years, sales at Funko up over 200%, they had to move into a bigger HQ so no surprise others are eyeing this lucrative space.Perhaps one of the surprise entrants earlier this year were …

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  • 20 July

    San Diego Comic Con is a stay-at-home affair – And we can’t wait.

    There’s plenty to look out for from the online event this week, one of the panel discussions that grabbed our eye is entitled Transforming Together Time: Family Gaming and the Future of Play – The curators tell us “Video games have been an influential part of our culture, creativity and …

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  • 20 July

    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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  • 17 July

    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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