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September, 2018

  • 11 September

    Strictly Come Dancing – The board game for those two-left footers

    Strictly Come Dancing - The Board Game

      You’ll get a bit of Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood in the speaking glitterball bit of this game, that itself worth the RRP surely? The new series starts this weekend Saturday night (8th September @ 7.35pm). You’ll not capture the high-octane action of a prime-time celebrity infused show in …

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  • 7 September

    Fugglers – Sleep with one eye open and your mouth closed!

    Fugglers on tour

    Sadly, the days of blissful sleep and tearless trips to the shops are over. Fugglers from Spinmaster are here and they’re a little bit odd, to say the least! These funny-ugly bears (yes that’s what their name means, nothing else thank you!) are certainly eye catching. With ‘real human’ teeth, …

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  • 5 September

    Roboteers stand by no longer – Hexbug’s Robot Wars Arena is here

    Hexbug Battlebot

    Being co-host of Robots Live! I have heard the same question time and time again “Why arethere no Robot Wars toys” luckily for me, thanks to Hexbug, I won’t be getting that question ever again! Their brand new Robot Wars Arena is the current flag ship of the Hexbug Robot …

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August, 2018

  • 19 August

    Dog days are here to stay – It’s the Ultimate Pooch Paw Patroller

    Ultimate Fire Rescue - Paw Patrol

    You can’t help but marvel when lightning is caught in a bottle and that is exactly what the one of the international behemoths of the Toy Industry, Spinmaster, have done with Paw Patrol. This unstoppable property has dominated TV, books, merchandise and toys for the last few years and if …

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  • 16 August

    STAX – a bright new world of building

    STAX - light and sound building bricks

    Building toys. They’re the ultimate plaything for the imagination and now, thanks to STAX, your imagination has just been given a whole new dimension to play with: lights and sounds. If you’ve ever wanted your hand-crafted fire truck to be a tad more flashy or your personalised beasty to have …

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  • 3 August

    LittleBits Avenger kit is a Marvel

    Iron Man hand

    We’ve been lucky to spend some time building the LittleBits R2D2 STEM kit and shall be heading straight over to the buy button after hitting publish, sharing the news that they’ve now a Marvel licenced kit to shout about. You’ll get nine colourful ‘bits’, each one compatible with all the …

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July, 2018

  • 17 July

    Slime hits the headlines

    Which? The Consumers Association took 11 Slime brands from Amazon UK and 8 were found to have above the legally permissible amount of Boron (a derivative of Borax) within them. None of them we recognised as established toy brands bar Toysmith, one called Jupiter Juice who happened to be the …

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  • 13 July

    LEGO Lowdown*

      There were Harry Potter LEGO sets back in 2004, they weren’t half bad at all and (in box) are worth a decent amount now. There’s been nothing since though but, with the new Fantastic Beasts film the Danish brick outfit are bringing us a raft of sets that fit …

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  • 6 July

    Cutest Superhero ever? Incredibles 2 Jack Jack gets all interactive.

    Jack Jack

    We make no apologies leading you into the weekend £40 lighter of wallet but if you don;t bag a Jack Jack Attacks sharpish there’ll be none left when the film arrives next week we wager. Jack-Jack is full of surprises, transforming from adorable to spontaneously combusting and shooting lasers from …

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June, 2018

  • 22 June

    Outdoor Toy Awards 2018 – The Winners

    Outdoor Toy Awards 2018

    Much fun was had last weekend as over fifty Toyminators came together at St Matthews Academy in Blackheath, South East London to put a huge selection of outdoor toys to the test. With YouTube influencers Amazing Arabella and Jaadin the Kid on hand to oversee proceedings alongside the Kidzcoolit gang …

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  • 7 June

    Christmas is coming

    Argos Top toys for 2018

    Time to slam your head on your desk, the top toy lists are incoming, the retailers are off the mark once more and yet again it is Argos leading the way. For 2018 they’ve gone for a list of 13 playthings tipped to be part of the under tree pile …

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  • 1 June

    Build your own Bugatti – Lego have unveiled their cut-price Chiron

    Bugatti Chiron by LEGO

    Spend $2.6mn, it’ll get you a motor that’ll do 0-60 in 2.3 seconds but there are only 500 units being produced so that price will likely rise and, with your Tesla/Roller/Porsche taking up your parking spaces already well, its a hassle. Thanks you LEGO for today releasing your Bugatti Chiron …

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May, 2018

  • 24 May

    The Big Green Pig and the Hunt for Minifigs

    New policeman

    “He’s a big green pig…” That was the first description I ever gave the staff at Scallywags toyshop while trying to track down a little-known Return of the Jedi figure, the Gamorrean Guard. The Gamorrean Guard! That’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time; a looonng time… Hunting …

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  • 21 May

    Eau De Play-Doh – Hasbro trademarks iconic aroma

    play-doh

    The nostalgia-inducing smell of the PLAY-DOH compound is now an official trademark at the American Patent and Trademark Office as a registered trademark of the brand. Hasbro describes the smell as the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a …

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  • 9 May

    Slime Blasters from Zimpli are here

    Zimpli slime blaster

    Crowned one of the best newcomer toys of Toy Fair 2018 way back in January the Slime blasters are finally here. Expecting this to be a big seller this summer, and the slime trend still strong, slimy outdoor fun has now ben unleashed. Offering a gooey take on the water-fight …

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