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Create your own back garden waterpark

Say pfft to inflatable pools people what you’re after (despite not knowing it yet) are more impressive things than the neighbours have. Yes, lockdown has driven us to this point of wanting to “beat the Joneses”. So, perhaps you’ll go for the over-the-fence six-foot high sprinkling Unicorn? Or tempted by …

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Car showrooms in lockdown no longer

YASS – Car showrooms are open once more, how many weeks have I hankered after a new motor during this crisis, well, none. In the spirit though of getting the economy back on its feet I’m guessing, and I have not ploughed through eery vocation, that this might be one …

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Pokémon – A new way to play

It has arrived, the adaptation we didn’t even know we wanted but absolutely do now. They’ve only gone and announced the Pokémon first-ever board game of the classic Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG), surely the most popular and best-selling trading card games in the world. We love them, kids love …

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Wall worthy jigsaw puzzles

Early lockdown saw sales of jigsaws spike up to 300% and they’ve now entered the zeitgeist right alongside board games. Never enter into anything more than a giant-sized toddler ten-piece Pepper Pig puzzle if you haven’t a modicum of patience. Set your state of mind to moderately calm and whack …

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Vroom for this in your LEGO showroom?

Lambo lovers rejoice, you can now buy yourself a brick-based unit and create your own much-too-loud engine/exhaust sounds with this eagerly awaited LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, this 1:8 scale of the limited-edition Italian super sports car,  first shown off in September last year they’re only making 37 of …

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Crayola brings us 40 skin tones with “Colours of the world” campaign

Since 1885 Crayola have been involved in the colour business, until 1900 it was al about industrial pigments and such and now, fast-forward to today, they’ve announced this impressive new line. The “Colours of the World” range features hues to represent over 40 global skin tones that “authentically reflect the …

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Spiel Des Jahres – Recommendations and Nominations in full

Previous winners of this prestigious award include Azul, Camel Up and a bunch of others in our stash, this years line-up for the three awards, the biggie “Game of the Year” and the other two “Kids game of the year” and the “Expert game of the year” have been announced. …

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Virtual festival for the Bank Holiday weekend

80% of parents have run out of ways to keep their kids entertained in lockdown – Surprised? The boffins at Dr Gummer’s Good Play Guide have uncovered that 80% of parents are struggling to find new ways to keep their kids entertained during lockdown, perfect timing then that this weekend …

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Spooky new set from LEGO

Aimed directly at AFOL’s this new set weighs in at 3,231 pieces and will lighten you by £209.99. Modelled on Manor Von Barron, the spooky home of one of the world’s greatest villains – Samuel Von Barron, the new LEGO® Haunted House model is full to the brim with spine-tingling …

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Legoland Windsor launches lockdown sets

The theme park may be closed for a while yet but the team at LEGO have launched five sets based on the park, usually these would be reserved for those at the resort to buy at the on-site shop but these are going straight online. The LEGOLAND Park set (£129.99) the …

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Unlock! games: Helping survive the lockdown

  What’s the best way to cope with a lockdown? Well, actually, there are multiple options – but the best way in my opinion is with puzzles, codes and challenges. However, without being able to go outside it’s time to turn to the other big contender in the escape room …

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Baby Yoda? Mini Mandalorian? The Child?

The ears wiggle, the eyes move, his arm extends to use the “force” and he makes cooing sounds aplenty – and will deplete your bank account of almost £60 quid. There are 25 sound/motion activiations to be had if you touch it’s head and you may need you’rs seeing to …

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Jigsaws – enjoying a resurgence

Quite possibly the ideal antidote for lockdown languor, lots of folks we know are stocking up on 1,000 piece interlocking analogue entertainment systems. That’d pretty much be our upper limit piece wise and we’d likely go for an image that had distinct areas of colour so it didn’t mangle with …

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We’re all playing more now – indoors and out

Number crunchers a Global information outfit The NPD Group have been looking at the board game and toy playing habits of Brits and our European neighbours during lockdown confinement. According to their latest consumer research, 31% said they had played with games and toys more since the start of lockdown. …

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Play your cards right with these new Top Trump packs

Lauding and applauding key and essential workers from doctors and nurses to less high-profile professions such as pest controllers, midwives and sea merchants even politicians, who are depicted on the Top Trumps card by Boris Johnson we’ll forgive and there’s a nod to journalists too. One of the four scoring …

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