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London Toy Fair – The lowdown

Toy Fair 2019

  And so the 66th Toy Fair concluded yesterday, three solid days of championing all that is new in the world of play for 2019 – shelves look set to be stocked with some rather splendid stuff. A quick look back to 2018, best described as “challenging” due to Toys …

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Top ten sellers in the run up to the big day revealed, right here….

The incredibly good looking people at  the NPD Group have unveiled the UK toy market’s 10 best-sellers for the week ending 8th December, the last weekly sales data that get published before Christmas. A favourite all year round, the L.O.L Surprise! Doll assortment has topped the list, with other variations …

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Board Games for Boxing Day boredom busting

Board Game Clubbin'

Take a moment before you enter those dark corners of your cupboards and dust off those dog eared “bored” games. They needn’t make their annual pilgrimage this year, there are so very many new titles in town. We’ve rated all our games on three criteria: Snigger score – It’ll rate …

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Botbots Launched at Comic Con

London Comic Con ended with a bang yesterday as Hasbro announced their brand new Transformers line, Botbots! These pint-sized mechanoids are the latest in the ‘Blind Bag’ trend and as such have an impressive roster to be collected. 61 is the current count, which will be leaping up to 191 …

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Hamleys and the rise of ‘The Imperfects’

This week saw yet another toy retailer unveil their ‘Top Toys For Christmas’ list. Unlike most of the others, Hamleys simply couldn’t narrow their picks down to 10 and decided to buck the trend with a ‘Top 12’. The cynic within me wonders why they need two Monopoly sets (one …

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Calling all old Ten Pound notes – your time is up

Paper Ten Pound Note

Admittedly we haven’t seen a paper version of the tenner for a while with the new pesky polymer ones blighting our wallets (but surviving several wash-cycles) for weeks. We’ve found some spanking good deals of toys under a tenner for today from The Entertainer to spend any old notes you …

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Lights going out at Toys R Us

Geoffrey the Giraffe

Sad new indeed that Toys R Us finally went into administration today. Unable to pay the HMRC a £15mn VAT bill and failing to find a buyer willing to stump it up for them in time (and about £100mn more) the lights are about to go out at the rather …

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Video review – Marvel at the Hasbro Black Panther range

Black Panther

  The Toyminator returns together with a trio of Black Panther Vibranium role play items and his glamorous assistant. Count the number of times you’ll hear “around the £20 mark” – This pair are the ONLY superheroes you need on your screen today:  

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Lets hear it for Del Boy

Corgi Cars

Sure he has done other stuff but David Jason is inextricably linked with the Peckham based Trotters Independent Trading empire. His classic use of French words in all the wrong places, using “Fromage Frais” as a pose to Eureka being amongst our favourites (full list of Del Frenchisms HERE). From …

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Big Kids Aisle should help counter that looming Blue Monday feeling

BIg kids at play

  The Kidult market is worth over £300mn in the UK, that over 1 in ten adults buying toys for themselves (or pretending it is for a friend). The folk at Barclaycard have teamed up with Smyths Toys and are opening up a ‘Big Kids Aisle’ at their London Staples …

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