Toy Reviews

October, 2020

  • 28 October

    Can’t beat a bit of Micro Machines, revving around your front room since the early 90’s they’re certainly cheaper than another mainstream toy car brand we know yet hurt just as much underfoot! The range has been reimagined by Jazwares for this year and there’s lots to get excited about, …

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  • 28 October

    Dream Toys 2020 list

    The Top 12 Toys for Christmas were revealed today, this list selected by a panel of retailers and industry experts, the list is independent of toy manufacturers and makers. We’re told that there are rising concerns from retailers about being able to meet demand in the lead up to Christmas …

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  • 27 October

    Ready made wishlist – Just fill in the seven digit Argos codes

    Inside every Book of Dreams you’ll find a shedload of stuff for your rellies, from hair straighteners to  Jewellery, Lava Lamps to Mobiles and much more. Impiortantly the majority of this Argos publication is devoted to toys and usefully in the middle they’ve stuck a wish list so you’ll have …

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  • 26 October

    Worlds’s first crowdsourced puzzle

    Puzzle nerds around the world unite, today you have a chance to be part of a global movement to create the very first crowdsourced jigsaw puzzle. The company behind it, Cloudberries, state that the aim of this project is to test the ‘wisdom of the crowd’. The idea is that …

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  • 23 October

    Exploding Kittens creators think outside their box

    In their first move away from wildly successful card based play the Exoploding Kittens brains have thought outside a box and created one. The aforementioned box unfolds to offer a pinballesque scenario, kitten paws poised to be loaded with highly accurate spheres and a Rainbow ralphing mouth through which you …

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  • 22 October

      Fresh from WowWee is this bit of hybrid kit, they’ll likely not thank me for the comparison to BopIt but it’s difficult to avoid but there’s much more to do with this one. The other reference I’d make is towards that classic SIMON game, perhaps its the colours, more …

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  • 20 October

    Soft toys designed by kids – IKEA 2020 range is here

    Another word that trips off the tongue from the furniture folk, this time it’s SAGOSKATT and its the annual competition where they have kids send in pictures of soft toys they’d like to see made. This years are superb, they retail at a fiver but when they’re gone they’re gone. …

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  • 20 October

    All kinds of Play patterns in this pack

    Charity London Play devised this pack of 52 things-to-do as past of their pandemic lockdown play packs and they went out to 2,000 kids. Now they’re available to buy, and, at just short of a fiver going to said charity they’re danged good value. The cards each feature a playful …

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  • 20 October

    LEGO Ideas launches Xmas comp

    If you fancy your chances at bagging a bunch of LEGO Star Wars sets then head over THIS way. The IDEAS team are looking for, erm, ideas, on how you might make one of the following Star Wars icons into a seasonal scene : Millennium Falcon TIE Fighter X-Wing Fighter …

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  • 19 October

    Another top toys list anyone? Here’s two, you’re welcome.

    Tesco and Hamley’s have sent out their top selling toys for Christmas predictions list and, well, there’s a hint of déjà vu, just a modicum, only saying. LEGO Mario starter set, dogs that unbox themselves (Present Pets, Paw Patrol Dino set, Rainbocorns, Laser Battle Hunters, Rollin’ Rovee all make both …

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  • 19 October

    Wooden wind-up wonders

    From Bikes to Birds, cars to creatures this range of mechanical wooden toys from EWA blew us away over the weekend. DEcent build, lots of details, and, moving parts to marvel at. Prices from around €30 upwards, well worth a punt for xmas gifting (hard-to-buy-fors especially).

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  • 18 October

    Fisher Price museum open for business

      Each exhibit has been lovingly crafted by renowned U.S. artist and designer Leila Fakouri – who has previously designed sets for brands including Chanel, Nike, Gap and Levis – and features a classic Fisher-Price toy that has been stylised to match the look and feel of the decade the toy was first on …

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  • 16 October

    Smyths Toys partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital

      Smyths Toys have teamed up with Funko to create a Smyths Toys exclusive POP! Vinyl of their lovable brand character, Oscar – and all profits are going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) to help support seriously ill children. Starting from 15 October, the Oscar POP! …

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  • 14 October

    Family games to bust Boxing Day boredom

    Ye Ole Telegraph gave me a platform to round up my favourite family games, HERE  it is brilliant (if I say so myself). https://www.telegraph.co.uk/christmas/0/best-family-board-games-christmas-2020/

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  • 13 October

    For the Final Countdown – Advent Calendars for Kidults

    Forget your chocolate infused countdown calendars, actually, do buy one of those as your secondary December countdown kit but do consider one of these as your primary piece (lasting much longer than that melt-in-the-mouth stuff).   Friends Advent – £24.99 from Firebox Packed with memorabilia, stationery and games its ideal …

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