Toy Reviews

May, 2020

  • 22 May

    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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  • 20 May

    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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  • 20 May

    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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  • 14 May

    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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  • 12 May

    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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  • 11 May

    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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  • 7 May

    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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  • 7 May

    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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  • 6 May

    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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  • 5 May

    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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  • 5 May

    LEGO and Universal embrace the power of music

       Exclusive global partnership encourages the world to be more playful with an innovative music initiative, combining passion for music with the iconic LEGO System in Play. The LEGO Group today announced an exclusive global partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music-based entertainment company, that will …

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  • 5 May

    Harry Potter LEGO sets about to arrive

    Spanning the adventures from across all eight Harry Potter films, these new sets will go on sale from 1st June and are available to pre-order from 30th April from LEGO.com – We have : LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Room of Requirement – Slide the panel to reveal the hidden entrance to the Room …

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  • 5 May

    Nose and mouth mask from Playmobil

    The designers at Brandstätter Group have created these Playmobil Nose and Mouth Masks, the initial production run shipped to the company’s employees around the world, and now these reusable masks are on public release. According to Playmobil, “new injection molding tools for the complex design were created in record time” …

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  • 5 May

    Cards for Humanity – NHS Hero playing card packs from Cartamundi

    Cartamundi have launched a new series of playing cards in a bid to raise funds for the NHS heroes working on the frontline in the battle against CV-19. Replacing the traditional Jacks, Kings and Queens are NHS Heroes including doctors, nurses and surgeons alongside the rainbow colours now synonymous with …

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April, 2020

  • 17 April

    Star Wars LEGO A-Wing about to arrive

    The A-Wing Starfighter joins the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series in time to celebrate May 4th. Seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi you’ll get an A-wing pilot minifigure and removable canopy to access to the ship’s detailed cockpit for the first time ever. This 1,673-piece set model …

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