Toy Reviews

December, 2018

  • 11 December

    LEGO James Bond Aston Martin | The Spy Who Built Me

    There’s nothing quite like scratching two itches at once and building a LEGO spy car does just that. Fresh from the CREATORS range of LEGO comes the oh so suave James Bond Aston Martin. This beauty is the DB5 model that Sean Connery blasted around in during the events of …

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  • 11 December

    Starlink Battle For Atlas | Customised Space-Based Madness

    The Toys-To-Life niche is a constant surprise. Just when I thought we’d seen it’s last gasp with Skylanders & Lego Dimensions, something new appears though the fog. Starlink | Battle For Atlas is a spaceship based action, shooter/RPG with a focus on customised load-outs, high octane battles and evolving gameplay. …

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November, 2018

  • 21 November

    Polly Pocket | Your pint-sized pal back at your side!

    Children of the 90s rejoice! Our pint-sized, portable pal Polly is back in our pockets! Being a staple of my childhood, nothing quite got my imagination going like cracking open a new heart-shaped locket to reveal a new world to play in. So you can imagine my excitement on seeing …

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October, 2018

  • 15 October

    Power Charge Bumblebee | Revamping the revamp.

    Another year, another Transformers movie. But, as with most things, 2018’s version is a tad different. The upcoming robo-madness is a prequel, charting Bumblebee’s antics 30 years prior to Optimus Prime’s romp with Shia LaBeouf. The movie looks to be a ‘back to basics’ affair and the toy line looks …

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September, 2018

  • 20 September

    Spinmaster’s Boxer: What’s in the box? Friendship, hurray!

    The toy industry’s ‘Robotic Buddy’ chapter is long and varied. From Tekska through Furby and all the way to 2017’s Cozmo there has been a focus on interactivity, games and forming ‘real’ personal bonds.  This year marks the next stage in that story with Spinmaster’s Boxer rolling to the forefront. …

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  • 12 September

    NECA’s 7″ Crash Bandicoot – An N’sanely Mixed Bag

    Crash Bandicoot

    My PS1 was Crash paradise. From the moment I discovered ‘Rolling Stones’ (level two) on the pre-packed demo disk that came with my first console I was in love with the bonkers bandicoot; and for years his games were all I played. It’d be an understatement to say that NECA’s …

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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

  • 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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April, 2018

  • 27 April

    LEGO rollercoaster is a white knuckle thriller set

    LEGO rollercoaster

    We’re massive fans of the Carousel and Ferris Wheel sets, so much so in fact we’d not considered there might be a gap in our fairground collection – how wrong we were. This new Creator Expert set is utterly unbelievable and can be automated and integrated with their Boost kit. Exclusive …

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February, 2018

  • 24 February

    Tonka trucks are utterly terrific

      As an outfit that embraces all things digital, AR, VR and such it still thrills us to the bone when nostalgia knocks, and knock hard it has this week. So Funrise and Hasbro are collaborating to breathe new life into the Tonka range of toys, there’ll be Tonka Power …

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January, 2018

  • 4 January

    Playmobil farm set for the early years gets three cheers

    Playmobil 123

    My grandparents and my boy Billy’s great grandparents are farmers. They have a dog, a cat, some geese and hens, one or two cows and other bits and bobs you’d expect to find on a classic farm, old feeding troughs, manual rusty farming implements and lots and lots of “muck”. …

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