Toy Reviews

December, 2016

  • 8 December

    Unicorn inflate-a-fable

    unicorn

      Until you have this Unicorn in your life you’ll not realise how very much you needed it, yes needed. Ours arrived (un-inflated before you wonder) and after not so much manual huffing and puffing stood magnificently at seven feet tall from floor to the tip of its cone. Have …

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November, 2016

  • 7 November

    Five – All grown up

    Five on Brexit Island

    The famous Enid Blyton Five have gone and grown up now, Julian, George, Dick, Anne (and Timmy) have aged (rather well) and collaborated on modern day themes to bring us a collection of these four titles – Five Go Gluten Free, Five Go On A Strategy Away Day, Five Go …

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October, 2016

  • 31 October

    Interactive Bat isn’t Nocturnal

    nocto

    Far from and Hammer House horror type manoeuvres the only insatiable appetite that Nocto has is for his AA batteries, load it up with those copper tops from the bunny drumming adverts and it’ll go on for decent amount of time. Anyway, what can Nocto do now he is powered …

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  • 21 October

    Taking flight

    mambo

      This week the long awaited additions arrived out-of-the-box and ready for some piloting time as Parrot unveiled their latest line up of mini-drones. Adding to an impressive extension in this category of fun revealed last year with nine new drones was going to be a big ask, the French …

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  • 17 October

    Copycats strike – But do we care?

    speakout

    Everyone was looking to replicate the runaway success of the 2015 party game title Pie Face this year, Hasbro today announced a record earning, all time best ever turnover for Q3 this year, helped in no small part by the virality of some of its wares. Early this year they …

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  • 14 October

    Motor down Memory Lane

    corgi

    Iconic Die-Cast brand Corgi celebrates being 60 years young this year and is shouting out to fans to help it compile the Ultimate Top Ten Corgi Models. Jump onto their website HERE and register your treasured toy and in November the top 20 will be revealed online and then everyone …

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  • 4 October

    Ruxpin set for a return

    Teddy Ruxpin

    Back in the late 80’s a toy appeared on the scene that took the very latest in music technology and shoved it into the back of a teddy bear, the technology was the humble tape cassette and Teddy Ruxpin was the recipient of a player in its back. The animatronic bear …

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September, 2016

  • 19 September

    A new Spin on things

    Razor crazy Cart

    Since 2014 the Crazy Cart family of ride-ons has had us grinning like grinny things, this latest in the line-up has done something we didn’t think possible – lost the lift-up drift bar. The chap in charge of new initiatives at Razor, Ali Kermani, told us “We noticed most kids …

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  • 12 September

    This is the shop that Bricks built

    Lego Store

    We knew it was coming but didn’t know exactly when, now we do, it’s the 17th of November, plenty of time to lighten the wallets of tourists passing through Leicester Square later this year. The Danish brick outfit are making this the biggest LEGO retail outfit on the planet covering …

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  • 7 September

    Jump Around

    limbo

      It is time to get up and active, this day is #fitnessday with @_ukactive, calling couch bound console gamers to slip on those trainers and get off your backsides. We’re not a bunch of triathletes here at Toyology Towers, running for the bus and carrying heavy bags from toy shop …

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August, 2016

  • 30 August

    Happy birthday to hue

    crayola logo

    For one-hundred years the iconic colouring brand has been amongst us, its early life as an industrial pigment outfit, but soon finding its way into the hands of kids looking to make their marks on wallpapers across the planet. As a kid I remember some of the iconic colours (and …

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  • 26 August

    Lazy play for the bank holiday

    Monopoly Hasbro

    It’s been a long week has it not? The approach into an extended weekend always feeled a little laboured, but friday is indeed upon us and it is time to kick back. For us the notion of lounging horizontally and doing totally nothing is alien indeed, we like to be kept …

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  • 19 August

    Real Life Lightsabers on the way

    light2

    There are plans afoot it would appear to bring the Lightsaber to life, minus the ability to sever limbs. Disney have a patent application in for an “Audience Interaction Projection System” to give visitors to its Star Wars theme park a chance to have a hands-on with how one would look, feel …

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  • 16 August

    Tails that are unexpected

    Foxy Tail

    Finally, someone invented a moving animal tail for us humans to wear so we could mimic their emotions in wag form. Forget about showing others how you feel with facial emotion, well not completely, but accentuate your mood with a tail shimmy.  With a remote secreted in your pocket choose …

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  • 16 August

    Table Tennis any time/place

    ttn2

    Originating in Victorian England, the game of Table Tennis has also been known as Whiff-Whaff as well of course as Ping-Pong. Created by British officers in India with rudimentary sets being brought back to Blighty these were turned into a commercial enterprise by both Jaques and Parker and the game has seen a resurgence …

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