Toy Reviews

October, 2018

  • 3 October

    LEGO introduces new creative concept

    LEGO FORMA

    Rather than concealing its new innovations inside its Creative Play Lab, the LEGO Group today announced a new strategic approach that will help foster open innovation and test ideas and concept experiences through pilot projects, the first being LEGO FORMA on Indiegogo.   Putting ideas out there in order to …

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  • 2 October

    One Direction – Happily they’re not History

    One Direction dolls

    Well Liam says there is a chance that this “not crap” boy band will re-group and will be back on the road soon(ish). Plenty of boy bands had merchandise but none quite as good as the One Direction doll range, oh how we roll-played with our collection back in the …

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September, 2018

  • 28 September

    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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  • 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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  • 17 September

    Winter is coming! The Top Toys for Christmas lists have begun!

    Just as you were settling down for a nice Pumpkin Spiced Latte, admiring the first Autumn leaves and having a good long think about your Halloween costume for this year, the toy industry sneaks up and gives you a rude slap across the wallet! That’s right we’re officially less than …

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  • 14 September

    Watch out Cozmo! A new Boxer has entered the ring with a harsh low-blow!

    Boxer is a highly interactive A.I companion that is ready to go straight out of the box. Interaction comes in the form of hand movements, read by Boxer's Inferred sensors, and via the 10 'activity cards' that are easily read by the clever little four-wheeled box!

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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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  • 11 September

    Strictly Come Dancing – The board game for those two-left footers

    Strictly Come Dancing - The Board Game

      You’ll get a bit of Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood in the speaking glitterball bit of this game, that itself worth the RRP surely? The new series starts this weekend Saturday night (8th September @ 7.35pm). You’ll not capture the high-octane action of a prime-time celebrity infused show in …

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  • 7 September

    Fugglers – Sleep with one eye open and your mouth closed!

    Fugglers on tour

    Sadly, the days of blissful sleep and tearless trips to the shops are over. Fugglers from Spinmaster are here and they’re a little bit odd, to say the least! These funny-ugly bears (yes that’s what their name means, nothing else thank you!) are certainly eye catching. With ‘real human’ teeth, …

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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

  • 19 August

    Dog days are here to stay – It’s the Ultimate Pooch Paw Patroller

    Ultimate Fire Rescue - Paw Patrol

    You can’t help but marvel when lightning is caught in a bottle and that is exactly what the one of the international behemoths of the Toy Industry, Spinmaster, have done with Paw Patrol. This unstoppable property has dominated TV, books, merchandise and toys for the last few years and if …

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  • 16 August

    STAX – a bright new world of building

    STAX - light and sound building bricks

    Building toys. They’re the ultimate plaything for the imagination and now, thanks to STAX, your imagination has just been given a whole new dimension to play with: lights and sounds. If you’ve ever wanted your hand-crafted fire truck to be a tad more flashy or your personalised beasty to have …

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  • 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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July, 2018

  • 17 July

    Slime hits the headlines

    Which? The Consumers Association took 11 Slime brands from Amazon UK and 8 were found to have above the legally permissible amount of Boron (a derivative of Borax) within them. None of them we recognised as established toy brands bar Toysmith, one called Jupiter Juice who happened to be the …

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  • 13 July

    LEGO Lowdown*

      There were Harry Potter LEGO sets back in 2004, they weren’t half bad at all and (in box) are worth a decent amount now. There’s been nothing since though but, with the new Fantastic Beasts film the Danish brick outfit are bringing us a raft of sets that fit …

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