Archive for the ‘Toys’ Category

Playmobil Sustainable Wiltopia Animal Figures

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

Claiming to be made from more than 80% sustainable materials, Playmobil’s Wiltopia line aims to be environmentally friendly and educational. At its core is a range of individual animals, paired with basic accessories and a “knowledge card” that gives some basic information about each animal, plus a scannable QR code. The animals are joined by […]

My Little Morphée – Kids Sleep Aid Reviewed

Friday, September 2nd, 2022

Sleep is a tricky beast. For some it’s elusive, for others we stubbornly ward it off, refusing to let go of a day that hasn’t gone our way. For toddlers… it’s their sworn enemy, it’s no fun, it’s the bittersweet end of another full day, it’s missing out on what their parents get up to […]

Playmobil Kitt Kit

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

Playmobil had slipped off my radar for many years. I’m not totally sure why. LEGO had followed me from my childhood, doggedly determined to entice me into building ever more elaborate super-cars. But Playmobil? Even with a toddler who, by all estimations, would love the stuff it has played second fiddle to Duplo. But then […]

Five Design Mistakes In Hot Wheels Unleashed, And Why You Should Play It Anyway

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Hot Wheels Unleashed is the classic example of a game created by people who care and ransacked by executives and publishers leaving it falling short of the original vision. What remains is the question: does enough of this concept still exist to make this game worthwhile? For Hot Wheels the answer is yes. The attention […]

MagneCube Magnetic Puzzle

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

By now you’ve probably heard of BuckyBalls, and perhaps even Zen Magnets and NeoCube. They’re all the same thing; sets of small 5mm magnetic balls which attract together in a variety of combinations. Most of these are either sold primarily in the US, or at quite expensive prices which would turn the ordinary buyer ( […]

HexBug Toy Motorised Bugs Reviewed

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Christmas is coming, the goose is presumably getting fat, and you’re no doubt starting to get that Christmas shopping itch. If you’ve got an empty stocking to fill, then here’s a little helping hand; pop in a HexBug. HexBugs are an interesting yet simple concept, comprising a range of motorised bugs of varying shapes and […]

The hottest xmas gadgets at Expansys

Friday, December 18th, 2009

There aren’t many shopping days left until Christmas is upon us, and if you’re struggling to choose something for the gadget love in your life, Expansys has come to your rescue with their Roger Butterworth, CEO at eXpansys said: “Christmas can sometimes feel overwhelming. To simplify the shopping experience, eXpansys is offering a helping hand […]

V-Tech First Steps Baby Walker Review

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

I’m sure there’s an army of mums and dads out there who I simply don’t need to tell just how good the V-Tech First Steps Baby Walker is. It’s an explosion of baby entertainment built into a portable, detachable unit on the front of a robust, easy to collapse walker that has been the apple […]

Tomy Thomas And Cranky Coal Loader Review

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Christmas is closing in, so why not sit back and partake of a few shameless toy reviews alongside your usual diet of games and technology? If you’re not familiar with the series, kicked off with the Thomas Post Office Loader then let me introduce you to Thomas and Cranky. This is the second, I think, […]

V-Tech Kidizoom Pro First Impressions Review

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Every now and then I’ve hopefully picked up a toy camera from a store shelf, intrigued by the whole concept of nurturing my daughters early interest in Gadgets. Unfortunately, these always turn out to be simplistic toys which “simulate” the functionality of digital cameras with the basic sounds and aesthetic of the real deal.