The Emoji Movie Poseable Light Up Figures

The Emoji Movie Poseable Light Up Figures from Flair are just the sort of toy that Emoji Movie fans will love.  My 6yr old is emoji crazy so these are right up his street and he was thrilled at getting to try them out although a tad sad we didn’t receive Poop (I was actually quite pleased!). With three in the range, you get the choice of Gene, Jailbreak and Poop.

Surprisingly the figures are 8 inches tall, much larger than I expected and would look great on display on a bedroom shelf (the 6yr olds are currently on the mini bedside table attached to his bed as he can’t be without them – they are the ‘in thing’ for him!).  Built of plastic, they are fairly sturdy and come on a speech mark shaped base which is removable, but you do need the figure to be on it to stand them up.

The main feature with them is that if you lift their right arm, a part of them lights up.  On Gene this is his mouth and on Jailbreak it is her hair and badge on her hat.  My Mister B age 6 loves these and they make him very happy at bedtime.  Emoji themed toys seem to be the thing that kids love at the moment so I’m sure that these will prove a big hit with young fans.

Overall they aren’t so much a toy as a model that brightens up a shelf in a bedroom.  The light up feature is a little limited as you have to hold the arm to keep the light on but my little boy likes them and has fun with them each evening in the run up to bedtime.  For any Emoji fans out there I’m sure they’ll love them!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Hot Wheels Spinnerz from Bladez Toyz

Hot Wheels Spinnerz are the latest toy to be released from Bladez Toyz.  With fidget spinners being the latest schoolchild’s craze, these are sure to be a hit with girls and boys of all ages.  Also in the range are Barbie Spinnerz but my two opted to try out the Hot Wheels variety, with three different designs in each category it’s easy to collect them all!

The spinnerz come on a cardboard background and already look superior to other unbranded ones we’ve tried previously.  They feel good, look good and most importantly spin really well going around for a really long time if you get your spin right.  Being easy to spin is great for my youngest who is 6yr’s old as they just glide around on his fingers and he enjoys having fun with them.

The spin on these is fantastic and everyone can’t help but notice the Hot Wheels logo.  Just watching them is fascinating and the children like to line them up and get all of the spinnerz spinning together, even I find them interesting to watch and admire.  They also try to spin them on various fingers and thumbs challenging themselves to outdo the other one.  The spinnerz definitely get them thinking and being creative about how to use them trying all sorts of tricks out, it really is all down to your imagination!

Available now both in toy shops and from Bladez Toyz direct these are sure to be a hit with all Hot Wheels and Barbie fans alike.  Why not check them out today to be a proud owner of a cool branded fidget spinner that is built to last and others will admire!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Despicable Me 3 Minion Tom Inflatable Remote Control

Despicable Me 3 Remote Control Inflatables from  Bladez Toyz are just about the coolest remote control to be had at the moment.  Not only are they remote control, they move, they talk, they are minions and they are large inflatables making them quite a sight and a hit with anyone that sees them!

Along with the inflatable Tom is a remote control and you need 6AA batteries in total to power him along.  Tom comes on a small base and then his body inflates which my daughter did in a matter of minutes so really simple to do.  The first thing my 6yr old observed and was rather impressed with were his googles which also inflated!

The remote control is very simple to use and kept both my 6yr and 9yr old occupied.  You can move the minion remote control forward or spin it around and also listen to it chatter which my boy thought was hilarious and briliant.  We found that it did work on carpet but we also used it on a hard floor which got great results and plenty of minion action.

The children both loved controlling jail break Tom as he was simple to operate but fun with the way he spun around and his sounds.  The 6yr old loved dancing and jumping over him as he spun, whereas the 9yr liked controlling it and steering it around the house making sure it didn’t bang into anything although if it did no damage is called due to it’s inflatable nature.  With a 30m range this minion remote control allows for great play value and it looks impressive with it’s 35cm height.

Check out this video of the children taking Tom for a ride:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Hot Wires Plug & Play Electronics Set

With British Science Week upon us, John Adam’s Hot Wires Plug & Play Electronics Set is the perfect toy to generate interest in electronics and circuits for children.  Miss M age 9 was very excited to try this out as apparently has recently done a similar experiment at school with some wires and a light bulb so she was eager to get started and see what she could create.

The kit contains everything you need to make over 100 experiments along with a full colour instruction booklet that sets out each one clearly.  The connector parts are numbered for ease of use and there are many parts such as lightbulbs, speaker, finger sensor, buzzer, switch, LED lights… the list goes on to the extent that once you get the hang of it you can come up with your own creations.

Miss M didn’t waste any time and was straight in the box, creating before I even got a look in and the next thing I knew, she had an invention ready to show me – it’s that simple!

Miss M and her brother had created some sound effects and thought they were hilarious as I don’t think they were expecting to be able to make multiple sounds from what they saw in the box!  After calming them down, I managed to record this brief clip of the sounds effects in action:

Next up they decided to make a doorbell.  With it having been my birthday the day before they couldn’t believe it when they pressed the finished doorbell, and the tune was that of ‘Happy Birthday’ which none of us were expecting and it was a pleasant surprise.

Overall we absolutely love this Hot Wires set, it’s safe, it’s simple to use and the possibilities are endless.  Miss M can use it independently and create some amazing things that both children enjoy looking at and playing with.  She’s managed to expand some sets with further pieces to change the pitch of the sound that she made.  This really is good to get children thinking, learning and experimenting with electrics in a safe and educational way.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Wildlife Animals from Schleich

Schleich is always a popular brand for it’s durabiliy, quality and realistic looking creatures.  They have every type of animal you could be looking for from horses to dinosaurs, dragons to fun playsets. This week we have been looking at some of their wildlife animals in the Wildlife Starter Set.

With a zebra, lion, elephant and monkey as part of the collection I just knew my little boy would love these, particularly the monkey which has turned out to be his favourite.  He loves using these in all sorts of imaginative play, adding them in with his other toys, such as tractors, trucks and other figures for fun playing.

As you can see the animals are incredibly lifelike with lots of attention to detail.  Being realistic is great for kids because they can really see what the animals are like and talk about their features and learn to recognise different creatures.  The durability in Schleich figures is fabulous too and they will last without dulling in colour or legs breaking off.  They are without doubt the best quality figures we’ve played with.

If you are looking for animal figurines for little ones to play with then do check these out, you can’t go wrong with them and kids love them.  Here’s my little cheeky monkey with his favourite couple from the Wildlife Starter Set!

Available from Smyths Toys for £14.99.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the dragons in order to write the review.

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My Fairy Garden from Interplay Toys

My Fairy Garden website is a delightful place that children can visit and get to know the fairies that live in the various Fairy Garden toys.  From Belle who comes with Fairy Garden to Lily who comes with Lilypad Gardens, they all have their own style and personality to go with their houses.

As you can see with Lilypad Gardens above, the set is lovely and child friendly, perfect for introducing children to gardening as they can grow something in the pot and play with the accessories each time they water the plant.  I just love the large saucer for this set that excess water will go into, there are little lily pads to float in the water and the drawbridge comes down for the fairy to walk across – how cute!

Each set is different and features it’s own fairy, you can find out about them all on the website as well as lots of other activities.  There are printable colouring sheets, spot the differences, ideas of things to make such as a twig ladder for the fairies to use.  There are also fun online games and quizzes.  Well worth trying out the Which Fairy are you quiz? to see which fairy you are most like.  It’s a simple multiple choice quiz which will give you the answer in minutes.

We also love the Flower Puzzle game, with 10 levels to get through.  You have to match different pairs of flowers up without crossing the path of another pair.  Both my children have sat down playing this with much fun trying to get further through the levels each time.  Why not give it a try – great for rainy day fun!

If your child loves fairies then make sure you check out the My Fairy Garden website for lots of fun, games and more!

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Meet the Zomlings Series 5

The latest range of pocket size toys from Magic Box Toys are Series 5 of the Zomlings.  This pocket money range of toys seem to have mass appeal especially my little boy who was excited to check out the new range.

The range comes in various size packets, ideal for pocket money to be spent on or a as a small treat.  We recevied a selection which once opened out gave us the selection of Zomlings shown below.  The series consists of not only characters but city towers (buildings) and big zom-mobiles (vehicles). Everything is bright and colourful and attractive to children to play with.

There is a also a big town guide map which is double sided, one side lists all the characters which my little boy loved matching his figures onto and picking out others he’d like to own.  The other side consists of a play map with places to house each of the buildings and vehicle stations.

Each building has a sign saying what it is that folds out.  The door also opens so that you can put Zomlings inside and the buildings cleverly stack upon each other to save space.

My little boy loved the play map, it encouraged lots of ideas and fun and he loved moving the Zomlings around in their vehicles across it.  The vehicles have a fold up roof and then you can fit the figures inside.  There are two notches on the base of each vehicle which a figure will sit on so that they are upright.

There are many other fun packs to buy in the Zomlings range, there is so much to collect, you can create a whole Zomlings world.  Why not check them out today – I’m sure your kids will love them as much as my little boy does!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Hyena’s Hide Out Playset from The Lion Guard

Disney’s The Lion Guard tv series is popular with young children and has certainly been a hit with my little boy.  Being a spin off from the The Lion King, it has mass appeal and my little boy loves playing with the toys from the series and has got to know all the characters from the show, from the goodies such as Kion and to the baddies such as the Hyenas.  Here we are going to show you the baddies home, the Hyena’s Hide Out Playset from Flair Toys.

The playset is a good size and can be split into two parts if you wish.  Although it looks fairly simple, it is packed full of traps and hideouts which lend a hand to a child’s imagination and something my little boy thrives on.  His imagination ran wild with this creating all sorts of adventures and games for The Lion Guard characters to play.

The set consists of a mountain like structure with various caves, traps and hideouts.  It also includes a moveable hyena figure to play with and others can easily be added to the set to encourage play.  Although the playset can be parted into two pieces my little boy preferred to keep it as one.  On one side is a tree branch that animals can sit into and be twisted up and down to keep watch on oncoming visitors.

Underneath the main part is jaw bone jail, this is opened by a small lever and can trap visiting animals inside.  Beware if you are standing at the bottom of the rock as the boulder can easily be released to roll into you!  If the boulder rolls the other way however the rock bridge will collapse, so danger on both sides.  The red lava panel also lifts up to reveal a hidden cave for the hyena to hide in.

This playset has kept my little boy playing for hours, he is very imaginative and a toy like this sets the scene for him and enables him to enjoy lots of time playing and creating different scenarios.  The toy is very well built and durable with moving parts being easy to use.

Mister B has enjoyed bringing his other The Lion Guard playset to play with together, giving a home for the goodies and one for the baddies, creating the ultimate The Lion Guard world to play with.  There are various toys available in the range and they all mix and match easily together for fun play times.  You can also check out my review for Defend the Pride Lands playset which is the biggest toy in the range.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Real Construction Toys

Real Construction from Jakks toys gives kids a fantastic insight into woodwork, but in a child friendly way using foam pieces to replicate the wood and plastic tools that won’t harm or cut you in any way.  You can build anything you like, but there are a number of ideas included with more detailed instructions available online.

wp_20161120_14_30_09_pro-2The kits contain everything you need to get started and we tried out both the starter set and the larger deluxe kit.  We had a variety of tools, different screws/nails and a selection of foam shapes to use.  We found it definitely worth using the instructions online so found it best to have a tablet in front of us with these on to guide us through.

wp_20161120_14_35_04_pro-2Both of my children were very eager to try this out.  They had seen in advertised on tv and always love to do things that make them feel grown up.   Tools in hand they couldn’t wait to get started and granddad who loves his woodwork gave them a helping hand.  I have to say though that to construct a design as per the instructions then children will almost certainly require an adults assistance.  We found cutting the foam to maximise the amount of pieces you could cut out of each sheet was a little tricky and we had to make sure the children didn’t saw through sheets without pre planning what they were going to make and where they needed to cut. real-construction-2 That said, they were so keen to create something that they were happy to listen to our guidelines and learn the best way to do things.  Mister B wanted to make the speedboat that appeared with instructions in the Beano magazine, whilst Miss M was keen to make a sailing boat as one of her current favourite hobbies is sailing!real-construction-3The children loved making their various boats and the sets really do give them an insight into the basics of woodwork, the action of using the tools etc.  There are endless possibilities with what you can make and the material itself is easy to work with, it’s just following set instructions that is tricky for younger ones.   wp_20161120_15_29_01_pro-2My children are both proud of what they have made and their boats take pride of place on their shelves in each of their bedrooms. wp_20161120_15_54_56_pro-2Real Construction kits are a great chance to try out your potential woodworking skills and a child friendly craft that’s safe and fun!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter – Review

When the Yvolution Y Flyer Scooter dropped on our doorstep there has been nothing but excitement and eagerness to get outside in the cold breeze and ride away like it’s second nature, not that the Y Flyer is your regular scooter.  Far from it, this is a beast of a scooter, it is huge but fair enough as it’s aimed at 7-12 year olds and just looking at it you can see it’s substantial, well built and durable.

yvolution-y-flyer-scooterThe scooter comes boxed and requires minimal assembly to put it together, which took only 5 minutes to do. It is then ready to use and the handle can be folded down for storage purposes.

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It was then time to give it a try.  It works with a unique forward propelling motion that is operated by pushing the foot plates up and down.  It has a chain which I was quite surprised by and a handbrake making it easy to stop as you can pick up some speed with the Y Flyer. The scooter has a steel frame that is quite heavy but that does make it sturdy. It does take a bit of getting used to as it’s different, but my soon to be 9yr old took to it straightaway.  She’s very sporty and loves being outdoors so this was a good challenge for her to try out but one that she loved and enjoyed.
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So what did we think?

Well I can only say that we loved it because we did.  It is amazing, a head turner, incredibly well built and something Miss M absolutely adored and has had a lot of fun with.  It’s great for exercise as it makes you work, but the feeling of ‘flying’ down the road is exhilarating and worth the effort.  Whilst out and about in our local streets trying out the scooter, we did get a lot of admirers and people were intrigued as to what Miss M was riding – the Y Flyer from Yvolution will certainly get you noticed and why not?  It’s a clever, unique and different way to travel that we’d throughly recommend!

Here is a short clip of Miss M in action on the Yvolution Y Flyer scooter:

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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