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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Air Hogs Remote Control Batmobile

Air Hogs Remote Control Batmobile from Spin Master is an impressive little vehicle, it looks stunning with lots of sleek detail and a bat shaped remote control, but importantly it moves with ease over various indoor terrain and is simple to manipulate.  Aimed at ages 8+, my 8yr old couldn’t wait to try it out and soon had it zipping all about the house.

The car is fairly small but packed full of detail making it look really sleek and a quality car. Based on Batman V Superman, this car was is made to look like it and has a brushed metal look finish although it’s actually just hard durable plastic, made to withstand knocks and bumps as it zooms around the floor.  We love the styling on it and give it top marks for looks.

batmobileThe remote control is great too, a simple but smooth lined bat shape with easy to touch controls.  Both the car and remote have an on/off switch and both require 3 AA batteries to work.  They both have a small red light so you know when they are on and ready to use.wp_20161016_11_46_35_pro

So then it was time to try it out.  We were really impressed with the performance of the Air Hogs Batmobile with it’s quick sharp turns and excellent manoeuverability.  It was simple to control and moved fast.  With a bit of practise you can soon get used to knowing when to stop it and how quick you can take a turn.  Everyone has loved this and it has had plenty of use on just the first set of batteries which are still going.  This is an excellent remote control vehicle that I’d really recommend, it doesn’t get stuck on edges of carpets and rugs and whizzes around faster than you can follow it.  With it’s edgy design too, it’s perfect and has just the sort of performance I’d be looking for if I was to purchase a remote controlled vehicle.

Here you can see a short clip of my 8yr old whizzing it around the house:

We love the Batmobile but there are also lots of other remote controlled vehicles in the Air Hogs range so make sure you check them out!

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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Meccano 25 Model Set 4×4 Off Road Truck

The Meccano 25 Model Set 4×4 Off Road Truck is a fabulous set for confident builders of construction sets.  It is aimed at ages 9+, but my soon to be 9yr old was keen to get stuck in and give it a try along with the help of her Meccano loving granddad!

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The set comes with 443 durable metal parts, off-road wheels, real tools and instructions.  There are 25 models to choose from or of course you can always build your own, but we started off with a big chunky looking 4×4 motorised truck.  There are lots of pieces, that come in various bags, but we found that putting some of the tiny bolts and screws in small pots helped us with staying organised during the build and stopped them rolling across the table.

meccano-2It was lovely seeing both my dad and daughter working together with an almost 60 year age gap.  My dad’s favourite childhood toy was his Meccano sets so this brought back great memories and is a type of toy he really enjoys.  For Miss M this was a challenging build but something she really wanted to try out and put her all into attempting to build and of course her little fingers helped to manipulate some parts in rather small gaps that were difficult to get into. meccano-3 I loved Miss M’s determination as she constructed the Meccano, it wasn’t easy and she did require some assistance but throroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot from following the instructions and finding the correct pieces.  The build was definitely fiddly in places but I think the results are worth it when you see the finished creation.meccano-4I didn’t time how long it took, but it definitely requires a good few hours to put a large set together like this but that adds value to it and is something you can attempt in one day or spread over several sessions. meccano-5 Here we are with the finished truck.  It looks really study and tough although you do have to be careful with pieces working loose so it’s good to go over it as you construct it to tighten each of the nuts.  I will say also that with this model you use every single one of the tiny nuts included.  It would have been nice if they had included a couple of spares as if you do lose one, you wouldn’t be able to complete the build.meccano-6Some fun features on the truck are the opening doors and the pull out winch at the front which can be rolled back in as desired.  There are also a couple of wing mirrors on each side of the vehicle which is a nice touch. meccano-7

The vehicle is motorised and with batteries will move along the floor itself.  We did have some initial issues with the drive shaft working loose, but after Granddad looked over it, we now have a working model.  The switch is a little fiddly to reach to switch it on but once it’s on it’s fine.  The children loved watching it move back and forth across the kitchen floor and we have a lovely build from Meccano which we’ll keep on a shelf when not being played with.

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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Monster High Ghoul-To-Bat Draculaura Doll

Monster High dolls are ever popular with their grown up looks and quirky features.  Draculaura is perfect for this time of year with Halloween on it’s way and she has a special lever on the front of her dress that allows her to transform her skirt into bat wings.

draculauraShe has a pretty pink dress that she wears when being a normal ghoul with a full, fancy skirt covered in hearts and  bat wings.  Her hair is black with pink highlights and comes in a high ponytail.  I like the pink heart detail on her cheek.  She also has pink high heeled shoes which are removable although stay on quite firmly during play.

draculaura-2The centerpiece of her bodice is in fact a plastic lever that can be simply pulled down to reveal a more vampy looking dress as well as lifting her outer skirt to create bat wings.  This feature works really well and is easy to do.  The wings feel sturdy once in place and gives her a new feature, being able to fly which allows children to further their imaginative play and hold her up, pretending she is flying through the sky. draculaura-3I think this doll is well made, she has limbs that can be bent and moved during play aswell as her transforming feature.  The clothes also look good and the whole doll appears durable and of a good quality.

Both my children have enjoyed playing with Draculaura from Monster High and have had fun integrating her alongside other dolls and toys we already have.  They have created a lot of fun play scenes and particularly love using her to fly through the air to move around so her dress has had a lot of conversions to bat wings which has kept them entertained!draculaura-4

This is just one of many of the fabulous Monster High dolls and they are well worth checking out if your children are fans, as they are well made, durable and have lots of fun, quirky features and endless play value.

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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Star Monsters Series 2 Pocket Friends Collectibles

Star Monsters have recently released Series 2, a new set of mini collectible monsters that have fallen from the sky as triangular shaped stars and turned into quirky, funny monster characters.  I knew my little boy would enjoy these so couldn’t wait to let him view them them and share his thoughts.

star-monstersThe Star Monsters come in various sized packs, all at low pocket money prices such as £1, £2 and £3 which is really good value.  What I really like is that each bag contains two monsters not just one little character which makes them better value than other blind bag toys.  Also you get two stickers in each bag which really adds to the value.  The bigger packs contain mini capsules and the £3 option contains a giant capsule which is brilliant for keeping multiple monsters inside.  The mini capsules are also a lovely way to display your monsters and can be joined up and stacked in various ways which added to the fun.

star-monsters-2The Star Monsters sticker album has proved a huge success!  Not only can you add your stickers to the correct monster throughout the album but there is a fold out game sheet that kept my two children entertained for hours – even I was persuaded to play a few battles against them flicking star monsters across the board!

star-monsters-3The game sheet has been a big hit with my little boy, he is always getting it out, either matching his monsters against the sheet or playing a game with his sister.  I’m surprised something so simple has created so much fun and entertainment for them. star-monsters-4The Star Monsters overall have been a big success with my children, they love them and can be found playing with them all the time.  Being small they are often used with other toys and can be found in the back of toy trucks, visiting Scooby Doo’s house and much more.  Every time we visit the supermarket my little boy spies the Star Monster stands asking if he can have another packet to add to his collection (only when he’s been good though!).

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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U Hugs Customisable Dolls Series 2

U Hugs are customisable dolls each with their own character and accessories, although these can easily be mixed and matched between dolls to create your own character.  From Flair, a second series of these dolls has been released with some fun themes and designs.  We’ve been checking out a couple of them below – take a look!

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There are six dolls to choose from in the second season.  These are:

  • Thorny Flower
  • Lazy Hero
  • Cheeky Kitten
  • Sweety Robot
  • Snowy Girl
  • Time-Off Elf

The first one we looked at is Cheeky Kitten who was both mine and my daughters favourite.  She is really cute and has some fun features such as a pin on tail to put on the back.  The unique part of these dolls are the pins, which are basically the accessories, which all have a simple push in pin like action to push into any of the 16 holes that can be found across the doll.  The dolls all have a soft rubbery body, there are no sharp bits and these are so easy to change around almost instantly.  Being a cat, she has cute accessories like a fish, bird and mouse as well as a cute collar with a bell.

u-hugs-2Time-Off Elf is also really cute and perfect for this time of year.  As you can see each doll comes with a selection of small accessories, but also their hair, jackets and skirts are all removable and can be swapped around.  There is a diamond style pin for the top of the head which has a hole through it so the dolls can be used for hanging up or carrying with the loop included.u-hugs-3My daughter enjoys these and has a collection on her bedroom shelf already, she often shows me her new creations where she has mixed and matched them with each other. u-hugs-4 A huge plus with these dolls is that they are hollow and there is a removable patch on the back of them, that is easily opened and closed with a pin.  This means that inside you can store all the little accessories that the doll isn’t currently wearing – a brilliant idea which helps to keep things all together so less chance of them getting lost.u-hugs-5Here is one of the creations my daughter made substituting the eyes for some other fun elements! u-hugs-6

These are fun toys that both my children have enjoyed playing with.  Even my younger boy has fun customising them in various ways and showing me how he got on.  For something different, then these are a bit of fun, and if your child likes playing with accessories on dolls then these could be the toy for them.  A fun, durable doll with fun features, available from all major toys shops now.

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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Disney The Lion Guard Toys – Review

Disney’s The Lion Guard is an appealing tv series for young children, that has now been turned into an exciting range of fun and high quality toys that provide plenty of play value and encourage imaginative and adventurous play.  We were lucky to hold a Lion Guard party last week with a few friends to celebrate the release of the new toy range.

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The Lion Guard follows Kion, leader of the Lion Guard who along with his friends helps protect the Pride Lands.  The largest toy in the range is the Defend the Pride Lands playset which really is quite impressive.  At first glass it doesn’t look much, but when you have a closer look, there are eight interactive play features, such as traps, a motorised vine lift, boulder launcher, waterfall, hidden tunnel, collapsing rock.  It really is good fun for an adventure and my little boy loved it.  The set comes with a Kion figure to play with.  Further figures are available in smaller sets or a figure set which features each of the main characters.

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Smaller sets available include a figure and accessory such as Bunga’s Coconut Blaster.  All of the accessories have a moving part and all of the children found these fun and enjoying using them as part of their adventure play.

After checking out the toys we had lots of The Lion Guard related party games including eating cake which went down well.

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The favourite game had to be Pin the tail on Kion!  We had a lion headpiece and fluffy tail to use which the children just loved.

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The party was a great success and the children all went away with a goodie bag which included the new The Lion Guard magazine and also a blind bag containing a mini figure.

Overall I’m really impressed with the toy range, it is all made to a high quality that will be durable in play and withstand little fingers and a few knocks.  The toys look lovely as well and have been well thought out.  They lend themselves to imaginative minds of little ones which is perfect for my little boy and he has taken the animals on many adventures.

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The Lion Guard toys are available now in most major toys shops now such as Smyths, so why not check them out now!

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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The Lion Guard Twitter Party #LionGuardToys

Disney’s The Lion Guard is a fun, animated tv show based on The Lion King film from 1994, and is based around Kion, son of Simba and Nala.  Kion leads the Lion Guard, a team of animals who protect the Pride Lands and defend the Circle of Life.  Just released is a fabulous range of toys to go alongside the programme,  enabling little ones to play with their favourite characters and have lots of imaginative play with fun accessories such as coconut blasters and boulder catapults.

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The main toy in the range is The Lion Guard Defend the Pride Lands playset.  This is packed full of fun features for the ultimate adventure to take your character figures on.  Included is one Kion figure, and a whole host of fun traps and moveable elements that my five year old is eager to explore.

Includes

  • Capture bad guys on the collapsing rock ledge
  • Features bone trap and leaf trap floor
  • Defend Pride Rock with the boulder launcher
  • Have Kion ride the motorised vine and jump on the tree top perch
  • Whooshing waterfall and hidden passage to explore

We’ve been lucky to have an early look at the toys and they look fabulous, perfect for imaginative fun that both girls and boys will enjoy.

To celebrate the release of the new The Lion Guard toys, there will be a Twitter party this Wednesday 6th July from 1-3pm.

Join us for fun and games using the hashtag #LionGuardToys

Be sure to follow @UKMumstv and myself @star100x as well as others for a fun packed afternoon and see more about the toys.

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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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