Showing posts with label #Toyreview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Toyreview. Show all posts

Saturday, 24 March 2018

... Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Twisting Tornado Set ...


If you are followers of the blog you will know Ru is a massive fan of the Thomas Tracks and is always over the moon when we are asked to review a new one.

When we were asked to review the new Twisting Tornado Set I was more than keen to say yes.
Ru has been doing really well at nursery and it was nice for him to receive a surprise in the post.


Key Features

·       Motorised track set
·       Includes unique Thomas TrackMaster engine
·       Connects to other TrackMaster playsets
·       RRP £24.99
Suitable for age 3 years+


The track was really simple to build, it all clicked together nicely and the track layout was really easy to follow.
Ru sat patiently and watched as I built, once it was ready to go he popped Thomas down and giggled away as he sped off.



It took a few goes before he realised he had to move the tornado back before Thomas reached it, but once he got the hang of it there was no stopping him.
The race was on to get it back into place before Thomas had zoomed around the track.


Thomas takes shelter inside the old shed but only to find the Tornado takes him into a whirlwind and spins him across the field knocking down all the powerline poles on its way to the other side of the track.

Fast-paced and full of fun, this is definitely one of his favourite Thomas Track Master sets!



After playing you can unclick the track and place it back in the box.
This track can also connect to other TrackMaster™ playsets for non-stop adventures!
I'd highly recommend this set to any parent with a Thomas fan, it's reasonably priced and will last well and bring endless hours of fun.
  
You can catch Thomas & Friends over on their YouTube Channel.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

... Introducing BABY Secrets ...


BABY Secrets is here 

The new hit collectible with 50 baby characters to reveal!



BABY Secrets is new on the scene and brings exciting characters with big personalities. 
From painter baby complete with a paintbrush, to party baby with a sash and a party hat, they each come ready to share their own secrets. 
Discover the cutest and cheekiest babies in town – who will be your favourite?

Find out if your baby is a boy or a girl by filling the bath tub with water and dipping your baby in. Either way, the adorbable characters are all waiting to be discovered with their mischievous and playful designs. 




The full range includes:
 BABY SECRETS SINGLE PACK RRP £2.99

The BABY Secrets Single Pack is the perfect way to start your collection, complete with one baby, one bath tub, birth certificate and collect’s guide. 
Make friends with the collection and reveal what your first character will be. 


BABY SECRETS ACTIVITY PACKS RRP £12.99



The BABY Secrets Activity Packs come in four different varieties:
  • Pram Pack
  • Bassinet Pack
  • High Chair Pack
  • Rocking Horse Pack


    The packs come complete with two exclusive babies, one surprise baby, a bath tub, three birth certificates, collector’s guide and either a high chair, rocking horse, pram or bassinet. 
    For endless play! 



    Ru adored opening up all these cute babies. 
    Every baby brought a big smile to his face, he's very into babies at the moment and was over the moon when the delivery of BABY Secrets arrived!
    After we had unboxed all of them I told them if we placed them in their baths we would find out wether they were a boy or girl.

    Colour changing toys are a massive thing in this house and any chance Ru has to play with water he's all over it.

    I filled up the baths and let him dip the babies in.
    It was great fun seeing what colour their diapers went.


    He has played with them non stop since opening them up, its very sweet to hear him making them talk to each other and him bathing them nicely and surprisingly not making too much of a mess!
    They haven't received any names yet, but when Ru has finally decided I have their birth certificates ready to fill in.


    1. BABY Secrets is available from The Entertainer, Smyths, Argos and Toymaster.
      To find out more about BABY Secrets visit the BABY Secrets HQ: www.babysecrets.co.uk PopJam channel: @BABYSecrets 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

.... Tidying Up With Dusty ....

Real Workin’ Buddies Mr. Dusty is a fun way for kids to learn to clean up their toys! 
Dusty can eat it up, sweep it up, and dump it out! 
Dusty has a motorised mouth to eat up bigger toys, plus lights and sounds too! 
Dusty the Super Duper Garbage Truck has a fun personality with over 50 phrases and works on both carpet and hardwood floors!


Features

  • 3 ways to play! Sweep It Up! Eat It Up! Dump It Out!
  • More than 50 phrases
  • Works on carpet and hardwood floors!
  • Fun sound effects!
  • Makes cleaning fun
  • Motorised mouth!
  • Working Light!
  • Batteries Required: 4 x AA (Included)


When I heard about a toy that tidied up I was more than excited about trying it out.
The boys love playing but are a little resistant when I suggest tidying up after themselves, so I was rather keen to seen if Dusty would be my secret weapon to combating this!


The boys were all very impressed with Dusty and were keen to play with him, when I threw down a pile of Lego they looked at me like I was going crazy.
When I told them to drive over the Lego bricks they really thought I had lost it.
After staring at me for a while and trying to decide if I needed to be taken away by the men in the white coats they decided to do as I said and drove Dusty with cheeky smiles over all the bricks...

Their faces were priceless,
They couldn't believe he actually ate it all up!

All the boys liked Dusty but Rupert was the one who really took to him and claimed him as his own.

Rupert can spend ages making a mess and then cleaning it back up again.
He loves munching up the bricks and then dumping them out again and he finds it hilarious when Dusty burps.








































Dusty would be a super present to find under the Christmas Tree!
Available from Smyths Toy Store 
RRP £34.99

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Monster Smash-Ups Raptor Remote Control Truck!

race, smash, eject and rebuild these rechargeable, high speed radio control monster trucks. 
When crashed, the front bumper activates the ejector seat, sending the driver flying across the room! The realistic monster truck suspension makes these trucks incredibly fun to tilt-turn, race and swerve.


The twins are really into remote control cars at the moment, but I'm always running around after them telling them to be careful they don't crash as the car will break, with this monster truck I don't actually have to do that!
Mum win!!

They can crash the truck to their hearts content!


Features
  • Monster smash ups: Race, smash, eject and rebuild with a monster smash ups RC trucks
  • Ejector seat and re-buildable: Crash your truck and watch your driver get ejected; quick rebuild and back to action
  • Radio controlled: 2.4 GHz radio controller with 20 m range, allowing multiple players to battle at the same time
  • Tilt-turn movement: Realistic, exciting, tilt turn suspension combined with high speed capability
  • Rechargeable: Includes rechargeable battery with 20 minutes run time and also customisable stickers, cones and flags; 
  • requires 2 x AA batteries (not included) for remote control
  • Ages 3 and up.

The truck is nice and easy to assemble which means the twins can quite happily do it themselves without my intervention, which is always a bonus.
As otherwise I'd be constantly being asked to re-build it, as they crash it A LOT!

They always giggle with delight when their little raptor dude gets flown out of the truck and across the room.
 They have a little competition going to see who can get him to fly the furthest.
I'm not 100% sure whose winning, but I have a feeling its Oscar.


I like the fact it has a rechargeable battery as we have a lot of toys that eat batteries and they are always so expensive to keep buying so another mum win!
The boys all find the controls easy to use even Rupert can get the car to drive around the kitchen without a helping hand!

These monster trucks come in 3 designs
Raptor, Rhino and Viper!

They'd make awesome Christmas presents!
Available from Argos for £34.99



Thursday, 26 October 2017

K'nex Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set

Noah loves building lego sets and always enjoys a challenge.
He's never actually had a K'nex set so when I saw this I knew he would love it and it would be a great introduction into the world of K'nex.


Key Features

  • 430 piece K'NEX building set
  • Air propelled motorised coaster car
  • USB charger lead for the coaster car
  • Encourage building and cognitive skills. Stimulates imagination
  • Glow in the dark track adds excitement
  • Building with K'NEX aids the growth of key developmental abilities like fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and dexterity
  • Coaster stands over 76cm high. Can also be used vertically
  • Set includes over 430 K'NEX parts and pieces, including rods, connectors, glow-in-the dark track, air propelled coaster car and a USB charger lead. Colour leaflet included
  • Additionally, builders can head to K'NEX.com to download instructions for a second roller coaster model
  • K'NEX.co.uk - Web Site will help with instructions, fact sheets etc
  • Recommended age 9+
The build process

Noah thought there was going to be more complicated pieces involved in building this roller coaster so was pleasantly surprised by finding just a load of sticks and cogs.

We first took time sorting all the pieces into piles, so when it came to the actual build we were a bit more organised.

We decided we would do it as a team, which was nice as Noah and myself rarely get a spare 5 minutes to ourselves and usually thats when I pick him up from his after school clubs as I'm on my own.

We spent a good two hours doing this, we even had to get daddy in to help, as we couldn't quite get the last few bits of track to work, and after realising we'd put a number 1 curve bit in the wrong place, it all easily got sorted.

The Instructions.

Whilst we were building the roller coaster Noah had the coaster car on charge, so that it was ready to zoom around once we were done.

We were all pretty impressed with how fast the coaster car went.
I was half expecting it to slowly find it's way around the track, but it went so fast that we all struggled to try and catch it when we wanted to turn it off!




After we knew it worked and none of the track was pinging off, we switched off the lights and all watched it glow in the dark.

Noah was very proud of the final build and couldn't wait to show it off to the others.
They all giggled with delight when the coaster car zoomed round and round and up and down.


The Roller coaster is built so that you can either have it standing tall or standing on its side.
Both ways work fantastically.

For additional builds you get a special code that you can enter on the K'nex website!


This would make a fantastic Christmas present!
Something for both little and big people to all enjoy!

Available from Toys r Us for £69.99



Sunday, 22 October 2017

Transformers The Last Knight 1:10 Jumbo RC Bumblebee

Bumblebee is Optimus Primes most trusted ally. 
Now it's up to you and Bumblebee to save the world from the evil Decepticons. 
This 2 channel radio controlled jumbo size Bumblebee has full movement and is 40cm in length.
 It is a perfect replica from Transformers: The Last Knight.



The boys are all a little bit obsessed with Transformers and when I heard about this awesome Jumbo RC Bumblebee from Simba Smoby Toys I knew they would love it.
With a challenge attached to reviewing it, I knew they would be up for it.



As soon as Noah saw the car he was trying to think of all different sorts of tracks for it to do.

In the end we took full advantage of our large kitchen. 
We placed a few obstacles in its way and a track that went all the way round bypassing different things on its way and one we hadn't planned on ..... Little Link the terrifying tiny tiger trying to attack Bumblebee on his way round.


Noah and I both had a few goes at seeing who could do it the fastest and I was winning until Jon came and joined in the fun and out did us both.





The car is made well and no amount of crashing into the wall has ruined its shell .... yet.
The controls are nice and easy to use, even Rupert can operate it.
It does whoever need an awful lot of batteries, so if buying this for a Christmas present I highly recommend you make sure you have a big supply of batteries handy.
The car needs 6 and the control needs and extra 2.


Noah on one of his missions!


Bumblebee is available only from Argos for £29.99

Friday, 20 October 2017

Thomas & Friends™ Super Station


 The ultimate Thomas & Friends track set yet, the Thomas & Friends™ Super Station.
Compatible with all your favourite Thomas & Friends engines, TrackMaster, Adventures, MINIS and wood, and with room for storing over 100 engines, little one’s imaginations will soar to the Island of Sodor! 


For those of you who follow the blog you'll know how much Ru enjoys all sorts of vehicle toys, his love for his cars is strong but a close second is playing with his Thomas & Friends railway tracks.

He adores watching the trains go round and round - something that I put down to his sensory traits.
Often when he's had a hard day / week the one thing I know that will instantly help is building up a track and letting him slip away into a little Thomas trance.

Watching the trains go round instantly takes his focus and makes him smile!

All the parts 
MINIS, Adventures, Track Master and Wooden Railways track toys.

So when I was asked if we wanted to review the brand new Super Station I jumped at the chance and responded with a yes straight away.

Ru had seen the advert for it on the television and pointed it out to me, something that he rarely does.
So I knew he would love it.

I really wasn't expecting it to be as big as it is, as sometimes toy size can be a little misleading but the Super Station is true to form and it is pretty massive.

It was so big that I had to move it from the lounge half built to the kitchen as I knew it was going to take up far too much room in the lounge.

Something that you can see for yourself in the pictures.


 Key Features;

Compatible with TrackMaster, Adventures, MINIS and Wood engines
  • Room for over 100 engines
  • 10 metres of track 
  • Features iconic locations including Tidmouth Sheds, Brendam Docks, Knapford Station, the Sodor Steamworks, the Dieselworks and Blue Mountain Quarry
  • Use the adapter pieces to connect to other playsets to create an even bigger playset for hours of fun
  • Suitable from 3 years+
  • RRP: £129.99


Ru was keen to get playing as soon as I started building and he wouldn't leave me alone until I had placed some batteries inside the TrackMaster Thomas engine.
So whilst I built the track he let Thomas ride around the parts I had built whilst eagerly telling me to hurry up.


After deciding which track we were going to build first it took me around 20 minutes to build it.
As well as building the track correctly, I took my time making sure the stickers which were supplied along with the instructions were stuck nicely and in all the right places.

Once it was done, even I was impressed by it's size. 
Ru was so impressed that he took his time walking around and looking at it taking it all in and whispering 'wow' to himself.


Ru loves that the track is the perfect height for him.
He can either sit down to play with the track on the floor or stand up to play with the train shed track and Cranky.

He gets so involved in play that I can actually get stuff done around the house with out him noticing.

I even managed to go to the shops on my own whilst I left him with Jon (something that I can rarely get away with) as he was just so immersed in watching Thomas go round & round and up & down that he hadn't notice me pop my shoes on and head for the door.


I love how you can store all the different trains on the track, as I'm always finding Ru's MINIs dotted around the house, so its nice that we now have a cool place to store them.
At least now we have all his trains in the one place and I don't have to spend ages searching all the toy boxes for them.


Unfortunately for me the Super Station won't actually fit in Ru's room so it will have to live in the kitchen until Ru allows me to take it down.

Though saying that, I have found myself enjoying making up all the different tracks whilst Ru is asleep to surprise him with in the morning.
It's becoming rather addictive in a way and I have been doing it every night this week!


Rupert really adores the Super Station, the twins enjoy a sneaky play and even Noah likes to get involved when Ru isn't looking and as I just said I can't help but enjoy building new set ups!

 A definite win for all the Mini Beast crew.


This is definitely one of the top toys for this Christmas and if I hadn't been extremely lucky enough to  be offered the opportunity to review it, it would have been on the top of our Christmas list.

xx