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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


Monday, 9 October 2017

~ Junior Rubik's Puzzle Review and Giveaway ~

I have always enjoyed having a go on a Rubik's cube.... have I ever completed one?
No, but it is a life long mission of mine than has now been passed down on to the boys.
We have an old cube in the house that I've had since I was a child and I'm sure it has had some stickers removed and added on top of others in a bid to try and out smart it, but yet no one has actually managed to complete it yet!

So when I was contacted about become a Rubik's blogger I was more than keen to sign up .....  maybe this would be my chance at finally figuring out the secret to getting all those little squares matched up.

John Adams have a huge range of Rubik's toys, which when I looked actually  blew my mind at the vast range as I wasn't aware at how many there were, so I was eagerly excited about seeing which Rubik's toys turned up on the doorstep.

In our first package were these very cute Rubik's Junior animal puzzles which are suitable for children ages 4 and up.


There are four designs to collect;
Puppy, Kitten, Bunny and Bear.
RRP £9.99 available from Argos.

The twins picked the dog and bear puzzles to try their hand at ....


I adore the design, cute and sweet. Perfect for little hands!
Just perfect for little problem solvers!

They always get so frustrated at trying to do the original cube, so it was nice to hand them something that I knew they would be able to do.

As soon as they were unboxed they couldn't wait to juggle the colours around and race each other to see who could get it back to normal first.


The Rubik’s Junior puzzle is the ideal puzzle for little problem solvers. 
The cute twistable character is so easy to grip and turn. 
Twist the blocks to create a crazy mixed-up animal, but with relatively few combinations. It is easy to solve whist keeping your child entertained.


It took them a few tries but it didn't take them long to solve it.
They then decided to mix up each others and then see if they could solve it.

The puzzles are great for kids as they aren't as tricky as the original and they don't take too long to solve, which helps kids stay focus and not give up to easily.

The twins didn't struggle solving them, but they did have to think about how the colours and shapes went together, so it was nice to see their thinking faces!
I'm sure Alex even stuck out his tongue at one point.


The guys over at John Adams have give me one Kitten puzzle & one Bunny puzzle to giveaway to two lucky readers...

If you fancy winning one of these awesome little puzzles for very own little problem solver just enter the rafflecopter below.
They'll make fantastic stocking filler presents!


T&Cs

Two winners will be picked,
One prize per winner,
Winner will have 48hrs to respond before another winner is picked,
UK only,
Ends 23/10.

Good Luck.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

HATCHIMALS SURPRISE ... What's inside?!?

Last year the boys begged me for to get them Hatchimals for Christmas, but try as I might they were sold out everywhere!
So when I was asked if I would be part of the awesome blogger crew who got to review the brand new Hatchimals Surprise I was more than eager to say yes.


This year they've changed things up a bit by adding an amazing surprise in to the mix.
Last night their was a mass un-hatching on twitter by all the bloggers and it was pretty fun to be a part of.
If you missed that and haven't guessed whats inside .... it was TWINS!

we had the purple and blue egg..

When the twins first saw the egg they bickered between themselves at who would get the animal inside.
Oscar - 'I'll have it and you can have something else.'
Alex - 'No I think I'll have it and mummy can buy you another one!'

I smiled onwards at them and told them to start the hatching process.


























The hatching process was pretty exciting actually, because I knew what was coming I was a bit more keen than the boys. It took about 15 minutes of constant play before the egg decided to hatch.

We all took turns in rubbing its bottom and tilting it when it felt sick.
I had the handy quick start guide to hand to tell the twins what it was feeling and what they had to do.

Every time the Hatchimals knocked the boys faces lit up and the instantly started knocking back.

It was really sweet to see how excited they were.



As the hatching time came nearer the top of the egg became softer, so I encouraged the boys to keep rubbing its bottom as that would help it hatch.

As the egg started to hatch the boys couldn't wait, so they started to give it a helping hand.... probably so they could grab it first before the other one did.

Their faces when they realised there was TWO inside was priceless! (A little video at the end so you can see their joy!)

As soon as they were both out the egg and placed together they started singing 'Hatchy Birthday' to each other.



We hatched boy / girl twins who have been lovingly named;
Alex and Lexy.
Not very original I know, but I'm sure they'll be renamed at some point.

It's really hard to find one toy thats suitable for twins, normally when buying for the twins I have to buy two of one thing, just so they don't fight and of course I end up spending a small fortune.

So the Hatchimals Surprise is perfect for twins, even normal siblings.
This will make the a perfect joint Christmas Present.



Key Features;

 There are three stages that your will go through - baby, toddler and kid.
They'll sing 'Hatchy Birthday' as they enter each stage so you'll know which games to play and how to care for them.

  • These Hatchimals share a special bond – telling each other jokes, playing games, saying “I love you” and more! 
  • As they enter each stage, they play different games and say different things.
  • They even feel sad when they’re apart for too long! 
  • Watch as one moves and dances, while the other repeats everything you say!
  • Hatchimals Surprise are made for kids aged 5+. 
  • 2 AA batteries and 3 LR44 button cells batteries required (included).

You can hatch PeaCats or Giraven.
The peaCats come in the purple/blue egg and the Giravens come in the pink/yellow egg.

Just a little video of the twins hatching their egg!


 Available now from Smyths Toys for £74.99


**We were gifted the Hatchimals Surprise for the purpose of this post.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Rise Of Scar Playset

Disney Junior's The Lion Guard, Kion, the brave leader of the Guard, and his team are put to the test when they face the evil villain Scar! 
Join Kion as he challenges Scar in the action-packed Rise of Scar Playset. 


Key Features;

  • Playset features fun lights and sounds
  • Includes one exclusive Kion figure
  • Play flames light up and pop out and the head rises!
  • So many fun features including a snake attack, a collapsing bridge, a lava ball launcher, a battering ram, and more!
  • Batteries included


The boys all really enjoy watching The Lion Guard on Disney Junior so when this Rise Of Scar Playset from flairplc arrived they all went rather crazy.

The Lion Guard Follows on from the incredible story of Simba in the Lion King, this new hit series recounts the efforts of Kion, the son and youngest child of Simba and Nala. 
Follow him as he tries to assemble a team of animals to protect the Pride lands.

I originally agreed to review it for Ru but the twins and even Noah enjoy playing with it and I often find them playing with this rather than on the tablet or DS.

Ru can easily be kept entertained playing with this with his Cars and Kion for anything from 10 minutes to half an hour. Which for him is a long time.

With Kion's movable legs its easy to switch him from a sitting pose to jumping pose in a flash and move his head around like he's really taking in the all the dangers around him.
Ru often stretched out his front and back legs like he was jumping around just like our new kitten Link.


Getting Kion to cross the bridge and then making it collapse always made them roar with laughter.
Ru's favourite feature was the Lava Ball.
He really enjoyed trying to get it fly all over the kitchen.


Scars head pops up slowly when you press his nose and as his rises his eyes light up and the flames pop out. After his is risen you can press his nose to make different noises, such as lion roars or monkeys chattering.



Ru really loved making Kion get up to all sorts of adventures... getting stuck in the vine jail and falling into the crocodile pit. 
To think of it I don't think poor Kion had a good ending in any of Ru's adventures.


The boys did play nicely together but I think this toy would be even better if it came with an extra play figure.
We also had a slight problem with our batteries, but once I had switched them around the playlet worked fine.


This playset is perfect to act out scenes from the cartoon or let your imagination run wild and play like Ru does.

This would make a brilliant Christmas present (I know I mentioned the C word and it's only September...sorry) or even a birthday present for any Lion Guard fan.

Another big thumbs up from the 3 little Mini Beasts!



Available from Smyths Toys for £49.99

Monday, 25 September 2017

JCB Hydradig Die-cast Model.

The JCB Hydradig is the first true wheeled excavator designed for purpose, from the ground up. 
The machine is the first for visibility - see all four wheels; 
stability - 1000kg at maximum reach; 
manoeuvrability - under 4m turning radious; 
mobility - stable 40kph roading; and serviceability - rapid ground level servicing.


  • Authentic 1:32 scale model replica;
  • Constructed from die cast metal and plastic;
  • Compatible with most 1:32 scale Britains models;
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor play
Ages 3 and up.


Ru loves stopping in the street and watching the tractors and diggers go by... we get a fair few on these tiny streets, specially on the school run so when he saw this waiting for him after school he bounced around and couldn't wait to get it out of the box.


Perfect for any diehard digger fan, this Hydradig has every little detail that a real life Hydradig would have.
Ru loves the way it spins around and that he can move the digger and get it to pick up all sorts of things...mainly his breakfast!


This JCB Hydradig is from the Britain's build your own farm range...

BRITAINS is a leading manufacturer in die-cast models and is a name synonymous with quality models since William Britain started making toy soldiers in 1893 using the hollow casting process. Born on 8th August 1831, William Britain worked as a brass tap maker. 
He soon, with his family, started making mechanical toys in their own home.


You can tell when Ru really loves a new toys, he'll add it to his Cars line up and this Hydradig has taken first place in all his current line ups!

You can buy the JCB Hydradig from www.farmtoysonline.co.uk for £25.95


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Link ~ #MySundayPhoto

Introducing our newest member.... Little Link

Named after the dude from Zelda.
We've had him for two weeks now, but with Jon being in hospital I haven't found the time to write about him.

When we got him he was covered in fleas, rather skinny and had very sore eyes and a bloody nose.
With a quick trip to the vet and some TLC he's doing really well.

He gets on really well with our dog Ray but has still to make a friendship with my cat Indie.


Photalife

Zomlings Series 6


The Zomlings of the future are here! 

Zomlings Town has risen from the ground with super fast tracks crossing the skies and light shining brightly from every surface. 

The Zomlings of the future are funnier, rarer and more adventurous than ever. 

There are aliens, robots, mutants, critters… what a mixture to discover. They live in special Capsules that can fly across the skies. 

They also have new types of Zom-Mobiles with advanced Zom-tastic technology for extra speed!



The boys love blind bags and are always rather excited when a delivery of them turn up.
They couldn't believe their eyes when this Zomling package arrived.


We were sent 
A supply of packet blind bags - which includes 1 Zomling and a checklist,
A supply of Zom-Mobile blind bags - which has 1 Zomling and 1 Nom-Mobile and a checklist,
1 starter pack - which includes 1 album guide, 1 metal capsule, 1 Zom-Mobile, 3 Zomlings.


The boys surprisingly shared out the Zomlings nicely with absolutely no bickering whatsoever.
They each had a blister pack and around 5 blind bags each.


I loved watching their faces as they opened all the blind bags to reveal which Zomlings they had.
Oscar's face was a real treat when he opened up a packet to find a rare gold one!
Finding a rare collectable really is like finding pirates gold.


Once they had finished playing the twins sat at the table and crossed off all their Zomlings on the checklist and then circled all the ones they needed to get to complete the series.
I know what they'll be spending their pocket money on in the coming months.



 
















 It took a while for the boys to open up everything, but once they had rather than going their separate ways they all stayed and played together, having races and mini wars.

Zomlings are perfect pocket money buys as the single packets are only 50p!
You rarely get anything for 50p these days, not even a chocolate bar.

It's rather surprising that such small little figures can create such imagination and joy!


The Mini Beasts all give Zomlings Series 6 a double thumbs up!!


To find out more about  Magicbox Toys click here.