Joseph, like many boys his age, loves dinosaurs. He has huge plans to turn his bedroom pre-historic, is quickly learning all of their names and has mastered his scary dinosaur ROAR!!! For all of these reasons he was thrilled to receive a handful of Schleich’s new Mini Dinosaurs for the purpose of this review.
We’ve always loved Schleich because their hand painted attention to detail is second to none and even on the smaller scale these pint-sized pre-historic deliver the same quality as they’re larger cousins.
Joseph’s favourite is the Stegosaurus, who has named Steve, mainly because he likes his colors and big spines.
There are a further nine in the complete mini dinosaur collection including the Spinosaurus, Velociraptor and the impressive looking and impossible to pronounce Anhanguera.
Ranging in size from around 5 to 8cm they’re perfect for hiding in the pocket of your school trousers or coat in order to show off to friends and priced at £2.99 they make a great pocket money toy.
The collection is available to view in it’s entirety here and there’s a host of interesting facts available about each dinosaur as well.
One of my all time favourite cartoons as a child, and one of the only ones I’ll watch without protest now, is Scooby Doo. The kiddywinks share my love of Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the gang and we’ll normally snuggle up with an episode just before bed. We were recently asked if we’d like to receive the Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion from Character and they, of course, jumped at the chance!
The great news is that the playset needs no batteries and very little assembly but like most toys nowadays you’ll need a screwdriver to remove it from the packaging. The Mystery Mansions only comes with one figure, Scooby of course and he’s a great size at 5 inches. He has fully movable limbs and a head and his trademark gormless expression.
There are two floors to the mansion and a huge number of spooky features with movable parts to scare along the way. There’s a loose stone outside the front door that will fling the front doors open, a critter trying to escape from the cellar and as you make your way up the stairs be really careful not to reveal the evil clown hiding underneath.
There is also a trap door upstairs next to the mirror but as flexible as Scooby may be we can not get him to squeeze through, perhaps he needs to lay off the Scooby Snacks for a while!
Joseph’s favourite features are the swinging chandelier and cannon, commonly known as a boomer, in our house. Pull off the middle front window and it can pretty much rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to fight ghouls at every angle.
Both Imogen and Joseph love the playset but Joseph has probably had the most enjoyment out of it. I honestly thought that there only being one figure would bother them but it hasn’t been the case and he’s had endless hours of enjoyment from it.
Imogen is still massively into Frozen and with the release of the new Frozen short Frozen Fever on 27th March in front of Disney’s Cinderella I am sure that her passion for anything Elsa and Anna will continue for some time. Just recently Imogen was asked to review the ultimate Elsa roleplay accessory from Flair, Elsa’s Magic Snow Sleeve and she received a beautiful Deluxe Elsa dress from Rubies along with it!
Inside the box of Elsa’s Magic Snow Sleeve is a material sleeve which matches Elsa’s traditional blue dress, the snow sprayer unit, a can of snow spray and a refillable water bottle sprayer as well as useful instructions.
The snow sprayer bracelet fits onto the wrist with an adjustable strap which is then covered with a snowflake shaped clasp. The spray can of snow or the refillable water canister then clips in underneath. The idea is then to lift your wrist to “Let it go” and shoot “ice” and “snow” just like Elsa.
The snow spray is essentially what I remember to be silly string so we took Imogen into the garden to have a play knowing full well it would be messy. Messy is indeed right but fun, oh my goodness yes! Imogen decided that she was going use her magic to transform our tree into something more at home in a winter wonderland and essentially that’s what she did.
She seemed to find it very tiring lifting her wrist to spray the snow after a while and this was even harder for the water, which needs a constant pumping action, so she used her other hand to lift the front of the sleeve instead.
Here she is as Elsa in action!
I think the idea is great and Imogen has undoubtedly had an awful lot of fun with the snow sleeve, however she very quickly emptied the can of snow spray and I can’t seem to find refills anywhere at the moment. The water spray is great and being refillable is a bonus but it just isn’t enough fun as the snow, perhaps that will all change when the weather warms up slightly though.
Priced at £29.99 it isn’t cheap (but then is anything Frozen related?) but it’s definitely awesome and Imogen has of course loved it. As soon as I can I’ll be getting my hands on some more of Elsa’s Magic Snow and hopefully we’ll turn the whole garden Frozen. Elsa’s Magic Snow Sleeve will be available from Flair very soon.
The latest DreamWork’s movie “HOME” is due to hit the big screen at the end of the month, just in time for the Easter break, and it’s bound to be a box office smash! We saw the trailer during February half term when we went to see Big Hero 6 and the kiddywinks have been desperate to see it ever since. In celebration of the impending release Flair have released a fine selection of HOME toys to enable you to recreate the magic at home.
The selection is vast but instantly a clear favourite of Imogen’s was the Dancing Plush Oh. Oh features three songs and four well known phrases from the movie including the memorable “Oh no, my hands are in the air like I just do not care!”. Oh will spin and dance around to the music shuffling his pods and waving his arms around as he goes. At £29.99 he’s the most expensive from the collection but he’s great fun and as he’s nice and soft – great to hug too.
Another popular choice was the Boov Mood Ears. Available in six different colours they are soft and comfortable to wear (apparently) but bendy, allowing you to show your own mood. This is Joseph’s best “angry” BOOV and he does an awesome “naughty” as well.
Other pocket money toys from the range include 2″ Mood Friends. There are 18 styles to collect: 15 assorted Oh expressions, Pig, Captain Smek and Baby Boov.
Also available are Colour Changing Figures and Mood Bubbles that appear in gold alien pods with moody friends such as Grumpy Oh, Bashful Oh and Loving Oh.
Joseph’s favourite from the selection is the Shusher Wand. Just like the dancing Oh, this has recognizable sounds and phrases from the film with the added bonus of opening at the top to reveal a light up Captain Smek! Along with the Boov Ears Joseph really feels in charge with it!
There is also a wide variety of plush toys available starting from £6.99 up to £19.99 for the talking ones. The smaller are 13″ in size and have great likeness to their screen counterparts.
All of the toys listed above (and more) will be available from Flair very soon but if you fancy winning your chances of winning some then @UKMums.tv are taking over Twitter between 1pm and 2.30pm tomorrow with their #HOMEtheMOVIE Twitter frenzy and they’ll be giving away a toy from the selection every ten minutes!
Friday night is girl’s night in our house. After two days at nursery Joseph normally slopes off to bed early and Imogen and I enjoy spending quality time together with a movie, treats and a little bit of a pamper. This Friday was no different expect that we treated ourselves to a soothing Orbeez Hand Spa thanks to Character Options.
Inside the box you’ll hand the hand spa, 600 Orbeez, a 3 in 1 nail care tool and full instructions. It’s very easy to assemble you’ll just need to install 4AA batteries (which aren’t included) and to clip the waterfall spout to the back of the hand spa.
Then fill the hand spa with about half of the Orbeez beads and clean warm water, making sure not to over fill it.
There’s a large on/off switch at the front of the hand spa and when turned on the water and Orbeez swirl around like a whirlpool and then cascade down the waterfall at the back.
Once you’re finished simply pout the contents of the hand spa into a colander or sieve and turn the spa upside down to drain. The Orbeez can be stored back in the resealable bag they came in.
Imogen loves the Orbeez Hand Spa and it’s come out at least three times a week since it arrived. She’ll spend a lot of time playing with the water and chasing the slippery Orbeez beads around the spa and I don’t blame her it’s great fun but also surprisingly relaxing. And yes, I have been known to whip it out myself once she’s in bed!
Little Live Pets were one of Imogen’s most wanted toys of 2013 and subsequently became one of her most played with toys from Father Christmas. They have recently released series 2 of the Little Live Pets and there are some very cute additions to the hugely popular range.
As well as new butterflies and birds there are three Owl Mum and Baby duos, the Heartwing, Nightstar and Graceling families. Imogen was overjoyed to receive the Heartwing family from Character to review and named hers Betty and Barney.
They are a gorgeous looking pair with big eyes, beautifully decorated wings and soft, felt like bodies. Both come with batteries installed ready to play and are easily operated with an on/off switch on their chests.
There are lots of different ways to play with them, firstly the Mother Owl (Betty) will feed her baby (Barney) when they are placed with their beaks together. Barney will feed and burp when he’s full and then then hoot a happy song, Mum will then join in.
Placed together the two will also sing and hoot along together. Apparently there are 55 songs, owl and baby bird calls but Baa Baa Black Sheep does seem to be a favourite of Betty’s and Barney’s Rock a Bye Baby. Betty will sing more when she is stroked and Barney will respond to being cradled in the palm of your hand.
Betty, the Mummy Owl, has the added benefit of a record button on her chest and can record about 10 seconds of voice which can be played back by pressing the button again. Imogen found this highly amusing especially and still using it to request drinks and snacks or demand that her brother leaves her room.
Imogen is a massive Zelfs fan and spends most of her pocket money on the crazy haired, Zelftastic collectibles. Father Christmas did a great job on finding the few that she wanted from the series 3 collection and now 2015 has seen the release of series 4 and they’re cuter than ever!
Our friends at Character have kindly started Imogen’s collection off nicely and sent her Cyril the Squirrel!
Just like the Zelfs from the other series Cyril comes with his own comb and hair accessories as well as a collectors leaflet. Imogen loves Cyril’s hair which is slightly different to her others as it has a very slight kink to it, very 80’s!
Other Zelfs in series 4 include Cindy-Moo the cow Zelf, Polly Roger the pirate Zelf Sheldon the mermaid Zelf and Imogen most lusted after Hightail the winged unicorn Zelf.
Series 4 also sees a small number of scented Zelicious Zelfs as well as a limited edition Zelf, Cleocat the Pharaoh Zelf!
Details of how you can claim your very own Cleocat Zelf can be found here and the entire 4th series can be viewed and purchased on www.character-online.com.
It’s now the beginning of March and Spring and Easter are officially just around the corner. The shelves of the supermarkets may be filled with brightly coloured chocolate eggs but why not take a look at these gorgeous little Easter gift eggs from Playmobil instead?
There are four different eggs in the collection, Pirate with Rowboat, Fun at the Beach and the two that Imogen and Joseph were lucky enough to receive Boy with Children’s Tractor and Princess with Vanity unit.
Both of the kiddywinks are crazy about PLaymobil so they were obviously thrilled with their eggs. Joseph, who has just turned four, needed very little help assembling his 33 Playmobil pieces to create his toy tractor which comes complete with scoop, trailer and carrots!
Imogen needed no help at all with her Playmobil egg and quickly had her princess primping herself at her vanity unit in no time at all. She loves her princess’s dress and tiara as well as her beautiful vanity unit and fabulous flowers.
Priced at £6.99 each the Playmobil Easter Gift eggs are roughly the same price as a large chocolate Easter egg but the contents are a lot more fun and they’re guaranteed to last an awful lot longer!
Thanks to YouTube Imogen was a Shopkins fan long before their release here in the UK. Last year she was lucky enough to review the Shopkins Supermarket playset as well as some figures from the first series. Since then we’ve collected a whole host of the much sort after collectibles and she was delighted to see the arrival of the second series in their bright pink baskets earlier this month. Recently she was sent the new Shopkins So Cool Fridge playset by Flair to review, which was met with many squeals of excitement!
The Shopkins So Cool Fridge comes with two exclusive characters, 6 mini egg Shopkins, 2 sticker sheets containing over 35 stickers, an ice bucket and two shopping bags in “series 2 purple”.
The fridge is a American style fridge freezer with an ice dispenser and small bottom drawer on the left and two removable shelves and large drawer on the right hand side. Inside the door there’s a see-saw egg tray, where the mini egg Shopkins live and an additional shelf.
Imogen loves the egg see-saw and has taken great pleasure in wobbling the eggs around in their tray before they ultimately all fall out! She also adores the ice dispenser and thoroughly enjoys pushing the lever and watching Cool Cube fall into the waiting ice bucket.
As well as being a fun playset the So Cool Fridge is great for storage and display of your beloved Shopkins. The information on the box claims that it’ll store up to 25 Shopkins characters but I’m sure we’ve had many, many more than that inside!
Imogen is absolutely thrilled with the addition of the So Cool Fridge to her ever expanding collection of Shopkins and it’s a definite must have for any Shopkins fan. It’s available from Amazon as well as other retailers priced at £14.99.
Just before Christmas Imogen was very lucky to receive the Teksta Robotic Kitty from Character to review, it quickly became one of her favorite toys and is still a very firm favourite. Joseph was incredibly jealous of Imogen’s new toy often smuggling it out of her room when she was at school trying to play with it in secret. The thing is that he simply couldn’t operate it by himself and Imogen certainly wasn’t going to be the one to show him how!
Character have recently expanded the Teksta family to include two arrivals the Newborn Kitty and the Newborn Puppy. These palm sized robotic pets have been designed for the younger audience and are far simpler to control.
Joseph was overjoyed at the arrival of “Dave” his very own Teskta Kitty and very quickly had worked out how to operate it himself, hurrah!
The Newborn Teskta Kitty has three functions walk, sit and beg and with it looking identical to the larger version in Joseph’s eyes Dave is simply smaller than Imogen’s Teskta Kitty Katy. Sadly the original Teskta and the Newborn Teksta don’t interact which is something I’d have liked to have seen for the £20 price tag but the kiddywinks certainly haven’t noticed this and have really enjoyed looking after their new arrival. Here is “Dave” in action.
The Teksta Newborn is available as a Puppy in Blue or a Kitty in Pink at £19.99 and available from Character.