BANANAGRAMS GO WILD!! All-New BANANAGRAMS WILDTILES introduced in the UK

The addictive word game enjoyed by millions just got wilder …with six special monkey WILDTILES!

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Bananagrams, Inc., the creators of innovative tile games including the worldwide phenomenon BANANAGRAMS, today announced the launch of BANANAGRAMS WildTiles in the UK. The game, which enjoyed a highly successful debut as a Target and Target.com exclusive in the USA last summer, will be distributed in the UK by Winning Moves UK .

The game includes six unique monkey WildTiles, putting an all-new spin on the original anagram game that drives players bananas! Now, with BANANAGRAMS WildTiles, players can pick up a WildTile and play it as any letter, as they race to complete their grids. If they change their mind as the game progresses, just like every other tile in play, they can move their WildTile around as they rework their grid and it can become any letter they wish!

Rena Nathanson, Top Banana at Bananagrams, Inc., comments, “We’re confident that BANANAGRAMS WildTiles will be as big a hit in the UK as it has been in the US. Fans of our classic BANANAGRAMS are sure to love this new take on the game, offering endless word creation. For new players, WildTiles is a great introduction to our range and it’s a solid addition to our line of fun and educational games.”

For more information, visit www.bananagrams.com

UK trade enquiries about the Bananagrams range, including the new BANANAGRAMS WildTiles game: Winning Moves UK 020 7298 9500 / sales@winningmoves.co.uk 

 

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Flying Gadgets, the Dynamic RC Toy Specialists at Toy Fair 2015

Flying Gadgets, the dynamic RC toy specialists, is launching an exciting array of new products at Toy Fair 2015, as well as showcasing its extensive portfolio of cars, copters, drones and more. With a number of innovative new products launching throughout 2015, Toy Fair is the perfect platform for Flying Gadgets to unveil its first wave of ground-breaking new tech toys.gad

First up is the brand new Flying Gadgets X-Vision. Set to shake up the quadcopter market in 2015, this new entry-level six-axis gyro quad machine offers all the flying abilities of larger models in a compact unit whilst maintaining high specification tech credentials. In addition to flip and roll flight abilities, this searchlight-equipped sub-£100 machine has FPV (first person view) on-board so you can beam back, through its High Definition camera, live footage to your iOS or Android device attached to the 2.4GHx c remote control unit. This is where the quadcopter wars are set to be fought in 2015 and the Flying Gadgets X-Vision, with its superior build and features, is set to be a soaraway success.

The new midsize Flying Gadgets X-Drone is fitted with the latest gyroscope technology guaranteeing incredible stability and featuring a high definition camera, it’s perfect for outside flying to capture unique and previously impossible panoramic shots. The LCD controller (2.4ghz) has three different flying modes, while LED lights ensure the X-Drone, which is capable of 360° flips, can’t be missed.  It’s available from February – a great entry-level piece, equally suited to those new to the world of drones and more experienced operators.drone

Flying Gadgets is also expanding its fleet of children’s vehicles with the brand new Bentley Continental Licensed Ride-On Car. Available now, this realistic scale replica of a white Bentley GT Continental is perfect for both boys and girls aged 3+. It features a 6V battery, seat belt and parental remote control for safety. It also boasts authentic ignition and engine sounds, steering wheel sounds on turns, a horn and working lights so children get a realistic driving experience every time.

Finally, Flying Gadgets is excited to unveil The Big 1 – a 2.4ghz radio-controlled monster truck with a range of over 150m. Its giant wheels make it suitable for use on all terrains and it’s capable of handling the muddiest of puddles as well as jumps.  The Big 1 is available from March.

Flying Gadgets is also one of the chosen official distributors for the DJI brand in the UK. DJI, which recently unveiled its most advanced drone yet – the Inspire 1 – is one of the leading brands of drones and quadcopters in the world. A new drone in its Phantom range will be unveiled during the second quarter of 2015.

Visit www.flyinggadgets.comfor more information.

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Toy Fair 2015 – The New Adult Party Game based on “The Fun of Accents”

Accentuate Games Ltd is making its Toy Fair debut in 2015, with its first game – Accentuate. Already stocked by Firebox.com and John Lewis, the guess-the-accent party game was created by brother/sister duo, Graeme & Fiona Fraser-Bell and launched in July 2014. With a successful UK launch under their belt, the Accentuate team is now developing a US version, which is due to launch Stateside in Q2 2015.

Can you copy a Cockney, mimic a Mancunian or ape an Australian? If your imitation skills are up to scratch, you’ll go far in Accentuate, the slick new party game that’s set to make Brits squirm with embarrassment. Leaving other classic games out in the cold, Accentuate boasts a simple yet humiliating premise: repeat a given quotation aloud in a randomly selected accent and see if teammates can guess what it is!

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The worse the accent attempts are, the more hilarious the game becomes as players struggle to separate their Geordie from their German, their Scouse from their Spanish. Featuring 30 different drawls from around the globe – a third of which are home-grown British dialects – Accentuate players are under blush-inducing pressure to perform, with just thirty seconds to utter one of the 90 quotations in their allotted accent.

Aimed at players aged 16+, Accentuate is the must-have game for grown-ups and one of the most exciting new-kids-on-the-block in the growing ‘Games for Badults’ sector. The distinctive black and white Accentuate box comes complete with 90 Accent Cards featuring 30 different accents from around the globe (each repeated three times), 90 different Quotation Cards, a timer and a dice to select game-play options. Its compact size makes it ideal for livening up festive visits to family and friends this Christmas.

Accentuate, RRP £19.99. For further information, visit www.accentuategames.com 

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Toy Fair 2015 was buzzing with new and innovative arrivals and B Kids

Toy Fair 2015 was buzzing with new and innovative arrivals and B Kids were proud to showcase a whole collection of new arrivals including New teethers, New bath time toys, New Soft ‘n Safe collection and some New Nursery items.  Ian MacCrimmon – UK President stated “this has been the most successful Toy Fair yet for us and we were delighted with the reaction from all the visitors when they saw our new arrivals in action”.

During a hectic 3 Day Toy Fair we met and greeted many buyers from all over the country and here are the 4 most popular new arrivals which certainly made an impression and turned heads.

NEW 3 in 1 Projector Musical Mobile – This multi-stage crib mobile and projector is designed to calm and comfort your little dreamer.  Stage 1 features soothing melodies, soft lights, and cute characters floating above.  Stage 2 the mobile can be removed so the light projector can mount to the cost which emits starry patterns upon the wall and plays expert-selected lullabies.  At stage 3, the projector can be removed from the cot mount and be placed on a dresser top to shine starry patterns onto the ceiling.  All three stages include a twenty minute auto off timer causing lights and sound to gradually fade.  A look-at-me mirror is also featured at the base of the crib mount so baby can always see a friendly face.

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3 in 1 Projector Musical Mobile will retail at £39.99

Suitable Birth Plus and will be arriving in stores may 2015

NEW Watch Me Grow Activity Gym – This bright and engaging activity gym features five playtime stages to entertain your little one while promoting health growth and development.  Stage 1 – Movable toys on the detachable activity arch encouraging baby to learn about touch, feel and movement.

Stag 2 – Colourful track with rolling snail and mat for special tummy time.

Stage 3 – Tunnel like arch encouraging babies to explore and crawl.

Stage 4 – Versatile track becomes a raised walking path encouraging babies to walk and get active.

Stage 5  Activity mat converts to height chart.

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Watch Me Grow Activity Gym will retail at £39.99

Suitable Birth Plus Will be arriving in stores May 2015

NEW Soft ‘n Safe Busy Builder Wagon.

The Soft ‘n Safe collection are wooden toys which are cushioned with a soft rubber edging.  This unique safety feature protects little ones from sharp corners while providing the durability and texture of high quality wooden construction.

Busy Builder Wagon is a super push-along activity trolley.  The design will keep your toddler busy all day long.  The activities include 12 connecting ABC blocks, oversized sliding beads, and colourful spinning gears which are ideal for building hand-eye coordination. Blocks can be stacked and sorted in the connecting block base – Also Compatible with leading plastic block brands.  The trolley’s sturdy wooden base also features soft cushioned corners and durable plastic wheels.

This unique walker toy is suitable for 12 months plus and will retail at £29.99

Arriving in stores May 2015.

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NEW Jungle Buddy Shape sorter features an adorable Lions face with a little black and white mane.  Children’s eyes will automatically be drawn to the fun loving Lion  face and then they can explore all this shape sorter has to offer.

Children’s imaginations will be invigorated.  An imaginative shape sorter which features a friendly lion and his colourful mane!  Toddlers will enjoy sorting eight different shapes with their jungle buddy.  Press the bird handle at the top and all of the sides open giving toddlers access to all their colourful shapes.  The handle at the top makes it easy to grab and easy to transport.  How can your child resist this cute lion shape sorter with so much to offer?   It will delight, excite, and educate.  They will have hours of fun with the Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter.

Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter will retail at £9.99

Suitable 12 Months Plus

Will be arriving in stores May 2015

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Find out more about B Kids collection by clicking onto  www.bkids.co.uk 

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Toy Fair 2015 NEWS – A rumble in the Jungle B Kids UK

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Toy Fair 2015 was buzzing today and the jungle drums were sending out a message about the NEW B Kids Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter.  This innovative shape sorter was making everyone smile today and certainly was a winner with many of our visitors.

Looks like this little innovative shape sorter will be a hit in stores this Spring!

Jungle Buddy Shape sorter features an adorable Lions face with a little black and white mane.  Children’s eyes will automatically be drawn to the fun loving Lion  face and then they can explore all this shape sorter has to offer.

Children’s imaginations will be invigorated.  An imaginative shape sorter which features a friendly lion and his colourful mane!  Toddlers will enjoy sorting eight different shapes with their jungle buddy.  Press the bird handle at the top and all of the sides open giving toddlers access to all their colourful shapes.  The handle at the top makes it easy to grab and easy to transport.  How can your child resist this cute lion shape sorter with so much to offer?   It will delight, excite, and educate.  They will have hours of fun with the Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter.

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Jungle Buddy Shape Sorter

Suitable 12 Months Plus

Will be arriving in stores May 2015

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Find out more about B Kids collection by clicking onto  www.bkids.co.uk

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The 2015 Rainbow Toy Awards for Excellence – Now open for entry!

Since 2009 Rainbow have organised awards for toy excellence, in 2011 these were re-branded as – The Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence (or ‘The Rainbows’ for short).  2015 sees seven years of toy testing!  In 2014 we were voted  Cision’s Top Ten Toy Information site.Top 10 2014 copy

The Rainbows reward the very best new toys, helping consumers to make smart choices in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.

Each toy entered is tested by children along with their carers or parents. We carefully select them for the correct age, gender and setting. Our specialist testers are from varied backgrounds allowing testing in group settings such as schools and childcare and also on an individual basis.

Plus all toys will be tested and reviewed by our various blogger testers and reviews will appear on the blogs.
Feedback is collated on each toy to enabling us to choose the top toys and present awards accordingly.
Each category has one overall Winner as well as one ‘Highly Recommended’ and there is an one overall Champion for the awards each year.

Timeline
January 1, 2015: Entry period opens
September 30, 2015: Entry period closes
October 30, 2015: Winners announced live online

If your company  has a toy to enter, the entry form can be downloaded HERE

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All about the Rainbow Toy Awards

The Rainbow Toy Awards for Excellence have been recognised by the UK toy industry since 2009.  In 2013, the fifth year of the awards, the Rainbow Awards site began writing toy reviews.  Suppliers can send in toys for review at anytime during the year, it is a free service and the supplier will be an objective review of their product.

What’s more, each review is written by a parent and/or trained education professional, so each toy review will recommend further ways to use the toy, for an educational benefit or learning outcome, plus the Rainbow Buttons will disclose what skills would be practiced by using the toy.  A Rainbow Toy Review has real benefit to parents and carers, it’s not just a meaningless star rating.

The Skill buttons are:

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Since 2009 Rainbow have organised awards for toy excellence, in 2011 these were re-branded as – The Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence (or ‘The Rainbows’ for short) and in 2012 Rainbow 360 Media Ltd joined the team on the marketing of the awards.

The Rainbow Toy Awards reward the very best new toys, helping consumers to make smart choices in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.

Each toy entered is tested by children along with their carers or parents. We carefully select them for the correct age, gender and setting. Our specialist testers are from varied backgrounds allowing testing in group settings such as schools and childcare and also on an individual basis.

Most toys  tested will be reviewed by our various blogger testers and reviews will appear on their blogs.
Feedback is collated on each toy to enabling us to choose the top toys and present awards accordingly.
Each category has one overall Winner as well as one ‘Highly Recommended’ and there is an one overall Champion for the awards each year.

We don’t offer huge amounts of categories or many finalists in each category, so to win a Rainbow Toy Award is a real accolade and means the toy has fought off stiff competition.

The Awards this year were:

The 2014 Overall Champion

Kidizoom Smart Watch by VTech

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Best Preschool Toy

Winner – Little Love 3 in 1 Push Chair by VTech

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Highly Commended – Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag by Mega Brands

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Best Arts & Crafts Toy

Winner – Edible Sweet Art Chocolate Coin Press by Tobar

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Highly Commended – Jelly Fun Jelly Slush Maker by John Adams

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Best Wheeled Toy

Winner – Despicable Me Folding Scooter by H Grossman

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Highly Commended – 3-in-1 Step ‘n Ride Lion by Bright Starts

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Best for Imaginative Play

Winner – Adventure Pack JetPack by Harry and Jack

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Highly Commended – Snowdrop Interactive Wooden Kitchen by Plum Products

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Best Games & Puzzles – The Young Ones

Winner – Pig Out! By John Adams

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Highly Commended – Jumbo ZIP-IT by Bananagrams

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Best Games & Puzzles – 8 Years and above

Winner – Accentuate by Accentuate Games

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Highly Commended – Hotel Tycoon by Esdevium Games

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Best Electronic Toy

Winner – Kidizoom Smart Watch by VTech Electronics

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Highly Commended – LeapPad3 by LeapFrog

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Best Construction Toy

Winner – Kinetic Sand by Spinmaster

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Highly Commended – Mega Bloks 123 Thomas Learning Train by MegaBrands

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Best Educational Toy

Winner – Sparkup: The Magical Book Reader

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Highly Commended – Appletters by Bananagrams

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Best Plush Toy

Winner – Ultimate Spider-Man Go Glow Pal by Worlds Apart

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Highly Commended – My First baby Annabell Newborn

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Best Outdoor Toy

Winner – Mini Hornit by Hornit

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Highly Commended – A.I. Copter from TX Juice by Wow! Stuff

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