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200 Years of Toy History come to Olympia London’s Pillar Hall for New Antiques Show Event

Rare and precious antique dolls, teddy bears, and toys will be on show at Olympia London’s Pillar Hall as part of a unique new exhibition which will look back on 200 years of childhood (1750 to 1950); the first time for over 15 years that a show like this has been purely devoted to antique/vintage items. The inaugural London International Antique Doll Teddy Bear and Toy Fair, taking place next year on 20 November, will bring antique doll and dealers, experts, collections and talks; the opportunity to buy rare toys at the venue’s ornate Corinthian pillared hall space.

The one day show will be opened by Bunny Campione; familiar to many from her appearances over the last 20 years on the BBC Antiques Roadshow. Bunny is an international renowned expert on dolls, dolls’ houses and soft toys; having spent her career at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
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The event will attract major dealers and collectors from all over the world including Sue Pearson – bears, David Pressland – tinplate toys, Eric Petit – bears from France and Rachel Gotch – dolls. Passionate investors from countries such as Japan, Germany and the USA, where some of the highest prices have been paid for antique dolls, toys and teddy bears, are expected to make the journey to Olympia London to peruse the finest toys to expand their collections.

Visitors who want to see the exhibits, from affordable to thousands of pounds, will be able to explore the show for just £5.

Organisers, Daniel Agnew and Hilary Pauley said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the first London International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair, to Olympia’s Pillar Hall.  It’s a beautiful, enchanting space right in the middle of west London and couldn’t be better placed for international visitors to reach as well as providing a charming antique setting for the exhibition.”

Nick Graham, Head of Sales at Olympia London said: “We host a plethora of events at Olympia London and are able to offer a range of spaces to suit their needs. The Pillar Hall, which is our smallest events space and one of our most special, will look wonderful filled with these amazing artefacts from toy history.” Olympia London's Pillar Hall - exterior

London International Antique Doll Teddy Bear and Toy Fair website will go live from end of September at www.200yearsofchildhood.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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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

VTech Kidizoom Smart watch champ

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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