Category Toy Reviews

Meadow Kids ‘In the Garden’ Wooden Threading Beads Review

We’ve had some more Meadow Kids toys sent out for review, read about this one on the Sophie & Lily blog, we think this threading beads were a hit!  Click the image to read the review…

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Treasure Island Floating Activity Set Review by Zena’s Suitcase

We sent Zena a sample from Meadow Kids to review and here’s what she said “The Treasure Island Floating Activity Set sounded like a great toy for us to review.  My daughters love to play in the bath.  It’s a part of their daily routine that has really helped with their sibling bonding.  We have the usual bath toys in our house, but I’m always keen to try out something new….. read more by clicking the images below..



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Dinosaur Stamps from MeadowKids get a Good Testing…


From a blogger who was self confessed ‘rubbish at crafts’ this review lets us know that the Dinosaur Stamper Set is easy to use and great fun too.

Read all about how they got on here


We thought the set looked lots of fun! Costing just £11.95 it won’t break the bank either.

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Turbospoke Vroom Vroom Vroom!!

We’ve got Turbospoke for our grandson to try and wow did he like it! (Not sure about mum though…)

Turbospoke is loud, loud, loud! – little boys such as J love it to bits.
Turbospoke is an exhaust system that fits to your kid’s bike. It looks really cool and makes very realistic engine sounds as they cycle along.

Within the kit there is the exhaust system, a clamp to hold it on, toolkit for maintenance, plus Motocards (more of those in a moment) plus excellent stickers so you can customise the exhaust pipe.
To use Turbospoke you attach to your child’s bike with the clamp, I would say parents need to do this bit. The Motocards, mentioned earlier, slide through the clamp and get held against the spokes of the wheel, this vibrates and makes the noise. Different Motocards make different noises.
The exhaust pipe serves to look cool – but also makes the sound louder!!
No batteries are required, once you’ve got the kit that’s it – which we love. It promotes outdoor play and exercise which we love too!!

We’ve bought a couple of head ache tablets for our daughter in law …. (Not really, it’s not an annoying toy at all, we’ve just teased her about it being loud).FullSizeRender (2)
J loves it and wants to get away from the Xbox and out into the park each time the weather is good – and that cannot be a bad thing!

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Skills this promotes:

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Do you have a budding world famous magician in the house? We think we do!

We’ve been in the toy industry for 15 years now and have known Marvin Berglas for that time, we’ve seen him perform on his stand at Toy Fair and been blown away by his illusions.

We have mainly boys in our family and true to type they are all obsessed by illusion, magic and playing tricks, so when Marvin sent us his Marvin’s I-Magic we knew we would all be being deceived quite soon!
When we opened the box we saw lots of different things inside, including a plastic ice cube with a fly inside, various pots and boxes, playing cards, spoon like items – again complete with flies, and an envelope saying it had fly eggs within – we noticed a bit of a bluebottle theme going on!!

Being a traditionalist I did spend time looking for the instructions and was dismayed to see I had to download the app to do anything at all – but the kiddiwinks were not put off my this one bit – must be more techno than I…
All the items in the box look and feel really good quality and I think it will last through lots of use.
A short while later the app was installed on my phone and work could begin. There are step-by-step, speech-free videos getting you up and running in no time. Each trick has multiple videos: one performing and one explaining how it’s done, which is excellent.
The videos are well produced and easy to follow, but can be trickier to replicate – practice is required for some! It’s really interesting how some of the tricks work, I think some tricks are actually difficult to work out.
The tricks revolve around the classic props such as playing cards and can be learned from the app then reproduced for friends and family without using the app which we liked.


The app is quite large at 450MB but it was simple to use and easy to navigate. The main screen lists all of the magic tricks you can do, once selected you have the option to perform, or access the ‘HOW TO’ videos to remind yourself what to do.

We haven’t yet tried all the tricks – the Magic Morph Book still awaits our interest but all in all the I-Magic set is a real hit. Marvin expertly teaches through the step by step videos and helps our little performers put on a show!

Skills this toy will practice;

social skillshand eyecause and effect







We’ve found a great video from Toy Fair 2015 to show you what it’s all about….

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My Friend Freddy Bear

We’ve been sent a whole load of lovely reviews of My Friend Freddy Bear by Vivid Imaginations

Read about Freddy here

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We’re looking forward to the little chap arriving in our office!


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Old Board Games Can be Worth Monopoly Money, Says Marketplace Expert

Collectors are Scrabbling to buy rare classic board games, says ParcelHero

If you are old enough to remember rainy summer holiday afternoons before Super Mario or Minecraft existed, then some of the old board games you played with might be worth Monopoly money, says marketplace expert ParcelHero.Early UK Monopoly sets are worth Monopoly money says ParcelHero

ParcelHero’s Head of Publications, David Jinks, says: ‘Right now it doesn’t take a Mastermind to see that old board games can be a winner. Sales of new board games have increased by 40% as today’s children fall for the charms of games that don’t rely on staring at screens. To avoid Frustration, though, if you are giving them your old favourites to play with, check what items you actually have before you hand them over.’

David reveals: ‘Monopoly is perhaps the classic board game. The first version was produced by Charles Darrow in 1933-4; a very early original has just sold for £90,000 and the White Box edition sells for £5000. Darrow sold the Monopoly patent to Parker Brothers in 1935, and they first sold it widely, introducing the much-loved metal tokens. The key to the value of these early sets – called black box sets by collectors – is down to details as small as the patent wording on the box. For more information see eBay’s guide to collecting vintage Monopoly editions.’

Says David: ‘The game reached the UK after the director of Waddington’s liked the idea so much he made one of the first ever transatlantic ‘trunk calls’ to ask for the licence. The first version with London street names (instead of Atlantic City’s) was introduced in the UK in 1936. Pre-war editions can raise prices up to £1000, depending on condition. Even a 1961 set is currently on eBay for £500.’

Continues David: ‘The collectability and value of other board games is, well, a bit of a game of Snakes and Ladders, with values going up and down. Talking of which, an early Mickey Mouse Snakes and Ladders game sold for $480 recently.’

David concludes: ‘For many of us, the 1970s and 1980s were the golden age. Mousetrap sells from £40-£60, early Frustrations for around £100, Mastermind at around £35-£50, with Kerplunk the poorer cousin at £15-£20. Remember these were mass produced, but not so many have survived intact. My own favourite, an elaborate game called Haunted House, is also worth a spooky amount: an early 1962 example sold recently for $800.’

If you are buying and selling old board games remember to pack them well and use a quality courier. For example, ParcelHero is approved by Trading Standards and gives £50 free cover on all items sent.


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