Category Toy Reviews

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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ION Card Game hits the UK

ION was launched in February of this year at the New York Toy Fair – everyone who stopped by the booth gave great initial feedback.ion

What makes ION a great family card game?

  • It’s easy and fun to play
  • Suitable for 2-10 players
  • The eye catching design is attractive to all ages
  • Innovative action cards
  • Great new moves like blocking and shifting
  • No text, no words. It’s all about dots and action symbols. No language or reading issues!

Each player begins with seven cards with the remainder stacked face down on the table, with top card turned over.ion2

You can only play a card if it has the same number of dots as the one upturned, so anyone without a match has to draw another card – as you may imagine, the object is to get rid of all your cards as soon as possible.

Each card has a symbol with a meaning such as blocking, gifting, play again, shifting and of course there are jokers and double jokers to add to the fun!  The symbols must be obeyed as each turn is taken which we found lead to cheers or gripes of frustration as the players went from hero to zero in the winners stakes.

The game comes with full instructions.

Suitable for 7 years+

Available on Amazon at £11.50


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Light up your Little Ones Life with a Tell me a Story Lamp

Once upon a time when Mum and Dad were going away their little one got upset that he wouldn’t be able to have his cherished story time. BKids came to rescue with the launch the ‘TELL ME A STORY BEDTIME LAMP’. This innovative carry around lamp is packed with unique features. The lamp comes with access to a free bedtime story app which allows you to download 20 stories and 50 melodies and natural sounds. The USB rechargeable lamp reacts to the melodies and has a colour change function as well as a quality built in Bluetooth speaker. In addition you can record your own voice and tell stories to your children when you are not there. The auto timer helps to conserve battery power and the cute design makes it easy for your child to toddle around and take with them wherever they go.  All these functions make the TELL ME STORY BEDTIME LAMP’ create a happy ending.



RRP: £39.99. Suitable from Birth. Available from May 2015

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B Kids is the brand name of Bluebox. Bluebox was founded in 1952 and over the years has established itself as one of the most trusted Nursery, Infant and Preschool Brands around the world. The company consistently provides the highest quality and innovation, while making early childhood a fun and rewarding experience. All products meet the strict criteria of the brand values LOVE, CARE FUN. The company was originally founded by Peter Chan and his principles continue under the guidance of his son David Chan. As well as the product design, Bluebox have strict control over the manufacturing, marketing and sales of this worldwide company to ensure that BKIDS everywhere is a respected, trusted brand that every parent wants for their child.


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


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 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

UK trade enquiries about the Bananagrams range, including the new BANANAGRAMS WildTiles game: Winning Moves UK 020 7298 9500 / 


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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 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!

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 


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