Britains to Mark 100th Anniversary by Rereleasing First Ever Tractor

Britains to Mark 100th Anniversary with First Ever Tractor Re-release

The brand is also set to announce a brand-new license

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Britains, Europe’s oldest specialist in agricultural toys and collectibles, is set to celebrate its 100th Anniversary next year with the launch of its original Fordson Major Tractor, which will be one of only 7,500 units available from July.

In 1921, Britains unveiled its first farm vehicle, the ‘4F’ Tumbrel Cart. Shortly after World War II came to an end, Britains introduced its first ever tractor in 1948, just three years after the real tractor appeared. It featured a choice of metal or rubber tyres and came with a character driver within a traditional matchbox. The 2021 limited-edition version will pay tribute to these nostalgic features, with a fully diecast tractor including rubber tyres, a lookalike toy driver and the original packaging.

To drive demand for the Fordson Major, Britains will be hiding 100 Gold finished tractors within the 7,500 range for collectors to find, as well as creating 10 Silver versions for social media and press giveaways to build further awareness.

The brand has also expanded its global licensed offering, with the introduction of CLAAS – one of the biggest licensees in the world. The new partnership is expected to be key for 2021 and will see the launch of the CLAAS Xerion 5000 model with detailed features and a rotating cab, available from January 2nd. The following month Britains is set to launch two new additions to its Heritage collection, the International Harvester Farmall 1066 and the Case International 4894, giving further kudos to the nostalgic feel of 2021.

Mary Wood, General Manager UK & Head of EU Brand Development at TOMY, said: “We are very pleased to be celebrating our 100th Anniversary next year, but we couldn’t have reached this huge milestone without our longstanding and devoted fans, from collectors to farming families, our core fans have played with and grown up with Britains for years and we want to thank them for all of their support.

“To mark this celebration, not only do we have some exciting, limited-edition products for our core fans, but we will also be supporting the anniversary campaign with an emotive brand video, bespoke POS materials, a newly designed logo and a celebration event.

“Over the years we have achieved world firsts for Britains, from launching the first ever tractor replica, to a radio-controlled tractor, being at the forefront of trends in the industry, leading the way on quality and design, and achieving number one status in the market for 1:32 farm replicas.

“We are extremely proud to have reached this landmark and we want to thank everyone, especially the retail support from independent toy stores, who have contributed to the 100-year success of Britains.”

100 Year Key Milestones:

  • 1921 –Britains Model Home Farm launches – the brand’s first ever farming item
  • 1948 – The iconic, first ever tractor, the Fordson Major launches
  • 1970 – The 4711 Model Farmyard launches and is one of the bestselling items of the whole Britains farm collection
  • 1976 – The 9570 Massey Ferguson 760 Combine receives ‘Toy of the Year’ Award at the London Toy Fair
  • 1997 – Britains is bought by ERTL, one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world, giving Britains access to global licenses to produce models from John Deere and Case IH, which have since gone on to be one of the best-selling ranges
  • 2008 – The 1:16 Britains ‘Big Farm’ is introduced with 3 tractors and 2 trailers. The ‘Big Farm’ range is then extended in 2009 with radio control function added to one tractor

Britains is a leading manufacturer in die-cast models and is a name synonymous with quality models since William Britain started making toy soldiers in 1893 using the hollow casting process.

Today, Britains has established itself with high quality innovation in perfectly replicated diecast miniatures, whilst remaining true to its 100- year heritage. Britains offers a full range of diecast farm models including tractors, implements, vehicles and accessories, allowing children aged 3+ to build their farm, as well as constantly refreshing and updating its collection for its enthusiasts.

For more information on Britains, please visit: https://britainsfarmtoys.co.uk/

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Rainy Day Play – An Epic Escape Room in a Box?!

An escape room in a box?! Yep, that’s what Epic Escapes are offering, we are challenging the status-quo of board gaming to give people the opportunity to participate in high-octane interactive escape rooms…from the comfort of their own home!

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The concept is pretty simple, our Escape Room In A Box (3 in 1) gives you what you need to make your own fully immersive escape room without even having to escape the house!

 

We provide everything you need; fool-proof clear instructions with hint cards, high-quality puzzles, hardware and other necessary consumables you’ll need for the escape rooms. There is not just one, or two escape rooms in our escape room box, but three, all with their own distinct vibe, story, difficulty and strategy. They’re sure to hold the attention and interest of both beginner, novice and experienced escape-roomers – you might end up begging the gamemaster for one of those hint cards!

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Crime – You’re house-sitting for a friend, all is well until shadows move past the living room window followed by a sinister knock at the door. Turns out, your friend is a marked man and you seek refuge from the criminal abductors in his panic room. In your hurried and anxious state, you end up locked in with no easy way out. You have one hour until the oxygen runs out. How can you escape?

 

Piracy – On a lonely merchant navy tanker, your captain goes missing to be replaced with a new one on a return voyage from Hong Kong to Bremen. Heading for the Suez canal, your captain summons you and the crew for an emergency meeting. Before you can react, you are locked in and you feel the ship change its course. Maybe the ship’s ‘important’ payload isn’t all that it seemed. You must escape and find out before your time is up.

 

Hijack – You’re following a trace on a potential hijack plan. Inside the hijacker’s house, you’re searching for intel but find yourself trapped in the hijacker’s secure stash room. The plans are here, but they are encoded. Your task is to decode the plans to identify the plane, save its passengers and escape the room.

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Epic Escapes escape rooms provide an awesome new option for enjoying your time at home.

 

“A really well designed, high quality, at-home product, with a clear story and flow. Brilliant for first-time escape roomers as the puzzles were well structured and understandable.” – Kent Escape Room Reviews

 

They’re perfect for school holidays, dinner parties and chill time at weekends, particularly on those long and dreary rainy days (and there are usually a few…!). Dinner parties and family gatherings can be turned into interactive experiences where family members and friends work together, or competitively in small teams, to complete challenges and escape the room. You can start a leaderboard, or challenge people to break the house record. You can even go to town with props and dim the lights to create a nail-biting atmosphere adding to the tension of a truly epic escape room!

 

“Cleverly constructed and it really is a great way of spending time with friends. You can use time and time again with a different group of friends and I thoroughly recommend this game to all.” – Judy Stewart

 

Epic Escapes escape rooms are suitable for 3 – 6 players which perfectly suits families, housemates, events, parties, etc. Even with more players, spectating is super-fun and it’s easy to rotate players to give everyone a turn. Not only are Epic Escapes escape rooms fun and interactive, but they also stimulate lateral thinking and problem-solving skills as well as creativity and attention spans.

 

Feeling trapped by lockdown restrictions? Wanting some more at home entertainment to get you through? Get our FREE weekly brainteasers: https://www.epic-escapes.games/brainteaser/

 

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The Rainbow Awards 2020/21

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Why are the 2020 Rainbow Awards different?

Here at Rainbow Awards HQ, we have taken the decision to role 2020 and 2021 awards into one, due to the current CV-19 situation. After a lot of conversations with suppliers, manufacturers and PR agencies we have found that stock supply and early sample supply could potentially be an issue especially as such a high proportion comes from the far east.

From an award point of view the mechanics of running the awards is Covid safe as everything from entry to testing to placement is done at a distance.  Rest assured the 2020/21 awards are already gathering momentum.

You can enter your products now, the entry for is here, or wait until you are sure your samples are available.

 

 

The categories for 2020/21 are:

  • Preschool Toys
  • Games & Puzzles
  • S.T.E.M. Toys
  • Educational Toys
  • Imaginative Play
  • Outdoor Toys
  • Wheeled Toys
  • Soft Toys
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Electronic Toys

The Rainbow Awards for Toy Excellence 2020/21 are now open!  The awards will be announced for 2020/21, on the 29th October 2021.  The closing date for entries is September 24th 2021

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The Rainbow Awards 2019 – The Results…

 The Rainbow Awards 2019 – The Results…

OVERALL CHAMPION

Mars Space Station

By: Playmobil

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Age: 6+ years

RRP: £64.99

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: S.T.E.M TOYS

WINNER

Kidizoom Action Cam HD

By: Vtech Electronics

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Age:  5+ years

RRP: £52.99

Buy now from –    https://www.amazon.co.uk/

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Number Tray

By: Bigjigs Toys

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Age: 3+ years

RRP: £23.99

Buy now from –    https://www.brightminds.co.uk/

AWARD CATEGORY: OUTDOOR TOYS

WINNER

Fun Zone Pop ‘n Splash

By: Little Tikes

Fun Zone Pop N Splash Surprise

Age:  24+ months

RRP: £69.99

Buy now from –    https://www.amazon.co.uk/

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Fantastic First 3 in 1 Switcharoo Table

By: Little Tikes

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Age: 12+ months

RRP: £29.99

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: CONSTRUCTION TOYS

 WINNER

Junior Engineer Monster Truck

By: Tobar

win - construction - monster truck

Age:  8+ years

RRP: £9.99

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/

AWARD CATEGORY: SOFT TOYS

WINNER

New Born Baby Animigos Guinea Pig

By: Tobar

win - soft - guinea pig

Age: 18+ months

RRP: £14.99

Buy now from –   https://www.amazon.co.uk/

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rainbow Llama

By: H Grossman

llama HGL

Age: 3+ years

RRP: £9.99

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: ELECTRONIC TOYS

WINNER

Baby Annabell Feels Better Medical Scanner

By: Zapf Creation

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Age: 3+ years

RRP: £42.99

Buy now from –   https://www.smythstoys.com/

HIGHLY COMMENDED

YouDrive Rescue Chopper

By: Little Tikes

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Age: 3+ years

RRP: £34.99

Buy now from – https://www.amazon.co.uk/

AWARD CATEGORY: IMAGINATIVE TOYS

WINNER

Mars Space Station

By: Playmobil

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Age: 6+ years

RRP: £84.99

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak

By: Wow! Stuff

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Age: 6+ years

RRP: £59.99

Buy now from – https://www.amazon.co.uk/

AWARD CATEGORY: PRESCHOOL TOYS

WINNER

Learn & Dance Dino

By: Vtech Electronics

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Age: 2-5 years

RRP: £39.99

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Baby Xylophone

By: Halilit

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Age: 12+ months

RRP: £18.99

Buy now from – https://www.amazon.co.uk/

AWARD CATEGORY: WHEELED TOYS

WINNER

Playmobil: The Movie Del’s Food Truck

By: Playmobil

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Age: 5+ years

RRP: £44.99

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/

AWARD CATEGORY: GAMES & PUZZLES

WINNER

Cog Puzzle

By: Bigjigs Toys

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Age: 18+ months

RRP: £14.49

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Dice Academy

By: Asmodee UK

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Age: 8+ years

RRP: £10.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

AWARD CATEGORY: EDUCATIONAL TOYS

WINNER

HUE Animation Studio

By: HUE

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Age: 7-13 years

RRP: £49.95

Buy now from –  www.amazon.co.uk

HIGHLY COMMENDED

LeapStart Go

By: LeapFrog

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Age: 4-9 years

RRP: £49.99

Buy now from – www.amazon.co.uk

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OVERALL CHAMPION 2019

This year the Overall Champion was a product our testers really loved!  It’s a toy that let’s children use their imagination. Here is what the testers said about it.

“Loved by the whole family, loving playing together”

“It even provoked discussion in our house about life on other planets and how we might live if we were on another planet”

“Out of this world!”

…and our overall 2019 champion is…

OVERALL CHAMPION

Mars Space Station

By: Playmobil

 champion - mars space station

Age: 6+ years

RRP: £64.99

More information at: www.playmobil.co.uk

Available from: The Entertainer

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk

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AWARD CATEGORY: S.T.E.M TOYS

WINNER

Kidizoom Action Cam HD

By: Vtech Electronics

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Age:  5+ years

RRP: £52.99

HD camera action for children! Create fun stop motion, slow motion, fat motion and reverse videos.  Capture photos and videos in the water using the waterproof case and floating mount.  Attach camera to helmets. Bikes and even add on the wide angle lens for more creative fun.

More information at: https://www.vtech.co.uk/product/detail/16376/Kidizoom_Action_Cam

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –    https://www.amazon.co.uk/

What the testers said “Plug in and play – really easy to set up and use.  We’ve bought an SD card, so we get more memory, so the boys used it on holiday for the week. Loads of accessories, we’ve not yet used the underwater case, but looking forward to trying it!”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Number Tray

By: Bigjigs Toys

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Age: 3+ years

RRP: £23.99

Learn to count with this colourful number tray, featuring numbers 1 to 100.  Its simple attractive design will ensure young minds stay fully engaged as the work through their mathematical learning.

More information at: www.bigjigstoys.co.uk/number-tray

Available from: Yesbebe

Buy now from –    https://www.brightminds.co.uk/

What the testers said “It such a pretty toy, traditional and colourful.  My daughter really enjoyed playing with it, which was a break through as she has never really enjoyed numberwork prior to this. Thank you Bigjigs Toys”

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AWARD CATEGORY: OUTDOOR TOYS

WINNER

Fun Zone Pop ‘n Splash

By: Little Tikes

Fun Zone Pop N Splash Surprise

Age:  24+ months

RRP: £69.99

Another fun packed activity from the Fun Zone range, Pop ‘n Splash Surprise is a brilliantly interactive game that’ll keep giddy kids on their toes!  Take turns spinning the wheel, it tells you whether to step or stomp, use the hand pump and turn the crank…. Wait in anticipation…  Non-stop action as balls and water come cascading down.

More information at: https://www.littletikes.co.uk/pop-n-splash-surprise

Available from: Amazon

Buy now from –    https://www.amazon.co.uk/

What the testers said “Lots of soggy, soaking fun.  Enjoyed by all ages and we can’t wait for the good weather to return to set it up and start playing again”

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Fantastic First 3 in 1 Switcharoo Table

By: Little Tikes

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Age: 12+ months

RRP: £29.99

This 3 in 1 activity table is designed to grow with your child – and with so much going on, they’ll never get bored.  There are two scenes to choose between, a school setting and a zoo plus a quick switcharoo can suddenly change game-play.

More information at: www.littletikes.co.uk/-in-1-switcharoo-table

Available from: Asda

Buy now from –  https://www.amazon.co.uk

What the testers said “There are tons of songs, activities and themes, we’ve definitely not found them all yet!  It’s been used outdoors and indoors (even on the same day!) ideal for British changeable weather”

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