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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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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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Cision Top Ten Blogs – Our News!

Cision is the leading tool for PRs, press and the media in general and each month checks online to find the biggest influencers in each topic. With over 160,000 digital influencers listed by Cision – the Rainbow Awards were delighted to be listed as the number two social influencer this month!

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Mini Hornit is put Through its Paces

…by the Mad House of Cats and Babies…

Read what they thought about the Mini Hornit by clicking the image.

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Vivid Teams with Great Ormond Street in Charity Auction

mosh1Vivid has teamed up with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity for a very special Moshi Monster’s Furnand0000 auction taking place this week. The Hunt for Furnando Campaign, which launched on 14th February earlier this year, has already experienced tremendous success with children across the UK taking part in the search to find one of the limited edition Mystic Moggies.

With the Furnando limited edition character still very much in demand, Vivid has put the first Furnando figurine ever made – the ‘rarest of the rare’- up for auction, with all proceeds going towards Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The auction will see Furnando figurine #0000 go on sale through eBay, which ended this Thursday at 12pm (see link below) at £105.


Great Ormond Hospital Children’s Charity already work closely with Vivid, having previously launched very successful joint collaborations on both the GOSHI Moshi Tin and the GOSH Mosh-pital Treehouse Playset.moshi

Mia Roth, Senior Brand Manager for Vivid says: ‘We’ve had an overwhelming response to the Hunt for Furnando campaign and we were amazed at how Moshi fans really entered into the spirit of the campaign. We’re delighted to be working closely with GOSH again – they were a natural choice and they bring joy to many children’s lives on a daily basis.  We hope that the funds raised from the Furnand0000 auction go some way to continue the good work they do.’

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Trix – Complex but Simple & Great for Travel!

Trix is a quick thinking word-association game.  You need to find three cards which are related in some way, then describe them to the other players using 1-2 words.  The quickest guess is the winner, but if no guesses are made then extra clue words can be given one by one.

Sounds easy?  Let’s get started.  Trix comes in a lovely tin which is great to store all the pieces and keep them lovely.  Minimal packing which was lovely (we’re a sucker for green credentials!) although the tiny shrink wrap around the cards was a little tricky to remove.


The cards are laid out – three person cards, three action cards and three place cards.

11We set out our cards as above and although the game is simple, it’s quite hard to find three cards that have a theme, we had a few false starts where the children got frustrated; we were playing with two adults, a 12 year old and a 10 year old.  However we did persevere and encouraged them to try.

Here is one example, it was JJ’s turn and he called “Mafia” which we all laughed at, however interestingly we had two different guesses – thus:

DSC09140Gangster-Steal-Italy and Gangster-Steal-Prison.

At this point the kids began to get into the game more, seeing there could be some strategy involved too!

We enjoyed playing Trix and as it was a well packaged smaller game, we now take it to our boat – it’s a great travel game!

DSC09143We found the game to have long pauses of thinking time in it, as soon as the children realised it was more of a thoughtful game than a raucous call out game such as snap they enjoyed proving their brain power!

Our Play Advice:

literacy skillssocial skillsTrix really encourages deep thought, it was a good game for just before bedtime being a more calm game than many.  As a teacher I thought the skills encouraged by the game were excellent.

Packaged in a tin around 15cm x 12cm it was a good game to pop in my handbag for impromptu play such as waiting rooms or when the car as stuck in traffic!

Trix is available from independent toy shops.  More information can be found at Porcupine Press



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ZIP-IT ~ Tested by The Purple Pumpkin Blog

The Purple Pumpkin Blog tested ZIP-IT for us and said;

ZIP-IT is a perfect travel game – it is completely self contained with the instructions, bonus Weords™ dictionary and letter cubes stored inside a unique scoring pouch. There is a handle at one end that makes it easy to carry as well.


ZIP-IT is a two player game, suitable for ages 7-97!  I think it would be great for younger children when they’re starting to write and learn words, and if I live to be 100 it would be pretty cool to still use the old grey matter 😉

The premise of the game is simple – use your letter cubes to create a crossword grid; the first to finish is the winner! Simplicity is the key to a great game – there is nothing worse than having to remember a bunch of rules or refer back to the rule book when playing a game. You just want to get on with it and play!

As you score points, you use the zips on the scoring pouch to mark your progress. The first to ’10’ is the winner. I kind of wished that the score numbers were the other way around so that by the time you’ve got to 10 you’ve zipped up the pouch!

Read more of their review here.

Our Play Advice:

literacy skillsnumber skillsWe too enjoyed the carry pouch cum score card!  We’ve used our ZIP-IT in the car and on the boat, it’s  lovely travel game, and you always know if a piece is missing too, which is very handy!

ZIP-IT is available from Amazon

All images are courtesy of The Purple Pumpkin Blog

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