Paw Patrol: Zoomer Marshall (Review)

For several years now, my son's favourite programme has been Paw Patrol; a television series which follows the adventures of the inhabitants of Adventure Bay and their frequent rescuers – eight pups and their ten year old leader, Ryder.

I've often wondered about the sense of having a town's emergency services completely staffed by a team of dogs, and my husband frequently worries that Ryder's parents seem to be absentee. But then when the mayor has a pet chicken (called Chickaletta) who lives in her handbag, I think this is one of those shows that shouldn't be analysed too much.

However, our favourite pup is the very loveable dalmation Marshall who is in charge of the fire and rescue division of Paw Patrol. We were recently sent a 'Zoomer' version of Marshall to review, a type of toy that we haven't come across before.

Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall

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Hatchimals (Review)

The trend in toys seems to be cyclical; many toys which I had as a child I've seen come back again and again, just with a modern take on them each time. I was a little too old for the Furby when it was launched, although my 21 year old niece had one when she was young, and my 10 year old nephew has one now. They've been updated for the more tech savvy child and there are now other competitors on the market, each with their own spin on the animatronic toy.; Hatchimals is one toy which is a serious contender to take the crown.


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Meccano Micronoid: Basher (Review)

Meccano is one of those classic children's toys, appealling to all the construction loving engineers out there, both big and small. I know that The Boy absolutely loves creating all manner of vehicles with the various sets that he has, supplemented by Grandad's finds at car boot sales.

However, not every child finds the repeated making and taking apart appealling, some prefer to make a kit and keep it as such. The issue then can be that there isn't a great ways of interacting with the toy. Meccano have come up with a wonderful way of igniting the curiosity of those more tech-savvy children out there, by producing Micronoids, a new range of robotic and programmable Meccano toys.


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Club Petz: Charlie Funny Talkie (Review)

I've always liked the idea of having pets, however as I'm disinclined to clean up after dogs following a walk, don't like cats, can't find a tortoise for love nor money, and we've got too many magpies and foxes around our area for guinea pigs or rabbits, we're currently limited to two easy to look after goldfish. Peppa (Pig) and Freddy (Fox) swim quite contentedly around their tank, are fed daily, cleaned out every few weeks and are quite sociable enough. Considering they can't talk.

However, when we were offered the chance to review a Club Petz toy, I was quite eager to explore this world of 'electronic pets'; low maintenance and can be switched off at night or during a holiday!

And so we welcomed Charlie Funny Talkie to our home.


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Dinosaur DNA (Review)

When we go on holiday to Lyme Bay, we always enjoy exploring the Jurassic Coast and trying to find fossils from millions of years ago. Of course, we rarely succeed so usually end up buying one of those fossil digging kits. You know, the ones which aren't actually very good and children get bored of?

Last week we were sent such a kit, albeit with a twist, and we were blown away by how superior it was to most others.

Dinosaur DNA fossil kit

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Interplay Powered Hovercraft (Review)

The Boy has really reached the inquisitive stage with his toys, and by that I mean the 'let's take this apart and see how it works' stage. You know the one, it's very much the same as the 'Mummy, this doesn't work anymore' stage, and the 'Mummy! Could you help me fix this please?' stage. (I remember my brother hitting this stage, he took apart my his Action Man, couldn't get both legs back on it and we had to rechristen it InAction Man due to his one-leggedness).

Therefore when we offered the chance to review the Powered Hovercraft from Interplay, we jumped at the chance! An opportunity for The Boy to make his own powered toy, learn how it fits together, and then not need to take it apart again after? Yes please!


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Disney On Ice: Silver Anniversary Edition

It's that time of year again when the spectacular that is Disney On Ice takes to arenas around Britain to showcase some of the best choreography set to the familiar and comforting world of magical, childhood music. This year is the Silver anniversary commemorating a wonderful 25 years of magical ice-dancing, and the show this year will see Mickey and Minnie Mouse take audiences to four far-away lands in one action-packed ice adventure: the African Pride Lands with The Lion King's Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage deep under the sea to The Little Mermaid's mystical underwater kingdom; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to join Tinker Bell and the lost boys; before being whisked away to the wintery wonderland of Frozen's Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with Anna and Elsa.

Disney on Ice Silver Anniversary Celebration

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Hexbug Nano V2 (Review)

Over the past few years, I've spotted the craze that is Hexbugs and debated buying a set for my son. Recently, he was sent a Hexbug Nano V2 set to review, and this was perfect timing to find out whether to invest in expansion packs for Christmas or not.

Hexbug Nano V2 set-up

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Yankee Candle: Reindeer Carousel Advent Calendar

I'm sure that I'm not the only parent who spends an awful lot of December creating fun activities for their children, building up the excitement of the season and ensuring plenty of enjoyment and memories are created. I don't know about you but The Boy usually has a chocolate advent calendar and then he also has a handmade fabric calendar that I made a few years ago, this one usually has a small gift or an IOU for a christmas craft or activity in it.

I don't have an advent calendar.

But this year I do!

Carousel Reindeer Advent Calendar

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