Mini Ninjas App – Review

App review time people. Get ready to find out about a new game to waste all your time on :)

Mini Ninjas is a running iOS game from Square Enix, and I’ve been playing it whenever I can for a week now.

Endless runners are my thing, and I love this game. The only downside being is it’s quite hard. Much harder especially initially than any of the others runners I’ve played, but I like that. I’m enjoying the challenge.

As you run and defeat the ninjas, you set free cuddly animals trapped inside a bit like in the old Sonic games.

Whilst running, jumping over fire, Ninjas, boulders and wall running, you also have to collect flowers. These are used to craft potions back at the Dojo, to help you progress through the game.

Playable animal characters can now be unlocked in the Dojo. Theres Panda, Fox and Crane.

It’s very Kung Fu Panda in style, so if your children love that film they would enjoy this game.

Even at the tender ages of 7 and 5, Thomas and Jacob are both pretty advanced ios gamers. Jetpack Joyride, Chase the Train, they love all of these.

Mini Ninjas was a bit too difficult for Jacob. I think it’s the initial level of difficulty being so high, rather than the usual ease you in which they he never quite got used to. Thomas is that bit older so was prepared to persevere and hone his Ninja skills. Mini Ninjas has really tapped into his imagination, and he’s now saving up his koins for one of the new in-game animal friends.

As for me, I love it. It took me a while to get into it, but now I’m getting the hang of crafting potions and the way the enemies work I’m really enjoying it.

I’ve just unlocked the Fox character, which means I can double jump finally. Panda is next on my Dojo wishlist.

In my opinion Mini Ninjas is one for the adults and older children to really sink their teeth into. So if your after a bit more of a challenge, give it a try.

Apparently there is a cartoon series based around the Mini Ninjas planned. So we will be seeing a lot more from Hiro and co in the future.

Mini Ninjas is available now for £0.69/€0,79/$0.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch:https://itunes.apple.com/app/mini-ninjas/id577106023?mt=8

 

Cut The Rope Toys – Review

My boys like most other children and adults, are app crazy. Were a very tech savvy family, so I suppose it was inevitable they would be so attached to their tablets and iPods.

Obviously with so much choice of tech in the house with iPads, Games consoles and tv, they do spend as much time as I let them looking at a screen. So monitoring screen time, and finding ways to get them off playing is very important to me.

Lego is a big draw that will get them creative and off the screens, but another trick I have found is bringing their favourite apps to life with related toys and creative play.

Jacob has a passion for puzzle games, and Cut The Rope is his favourite. He absolutely adores the little green guy Om Nom. So when we were offered the opportunity to review some of the new Cut The Rope toy range from Vivid, he was ecstatic

He had already been saving his pocket-money for a plush Om Nom after seeing the advert on Cartoon Network, so when he arrived it was a big surprise and caused great excitement.

We received a new Talking Om Nom in a brilliant brown box complete with a ‘Feed with Candy’ sticker. 10 out of 10 for presentation :)

Although he’s called Talking Om Nom, he doesn’t talk per say. Rather he will let out his familiar crunching and munching noises. Jacob has been transfixed with Om Nom ever since he arrived in the post, and he’s even taken to sleeping with him.

It’s lovely to see Jacob enjoying a bit of time away from the lure of the screen, as he has his favourite app buddy to play whatever he wants with him. They have been seen playing with cars, joining in with the Angry Birds plush collection, and I even saw him driving a tractor around the conservatory yesterday.

As well as the Talking Om Nom, Vivid have also released a series of small collectable Om-Noms similar to the Moshi Monster figures, called the Nommies. There are 32 figures to collect in Series 1 of the Nommies. 16 characters plus an additional 16 ultra-rare gold versions of the figures.

The Nommies are available as a blind bag (RRP £1.99) and the 5 figure collector pack (RRP £4.99)

Jacob is now saving up for the Nommies instead. He’s especially after the Nommie wearing 3D glasses, as this sends him into fits of laughter whenever he sees him.

Most children seem as enamoured with Om Nom as my Jacob is, so I think the small collectable Nommies could go onto being to be the next big playground craze


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Completely…. Magazine – Review

Ever since I finally gave in and let Thomas start watching Dr Who with his dad (I was always worried it was a bit too scary for him, but he loves that) It’s been a weekly trip to the news agents for me on a Thursday to pick up Dr Who Adventures.

The problem is if your buying for one, you have to buy for the other don’t you, and Jacob is a bit more hard to please. There’s the Moshi Monsters magazine which is a no-brainer for Jacob, but unfortunately is only monthly. So for 3 weeks of the month I have a dilemma over which magazine to buy. Most seem a bit old for him, and apart from the slightest of glances are not really read.

Well today I actually found a magazine that I know Jacob will read from cover to cover, however maybe only for this month. Confused? Well I’m not surprised.

Completely is a new magazine only on issue 2, which is all about a totally different subject every month. Last month was Winx Club, next month is Hot Wheels, and this month is Cut The Rope.

Cut The Rope is among the top 5 games Jacob plays on his Google Nexus, so I just know he is going to go nuts over this magazine when he sees it.

Inside Completely every month you’ll find competitions, puzzles, Crafts, stories, Posters, basically everything about that months subject you could want. Jacob is going to love The Magician photo comic, as he’s always watching the video online, and wants me to watch it too.

I know next months Hot Wheels issue is a definite buy, and can’t wait to see what June’s issue has to offer. It’s going to be quite exciting seeing what the next issue will be every month.

This months Completely…Cut The Rope which also comes with a Notebook, Om Nom Stickerbox and Pen is out today March 21st. Next months Completely…Hot Wheels is out on the 18th April.

 

 

 

 

Attention Lego Hero Factory Fans – Competition

Regular readers of Toybuzz will know how much we all love Lego, and Jacob’s love in particular of Lego Hero Factory.

Being official Lego Family Bloggers this year has already been amazing, and it’s just got a whole lot better for us. We’ve been invited by Lego to attend the opening of a brand new area at Legoland Windsor Resort on the 30th March 2013, The ‘Lego Hero Factory Build and Test Area’.

Lego Hero Factory Brain Attack is the newest range of Hero Factory figures. The story goes that evil brains have hatched and are taking over the innocent of Makuhero City into mutated beasts.

In the new area you’ll be able to create your own hero or Villain at the building tables, and join in the battle against the evil brains. Sit back and relax watching some Lego Hero Factory TV Episodes, or Branify yourself with the Lego Hero Factory App at the game station.

If you haven’t tried out the Lego Hero Factory Branify App yet, you should give it a go as it’s very fun seeing what happens to your pictures when you do. It’s free to download and available for ios and Android.

Competition

I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but Lego have been amazing and given me an unbelievable prize to give away to 4 lucky Toybuzz Winners. You could be coming with us to the VIP opening of this brand new attraction, plus much much more.

Heres the full details of this amazing prize :

  • Free tickets for the day (30th March 2013) Family Tickets for 2 adults, 2 children
  • Private screening of the all new Hero Factory TV episode before it airs on Cartoon Network in the Imagination Theatre at LEGOLAND®!
  • A goody bag full of exclusive Hero Factory treats!
  • Be one of the first to try out the all new Hero Factory Brain Attack treasure hunt!
  • The launch will take place in the morning so you will have from around 11am onwards to explore the park at your leisure.
  • N.B. Parking is not included, this will cost £3 per vehicle. Travel and accommodation is also not included. Families will be required to enter the park before 9.45am in order to view the private screening and receive their goody bag.

This promises to be a brilliant day all round and I already can’t wait to get there and get going on the treasure hunt!

To enter this branify-ingly good competition all you need to do is leave a comment below answering this very simple question:

Which Channel does the Lego Hero Factory Cartoon air on? (Hint: Maybe there’s a clue above)

Competition ends Midnight on the 15th March 2013. Please be sure to leave your contact details so I can get in touch with the winners.

Best of luck and hope to see you there :)

Find out more about Hero Factory at: LEGO.com/HeroFactory

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group 2013 The LEGO Group.

Toxic Magazines First Interactive Issue out Tomorrow

If your already looking for something to keep the kids entertained for a while this half term, then I’ve got the perfect solution. Why not get the kids the newest edition of Toxic Magazine.

The latest issue out 13th February is the first ever Interactive edition of the magazine. Featuring augmented reality technology, the magazine is choc full of video clips, and trailers all related to the in magazine content.

All you need to do to view the interactive content is download the free Aurasma app onto your smartphone or tablet, and then hold the screen over the specially indicated pages. Alternatively if you don’t have access to a smartphone or tablet you can view all the videos at www.toxicmag.co.uk.

My boys were lucky enough to be sent a copy to test a few days early, and have been enjoying the magazine immensely. They were both wowed initially by the video clips suddenly appearing on the screen of their iPod, but they quickly got used to it and Thomas asked me why all magazines didn’t have this?

The interactive content includes current Toybuzz favourite ‘Disney’s Wreck It Ralph’ (we’ve already gone to see it twice its that good!) Lego, Monsters Inc, Skylanders Giants, and some pretty scary spiders.

The Interactive aspect of the magazine is very cool, and has kept my boys going back to try it again and again, but they also loved Toxic’s rundown of the top 50 Cartoon Characters and the Angry Birds puzzle Page.

This is the first time they have ever had Toxic Magazine as I think they always thought it was too old for them and overlooked it in the shops. However it’s been a big hit and Thomas especially being that bit older at 7 has read it cover to cover and keeps going back to it. I will definitely be buying it again for him.

The first ever Interactive issue of Toxic Magazine is out tomorrow Feb 13th for £3.99 and also comes with a bumper pack of gifts, including a Bow and Arrow, Squirt Phone, Parp Whistle, Pokemon Magazine and Haribo Sweets.

 

 

Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd – Review

I really love it when a cultural phenomenon comes along and manages to transcend all ages, as it means that me, hubby and the boys can all enjoy some family time together without one of us being bored to death.

For our family its Angry Birds, Super Mario Bros, and Regular Show. We all absolutely love these and I really cherish our family enjoying them together.

Well with this in mind Hasbro and Zynga have teamed together to bring some of Zynga most famous and best-loved online games out of Mummy and Daddy’s computer monitor and onto the kitchen table for all the family to play in board game form.

Words with Friends, Draw Something, Cityville and Farmville have all been given the  Hasbro/Zynga Mashup treatment, and the results are family fun all round.

We were lucky enough to be sent Monopoly Cityville and Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd to review, and we’ve had a blast with these new games. You can look forward to the Monoply Cityville review coming out later this week, so let’s get to reviewing Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd.

As you’ve probably already guessed Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd is an updating of that classic Hasbro game Hungry Hungry Hippos. A game which never seems to get old, but looks good for its little Farmville makeover.

The Hippos are replaced with A Snacking Sheep, Chomping Cow, Munching Pig and a Gobbling Horse. The marbles are now coloured coded, and each animal has its own prefered “food”.

The Horse likes Orange Pumpkins, Pig’s go for Red Apples, Snacking Sheep prefer Purple Grapes, and the cow is partial to Yellow Corn.

Once all the players have sorted out the food into their chosen animals preference, you let the food free by pressing down on the marble launcher.

Once all the food is in the middle area, it’s 3,2,1 go – Every animal needs to gobble up as much food as they can.

The winner is the animal who at the end has chomped the most food, regardless of what colour it is.

The game board itself is simple to put together, but each animal has to be added at the beginning and dismantled at the end of every game.

It’s a bit of a kerfuffle getting the animals on and off each time. I’m not sure if it’s because the game is brand new. I’m hoping after a while the plastic wont be as stiff and it will get easier.

One thing I do like about the board is the marble storage underneath. The screw top pot which holds all the marbles safe in between plays is a great idea, as my boys often knock over the games boxes while playing and watch the pieces fly across the floor, never quite managing to pick everyone back up.  The Marble storage underneath totally eliminates that problem, Genius!

A nice bonus that Hasbro and Zynga have thrown in for us parents and older children is the code to redeem 50 Farm Cash on Farmville which is included in every box. That’s great value if you’re a regular Farmville player, and there’s always something cool to spend your Farm Cash on.

Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd is a great game for really young players, and although they might not get the Farmville reference, it makes things a bit more fun for Mum and Dad joining in.

Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd is out now exclusively at Argos with an RRP of £19.99

Look back later this week for my review of Monopoly Cityville

 

Kurio 10 inch version now available

You’ve probably already heard about the new Kids tablet – Kurio, and how it’s set to become THE must have toy of Christmas 2012. Well now the buzz around the Kurio has got even bigger, because the new larger 10″ version of the Kurio is now available.

The larger screen space will be a real boon to families who are planning to use the Kurio as more of a whole family tablet, rather than just for the kids. A kiddie tablet in the day, and then as an adult android tablet in the evening.

Obviously you can still do this with the 7inch version, but personally I whilst perfect for the children I have found the 7inch a bit too small for my liking. Luckily I have my own iPad, if not I would definitely trade up to the 10″ Kurio if I was using it as well.

One possible downside is that you don’t get the kid safe bumper with the Kurio 10. However being that bit larger, the kiddos are less likely to be on the move as much with it,  and I’m not sure the extra bulk of the bumper would look good on the larger screen.

The Kurio 10 is an interesting proposition, and gives mum and dad even more to think about this Christmas. For only £50 extra the larger screen is a big bonus, but would make it possibly a bit too large for the smallest of users.

I would probably still go for the Kurio 7 for kids aged 4-7, and then the Kurio 10 for children any older.


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Top Ten Baby Toys for Christmas 2012

Well it’s that time of year again. Time for me to get rubbing at my crystal ball and start predicting what your little darlings would love to see Santa to leave for them underneath the Christmas Tree.

I’m up to my last list already, This time around it’s finally time for the Baby’s!

Check out the other lists here:

Top Ten Boys Toys for Christmas 2012

Top Ten Toddler Toys for Christmas 2012

Top Ten Girls Toys for Christmas 2012

As always the lists aren’t in any sort of order of importance, it’s just the top 10 things that I think will be most appreciated by the littlest of little ones Santa will visit for the very first time this year.

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Dance And Play Puppy

Suitable for babies from 9 – 36 Months

When my youngest was just a little one, he had an earlier version of the Laugh and Learn Puppy which he loved so much.

That’s why I felt compelled to add the new Laugh and Learn Dance and Play Puppy to the list, as he’s the same cute puppy but a lot more livelier.

This loveable pup has two play modes, one educational and one which is plain singing and dancing (with a lot of wiggling)

With easy actions like clapping, and blowing kisses, the Dance & Play puppy encourages baby to play along and copy his actions.

Singing songs about ABC’s, Counting 1-10, Opposites, Manners, Parts of the body. He will keep your baby enthralled for hours.


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Lilliputiens Liz reversible Handbag

Suitable For Any Age

Lilliputiens simply has to be one of my favourite toy brands ever. I could have easily chosen a full top ten just from their range.

Which is probably the reason that this is not the only time they will pop up in this list.

This gorgeous little handbag is just the ticket to stop baby rummaging around your bag and trying to steal your keys and lipstick.

Letting baby have their very own Purse, Keys, Phone and compact mirror is a genius idea. Plus it looks super cute.

Also comes with the lovely Liz soft dolly, who sits inside the front pocket.

Lilliputiens products are designed by mums, with safety very much in mind. All pieces are non toxic and completely safe for all ages.

Lilliputiens Liz Reversible Handbag

Little Tikes Garden Activity Playset

 Recommended age 6 months+

Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t for outdoor play. It’s a babies playhouse, which helps to bring all the fun of the garden indoors.

Hours of giggles will be had by baby in this lovely little playhouse. Then unfold out the sides, and it becomes a two-sided play centre with all round fun.

Amongst the many bits and bobs that will keep baby occupied are the mirror, learning clock, ball shaker, moveable clickable bugs, Moveable lookout telescope, opening shutter windows, shapesorter mailbox, ball drop flowerpot, and a three language interactive telephone.


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Leapfrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

 Recommended age 6 months+

This one isn’t new exactly, it’s been around for over a year, but I still love this and have bought it several times as a gift for others.

Small babies will love simply lifting up the lid of the picnic basket and posting the food inside.

As they grow older  they will start to learn colours, numbers, shapes and much more, all from this friendly picnic basket.


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Scramble Bug

Recommended age 1-3 Years 

The Scramble Bug is unique in that in not only moves forward and backwards, but it also goes sideways, well anyways you want really. Full 360 degree fun.

This freedom of movement mean it’s the ideal first ride on for little ones, just starting to get to grips with pushing and steering themselves around.

Light and easy to carry, the Scramble Bug folds down for compact storage and transportation.

No assembly is required, just unfold out the legs and handle until it looks insect like and your done.


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 Fisher Price Apptivity Case

Recommended Age 6 – 36 months

All kids love playing with mummy and daddy’s gadgets, years gone past it was the TV remote that got most babies attention.

Nowadays though its mummys phone that baby wants to get their sticky mitts on, and who can blame them.

Full of lights, funny sounds, colourful graphics, lots of funny buttons to touch, expensive to replace. Everything a babies looking for in a toy

Well if you want to let little one have  a play around on your iPhone without the tears and tantrums (that’s your tears not theirs) then the Fisher Price Apptivity Case is your answer.

This sturdy case will prevent dribbles, drool, and unwanted calling and app purchasing.

Use with the free to download Laugh and Learn App from the App Store and your baby will be able to enjoy over 75 songs, tunes and phrases. Learning about shapes, letters, animals and numbers.


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 Vtech Tiny Touch Tablet

Recommended Age 6 – 36 months

Staying on the reclaiming gadgets theme. We have the Vtech Tiny Touch Tablet

Obviously styled to look like mummy’s and Daddy’s iPad or Android, the Tiny Touch tablet will probably not fool even the youngest of babies.

However hopefully it will give them something else to enjoy when the iPad is safely out of reach.

Press the light up buttons to hear happy songs, animal noises, abc’s and numbers.

Baby can also pretend to keep in touch with their friends by checking their messages and taking photos.


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Fisher-Price Stroll along walker with Baby’s 1st Doll

Recommended Age 9 months+

This is another product which has been in my top ten for a few years, but I still love it and think it’s a brilliant gift, so it’s going back on again this year.

Combining baby walker and your little girls first dolly and pushchair is a master stroke I think. Fisher Price have got this one exactly right.

The wide wheel base and sturdy handle makes sure that it’s easy for baby to push and move around.

The soft and huggable plush My First Doll fits perfectly in the stroller seat, and baby will love taking her for a walk. All the while honing her walking as she goes.


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(some stores are selling the walker and doll as a set, some and selling them separately. Be sure to check before you buy)

Lilliputiens Little Doctor Set

Recommended Age 9 months+

Second outing for the Lilliputiens team on the list, but I just love this little doctors set so much it just had to be included.

This gorgeous mini doctors bag contains everything your young physician will need, even a little teddy bear patient to practice upon.

The brightly coloured bag has lovely plush versions of 7 essential doctor accessories including: Thermometer, Syringe, stethoscope, medicine pot, blood pressure pump, and a white apron.

Lilliputiens. Little doctors set.

Little People DC Superfriends Batcave

 Recommended Age 1 Year +

It’s never to early to get the kiddos into their superheroes, and with the excellent World of Little People DC Superfriends range they wont need much persuading.

Your baby will have fun for literally hours and hours with this two level playset for these chubby little superheores.

downstairs has an opening garage with door for storing the Batmobile. Upstairs has the landing pad for Robins helicopter.

The ramp down the side with lift off lever means Batman can jump into action and be on duty quick as a flash.

Includes Batman and Robin figures, Helicopter and Batmobile.

Batmobile makes fun sound effects when you push a figure down in the driver’s seat.


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Toys R Us Massive 3 for 2 Offer

Hurry and grab yourself a great bargain this weekend at Toys R Us, either online or in store.

Running until midnight Sunday 16th September, Toys R US have 3 for 2 bargains running on Moshi Monsters, Skylanders, Lego and Crayola.

There is also free delivery across the whole site, again until Midnight Sunday.

Seems like a great time to stock up on some Christmas goodies. Hot toys for this year like the Moshi Monster App Monsters, Skylanders and Lego Lord of the Rings sets are all included.

But hurry, stock is limited and when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Top Ten Girls Toys for Christmas 2012

Well it’s that time of year again. Time for me to get rubbing at my crystal ball and start predicting what your little darlings would love to see Santa to leave for them underneath the Christmas Tree.

So this year I’m starting off with the boys list, and will be adding the other lists over the next few days.

Check out the other lists here:

Top Ten Boys Toys for Christmas 2012

Top Ten Toddler Toys for Christmas 2012

Top Ten Baby Toys for Christmas 2012

As always the lists aren’t in any sort of order of importance, it’s just the top 10 things that I think most of the Girls will be after this year.

Monster High High School     

First off and already into the Monster High, I just really love Monster High as a theme and want to be eight all over again!

I’m actually so enamoured with those gals and ghouls that they have actually made my list twice this year, but more about that later.

The Monster High High School is much more than just a mouthful to say. It’s a multi storey playhouse version of Monster High, and it’s gorgeous.

Mattel have thought of absolutely everything with this set. It’s amazing that not only does it do what it needs to, it totally blows the roof off and turns it up to 11. Every room, every corner, every speck of wall space is just covered with trinkets, things to do, and those little touches that you’ll only appreciate as a true fan of Monster High. It’s honestly been so well done.

What I like about it is that the back of the set is not neglected at all, turn it around and it’s a stunning representation of the front of the school. So you get 360 degree fun, and a totally different setting for the girls to hang around in.

There are 6 distinct areas of play

  • Entrance way with the famous Monster High Gargoyles
  • Mad Science Classroom
  • Locker hallway which houses 6 coffin-shaped lockers all with little skull padlocks that actually work
  • Creepateria
  • Casketball Court
  • Dj Booth upstairs

This set may be pricey, but if it’s a Monster High fan, you have you can be sure that it will not disappoint come Christmas Morning


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Tatty Teddy Secret Wardrobe

All girls love pouring their hearts out to their diary. It’s a rite of passage isn’t it.

Well with this Tatty Teddy Secret Wardrobe they can get in on the journaling action early.

Use the invisible ink pen to write down your thoughts on the 30 page journal pre-printed with themes and questions to help you get going.

Then use the torch to read back what you’ve written

Customise the doors of the wardrobe with the provided charms, or use them to decorate the included bracelet and ring.

Once your finished writing lock up your diary in the wardrobe safe, and then lock it with your secret key.


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KidiMagic Alarm Clock

Make mornings less of a mad panic with this Vtech KidiMagic Alarm Clock.

Your little girl will feel so grown up with this funky Alarm clock which whilst having the ability to wake you up in the morning, does a whole lot more besides.

If your daughter loves music she will love the KidiMagic alarm clock. It has a built-in FM radio, 3 inbuilt songs to send you off to sleep, or she will probably prefer to plug-in her MP3 player and listen to her own tunes.

The glowing mood light with 7 different colours, animations and personal messages mean the look is always changing and never dull.

There are 3 built-in games to help you train your reactions and build memory skills. Plus cool quirky features like a fun daily fortune-teller.


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Harumika Style Studio

I think in our heart of hearts all little girls want to be fashion designers.

I can still remember drawing pictures of our future wedding dresses with my best friend.

I put that dream to bed a long time ago, but if I ever feel a little creative (usually after an episode of Project Runway) I’ll run and get my Harumika set and knock out a few outfits.

Harumika is brilliant because there is no sewing or cutting required. Just choose your fabric and then style it around your mannequin with the special stylus.

It’s incredibly easy to get started with, you just push the fabric in and suddenly you have a dress.

The Harumika Style Studio is a great gift, as this brilliant box will keep your Harumika organised neat and tidy, and the carry handle means its ready to go wherever you are.

A brilliant no mess gift that is guaranteed to give you hours of peace to sleep off that christmas dinner.


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My Moshi Home / Super Moshi HQ

As you’ll know by now, were all huge Moshi Monsters fans here at Toybuzz.

So top of the christmas lists this year has to be both the Super Moshi Hq and My Moshi Home.

The My Moshi Home comes with over 20 different accessories to help you decorate your Moshi home to your particular tastes.

Changeable doors, floors, window frames, furniture, decorations and stickers mean that you can interior design to your heart’s content, and then when your finished change everything up and start all over again. Well you don’t think that Diavlo wants the same look as Poppet do you?

Some of the included accessories you can play around with are the Telegroan, pop up bin, friends tree and wheel of fortune.

My Moshi Home also comes with an exclusive poppet figure.


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The Super Moshi HQ is the Super Moshi’s secret hideout deep inside a volcano.

This is where the Super Moshi’s assemble to be sent by Elder Furi on special missions to defeat Dr Strangeglove.

The HQ is powered by mysterious glowing green Rox, and the set has a Rox reveal tower which shows where the Rox is hidden when you twist it.

There is also a rotating change chamber where your Moshi can do a quick change into their Super Moshi outfit.

On the top-level of the HQ is the spinning tv screen, which shows a mission lists on one side, and a map on the other.

Comes with an Exclusive Elder Furi figure, which I think is the main reason Jacob wants one. Elder Furi has always been his favourite.


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Furby

Furby is back, and this time if your armed with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, He’s better than ever.

I say that because so many of the Furby’s coolest new tricks are reliant on an ios device, if you don’t have one there’s really no point.

Available in a range of 6 different colours, Purple, Teal, Yellow, Orange, Black and White.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the new Furby is that his eyes are now animated LED’s. Which means lots of cool things happening when you interact with him, rather than the weird blank staring looks he used to give you.

Using the new app you can interact with Furby more than ever before. You can feed him almost anything imaginable, the App has things like sardines, mushrooms, pop tarts, underpants, smelly cheese, cookies, smelly socks – Basically weird, wacky, yummy, it’s all there.

If that’s not enough there’s also a sandwich maker where you add 6 ingredients to make one mega sized Furby special.

To feed Furby you simply swipe the food off your iPhone and Furby will wirelessly catch it and eat it up. Vocally letting you know whether he’s happy with your selection or not.

Using the app you can also translate your Furby’s chosen language Furbish into English. Theres also a dictionary so you can learn how to speak Furbish too, and then have a conversation with your Furby in Furbish.

For me my favourite part about Furby is its voice. It sounds very much like Lady Rainicorn from Adventure Time, and that pleases me a lot.


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Lego Friends Olivia’s House

I know it’s not without its controversy. However for me Lego Friends is a great range, and the perfect way to get young girls into the delights of Lego building.

I’ve had so many mums tell me over the last few years that they were longing for Lego to bring out a lovely girly range of sets, and now it’s hear it’s exactly what we’ve all been waiting for.

Lego Friends Olivia’s House is the premier set of the collection. It’s the biggest, comes with the most Mini-figs or Mini-dolls, plus it looks especially gorgeous.

The set is a hefty 695 pieces, and comes with 3 mini-dolls. Peter the Dad, Anna the Mum, Olivia and Kitty the Cat.

A vast array of furniture is also included, such as the shower, toilet, sink, bed, vanity, couch, sofa chair, coffee table, flat screen TV, refrigerator with opening door, cabinets, oven, sink, kitchen table and kitchen chairs

There are five distinct rooms in the house to play in. Theres a Kitchen, Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room and Rooftop Patio.

If your daughter or granddaughter has asked for one Lego Friends set this Christmas, then Olivia’s House is the one to get.


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Monster High Create-A-Monster Design Lab

It’s time for the second Monster High toy on the list, The Create a Monster Design Lab

I would probably put this one down as the hottest toy on my list. I absolutely love this product, and predict it will be so sought after this year.

Most girls love dolls, fashion and makeup, and the Monster High Create-A-Monster Design Lab manages to capitalise on all of those things.

By putting the blank limbs, head and torso of your create-a-monster doll into the design lab, you can use some of the over 100 included tattoos to create your very own unique Monster High doll.

The design lab is basically a very intricate and well designed sponge, which you use to apply the tattoos to your blank doll. Add water, then pump it into the sponge, then place down upon the piece your designing. The top of the applicator will then flash as you press the tattoo on, when the flashing stops your done. So simple, but oh so much fun.

The tattoos can easily be removed with a bit of soap and water, ready for you to start designing all over again.

The Create-a-monster lab comes with one full doll ready to be customised with the over 100 tattoos, complete with wig, clothes and shoes.

Monster High Create-a-monster add on packs are also available, so you can add more and more totally unique dolls to your collection.


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Twister Dance

Twister Dance is the brand new version of the classic game, and the coolest way so far to play.

Theres no mat this time around, instead you get the four coloured dots to put where you want them (actually you get 8 in a box, so you can play with a friend)

No spinner either with Twister Dance, that would be much too retro. No now the spinner has turned into a high-tech speaker/MP3 player with LCD lights.

The front of the speaker will light up with one of the four colours, showing you where to move your feet next.

It comes with 4 inbuilt song, an exclusive Twister Remix of Britney Spears ‘Till the world ends’, Whip My Hair by Willow Smith, We R Who We R by Kesha, Cupid Shuffle by Cupid, and ‘caught up in a Twister’

You can also plug-in your MP3 player and play along to any song of your choice, which is pretty cool.

You can also use the machine as just an MP3 player speaker, which is a nice feature.

I think Twister Dance is a great update to a classic toy.


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Barbie Princess and The Popstar Toys

I was a bit torn with this selection. I knew I wanted to add something Barbie, but was undecided over the Princess and The Popstar dolls or Barbie’s Ultimate Closet. In the end I think the Princess and The Popstar dolls are going to get more use out of them than the closet, so on the list they go.

Tori is the Barbie character from the film, the princess Meribella. Keira is the Pop Star who visit’s and swaps places with Meribella.

I will admit to loving all the Barbie movies, they are actually really good if you sit down and actually watch them. Last Years Princess Charm School was one of my favourites, along with A Perfect Christmas, even the boys enjoy watching them with me.

Anyway The Princess and The Popstar is another great Barbie movie, more of the same that we’ve all come to know and love. Sing some songs, love interest, life lesson learnt – it ticks all the boxes.

Both the Tori and Keira sing two songs from the movie. They both sing Here I am, then Tori will also sing Princesses wanna have fun and Keira sings Perfect Day. The really cool thing is that if you have both Tori and Keira and you press the buttons together, it sounds like they are both singing the duet of Here I am.

As well as the two girls you can also get a Prince Liam doll. He seems to be in quite short supply already, so if your after the full set I would pick him up sooner rather than later.

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Keira
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