Little People Racing Ramps Garage

I’ve just finished the last of the present shopping in preperation for Jacob’s 2nd birthday next Friday. Don’t tell him but he’s having the Handy Manny Fix It Motorcycle and the Little People Racing Ramps Garage.

I was umming and ahhing over whether to get him a garage for his birthday, as he’s currently using his brothers old Little People Touch ‘n’ feel garage.  I thought it might be nice for him to have a new one as he really loves his toy cars.

However he made the decision for me as over the past month he’s gone about wrecking the old garage, so much now that I had to get him a new one.

So once we’ve had them all out and had a good play, and also once i’ve baked the requested Handy Manny birthday cake, i’ll get a full review of both of them written up.

Just have to go out and get a roll of birthday wrapping paper now, as the box for the garage is much bigger than I expected.


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Imaginext Batcave

As comic book heroes go Batman is a perennial favorite, playing his part in childhood memories for decades. My toddler is definitely in the Marvel camp rather than DC Comics so prefers Hulk, Spider man and Iron man, however if you have a Batman fan in your household this could be the perfect toy for them.

Sometimes it can a struggle trying to find age appropriate toys for the comic book hero fan. Most toys I’ve found are more aimed at the 8 year old and over market , so the younger ones get left playing with the figures which are too small and fiddly for them to play with properly, and if they are anything like my toddler get frustrated. Thank goodness then for Imaginext who have come along with their DC Super Friends range. Aimed for children 3 – 8 finally the little ones get their hands on a kiddie style Batman just for them.

Although I don’t think this range is as toddler friendly as the now defunct Spider-man and Friends range of super hero toys, the DC Super Friends are just the right size for a 3 year old.  Not to small and slightly chunkier than the average action figure.

Their is a full range of heroes available in the collection from Batman, robin and the villainous Penguin and Joker, to Superman complete with his dog Krypto. There’s also Batman various vehicles like the Batmobile, Batwing and Batcopter. It seems that the full range of figures are coming to the UK slowly, and as they are in short supply stock levels are a bit patchy. You may also want to check Ebay if you find the figure you want desperately is out of stock, as there is always a good selection on there.

The Imaginext Batcave is a great looking toy, and any self respecting little boy would love to add this to their toy collection no doubt. It looks like the boys ideal version of a Barbie dolls house, with all the little rooms and cubby holes for their heroes to explore. It comes complete out of the box, so no fiddling on Christmas morning which is always a bonus. It also packs up nicely when play times over.

The pack includes a Batman and Robin figure and the Batcycle, although you don’t get a baddie as my son would say, which is disappointing. There are a couple of cool features with this product that I’ll show you now.

All the Gadgets and cool stuff works via a system of “interactive action command stands” or as I would call them mini turntables. Place a figure on top of one of the stands and move it slightly either left or right and an action will be performed. It’s a simple system that even smaller children will find easy to understand and carry out.

Placing one of the figures on the top turntable makes the hook either raise or lower.

The Turntable on the opposite side of the roof will Activate the Batlift. Travel from the roof of the Batcave, all the way through to Bottom. You are able to stop along the way as well.

This turntable will activate the revolving front door. Good for closing the entrance quickly, when the penguin and Joker come around to cause mischief.

This turntable controls the rather snazzy looking Walk Through Time Portal. This feature is sure to set your toddlers creative mind buzzing with story ideas.What will become of Batman if he steps through it?

Press the button to launch the grappling hook. Great for making a quick dash to the other side of the Batcave, or use as self defence when the villains turn up outside.


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As you can see the Imaginext Batcave is quite a toy! Even if your child isn’t mad about Batman I can see them having a ball with this playset, and obviously if they are a massive fan you definitely need to get this toy!!

Top 10 Toys for Christmas 2009

Here are my picks for the top 10 toys that children everywhere will be wishing to find under the  Xmas tree in 2009.


Transformers Devestator

With six Transformers combining together to make this huge villain from the movie “Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen” .The Supreme Combiner Constructicon Devastator, to give it it’s full name is quite a beast of a present.

This Amazingly big boy’s toy would look mightily impressive sitting under the Christmas Tree.

Peppa Pig – Princess Peppa’s Royal Palace

Having no girls Peppa Pig doesn’t play a big role in my life. However judging from the reactions of friends little ones and girls at the local toddler group all dressed in their Peppa Pig T-shirts, she is big business.

This Beautiful palace playset folds out to reveal 7 rooms, ranging from kitchen, royal bedroom and even banqueting hall.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Dancer

Every one’s Favourite cartoon mouse is here, and he’s singing his signature “Hot Dog song”. Pre-schoolers are sure to squeal in delight, as Mickey dances the Hot Dog dance and tells a couple of jokes along the way.

Hot Diggety dog!

Rocky the Interactive Robot Dump Truck

This wise-cracking Italian stallion of a dump truck, will be just the thing for those budding Bob the Builders and Handy Manny’s.

With it’s vast array of cool moves and even cooler sayings, he’s bound to be a big Christmas hit!

Vtech Kiddizoom Pro Multimedia Camera

This new improved version of the Kiddizoom, comes with a 2 megapixel camera, 5 games and an inbuilt MP3 player.

Edit your photos on the viewfinder by adding fun effects and borders.

A fun and practical present for budding David Bailey’s.

Handy Manny  Transforming 2 in 1 Tool Truck

This has to be the number one gift for Handy Manny fans this Christmas.

Have fun playing with Handy Manny’s red truck, and then unfold to reveal his workshop.

With five engine parts and even more household objects needing mending, there will always be something for your little one to fix.

Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robot

The NXT 2.o is the new upgraded version of the massive hit Lego Mindstorms NXT.

As boy’s get older they can get harder to buy for. This is a brilliant present for a teenage boy, guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing and not just get discarded by boxing day. What boy (and dad) wouldn’t want to make there own robot!

You don’t have to be Steven Hawkings to build one either. It comes with instructions on how to build 4 different robots, the first of which can be built in only 30 minutes.

Barbie and The Three Musketeers Kitten Miette

This adorable little Kitten is from the new “Barbie and the Three Musketeers” Movie. She comes with a CD featuring music and stories from the film.

She also sings and dances along when you play the DVD of the film. The more you play and interact with Miette, the more she will play along with you.

Sylvanian Families Caravan and the Family Car

A great addition to your Sylvanian Families Collection, I only wish my mother hadn’t chucked out all of my original ones when I moved out.

This set comes with over 25 accessories such as 2 car seats for the little baby bunny’s, and a lovely picnic hamper which you can store in the boot of the car just like real life.

This set has everything you need for your Sylvanian Family friends to get a well deserved holiday.

Little Tikes Pop Tunes Big Rocker Guitar

Get your little popstar prepared for a life of X Factor auditions when their older, with the Pop Tunes guitar. The real difference with this toy guitar is it plays kidified versions of some genuinely classic songs, no row row your boat or Twinkle, Twinkle on this guitar.

Get ready to introduce your youngster to Queen and the Police, with this fun toy that even big rockers will enjoy.

And that ladies and Gentleman is the Toybuzz list of the top 10 toys for Christmas 2009. Happy shopping Santa!

Fisher Price Little People Pop Up Garage Review

 

I requested that my mother buy this for Jacob (our youngest) for Christmas as I thought it would be something that him and Thomas could play with together.

After the madness of Christmas day (everyone ill, getting up at 3am, toys everywhere) I got it out the box and attempted to put it up on boxing day morning.

My first thoughts were considering this is supposed to be a pop up tent, why does it come with so many poles?

I found it very confusing to put together for some reason that I can’t explain. When it’s all put together it looks really simple, I can’t work out why I find it so hard to do. 

The instructions are simple enough to follow. Although there are 4 different lengths of poles, each with different number stickers on them. I didn’t see the stickers until I took it apart, I was just guessing by the length.

 I’ve put it up about 4 times since Boxing Day and looking at the stickers, but it still took my 10 minutes to do.

Once assembled the first thing that hit me was how flimsy it is. Any movement and it bends all over the place. Thomas tried to use the petrol pump which is Velcroed onto the garage, but when you pull it off the whole garage bends.

The packaging states it’s suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and It comes with pegs to hold the corners down. Maybe the garage would be more sturdy when used outdoors with the pegs, but unfortunately I don’t have a garden suitable for  testing that out.


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I think the reason its so unstable is the canopy roof, to accommodate the car wash. As there’s a large gap between the main part of the garage and then the outside wall for the cars to pass through, it just makes the structure too unsteady. Which is a pity as it’s a really good idea but it doesn’t work.

It comes with a small box which you place in a pocket on the main garage. When pressed you get the sound of a truck honking it’s horn, my littlest loved this. He loved it so much he got inside the pocket and stole the sound box, and has placed it in a hidey hole only he knows about.

It’s remarkably easy to tidy away. Just take out all of the poles and then twist the main body inside itself, it sounds more difficult than it is. Saying that, the picture on the box has a neat and tidy package being placed underneath the bed. I don’t believe that the poles are inside this package as well, however small it folds up it needs to go back in its box with the poles.

I was disappointed with this product as I had high hopes for them both loving it and playing all day long. Unfortunately it just didn’t live up to me expectations and neither of my sons seem interested in it.

Anyone remember this guy?

I know I do, I used to love this toy as a kid. Well imagine my excitement at finding a new version whist browsing the shops.

I just had to buy one for my son (I Mean Me!). Jacob really loves phones at the moment, he pretends everything is a phone picking it up and saying “hiya”.  

Although not as boxy as the original I remember, and without the old Fisher Price logo on the side it still evokes happy memories. 

It’s great that it even has the eyes that roll up and down when you pull it along by the string. I can picture me now pulling it up and down my grandparents garden path.

It also has a rotary dialer which dings as it springs back into place after each number is dialed. My older son Thomas who’s 3 commented on this as soon as he saw it and asked what it was!.

The Fisher Price Chatter Telephone great fun for babies and big kids alike, get one and add a piece of history to your home.


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Little People hit the big 50!

Seems to big a big month for childhood toys reaching the 5o milestone, after Barbie on 9th March the 21st the Fisher Price Little People brand celebrating reaching 50 years old.

To celebrate this milestone, Fisher Price are updating their iconic Play family farm and School house.

The Little People 50th birthday Play ‘N’ Go farm and 50th birthday Play ‘N’ Go School will bring all those childhood memories flooding back. Both housed in a collectible take along tin they even have replicas of the original figures and accessories.

The school house also comes complete with what was for me as a little girl the best part, the magnetic chalk board roof.

As soon as I saw the School house in a toy shop this morning, I was telling my son’s “mummy had that, mummy had that” but they didn’t seem to interested in my childhood reminiscing. Hopefully my enthusiasm for the product will rub off on them when we play it together.

Although not complete replicas of the originals, they capture the spirit and feel of the toys perfectly. You and child can enjoy some good old toy nostalgia together and you can have a fun time reliving your childhood.


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