Itty Bittys – Review

Last week we received the most brilliantly crammed full box of loveliness. A gift from Hallmark of some of their new plush collectable toys – Itty Bittys.

Itty Bittys are already a massive hit in the US and Australia, and I predict that to continue when they launch here at the beginning of October.

Firstly I love the name as it’s describes the product so well. Not only are they small, but they are unbelievably cute, and I think the name perfectly encapsulates that.

They are so small in fact that this is the little box we received to review.

And guess how many Itty Bittys were hidden inside?

 

All these guys. Seven Itty Bitty plush toys!

In our box was a Superman and Batman, cowedly lion and tin man from the wizard of oz, A Santa and Rudolph, plus a Snoopy.

Itty Bittys have a great range of characters from comic books, films, tv shows that both children and adults will know and love.

The first ranges to be released in the UK are Super Heroes, Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Scooby Doo and The Wizard of Oz.

One of the first Itty Bitty characters to go on sale will be Batman, which is currently the top selling Itty Bitty in the US.

I honestly love these Itty Bittys so much, and can’t wait to see them in Hallmark stores and add to my collection.

The great thing with them being so small is that they don’t take up as much room as normal plush toys, even smaller ones. I have just put lots of plushies up in the attic as I’ve no room for them. It’ll be great to have a collection out that I can see and enjoy, without worrying about space.

It’s all the little attention to detail that makes them so special. Like the fact that you can bend Batman and Superman’s cape, and it stays up so it looks like he’s flying. Also Cowardly lions mane is so curly and gorgeous, it feels so luxurious.

The boys love them too. Even my husband thinks they are adorable. We’ve all argued about who’s getting which Itty Bitty character. Jacob loves them as they are easy to hold and cuddle, plus their size means he has more room in his bed at night. Although we do spend 5 minutes every morning digging them out of the bedclothes.

I was surprised that although obviously Thomas and Jacob loved the Batman and Superman, they were also really into all the others just as much. Jacob loves Tinman especially, and for Thomas it’s Snoopy.

Competition

Thanks to the lovely people at Hallmark I’ve got a set of Itty Bittys to giveaway to one lucky Toybuzz reader.

Isn’t that awesome!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below and fill in the Rafflecopter,  letting us know which character you would most like to see turned into an Itty Bitty collectable

 

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Lego Star Wars Force Friday

Never has getting up early before school been more worth it!

This morning our lovely postman rang the bell with a special delivery from Lego for us.

All in aid of Force Friday, the day when all the new Star Wars movie – The Force Awakens toys are released, which if you hadn’t already heard just happens to be today.

We received 2 brand new sets from the Lego Star Wars build able figures range. Theres 6 different buildable figures to choose from:

  • Jango Fett (RRP £14.99)
  • Clone Commander Cody (RRP £14.99)
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi (RRP £19.99)
  • Luke Skywalker (RRP £19.99)
  • Darth Vader (RRP £24.99)
  • General Grievous (RRP £29.99)

We were sent Obi-Wan and General Grievous, and were thrilled with them. General Grievous is arguable the best new character from the prequels, I mean he has 4 lightsabers, you can’t argue with that.

We didn’t have lots of time before school, so General Grievous is only half built so far (I’ll add a picture when he’s built). Thomas did however finish building Obi-Wan this morning, and he looks so cool.

He doesn’t look like he’s built out of Lego, it looks like a brilliant action figure or model. The way he stands up and holds his lightsaber is awesome. Plus he’s so flexible, you can put him in so many battle poses.  I especially like his wonderful flowing cape.

The boys didn’t have any trouble putting the sets together. It probably helps that they are both huge Lego Hero Factory fans, as the Star Wars buildable figures use a lot of the same pieces, and are built similarly.

Update: General Grievous is now finished!!

Heres a video of our special Force Friday delivery unboxing

As well as the buildable figures, there are 7 new The Force Awakens Vehicle sets –

  • Millennium Falcon (RRP £129.99)
  • Kylo Ren’s command shuttle (RRP £99.99)
  • First Order Transporter (RRP £79.99)
  • Poe’s X-Wing Fighter (RRP £69.99)
  • First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter (RRP £59.99)
  • First Order Snowspeeder (RRP £39.99)
  • Rey’s Speeder (RRP £19.99)

Jacob has already asked me for Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle for christmas. He really wants a Kylo Ren mini figure, with that super cool cross lightsabre.

He’s also got his eye on Poe’s X-Wing Fighter, as he’s after one of the super cute BB-8 mini figures. Plus there seems to be a lot of projectiles included, which is always a plus for him.

 

Thanks so much to Lego for making our Force Friday super!

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Crayola Colour Alive Minions – Review

After our previous fun with the Crayola Colour Alive Mythical Creatures colouring book, we were thrilled to be sent the new Crayola Colour Alive Minions set.

Crayola Colour Alive is a series of colouring books complete with special marker pens. When coloured you can scan your pictures into the free app which then magically pops them off the paper and onto the screen.

As you can see from the picture opposite, it really does look like your coloured image has come to life in front of you. You can have great fun taking pictures with your coloured creations.

In our last few we had a few problems with the app responding, but these seem to have been fully resolved in the latest update as we had no problems at all.

As well as taking pictures with your new friends, you can also use the app to add more colour or special effects like glitter or for the Minions their favourite Bananas to your creations.

Here a few other pictures that Jacob coloured in and we played around with in the app.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crayola Colour Alive is a great way to get your gadget loving kids creative with pen and paper again. Best of both worlds if you like.

We’ve had great fun with both of the Crayola Colour Alive books we used, so am definitely going to be on the lookout for some new ones.

Disclosure: We were sent this Crayola Colour Alive book to review. All opinions are our own.

 

Lego Jokerland 76035 – Review

For the last few weeks we’ve been having tons of fun playing with the latest Lego set we were lucky enough to receive for review – Jokerland.

The Jokerland Lego set is totally, totally awesome. Possibly the best Lego set that i’ve seen.

Having a son who’s a Lego Batman fan he literally freaked out with joy when he saw it, and wanted to get straight to work putting it together.

We had tears when I said no as we were leaving that morning to go on a caravan holiday, however I explained that he had something amazing to come home to and he soon cheered up.

As soon as we got home he dived straight into the box, and set about building this mammoth set.

The Jokerland set comes in at a very substantial 1037 pieces,  in 8 different bags inside the box.

The set comes with 8 mini figures:

  • Batman with Super Jumper
  • Robin
  • Beast Boy
  • Starfire
  • Harley Quinn
  • Poison Ivy
  • The Penguin
  • The Joker
  • Plus two cool little guys – a Jokerbot and a tiny Penguin who holds dynamite.

The manual is a little strange as usually with the big sets you get 2 or 3 different manuals, but this one is a big fat phonebook of a manual with the whole build detailed in one. I think I actually prefer it like that as it makes it easier to keep tucked away for if we need to build it again.

The set is marked as an 8-14 age range, so I thought I may have to give my 7 year old Jacob a bit of help along the way. However he must be a master builder as he worked hard and built it all himself over the course of a weekend.

One tip that he has for a good Jokerland build is to use a base plate or two if you have some big enough,  to help keep everything together. We found that the Penguins Deadly Duckies falls apart really easily if not built on a solid plate. You obviously don’t have to, but it makes it easier.

Jokerland is made up of 4 distinct parts –

  • Penguin’s Deadly Duckies fairground ride
  • Harley Quinn’s Wheels of Fire Bike ride
  • Poison Ivy and the Carnivore Free Fall ride
  • Joker’s Jokerland Fun House

Penguin’s Deadly Duckies ride is Jacob’s favourite as he loves Penguin the most, and even laughs like him at times. The Duckies look really good, and you can spin the ride around by twisting a button at the back.

Jacob likes to load Batman and Robin into the ducks and then try to get them to be flung out by spinning the ride around as fast as he can. It’s definitely the Deadly Duckies then.

My pick for the best ride would be Poison Ivy’s Carnivore Free Fall. It’s one of those tall freefall rides that most of us have been on at the funfair, only made out of a man eating plant. Plus you can’t get off the ride as your handcuffed in place.

Harley Quinn on her Bike probably looks the most impressive of the rides, as it spans the whole length of Jokerland.

You can hang any of the mini figures onto the underneath of Harley’s bike , hanging precariously over the flaming garbage cans. Then It’s time to call Batman to save them in a daring escape.

A very clever piece of Lego engineering and imagination.

The main bulk of the set is taken up by Joker’s Funhouse Jokerland itself.

The entrance has warped joker smile mirrors on either side. Next up is a bow tie which you can make spin, then up again is a huge Joker head with moveable eyebrows and bowler hat.

Inside Jokers Mouth is a platform for his tongue which you can use as a spring to push Joker into the mouth, down the slide and into the Toxic Tank at the bottom. Or if he’s unlucky Joker can push Batman down the slide. Depends on what mood your in!

Lastly the Two other things you have are a shoot-o-matic cannon which shoots out cannon balls, dynamite, even custard pies.

However probably the best part of the whole set is getting an amazing looking Batmobile. It’s so awesome, and Jacob absolutely loves that he made a Lego Batmobile and that it looks so cool.

The Batmobile fires missiles out of the front and the back.

The front missiles are the long stick type, however the rear shoots out stud missiles.

The giant batwings on the back of the bat mobile make it look “beast” as Jacob says.

Another brilliant part of the set is all the little extras you get. Theres Batarangs, Dynamite, Cannon balls, custard pies, handcuffs and special handcuffs with cool locks on them.

The Jokerland set has been really well thought out, it’s so creative. There is so much play potential to be had with this set.

Some days Jacob has huge superhero battles, other days they are all friends and just go on the rides together. He has had so much fun and enjoyment out of the set already. He has been especially careful, much more so than usual to keep everything looking just like when it was built as it’s such a great set he wants to keep it built and together forever.

With an RRP of £89.99 it’s not a cheap set, but in our opinion it’s definitely worth the money for the amount of play potential it has. Simply having the amazing Batmobile and 8 different Mini figures makes it a must have set.

Obviously it’s not something I would buy on a whim, but for a birthday or Christmas gift I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Thanks so much to the Lego Uk and The Lego Family Bloggers Panel for sending us this amazing set to review

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Inside Out Plush – Review

Thomas and Jacob went with their grandmother to see Inside Out over the weekend, and had a great time.

They really enjoyed all the characters, and their personality traits being linked to the emotions.

Both of them plumped for Anger as their favourite character. Apparently every time he went mad and blew off some steam it was really funny.

We were lucky enough to receive a really funny ‘Fear’ Inside Out plush toy to review thanks to Disney.

I love Fear’s shiny shoes, which glitter and shine. Also his adorable purple cord trousers and Houndstooth sweater.

Considering he has a large sticky out nose, and a piece of sticky out hair on his head, he’s surprisingly soft to hold and cuddle.

For the price (£12.95) in my opinion the plush is a brilliant representation of the scaredy cat movie character.

The ‘Genuine, Authentic, Original’ Disney Store badge sewn onto his sweater lets you know you have the real thing, and a high quality product.

Inside Out Plush toys and much more Inside Out merchandise can be purchased from the Disney Store shops, and Disneystore.co.uk

 

Minions Top Trumps – Review

Top Trumps are still one of my favourite games to play with the boys. I’ve loved playing Top Trumps since my days in the primary school playground, and am delighted they are still around to play with my children today.

We have lots of great sets in the house already, but this week we added a new one to our collection – Minions Top Trumps.

The cards all feature scenes from the new Minions Movie, so you can laugh along as you play recalling all the hilarious bits of the film.

All the cards are rated in the usual Top Trumps way. This time around your cards are rated against

  • Cleverness
  • Bravery
  • Leadership
  • Mischievous
  • and Top Trumps Rating

Out of all the scenes, my favourite card is ‘Serving the Pharaoh!’ as it’s the one with the Minions building the pyramids, which I thought was so funny.

For fans of all things Minions this is the perfect game.

You may have noticed from the picture that the cards look a bit battered around the edges. This is after only one week of use, so you can tell how much they have been used already.

Jacob couldn’t put them down, and that was the problem. He took them to school and carried on playing with his friends even when it started to rain. I’ve had to promise to get another set as soon as I can because he loves them so much, and theres no better endorsement than that.

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Latest Lego Bloggers Box – Review

Last week saw the much awaited delivery of our brand new Lego Bloggers box for review, and boy were we in for a treat yet again.

This time around for review were:

  • 70131 Lego Chima Rogon’s Rock Flinger
  • 440161 Lego Hero Factory Jaw Beast Vs Stormer
  • 44020 Lego Hero Factory Flyer Beast Vs Breez
  • 42027 Lego Technic Desert Racer
  • 70802 The Lego Movie Bad Cop’s Pursuit

A brilliant box full of variety I think you’ll agree.

Being at home at the moment laid up with a broken foot has one big advantage – Plenty of time to build Lego (with and without the kids!) So all of the models are now made and have been fully tested to their limits.

First out of the box was the Lego Technic Desert Racer. Jacob was so excited about this one, so we put this one together first.

We’ve never had a Lego Technic set before, and I was afraid it would be complicated and fiddly, but lucky it wasn’t and was really easy actually. Being a bit wary of Lego Technic’s and the age rating of 7-14, I took on this build myself initially.

Once I was into it and realised that it was nowhere as difficult as I’d initially assumed we all got stuck in and finished it together. The finished product took us just over 30 minutes to complete. Then we were all set to Off Road!

The boys think there desert racer is super cool. The huge tyres, big exhaust pipes, and decals make this one awesome ride. They just love it and have been having a blast making ramps and watching it sail over them at top speed.

It has a pull back action which makes it go really fast. Faster than you’d imagine. Theres also a working winch on the front for pulling it out of danger, or for using it to drag the Lego men along like Jacob does.

Onto The Lego Movie set – Bad Cop’s Pursuit. I think I must be the only person who hasn’t managed to see The Lego Movie yet. The boys have both been 3 times with grandparents and friends, so mum and dad have been left out so far. I was hoping to take them myself, but thanks to this pesky broken foot, i’ll have to wait for the dvd now. Definitely will be getting the DVD though, as soon as it’s released.

The kids both love The Lego Movie so were really excited to play out one of the best scenes with their new Lego set.

With an RRP of £24.99 you get a fair amount of Lego for your money. Theres 2 police mini figures, One of our Hero Emmet, 2 police crocodiles with snapping jaws, a flying police car, and a buildable bridge which you can pull out a lever to collapse.

Again this was a very simple build, and only took around 30 minutes tops. That was with my help, but I think Thomas would have ben able to do it unassisted in about an hour.

The fun aspect of having Emmet hanging off the collapsing bridge with the snapping police crocs waiting underneath has so much play potential. The boys and I have come up with loads of different scenarios for the Bad cop’s and Emmet to get into. This is a great set for a young Lego lover with an active imagination.

Chima is next on the menu, with Lego Legends of Chima – Rogon’s Rock Flinger

This set see’s the Rhino tribe rolling off-road in their rock flinger after the Sparcon (a creepy spider type mini figure) who’s stolen their precious Chi.

The Rock Flinger is an extra special vehicle. Incredibly looking like a wheeled reinforced Rhino.

The massive wheels are excellent for any terrain. Jacob has been having great fun driving it around the garden now the rain has let off for a bit.

The special move that gives the Rock Flinger its name is hidden underneath the two top panels. Lift them up and out pops the rock flingers catapult arm. When loaded up with the included rock, you’ll wow as it launches across the room.

A great set for Chima fans.

Last but not least is Jacob’s favourite Lego range – Hero Factory.

Were so lucky that the Lovely people at Lego know us so well, as each Lego Bloggers Box is personalised for each Blogger, and each box always contains some Hero Factory for Jacob!

Lego always comes up with great story arcs for each new Hero Factory series, we especially loved last years Brain Attack.

This time around its ‘Invasion from Below’. Gigantic monsters rising out of the cracks of a massive earthquake send the Hero Factory into action.

The new sets feature small mini figure sized Hero Factory heroes for the first time, portraying how massive these monsters from below really are. The Hero Factory look puny in comparison.

It’s a great new addition to the Hero Factory story. Jacob just loved his new miniature Hero Factory figures. It’s great that he can now play with Stormer and pals in his normal Lego sets too.

As well as playing with the monsters, he’s had lots of fun building headquarters and vehicles for the Hero Factory now that they are normal mini figure size.

A brilliant new way to play with Hero Factory, and a great update to the series. Jacob’s verdict was “Totally Awesome!”

Disclosure: Thanks so much to Lego for enabling us to review these new products as part of the Lego Family Bloggers Panel. 

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Walking With Dinosaurs The 3D Movie Ultimate Gorgon – Review

20th of December sees the release of Walking with Dinosaurs The 3D movie at UK cinemas. Something me and Thomas are really looking forward too. We’ve had that set out as a mum and son date for ages.

This week we received one of the toys from the movie Ultimate Gorgon to review, thanks to Vivid Group who are the guys behind the Walking with Dinosaurs toy range.

Walking with Dinosaurs aired back in 1999 on the BBC (was it really that long ago!?) So obviously Thomas didn’t see it back then, but thanks to the magic of Dvd’s we’ve both enjoyed it over and over. We were just over the moon when the 3D movie was announced, and have been looking forward to it ever since.

From what I have gathered from the trailer, were expecting more of a film than the documentary style of the tv series. It will also benefit from the latest paleontological discoveries, and cutting edge technology. we just can’t wait to see what the dinosaurs will look like in 3D.

Amongst the toy range are 3D movie blind bags, which come with a mini dinosaur figure and collector card. With an RRP of £1.99 they are nice little things to collect.

The Gorgon stomping feet are cool dinosaur feet which you slip your own shoes into to create your very own monster Dino feet. Every time you stomp around your feet will make huge dinosaur noises. Very fun, although I doubt Gorgon’s stomping can be much louder than when Thomas huffs about on the floorboards upstairs.

Over to the Ultimate Gorgon dinosaur figure which for the record is 12″ high, much bigger than all the other dinosaur toys we have. Having all the Dino’s lined up together, Gorgon really does look like the scary monster dinosaur they would all be terrified of.

Gorgon has an impressive 14 articulation points, so getting him to stand and claw at his victims is really easy. You can move all his fingers and toes, feet, legs, arms, tail, head, almost everything.

His skin has an almost slimy feel, whilst not totally unpleasant makes me feel a little uneasy. It just feels a little bit too real. Especially when he’s been outside in the cold conservatory all night in the toy box. His skin feels so cold, it does feel like really creepy.

The roaring sounds he makes just adds to the scary feeling i get. He makes about 5 realistic bone chilling sounds, and makes me jump every time.

Thomas however being a boys boy thinks Gorgon is amazing! The fact he scares me a little just adds to the excitement.

The boys both think Gorgon is the ultimate toy dinosaur, and have been having some bone shaking fun with him boxing around all our other toys. A big Dino sized thumbs up from the Toybuzz boys.

 

 

75023 Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar – Review

Last week we received the most amazing box of goodies from the lovely Lego Family Blogger Panel, which was simply overflowing with blocky goodness. It’s going to keep us busy for a long time I think.

In fact the box was so big I’ve had to bring out a set at a time as there is so much, so the reviews will keep on coming over the next month.

Firstly I wanted to write a quick review of the first item we picked out the box, the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar.

It’s been a real treat for the boys getting a new little Lego model or mini figure every morning. I had to set up a rota of opening to end any arguments.

So far we’ve got R5-F7, an Endor Rebel Trooper,and a medical droid I think? Plus lots of little ships.

The ones were really waiting for however are the Little Boba Fett and the Santa Jango Fett. Were also excited about getting a Geonosian, as we haven’t got one of those yet.

I like the way that the box flaps open, so it’s stable when standing. Plus it acts as a little playmate for displaying all your new Lego models.

Lego is always going to go down well with the kids, and a new Lego model everyday is even better. A brilliant gift that keeps on giving all month.

Plus as it’s already the 9th of December you should be able to find the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar for a discount now, so it’s an even better deal.

Disclosure: Thanks to the Lego for sending this out to us as part of our participation in our Lego Family Blogger Panel 

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Lego Batman The Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite – Review

On Friday the Toybuzz house was overrun with Bat Fans, Lego Batman Fans to be exact!

Having received the Lego Batman film on DVD to review, we decided to hold a little screening party with the boys and a few of their school friends.

First order of the day after arriving with the over excited group after school was to get them to calm down with a bit of Lego Batman 2 on the Xbox whilst I tried to get tea ready.

The boys all enjoyed my handiwork with the Batman masks I’d made earlier.

After food had been finished we had a bit of Lego Batman fun in the kitchen with some colouring pages I’d managed to find a and print out.  All coloured in with our Lego felt tips of course :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob’s not really a big fan of colouring pages, so he made his own picture using some spare stickers out of a Lego Batman sticker book we had. Afterwards he drew a picture of his own of Batman flying over Gotham City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally then it was time to settle down and watch the movie – But not before cakes!

I did plan on making the cakes myself, but time was against me and so I had to buy some store bakery muffins (terrible mother I know) and just make the Batman cupcake wrappers to put them in. Kids obviously were none the wiser and wolfed them down whilst enjoying the film.

Now down to the important bit, all about Lego Batman the Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite.

The movie is all about Joker and Lex Luthor teaming up to take over the world, with Batman and the rest of Justice League out to stop them.

If you’ve played the Lego Batman 2 game, then you’ll already know the plot of the movie as it’s featured as the cut scenes throughout the game. You don’t get the full picture with the cut scenes though, and this movie fills in all the gaps for you, and adds loads of extra bits.

Even though id sat through the boys playing the game and had seen the cut scenes before, it much more enjoyable and exciting to watch them all together in this way.

The boys all enjoyed the movie. When polled they all voted for the part when Batman and Robin go to Jokers lair and he sets up a ton of dynamite which blows to then reveal Jokers face. They all laughed a lot at that.

Everyone agreed that the movie was really good fun, and I think that the low price of the dvd makes it an excellent buy to keep the kids happy during the Half Term.

Lego Batman the Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite is out now 28th October on DVD and Blu Ray exclusively from Tesco.

£5 for DVD, and £7 for Blu-Ray version.