A Very Nintendo Christmas!

Greeting readers :)

Sorry for the lateness of my first post of the year, but boy has it started with a bang. I’ve been literally rushed off my feet with kids, sickness, hospital’s, driving lessons, school, and everything else.

Christmas was a great break, although I don’t really feel like I had a break now I’ve been so busy.

One thing though that helps me unwind after a hard day is some lovely family time.

As a family amongst other things one thing we do really enjoy doing together is playing video games, and this Christmas and new year has been all about Nintendo and the Wii U.

We’ve been having loads of fun playing Captain Toad Treasure Tracker together, which is a puzzle game where you navigate Toad around with the gamepad. It’s tricky as sometimes it looks like Captain Toad is stuck, and you need to move the picture around and change the way you view the screen. It gives you a new perspective on the puzzle, and you’ll hopefully see the path you need.

If you’ve ever played Fez it’s a bit similar to that, however with Captain Toad you get familiar enemies like Goombas to negotiate. It’s a lot of fun.

Another game that Thomas has spent way too many hours on this christmas season is Pokemon Omega Ruby. He loves Pokemon games, and said that this is definitely his favourite yet. He said it’s great that you can collect loads of legendary Pokemon like Latios and Rayquaza. He loves the new Mega Evolution Pokemon as well.

He also likes the new Pokemon contests you can compete in. I’m not sure what these are, but he says they are a good new part of the game.

Me and hubby have also been having a whale of a time playfully beating each other up in the new Super Smash Bros Wii U game. We’ve managed to unlock most of the hidden characters too, with only the Duck Hunt ones left.

Pacman is my fighter of choice, whereas hubby always goes Captain Falcon. He’s dying for Nintendo to make a new F-Zero for the Wii U, that would be his dream.

Nintendo Uk were lovely enough to send us some of their new Amiibo figures to use with the game, plus father christmas then contributed a few more, so we all have our own one now. I have Princess Peach, Daddy is Mario, Jacob has a little Yoshi and Thomas got his favourite Pickachu.

Amiibo’s are Nintendo’s answer to Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures, but there’s not just one title or series that they are compatible with. Amiibo figures are set to be compatible with a whole range of different games across the Wii U and 3DS consoles.

You’ll need a new version of the 3DS to play with the Amiibo figures, but the Wii U gamepad has a reader for them already built-in. It’s great that you don’t need an additional peripheral or portal for them. Plus they look amazing all together as a collection along the mantlepiece.

Nintendo are releasing sets of Amiibo’s in waves. Apart from the always popular Mario and Link, most Amiibo’s look to be for a limited time only whilst you can find them, so get straight out and get them if there’s a particular character you just have to own.

We’ve already placed a pre-order for some of the next wave of Amiibo’s, as Thomas is gutted that the Little Mac figure is already sold out.

So all in all this Christmas seems to have been totally dominated by Nintendo in the Toybuzz household. Lots of Super Smashing, Pokemoning, Tresure tracking and Amiibo training has been going on.

 

 

Sonic Boom 3DS/Wii U – Review

This close to christmas is a blur isn’t it. This year especially for me seems extra busy. Thomas has been off school sick, I’ve got a driving test in a few days and to add to it all my washing machine has packed up so I’m having to hand wash everything for the moment. Phew!

Thank goodness for some new video games to help us all wind down after a busy day, plus keep Thomas entertained whilst on his sick-bed.

Thanks to the lovely people again at Nintendo we’ve been playing the two new Sonic the hedgehog games. Sonic Boom:Shattered Crystal on the 3DS and Sonic Boom:Rise of Lyric on the Wii U.

They may both bear the Sonic Boom name, but they are very different games.

Shattered Crystal on the 3DS is more of a regular platform game. With the now familiar Sonic targeting system. Rise of Lyric on the Wii U is more about solving puzzles, with some battles along the way.

Whilst it’s nice to have a new Sonic game on both the main console and a mobile version. For us we much preferred Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric on the Wii U.

It’s great that 2 players can play together. Thanks to the Wii U gamepad’s screen, each player actually goes of separately in places and completes puzzles apart then coming back together when finished. It’s very cool.

It’s also good to see a new villain thrown into the mix, as Eggman needs a rest I’m sure. Although we do see Eggman at the start, most of the time our nemesis is a robot crocodile type creature called Lyric. He’s also the bad guy in Shattered Crystal on the 3DS.

As a family we would highly recommend Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. It was really good, one of the best Sonic games I’ve played for years.

Unfortunately we didn’t get on so well with Shattered Crystal on the 3DS. We just kept getting lost and spending 15-20 mins completing every level, which wasn’t that fun.

So For us we give the thumbs up to the Wii U version.

Disclosure: We were given a download code for both games in order for us to write an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

Sprukits Model Kits – Review

I’m always on the lookout for fun new products to review, so was happy to oblige when Bandai and A1Toys.com offered us a brand new model kit to review.

The new sets are called Sprukits, and the boys were absolutely thrilled with the figure we made.

We tested out the Halo commander Sarah Palmer model kit, but there are lots of different figures available. Batman, Superman, Joker, and Halo Master Chief amongst others.

The best thing about the new Sprukits sets is the ease of building. Theres no glue required, all the pieces snap together. Plus no fiddly painting, just a few stickers to apply to complete the realistic look.

All the pieces come on snap off plastic sheets, numbered to show you which piece you need next.

The instructions were all laid out really well, and we didn’t run into any problems during our build.

The sets come in three levels of building difficulty, however the boys and I built Sarah Palmer a level 2 model in under an hour with no problems.

initially I was a bit wary of the 8+ age rating, as I did think it would be too complicated for children that young.

However once we got stuck in, it became apparent that 8+ was totally right. Thomas at 9 was in his element and could just about have completed it by himself, and my other son who’s 7 did very well too.

It was a bit fiddly for my youngest as some of the pieces are quite small. However he read all the instructions and told me where to put the pieces easily.

The finished figure looks awesome, and it’s great that it’s not just a model to put on the desk and look at. All the joints, arms,legs,feet, head are articulated, so she works like a regular action figure.

My boys are huge,huge Halo fanboys, so obviously this toy was right up their street.They are desperate to get the Master Chief and Spartan Sprukits models now.

Sprukits are a totally new way of model building that has really captured both of my son’s imagination. Totally recommended.

Disclosure: We were sent a Sprukits model kit to review from Bandai andA1toys.com. However all opinions are honest and my own.

 

 

 

 

Skylanders Trap Team Launch Party

On Sunday we had a brilliant time attending the launch party of the brand new Skylanders game ‘Skylanders Trap Team’ at Royal Festival Hall in London.

Officially released today October 10th, we had the chance to test it out a few days early and can report that the boys both agreed that it is an awesome game.

In the latest instalment of the Skylanders franchise the new innovation is the trap concept. You get the ability to trap enemies into the newly designed portal of power, and then can temporarily play as your captured enemy through the level.

It’s a brilliant idea, and the kids absolutely loved it. It was such an exciting concept, and was exactly what the boys were hoping for. I think they’ve always harboured dreams of dreams of playing as Kaos, so it’s so cool that you finally can. Well if you purchase the special trap team keys that is.

You need a trap key for the element of each enemy you wish to play as, The starter pack helpfully comes with 2 for you to start with, and 2 new Skylanders. Including Jacob’s favourite  new character ‘Food Fight’.

Food Fight is a cool new character, which shoots tomatoes out of his gun. He’s so much fun to play as.

 

Whilst we were having fun playing Trap Team and enjoying all the other activities like the free sweetshop and ice cream bar, Kaos balloon modelling and Kaos caricatures. We also bumped into some celebrities having fun with their children, and Thomas had to stop and get a few photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as the new game, Activision have also announced a host of new licensing deals for Skylanders.

H&M will be expanding their Skylanders apparel and accessories for the holiday season.

An official Trap Team case is being launched to hold 46 Traptanium crystals.

Plus great news that The official Skylanders Universe Magazine will launch in the UK on 25th October,  and will be produced and distributed monthly by Immediate Media. The magazine will give fans the latest news and updates on all things Skylanders.

And Penguin will be releasing The Official Skylanders Universe™ Annual, which will be perfect for my boys for christmas. I always get them both an annual, so I know which one I’ll be getting Jacob this year.

It was a really great day, and we had a wonderful time. We can’t wait to check out Skylanders Trap Team more in-depth in the very near future. Stay tuned.

Crocs Jibbitz gets Zappar treatment

Jibbitz – those fun little charm accessories you can use to customise your crocs, have just got even more interactive.

Jibbitz have added Zappar technology to four new packs, enabling you to zappar your pack and use your new charms virtually as well as physically wearing them.

The New packs with Zappar technology are Battlefield – where you challenge Sarge in a paintball game, Pet Salon – Which lets you preen your lovely kitty charm, Race Benny with the Racing Car pack, and lastly take your picture with your beautiful butterfly charm in the Fairy Land pack.

We tested out the Battlefield pack – Perfect for my two boisterous boys.

After launching the Zappar app on my iPhone and Zapping the code on our pack, suddenly Sarge popped onto the screen out of nowhere barking orders.

The best part obviously though is the paintball mini game. Sarge appears in a tank and proceeds to launch paint at you, you have to dodge the paintballs by correctly clicking where the paint will land. If you don’t you’ll end up covered in paint, and it’s three strikes and your out.

It’s a fun added extra to your pack of Jibbitz, and eveytime Jacob sees the Sarge Jibbit it reminds him of the game and he wants to play it again.

The only problem I have is that the app won’t remember the Zappar code, so make sure you keep the pack if you want to play the game again.

You can press on Sarge’s head and he does a few different animations. Jacob’s favourite is when steam comes out of his ears and he then blows up and emerges covered in paint, he laughs and laughs every time.

The zappable Jibbitz™ charms are available now in both the UK and the US through Crocs stores and Crocs online, priced at £6.99/$7.99.

All new Zappar Powered Jibbitz for Crocs from Zappar on Vimeo.

Disclosure: We were sent a pack of the Battlefield Jibbitz in order to write an honest review.

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown – Day 16

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown

We are so proud that once again we’ve been asked to host one of the Moshi Monsters Series 11 countdown’s alongside a few other fellow bloggers.

Everyday from now until the Launch day of 29th August we’ll be revealing one new Series 11 Moshling.

Once we get to the end, it’ll be the big day 29th August – The day when you’ll be able to rush into the stores and pick up your own Series 11 Moshi’s.

So here we go it’s the big day.

Launch day is finally here, and by the time you’ve read this doubtless some of you will have already rushed down the shops to get some series 11 Moshlings of your very own.

The last Moshling we have to reveal is Weegul – The Wobbly Dobbly

Wobbly Dobblies are fangtastically cute but goopendously demanding, especially if they don’t get their way.

When they are not asking passers-by to plop glacé gooberries on their wafery horns, they are insisting on having their cushions plumped up and their backs scratched.

Weegul is a lovely cute little moshling. I love the Heart on her tummy, and her horn ice cream coney horn.

So that’s it. The countdowns all done for another Series. We’ve had a great time sharing all the new Moshi’s with you.

Thanks to Vivid Toys and Games and Mind Candy for letting us once again be part of the Moshi Monsters fun.

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown – Day Fifteen

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown

We are so proud that once again we’ve been asked to host one of the Moshi Monsters Series 11 countdown’s alongside a few other fellow bloggers.

Everyday from now until the Launch day of 29th August we’ll be revealing one new Series 11 Moshling.

Once we get to the end, it’ll be the big day 29th August – The day when you’ll be able to rush into the stores and pick up your own Series 11 Moshi’s.

It’s the penultimate day – I can’t believe it as it’s just flown by this time around

So for our nearly last day we have Freddie the Seb-Swaddling Guzzler

Seb-Swaddling Guzzlers are meant to deliver the mail, but they can’t fit many letters in their bulging beaks because they are always finding strange little critters called Sebs to take care of.

If you spot a Guzzler without a Seb in its beak, look under its cap and you’re sure to find one snuggling underneath.

Seb-Swaddling Guzzlers live on the cliffs of the TakiTaki Islands but they often release their Sebs on Clickenham Green.

 

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see who’s the last Moshling to be revealed

Thanks to Vivid Toys and Games and Mind Candy for letting us once again be part of the Moshi Monsters fun.

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown – Day 14

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown

We are so proud that once again we’ve been asked to host one of the Moshi Monsters Series 11 countdown’s alongside a few other fellow bloggers.

Everyday from now until the Launch day of 29th August we’ll be revealing one new Series 11 Moshling.

Once we get to the end, it’ll be the big day 29th August – The day when you’ll be able to rush into the stores and pick up your own Series 11 Moshi’s.

Day 14 and it’s nearly all over – Just 3 more Moshlings to reveal

Today it’s Casey the Croaky Cook

Croaky Cooks spend so much time shouting they can barely speak, let alone croak.

But yelling is essential when you’re in charge of a bustling kitchen, and these masterful Moshlings create some of the finest meals in Monstro City, including the legendary Casserole au Croak, topped with a single strand of the finest Oobla Doobla in the land!

Croaky Cook’s like Moshlings who shout ‘Yes, Chef!’ and egg whisks.

They Dislike Dirty surfaces and frozen food.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see who’s next to be revealed

Thanks to Vivid Toys and Games and Mind Candy for letting us once again be part of the Moshi Monsters fun.

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown – Day 11/12/13

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown

We are so proud that once again we’ve been asked to host one of the Moshi Monsters Series 11 countdown’s alongside a few other fellow bloggers.

Everyday from now until the Launch day of 29th August we’ll be revealing one new Series 11 Moshling.

Once we get to the end, it’ll be the big day 29th August – The day when you’ll be able to rush into the stores and pick up your own Series 11 Moshi’s.

Sorry everyone for going AWOL the last couple of days. A few unexpected things happened here, and it couldn’t be helped.

Hope you all didn’t miss us too much.

Day 11 of the countdown is Mitzi – The Clockwork Crawly

Mitzi is an Ultra Rare Moshling.

Clockwork Crawlies are pretty relaxed but they are always losing their keys – the ones poking out of their heads!

And that’s bad news because unless these cute little Moshlings are wound up every morning they can’t even scuttle to the shops, let alone disco dance or hum lightning fast melodies in a piercing, high-pitched voice!

Day 12 and it’s Snuggy – The Cuddly Wibble

Cuddly Wibbles are ultra cute and super snuggly but they are also surprisingly shocking – literally, because the fluffy purple onesies they wear are charged with static electricity which they use to power the mini heaters in their bobble hats and charge up their phones.

I love that they are wearing a purple onesie, it’s so funny.

Plus it’s energy saving too.

Were back up to date now with Day 13.

Day 13’s Moshling is Popov – the Dancing Dinkinov

Popov is a big fave of ours, and he’s Ultra Rare to boot

Prepare to be astounded because Dancing Dinkinovs can boogie like there’s no tomorrow.

When they are not backflipping over haystacks, juggling toy hammers or performing traditional Dinkinov dances they love feasting on giant bowls of goo-lash washed down with neat vobble-ade.

Just be sure you don’t touch their huge, hat-shaped hairdos!

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see who’s next to be revealed

Thanks to Vivid Toys and Games and Mind Candy for letting us once again be part of the Moshi Monsters fun.

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown – Day Ten

Moshi Monsters Series 11 Countdown

We are so proud that once again we’ve been asked to host one of the Moshi Monsters Series 11 countdown’s alongside a few other fellow bloggers.

Everyday from now until the Launch day of 29th August we’ll be revealing one new Series 11 Moshling.

Once we get to the end, it’ll be the big day 29th August – The day when you’ll be able to rush into the stores and pick up your own Series 11 Moshi’s.

The big launch day is getting ever closer now.

Our new Moshling today being revealed is Lips – The Duck-Billed Brattypus

I love Lips – He’s such a cool Moshling

Never seen without their skateboards, Duck-Billed Brattypuses can travel at incredible speeds using their tails as makeshift propellers.

And that’s just as well because these daring little Moshlings love setting up ramps and performing sick tricks.

Sometimes they even upload videos of themselves hitting the sidewalk beak-first to GooTube. Ouch!

I love what Vivid have done with the Lips Moshling figure. I like his cap especially.

One of my faves from Series 11.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see who’s next to be revealed

Thanks to Vivid Toys and Games and Mind Candy for letting us once again be part of the Moshi Monsters fun.