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Review: PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set

If you’re the parent of a child under 6, you will in all likelihood know everything there is to know about Paw Patrol. This kids cartoon has hit the big time and girls and boys adore it equally. My son is no exception and his love for the Paw Patrol Rescue Pups shows no sign of waning. He has Paw Patrol books, cuddly toys, games and now some of the Paw Patrol track sets to play with. We put the new PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track from Spinmaster Toys to the test.

Review: PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma's Lighthouse Rescue Track

The PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track set is a colourful plastic track set featuring Zuma and Skye. The set has a light up lighthouse and the track can be set out in a number of different ways. Zuma who is in his hovercraft zooms down the slope, knocking the lever and releasing Wally the walrus from the net. The Lighthouse Rescue Track set links up with other track sets in the series to create your own Adventure Bay.

Review: PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma's Lighthouse Rescue Track

Press the top of lighthouse to activate the light and spin Skye as she flies around to search for Wally the walrus. Once he is spotted, launch Zuma to the rescue. Oh no, Wally is stuck in a net! Lift the ramp to launch Zuma in his Hovercraft down the hill. Once he reaches the water he’ll hit the lever and rescue Wally. Build the world of Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set with 12 track pieces, 1 Wally track piece, 1 lighthouse, and 1 dock. You can even move the trees to switch the track and send Zuma straight to the dock and in to the water! Paw Patrol is on a roll with the Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set.

Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set contains –
  • 3 Track ends
  • A Dock
  • Lighthouse
  • Skye Mini figure
  • A Wally Track Piece
  • 4 Water Track Ramps
  • Zuma Hovercraft Racer
  • 1 Merge Track
  • 1 Intersection Track
  • 2 Merge Water
  • 1 Straight Water Track

The PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track is pretty easy to put together. The only slightly tricky bit is attaching the Skye mini figure to the plastic bar which goes on the lighthouse. This bit might require the help of an adult as it is a little bit fiddly. 

The lighthouse track set is pretty fun. There’s a button on the top of the lighthouse which you press and the lighthouse lights up and Skye flies around it (or rather spins around it). Near the lighthouse there is a ramp. Lift up the ramp and it tips Zuma in his hovercraft down and around the track, knocking the lever and lifting the net holding Wally the walrus captive.

The track set is lots of fun to play with, Ben pointed out that it links together with the other track sets, so you can extend the play and incorporate the other rescue pups and other parts of Adventure Bay. Ben really enjoyed playing with it, especially banging the button on the lighthouse and making Skye spin around. He also liked sending Zuma down the track to rescue Wally. 

Review: PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma's Lighthouse Rescue Track

It’s a well thought out set and you can play about with the route of your track. Apart from the light in the lighthouse there’s nothing electronic about it, it doesn’t beep or play music and you’re largely reliant on your own imagination. Ben is a very imaginative child, so he’s very happy to act out a whole range of rescue scenarios with his Paw Patrol figures and the Lighthouse Rescue Track without any prompting from us.

Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set is mostly made from colourful plastic. The plastic isn’t flimsy and the track fits together easily. The instructions for slotting the lighthouse, dock and track together are easy to follow and it can all be fully assembled in a few minutes. The lighthouse requires 3 LR44 batteries which are included, so it’s ready to play with as soon as it’s out of the box.

The Lighthouse Rescue Track Set is for ages 3+. My son is 6 and he has really enjoyed playing with it. He likes that it links together with his existing Paw Patrol track and he can use it to play with all the Paw Patrol figures he’s got. He has a wonderful imagination and can spent hours playing with it, setting up rescue scenarios and generally having fun with it.

This set costs around £29.99 and contains lots of track pieces, two figures and some larger pieces such as the lighthouse and the dock. I think it is good value for money. I especially like it because the only battery you need is for the light in the lighthouse. This means that there is no repetitive music or noises which could potentially irritate. 

Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set is made my Spinmaster Toys and is available from a wide range of toy shops and online retailers such as Amazon.

The Verdict:

Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set is a solidly built and colourful track set for Paw Patrol fans ages 3+. My six year old is really enjoying playing with it. Although I do think he’s very much in the upper age range for this toy. It is simple to put together and play with and has enough moving parts to keep things interesting. 

I would say that the Skye figure is a little on the small side. I suspect that is because she has to be put on the plastic bar to be spun around the lighthouse. It is also a little bit fiddly to get her on the plastic bar. So expect a few requests for help attaching her to the bar and the lighthouse. 

Additionally, we liked that it linked up to other Paw Patrol track sets, so you can create your own Adventure Bay. This could be the kind of toy you build and collect the whole set of over a period of time. 

Review: PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma's Lighthouse Rescue Track

We were sent Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own. This blog post contains affiliate links.

Review: Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game

My son is six now and does seem to enjoy doing maths at school and at home. I’m keen to encourage this, especially as I was always terrible at maths myself. I’m a great believer in making learning fun, so when we were sent the Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game I thought he would like it, and I was right!

Review: Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game

The Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game is for ages 5-7 and helps to teach and reinforce addition, subtraction and multiplication. Designed for 2-4 players this is a game my son really, really loves and makes us play every night after dinner.

The game play is really easy to get your head around. Each player chooses one of the four wizard boards, you spread the magic sum cards face down and star up on the table. You also have a selection of spell ingredient cards, deal each player six of these cards, these have a number on one side and a gruesome spell ingredient on the other.

Review: Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game

To play you turn over a magic sum card and do the sum on the card eg 5+2= if you have the number 7 on any of your spell ingredient cards, shout abracadabra and put your gruesome spell ingredient onto your wizard board. If you need to check your answer is correct, rub the star on the back of the magic sum card and this will magically reveal the answer.

Review: Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game

If there’s no match or you answer the sum incorrectly then the other players have a chance to win that card if they get the sum right and have a spell ingredient card to match. The winner is the first layer to fill their wizard board with all six spell ingredients. It’s actually much easier than it sounds.

The horrible spell ingredients include worm-infested cupcakes, brains and bogies. For my son the eye of newt and wing of bat element is something he particularly enjoys.

The game has been designed specifically for KS1 maths in collaboration with teachers and educational professionals. It incorporates a broad range of sums including addition, subtraction and multiplication to offer a challenging game.

The Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game helps to develop the following areas of learning –

  • Develops Number and Counting Skills
  • Supports first multiplication, addition and subtraction
  • Encourages Observational Skills
  • Develops Personal and Social Skills

Review: Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game

I know from playing the game with my son that he is very engaged with it, he enjoys creating the spells and the challenge of doing the maths to get enough of the cards to win the game. For my money, this is probably one of the best Orchard Toys games we’ve had and is perfectly pitched for my 6 year old.

If you do get this game, can I offer a small tip. The magic sum cards are in sets for addition, subtraction and multiplication. I know my son is pretty confident with addition and subtraction; so for a while we just played with these cards to bolster his confidence. Over time we have introduced the harder sums, the multiplication cards etc and he has found those easier to do and has approached them with greater confidence.

I didn’t think it was possible, but this game really makes maths fun for us all!

The Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game is available from a wide range of retailers and costs around £12. For more information, visit the Orchard Toys website.

Review: Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game

Note: We were sent the Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure

With the recent release of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, we have been checking out the new Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure.

Star-Lord is one of the galaxy’s coolest heroes. Star-Lord, otherwise known as Peter Quill is played by Chris Pratt in the hit movies, he definitely has the best playlist in the galaxy. Released at the same time as Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, the Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure was an instant hit with the small boy.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure

The Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure is 12 inches of fully moulded plastic. Just his arms, hands and head move, but he’s very solidly build and he can stand up on his own, which is a big bonus.

He comes with 2AA batteries already inserted, but these are demo batteries and will need to be replaced before long. Though it means that he’s chatting as soon as you get him out of his box.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure

Included with the Star-Lord figure are two sub-machine blasters, a mix tape and a set of instructions. The figure is suitable for ages 4+ and is available from a range of retailers including Amazon for around £27.99.

To set the music playing just insert the blue mix tape into the walkman on his belt. There is also a button here which you press to make him repeat the phrases.

The blue mix tape is pretty small and I’m certain it will be lost almost immediately, so I’m pleased that Star-Lord is still able to speak without it. One thing to note about the mix tape is when it’s inserted and playing a song, if you press the button it makes a cool rewinding sound. Which is a sound I miss.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure

The figure plays a number of songs from Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 movie and has 25 different phrases including “It’s called a mix tape. You’ve never seen one?” and “Yea, that’s right, we’re the Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure

I have a fairly love/hate relationship with the two sub-machine blasters which come with the figure. They are pretty tricky to force into his hands. Be prepared for your kids to hand them to you and get you to do it. But, once they are in, they’re in, so they don’t easily fall out and get lost.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure

As with all noisy toys, I’m sure parents will tire of this pretty quickly. I know after half an hour of him pressing the button and singing along I had to excuse myself to get a few minutes peace. I love the film too, but I have a fairly low tolerance for noisy toys. This could probably do with some kind of volume control button.

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure

I’m not sure how much appeal this toy will have after the initial flurry of new toy excitement. He has limited movement and I think once his stock of phrases and song selections have been rattled through a few times, he might find himself consigned to the toy box. Which is a shame, because he is a handsomely moulded figure and would look really cool on a shelf and taken down and played with when other Guardians of the Galaxy fans are visiting.

My son really loves this figure, he loves everything about it. I’m not 100% sure he will enjoy playing with it for long though. Once he’s grown tired of it, I’ll make sure it has a place on our cool things shelf. Because it is if nothing else a very cool thing.

To see the Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure in action, please take a minute to watch this video… 
 

We were sent the Guardians of the Galaxy Electronic Music Mix Star-Lord figure for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own. This blog post contains affiliate links.

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Toy Review: eZee Beads PAW Patrol

One of my son’s favourite things in the world is Paw Patrol. He’s been fairly obsessed with the TV series for about three years now. His love for Chase, Marshall, Ryder and the team is as long standing as it gets for a six year old. It also shows no signs of waning. He’s got quite a lot of Paw Patrol merchandise, but he’s always keen to add more to his collection. Over the Bank Holiday weekend we gave him a eZee Beads PAW Patrol set to try, but what did he think?

Toy Review: eZee Beads PAW Patrol

The eZee Beads PAW Patrol set was launched this year and costs around £16.99 for the set. eZee Beads PAW Patrol is suitable for ages 5+ and comes with three Paw Patrol designs to make – Chase, Marshall and The Look Out.

The set comes with –

  • 900 eZee beads
  • Bead tray
  • Plastic tool
  • Water sprayer
  • 3 design cards
  • Bead storage tray
  • Instructions

Toy Review: eZee Beads PAW Patrol

This new kit from John Adams allows you to recreate your favourite Paw Patrol characters with colourful beads. Just select a design card, push the beads onto the pegs of the tray and then spray with water. Then leave your beads to dry (and stick together). Once it’s dry, carefully remove your bead design from the tray. 

To begin with I helped him to get it all set up, putting the beads into the bead storage tray and showing him how to put the beads on the pegged tray. You’re supposed to slot the design into the bead tray and put the coloured beads on top of the design. But the cardboard design kept falling out and the plastic tray obscured it. We found it easier to have it next to the board and count the different coloured beads in each row.

Toy Review: eZee Beads PAW Patrol

As with all bead crafts, this was a little fiddly for his small boy fingers. But that’s the point, bead crafts like this are excellent for helping to boost his hand-eye co-ordination as well as strengthen the muscles in his hands which will help to improve his pen holding and writing.

It was not too fiddly though. Once he got into the rhythm of it he methodically placed the beads into position. He really enjoyed bringing Chase’s face to life in bead form. 

Toy Review: eZee Beads PAW Patrol

Once he’d finished the design (which kept him very well occupied for over an hour) we sprayed the beads with water and left them to dry and stick together. When we’ve done bead crafts in the past they have always been the kind you have to iron, I’ve never been that keen on that if I’m honest. Whilst the results are pretty instant, a hot iron and an excited child are a combination which makes me a bit nervous.

The instructions say to leave the beads to dry for half an hour, but when I checked it was still a bit wet so I put it to one side for a few more hours. Once it was dry I used the tool supplied to try to ease the design off the bead tray. This was a bit tricky, I didn’t want to break his design. I very carefully teased the edges off with the spatula end and with the sharper end ran it underneath the beads to release them. After a couple of minutes of gentle persuasion the design came off the board and was admired by everyone in the room.

Toy Review: eZee Beads PAW Patrol

He was really pleased with the results of his hard work, and rightly so. I was really impressed that he sat for so long to compete his design. The eZee Beads PAW Patrol set was really easy to use and contained everything you need. We liked it a  lot. It’s ideal for a bit of quiet, focused craft time and the eZee Beads are, well, very easy to use.

The eZee Beads Paw Patrol set from John Adams is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon.

Disclaimer: We were sent the eZee Beads Paw Patrol set for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own. This blog post contains an affiliate link.

Review: Spiders and Spouts Mini Game from Orchard Toys

When we go out for a meal, a day trip or a break away from home I always pack a bag of activities to keep my son entertained. When we go out we try to encourage him to work through an activity book or play a small game. We think it’s better for him and a more inclusive activity than just giving him our phones to play with. 

We were sent the new Spiders and Spouts Mini Game from Orchard Toys to try out. These travel sized games tick all the boxes when it comes to packing our activities travel bag.

Review: Spiders and Spouts Mini Game from Orchard Toys

Spiders and Spouts is an update on the traditional snakes and ladders game, featuring characters from the Insey Winsey Spider nursery rhyme. Climb up the spouts to reach the finish line, but beware the rain clouds which will wash you back down again! The Spiders and Spouts travel game is suitable for children aged 4-7 and for 2-4 players.

Review: Spiders and Spouts Mini Game from Orchard Toys

The Orchard Toys Spiders and Spouts mini game is a cleverly designed 6 piece jigsaw puzzle which you piece together to form your classic board game. The box also contains four counters (for up to four players) and a dice.

Even though it’s only 6 pieces, my son was keen to help out and put the board together. The design on the board is lively with lots going on. The illustrations are really cheery and the Insey Winsey Spider theme was fun. Although it’s printed thick board, this game still has the practicality of being able to break the board up and fit it into a small box. 

Review: Spiders and Spouts Mini Game from Orchard Toys

Like the Orchard Toys games, the Sprouts & Spiders Mini Game has some educational and developmental benefits including –

  • Developing Personal and Social Skills
  • Encouraging Number and Counting Skills
  • Encourages Observational Skills

The Orchard Toys mini games cost around £4.99 and I think they are excellent value for money. They are light and compact, so I can just stick them in my bag and take them out with us. They’re brilliant for days out and holidays and are a fantastic travel game for children and families.

Review: Spiders and Spouts Mini Game from Orchard Toys

Note: Orchard Toys sent us the Spiders and Spouts Mini Game for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Join the Monopoly Token Madness Vote – VOTE BOOT!

If you’ve ever played Monopoly on a regular-ish basis you will probably have your own favourite token. This year the makers of Monopoly are planning a shakeup of the tokens which have served Monopoly players well for generations. In other exciting news, Monopoly are introducing a new set of golden tokens to choose from; so it’s up to you to vote to keep your favourite and to vote for a new piece to join the Monopoly ranks. Stand by for the Monopoly Token Madness vote!

Monopoly Token Madness Vote - VOTE BOOT!

The fate of the eight current Monopoly tokens, including the scottie dog, top hat, racing car, and boot are in the hands of Monopoly fans.  This January, fans worldwide can visit www.VoteMonopoly.com to choose their eight favourite tokens that they’d like to see in the next generation of the Monopoly game. Choose from a list of more than 50 contenders in the Monopoly Token Madness Vote, including the current tokens and brand new pieces such as a penguin, rubber ducky and bunny! 

Monopoly Token Madness Vote - VOTE BOOT!

When I was growing up, Sunday afternoons were always filled with board games at my Grandma’s house. Monopoly was always a favourite, the banker always cheated but it could go on for hours, but we loved it. We were all creatures of habit. My Dad had the top hat, my brother the car, my Grandma the scotty dog and I was always the boot.

Monopoly Token Madness Vote - VOTE BOOT!

Monopoly is a game which is very close to my heart and one I’ve been looking forward to playing with my son. We did wonder if at the age of 6 he was too young to play, but we were very pleasantly surprised that he embraced the game with gusto and enjoyed building his empire (that’s my boy!).

Monopoly Token Madness Vote - VOTE BOOT!

We still have the original Monopoly game which we rescued from my Grandma’s house after she died, but it’s great to have the brand new Monopoly Token Madness Vote edition to play with, especially as it has eight of the golden tokens included – most of which won’t make it into future editions of the game – it could be a real future collectors item! 

When it comes to our family, we are still slaves to tradition. I’m still the old boot; hubs went for an upgrade from his standard racing car to the new golden F1 version; and the small boy followed in my Grandma’s footsteps and went for the scotty dog. It made my heart glad.

What’s your favourite Monopoly token, and which one will you vote to save?

Vote now at www.VoteMonopoly.com

PS…. VOTE BOOT!

Note: We were sent some Monopoly goodies and the Monopoly Token Madness game in return for this blog post. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: Kidsaw Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box

Over Christmas we managed to accumulate rather a large quantity of toys and our little shipmate needed somewhere to tidy them away in once he’d finished playing with them. He’s got a lot of pirate themed toys, so when asked, he said he wanted a Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box for his room. 

Thankfully, Father Christmas belatedly sent us a Kidsaw Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box from Kiddies Kingdom. Kiddies Kingdom is the UK’s number 1 online retail in baby and kids accessories.

Review: Kidsaw Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box

The Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box is currently available for £46.99 and has a unique self assembly, slot together design. It measures 39cm x 39cm x 59cm and is made from sturdy MDF, and as it’s all slotted together there are no sharp screws or nails to catch yourself on. 

The toy box takes just a couple of minutes to slot together. The result is a very sturdy box which is big enough to carry all the pirate booty you can plunder, or quite a lot of toys, whichever. 

I really like the look of the treasure chest, it’s cartoony and fun but not over the top. The finish is smooth and there are no rough bits you can catch your fingers on or get splinters from. 

The Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box is painted brown with gold detailing. There is no lid on the toy box, so it’s easy to just throw things in there and there’s no risk of a falling lid and squashed fingers. It holds a lot of toys, it’s actually a lot bigger than I imagined it to be, but it fits perfectly in the corner of his room.

Review: Kidsaw Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box

I think at a fraction under £47 it is good value for money and feels like it will last for years. I’m very pleased with the Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box, as is the small boy who has decided to use it as a dressing up box, which is mainly filled with (you guessed it) pirate costumes!

A toy box is pretty much as essential if you have children and their toys in the house with you. Finding one which fits with the scheme of their bedroom or playroom can be a nice touch. This pirate themed toy box from Kiddies Kingdom is part of a wider range of pirate themed furniture. 

This easy to put together and sturdy toy box is a great addition and we are delighted with it.

Review: Kidsaw Pirate Treasure Chest Toy Box

We were sent the toy box for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

With the much anticipated release of Rogue One – the next installment of Star Wars, everyone has gone Star Wars mad this Christmas. The small boy is no exception, though he’s far too young to watch the film just yet. This month we have put the new Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure to the test. Is it a rogue or a winner?

The Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure is a 12-inch tall Stormtrooper with more than 65 different sound effects and phrases. He uses a motion sensor to respond to specific movements and has several different play modes.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

This is a sturdily built figure, and it’s a very fine example of an Imperial Stormtrooper.

“Stormtroopers are elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. They wear imposing white armor, which offers a wide range of survival equipment and temperature controls to allow the soldiers to survive in almost any environment. Stormtroopers wield blaster rifles and pistols with great skill, and attack in hordes to overwhelm their enemies.”

The Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure comes with a set of detailed instructions and it’s suitable for ages 4+.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

 The Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure needs two AA Batteries, but he comes with batteries included and they’ve already lasted a couple of weeks.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

When you first get him make sure you switch it from ‘Demo’ mode to ‘On’. The switch is on the back of his neck. Once he is switched on and fully activated, he starts using some of his 65 sounds, if he’s in Demo mode he just repeats himself.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

The Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure has three modes – Blaster, Jetpack and Dual.  To activate the blaster mode, put the black E-11 blaster in his hand, his chest plate will light up with the Imperial insignia and his phrases change to battle sounds.

To activate the jetpack mode, put his jetpack on his back to activate the yellow light on his chest.  Fly him around and he will make jetpack style sound effects. When the chest plate changes colour to reveal the imperial logo, he is in dual mode.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure

The Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure can also be used with an app which is suitable for ages 6+. We haven’t played with the free to download Hasbro Star Wars Studio FX app yet, but more and more toys these days can be linked to apps to make the play experience more interactive.

So was Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure fun to play with? Yes. My son really enjoyed playing with him. Something he’s very keen on is playing with toys and making his own battle sounds, so this figure is one he can really enjoy playing with. I would say that to get the full benefit of playing with this Stormtrooper he could do with another figure to do battle with.

The Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure is available from a wide range of toy shops and online stores including Amazon. He retails for around £30 but discounts and deals are available if you shop around.

Disclosure: We received the Star Wars Rogue One Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper figure for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

One of the most fun things about Mummy’s iPad is the Facetime app. The boy loves to Facetime his dad, or his cousin, or anyone really. I remember walking to the phone box at the end of our road to make a phone call, so all of the communication technology available today is almost a thing of wonder to me. Even now there’s something a bit extra special about being able to video chat with someone. The video chat loving boy and I put a set of Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies to test. What did we think of this latest accessory for junior spies?

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

The Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies from Spinmaster are compact and easy to use. The set comes with two walkie talkies which just need batteries adding before use.

They have a long range (up to 160 feet) and allow you to communicate with video and audio without using Wi-Fi or data. The walkie talkies are simple to use and quick to set up. Each handset uses 3 AAA batteries and they’re suitable for children aged 6+. 

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

The Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies are really easy to set up, just get them out of their packaging, put the batteries in and switch on. To sync the two walkie talkies, when you switch them on press the bottom of the three buttons on each walkie talkie at the same time. The video should show a full screen of the person you are talking to, and in the top left should be your picture – just like on Facetime!

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

They come with detailed instructions, but they’re really straight forward to set up and use. Just don’t forget to sync them when you switch them on and make sure to turn them off when you’re done.

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

Once they are synced you can start your spy adventure – we tested them all over the house and down the street. The picture was crisp and the sound was pretty good too. The small boy really loved the Spy Video Walkie Talkies, he’s had normal walkie talkies before and has liked them, but these are next level spy fun.

Toy Review: Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies

These Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies are around £59.99 and are available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon. They are well made and good quality, small enough for my six year old to comfortably use and without too many confusing buttons.

I can see my boy having a lot of fun with these and his friends. These walkie talkies would be great for siblings to play with and should keep them occupied with serious spy business for quite some time. 

Disclosure: We received the Spy Gear Spy Video Walkie Talkies for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.

Toy Review: Silly Sausage – the funniest game this Christmas

The first time I saw a Silly Sausage was when one of my friends spotted one in a toy shop and Instragrammed it in a tongue in cheek style. It is a bit of an eyebrow raiser and I did scoff a little at first glance. Then I got to try one and that bright orange plastic sausage quickly became a bit of an obsession. 

Silly Sausage is the new super speedy reaction game from John Adams. The sausage is really easy to use, switch him on and wait for his instructions, but you will need to be fast. The aim of the game is to twist, shake, dip, stretch and poke him and to keep up with the sausage as he shouts out his commands.

Silly Sausage

Featuring ten fast paced reaction games, and three play modes – single, party and turbo, Silly Sausage is suitable for solo or competitive play. Silly Sausage made its debut at a family dinner for the small boy’s birthday over the weekend and everyone wanted a go. 

As you can see from our video, Silly Sausage is fun to play with solo…

 

The higher the level, the faster the sausage goes, so your reactions have to be super-fast in order for you to keep up with him.

There are three different games to play –

  • Chipolata – a speed and reaction game
  • Banger – a pass and play reactions game
  • Jumbo – Memory and reaction game

And there are three modes – single, multi play (party) and super fast play (turbo). I liked the “Chipolata” game, which suited me, a solo speed and reaction game.

I’d be naive if I didn’t acknowledge that a lot of people are a bit nudge-nudge-wink-wink about it, but it is completely innocent, and any Carry On style connotations go completely over the kid’s heads and it’s just the adults who sit quietly smirking.

There will be the minority of people who find the sausage too noisy for them, especially as the music speeds up, but bah-humbug to them. You can’t adjust the volume, which may be a problem for hearing impaired people, and I had to be careful not to cover the speaker with my hand or I’d miss the instruction. 

Silly Sausage will power down if he’s not been played with for a while. If you need to wake him up you just poke the button on his belly. He needs 2 AA batteries and they seem to last a good amount of time (we’ve played with him for days and he’s still going strong).

Silly Sausage

Silly Sausage costs around £19.99 and is available from all good toy shops and in online stores such as Amazon. The game is suitable for ages 7+ but my boy who has just turned six had no trouble at all with it, though smaller children with smaller hands might struggle a little.

I am not underplaying it when I say I really love Silly Sausage, I think it’s hilarious and I’ve always enjoyed playing fast reaction games. For my money, Silly Sausage is the best and funniest game this Christmas!

Disclosure: We received the Silly Sausage Game for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.