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Review: Awesome Little Green Men “blind boxes”

A couple of weeks ago we were sent some Awesome Little Green Men to try out. I put them to one side, ready to pull out with a flourish when my son had his cousin round to play. I didn’t think they’d be that impressed by them, but I surprised myself by being wrong. The Awesome Little Green Men are indeed awesome and about half of them are green, the rest are blue.

Review: Awesome Little Green Men "blind boxes"

Awesome Little Green Men is a new military collectible that combines blind-boxed soldiers and vehicles with a gameplay experience. You collect the Awesome Little Green Men and play the battle game. The goal is to build the best squad in order to win the game. Awesome Little Green Men is suitable for ages 6+.

Review: Awesome Little Green Men "blind boxes"

There are more than 100 unique military characters to collect in Series 1. With two troops to collect – green and blue. The collection features rare figures and more commonly found characters. The troops are led by General Pain and General Panic are made from colourful plastic. They have great names like Private Insurance, Corporal Kickbutt and Major Attack. I’m also pleased to note that there are some female characters who kick ass just as hard as their male counterparts!

We received a Deluxe Battle Pack (RRP £24.99) and a couple of Blind Boxes (£3.99 each) to play with. The Battle Packs contain everything you need to start your mission (comes with eight soldiers (three in a vehicle), eight dog-tags, a new recruits poster and game guide). Make sure you empty the pack out properly, there are bits and pieces cleverly hidden in the packaging. Each blind box comes with one soldier, one dog-tag, a new recruits poster and game guide.

Review: Awesome Little Green Men "blind boxes"

There is a specific way to play the game – taking turns you march, attack, flick sliders to get hit points, each solider has a numerical value (printed on the bottom on the figure) and each player starts off with the same value of figures in their troop. When the hit points for the character has been reaches, he or she goes to the opposing team. Sounds more complicated than it actually is.

Review: Awesome Little Green Men "blind boxes"

However, when it came to it, the boys just wanted to play things their own way, complete with old school sound effects. They had great fun with them and they were such a success they both gave them the thumbs up. 

The individual blind boxes cost £3.99 which is about average for blind bags/boxes these days. The figures are about 2 inches tall and are well made, they’re fun and although there is a specific game you can play with them, they’re just as much fun if you just battle with your friends.

Review: Awesome Little Green Men "blind boxes"

Awesome Little Green Men are available to buy in Tesco, Smyths, Toys R Us and on Amazon.

 
To find out more information about Awesome Little Green Men and The Battle
Game, visit https://awesomelittlegreenmen.mgae.com. They can also be found on PopJam, the username is @LittleGreenMen.

Note: We were sent these Awesome Little Green Men for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own. This post contains an affiliate link.

Review: PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set

We recently reviewed the PAW Patrol Skye & Zuma’s Lighthouse Rescue Track Set which you can link up with other Paw Patrol track sets like the PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set which we’ve been playing with this week.

Review: PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set

The PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set is a plastic track set which is made from 8 pieces of track and comes with a barn, a set of stickers and an exclusive Farmer Al Racer and Rocky Mini Figure. The barn has a weathervane which you can turn to close the fence and keep the cows off the road. It’s a simple track set and ideal as a first track set for Paw Patrol fans.

Review: PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set

Aimed at children aged 3+ my six year old put this together quickly and enjoyed playing with it. It is quite basic, but he liked the barn and the rotating weathervane feature. He was very keen to connect it up to the other Paw Patrol track sets he’s got. I think as a stand alone set this is fine for younger children, but for a six year old the set is quite basic on its own.

It does come with an exclusive Farmer Al Racer and Rocky Mini Figure which he was very pleased with. The farmer, which isn’t available anywhere else was a hit. He enjoyed role playing being the Farmer, trying to herd the cows and make his way down the track he’d covered with rock stickers.

Review: PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set

PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set is made from solid plastic and requires no batteries. For children who want toys with flashing lights and blaring sirens, this isn’t the toy for them. You need to provide your own sound effects and that’s fine by me. There is no assembly required, other than putting the track together and decorating with the stickers which come with it.

The PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set costs £19.99 (currently £13.20 on Amazon) and it is suitable for children aged 3+. I know my six year old would have gone wild for this when he was three. 

Watch our video to see how to put the PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set together and see how it works.

 

We were sent the PAW Patrol Rocky’s Barn Rescue Track Set for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own. This blog post contains affiliate links.

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: 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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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.

Review: Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet & Numbers Learning Games

The small boy loves puzzles. They play them a lot at nursery in school and he had a few favourites which we’ve bought him for home. He loves matching pairs and anything with letters, numbers or counting. We were sent the Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Game to review, which I thought would be right up his street.

The Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Games is suitable for ages 3-6 years. The small boy is four and this was perfectly pitched for him. He’s just getting into numbers and letters and really gets excited when he recognises them correctly, we do a lot of play around this at home at the moment since he likes it so much.

Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Games

The Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Game comes in two parts, there is an Alphabet Lotto Game which comprises bingo style boards with images and letters on (H for Hat for example) and a number dominoes game, which is like traditional dominoes but with colourful cards depicting frogs and horses etc. The game also comes with a set of reward stickers, something which sets every four year old child’s heart a flutter!

Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Games

We began by playing the alphabet lotto game. You can play it two ways, the match the image to the board way, which we did, or the slightly harder match the letter to the corresponding letter on the board. I think this is something which we’ll be doing with confidence in a few months, but for now we embraced the simple joy of just matching the letters to the right image on the lotto board, we also talked about what letters and pictures there were. It’s all good learning.

Growing up, I’d play dominoes for hours with my Grandma and I still love a game. The Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Game includes a lovely set of board dominoes, with each piece having animals instead of dots, for example, four dogs and five owls. The small boy really loved this and enjoyed counting the numbers of animals and finding a matching half to put his domino against.

Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Games

It was a really fun game and we enjoyed playing together. I’m less fussy about sticking to the actual rules of the game and prefer to just try and guide him in the right direction if possible, but as long as he’s learning and most importantly having fun then it’s all good.

You can play with up to four players, so it’s a lovely game for our little family. It’s really versatile too, you can stick to the rules, or make up your own as we tend to do. I know it’s a game that he will enjoy playing when his Grandad comes round for the afternoon, they like to sit together and do puzzles, just like I did with my Grandma.

We like to have puzzles like this around because he does really enjoy playing them, he’s a really active boy so it’s nice to sit down and do a focussed activity with him, even just for a few minutes. The Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Game is great for:

  • Stimulating the brain
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Encouraging creative story-making
  • Having fun with words and rhymes
  • Building confidence and concentration
  • Improving numeracy skills

The Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Game costs £9.99 from Argos and we think it’s a versatile game that will last many years, being played with differently as he grows and develops.

Note: We were sent the Chad Valley PlaySmart Alphabet and Numbers Learning Game for review purposes, all images and opinions are our own.