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Review: I Saw It First! Jungle – A Family Spotting Game

This week we’ve been playing a new game – I Saw It First! Jungle – A Family Spotting Game. It’s a puzzle game for people who love spotting animals, like a ginormous Dobble but a bit harder and just as much fun!

Review: I Saw It First! Jungle - A Family Spotting Game

In I Saw It First! Jungle there are 300 jungle animals all over the double-sided board. Each of the pieces is printed on both sides, so no two games are the same because you can put the board together in many different ways.

The board is covered with all kinds of creatures, some are familiar, like the leopard or the hippopotamus, others less so, like the eyelash viper or the giraffe weevil.

Review: I Saw It First! Jungle - A Family Spotting Game

The game comes with a box to assemble and 300 hexagonal counters each with an animal on one side and the name of the animal on the other. To play you take a counter from the box and show it to the other players. When they say “go” everyone must look for that animal on the board. The first one to spot it shouts “I saw it first” and keeps the counter. You can play for as long as you like. The person with the most counters at the end of the game is the winner. It’s simple but brilliant.

Like I said, the games go on as long as you want. It’s really fun to try to spot the creatures on the board. There’s a good variety of different animals and lots to talk about. Ben knew a lot about some of the animals, birds and insects already and happily chatted about where some of them lived and what they ate as we searched the board for them.

Review: I Saw It First! Jungle - A Family Spotting Game

I Saw It First! Jungle comes in and eye-catching triangular box and features illustrations by Caroline Selmes. It’s easy to understand but addictive to play, and great fun for adults and children alike.

I Saw It First! Jungle costs £19.99 and it is available from high street shops, direct from Laurence King and online retailers such as Amazon.

Note: We were sent I Saw It First! Jungle for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker

When I was a little girl, all I wanted for Christmas was a Mr Frosty. Times haven’t changed much and high on my son’s wish list was a Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker. Mr Frosty didn’t arrive for Christmas, but as a birthday present. This meant only one thing – making choc ice treats for the weekend!

Review: Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker

Like all Mr Frosty products the Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker is a simple idea; easy to follow instructions and solidly made, simple equipment. All you need is some ingredients – your favourite yoghurt, some chocolate for melting and some sprinkles if you’re feeling fancy.

The Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker comes with all the equipment you need, though you might want to also use some kind of board to keep your table tidy from any drips or dribbles and a spoon for stirring and spooning the melted chocolate. In the box there are some silicon molds to create your own Mr Frosty & Penguin frozen chocolate figures; plastic lolly sticks and an igloo which you melt the chocolate in. The roof of the igloo is also where you stick your lolly sticks while you chocolate sets. There is also a set of very simple, easy to follow instructions.

Review: Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker

To make your choc ices, slot your lolly sticks in the mold. Spoon in the yoghurt, I tapped the mold a few times so the yoghurt would settle. Then put this in the freezer for a minimum of three hours. We spent our three hours at his birthday party, which was nice.

When we got home I checked that they were frozen, which they were. I left them in the freezer until I was ready for them as they melt quite quickly. Following the instructions, melt the chocolate in the igloo in the microwave and once it’s melted take your lollies out of the freezer, remove them from the mold and quickly spoon the chocolate over.

Review: Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker

The chocolate does set very quickly, so if you are planning on sprinkling them with anything, do it quickly. Set them in the igloo roof to set and then eat them or put them in a box back in the freezer if you’re saving them for later.

The Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker is well made, simple and easy to use. Our choc ices were really tasty (we used a good quality vanilla yoghurt) and it was really fun to use. It’s a pretty tidy kit too, other than a smear of yoghurt and a dribble of chocolate, there was no mess.

Now we understand the process, the world is our lobster. We could cover them in nuts, change the yoghurt flavour, swirl through peanut butter, anything. I can see us playing around with this again and again. It’s such a simple kit to use. It’s brilliant.

Review: Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker

The Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker kit costs around £12.99 which I think makes it a nicely priced Christmas present idea. Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker is available in most toy shops and supermarkets such as ASDA and Smyths Toys.

We were sent Mr Frosty Choc Ice Maker for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel

A wooden train track is something most children play with at some point and BRIO is one of the biggest makers of wooden train tracks and accessories (we have almost all of their range already). This week we’ve been putting the BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel to the test, but what did the boy think of this new addition to his train set?

Toy Review: BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel

This month my son turns 8 and all he really wants for his birthday is BRIO. He has always loved his wooden train set and gets it out every so often to play with it. Over the summer something really clicked with him and a combination of  BRIO YouTube videos and having some extra time on his hands made him fall properly back in love with his BRIO.

BRIO is very safe to play with, it’s well designed, sturdy and great for little fingers to slot together. My son is definitely at the older end of the target age range, but he really adores his wooden train track and plays with it every day. This BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel is suitable for ages 3+.

Toy Review: BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel

The BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel set includes a mountain with crane; a cargo engine, a BRIO mini figure, a wagon, a load and 2 pieces of wooden track.

The BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel is easy to connect up to any exiting wooden track you’ve got. It comes with two pieces of track which slot together through the mountain to make the tunnel bridge. To play with this set fully you will need more track and trains. We’ve got lots of track, so that wasn’t a problem.

You will need 2 LR44 batteries which aren’t included. The batteries power the sound, so when your train passes through the tunnel it makes one of four train noises. Though you can do without the sound if you like and just make your own choo-choo noises if you prefer.

Toy Review: BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel

The boy was absolutely delighted with the BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel set. He had some similar pieces already which he added to the track he laid down and he really enjoyed playing with all of the elements. The tunnel bridge which goes through the mountain is an especially good feature; though it is a little tricky to set up. You need to connect the two pieces of track which come with the set through the tunnel.

The crane piece sits on top of the mountain and swings around. There is a magnet on the crane so you can lift the cargo in and out of the wagons. There’s also a mini figure who operates the crane. It’s well thought out and a really good size if you’re looking to add a bit of height and interest to your existing train set.

Toy Review: BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel

We can’t fault it, it’s exactly the kind of thing the boy has been asking for since summer. The BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel costs £49.99 and would make a good present for a wooden train enthusiast like my son!

For more information, visit the BRIO website.

We were sent the BRIO Crane and Mountain Tunnel for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer

My son, lover of maps and everything geography has been asking for his own globe for a few months now. We’ve been looking at a few different kinds of globes in the run up to his birthday. We wanted something more than just a simple globe; we wanted something which would furnish him with facts, test his knowledge and teach him about the world. Did the Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer AR tick all of those boxes?

Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer AR

The Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer AR is a globe which opens up so you can also explore the solar system and the Earth’s core. It comes with a wireless talking smart pen which you touch the globe with and it helps you explore the world and the solar system. You can also install an App on your phone or tablet which allows you to explore in more detail using augmented reality.

Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer AR

The globe sits on a stand which has an interactive activity panel which contains more than 42 educational games and activities. To operate the activity panel you need to use the smart pen which you can charge and update using the USB cable included. The pen takes about two hours to fully charge and the charge seems to last quite a long time. The smart pen is shaped a bit like a space shuttle and makes all the right noises.

To use it, you select your age group and activity, then follow the instructions. There are simple games like finding certain places on the globe and touch them with the pen. There are three age range settings; 5 to 8, 9 to 14 and 15+, and a pull-out local map so you can explore the UK and Ireland in more detail. The Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer AR is suitable for ages 5+.

Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer AR

There’s such a lot of educational value in this Smart Globe Explorer with over 220 countries to explore. The globe itself is vibrant and interesting, when used with the activity panel and smart pen there’s just so much information and interesting things to do. My son who is just shy of 8 years old picked up how to use it really quickly. I was delighted to discover at 6.30am this morning that there is a volume control on it.

Using the globe, you can learn all about countries, continents and capital cities. You can also find out about populations, currency and information about the world leaders. There’s also a current affairs section, which is one of the things which needs to be updated on a regular basis.

Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer AR

The globe opens up to reveal the Earth’s core and the solar system, which can be explored using both the smart pen and with the augmented reality app. The interactive augmented reality really brings things to life and features, landscapes, animals, landmarks, dinosaurs and even the solar system.

Weirdly, it somehow triggers our Alexa. If you have Alexa, it’s worth using your globe in a different room or it creates a slightly bonkers robotic cacophony.

Inside the stand is the pull-out map of the UK. Take this out and open it up and it creates a stand for the globe to rest on when it’s opened up. Using the smart pen you can tap on various points of interest on the inside of the globe and more information spills out.

It’s a great piece of kit. The Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer is all we wanted in a globe and more. The smart pen and the activity panel really makes this for me. Together they’re a brilliant teaching tool and you can really learn a lot from them. It’s the kind of gift which will grow with a child. The different age settings mean that there is more age appropriate learning available with each birthday.

The Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer is available from a wide range of retailers and online and currently costs £129.99 (though at the time of writing it’s £99.99 on Amazon). It’s a lot of money for a globe; but if you’re serious about STEM and learning at home, or if you have a child like mine who lives for maps and geography, then it’s worth investing it. Especially as it’s the kind of thing which will absolutely grow with the child.

We were sent the Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Family Game Review: Quirk! The Card Game

We are always on the look out for games we can take out and about with us. I always like to have something fun but tiny in my bag to bring out when we’re out for dinner or on a train journey or something. On a recent trip to Coniston in the Lake District I had one such thing up my sleeve – Quirk! The Card Game.

Quirk! is a new card game from Emmerse Studios. The pack contains 56 cards including; 13 Characters cards (39 cards), 7 Tactics cards, 3 Defence cards and 7 Skip cards. The pack also includes instructions. It’s a bit like a mad combination of Go Fish and Exploding Kittens. It’s actually remarkably easy to pick up and lots of fun. My almost 8 year old loved it, and his 40-something parents enjoyed it too!

Review: Quirk! The Card Game from Emmerse Studios

Each player gets dealt three cards to start with. The aim of the game is to collect three matching Quirk cards. The player with the most sets of cards at the end is the winner. Simple, yes?

I’ll be honest and say we did read the instructions a few times before we started playing, and we weren’t 100% sure of what we were doing when we began, but once we’d played for five minutes, it all became perfectly clear.

Review: Quirk! The Card Game from Emmerse Studios

You act out the Quirk card you want to any player of your choosing. So on your turn you might wink at one of the other players, they have to guess you’re after the wink Quirk card and if they have it, they give it to you. If they don’t, they say “Go Quirk” and you have to pick up a card from the top of the pile. There are tactic and defence cards which you can play if you need to. The instructions for using these cards are written on them. It’s all much easier than it sounds.

Quirk is suitable for up to 6 players aged 5+ and we all really enjoyed playing it. Each game takes about half an hour to play, so it’s great for a quick game when you’re out.

Review: Quirk! The Card Game from Emmerse Studios

It’s a standard sized pack of cards, so it’s very transportable and great for keeping in the car for trips out and weekends away. It can get a bit silly (my husband squawking like a parrot did attract some attention in the cafe we played it in), so if you’re self conscious, don’t play it in public.

Also available is Quirk! Legends which is along the same quirky lines, but with unicorns, dragons, superheroes and evil villains. Both games are available on the Quirk! website for £10 or on Amazon for £12.99.

We were sent Quirk! for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear Plush

Paddington Bear has been a part of the nation’s childhoods since 1958. The tale of the lost bear from Darkest Peru has delighted and inspired generations of children, me included, and now my son loves Paddington too. This October is Paddington’s 60th anniversary month, will you be celebrating 60 years of this little lost bear from Darkest Peru?

In 1958 the first Paddington Bear book, A Bear Called Paddington was published. Little could Michael Bond have known then how many people around the world would come to know and love this small bear, with his recognisable bush hat and duffle coat.

Review: 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear Plush

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Rainbow Designs have unveiled their brand new Paddington Bear Classic range. It features a host of cuddly toys for enthusiasts and fans of Paddington to cuddle and love. One of the most eye-catching in the range is the new Large Cuddly Anniversary Paddington Bear with Scarf. This Paddington Bear plush is snuggled up in a checked scarf complete with “Please look after this Bear” label. This plush is cuddly enough to appeal to young Paddington fans and stylish enough to look the part on a collector’s shelf.

The design of this Anniversary Paddington Bear is inspired by the original artworks by Peggy Fortnum and he does look very true to the original bear. I love his battered felt hat and the label (which you can remove if you want) is a lovely extra touch. The snuggly scarf with the 60th anniversary badge is what will make this bear such a collectible. His coat isn’t removable and the duffle coat toggles are printed on, which I think is a much better option if you’re giving this bear to young children.

Review: 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear Plush

This Anniversary Paddington Bear is suitable from birth and as soft and cuddly as they come. He is 23cm tall and costs around £24.99.

The 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear would make a wonderful gift for a Paddington Bear fan of any age. With Christmas coming, who will look after this bear?

The 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear from Rainbow Designs is available from a wide range of retailers including John Lewis.

Review: 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear Plush

Disclaimer: We were sent this 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear plush for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium

As a teenager I used to love watching Robot Wars. I liked checking out the robots and trying to guess which one would win and which one would just be smoldering bits of metal at the end of the battle. I’m keen to pass on my love of Robot Wars to the next generation. We’ve watched a few episodes of the more recent series of Robot Wars and we’ve been playing with our new HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium; which I reckon is just about as much fun as the real thing.

The HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium is part of a wider collection of HEXBUG Robot Wars toys. It costs £19.99 as it a great starter sized set. It comes with two robots, two sets of armour and a plastic stadium (shaped a bit like a giant fidget spinner). For the money, you get quite a lot of Robot Wars kit to play with.

The HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium is pretty simple to put together. You clip the pieces of the plastic stadium together and slot the legs into place. Likewise the HEXBUGS are good to go, you can put armour and weapons onto them to make them more battle ready.

Toy Review: HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium

The robots – Alter Ego (the blue one) and Warp (the red one) come with a selection of armour and weapons which you just clip on. If you’re not using the armour or weapons in the battle, they have a special holder to keep everything safe. It’s worth using the holder, the small bits of plastic could very easily get mislaid or roll under the sofa or something.

To play Robot Wars, each player switches on their robot (there’s an on/off button underneath each one) and puts it down in one of the corners of the arena. When both players are ready; everyone releases their robot and the first bot to get knocked out of the stadium loses. The winner is the last one in the stadium.

Toy Review: HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium

The HEXBUGS operate by vibration. They don’t have wheels or anything to move them, just little rubber legs which propel them when they are switched on.

As well as Alter Ego and Warp, there are two other HEXBUG robots to collect – Sparkplug and Cold Front. They’re all pretty cool.

HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium is suitable for ages 3+ though their little fingers might struggle with putting the fiddly armour and weapons on. My nearly 8 year old absolutely loved it and has asked for more of the range for his birthday. It’s all good clean fun. It’s simple to set up and use, he can play by himself or get us involved in the action.

The HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium would make a great little Christmas present for someone who wants to play robot wars but you’re not sure if its worth investing in the larger £80 stadium.

Toy Review: HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium

The HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium is widely available from a range of retailers and online. It costs just £19.99 and comes with everything you need to head into battle, Robot Wars style.

We were sent a HEXBUG Robot Wars Clusterbots Stadium for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: Clementoni Mind Designer Robot

My almost 8 year old absolutely adores science and we are very keen to encourage this at home. We are firm believers in learning through play, if you have fun learning then whatever you’re learning usually sticks. This week we’ve been putting the Clementoni Mind Designer Robot through its paces. This clever little robot can help with all kinds of things, from spacial awareness, maths, reasoning and geometry. It’s a clever piece of kit and no mistake.

Toy Review: Clementoni Mind Designer Robot

The Clementoni Mind Designer Robot costs £49.99 and in the box you will find:

  • MIND – Educational Digital Robot
  • A double-sided “board”
  • Transparent disc (to position the pens)
  • Three felt tip pens
  • 10 sheets of A3 paper
  • List of voice commands
  • Instruction manual

MIND is pretty simple to set up. You will need 4 AA batteries and one of those little screwdrivers to open the battery compartment. You will also need a tablet, we have an iPad which worked well. There’s a free app to download which you can use to operate MIND.

MIND has a control keypad in his back, a mode selector and microphone. You can programme him to move and draw shapes and he can memorise a sequence of up to 40 commands.

When we were first getting to grips with MIND we were mostly using the app mode and the voice commands to get it to draw geometric shapes. This is a good way to get used to how it works (and as a parent I can’t tell you how good it is to tell someone to do something and it actually gets done).

Toy Review: Clementoni Mind Designer Robot

We moved on to the educational mode. For this you need the double-sided board, which isn’t actually a board, but a huge A1 glossy piece of paper. The yellow board features the Number Challenge. You choose your level; easy, medium or difficult. We chose the easy level. In this game, MIND needs to be programmed with the directions it needs to move in to get to the correct square on the board. There will be simple sums to complete along the way.

On the blue board you need to find you way around a maze, collecting objects MIND says you need along the way. This is a great exercise in logic, reasoning, strategy and spacial awareness.

Toy Review: Clementoni Mind Designer Robot

It’s a remarkably simple piece of kit. Once you have read the instructions and got the hang of it, it’s great fun and really, really educational. I know for my son playing with MIND will really cement some maths and give it a practical application. For me it’s the thinking ahead and in steps which I think will make a big difference to him. He tends to rush at things and this may help him to take a step back and approach things in a slower, more methodical way.

When I told my husband that the Clementoni Mind Designer Robot cost £49.99 he was impressed; he thought it would cost nearly double that. We really, really liked it and I hope that my son will play with it a lot.

Toy Review: Clementoni Mind Designer Robot

Things to remember about the Clementoni Mind Designer Robot:
  • You DO need a tablet to use alongside this
  • You DO need 4 AA batteries
  • If you are giving this as a gift, it’s probably worth carefully taking it out of the box and playing with it, downloading the app and figuring out how it works before you wrap it up. If you know what you’re doing beforehand, you can save an hour of setting up and instruction manual reading on Christmas morning. Trust me on this one.

It’s a big present to buy for someone, but it does have a lot of different functions. It’s enjoyable to play with, even on the basic drawing geometrical shapes mode and I really like that there’s lots of learning to be had with this. The best thing is that it doesn’t feel like learning and gives a child a practical application for their maths etc.

The Clementoni Mind Designer Robot costs £49.99, is suitable for ages 7+ and is available from a wide range of retailers including Smyths Toys.

We were sent the Clementoni Mind Designer Robot for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toys: Introducing SuperZings Series 2 Collectibles

Back in January we received a pack of SuperZings Series 1 to unbox and review. Little did I know that for the next 6 or 7 months SuperZings would become almost as important to my son as breathing. Our local Co-op stocked them, and as they are very reasonably priced, they became something he would be given regularly for good behaviour or trying hard at something. Soon we had pretty much all of the SuperZings Series 1 and we began to wonder when SuperZings Series 2 might be released. The answer to that question is now. Right now.

SuperZings are everyday objects (like a tiny hairdryer or cheese grater with a face, a body and a cape) brought to life as heroes or villains. The SuperZings all live in Kaboom City. There are so many fun, colourful characters and accessories to collect; each with a matching rival which you can collect and swap.

Toys: Introducing SuperZings Series 2 Collectibles

SuperZings are aimed at children aged 4-8, My son is 7 and is a real SuperZings Super-fan!

Like Series 1, there are 80 new multi-coloured characters to collect, each with a matching ‘rival’ including an ultra-rare character, 2 gold and 6 silver, to collect.

Toys: Introducing SuperZings Series 2 Collectibles

The Hideouts and vehicles have had a makeover too. Series 2 Hideouts have a new cylindrical shape which is divided into two chambers. The SuperZings Series 2 vehicles are a new range of SuperJets – collect a motorbike, boat, helicopter and quad bike. There are eight SuperJets to collect in a variety of different colours.

SuperZings Series 2 has some exciting new features including a brand new ‘SuperCrystal’ finish to some of the SuperZings. One of the biggest changes is the addition of a new ultra rare character, ‘Professor K’ – the inventor of ‘Krystaline’, a special substance that creates the SuperCrystal SuperZings. There are 24 ‘SuperCrystal’ characters to collect.  new style hideouts and a new range of playsets so kids can create their very own SuperZings world.

Toys: Introducing SuperZings Series 2 Collectibles

There are a number of playsets to go with the series. The Secret Lab Playset costs £20 and has a secret compartment; a lift to the roof and an exclusive SuperZings character with blaster. The Kaboom Race is also £20 and comes complete with two premium vehicles, a launch pad, barrels and a finish line. There’s also the Police Station Playset which costs £25. The set includes a police car, jail, cannon and lots of interactive elements. These would make great Christmas presents for SuperZings super-fans!

Toys: Introducing SuperZings Series 2 Collectibles

The SuperZings Series 2 collectible range is very reasonably priced and is at pocket money prices. The blind bags which contain one SuperZing are 80p each. The hideouts bags which also include one SuperZing are £1.50 each and the SuperJets including one SuperZing are £2.50 each. There is also a Starter Pack (£5) and a Blister Pack (£10) containing four SuperZings; two hideouts and an exclusive SuperDisc Blaster.

I know from how much my son loved Series 1 that Series 2 will be just as popular, perhaps even more so. They’ve added a lot of new and interesting elements to extend the play further. They’re so collectable and I know once they really hit the shops my son will be busy swapping SuperZings Series 2 characters with his friends. I love how inexpensive they are and how much joy SuperZings bring my son.

Are your kids into SuperZings yet?

SuperZings are available from a wide range of shops including The Entertainer, Tesco, Asda, Co-op and Spar. For more information and activities, visit the SuperZings website www.superzings.com.

We were sent these products for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys + Join the #PuppyDogPalsToys Twitter Party

Puppy Dog Pals is a really fun kids cartoon on the Disney Junior channel. It’s a cartoon we watch quite a lot of, it’s good clean canine fun and the boy is nothing short of obsessed with dogs, so it ticks all kinds of boxes for him. Flair have just launched a new range of Disney Puppy Dog Pals toys which are now available nationwide.

The range of Disney Puppy Dog Pals toys is extensive and there’s something to suit every Puppy Dog Pals fan. We invited some friends around to help us put the Puppy Dog Pals range to the test, with two seven year olds and one five year old, the toys were really put through their paces.

The Puppy Dog Pals toy collection includes…

 

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys

The two-storey Doghouse Playset (£29.99) is a really fun addition to the range. It’s easy to slot together and took just a couple of minutes to unpack and assemble. It comes with a set of Bingo and Rolly figures, so you can pay straight away! The kids all loved the Doghouse, it has a slide, tyre swing, a spinning glider, an elevator, a seesaw and lots more. They really couldn’t stop playing with it, which is always a good sign.

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys

What made the Doghouse extra fun was the addition of the Deluxe Figures Set (£29.99). The set includes six characters; Bingo, Rolly, A.R.F., Bob, Hissy, Keia; and four accessories, two food bowls, one cat bed and one fetch toy. It’s a great set to start your collection with and the detail on the figures is excellent and very true to the series.

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys

One of the most popular toys was the Pet & Talk Plush Pals (£9.99). We got a lovely snuggly Bingo. You press a button on his back and he bobs his head and has a vocabulary of over 10 sounds and phrases. We found it a little tricky at first to find the button, but once we did he was chattering away and making everyone laugh.

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys

My son who loves a pug, grabbed the Rolly Puppy Love Plush (£16.99) and wouldn’t let go. As I write this he’s currently tucked up in bed with him, Rolly is in a headlock and seems pretty happy with that arrangement. I would say that he is pretty big at around 30cm tall, and I think good value at £16.99.

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys

The kids all enjoyed racing the Figures on the Go (£12.99) up and down my kitchen. These simple action toys which don’t need batteries, you just put your figure in the vehicle, load them into the launcher, press the paw button and off they go.

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys

Lastly the Travel Pets & Figures (£3.99) are the pocket money priced collectibles which kids love so much. Each one is a travel pet carrier with a collectible figure inside. There are lots of pups to collect as well as two rare figures to find. My son really loved his and it’s come on a few outings with us.

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys

The Puppy Dog Pals toy collection is available from all good toy stores and Amazon, Smyths Toys and The Entertainer.

Do join us for the #PuppyDogPalsToys Twitter Party on 15th August at 1-3pm. 

Review: Puppy Dog Pals Toys