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Toys: Collectible Funko Pop! fun for all ages

We were sent a selection of Funko Pop! products for review. All images and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.

Over the years the boy has been given a small selection of Funko Pop collectible figures. Being collectibles, we’ve put them somewhere safe and kept them in their box. My son isn’t much of one for just looking at things, he’s very hands on and wants all his toys to join him in epic battles with wizards and dragons, or whatever his imagination is enjoying this week. Funko figures really tick a lot of those boxes and their distinctive style is appealing to young and old alike.

Toys: Collectible Funko Pop! fun for all ages

This week we received a big box of Funko goodies, and honestly, it’s been so nice to step away from the schoolwork and just mess about and play with them for an afternoon or two. There were a good selection of Funko products, from a cuddly toy, some blind bag style collectibles, a game and of course the famous Funko Pop! vinyl collectables.

Funko Pop! Vinyl Collectibles

Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles are famous and sought after all over the world. The figures are licenced and there are so many different ranges of them to choose from. My son started out collecting some of the Power Rangers ones, but he’s moved on a bit now and likes the Marvel figures.

Toys: Collectible Funko Pop! fun for all ages

From Star Wars, to Disney, Jurassic Park to Basketball, there are Funko Pop! vinyl collectible figures for the things you’re into. They’re as excitingly collectible for adults as they are for children. The figures are a simple design, with a big head and each one is instantly recognisable as the character they’re supposed to be. Personally I’ve got my eye on the Magnum PI figure.

We were sent a Hello Kitty, Harley Quinn and a Batman figure. They cost around £9.99 each and make great gifts and collectibles.

Aside from the vinyl figures, we were sent a Funkoverse Jurassic Park board game. I had no idea they did games too and this excited us all. It’s an exciting strategy game based on the Jurassic Park films. It is ideal for ages 10+ and each game lasts around 20 minutes, so it is ideal for people like me who prefer quick fire games which don’t last for hours.

The boy is a huge Harry Potter fan, so we were extra pleased that we were sent a Harry Potter plush, he’s wearing the Sorting Hat and looking a bit worried about which House he might be sorted into. There are a number of plushes in the range and they also cost around £9.99.

Toys: Collectible Funko Pop! fun for all ages

Funko Bling Bag Collectibles

Alongside the plush, there’s a Mystery Mini: Harry Potter blind box to open. There are 14 mini vinyl figures to collect and they’re great fun. They are cartoony and really detailed and would be a lovely thing for a Harry Potter fan to collect. My son really enjoyed the blind bag aspect of it. They cost around £7.75 per box but the figures are a good size and I think are well worth the money.Toys: Collectible Funko Pop! fun for all ages

Continuing the blind bag theme, the boy was keen to crack open this Soda Can Batman figure. The can contains a “POG“-shaped collector’s card and a 10 5 cm limited edition Batman vinyl figure. The cans are available for around £13.99 but this one is a little more expensive and is currently available on Amazon for £24.95.Toys: Collectible Funko Pop! fun for all ages

There’s a lot of fun to be had with Funko Pop! collectibles. If, like my son you love to collect things, then Funko will tick a lot of boxes for you. They have a distinctive and appealing style and if you choose well, your collection might be worth a lot of money in years to come.

For more information or to browse their shop, visit the Funko Pop! website.

Board Game Review: I love Britain from Tactic Games

AD/Sent for review. It can be hard to fill these long lockdown days. We’ve been trying to keep up with schoolwork and fill his days with a balance of educational stuff and fun things. This week we’ve been ticking both of those boxes with the new I love Britain game from Tactic Games.

Board Game Review: I love Britain from Tactic Games

It’s a geography based trivia board game which is suitable for ages 8+ and for 2-4 players. To play you have to race around the United Kingdom, visit different regions and answer questions about British culture, traditions and nature. Roll the dice to see whether you’re moving around by bicycle, by car or through the air on a plane. Each correct answer earns you a card, and the first player to collect five different category symbols wins.

The I love Britain game box contains a board of a map of the UK, four playing pieces, a dice and a stack of 100 trivia question cards, plus a set of rules. You begin by shuffling the cards and then you lay 3 cards next to the board. Roll the dice and move towards the location you want to reach.

Board Game Review: I love Britain from Tactic Games

The aim of the game is to collect five different category cards from across the UK; you do this by rolling the dice, moving the right number of steps and correctly answering the trivia questions. The first player to do this wins.

It’s a fun game and one which we all enjoyed. My 9 year old loves maps, so he spent a good amount of time studying the board before we even began playing the game. I think the questions might be a bit beyond the average 8 year old, but you could take a look at some questions and if they’re a bit hard, maybe they could team up with an older player?

The I love Britain game comes in a box about the size of an iPad. It’s a good size for taking on holiday, should you be lucky enough to get away. I like that it’s nice and compact. I also really like that the rules are pretty simple and straightforward to follow.

Board Game Review: I love Britain from Tactic Games

The trivia question cards are really good with varied questions; all of them multiple choice. They each come with an interesting fact about the question and it’s a fun way to learn more about the UK and the sometimes funny and unusual traditions we have.

It’s a fun game. I felt we all learned a little something about the country where we live and we had a good laugh too. It ticks both of the fun and educational boxes we are aiming for these days. 

The I love Britain game is available from a range of online stores and costs around £13.99. 

We were sent the I love Britain game in exchange for this honest review. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: Outdoor fun with Gazillion Bubbles

AD/Gifted. After a drab and dreary start to the year, this week, our first week in coronavirus isolation was full of blue skies and sunshine. It seemed a bit of a shame to spend all day indoors, slaving over worksheets from school, but as a reward for hard work, we spent our afternoon in the garden enjoying the good weather and playing with some Gazillion Bubbles we’d been kindly sent by Tesco.

Toy Review: Outdoor fun with Gazillion Bubbles

If you’ve not heard of Gazillion Bubbles before, they’re a range of bubble making toys. We were sent the following products from the range; Gazillion Bubbles Tornado Machine; Gazillion Incredibubble Wand; the Gazillion Megabubble Blaster and the Gazillion Giant Bubble Solution 2L.

Toy Review: Outdoor fun with Gazillion Bubbles

All of the Gazillion Bubbles products were heaps of fun. We started off by setting up the Gazillion Bubbles Tornado Machine (usually £12, currently half price), which needed 4AA batteries (not supplied). It comes with a small bottle of bubble solution and once it’s switched on, it blows out about a gazillion bubbles. This was so much fun and would be really great for parties and get togethers. We cheerfully aimed the bubbles over the fence towards our young neighbours and they enjoyed them too.

Gazillion Bubbles are available from Tesco.

Toy Review: Outdoor fun with Gazillion Bubbles

The boy was super keen to get his hands on the Gazillion Megabubble Blaster (usually £10, currently half price); a bubble blowing gun. This needs 3AA batteries (not supplied) and is lovely fun and great for angling over fences to delight other young children. He loved chasing us around and firing bubbles at us and the dog!

My personal favourite was the Gazillion Incredibubble Wand (usually £8, but currently £6). If you’ve ever watched people blow those huge bubbles and wanted to try this for yourself; this is the kit you need. It’s really simple. It’s just a circular reservoir for the bubble solution and a large hoop which you dip in, then waft through the air. It produces the biggest and most beautiful bubbles and we were all fighting to get our hands on it to try it out for ourselves.

Toy Review: Outdoor fun with Gazillion Bubbles

Each of the sets comes with a bottle of bubble solution to get you started. If you’re serious about bubbles; then I suggest you also get the 2 litre bottle of Gazillion Giant Bubble Solution (currently 2 for £10 at Tesco). The Giant Bubble Solution is a giant version of the little bubble pots. It comes with a big wand for you to blow bigger bubbles with. It’s also ideal for topping up the little bottles in your other Gazillion Bubbles sets.

We had so much lovely fun with Gazillion Bubbles. It was lovely to get outside in the sunshine; run about a bit, laugh a lot, be silly and forget our worries. We really like the Gazillion Bubbles sets, and we’re looking forward to more bubble filled sunny days this summer!

Gazillion Bubbles are available from Tesco and Amazon.

Note: We were sent these toys in exchange for this blog post. All images and opinions are our own.

Our Top Ten STEM Toys for Christmas

AD/Gifted. My 9 year old boy really loves science and nature. We try to encourage his interests at home, so over the last few years many of the presents under the tree have been things Father Christmas thought he might like. He’s had a brilliant globe, some great things to help him hunt for minibeasts outside, he has a whole constellation of glowing stars on his ceiling and he’s got his very own miniature orrery. This week we’ve picked our top ten STEM toys for this Christmas.

2 in 1 Earth and Constellations Globe

The Earth and Constellation Globe has a day-time and night-time view and is in fact two globes in one. In the daylight the 22.8cm diameter globe shows political boundaries, oceans, equator, longitude and latitude lines, country names, capital cities and other major cities for each country in the world. By night the illuminated star map shows constellations with their common names.

Addict A Ball

Addict A Ball is a seriously addictive 3D maze puzzle which contains 138 numbered stages of spirals, drops, swinging arms, flips and slides. You guide the ball through each stage, all the time Addict A Ball is challenging your dexterity, hand-eye coordination and patience. It’s great fun, and even us grown ups like playing with it!

Our Top Ten STEM Toys for Christmas

Stikbots

These multi award winning figures have been around for a little while now. They’re pretty keenly priced, so make great stocking fillers, or pocket money treats. They have suction cup hands and feet which allow them to be posed in lots of different ways. They’re designed so you can use the free StikBot stop frame animation app to make your own short animations. They’re great fun.

Glow Starry Night Glow-in-the-Dark Stars

These stars are a great little stocking filler. The stars can be stuck on walls and ceilings, then at night, turn off the lights and they glow in the dark. Arrange them however you like, they’re a lovely addition to the bedroom of a junior astronomer!

See the World Through Others’ Eyes 

See the World Through Others’ Eyes is a really interesting science set. It includes a set of glasses with interchangeable lenses which allow you to see the world in 20 different ways. These include; cat; dog; rat; horse; cow; elephant; fish; shark; cuttlefish; bird; eagle; T-rex; unicorn; astronaut; colour blindness; new born baby; near vision; fly; bee and dragonfly. The box also contains detailed instructions and explanations about how the lenses work and how various animals, including humans see. You can read our full review here.

Our Top Ten STEM Toys for Christmas

Animal Projector & Nightlight

The Animal Projector & Nightlight projects 24 beautiful colour animal images onto your walls and ceilings. The animal images are clear and sharp, up to one metre wide. You just turn the lens head to focus. This STEM set includes three discs and 24 fantastic animal images and doubles up as a cool night light.

EUGY Build Your Own 3D Model 

Build your own 3D models with these beautifully detailed but simple miniature animal figures. They’re made from environmentally friendly, biodegradable card with natural eco-friendly ink and non-toxic glue. There is a whole range of different animals to choose from and build at home, they’re suitable for ages 6+ and cost around £7.99.

Our Top Ten STEM Toys for Christmas

Outdoor Adventure Magnifier

The Outdoor Adventure Magnifier is a handheld 2x-3x-4x magnifier which is ideal for on-the-go explorations, field trips and outdoor adventures. We put it to the test in our garden, taking a closer look at some plants and flowers and having a good look at some tiny aphids we found feasting on my rose bush. The magnifying glass is a pretty essential bit of kit and has so many uses. It costs around £12.99 and although that may seem a little pricey, it’s much better quality than cheaper kids magnifying glasses.

Outdoor Adventure Binoculars

The Outdoor Adventure Binoculars were a real hit. They are pocket-sized and light weight and have 4x magnification; 30mm glass lenses and they have a break-away lanyard for safety. We especially liked the built-in compass on the top, which helped us to talk in greater depth about navigation skills and North – South – East – West (or Never Eat Shredded Wheat as we’ve been teaching him).

My Desktop Solar System

An orrery is a mechanical model of the Solar System that illustrates the relative positions and size of the planets, although totally accurate scaling cannot be achieved given the very large distances and differences. Future astronomers will love having this Solar System in miniature on their desktop. Instructions include a secret code to unlock fascinating online facts about each planet in our Solar System.

So that’s it, our top ten STEM toys for junior scientists this Christmas. What STEM toys can your kids not live without?

Our Top Ten STEM Toys for Christmas

Toy Review: See the World Through Others’ Eyes Brainstorm Toys

AD/Gifted. In our house, science toys and sets are always popular. This week we’ve been putting the See the World Through Others’ Eyes set from Brainstorm Toys to the test.

Toy Review: See the World Through Others’ Eyes Brainstorm Toys

See the World Through Others’ Eyes is a really interesting science set. It includes a set of glasses with interchangeable lenses which allow you to see the world in 20 different ways. These include; cat; dog; rat; horse; cow; elephant; fish; shark; cuttlefish; bird; eagle; T-rex; unicorn; astronaut; colour blindness; new born baby; near vision; fly; bee and dragonfly. The box also contains detailed instructions and explanations about how the lenses work and how various animals, including humans see.

The set is aimed at children aged 6+ and I tried it out on two nine year old boys. We went through the instruction booklet and learned about how we see, then we went through the lenses and learned about how each animal sees. It was really, really interesting and we had some great conversations about how eyes work and what it must feel like to see like a dog etc.

Toy Review: See the World Through Others’ Eyes Brainstorm Toys

I think although children aged 6+ can get a lot out of it, really understanding the biology and the science behind how animals and humans see, means that it was pitched pretty perfectly at the two nine year olds who were playing with the set.

We made a short video to demonstrate the set, see what the boy thinks below…

This science set from Brainstorm Toys is really good value at £14.99. It is fairly robust, easy to use and the information booklet is really interesting and informative. The boys loved it and once we had worked through all the combinations, they set to work inventing their own – great fun!

See the World Through Others’ Eyes from Brainstorm Toys is available from Smyths Toys and costs around £14.99.

We were sent the See the World Through Others’ Eyes set for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set

AD/Gifted. Angry Birds seem to have been around forever, going from video game, to movie and now you can get Angry Birds toys. This week sees the launch of the Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set just in time for the release of the latest Angry Birds movie!

The Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Set from Maisto is based around the popular Angry Birds game. The set contains everything you need to build a figure of 8 track, plus two Angry Birds figures and cars and radio control handsets.

Toy Review: Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set

The Angry Birds Island Challenge Slot Car Set is suitable for ages 6+. My nearly 9 year old had no problems setting it up. The track was really easy to slot together and the risers were easy to put together and attach too; though there was a bit of trial and error in getting the height of them all just right.

Toy Review: Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set

The battery pack was slightly more problematic and needed the help of an adult with a screwdriver. It also took 8 AA batteries, so make sure you’ve got a pack in before you decide to set it up and play.

The box comes with a cut out and use Eagle Mountain printed on the back; which I thought was a great idea, but then realised once I’d cut it out that I wouldn’t be able to use the original box to put all the pieces in again afterwards for storage.

Once the track is set up it’s just a case of choosing your Angry Birds character car, either Red or Leonard and then popping the cars on the track and having a race. The hand controller takes a little bit of getting used to. The cars can race around a bit too quickly and fly off the track, keeping them on the track takes a bit of getting used to.

Toy Review: Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set

The cars themselves are a little bit tricky. The metal pieces which touch the track and help to power the car are a little bit temperamental so you have to be quite gentle with them.

The Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set would make a great Christmas present for an Angry Birds fan. It retails for around £34.99 and is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon (affiliate link).

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We were sent the Angry Birds Island Challenge Racing Car Set for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Review: Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

AD/Gifted. 2019 is the year that NASA celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission. To tie in with this, Geomag have launched their Special Edition NASA range. We were sent their NASA Rover and NASA Rocket to play with. Plus I’m giving away a NASA Rover and NASA Rocket set to one lucky winner!

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

Geomag is a magnetic construction toy which is made in Switzerland. The sets are boxes of metal bars with a magnet on each end and metal spheres which act as corner pieces. Magnetic forces hold the bars and spheres together, creating the possibility for millions of different construction designs. There are basic sets of bars and balls and specially designed sets where you can build specific designs, like these Geomag NASA Rover and NASA Rocket sets.

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

The Geomag NASA Rover and NASA Rocket is aimed at children over five. The instructions for building the Rover and Rocket are printed on the back of the box. The instructions are really easy to follow and all the pieces you need are included. In the box, as well as the standard balls and bars, there are plastic panels and card pieces to slot in and make your Rover and Rocket look more realistic.

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

My 8 year old really loves construction toys and these Geomag sets were no different. He really enjoyed playing about with the pieces to see what shapes and structures he could make; as well as following the instructions to make both the Rocket and the Rover. They seem like great toys for working on fine motor skills, something my boy needs a little help with.

The sets are aimed at children aged 5+; I think younger children may need a little help with some aspects of the build, but it’s pretty straightforward. Plus the NASA themed sets are a great springboard for discussing space as a topic, something we do quite a lot at home.

Geomag NASA Rocket and Rover

These special edition Geomag sets are available from all good toy shops including The Entertainer. The Geomag NASA Rover (rrp £25) and NASA Rocket (rrp £39.99) both currently have 25% off in their half term sale.

Disclosure: These products were sent to us for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

AD/Gifted. It’s fair to say that we absolutely love How to Train Your Dragon in our house. The boy is pretty darn obsessed and frequently dresses up as our Viking hero, Hiccup. When I mentioned that we were being sent a How to Train Your Dragon Hatching Dragons Egg, he was beyond himself with excitement (as was I).

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

The How to Train Your Dragon Hatching Dragons Egg contains one large egg (with a hatching dragon inside), a fish accessory and an instruction book. It is suitable for ages 8+ and comes well packaged to (hopefully) prevent the egg from breaking at any point.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

Together we removed the egg from its packaging and read the instructions. There are two keys at the bottom of the egg which need unscrewing. Once this has been done, you’re encouraged to gently play with the egg to wake the dragon inside up. If you listen carefully, the dragon inside the egg starts to tap and make noises.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

After around an hour, the egg starts to glow a little and then hatches. This was incredibly exciting and there were lots of joyful shouts as we gathered round to watch the dragon emerge from its shell.

We helped baby Toothless out of the shell and very soon we were figuring out how to play with our new dragon. His eyes light up, his wings flap and his ears twitch. He roars, snorts, snarls and he is just brilliant.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

If you hold the fish accessory to his mouth he makes chewing sounds and the burps. Hold your hand over his chest and that activates the plasma blast where his mouth glows blue and he makes the plasma blast noise. If you talk to him, he’ll respond with head and wing movements, and lights and sounds. If you play music to him, he bops along to it. He is ace.

Toothless is really, really cute. I asked the boy what he liked best about him and he said everything and that he was the best thing ever. He’s played with him pretty constantly for the last few days which I always take as a positive sign.

Toy Review: Hatching Dragons Toothless

I think this How to Train Your Dragon Hatching Dragons Egg is brilliant. It’s really well done and Toothless is just a bundle of baby dragon joy. This hatching dragon is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon for around £59.99.

We were sent this How to Train Your Dragon Hatching Dragons Egg for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

AD/Gifted. The school holidays can take some filling. In the last few days of freedom before school started again I was running on empty and fast running out of ideas. With an afternoon free and two boys to entertain, I pulled out this So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory; sold it to them as a science experiment and accidentally turned two boys into bath bomb entrepreneurs.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

The So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory costs £19.99 and contains everything you need to make 6 bath bombs. The set includes a mixing station, 3 storage tubes and a moulding shape, a pipette and measuring spoon, 12 bags of powder, 2 bags of decorations, 4 surprise figurines and an instruction leaflet.

Despite initial protests that the set was for girls, once I’d unpacked everything and set it up, the boys got very into mixing the ingredients together. To make the bath bombs, you mix a packet of coloured baking soda and one of citric acid together, add a little bit of water and any sprinkles or surprise figures, press it together and leave it to dry out for half an hour in the mould. It’s really easy and really fun to do.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

The boys were as interested in the raw ingredients as they were the final product. I let them have a little taste of the citric acid, it’s pretty much what sherbet is made of, just without the sugar. They learned that citric acid is a key ingredient in all kinds of fizzy sweets. Mixed with the coloured baking soda you get a super-fizzy bath bomb. We did proper science and they really did enjoy it.

The instructions were really clear and easy to follow. I think it’s one of the best sets of this kind we’ve tried. The mixing ball was a little bit tricky to open, so it might need a bit of adult supervision. I used a butter knife to ease it open. You also need to make sure the kids aren’t going mad adding water. My son added far too much and it took an age to dry out.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

The resulting bath bombs were brilliant. I don’t think either boy had ever had a bath with a bath bomb before, and both were thrilled with the fizziness of it all. There’s enough in the kit to make 6 scented bath bombs. I suspect you can probably buy the ingredients elsewhere and once you’ve used up all the powder packets included, you can carry on making your own.

The So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory was a brilliant way to spend an afternoon with the boys. They were both interested and enthusiastic about making the bath bombs and I think they learned a few things too. I would absolutely do this with them again.

Toy Review: So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory

The So BOMB DIY Bath Bomb Factory costs £19.99 and is available from a wide range of retailers including Amazon (affiliate link). It’s a great set, everything you need is included and it’s just a brilliant box of bath bomb making fun.

Disclosure: We were set this bath bomb making kit in exchange for this review. All images and opinions are our own.

Toy Review: BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

AD/Gifted. In 2001 Sir David Attenborough brought us the Blue Planet series. 16 years later in 2017 Blue Planet II hit our screens and it has been credited with highlighting the serious problem of plastics in our oceans and the environmental impact we humans are causing. Blue Planet II was essential viewing for our family, it’s a series which young and old can learn so much from.

After watching and loving Blue Planet II, we made a point of visiting lots of aquariums to find out more about aquatic life. My 8 year old is really quite knowledgeable about marine life, and a lot of that is due to the work of Sir David Attenborough and his Blue Planet team.

BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

This month sees the launch of the BBC Earth Plush range from Posh Paws. This is a collection of Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II plush toys. They have been made with premium plush fabrics and they are spectacularly detailed. They’re really soft and huggable and we adore them!

The range of BBC Earth plushes includes:
  • 7″ Elephant, Panda, Tiger, Polar Bear, Penguin and Sea Turtle
  • 10″ Blue Planet II characters – Polar Bear, Sea Otter, Shark, Sea Turtle, Octopus and Penguin
  • 10″ Planet Earth II characters – Tiger, Elephant, Lion, Sloth, Panda and Grizzly Bear

BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

We were sent the Blue Planet II Sea Turtle, Octopus and Penguin to give a home to. The 10″ plush toys are £16.99 each and are so lovely.

First things first, lets take a look at the packaging. As you can imagine, plastic is kept to a minimum. The toys are mounted on a recyclable cardboard base. It’s impressive that the packaging is almost all recyclable and very in keeping with the ethos of the BBC Earth brand.

BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

There’s also a “Love me for life” tag, reminding people that these aren’t throwaway toys, they’re for life and if you no longer want them you can pass them on to someone who will love them again.

The plushes themselves are suitable from birth, very soft, squishy and cuddly. Each has the BBC Earth logo sewn onto them, a badge of authenticity if you will. Each creature has its own tag with interesting information about that animal. There’s also a QR code you can scan to be shown clips from Blue Planet II or Planet Earth II.

My favourite (because I do love an octopus) is the octopus. It’s got 8 legs which are slightly springy. They’ve been sewn in such a way that you can stretch them out and they spring back. The detail is terrific, the shell on the sea turtle, whilst soft, has a really detailed shell pattern, the eyes and facial features are really lifelike too. The penguin is adorable, he was my son’s favourite. He cuddled him all night and he likes everything about him.

BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys

I think these BBC Earth plushes are fantastic. It’s really nice to see such good quality, true to life soft toys. They would make a great gift for an animal lover, young or old and scanning the QR code is such a good way of learning more about the cuddly creature in your care.

The BBC Earth Blue Planet Plush Toys are available from Waterstones and other retailers.

Disclosure: We were sent these BBC Earth toys for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.