Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Hectic Christmas and birthdays

I have had the most hectic Christmas, my sister is 31 weeks pregnant and was rushed to hospital 4 days before christmas and has been in since, hence my lack of posts. she has a 4 year old and 2 year old so it has all been a little mad.
today my little baby turned 7 so another very busy day ahead
HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Cars 2 secret spy attack Review

We received secret spy attack Finn Mc Missile in our Toys R Us Toyologist box, this retails for £29.99 at the moment it is on offer at Toys R Us for £24.79 bargain



I was very impressed that it is an open box so you can see and feel before you buy.

The car is a really good size approximately 1 foot in length and is so easy to use, Finn Mc Missile says 15 different phrases which is a really cool feature.


Michael 6 and my 2 nephews who are 4 and 2 have really enjoyed this toy and really never tired of it.

You get 3 missiles with this car and they are so easy to fit and fire this feature was definitely a favourite with the boys.

The car itself is push along I did think it would be a pull back and go one but the children did not seem to mind at all.

Secret spy Mc Missile has a instant pop open spy screen and rear missile which is again very easily activated.

The younger boys really like Mc Missile, the car is good quality and has stood the test of time with them, also if you have little ones who like to peel off stickers do not worry as my nephew is always doing this and tried his hardest with Mc Missiles eyes but there is a ridge and you cannot see of feel were this starts or finishes so he failed on this occasion my sister was really impressed with this.

The only thing I can fault is that it takes 3 LR44 batteries which are similar to watch batteries so you most likely will not have these in the kitchen drawers, other than that this is a brilliant toy.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Playmobil Top Agent Toyologist review

When we received Playmobil Top Agent Battle Yacht - Robo Gangster in our Toys R Us Toyologist Box, I initially thought oh no!!!



We have only ever had Playmobil once before and I have to be honest I was not a big fan to say the least.

The Top Agent Battle Yacht - Robo Gangster set retails at £34.99 and is recommended for ages 7 to 12 years.


Inside the box your pieces come in small bags and the instructions are picture led, I decided to leave the boys to it to see how they got on and was surprised how easily they assembled this, I was not asked once for help and they managed fine without any adult help.


The boys really took to Playmobil and asked me why they they did not have any of this as it was so good.

Once assembled you have a big speed boat which has 2 firing missiles and a smaller vehicle which fits on top of your boat and its actually really good.



You also get 2 figures and quite a few accessories including a small brief case with money inside, you can also buy separately an underwater motor for this boat which the boys desperately want.

So have I changed my opinion on playmobil the simple answer is YES, its good quality fun to build and great to play with, we will be buying Playmobil in the very near future and highly recommend this.


MechTech Transformers Toyologist Review

We were sent 4 different MechTech Transformers in our Toys R Us Toyologist box to review.

This is our first experience with Transformers, well my husband remembers them from when he was small but me and the children have never played with them before now, but from the look on their faces they were very happy.

The Transformers Mechtech range start at £12.99 and go right up to £69.99 so a good variety for all budgets.

They have 3 different levels 1 being the easier and 3 being advanced, the recommended age on them is 5+ we received levels 2 and 3.

The boxes they come in are a good size and have a clear font so you can see you transformer, some of the larger ones have sound effects and light up.


We received STARSCREAM which was the first one the boys opened, the RRP is £12.99 for this one and it is stage 2 .


Michael 7 needed some help at first to transform this but once he got the understood the pictured instructions he managed with most of the transformation alone, a great feature on these is the parts are designed so that if they are pressed to hard they pop off and then they are easily clicked back on and with Michael being heavy handed this was a great plus as this happened quite a few times.
Thomas 10 managed fine with this one although I would definitely keep the instructions safe as they are quite fiddly to do and very detailed.

The boys really enjoyed this and could not wait to get started on another one.


The second one the boys opened was the Optimus Prime Autobot which RRP is £21.99, this is also level 2 age 5+.

This one seemed more difficult to transform than the first one even though it was still stage 2, I really could not see a 5 year old doing this so maybe the recommended age should be adjusted with the difficulty levels, Thomas my 10 year old managed to transform this after a while with a little help from mum even though the instructions are all picture led they can be a little difficult to follow at times, definitely one for the older boys. 


The  quality of the mechtech range is really good and this transformer is a great size .


The third one was Ironhide with a RRP of £34.99 this one was level 3 but again displayed a recommended age of 5+.
This lights up and has sound effect and takes 2 AA batteries.



Thomas gave up transforming this one after a good try, and asked Dad to transform for him, I have to say it took dad a good 40 minutes to do, so I decided to ask my brother who is a massive transformer fan in case my other half was just a little slow and it took him a good 30 minutes.



We found that if you did not position the part in the exact place it would not go together. 


I think this is a great Transformer for collectors but the children found it a disappointment that they could not do it, although they had lots of fun playing with it as a figure.


The fourth and final one the boys played with was the Ultimate optimus prime which retails at £69.99, this is a stage 3 and is a really good size.
Lights and sound effect takes 2aa batteries

 This one took the men over an hour to transform, but they enjoyed every minute, the boys played with this but wouldn't try to transform it, they just asked dad and uncle Paul to do it for them although they did help in parts.
This is another one I would say for a collector or a great gift for dad to take them back to their childhood.
The Transformers Mechtech range is amazing the detailing to the figures is out of this world the only downfall is how hard they are I really would only buy my children stage 1 maybe stage 2 but my brother who collects them absolutely loved everything about them all so very mixed views.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

NERF VORTEX FUN.

We where sent 2 different types of NERF VORTEX guns in our Toys R Us Toyologist box, we are massive fans of the NERF guns so a little worried if they could live up to the high standards of the bullet ones we had already played with.

The Nerf Vortex guns have little 1.5" disc's instead of the usual bullets, but are the same concept.


Our first Review is of the Nerf Vortex Proton gun, the RRP is £12.99 on this gun, on opening the box I was a bit disappointed that you only receive 3 disc's, you can buy these separately which I would strongly recommend as my 3 lost one in the first 10 minutes of playing.


Loading the proton gun is pretty easy, all you have to do is pull back a slot and place your disc in and you have a little button which closes the slot and your away.


You can only load one disc at a time with this gun so the children were not too impressed as they really wanted to battle and this took a bit of time after each shot.

The gun fires the disc a good way so it is very easy and does what it say, the quality of the gun is great as always with Nerf guns and the disc's did not jam at all .



The second gun we received was the Nerf Vortex Vigilon, the RRP for this gun is £17.99.



This is a larger gun and you get 5 discs, this also has the rapid reload so you can load 5 disc's at a time.



Loading was really easy with this gun also all you had to do was flick a switch and the door opened load your disc close and your ready, to fire you simply pull back and fire.



 
You also have a release switch with this gun, so if you pull back and do not want to fire you press this and the disc just falls out instead of fires which is great.




My children preferred the Vigilon gun because of the rapid reload but had great fun with both, They did say that they liked the Nerf bullet Guns more but I am sure it is just the fact that they have a lot of bullets.

Great fun for everyone playing except me when I become the TARGET !!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Jack and Jill Orchard Toys GIVEAWAY



This week I am looking for a guest reviewer for this great Jack and Jill Game by Orchard Toys,

Race up the hill and be the first to reach the well in this fun Jack & Jill counting and colour matching game. Roll the dice to climb the hill and be the first player to reach the well to win the game. But be careful, spin the spinner and you might fall down to the bottom and have to start all over again!

Suitable for 2 - 4 players

Develops colour matching and counting skills
Reinforces rhyming skills
Encourages social interaction

To be in with a chance all you have to do is:-

Like Toys R Us uk on facebook
Like Mummiefun on facebook and share the link to this  competition on your wall

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leave a comment on one of the reviews here at Toys R Us - Toy Box

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COMP CLOSES WEDNESDAY 30TH NOV
The winner will have 24 hours to contact me with your delivery details
UK ENTRIES ONLY

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Bizu Style Studio Review

When we received Bizu style studio my first impression was that it looked very complicated making bracelets that turn into animals from beads.



We soon discovered with the help of Bizu Style Studio it was actually really simple.

The box your studio comes in is really funky with lots of bright coloured pictures on showing many of the fantastic creations you can design.


You are supplied with 40 different beads, 4 clasp/elastics, the attachment tool and your studio.
Setting your studio up really only takes minutes as it only requires you to place your beads in the correct order and it doesn't require batteries so that's a big plus for us.



So once your all set up it's really simple all you have to do is spin the different levels with beads in you have 4 levels and put your selected ones by the green background, once your happy with your selection twist the top and the bead all come out down the shoot.




Now all that is left is to make your bracelet, your clasp/elastic has a small hole so it sits nicely on the attachment tool then your beads slide on very easily in the correct order, you do get little cards to show you the correct order in case you do get stuck.


 That's it your done and with a couple of clever twists your bracelet becomes an animal.





Our experience with Bizu has been a very positive one and we would definitely recommend this to others.

We were really impressed with the quality and ease of use of Bizu and with 50+ to collect I am sure we will be adding to our collection.



The Bizu Style Studio RRP IS £19.99 and the additional bead set start from as little as £5.99.






Scraperfoil Gift set Toyologist Review

We were sent the Scraperfoil gift set to review from Toys R Us in our Toyologist box.

There is no recommended age on the box just unsuitable for under 36 months due to sharp parts on your scraper.


I was very happy at first that this set had 3 pictures included, with being a mum of 3 there would be no arguing over who was having a turn, they could have a picture each and mum would get a little bit of peace, you also get 2 scrapers included.

The pictures have lighter parts which you need to scrape away to reveal your foil effect,  they are very detailed unfortunately Michael 6 quickly gave up and really didn't want to do his picture saying it was too hard.

Sophie 8 is a bit of a perfectionist and found it really difficult, she soon asked me to do here picture as she said it was so hard, I found it quite therapeutic and enjoyed it.



Thomas 10 seemed to enjoy it at first but soon tired of it, I do think maybe a little less detail to the pictures or maybe 3 different levels of pictures would maybe have kept them interested longer.

This is definitely for older children with lots of patience unfortunately we didn't have any.

Smart game Anti Virus Toyologist Review

Anti Virus is another Smart game and is the second one we have received in our Toys R Us Toyologist box.


In the box you receive your game board, 11 game pieces, your challenge book and a small bag to keep everything in which is great for use when travelling.



You have 60 different challenges at 5 different levels, starter, junior, expert, master and wizard, the aim of the game is to move you red virus piece to the exit on your game board.



Anti Virus is so much fun but I do have to WARN you they are highly addictive.


The recommended age for Anti Virus is 7 - 99 years, Michael my 6 year old managed the starter challenges absolutely fine though.

This is a great fun, IQ building puzzle which develops :-
Logical reasoning
Higher cognitive thinking
Visual and spatial perception.



Since having this puzzle we never go on long car journeys without it as it keeps the children so entertained, the only problem is I am always itching to have a go.

They are very reasonably priced at £14.99 and available from Toys R us HERE.

Make sure you give this a try, I promise you will not be disappointed

Barbie puppy water park Review

We were sent Barbie Puppy water park in our Toys R Us Toyologist Box to review.
Myself and Sophie are huge Barbie fans, so we couldn't wait to try this out.


The box it comes in is a good size and also has a translucent part so you can see your new Barbie doll.




Inside the box you have several pieces to put together to make your Barbie puppy water park, 2 puppies and your Barbie doll.


The Water park is very easy to set up and only takes a few minutes, it all clips together and once complete is a really great size 33cm high, 25cm wide.


I did worry that once the water was added we would have water everywhere as the slide only clips together and I really doubted the joins so I put a towel down just in case , but it was fine so I was even more impressed.

Included with the puppies you have a little sleigh like basket which helps them to go down the slide with ease, you add the water to a small container at the top of the water park then press the flag and the water releases not difficult at all.



Barbie has hold of a seahorse which is part of her great water spraying feature, once her feet are placed into water you simply press a button which is on her back and the water shoots out of the seahorses mouth and this really works well.

We really like the barbie puppy water park and it was actually better than we had expected,

Before Sophie had finished she asked could Gary have a go ? ? if your wondering who Gary is he is our giant African land snail, who loves nothing better than a nice bath so I agreed that he could and he really did have lots of fun at the water park.


This is a great Barbie set, and it all fits back in the Box once you've finished which I really like as all the pieces stay in one place ready for next time, and I can see it being out quite a lot with Sophie and her friends.

Barbie puppy water park is excellent value for money at £14.99 you can buy HERE