Awesome Little Green Men Review

Awesome Little Green Men from MGA Entertainment are a new take on little green army men, infusing battle and game play with 100 unique characters to collect in Series 1, including four super rare figures in the green army and the blue army.

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The army starter packs come in army truck shaped boxes and little blind boxes are made to look like wooden crates with green bags inside. All kids love a bling bag/box don’t they?!

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The truck contains:

  • 4 Figures – 1 with a vehicle and 1 in a blind box
  • 4 Dog Tags
  • 1 Chain
  • 1 New Recruit Poster
  • Game Guide

The blind boxes contain:

  • 1 Figure
  • 1 Dog Tag

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There are over 100 soldiers to collect and have some really brilliant names such as Major Boo-Boo, Private Insurance, Capt. Obvious and Sgt Dealt It. There are common Infantrymen, rare Special Forces & Vehicles and ultra rare Generals. You get a handy checklist so you can tick off the ones you have and see which ones you still need to collect.

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The idea is to pick your little army and add up the points that the have on the bottom of each figure with each player having the same amount of points. Setting up the armies at opposite ends of a flat surface, kitchen table was perfect for this and take it in turns to flick  your soldier towards each other with the help of a few coins and capture the enemies soldiers and hit their goal.

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They are suitable for children aged 6+ and cost RRP £3.99 for the blind boxes and £14.99 for the starter pack that we received and are available from Amazon, Smyths Toys and ToysRUs.

These are great little collectibles and the kids had great fun creating their own little battles with them and wearing the dog tags. They’re a good size, quite chunky and robust and I love the fact there are both men and women included. They would make great Xmas presents or stocking fillers for your little fan of collectibles.

This little dude was the favourite around here:

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*We were gifted the items for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Baby Annabell Learns To Swim Review

Little Lady absolutely loves her ‘babies’ so when we were offered the chance to review a new Baby Annabell I said yes straightaway. Baby Annabell – the UK’s number one selling large doll brand – has partnered with Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington to celebrate the launch of the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll.  This doll is fully bathable (in shallow water with adult supervison) she cries, laughs and moves her arms and legs as though swimming.

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This Baby Annabell comes in her own pretty pink swimmimg costume complete with a frill and featuring sheep in their very own costumes on the front. She also has her own purple hooded towel and pink inflatable armbands.

The armbands can be blown up and popped on her arms, and the towel can be put on her head and wrapped around her.

The armband even has a picture of a sheep ready for swimming on the front!

Baby Annabell has lovely blue eyes and long eyelashes as well as little red cheeks.

She needs 3 X AA batteries which are not included and the on/off button is on the back of her neck. She can be sat up and she will move her arms, led down while holding her underneath or let her go and she will move her arms and legs and try to swim.

 

Just a little taster of what she can do! Her singing is definitely better than mine when I’m in the shower!

As you can see she was a hit with my Little Lady! She does need to be drained after use, I found it easiest just to leave her sat up in the sink after play to let gravity do it’s thing.

Baby Annabell Learns to Swim (RRP £49.99) is available from all good toy stores.
For ages 3+

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Whether your child is an anxious swimmer or an excited water baby, Rebecca Adlington’s top tips will help turn your child into a little Olympian in no time –

  •  Children can be initially nervous of the water, baby steps and lots of praise will help them overcome a lack of confidence. Try taking them alone to just watch for the first time, then toes in next time and so on, along with lots of positive praise to help encourage them to take that first dip.
  •  Toys are a brilliant tool, they are such a good distraction for anyone who doesn’t normally like putting their face in the water or splashing. Toys such as the new Baby Annabell Learns to Swim doll are a great way to give children (and parents!) the courage to take those first steps towards swimming.
  •  Swimming is huge bonding experience. The learning process is a lot to do with trust and really builds a closer relationship between and parent and child. For this reason, try not to use your phone during lessons to avoid distractions.
  •  The younger you start swimming lessons the better. I took Summer from 3 weeks old. It is all about building confidence and awareness of the water from a young age. Swimming also helps with a child’s muscular development and is fantastic for understanding their physical abilities.
  •  Make good use of the equipment that’s there. Whether it’s armbands, noodles, or vests, use whatever your child is more comfortable with. I tend to do five minutes with floatation equipment and five without, this helps when they’re really young and still building confidence.
  •  Mix up who takes the child swimming. Whether its Mum, Dad, Grandparents etc. It’s good to go with someone they trust whilst getting used to swimming with different people.

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*We were gifted the doll for the purposes of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Zomlings Series 6 Review

When the kids found out we were testing out some Zomlings they were way more than excited, like most kids they are great fans of collectibles and these fun little squishy Zombie like figures were a huge hit.

We tried out lots of different Series 6 Zomlings In the Future from Magicbox.

Individual blind bags 50p & £1.50

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Small blind bags come with 1 Zomling and larger blind bags come with 1 Zomling and 1 Zom-Mobile. With over 100 Zomlings to collect there are lots of different ones to find! These are brilliant fun, the kids trying their best to guess which ones they have by squishing the bags, just like I did on Xmas morning with my presents! Each pack also contains a checklist so you can tick off all the ones you’ve found.

Zom-Mobiles Blister Pack £7

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Comes with 4 Zomlings (2 hidden) and 4 Zom-Mobiles. The kids were particularly excited by this pack as they spotted an amazing silver Ultra Rare silver Robotorg Zomling.

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Zomling Starter Pack RRP £4

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Contains a guide map, 1 Zom-Mobile, 1 exclusive Metal Capsule and 3 Zomlings. The guide map tells you the names of all your Zomlings so you can see which ones you need to find as well as the different types of Zom-Mobiles. There’s also a write up with a bit more information about the types of Zomling/Zom-Mobiles. We got a brilliant metallic pink capsule with ours, there are 3 different ones to collect, exclusive to the Starter Pack.

The different types of Zomlings are:

  • Acid Aliens
  • Zany Zoms
  • Zippy Zomtroniks
  • Cranky Critters
  • Manic Mutants
  • Ultra Rare
  • Limitd Edition

The different types of Zom-mobiles are:

  • Skyship
  • Rocket Car
  • Airskate
  • Ultraquad

Zomlings Pirates Blister Pack £12

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With 3 exclusive pirate themed Zomlings, treasure chest, treasure map, gold coins, pirate ship, cannon, sword and crown. The kids thought it was great to hide the coins and have the Zomlings find them with the treasure map.

Zomlings Race Blister Pack £12

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With 3 Racing themed Zomlings, 3  Zom-Mobiles a winners podium, finish line and trophy. Pop the Zomlings in their chosen cars and award the winner with the coveted gold cup!

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What the little ones thought

Brightly coloured, squishy and lots of fun. They went down a storm with the little people of the house. Races, treasure hunts and swapping doublers, what more could you ask for? We didn’t get an Ultra Rare Gold Zom-Mobile or Zomling but, thankfully we did get 2 silver ones which avoided the fights over them! They loved opening the blind bags and getting surprises. They enjoyed sorting them into colours, playing ‘hide the Zomling’ and much, much more.

We have since bought a few more packs which we found at our local Asda at 50p a pack, I think this is really cheap compared to a lot of other collectibles and just as cheap as buying sweets etc. When asked what she’d like for getting all her spellings right she said Zomlings and at that price you can’t complain!

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Due to the small parts they are not suitable for children under 3 but were perfect for my 5 and 8 year olds.

I *cough* I mean we decided that this little guy was our favourite because he looks just like Daddy 😀 :

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*We were sent the products for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own.

Yeti In My Spaghetti Review

Yeti in my Spaghetti from University Games is a great game for kids that we were sent to have some fun with. It comes in a brightly coloured box with the Yeti itself through a plastic covered hole to the front.

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The best part about this game is that there is literally no messing about to set up. There are only 3 parts to it, all made from plastic:

  • Spaghetti Bowl
  • Spaghetti
  • Yeti

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The only other thing in the box is the instructions. No bored whinging while you set up a million pieces and no tiny bits to lose that render the game unplayable if lost.

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All you need to do is criss cross the spaghetti across the top of the bowl and balance the Yeti on top. Then the idea of the game is to take it in  turns to carefully pull away the squiggly spaghetti sticks from the bowl being careful not to let the yeti balancing on top fall into the bowl. The player who makes the yeti fall is the loser!

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My children – aged 8 & 5 really enjoyed playing it, it was good fun to watch them try not to pick that one stick that would make the Yeti drop or see them take a risky move and get away with it! It’s a great game for keeping the kids busy for a while during the holidays, especially on rainy days. It’s not hugely involved game so it doesn’t last ages, which I felt is a good thing as there’s less chance for arguments and sulking!

  • Ages 4+.
  • For 2+ players.
  • RRP: £19.99 available from Amazon

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*We were gifted the game for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Lottie Dolls Review & Giveaway

Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Outdated now that rhyme isn’t it? My daughter is all those things but much, much, more. She loves to climb trees, jump off high objects and regularly comes home with skinned knees. Lottie dolls from Arklu are different in that they are all about letting children be children, all inclusive and belong regardless of race, gender ethnicity or ability. There’s also a chance to win a doll for yourself so read on!

We were sent a lovely Lottie Robot Doll and Busy Lizzie The Robot accessory set to play with and we were very excited to try them out.

Lottie Robot Doll

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Comes with:

  • Detailed atomic hoodie
  • Long sleeved robot t-shirt
  • Denim jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Cap
  • A pair of glasses

Busy Lizzie The Robot

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Comes with:

  • Busy Lizzie robot
  • 1 extra pair of robot arms
  • 1 hairpiece
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 extra pair of shoes
  • 1 sheet of transparent stickers

The dolls and indeed the accessories come in lovely brightly coloured  packaging with  the particular dolls story. In our case with the box tells us that Lottie is using items from her messy bedroom to make a robot – Busy Lizzie.

The doll stands at 19 inches and has moveable arms and legs, long blonde hair and the hat and glasses can be removed. The robots arms and shoes can be changed and something we thought was fab was that the doll and the robot can share the shoes! I love that the doll has an age appropriate body (9 year old) and doesn’t wear any make-up. Most dolls these days are unrealistic with odd body shapes and faces full of make-up. As you can see the they were a hit with my daughter!

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Robot Girl costs £18.99 and Busy Lizzie The Robot £9.50. Both recommended for age 3+

We also love the look of the Raising the Bar Gymnastics Outfit  as my daughter loves to go to gymnastics and the different dolls including Boys .

You can also sign up to Club Lottie and get access to:

  • Redeem 10% off your first order
  • Exclusive Club Lottie bundle offers
  • New Lottie doll product announcements
  • Promotional discounts
  • Competitions

For a chance to win your very own Robot Girl Lottie Doll enter via the Rafflecopter below:

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 27/08/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.
8. Emails collected as part of entry will be used for Club Lottie purposes only and not shared with any third parties.

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*We were gifted these items for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own. Also contains affiliate links.*