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Anki Overdrive v1.3 update makes it better for families, here's why

Anki Overdrive v1.3 update makes it better for families, here's why

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Anki Overdrive launched last year and freed slot car racing from its slots. At the same time it turned simple racing into augmented video game battles. Its premise is simple, connect the flexible track to make a circuit and the robot cars will automatically... >>

Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home

Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home

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Robot Wars is no longer confined the the sentimental memories of parents. A new generation of British youngsters will be able to enjoy enjoy the carnage of metal, flywheels and pistons doing battle in a relaunched BBC 2 Robot Wars series coming later... >>

Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation

Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation

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The barrier to new technology for children is rarely that they don’t understand it. More often it’s that they don’t know how to access it, or that creation tools aren’t visible to them. Minecraft is successful not only because its technology enables... >>

Everybody needs to get behind Lego Monument Valley right now

Everybody needs to get behind Lego Monument Valley right now

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We've often been fond of proposed Lego sets that appear on Lego Ideas, but one of the latest has particularly piqued our interest. Lego Ideas (formerly Cuusoo) is an online place where budding builders put forward their potential toy sets and hope to... >>

VTech to buy LeapFrog and create massive kids’ gadgets firm

VTech to buy LeapFrog and create massive kids’ gadgets firm

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When we visited this year's Toy Fair in January there was a notable absentee: LeapFrog. The company specialises in gadgets for younger kids and has always been a must-see for us each year, with its cunning devices that ape adult equivalents. Now we know... >>

These are the Lego sets you'll want in 2016: Nexo Knights, Angry Birds and more

These are the Lego sets you'll want in 2016: Nexo Knights, Angry Birds and more

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Each year Lego unveils its new sets that combine top name franchises and in-house brands. For families though, there’s a tension between block building creativity and the product becoming a way to get children into other franchises. At this year’s... >>

Wow, you can get a drone that can film in HD above and under water for just £50

Wow, you can get a drone that can film in HD above and under water for just £50

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Flying Gadgets, the toy company that introduced the X-Voice voice-controlled drone last year, is bringing another unique quadcopter to the UK later this year, the X-Water. It can fly both above and below water, while filming 720p video. What's more, it... >>

Best tech toys for Christmas 2016: Drones, cameras, smartwatches and more

Best tech toys for Christmas 2016: Drones, cameras, smartwatches and more

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It might seem strange talking about toys your kids will likely want come the end of 2016 already, but each January London plays host to the UK's biggest toy trade fair and that means we get to see upcoming goodies almost 11 months in advance. We spend... >>

Battle of the smart toy racers: Anki Overdrive vs Scalextric Arc vs Real FX Racing

Battle of the smart toy racers: Anki Overdrive vs Scalextric Arc vs Real FX Racing

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Gadget toys can be like buses, nothing new for years then along come three at once. This year has seen the resurgence of slot-car racing, while a new twist on these car-track combos has added AI steering to do away with the slots all together. Anki is... >>

How to enjoy toys to life games without spending a fortune

How to enjoy toys to life games without spending a fortune

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The latest trend in children’s videogames is to combine them with collectable toy lines for a rapidly expanding genre dubbed "toys to life". The plastic figures and toys have an NFC chip inside that, when placed on a USB peripheral, unlock content in... >>