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Back from your holidays? How to create an epic photo book

Back from your holidays? How to create an epic photo book

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How was your holiday? Chances are, however splendid it was at the time, that relaxed feeling will fade all too quickly. Still, there are ways to hang on to the memories.Photo books are the modern, classier photo album. And because they’re done professionally,... >>

WIN: 8 Lego Technics sets worth over £450 including the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

WIN: 8 Lego Technics sets worth over £450 including the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

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Pocket-lint has teamed up with Lego to give two lucky readers the chance to win a mega haul of Technics Lego sets.From the iconic partnership with the Mercedes-Benz Arocs set to a giant Crawler Crane, there is plenty of fun to be had building whether... >>

Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life
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Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life

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Sphero BB-8 is likely to be the must-have Star Wars toy this Christmas. Likely to even overshadow R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 is a spherical Droid that stole the thunder when he was first spotted in the movie's original online teaser... >>

Star Wars Force Friday: These are the toys you're looking for...

Star Wars Force Friday: These are the toys you're looking for...

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming, we all know that, but how else are we to get excited about the movie coming out on the 18 December if not by a number of toys and accessories hitting the shops now.We've picked the best Star Wars toys either you... >>

You can get your own working BB-8 rolling droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thanks to Sphero

You can get your own working BB-8 rolling droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, thanks to Sphero

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Tomorrow, on what is being called by Disney Force Friday, a whole stack of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and other merchandise will be unboxed and revealed during an 18-hour livestream marathon on YouTube. However, we already know one of the gadgets... >>

Huge Star Wars: The Force Awakens unboxing taking place on YouTube, new trailers coming too

Huge Star Wars: The Force Awakens unboxing taking place on YouTube, new trailers coming too

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Disney is hosting the world's first-ever global live unboxing event on YouTube next week, where a whole stack of official Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will be revealed on a YouTube livestream.The merchandise will be revealed in stages as merchandise... >>

LeapFrog takes the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition head-on with the Epic Android tablet for little’uns

LeapFrog takes the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition head-on with the Epic Android tablet for little’uns

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Children's gadget and toy brand LeapFrog has responded to Amazon's entry into the kids tablet market with an Android device of its own. The LeapFrog Epic is designed specifically to be customised and can adapt to suit children as they age and become interested... >>

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters
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LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters

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LeapFrog has unveiled a new version of its LeapPad tablet, the LeapPad Platinum, a 7-inch tough-ish tablet designed for kids ages between 3-9 years old . As well as being the company's best yet, it also contains the wizardry that will thrill young'uns... >>

Top children's tablets: 8 devices your kids will love

Top children's tablets: 8 devices your kids will love

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Finding the best tablet for your child isn’t simply a matter of comparing technical stats. Operating system features for safety and ease of use, as well as bespoke learning tools are just as important.Equally, the device needs to engage children in... >>

The summer gift guide: Toys

The summer gift guide: Toys

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy as the saying goes and you certainly won't have a dull moment playing with any of these gadgets this summer. Whether its immersing yourself in the world of VR or flying high with a drone, these are some of the... >>

Anki Overdrive vs Anki Drive: All the new features explained

Anki Overdrive vs Anki Drive: All the new features explained

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When Anki first revealed its Anki Drive robot car racing game it was really cutting edge and new. Now there are competitors arriving on the scene that emulate the idea of having a track-based racing toy controlled by iPhone or Android apps.Anki still... >>

BBC Cbeebies Storytime app adds Kindle Library-style lending feature and a touch of Michael Palin

BBC Cbeebies Storytime app adds Kindle Library-style lending feature and a touch of Michael Palin

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The BBC has pushed a large update to its free Cbeebies Storytime application for iOS, Android and Fire OS that adds an all-new feature - a library mode that lets kids download and install different books from a catalogue of titles.When they are done with... >>

Airfix and Hornby launch KitStarter crowdfunding platform to bring back classic toys

Airfix and Hornby launch KitStarter crowdfunding platform to bring back classic toys

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British toy brand Hornby has launched its own Kickstarter-like crowdfunding platform for its Airfix range, for collectors and enthusiasts to back the return of classic models and toys.The KitStarter website is part Kickstarter or Indiegogo, part a pre-order... >>

Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition tablet available for pre-order: We check out its child-friendly frills

Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition tablet available for pre-order: We check out its child-friendly frills

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Amazon has made its Kids Edition Fire HD tablet device available for pre-order in the UK, with shipping due to start on 18 June.It's been available in the US for a while, but finally comes to these shores to offer a robust, safe slate that children can... >>

How to help your kids watch YouTube safely

How to help your kids watch YouTube safely

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When children ask to go on the internet they usually mean "go and watch YouTube videos". And while this opens an Aladdin's cave of characters, ideas, stories and adventures to young minds, for parents it can also ring alarm bells. Unlike the safe-zones... >>

This is what it would look like if Star Wars and Final Fantasy collided

This is what it would look like if Star Wars and Final Fantasy collided

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Japanese games publisher Square Enix has a tradition of releasing collectable action figures of not just its own brands, such as Final Fantasy, but also licensed characters from comic books and movies. Now it has lent its unique creative eye to Star Wars... >>

If there's just one Lego Ideas project to vote for today, make sure it's this

If there's just one Lego Ideas project to vote for today, make sure it's this

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Ever since the Lego Ideas (nee Cuusoo) program started there have been some amazing fan-made sets greenlit and sold as consumer products.Popular and cult movies have been represented and seen their properties made into official Lego sets, including Back... >>

What it's like to drive the best F1 track in the world... on Scalextric

What it's like to drive the best F1 track in the world... on Scalextric

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Sky Sports F1 presenter Martin Brundle told Pocket-lint that he had a vision of the ultimate Formula One race track in his head, with corners and parts collated from circuits around the world, but he didn't think it would ever make its way out of his... >>

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic

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As you have no doubt heard, Mattel wants to re-launch its classic View-Master toy with a fresh injection of virtual reality, Google Cardboard style.This leverages the iconic red viewer from the late 50s that used disc-mounted photos, one for each eye,... >>

Internet connected Barbie will talk to your kids and learn from their responses

Internet connected Barbie will talk to your kids and learn from their responses

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Barbie has always moved with the times, adapting to fashion and themes throughout her 56-year-old lifespan and now she is to become interactive and internet connected as Mattel plans to introduce Hello Barbie, a doll that can talk to children and respond... >>

Forget fake Doctor Who Lego, now you’re getting the real thing

Forget fake Doctor Who Lego, now you’re getting the real thing

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It wasn't real Lego but Character Options' Doctor Who Character Building range was the closest we got to the Time Lord (indeed, all of the incarnations) being rendered in minifig form. The sets were compatible with Lego too, so you could mix and match.However,... >>

Snap Pets: Hands-on with the cutest selfie camera of them all

Snap Pets: Hands-on with the cutest selfie camera of them all

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Tech toy brand WowWee is best known for its more boy-oriented robots, with the MiP and forthcoming MiPosaur and REV cars perhaps appealing more to males than females - although not exclusively so, we'd imagine.The company is looking to redress the... >>

Attack of the drones: The best quadcopters of London Toy Fair 2015

Attack of the drones: The best quadcopters of London Toy Fair 2015

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It was patently clear that the most common theme at last year's London Toy Fair, held in January 2014, was apps. You couldn't move for toys that in some way interacted with an app on a smartphone or tablet. Strangely though, the same wasn't true about... >>

Become a modern day magician with Marvin's i-Magic for iPhone and Android (hands-on)

Become a modern day magician with Marvin's i-Magic for iPhone and Android (hands-on)

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Marvin's Magic is a toy brand that has won the hearts of trainee magicians for numerous years, offering sets to create illusions of varying complexity. From the basic cup and ball tricks to intricate card magic, the company has provided the tools needed.However,... >>

Trick time: Tony Hawk motorised fingerboards coming to a skate park near you

Trick time: Tony Hawk motorised fingerboards coming to a skate park near you

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The maker of Hexbug miniature robots has teamed with skating legend Tony Hawk to create remote controlled finger skateboards and various skate park setups to trick out on.The sets, some of which are already available, are a collaboration between Hawk... >>

Nerf N-Strike Modulus is the Project Ara of blasters

Nerf N-Strike Modulus is the Project Ara of blasters

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Nerf fans, good news, Hasbro has created a modular Nerf blaster that you can add new sections and accessories too, a bit like Google's Project Ara smartphone concept. And with over 30 different variations for you to lust after, you and your friends can... >>

You can finally own a McLaren P1... a Lego one

You can finally own a McLaren P1... a Lego one

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Finally you can afford to own McLaren P1, well a Lego one, following a new partnership with the car maker with the toy manufacturer.The new Lego McLaren P1 will be one of four new cars in a new range Lego is calling The Lego Speed Champions sets. Other... >>

Ejector seats at the ready: Corgi 50th anniversary Aston Martin DB5 revealed

Ejector seats at the ready: Corgi 50th anniversary Aston Martin DB5 revealed

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Corgi has relaunched the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 50 years after it first went on sale in the UK.The new re-release will be an exact carbon copy of the original model and come with the same ejector seat, rear bullet shield and rotating license plate.In... >>

REV app-controlled robot cars are inspired by Call of Duty... find out why (hands-on)

REV app-controlled robot cars are inspired by Call of Duty... find out why (hands-on)

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WowWee, the tech toy brand behind the MiP robot and the MiPosaur we saw at CES this year will also bring an app-controlled car to market this summer. However, unlike other remote control vehicles that link with smartphones, the REV cars have artificial... >>

Is this the world's smallest drone?

Is this the world's smallest drone?

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Drones come in all shapes and sizes these days, from large to medium to small to now really really tiny.The world's smallest drone, shown to Pocket-lint at the London Toy Fair by Revell, is to go on sale in June is so small that you can hide it in a... >>

Flying Gadgets X-Voice is the drone you can literally tell what to do (hands-on)

Flying Gadgets X-Voice is the drone you can literally tell what to do (hands-on)

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Toy Fair 2015 in London was awash with copters and drones this year, of varying price points and sizes, but the one that was perhaps the most unique was the X-Voice from Flying Gadgets. As you might have guessed from the name, not only is it a toy quadcopter... >>

It's time to play with VTech's GoPro for kids (hands-on)

It's time to play with VTech's GoPro for kids (hands-on)

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Tech toy brand VTech has often looked to adult gadget trends for inspiration and the latest to get its attention is the action cam market, like the GoPros of this world.The Kidizoom Action Cam is designed for children from five-years and up and, like... >>

James Bond Spectre Scalextric set confirmed: Aston Martin DB10 to be included

James Bond Spectre Scalextric set confirmed: Aston Martin DB10 to be included

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Scalextric has announced that it will be offering a Spectre set for James Bond fans later this year featuring the Aston Martin DB10 and what looks like the Jaguar CX-75.The track, which doesn't have a price tag at the moment but expected to cost around... >>

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Lego sets confirmed

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Lego sets confirmed

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Lego has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it will be releasing a number of sets to coincide with the launch of the new Star Wars movie releasing later this year.The seven sets will be launched in time for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and feature... >>

Hands-on: Wowwee MiPosaur review

Hands-on: Wowwee MiPosaur review

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WowWee the creators of RoboSapien, and more recently a robot called MiP, has announced the launch of a new robot dinosaur called MiPosaur.Based on the MiP robot from 2014, the robotic prehistoric creature comes with the same gesture based tech for controlling... >>

Number 5 is alive: Meccano Meccanoid is a build your own robot

Number 5 is alive: Meccano Meccanoid is a build your own robot

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Meccano is set to launch a build your own robot later this year which is likely to become one of the must have gadgets for Christmas 2015.Called Meccanoid G15 KS, it is made with Meccano parts, stands around 4ft tall and uses an open source Robotics Building... >>

Bet you'd love your car made into Lego like these

Bet you'd love your car made into Lego like these

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Regular readers of Pocket-lint will know we have a fondness for Lego here on Pocket-lint. We've built many constructions of our own and even interviewed the UK's very own, genuine master builder recently. However, we've never had our cars made of Lego... >>