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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... >>

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... >>

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.... >>

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.... >>

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... >>