ToyFair2011

Reviews & hands-on

  • Online

    Electronic Test Tube Aliens hands-on

    By 2 February 2011

    After a meagre outing last time around, Wild Planet and WowWee's Electronic Test Tube Aliens are back, and this time they're even more evil. They want to enslave the human race, and kids are encouraged to interrogate them to find out the details of their...

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    Paper Jamz Pro Guitar, Microphone and Justin Bieber Keyboard Guitar hands-on

    By 2 February 2011

    WowWee's Paper Jamz range of toy guitars were a major success in the back end of 2010. Not too expensive, they allowed wannabe rockstars the chance to strum along to some choons, without the need for the intricate gamer skillset or console equipment required...

  • Cameras

    Playmobil Agents Spying Camera Set hands-on

    By 27 January 2011

    Playmobil is looking to shed its toddler roots with a new range aimed at 8- to 11-year-olds called Secret Agent.  The range will feature a host of new toys complete with backstory for your children to get into - a new direction for the company. With...

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    Bop-It! XT hands-on

    By 27 January 2011

    Bop-It is back and this time with a new feature for the new year, says Hasbro at this year’s Toy Fair in London, and Pocket-lint were on hand to have a go. In, is a new “shake” feature, out is the need to “shout” at the device, and the gadget...

  • Gaming

    LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Camera & Video Recorder hands-on

    By 27 January 2011

    While it may be unassuming and requires LeapFrog's Leapster Explorer handheld gaming/educational device to actually work, it's amazing just how much the tiny Camera & Video Recorder add-on actually, ahem, adds on. No bigger than one of the console's...

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    Hexbug: Creepy crawly robot toys hands-on

    By 27 January 2011

    What do you get if you combine robotics with I'm a Celebrity Get me out of Here? Well, apart from livelier hosts than Ant and Dec, Innovation First makes a good stab at recreating the experience of glaring in the eyes of a cockroach, without the smell...

  • Gaming

    Angry Birds invade Toy Fair, including official catapult

    By 26 January 2011

    There are some that are getting Angry Birds fatigue, but the craze shows no signs of slowing at the moment. Certainly, Character Options is banking on the trend going on for a while yet, with its range of plush toys both small and massive. The toy manufacturer...

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    Simon Flash hands-on

    By 26 January 2011

    The classic game of “Simon”, where you have to remember a series of colours in sequence, is making a comeback thanks to a new twist on the game by Hasbro, and Pocket-lint was at the Toy Fair in London to have a quick go. Based on the same technology...

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    Doctor Who Character Building figures: Like Timelord-shaped Lego Minifigs

    By 26 January 2011

    Character Options, one of the fastest growing toy companies in the UK, has a mighty range of licensed properties, including the BBC's Doctor Who, which will be gracing all manner of toys and playsets in the coming months. But the most exciting of those...

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