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Wow! Sphero took $50 off its R2-D2 and other robots for Black Friday

Wow! Sphero took $50 off its R2-D2 and other robots for Black Friday

By Elyse Betters

Sphero, the company behind BB-8 and other robot toys, has reduced some of its most popular products on Amazon (US) for Black Friday.Starting off with R2-D2, which we previewed here, it's marked down $50, bringing the cost to $129 from $179.99. Unlike... Read more

Mega discount on Lego Death Star, this is the Black Friday deal you're looking for

Mega discount on Lego Death Star, this is the Black Friday deal you're looking for

By Cam Bunton

It's Black Friday, and there are great deals all over the web. For those of you who are fans of Star Wars and Lego, there are cracking deals to be had right now, including the huge Lego Death Star. As Lego sets go, few are more desirable or iconic than... Read more

The most popular Christmas toys and tech from over the last 40 years

The most popular Christmas toys and tech from over the last 40 years

By Adrian Willings

It seems like every year there's a new fad toy that's come to market just in time for Christmas and with high demand and limited stock, the shops are full of parents fighting to get the last one off the shelf. Over the last 40 years, there has been a... Read more

Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited: How to download and watch videos offline

Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited: How to download and watch videos offline

By Elyse Betters

Kids love watching videos.And giving them a tablet to use, especially when traveling, can be a real lifesaver - unless, of course, there's no internet for them to connect to during the trip. Without internet, they can't download and watch movies. However,... Read more

What is YouTube Kids, how does it work, and is it really safe?

What is YouTube Kids, how does it work, and is it really safe?

By Elyse Betters

If your kid wants to watch YouTube, consider trying YouTube Kids. Google launched a dedicated version of its video service that's designed just for kids in 2015. According to Google, the app was downloaded more than 10 million times in its first year... Read more

How to help your child watch YouTube Kids shows and videos safely

How to help your child watch YouTube Kids shows and videos safely

By Andy Robertson

When children ask to go on the internet they usually mean "watch YouTube videos" and since YouTube Kids app launched a couple of years ago, there has been a dedicated online destination for them to visit.But while it opens an Aladdin's cave of characters,... Read more

Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun

Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun

By Elyse Betters

Last year's "it" toy is back.Remember Hatchimals? Well, Spin Master, the maker behind the toy egg, has shown off a second-generation version that's bigger, heftier, and quite literally double the fun. Called Hatchimals Surprise, it now features two furry... Read more

Sphero R2-D2 preview: Artoo it is you, it is you

Sphero R2-D2 preview: Artoo it is you, it is you

By Stuart Miles

Sphero, the company behind BB-8 and other robots has created its own fully programmable version of R2-D2 from the Star Wars films.Pocket-lint has previewed the new Droid ahead of its official launch. Is this the Droid you're looking for?R2-D2 Droid hardware... Read more

Sphero BB-9E preview: The cute "evil" BB-8 shows us the dark side of The Last Jedi

Sphero BB-9E preview: The cute "evil" BB-8 shows us the dark side of The Last Jedi

By Stuart Miles

The Droids of the Star Wars universe always hold a special place in our hearts. R2-D2, C3-PO, that silly Droid that Chewie likes to shout at in the Death Star.It's no surprise then that we've got a new Droid to love/hate for the new Star Wars: The Last... Read more

Ultimate Collector Series Lego Millennium Falcon in pictures, all 7,541 pieces of it

Ultimate Collector Series Lego Millennium Falcon in pictures, all 7,541 pieces of it

By Stuart Miles

Just how much of a Lego Star Wars fan are you? Enough to spend £650 on 7,541 piece Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon? That's what Lego is hoping as it launches its biggest set ever to date in celebration of the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.Announced... Read more

Amazon's best boys toys 2017: 11 fun kids gadgets to buy or pre-order

Amazon's best boys toys 2017: 11 fun kids gadgets to buy or pre-order

By Rik Henderson

In July each year, Amazon puts on a special event to highlight the best products people might want for Christmas and beyond. And there is always one section particularly popular: toys.The retailer shows a range of tech toys and fun gadgets that kids would... Read more

What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up?

What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up?

By Andy Robertson

No matter how responsible or communicative your children are, ensuring their online activity is safe and healthy is no easy matter. For parents this is a challenge on many levels. What content is children accessing? Which devices are they using to go... Read more

Cyberbullying: How to spot the signs and what steps to take, revealed by Internet Matters GM

Cyberbullying: How to spot the signs and what steps to take, revealed by Internet Matters GM

By Rik Henderson

Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation that helps parents understand the digital world, so they can ensure their children can use the internet and connected devices safely.It has many articles and how-to guides about all manner of digital subjects,... Read more

Sphero's app-controlled Lightning McQueen available to drive away now

Sphero's app-controlled Lightning McQueen available to drive away now

By Max Langridge

Sphero, the maker of the lovable BB-8 app-controlled droid, has branched out to Pixar and developed an app-controlled version of Lightning McQueen from the Cars trilogy, to tie in with the launch of Cars 3 in cinemas. Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars... Read more

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

Cozmo preview: The Anki robot friend comes to the UK at last

By Andy Robertson

Anki’s Cozmo robot has been a double-edged sword for UK families. It offers some exciting features, has huge buzz online and is peerless in terms of its interactions. However, its availability has been limited to the US.Until today, that is. Anki just... Read more

Worried your children are victims of cyberbullying? Take the pledge to talk to them

Worried your children are victims of cyberbullying? Take the pledge to talk to them

By Rik Henderson

Internet Matters, the organisation to aid parents in online safety, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of cyberbullying and help children and their families communicate about its dangers and effects.As well as host a #Pledge2Talk button, which... Read more

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids

By Chris Hall

Everyone remembers the Amazon Fire Phone and probably not for the right reasons. It was 2014, smartphones were superhot, but the Fire Phone didn't catch on. In fact, it was unilaterally derided, and its light only burned about a year before it was extinguished.So... Read more

Anki Overdrive  goes Fast & Furious with new special movie edition

Anki Overdrive goes Fast & Furious with new special movie edition

By Rik Henderson

Anki has carved a niche for itself in artificially intelligent toy car racing, with Anki Overdrive offering a slot-free experience quite unlike anything else out there. There's one thing its rival, Scalextric, has been doing exceptionally well for decades... Read more

Amazon's new Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards will keep you engaged with your child's development

Amazon's new Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards will keep you engaged with your child's development

By Max Langridge

As parents, you may not always be aware of what digital content your kids are consuming. There are ways of making sure the content they do have access to is age appropriate and safe, but unless you take a proactive approach and actually look at what they're... Read more

Lego is honouring the women of NASA with this cool new set

Lego is honouring the women of NASA with this cool new set

By Elyse Betters

Lego's latest set should make space-geek feminists very happy.The company is developing a new Lego set featuring five historic women who contributed to NASA's space program. MIT News editor Maia Weinstock created the set, called Women of NASA, and submitted... Read more

Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored

Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored

By Andy Robertson

While the internet groans under the weight of umpteen Nintendo Switch reviews, including our own here, here’s an assessment of Nintendo’s new console with a difference - from a family perspective.The Switch, if you have somehow missed the hype thus... Read more

Scalextric Arc Track Day set brings the iPad control to racing

Scalextric Arc Track Day set brings the iPad control to racing

By Stuart Miles

As traditional toys continue to feel the pressure of not only games consoles but iPads as well, toy makers like Scalextric are having to up their game when it comes to appealing to players young and old.Scalextric's take is to introduce not only Bluetooth... Read more

Lego Life lays the building blocks for a safe online presence for kids

Lego Life lays the building blocks for a safe online presence for kids

By Max Langridge

The Lego Group has just launched Lego Life, an app-based social network designed specifically for kids aged 13 and under. Lego Life will work in a similar way to Instagram, where kids can share photos of their Lego creations at home, and others can comment... Read more

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

BeatMoovz preview: The crazy wearable that adds a soundtrack to your life

By Rik Henderson

Character Options might have stolen the London Toy Fair, at least where adults are concerned. It demonstrated a wearable wristband that prompts special effect noise and/or music as you move.The bands, which cost £49.99 for a pair and will be available... Read more

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle preview: An indoor exercise bike for kids

Fisher-Price Smart Cycle preview: An indoor exercise bike for kids

By Elyse Betters

Fisher-Price made a high-tech exercise bike for kids who like to game. During this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Fisher-Price unveiled the Think and Learn Smart Cycle. It's a miniature exercise bike with a tablet stand - and it's meant for children... Read more

Lego Boost sets to bring your Lego alive

Lego Boost sets to bring your Lego alive

By Adrian Willings

Lego has launched a range of new robotics coding kits that are aiming to inspire would-be creators to dabble with more than just building static spaceships and houses.Revealed at CES in Las Vegas, the new range of robots and programmable toys called Lego... Read more

Win 4D colouring books for your child's WHOLE class worth £300!

Win 4D colouring books for your child's WHOLE class worth £300!

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Want to win a last-minute Christmas present for your child and their school friends?We've teamed up with AliveLab, makers of the Mardles stickers that come to life, to offer one lucky winner 30 discovAR 4D colouring books that come to life - that's one... Read more

Cabbage Patch Kids now have LCD eyes and an app, of course they do

Cabbage Patch Kids now have LCD eyes and an app, of course they do

By Rik Henderson

US manufacturer Wicked Cool Toys has reinvented the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls for a new generation. The originals were always creepy looking, but now they can also stare at you with moving LCD eyes.In addition, they can now be interacted with through an... Read more

Gator Watch review: Parental peace of mind
4.0 stars

Gator Watch review: Parental peace of mind

By Stuart Miles

When do you buy your kids a mobile phone? Age 15, 12, eight? With such hectic lives, perhaps separate lives, being able to keep in touch with your kids on the way home, when at a friend's house, or your ex-partners house, is becoming more the norm.Buying... Read more

Alpha 1S robot review: The dancing robot that offers lots more

Alpha 1S robot review: The dancing robot that offers lots more

By Stuart Miles

Alpha 1S is the latest robot to enter the Pocket-lint office and it's one that hopes to win our hearts with its dancing prowess.But is this an expensive toy for execs or something you can use to not only entertain the kids, but also educate them as well?... Read more

Flybrix is a do-it-yourself flying drone kit that uses Lego pieces

Flybrix is a do-it-yourself flying drone kit that uses Lego pieces

By Elyse Betters

Ever want to build a drone from scratch? Well, now you can using Lego.Flybrix is offering a unique, do-it-yourself drone kit, which is based on the idea that if you crash your drone, you can rebuild it and make it airborne again within minutes. This... Read more

PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning

PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning

By Andy Robertson

With Disney's withdrawal from the toys-to-life game genre questions were asked on whether the bubble had burst for videogames that interact with physical toys. However, not only are Lego Dimensions and Skylanders still going strong, with both having significant... Read more

May the Force be with you: Battle worn BB-8 and Force Band let you ditch phone control

May the Force be with you: Battle worn BB-8 and Force Band let you ditch phone control

By Stuart Miles

First announced at CES in Las Vegas in January, Sphero has finally put its "battle worn" version of BB-8 on sale alongside offering the "Force Band" that allows you to control the Droid by moving your arm.The Droid, which is identical in all aspects apart... Read more

Osmo Coding review: Educational iPad game makes programming fun
5.0 stars

Osmo Coding review: Educational iPad game makes programming fun

By Rik Henderson

When you think of coding for kids, your mind probably envisions them learning some elaborate coding language in an experience akin to your French verbal exam when you were at school. But coding for kids comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn't have to... Read more

Sky Kids app now has offline viewing to help with school holidays travelling

Sky Kids app now has offline viewing to help with school holidays travelling

By Rik Henderson

Sky Kids for Android and iOS now offers offline viewing. You can download the shows and films available on the application to keep children entertained over school holiday trips and beyond.Customers with either a Sky Go Extra, Sky Multiscreen or Sky Q... Read more

Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes

Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes

By Elyse Betters

Although it's 2016, Furby is still a thing.Hasbro's weird, nostalgic fur beast has been resurrected with some new tricks. It's now a connected toy, for instance. And it's eyes are full-colour LCD screens. You'll also notice a glowing antenna on its head... Read more

Cozmo is the tiny robot with the big brain, from the team behind Anki Overdrive

Cozmo is the tiny robot with the big brain, from the team behind Anki Overdrive

By Rik Henderson

US toy start-up Anki has had great success with its artificially intelligent, app-controlled driving games over the last couple of years, but it is finally ready to expand its line-up with a departure from its Drive and Overdrive racing systems.Cozmo... Read more

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

By Andy Robertson

Infinite Arms is a toy-game cross over aimed at fans of Gears of War, Halo and big Transformers style mechs. It’s a sophisticated RPG for iPad and iOS generally, where adding weapons to model robots instantly sees them appear in the game. It aims to... Read more

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

By Andy Robertson

Anki has steadily improved its Overdrive AI racing system since it launched last year. Software enhancements have added extra modes, like One Shot Kill and Balanced Cars, and it now sports handy features, such as replaying the same track without the cars... Read more

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

By Rik Henderson

Anyone who has kids and owns a tablet will understand how alluring a touchscreen device is for little'uns, even as young as four. However, while many adults might be streamlining their lives to be more digital, there's still an element of magic in a normal,... Read more

Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set

Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set

By Elyse Betters

Mattel has just given youngster Trekkies a major treat: Star Trek Barbies.Anyone who is a fan of the CBS-owned sci-fi franchise will know that 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series. To celebrate that anniversary, CBS Consumer Products... Read more

BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding

BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding

By Rik Henderson

The BBC micro:bit is now available for pre-order from element14, the tech company that also distributes the Raspberry Pi in the UK.It was previously distributed to schools to help children learn the basics of coding, but is now starting to roll out... Read more

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online

By Andy Robertson

The internet can be an incredible resource for adults and children, for both entertainment and learning, but it can also be a scary place at times. This is especially true for kids who spend a lot of time interacting with each other online.As with all... Read more