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Playmobil Agents Spying Camera Set hands-on
Playmobil Agents Spying Camera Set hands-on By Stuart Miles

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 a... Read more

Sackboy stands up ready to hold your PS3 controller
Sackboy stands up ready to hold your PS3 controller By Stuart Miles

Sackboy from Little Big Planet has got a new job; holding your PS3 controller when you’re not using it.Cute is probably the best word to describe this rather simple and, let’s face it, basic controller holder that offers nothing more than a perch... Read more

Bop-It! XT hands-on
Bop-It! XT hands-on By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Shark Attack: Hungry Hippos goes bad
Shark Attack: Hungry Hippos goes bad By Stuart Miles

There’s nothing like a great white shark munching its way toward you to speed up your game play, and that’s the hope of Hasbro with a new board game called Shark Attack.So what do you have to do? Well roll some dice and then get a move on moving your... Read more

LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Camera & Video Recorder hands-on
LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Camera & Video Recorder hands-on By Rik Henderson

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 cartridges,... Read more

Game of Life revamped for new adventure
Game of Life revamped for new adventure By Stuart Miles

Game of Life, the classic board game you no doubt played as a child, is to get a make over for 2011 Hasbro has confirmed to Pocket-lint.The new version of the board game will now be called Game of Life: Adventures Edition and focus on multiple career... Read more

Hexbug: Creepy crawly robot toys hands-on
Hexbug: Creepy crawly robot toys hands-on By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Mechatars: Bossa Nova's new batch of robot warriors
Mechatars: Bossa Nova's new batch of robot warriors By Stuart Miles

Bossa Nova Robotics is continuing its push into robots in 2011 with a range of robots called Mechatars.Following on from the company’s robot division’s previous attempt Prime-8, the new Mechatars, that incidentally go by names like Wrexx, will... Read more

Rubik's Race: Rubik's Cube goes two player
Rubik's Race: Rubik's Cube goes two player By Stuart Miles

The makers of the Rubik’s Cube have brought out a two-player version called Rubik’s Race that sees you battle against another player in an attempt to solve a variation of the classic cube puzzler.The game works by one player shaking a box of nine... Read more

Hornby goes London 2012 Olympics mad with Scalextric Team GB Track Cycling Set
Hornby goes London 2012 Olympics mad with Scalextric Team GB Track Cycling Set By Rik Henderson

Hornby, maker of both Scalextric and its eponymous toy train line, has signed up with the London 2012 Olympics for a range of officially-licensed products in stores now and coming over the next few months.Firstly, the company has created a specially branded... Read more

Lego minifigures return with 16 new minifigs to collect
Lego minifigures return with 16 new minifigs to collect By Stuart Miles

Lego is releasing a third batch of minifigs, as it continues to bring out new characters for kids of all ages to collect.The new collection will include another 16 minifigures and feature gems such as a fisherman complete with fish and fishing rod, a... Read more

The Kinect clone that’s only £50
The Kinect clone that’s only £50 By Stuart Miles

Want a Microsoft Kinect and Xbox 360, but struggling to come up with the cash to be able to buy one? No worries, says the company that is putting a much cheaper Kinect clone on the market later this year. Last year it was a Sega console follow-up called... Read more

Audi Union Type C gets e-tron treatment
Audi Union Type C gets e-tron treatment By Stuart Miles

Audi is to show off a prototype 1:2 scale Auto Union Type C car with electric drive, which can travel at over 18mph, at the Nuremberg Toy Fair next month. The news follows Audi's showing of the E-tron Spyder at CES in Las Vegas earlier in January. The... Read more

ThunderCats: TV show and toys returning
ThunderCats: TV show and toys returning By Stuart Miles

ThunderCats will be returning to a TV and a toy shop near you later this year, Warner Bros and Ban Dai have confirmed to Pocket-lint.The last of the big 80’s cartoons to get a remake, Lion-O and Mumm-Ra will be making a comeback via an animated series,... Read more

Tetris Link: The Tetris board game
Tetris Link: The Tetris board game By Stuart Miles

Tetris, the video game you’ve known and loved for the last 25 years, is being turned into a board game.The game, created by traditional board game company John Adams in the UK, has “reworked” the classic idea for kids who aren't allowed to spend... Read more

App Player: The iPhone-compatible board game
App Player: The iPhone-compatible board game By Stuart Miles

App Player is a new board game designed to merge the world of the traditional family game with the new wave of apps for your smartphone.Created by Cheatwell Games, a UK-based toy company that has been making traditional board games for over 25 years,... Read more

Angry Birds invade Toy Fair, including official catapult
Angry Birds invade Toy Fair, including official catapult By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Simon Flash hands-on
Simon Flash hands-on By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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

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... Read more

AppToyz turns your iPhone into a controller for your RC toys
AppToyz turns your iPhone into a controller for your RC toys By Stuart Miles

A UK company is about to turn your iPhone and iPod touch into a remote control for a whole host of toys, thanks to a cheap dongle that plugs into your Apple device’s audio jack.Main Sauce, the company behind AppToyz, has two remote control toys: A helicopter... Read more

AppBlaster: New toy turns iPhone into an AR gun
AppBlaster: New toy turns iPhone into an AR gun By Stuart Miles

A UK toy company is hoping to turn the iPhone and iPod touch into a blaster gun, bringing the Apple tech to a whole new generation.In what is likely to appeal to kids of all ages, there will be three toys to kick off what the company is calling “Apptoyz”... Read more

Thunder missile launcher: the future of office tomfoolery
Thunder missile launcher: the future of office tomfoolery By Ben Crompton

Dream Cheeky, the company that specialises in equipping your favourite office prankster (who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes) with new ways to annoy you, has just released a brand new USB missile launcher called the Thunder. This... Read more

Sing-a-ma-jigs hands-on
Sing-a-ma-jigs hands-on By Stuart Miles

Mattel, aside from launching Angry Birds the board game, and Hot Wheels video cameras, is about to bring Sing-a-ma-jigs, launched in the US last year to the UK to infect small children up and down the land with their musical love.To those who have no... Read more

Hot Wheels Video Racer lets you make driver seat action videos
Hot Wheels Video Racer lets you make driver seat action videos By Stuart Miles

Hot wheels video racer is probably the toy car that you would have wanted when you were a kid.Not content with the matchbox size cars being just cars anymore, Mattel has announced that this Christmas your kids will be after a matchbox car with a built-in... Read more

Mindflex Duel: Mindflex goes two player
Mindflex Duel: Mindflex goes two player By Stuart Miles

Mattel has launched a follow up to the Jedi mind trick game they launched in 2010 at this year's CES in Las Vegas.Called Mindflex Dual, rather than see you using your brain to control a ball around a circular obstacle course like you did Mattel Mind... Read more

Griffin Crayola ColorStudio HD iPad hands-on
Griffin Crayola ColorStudio HD iPad hands-on By Rik Henderson

The product of a collaboration between accessory manufacturer Griffin and children's art giant Crayola, ColorStudio HD is an iPad app and capacitive touchscreen drawing device that allows kids of all ages to colour scenes and create pictures to their... Read more

Mattel Angry Birds Knock on Wood: The Angry Birds board game
Mattel Angry Birds Knock on Wood: The Angry Birds board game By Stuart Miles

You can now get Angry Birds not just on your phone, but on your PC, on your Mac, and on the PS3 which is great until there’s a power cut.No problem says Mattel who’ve created the Angry Birds board game for your kids to re-inact the numerous levels... Read more

Kiddies colour with Crayola on your iPad
Kiddies colour with Crayola on your iPad By Chris Hall

Kids love to colour. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare seeing your darling child take crayons to your favourite gadget, but that doesn’t need to be a worry any more. Crayola has collaborated with Griffin - purveyors of accessories galore - to bring... Read more

Do it yourself... Angry Birds Lego
Do it yourself... Angry Birds Lego By Rik Henderson

We know the Rovio merchandising machine is gathering momentum, but we don't think it's quite at a point where Angry Birds Lego will appear alongside sets featuring Star Wars, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean... Not yet, at least.However, Twitter... Read more

Angry Birds plush toys: Green bird flies in
Angry Birds plush toys: Green bird flies in By Paul Lamkin

The Angry Birds plush toys are surely the toy to get this Christmas.After all, the game picked up the coveted Best Game title at the 2010 Pocket-lint awards and has been downloaded over 50 million times across all platforms.So who's not going to want... Read more

Angry Birds plush toys hands-on
Angry Birds plush toys hands-on By Stuart Miles

You’ve played the game, but what are the toys like? Luckily for you, we’ve grabbed all five birds currently available from Rovio Mobile's Angry Birds shop to give you a quick review of what they are really like, and whether you should bother.Costing... Read more

12 Days of Christmas: Scalextric Digital Pro GT
12 Days of Christmas: Scalextric Digital Pro GT By Rik Henderson

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Eight Scalextric cars a-driving. Which was a top present as we may have gotten a bit older, but you can never grow out of a spot of slot car racing. Even if they whizz off at every corner, because... Read more

Sam Flynn Tron: Legacy suit leathers in
Sam Flynn Tron: Legacy suit leathers in By Paul Lamkin

If you hadn't already noticed, we at Pocket-lint are Tron crackers.If we're not out playing 1983 retro Tron coin-ops, we're saving up our pennies to buy a $55,000 Tron Life Cycle, as well as getting excited by the vast array of Tron: Legacy merchandise... Read more

Pigs added to Angry Birds soft toy range
Pigs added to Angry Birds soft toy range By Stuart Miles

First there were the Angry Birds plush birds, but the biggest complaint at the time was that you couldn’t get any pigs to fire them at, that was, until now.Rovio Mobile, the developer behind the immensely popular Angry Birds games on the iPhone and... Read more

Mattel Mind Flex hands-on
Mattel Mind Flex hands-on By Stuart Miles

First launched at CES in January, Mind Flex from Mattel is probably one of the crazier toys you will see under the Christmas tree this year. No it’s not about testing your knowledge, or seeing how well you can remember things, but about how well you... Read more

Twilight Tracer golf ball keeps you on course for par
Twilight Tracer golf ball keeps you on course for par By Paul Lamkin

Winter golf isn't much fun, let's be honest. Sure, green-fees are cheaper but it's too cold, it's too wet and it gets dark too quickly.And although you can get you thermals and your waterproofs out to combat the first two problems, you can't do diddly-squat... Read more

Parrot AR.Drone's first game in hot AR.Pursuit
Parrot AR.Drone's first game in hot AR.Pursuit By Paul Lamkin

Parrot has announced that the first Augmented Reality game for its flying wonder, the AR.Drone, will be hitting the App Store soon.The game, AR.Pursuit, lets two Droners fight it out in a cat and mouse style pursuit game, complete with virtual machine... Read more

Air Hogs Hawk Eye: Hands on with the webcam that takes to the sky
Air Hogs Hawk Eye: Hands on with the webcam that takes to the sky By Stuart Miles

“You’ll have someone’s eye out with that”, is probably the first thing you are going to say when one of these comes whizzing towards you on Christmas day, before grabbing the remote control and having a go yourself.The Air Hogs Hawk Eye, not to... Read more

Pigs join Angry Birds plush toy range - Yay!
Pigs join Angry Birds plush toy range - Yay! By Rik Henderson

Rovio is expanding its Angry Birds plush toy range, including the addition of different sizes of the favourite characters and... Pigs!Reacting to fan requests, Rovio has posted a picture on its Facebook page and promises that the line-up will grow after... Read more

iPhone goes 3D courtesy of Hasbro
iPhone goes 3D courtesy of Hasbro By Paul Lamkin

Toy making giant Hasbro is all set to unveil a budget accessory that will enable iPhone and iPod touch users to jump aboard the 3D revolution.Called the Hasbro My3D, it's a binocular-shaped device with a slot for your iDevice. Peering through the goggles... Read more

Angry Birds plush toys on sale, selling out fast
Angry Birds plush toys on sale, selling out fast By Stuart Miles

As rumoured, promised, and teased, Angry Birds developer Rovio Mobile has created and put on sale a range of plush toys of the now iconic mobile gaming birds for you to buy.These will surely become the must-buy cuddly toys this Christmas (for adults)... Read more

Dave the Funky Monkey - Top kidult toy for Christmas?
Dave the Funky Monkey - Top kidult toy for Christmas? By Rik Henderson

Some members of the Pocket-lint team get to test electric cars in Portugal. Some get to play with the new MacBook Air. Some even get to play Fable III all day for the sake of a "review". And then, some get to go to an office in London to fiddle with a... Read more

Retro gaming iPhone dock: Charge your inner geek
Retro gaming iPhone dock: Charge your inner geek By Paul Lamkin

Top tech toy of 1985, meet the top tech toy of 2010.This fantastic handmade iPhone charging dock, called the Rock Dock, is such a simple idea, but such a brilliant one too. Plus, the old controllers would have probably found themselves in a landfill,... Read more

PICS: Angry Birds plush toys in all their glory
PICS: Angry Birds plush toys in all their glory By Rik Henderson

The Angry Birds bandwagon is gathering so much momentum that it could break the land speed record. And the latest additions to the game's forthcoming merchandise mountain are these plush toy beauts.Each of the birds seems to be represented (in a fluffy... Read more

Look Leia, R2-D2 can be sexy too
Look Leia, R2-D2 can be sexy too By Paul Lamkin

"R2-D2, it is you, It is you!"This is essentially nerd-porn.An R2-D2 swimming costume. What more could you want?Available from Australian e-retailers Black Milk, this Star Wars inspired bathing suit will set you back about £54, but hey, this is a high-quality... Read more

Zinc Nitro scooter has more vroom than most
Zinc Nitro scooter has more vroom than most By Rik Henderson

Just how lucky are kids today? Not only do they get Power Rangers and Spongebob Squarepants on telly - rather than the reruns of Bagpuss and Mary, Mungo and Midge the Linters had to put up with while growing up - and flavours of crisps that would've had... Read more

Retro-storage with the floppy disk post it note
Retro-storage with the floppy disk post it note By Ben Crompton

Ah, the 3.5-inch floppy disk. The corner stone of home and business data storage in the 80s and 90s, before the advent of the evil USB flash drives and memory cards - boo.So as a reminder of days of old Suck UK has developed its own take on the 3.5-incher... Read more

Remote controlled football boots: Surely an own goal?
Remote controlled football boots: Surely an own goal? By Paul Lamkin

Crank up the bizarre level to 11, you're not likely to see a weirder gadget than this gracing the pages of Pocket-lint for a while.Remote controlled football boots. Yep, you read that correctly.Available in either Nani-esque red or Ronaldo blue and orange,... Read more

VIDEO: World's smallest Rubik's Cube
VIDEO: World's smallest Rubik's Cube By Paul Lamkin

The title says it all really.The design was the work of Evgeniy Grigoriev, who obviously thought that the Rubik's Cube wasn't hard enough already.We don't fancy the old fashioned cheat of peeling off the stickers on this version - it would be far too... Read more

Quick run! From these Pac-Man Ghost Lamps
Quick run! From these Pac-Man Ghost Lamps By Paul Lamkin

Sometimes we come across a toy or a gadget and the little voice in our head says: "We must own that, immediately".Unfortunately a second voice normally pipes up and says: "Mrs Pocket-lint is never gonna let you have that on display".And we move on.But... Read more