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Scalextric Digital Platinum pictures and hands-on

Scalextric Digital Platinum pictures and hands-on

By Stuart Miles

It comes with six cars, features more than 8.5m of track and costs £499.99, and we just couldn't resist having a play with the new Digital Platinum from Scalextric. So that's what we did - with a few beers and some pizza, of course.Out of the box and... Read more

Kids shun toys for technology

Kids shun toys for technology

By Stuart Miles

UK children under 10 spend almost an hour a day using technology-based products at home rather than opting for more traditional games like toy soldiers or dolls, according to a new study.In a sign that "these times they are a-changin'", the survey commissioned... Read more

GameChanger Game Board for iPad helps kids remember traditional gaming

GameChanger Game Board for iPad helps kids remember traditional gaming

By Stuart Miles

Parents who want their iPad playing kids to experience the good times of playing conventional board games have a new solution - the GameChanger Game Board for iPad.The idea of the new iPad accessory is that you bolt on the GameChanger Game board and turn... Read more

Steve Jobs stuffed toy ups the crass stakes

Steve Jobs stuffed toy ups the crass stakes

By Paul Lamkin

First it was the Steve Jobs tribute comic, then the Steve Jobs action figure and now it's the Steve Jobs cuddly toy.Dubbed the iCEO (which, coincidentally was Jobs' actual job title when he returned to Apple in the late 1990s) the stuffed toy will be... Read more

Lego Star Wars Miniland experience (Legoland Windsor) pictures and hands-on

Lego Star Wars Miniland experience (Legoland Windsor) pictures and hands-on

By Stuart Miles

Star Wars fan? Lego fan? Able to get to Legoland in Windsor? Great, then consider yourself booked to experience a new attraction at the Lego theme park in the UK.The Lego Star Wars Miniland experience opens to the public on the 16 March in the UK and... Read more

Lego Minecraft sets become reality, goes on sale this summer

Lego Minecraft sets become reality, goes on sale this summer

By Stuart Miles

After more than 10,000 votes to the Lego Cuusoo idea collection platform, Lego has teamed up with the developers behind the popular game and created the Lego Minecraft Micro World.Going on sale this summer for £34.99 the new set will let you rebuild... Read more

Do The Avengers toy pictures reveal movie secrets?

Do The Avengers toy pictures reveal movie secrets?

By Rik Henderson

The Avengers, the movie based on Marvel Comics' most famous superhero team, hits cinemas in the UK on 27 April, and the 'net is awash with more speculation than you'd get immediately prior to an average Apple device launch. Why? Because things have been... Read more

Mattel Hover Board - Back to the Future becomes reality

Mattel Hover Board - Back to the Future becomes reality

By Hunter Skipworth

Mattel has just gone and filled our Christmas lists already. By holiday season this year they are to release a 1:1 replica of the Hoverboard used in Back to the Future. That's right, the Hover Board is to become a reality.Get ready for a major disappointment... Read more

The Star Wars toys that let you play the movies

The Star Wars toys that let you play the movies

By Stuart Miles

The Star Wars films are back in the cinema once again, this time in glorious 3D, and what better way to enjoy and celebrate the fact than by embracing the merchandising machine and buying a stack of toys to let you enjoy the film beyond the cinema screen?As... Read more

Lego Lord of the Rings detailed: One brick to rule them all (pictures)

Lego Lord of the Rings detailed: One brick to rule them all (pictures)

By Stuart Miles

Lego has revealed some more details on the Lord of the Rings Lego sets due in August at the London Toy Fair, and Pocket-lint was on hand to get the inside track.Shown behind closed doors with a strict no photography policy, we sadly can't bring you any... Read more

Bossa Nova Mechatars pictures and hands-on

Bossa Nova Mechatars pictures and hands-on

By Rik Henderson

We've already come across Bossa Nova Robotics' remote controlled Mechatars before, at last year's Toy Fair in fact, but now they're ready for public consumption and Pocket-lint got the chance to see the online role playing game aspect of the new USB connected... Read more

WowWee reinvents a classic with Monster Marbles

WowWee reinvents a classic with Monster Marbles

By Rik Henderson

Okay, so there's no gadget-based wizardry involved and the closest they get to consumer electronics is that they share a name with a giant in the world of cables, but WowWee's Monster Marbles invoke the kind of reminiscence you don't get from a Nespresso... Read more

New Hexbugs coming to expand creepy crawly robot range, including zombies (pictures)

New Hexbugs coming to expand creepy crawly robot range, including zombies (pictures)

By Rik Henderson

Innovation First, the technology company behind the smash toy sensation Hexbug is to expand its line-up of creepy crawly robots massively. There are new larger models for the main Hexbug family, plus special edition Hexbug nanos and new additions to its... Read more

LeapFrog Move & Learn Music Player is iPod for infants

LeapFrog Move & Learn Music Player is iPod for infants

By Rik Henderson

Toy tech brand LeapFrog is expanding its line-up of educational kiddy gadgets with a handheld, portable music player that looks like an iPod classic, but for pre-schoolers.The LeapFrog Move & Learn Music Player won't store MP3s or other file formats,... Read more

Character Options AppGear to bring AR gaming to Doctor Who

Character Options AppGear to bring AR gaming to Doctor Who

By Rik Henderson

Character Options, the company behind many licensed toys including the Doctor Who and Wembley Stadium Character Building brick sets, Angry Birds catapult and Android plush, is to bring WowWee's AppGear to the UK, a new range of augmented reality games... Read more

Lego Marvel makes minifigs of The Avengers movie

Lego Marvel makes minifigs of The Avengers movie

By Stuart Miles

Lego has detailed its new range of Lego Marvel characters to Pocket-lint at this year's Toy Fair in London.Shown behind closed doors with a strict no photography policy, we sadly can't bring you any pictures of the new sets, although we are able to bring... Read more

RC R2-D2 marks start of Bladez Star Wars Pump & Play range (video)

RC R2-D2 marks start of Bladez Star Wars Pump & Play range (video)

By Rik Henderson

Bladez Toyz, which is possibly best known for its massive selection of radio controlled helicopters, has signed a deal with Lucasfilm to bring the Star Wars franchise to its Pump & Play RC range.The first officially licensed toy in the line-up will be... Read more

Kurio: The Android tablet for kids (pictures)

Kurio: The Android tablet for kids (pictures)

By Stuart Miles

A new tablet maker, Inspiration Works, is hoping to succeed where others have failed and make an Android tablet designed specifically for kids without leaving adults out in the cold.Launching in the UK in July and coming in three sizes - 7-inch, 8-inch... Read more

Android cuddly toy to head App Plush line (pictures)

Android cuddly toy to head App Plush line (pictures)

By Rik Henderson

Toy maker Character Options has created a new range of plush toys based on popular smartphone applications and, even, an operating system. Called App Plush, the range features 5-inch plush toys using characters from Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, Doodle Jump... Read more

Bobble Bots Moshi Monsters Moshlings pictures and hands-on

Bobble Bots Moshi Monsters Moshlings pictures and hands-on

By Rik Henderson

Hexbug creator Innovation First is hoping to repeat the resounding success it has had with its robotic bug range with a new range of scuttling, vibrating collectables. And this time it has partnered with Mind Candy to bring its tech to Moshi Monsters.Bobble... Read more

Gears of War: The children's toy

Gears of War: The children's toy

By Stuart Miles

Meccano is set to launch a new range of toys based on the popular Gears of War 3 games on the Xbox 360 aimed at 8-year-old kids.In a move that will no doubt outrage Daily Mail readers and parents across our fair land, kids will be encouraged to play... Read more

Scalextric Star Wars Death Star Attack: Force powered slot car racing

Scalextric Star Wars Death Star Attack: Force powered slot car racing

By Stuart Miles

Are you a Star Wars fan? Like Scalextric? Then Hornby has the ultimate set for you coming later in the year - Star Wars Scalextric.Yep, that's right, the two biggest toy brands of your childhood will be coming together in glorious 3D (a tie-in with the... Read more

Character Building Wembley Stadium offers Lego-style footy fun

Character Building Wembley Stadium offers Lego-style footy fun

By Rik Henderson

Character Options, the toy company behind the excellent Doctor Who Character Building (Lego-style) figures and playsets launched last year, has signed a deal with the English Football Association in order to release figures and brick building sets licensed... Read more

Salad Fingers from YouTube becomes action figure

Salad Fingers from YouTube becomes action figure

By Stuart Miles

Salad Fingers, the downright strange but also fascinating YouTube animation is to get his own collectors action figure. Pocket-lint was at the Toy Fair in London to check it out.Created by David Firth, the Salad Fingers character has become a firm favourite... Read more

BigTrak XTR pictures and hands-on

BigTrak XTR pictures and hands-on

By Paul Lamkin

Remember the 1980s toy phenomenon, BigTrack? If not, allow us to fill you in - it was a six-wheeled programmable electric vehicle where you entered codes on its built-in keyboard for a pre-determined movement sequence. It was the toy car for geeks. We... Read more

The Doctor Who Tardis safe that you unlock with your phone

The Doctor Who Tardis safe that you unlock with your phone

By Stuart Miles

Kids like to keep things safe. They like Doctor Who. They probably have an iPod touch or iPhone.So what better way to celebrate all that than with the Doctor Who Tardis Safe that will only open with a dedicated app and the right passcode?Yep, that's right,... Read more

Star Wars Battle Chess becomes a reality thanks to App Toyz (Video)

Star Wars Battle Chess becomes a reality thanks to App Toyz (Video)

By Stuart Miles

Kids looking to spice up chess or checkers will be able to emulate the famous battle chess scene in Star Wars from September as long as they've got the right board and an iPad 2.App Toyz, the company that brought us the App Blaster gun in 2011, is back... Read more

Sesame Street Bert and Ernie Augmented Reality toys takes play interactive

Sesame Street Bert and Ernie Augmented Reality toys takes play interactive

By Stuart Miles

Qualcomm has demoed a new augmented reality toy with Sesame Street that allows you to re-create Bert and Ernie's living room or bathroom despite the rooms not even existing.The new technology, demoed by the company at CES in Las Vegas, follows on from... Read more

Griffin Helo TC Assault fires in for Android and iOS (pictures)

Griffin Helo TC Assault fires in for Android and iOS (pictures)

By Paul Lamkin

Back in July Griffin's AppPowered range literally took off with the launch of the Helo TC infra-red controlled helicopter. Now, over in Las Vegas at CES, an update has flown in - a missile firing Helo TC that is now also compatible with Android.The... Read more

Fisher Price KidTough portable DVR pictures and hands-on

Fisher Price KidTough portable DVR pictures and hands-on

By Paul Lamkin

Vegas isn't really a kid friendly place. Sure, there is a guy that's dressed as Mickey Mouse that will quite happily pose for a quick photo with youngsters for a couple of bucks but he also smells quite heavily of whiskey and is apparently more than able... Read more

Steve Jobs action figure - bigger than an iPad screen size

Steve Jobs action figure - bigger than an iPad screen size

By Rik Henderson

Specialist toy manufacturer In Icons has created a 12-inch Steve Jobs action figure that is so frighteningly realistic that, at a quick glance, you'd think its well-staged pictures are of the late former Apple CEO himself, not a doll.The company is renowned... Read more

Hasbro files lawsuit against Asus over Transformer Prime name

Hasbro files lawsuit against Asus over Transformer Prime name

By Rik Henderson

Toy manufacturer Hasbro is taking Asus to court over the use of the name Transformer Prime for its latest tablet/laptop combo. It believes that the name is way too close to its own trademarked property Optimus Prime, the leader of the Transformers.The... Read more

One brick to rule them all: Lego Lord of The Rings coming 2012

One brick to rule them all: Lego Lord of The Rings coming 2012

By Paul Lamkin

Harry Potter has been on board for a while now, as has Star Wars which is also in-line for its own Miniland Experience at Legoland Windsor.But the news that Lego-lovers with Tolkein tendencies have been waiting for has finally arrived. The Middle Earth... Read more

Lego building tips for the family

Lego building tips for the family

By Hunter Skipworth

Lego is a Christmas staple. Anyone with kids aged between 5 and 15 will likely be purchasing some this year. There might even be a few mums and dads who treat themselves to a cheeky slice of Lego pie. However a standard box of Lego bricks can be an intimidating... Read more

Credit Crunch Christmas: Bigtrak under £20

Credit Crunch Christmas: Bigtrak under £20

By Ben Crompton

Some toys, over time, have managed to reach classic status, spanning the generations with excellent design and the ability to engage children despite all the trappings of the modern age.Bigtrak is just one of these classic children's toys and is bound... Read more

Dance Star Mickey pictures and hands-on

Dance Star Mickey pictures and hands-on

By Chris Hall

Mickey Mouse has kept himself current through constant reinvention. Global PR representation, careful asset management and, well, being a huge Disney star, have kept the 83-year-old mouse at the top of his game.Guaranteed to be a hit under the Christmas... Read more