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Top children's tablets: 8 devices your kids will love
Top children's tablets: 8 devices your kids will love By Andy Robertson

Finding the best tablet for your child isn’t simply a matter of comparing technical stats. Operating system features for safety and ease of use, as well as bespoke learning tools are just as important.Equally, the device needs to engage children in... Read more

Disney's new Star Wars app lets you take selfies dressed as a Jedi or other characters
Disney's new Star Wars app lets you take selfies dressed as a Jedi or other characters By Elyse Betters

Disney and Lucasfilm are taking selfies to a whole new level. Or should we say "a galaxy far, far away..."?They've launched the official Star Wars app on Android (on Google Play now) and iOS (which should be available very soon), with the purpose of giving... Read more

The summer gift guide: Toys
The summer gift guide: Toys By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Anki Overdrive vs Anki Drive: All the new features explained
Anki Overdrive vs Anki Drive: All the new features explained By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Disney wants you to ditch the selfie stick before visiting its theme parks
Disney wants you to ditch the selfie stick before visiting its theme parks By Elyse Betters

If you plan to visit one of Disney's theme parks soon, don't expect to snap selfies with friends or family. While you're allowed to still take them, you won't be able to get any nice angles or group shots with assistance from a selfie stick.The company... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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 with... Read more

The Big Bang Theory gets Lego-fied, see the cast in minifig form
The Big Bang Theory gets Lego-fied, see the cast in minifig form By Elyse Betters

Those of you who love The Big Bang Theory will be stoked to hear Lego has had its way with the show.According to Entertainment Weekly, Lego has created a set for The Big Bang Theory. It's described as "Leonard and Sheldon’s Lego living room set" - and... Read more

The guy who made Lego Ghostbusters a thing has now dreamed up an X-Files set
The guy who made Lego Ghostbusters a thing has now dreamed up an X-Files set By Elyse Betters

Sci-fi geeks will be glad to learn that the man who designed last year's Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary set for Lego has gone back to the drawing board and mocked up an entirely new and brilliant idea: a Lego X-Files set.The Lego Group allows people to... Read more

Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over
Sphero Darkside: The toy that proves the machines are taking over By Chris Hall

Sphero, basking in the glory of the Star Wars BB-8 afterglow, has a new connected toy called Darkside.With a name that pays homage to Star Wars, the new toy is the naughty alter-ego of the existing Sphero Ollie.Sphero says that Darkside is a robot that... Read more

Everything Lego is awesome! Including Lego Google Street View
Everything Lego is awesome! Including Lego Google Street View By Luke Edwards

Lego is awesome, this is true. Making real world things into Lego versions is awesome too, just look at Lego Star Wars or the Lego Simpsons house. And now we have a Lego version of Google Street View, Lego Brick View, that turns areas on a map into Lego,... Read more

Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego
Live your own Jurassic World adventure, in Lego By Chris Hall

Jurassic World, the latest in the series of cult dinosaur movies, will be hitting cinemas on 12 June, but you can get in on the action now, in classic Lego style.Lego has released six new Lego sets to celebrate the movie, letting you set the dinosaurs... Read more

Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome
Simpsons Minifigures series 2 is another dose of Lego awesome By Chris Hall

Rejoice! A second series of Simpsons and Lego Minifigs has been released.There are now 16 new Simpsons Lego Minifigs to collect, hitting any reputable stores from 1 May. There's a great selection of characters in the mix here, including some of The Simpsons... Read more

BB-8 droid: Sphero is making the official Star Wars toy, but you can make one now
BB-8 droid: Sphero is making the official Star Wars toy, but you can make one now By Elyse Betters

Ever since Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled the new BB-8 droid during the Star Wars Celebration annual convention last week, fans of George Lucas' epic space saga have been clamoring to get their hands on it, with at least one person even creating a rough... Read more

Lego Powerloader from Aliens can be yours, even if Lego doesn't want to share
Lego Powerloader from Aliens can be yours, even if Lego doesn't want to share By Luke Edwards

A Lego version of the Powerloader from the Aliens movie has been created by builder Mark Nathan Willetts and will be available to copy soon.Lego has a strict policy about creating anything from movies with an 18 rating since it wants to be for children... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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 Back... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Everything is awesome, again: The Lego Movie Sequel is coming
Everything is awesome, again: The Lego Movie Sequel is coming By Luke Edwards

Just when you thought you couldn’t watch The Lego Movie yet another time, in the same day, a sequel has been announced.The Lego Movie Sequel, as it's being comically called, is due to arrive in 2018. But before you start readying yourself for years... Read more

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 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Fifty Shades of Grey in five shades of spoof vids: Lego, Barbie and more
Fifty Shades of Grey in five shades of spoof vids: Lego, Barbie and more By Rik Henderson

It's been almost four years since Fifty Shades of Grey became an international book sensation, initially available in digital format but soon hitting every other conceivable medium as it smashed sales records. Now the long-awaited movie adaptation is... Read more

Forget fake Doctor Who Lego, now you’re getting the real thing
Forget fake Doctor Who Lego, now you’re getting the real thing By Rik Henderson

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.However,... Read more

Robot-body upgrade anyone? A worm has had its mind put into a Lego robot
Robot-body upgrade anyone? A worm has had its mind put into a Lego robot By Luke Edwards

It's finally happened, the mind of a living organism has been put into the body of a man-made robot. Specifically a Lego robot has been made that now thinks like a worm.The OpenWorm project has mapped connections between a worm's 302 neurons and simulated... Read more

Snap Pets: Hands-on with the cutest selfie camera of them all
Snap Pets: Hands-on with the cutest selfie camera of them all By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Attack of the drones: The best quadcopters of London Toy Fair 2015
Attack of the drones: The best quadcopters of London Toy Fair 2015 By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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) By Rik Henderson

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.However,... Read more

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 By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Nerf N-Strike Modulus is the Project Ara of blasters
Nerf N-Strike Modulus is the Project Ara of blasters By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

You can finally own a McLaren P1... a Lego one
You can finally own a McLaren P1... a Lego one By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Ejector seats at the ready: Corgi 50th anniversary Aston Martin DB5 revealed
Ejector seats at the ready: Corgi 50th anniversary Aston Martin DB5 revealed By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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) By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

Is this the world's smallest drone?
Is this the world's smallest drone? By Stuart Miles

Drones come in all shapes and sizes these days, from large to medium to small to now really really tiny.The world's smallest drone, shown to Pocket-lint at the London Toy Fair by Revell, is to go on sale in June is so small that you can hide it in a... Read more

Flying Gadgets X-Voice is the drone you can literally tell what to do (hands-on)
Flying Gadgets X-Voice is the drone you can literally tell what to do (hands-on) By Rik Henderson

Toy Fair 2015 in London was awash with copters and drones this year, of varying price points and sizes, but the one that was perhaps the most unique was the X-Voice from Flying Gadgets. As you might have guessed from the name, not only is it a toy quadcopter... Read more

It's time to play with VTech's GoPro for kids (hands-on)
It's time to play with VTech's GoPro for kids (hands-on) By Rik Henderson

Tech toy brand VTech has often looked to adult gadget trends for inspiration and the latest to get its attention is the action cam market, like the GoPros of this world.The Kidizoom Action Cam is designed for children from five-years and up and, like... Read more

James Bond Spectre Scalextric set confirmed: Aston Martin DB10 to be included
James Bond Spectre Scalextric set confirmed: Aston Martin DB10 to be included By Stuart Miles

Scalextric has announced that it will be offering a Spectre set for James Bond fans later this year featuring the Aston Martin DB10 and what looks like the Jaguar CX-75.The track, which doesn't have a price tag at the moment but expected to cost around... Read more

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Lego sets confirmed
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Lego sets confirmed By Stuart Miles

Lego has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it will be releasing a number of sets to coincide with the launch of the new Star Wars movie releasing later this year.The seven sets will be launched in time for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens and feature... Read more

You must watch this: Top Gear and Lego team for perhaps the weirdest trailer for a show yet
You must watch this: Top Gear and Lego team for perhaps the weirdest trailer for a show yet By Rik Henderson

Ever wondered what Top Gear would be like if it was animated and in Lego? No, us neither but bizarrely the BBC's official trailer for series 22 is exactly that. It is Lego representation of the show. Wow.It's actually quite good, with each of the presenters... Read more

What would you have an intelligent robot do? Well, if 'draw in the sand' was your answer...
What would you have an intelligent robot do? Well, if 'draw in the sand' was your answer... By Rik Henderson

Co-developed by Disney Research and a student team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Beachbot is an autonomous robot with a rather special talent; it can draw massive pictures in sand.That's just about it really, but the end results... Read more

Hands-on: Wowwee MiPosaur review
Hands-on: Wowwee MiPosaur review By Stuart Miles

WowWee the creators of RoboSapien, and more recently a robot called MiP, has announced the launch of a new robot dinosaur called MiPosaur.Based on the MiP robot from 2014, the robotic prehistoric creature comes with the same gesture based tech for controlling... Read more

Number 5 is alive: Meccano Meccanoid is a build your own robot
Number 5 is alive: Meccano Meccanoid is a build your own robot By Stuart Miles

Meccano is set to launch a build your own robot later this year which is likely to become one of the must have gadgets for Christmas 2015.Called Meccanoid G15 KS, it is made with Meccano parts, stands around 4ft tall and uses an open source Robotics Building... Read more

Bet you'd love your car made into Lego like these
Bet you'd love your car made into Lego like these By Rik Henderson

Regular readers of Pocket-lint will know we have a fondness for Lego here on Pocket-lint. We've built many constructions of our own and even interviewed the UK's very own, genuine master builder recently. However, we've never had our cars made of Lego... Read more

5 best games for young kids: Responsible gaming ideas for parents
5 best games for young kids: Responsible gaming ideas for parents By Rik Henderson

With the Xbox One and PS4 breaking all records for console sales and just about every family household in the UK having a tablet device of some description, gaming has permeated every walk of life - sometimes obviously, sometimes not so. Kids and adults... Read more

Are these the best Lego real-world photos yet? Lego Ferraris take to the streets of the UK
Are these the best Lego real-world photos yet? Lego Ferraris take to the streets of the UK By Rik Henderson

To celebrate a new range of Shell V-Power Lego Ferrari vehicles being available from the fuel brand's petrol stations, photographers Jeff Moore and Andrew Whyte were tasked to make them seem like they were actually driving down famous roads in UK cities... Read more

Secrets of a Lego master builder: What's involved in building a 500,000 piece Lego sleigh?
Secrets of a Lego master builder: What's involved in building a 500,000 piece Lego sleigh? By Stuart Miles

What did you want to be when you grew up? A pilot? A train driver? Maybe an astronaut? Maybe you just wanted to play with Lego for your entire life, but surely that wasn't possible? Well, get ready to have your mind blown...Not only is it possible, there's... Read more

WIN: One of four Sphero Ollie app-controlled robot toys
WIN: One of four Sphero Ollie app-controlled robot toys By Pocket-lint Promotion

There are plenty of gadgets that can be controlled from an app on your phone these days, ranging from heart sensors and drones to toy robots. Ollie and Sphero fall into the toy robot category and as a Christmas treat, Pocket-lint has teamed up with the... Read more

Mousr is the smart robot that plays with your cat for you
Mousr is the smart robot that plays with your cat for you By Luke Edwards

The robot future is well and truly upon us, now even our pets can have their own robot slaves to entertain them. Mousr is here for feline funtimes.Mousr is an intelligent robot from Petronics which is currently on Kickstarter. The sensor-filled bot works... Read more

LeapFrog’s kids console now available, LeapTV brings educational motion gaming to 3-8 year-olds
LeapFrog’s kids console now available, LeapTV brings educational motion gaming to 3-8 year-olds By Rik Henderson

LeapFrog's LeapTV games console is now available in the shops. Launched by Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly and her children, the video game system works in a similar way to a Nintendo Wii, with a motion controller and gamepad device, but all games... Read more

Heisenberg 'mad' as Breaking Bad action figures pulled from Toys R Us after online petition
Heisenberg 'mad' as Breaking Bad action figures pulled from Toys R Us after online petition By Rik Henderson

A line of Breaking Bad action figures from Mezco were pulled from Toys R Us in the States after Susan Myers received 9.000 signatures for an online petition banning their sale in the store.Previously, the toy store chain had defended the line, which... Read more

Best extreme sports video ever? Watch this stop-motion featuring Playmobil toys
Best extreme sports video ever? Watch this stop-motion featuring Playmobil toys By Elyse Betters

If you love extreme sports and toys, than you'll love Xtreme Videos' latest stop-motion film. It features Playmobil characters with BMX bikes.Playmobil has been making toys for 25 years and is considered a major competitor to Lego toys. It also has a... Read more

Inaugural Golden Brickies celebrates Star Wars Lego in perfect fan style
Inaugural Golden Brickies celebrates Star Wars Lego in perfect fan style By Chris Hall

The Golden Brickies took place over this weekend with a red carpet event at Legoland Windsor, looking to celebrate the clash of cultural titans Lego and Star Wars.With Warwick Davis in attendance - who played the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi - Lego... Read more

Parrot Jumping Sumo review
3.5 stars Parrot Jumping Sumo review By Stuart Miles

Parrot, the company behind a number of flying drones, is now offering land-lovers something get excited about: the Jumping Sumo. Is this land-locked gadget with integrated camera enough to get us excited?Land not airUnlike the company's Rolling Spider,... Read more