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The EE Robin kids tablet takes on Amazon kids tablet

The EE Robin kids tablet takes on Amazon kids tablet

By Rik Henderson

EE has entered the family tablet market with a 4G-enabled device that is specifically designed for children and their parents.The EE Robin comes with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 LCD display, 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 1GB of RAM and... Read more

Coding Sphero: SPRK version now out in UK, teaches kids to program robots

Coding Sphero: SPRK version now out in UK, teaches kids to program robots

By Elyse Betters

The company that makes the Sphero robot ball, as well as Ollie and the official BB-8 droid for the next Star Wars film, has just launched a new kind of toy in the UK. It's designed to teach kids about robot programming.Unveiled earlier this year, the... Read more

Osmo review: Physical meets virtual with this clever iPad game
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Osmo review: Physical meets virtual with this clever iPad game

By Stuart Miles

Rather than being just another kids app, Osmo is best described as a technology system that bridges the physical and digital worlds by taking gameplay beyond the screen.But with such an unusual name, and concept, you may be scratching your head as to... Read more

We've only gone and built the Lego Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245

We've only gone and built the Lego Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245

By Stuart Miles

With over 2,793 pieces of Lego in the box, the replica Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245 (£169.99) made from Lego Technics isn't a build that you should approach lightly.Even blitzing your way through the 482 pages of the instruction manual is going to take you... Read more

WIN: 8 Lego Technics sets worth over £450 including the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

WIN: 8 Lego Technics sets worth over £450 including the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Pocket-lint has teamed up with Lego to give two lucky readers the chance to win a mega haul of Technics Lego sets.From the iconic partnership with the Mercedes-Benz Arocs set to a giant Crawler Crane, there is plenty of fun to be had building whether... Read more

Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life
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Sphero BB-8 review: The Star Wars Droid from Force Awakens comes to life

By Stuart Miles

Sphero BB-8 is likely to be the must-have Star Wars toy this Christmas. Likely to even overshadow R2-D2 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 is a spherical Droid that stole the thunder when he was first spotted in the movie's original online teaser... Read more

LeapFrog takes the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition head-on with the Epic Android tablet for little’uns

LeapFrog takes the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition head-on with the Epic Android tablet for little’uns

By Rik Henderson

Children's gadget and toy brand LeapFrog has responded to Amazon's entry into the kids tablet market with an Android device of its own. The LeapFrog Epic is designed specifically to be customised and can adapt to suit children as they age and become interested... Read more

LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters
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LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum tablet review: Learning for youngsters

By Stuart Miles

LeapFrog has unveiled a new version of its LeapPad tablet, the LeapPad Platinum, a 7-inch tough-ish tablet designed for kids ages between 3-9 years old . As well as being the company's best yet, it also contains the wizardry that will thrill young'uns... Read more

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