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Hands-on: Hexbug Battling Spiders review (video)

Hands-on: Hexbug Battling Spiders review (video)

By Britta O'Boyle

Hexbug had a number of exciting new toys on its stand at ToyFair 2014, one of which was the Battling Spiders offering the next generation of the Hexbug Spider.The company has had micro robotic spiders in its offering in the past but never ones that fight... Read more

Hands-on: LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Custom Edition

Hands-on: LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Custom Edition

By Britta O'Boyle

LeapFrog has showcased its LeapPad 2 Custom Edition today at ToyFair 2014 in Olympia, allowing customisation of the LeapPad 2 tablet launched last year.The Custom Edition comes with the same specs as the LeapPad 2 so you'll still get the benefits that... Read more

Lego confirms May release for The Simpsons minifigs, for those who can't afford the £179 house

Lego confirms May release for The Simpsons minifigs, for those who can't afford the £179 house

By Rik Henderson

Lego will be releasing a series of 16 The Simpsons mini figures in May, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the animated show. The blind pack figures will be available to collectors and enthusiasts at a far lower cost than The Simpsons Lego house,... Read more

Lego relaunching Ultra Agents with AR app that brings your minifigs to life

Lego relaunching Ultra Agents with AR app that brings your minifigs to life

By Britta O'Boyle

Lego has launched some new collections at Toy Fair 2014, including a new refreshed Ultra Agents collection.The James Bond-style set comes with a range of exciting mini figures and vehicles including a truck that expands into an HQ and features other vehicles... Read more

Protect your home button: Bandai Mobilepants are very, very bizarre (video)

Protect your home button: Bandai Mobilepants are very, very bizarre (video)

By Stuart Miles

We've seen plenty of strange things in our time covering gadgets for the last 11 years at Pocket-lint, but this has to be up there in the bizarro stakes. If, it seems as many do in Japan (they've sold 1m already), you suffer from accidentally pressing... Read more

Like father like son: Vtech launches Kidizoom smartwatch for kids

Like father like son: Vtech launches Kidizoom smartwatch for kids

By Stuart Miles

Technology kids brand VTech has launched a smartwatch for children at the London Toy Fair 2014.Hot on the heels of the new smartwatches launched by Samsung, Sony and Pebble, VTech says that the new child-friendly smartwatch brings the technology to children... Read more

Wowwee MiP balancing robot wants to be your gesture-controlled friend

Wowwee MiP balancing robot wants to be your gesture-controlled friend

By Luke Edwards

MiP is the balancing robot that zips about on two wheels doing the bidding of your every gesture. It can also carry its own weight and fight other robots.MiP uses two wheels with intelligent balancing to get around. You can either control it using your... Read more

Pulp Fiction Guess Who? game spotted in time for Toy Fair 2014

Pulp Fiction Guess Who? game spotted in time for Toy Fair 2014

By Luke Edwards

If you remember the Guess Who? board game you'll love the new Pulp Fiction version that's been created.Guess Who? was a game in which you asked your opponent questions, one per go, about the traits of the character they had chosen. They would answer yes... Read more

Homer Simpson Mr Potato Head revealed, but is he as geeky as these geek Mr Potato Heads?

Homer Simpson Mr Potato Head revealed, but is he as geeky as these geek Mr Potato Heads?

By Stuart Miles

Mr Potato Head has worn many guises over the last couple of decades including plenty that offer a more geeky appeal to the proceedings. The latest is as Homer Simpson in a new tie-up between Hasbro and Fox to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons... Read more

Animin, the augmented reality pet that brings Tamagotchi into the 21st century

Animin, the augmented reality pet that brings Tamagotchi into the 21st century

By Jake Smith

Figure Games has released a real-world digital pet called Animin, that uses augmented reality to bring the toy experience to life.Animin uses an app for smartphones and tablets to help you feed, give medicine, clean up, and play with your virtual pet.... Read more

These Star Wars photos look real but they're actually just life-like images of toys

These Star Wars photos look real but they're actually just life-like images of toys

By Elyse Betters

A Finnish man has captured the Millennium Falcon on camera as it soared above and across the icy forest in his own backyard.Well, not really. The fictional spacecraft from blockbuster franchise Star Wars does exist...but only in toy form. And you can... Read more

Rubber Band Rambo Gatling gun fires 672 rounds in 48 seconds

Rubber Band Rambo Gatling gun fires 672 rounds in 48 seconds

By Luke Edwards

If you thought being flicked by a rubber band hurt, imagine being shot at by the Rubber Band Rambo Gatling gun that pings out 672 elastic stingers in just 48 seconds - that's 14 shots per second fired up to 26 feet.Ukranian student and inventor Alexander... Read more

Dancing Party Animals are here to boogie (video)

Dancing Party Animals are here to boogie (video)

By Stuart Miles

Dancing Party Animals are not your average dancing animals, these are animals that want to party.We spotted them at CES as we trawled through the halls trying to find more serious news and products to report on, and couldn't help but find ourselves stopping... Read more

Hands-on: Griffin Moto TC Rally review

Hands-on: Griffin Moto TC Rally review

By Stuart Miles

Remote controlled cars that you don't control via your mobile phone are so yesterday, well that's seemingly what Griffin thinks, launching a Bluetooth RC that you control via your iPhone or iPod touch.Called Moto TC Rally, the $99 RC connects to your... Read more

The Simpsons Lego officially announced and will be available in February

The Simpsons Lego officially announced and will be available in February

By Luke Edwards

When we excitedly reported that The Simpsons Lego would be arriving in April 2014 we never dared hope it would land early, but it will. The Simpsons Lego has been officially announced for a February release.Lego teamed up with Twentieth Century Fox to... Read more

Kurio Phone, a kids phone that lets parents give-in to pestering but with controls

Kurio Phone, a kids phone that lets parents give-in to pestering but with controls

By Stuart Miles

Kurio, which in 2012 launched a tablet aimed at kids, has now created a mobile phone aimed kids and unveiled at CES in Las Vegas this week.The new Android-powered phone will come with several parental controls and tries to address the growing number of... Read more

Sphero 2B pictures and hands-on: Two-wheeled Bluetooth gadget that can go 10mph

Sphero 2B pictures and hands-on: Two-wheeled Bluetooth gadget that can go 10mph

By Stuart Miles

The company behind Sphero has launched an update, Sphero 2B, that ditches the ball design in favour of two wheels that let the Bluetooth remote-controlled toy travel at speeds of up to 10mph.Launched at CES in Las Vegas, the new device will work with... Read more

Five last-minute Christmas gadget tips

Five last-minute Christmas gadget tips

By Stuart Miles

Christmas Day is almost here, but there is still time to make sure your day goes perfectly - well, certainly if gadgets are involved.Screwdriver and batteriesIf you've bought the kids a menagerie of electronic toys they will all most certainly come with... Read more

All-new characters arrive for Disney Infinity: Execs hint at even more to come

All-new characters arrive for Disney Infinity: Execs hint at even more to come

By Stuart Miles

Disney Infinity is continuing its march into bedrooms and living rooms across the world. Following the initial launch sets of toys that included Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr Incredible, Disney has rolled out a host of new characters for kids and grown-ups... Read more

Life-sized Lego car is powered by air and hits 20mph

Life-sized Lego car is powered by air and hits 20mph

By Luke Edwards

This isn't just any old Lego car, it's not even just a life-sized Lego car: it's a fully functional, air-powered, full-sized Lego car.This car is made of 500,000 pieces of Lego and features 256 working pistons that drive its functional engine. It uses... Read more

Angry Birds Go! Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set review
4.0 stars

Angry Birds Go! Telepods Pig Rock Raceway Set review

By Stuart Miles

"Get off that iPad" - a phrase that probably any parent who has kids will find themselves shouting more than once a day, especially over the school holidays. But it's Christmas, a time for gifting, so here's an excuse to keep them out of the digital domain:... Read more

Furby Boom review
4.0 stars

Furby Boom review

By Stuart Miles

No, you haven't fallen into a time warp, the Spice Girls aren't playing on the radio, and we aren't all worrying about the Y2K bug; Furby is back, and vying to be the must have toy for Christmas 2013. Introducing Furby Boom.Is Furby really all buzzwords... Read more

Win: The full set of limited-edition LEGO cars from the Shell partnership

Win: The full set of limited-edition LEGO cars from the Shell partnership

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Nothing brings out the kid in us more than playing with a bit of LEGO - young or old, there is something about the colourful building blocks that make everyone want to get involved.To celebrate its partnership with the LEGO Group, Shell has launched an... Read more

Hands-on: Tetris Bop It review

Hands-on: Tetris Bop It review

By Stuart Miles

The Bop it games from Hasbro have been around for ages, testing your ability to twist it, turn it, bash it, and a host of other things without getting in a tizz. Now it's back again, this time based around Tetris.Aimed at 8-year-olds and over, the Tetris-focused... Read more

Hands-on: Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5S review

Hands-on: Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5S review

By Chris Hall

Smartphone cases are serious business. They are there to protect your phone from drops and scrapes, to keep your most precious gadget safe through the toils of daily abuse. But serious doesn't have to be boring and nothing says that better than the Lego... Read more

Tamagotchi toys to return as Tamagotchi Friends after success of iPhone and Android apps

Tamagotchi toys to return as Tamagotchi Friends after success of iPhone and Android apps

By Rik Henderson

Bandai is to bring Tamagotchi electronic toys back to the market, 17 years after they first became a worldwide sensation.Tamagotchi Friends look basically the same as the original toys. You have to hatch a Tamagotchi on the small, egg-like electronic... Read more

Kano turns Raspberry Pi into a Lego-like kit for all ages

Kano turns Raspberry Pi into a Lego-like kit for all ages

By Jake Smith

A new London-based Kickstarter project called Kano wants to turn the Raspberry Pi into a Lego-like "fun" computer, instead of the daunting motherboard it's come to be. The Kano began funding on Tuesday, and a day later has almost doubled its funding goal... Read more

Could DisneyVision retro TV set be the best toy you'll never own?

Could DisneyVision retro TV set be the best toy you'll never own?

By Rik Henderson

Disney has introduced several new toys this autumn that are exclusively available through its Disney Parks around the world, but none is quite so unique and, well, bizarre as the DisneyVision.It comes in the shape of a retro television that is around... Read more

The Lego Movie playsets being revealed one-by-one, such a tease

The Lego Movie playsets being revealed one-by-one, such a tease

By Rik Henderson

The Lego Movie is planned for release in February 2014 and even just the trailer has had the Pocket-lint team giggling like school kids at a sign leading to Fanny Hands Lane (it really does exist). We're also impressed with the toy line-up to go along... Read more

Angry Birds Go! Telepods now available in playsets: Race before the game is out

Angry Birds Go! Telepods now available in playsets: Race before the game is out

By Rik Henderson

Hasbro has launched a collection of Telepod toys and playsets that will be compatible with the upcoming Rovio karting game, Angry Birds Go!As with the toys released to coincide with Angry Birds Star Wars II, each new Telepod will interact with the game... Read more

Teksta robotic dog already selling out for Christmas, says Hamleys: Parents advised not to wait

Teksta robotic dog already selling out for Christmas, says Hamleys: Parents advised not to wait

By Rik Henderson

Teksta (or Tekno in the States) is the hottest toy this Christmas. London toy store Hamleys has revealed that the update of the toy popular in the 90s is rapidly selling out with seven weeks still to go before the big day, so has advised parents to snap... Read more

Hands-on: Mega Bloks Call of Duty Collector Construction Sets review

Hands-on: Mega Bloks Call of Duty Collector Construction Sets review

By Stuart Miles

As the gaming world prepare for the new Call Of Duty Ghosts, Mega Bloks has released a collection of Call of Duty construction sets for you to build so you can carry on playing when you're not in front of your console.The new sets, based on the franchise,... Read more

Learn to draw Marvel Super Heroes: Marvel Creativity Studio stylus launches with app

Learn to draw Marvel Super Heroes: Marvel Creativity Studio stylus launches with app

By Elyse Betters

Want to learn how to draw a comic book character from Marvel? Well, you're in luck: Marvel has launched the Marvel Creativity Studio stylus alongside the Marvel Creativity Studio app.Created by eKids exclusively for Apple's iPad, the stylus works with... Read more

Hands-on: Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Centurion review

Hands-on: Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Centurion review

By Stuart Miles

The mega stands for mega darts, new bigger Nerf darts that will work only with Mega branded Nerf guns. That's exactly what the Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Centurion blaster (£34.99) takes, to let you to hit your target a whopping 23 meters away, as long... Read more

Google brings parental controls to Chrome

Google brings parental controls to Chrome

By Jake Smith

Google has announced "supervised users" within Chrome, allowing parents to manage and see what web pages their children are viewing.The supervised user feature has not yet rolled out to the masses. Right now, it's only available in the beta channel of... Read more

The Simpsons Lego set and minifigs to release in April/May 2014

The Simpsons Lego set and minifigs to release in April/May 2014

By Elyse Betters

We first heard in March that Lego was working with 20th Century Fox to release The Simpsons-branded minifigs and sets, and now there's a new report that details what the entire range will allegedly entail.The licensed range had been rumoured to include... Read more