Tuesday, 20 September 2016

BRIO Travel Switching Set Review

There is something very special about wooden train sets, they really are a toy that has stood the test of time. We love playing "trains" in our family and everyone from the small to big kids enjoys getting involved in the fun. Therefore there was lots of excitement when the BRIO Travel Switching Set arrived for review.

This 42 piece set is perfect for little train enthusiasts with both a battery powered blue line and a red line and a modern train station which has a lift to take passengers between their stations. There are switching tracks which are easily operated and allow trains to travel over a very cool red bridge along with signal and sign posts and people. This set lends itself to endless hours of imaginative play.

What is in the Box

The BRIO Travel Switching set includes 19 Pieces of track, 2 switching tracks, 4 travel train engines, 2 travel train carriages, a station, 3 rock supports, a suspension bridge, 2 block supports, 5 play figures, a signal post, a sign post and a suitcase.

Our Verdict

This set is really well thought out and is made to a very high standard with lots of detail in everything from the signs on the station to the little people, their suitcase and the trains themselves.

The lift which you can easily crank up and down with the turn of a handle is a big hit with my three year old twins who love taking turns swopping passengers between one platform and the other so they can catch the right train and has definitely inspired lots of imaginative play. I have to admit I find it amusing listening to their little stories as they make up adventures for the people about to board the trains, we have had people off to meet Mickey Mouse and Rapunzel in Disney and rushing to catch a train so they can get to their rocket and fly to the moon. 
Turn the handle to raise the lift up and down

The trains and carriages themselves are fantastic, the kids love popping them open and placing the people in. The battery operated blue train definitely has the wow factor for them and it is lots of fun watching it take off around the tracks.

Switching between tracks is easily done and there is plenty of track included but the good thing is that this BRIO is compatible with other sets available so it can grow and expand just as much as you would like it too.

The BRIO Travel Switching Set has been played with so much by Ben (7) and twins, Zoey and Zachary (3) since it arrived that is safe to say it is one of our current favourite toys and perfect now the weather has changed and dark rainy days are creeping back in. This  set would make a fantastic Christmas present for any little boy or girl who loves trains like my three kiddies do, it is more than just tracks and trains thanks to the people, station and accessories included. It is suitable for ages 3+ and is available to buy from the usual toy reatilers and online from Amazon. I can highly recommend!

*Disclaimer: I received the BRIO Travel Switching Set for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset Review

When I was offered the Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset for review I immediately thought that this will make a fantastic project to keep Ben entertained over the summer holidays and I wasn't wrong, it has been great fun for both him, his little brother and sister and dare I say it, me too. We love Qixels.

What is in the Box

The Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset comes with plastic structures which you can slot together to make a Castle in many different configurations along with a selection of Qixel beads in various colours including metallic ones and templates which allow you to build an army of trolls, Kings and dragons to attack, defend and inhabit your kingdom. Also included is the Qixels assembly set and magic spray bottle for water.

Qixels at Play

The imaginative possibilities and creativity which Qixels offer is awesome and I love the fact that it is targeted at boys although I am sure that there are many girls who would enjoy this too. This playset really allows kids to have fun with something that they can create and assemble themselves. My boys love building and rebuilding the castle in different configurations and they have really gotten imaginative when it comes to the designs.

I love the different trolls and dragons they have been building and it has been nice to see Ben sit down and concentrate on placing the beads carefully to make his designs.

The wonderful mess free and easy way that you set the beads with a few sprays of water (and patience while they dry) is definitely a bonus as me as I don't have to contend with messy clean ups of glue and so on. The kids love the accessories that are included too such as stands and flames for the dragon. 

Our Verdict

We definitely give this Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset a massive thumbs up. It has been such a fun project to do with Ben and all three of the kids are loving playing with the castle and the Qixels figures we have made. It is so safe and easy to use that as a parent I think it is a pretty genius creative toy for boys in particular. The lovely thing about this is the pride that is evident in your child's face as they show off their creations and they make a great display in bedrooms and playrooms when not being used. 

Where to Buy

Qixels can be purchased from www.character-online.co.uk and this Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack playset is priced at £29.99. It is worth noting that you can also buy refill packs of Qixels which are themed such as Medieval, Bugs and so on.

*Disclaimer: I received the Qixels Kingdom - Castle Attack Playset for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Fireman Sam Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station Review

Zachary was delighted when the Fireman Sam Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station from Character Online arrived for review and couldn't wait to get it out of the box. The fire station is a replica of the brand new one that made it's first appearance in 2015 to replace the station that burnt down so will be instantly recognisable to little Fireman Sam fans.


The Fireman Sam Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station has many features little people will love including a working lift and fireman's pole, double doors that open up, a turn table, and even a vehicle maintenance ramp, as well as an electronic control desk with lights, sounds and phrases. Also included are Fireman Sam and Fireman Elvis figures along with a ladder, bucket, fire extinguisher and first aid dummy to practise life saving skills. There is also a petrol pump for fuelling up a fire engine so lots of scope for imaginative fireman play.

Our Verdict

The Fire Station on the whole is a big hit with the twins and Ben, they had lots of fun setting the fireman off whizzing down the pole and the electronic control desk is great. I like the fact that there are two fireman characters included however the kids were very disappointed to see that Jupiter the Fire engine which is on the box and all the TV adverts is not included in the playset. As a parent I have to admit I found this a little annoying too and wish that there was less emphasis placed on Jupiter in the adverts in particular. Luckily we improvised with a toy fire engine we had and were able to go on lots of rescue missions, it was a good opportunity to teach the kids a little about first aid and discuss what the dummy is used for. 

Where to Buy

Fireman Sam Electronic Pontypandy Fire Station is available to purchase from Character Online along with a range of other Fireman Sam products which little fans will love. 

*Disclaimer: I received the Fireman Sam Electric Pontypandy Fire Station in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Princess Peppa is in Town - Princess Peppa's Palace & Enchanting TowerReview

My twins are huge Peppa Pig fans, they love Peppa and George and often pretend to be them, therefore they were over the moon when some recent Princess Peppa's Palace  playsets arrived for review. We received Princess Peppa's Palace and Peppa's Enchanted Tower. Both sets are amazingly detailed and true to the TV show that little fans will love them.

Princess Peppa's Palace

Peppa's Princess Palace is just what you would expect a Princess palace to be, it is glittery and full of rooms to explore and packed with characters and accessories to play with. The level of detail that has gone into this playset to make it as close to the show as possible has to be mentioned, just take a look at all the room designs in the pictures below, they really have though and included everything from the drawings and pictures on the wall and the little mice in the kitchen. I also love the flags and the balconies which make it look just as a palace should.

Princess Peppa complete with crown, Sir George the Knight decked out in his magic armour and Suzy Sheep the Princess Fairy with her pink fairy wings and wand are all included which I was very pleased to see as I always find it disappointing when you have to buy add on figures. For me, this means that straight away the playability factor is bumped up to max as little fans imaginations are sparked having all their favourite characters from the show in their hands and the ability to take them on adventures in their new Palace with familiar surroundings right in front of them. I love watching and observing the play that unfolds when this happens.

The furniture included in the set certainly lends itself to hours of imaginative play, there are beds with pillows for Peppa and George and their favourite comfort toys namely George's green dinosaur and Peppa's teddy, a very cute bath with overhead shower, regal styled chairs and a pink throne that fit perfectly with the palace surrounds and are cleverly designed to let the characters sit properly on them, along with a spinning free standing mirror which Zoey loves, an old fashioned stove styled oven, jelly mould, wardrobe and of course a treasure chest much to Zachary's delight.

This playset really does contain it all, it even folds up neatly for easy storage which is a definite bonus for parents. 

Peppa's Once Upon a Time Enchanting Tower

This playset is smaller in size than the Princess Palace but is on par with details and playability. It is glittery and magical complete with two balconies, flag, rotating door and ballroom steps. 

The rooms are wonderfully decorated with pictures of Peppa, George and family, toys familiar from the show and even the little white mouse makes an appearance here too. 

The set comes with an articulated Peppa figure, impressive four poster bed with pillow and a magic mirror that with a flip changes Peppa's outfit.

The rotating door is a hit with the twins who love helping Peppa make her grand entrance through it. Again this playset wins with me for it's easy foldable storage. 

Our Verdict

My twins, aged 3 love these playsets and their older brother who is 6 even joins in playing with them, you are never too old for Peppa and George. I love the detail that has gone into these playsets, the designers really have gone to great lengths to make sure that the toys match with the show. The characters are all articulated and can sit in chairs, lie in the beds, take baths, serenade each other from the balconies and so on. 

Zoey and Zachary love the rotating doors and mirrors and there have been endless moments of hilarious laughter as one peeks in through the windows of the palace or tower from the other side and pretends to be a giant peering in, they blame Suzy Sheep for casting a magic spell and "growing them".

These playsets are definitely suitable for both boys and girls to play with as my two can attest to. There is so much to do in them thanks to the design, quality and accessories included that they make the perfect toys for Peppa fans. I can highly recommend them. 

Where to Buy

These Princess Peppa Playsets are available to buy from Smyths Toys along with a fantastic range of others and are well worth checking out if you have Peppa Pig fans as you will not be disappointed. 

*Disclaimer: I received the Princess Peppa's Palace & Enchanting Tower for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

#GoJettersGo Twitter Party Fun on the Way

I am super excited to tell you that we will be hosting a very special Go Jetters Twitter Party next Thursday the 28th July from 2-4 pm which promises to be lots and lots of fun.  The party is to celebrate the brilliant new range of Go Jetters toys from Fisher Price.

In advance of the party we have been sent a party pack which is seriously awesome, packed full of all the latest Fisher Price Go Jetters  toys, activities to play and the new CBeebies DVD Go Jetters The Eiffel Tower and Other Action Packed Adventures that launched this week. The DVD features 10 episodes focusing on the Go Jetters and their travels.

Here is a sneak preview of the pack which we received so you can have a look at just how good the party promises to be.

Please be sure to join us on Twitter on Thursday 28th July from 2-4pm to follow the fun look out for me @mmeeee@ukmumstv and use the hashtag #GoJettersGo. Throughout the two hour party there will also be plenty of chances to win some fab prizes and see items from the new toy range in action!

Don’t forget that you can tune into watch Go Jetters every day from 17:25pm on CBeebies!
See you then!

*Disclaimer: I received a Go Jetters party pack. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.