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.



Features

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.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Family Gaming Fun & Giveaway with Power UP at the Science Museum

I am really excited to tell you about Power UP a fantastic new gaming event that is being held at the Science Museum this summer and runs from Friday 22nd July until Sunday 7th August and features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past 40 years.


What is Power UP?

Running in partnership with leading gaming specialists European Gaming League (EGL), gamer girls and boys are in for a museum experience like no other. With over 160 systems and hundreds of games that are all fully operable and available to play on - from Pong and Pacman to Lego and Halo - there is something to suit beginners and experts, competitive parents, multiplayers, retro fans and everybody else in between.


The very latest Next Gen consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One will be on hand alongside classic PC titles Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog and a host of Disney and Batman games. So parents and kids alike can each show off their skills to the other!


Split into multiple zones, featuring the most loved and popular games linked by theme, content and brand – from Atari and SEGA to PlayStation and Nintendo, Power UP offers players of all ages the perfect opportunity to experience science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at its liveliest -up-close and hands-on.


Early programmable computers and classic 80s educational games will also be playable alongside the most current and contemporary of games - highlighting just how far and fast gaming culture has developed over the past 40 years.

Here's a clip all about the event:


Looks good doesn't it?

Tickets

Tickets are on sale NOW for the four times daily 90 minute sessions which kick off at 11am on 22 July. Day passes and family tickets are available and advance booking is advisable. Some tickets will be available to purchase at the museum on the day, subject to availability. Adult Only sessions for ages 18+ are also running in the evenings on 29 July, 30 July and 5 August and Power UP will run as part of the Science Museum’s July Lates on Wednesday 27 July. Full details of sessions and dates are available via www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/powerup.

Giveaway

The great news is that I have not one, but two family tickets up for grabs. Entry is easy, just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below and the competition closes on 21st July at 12am. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Disclaimer: I received a family pass to Power Up and 2 family tickets to giveaway. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Peppa Pig Classic Toys Review

We love Peppa Pig here, a day never goes by without Peppa and friends making an appearance in this house so the Classic toys we were recently sent to review have definitely been nothing short of a hit. We were lucky enough to receive Peppa Pig Air Peppa Jet and Peppa Pig Peppa's Home and Garden Playset which are fantastic fun and perfect to keep little Peppa fans entertained.


Air Peppa Jet

The Air Peppa Jet is perfect for taking Peppa on adventures, ours is so awesome it can even fly to the moon. It is full of great features and details including a pull down stairs, a rear storage compartment where you can pop Peppa's luggage in before taking to the air, and an openable cabin for children to move the Peppa Pig character that comes with it around the plane. The pilot, Miss Rabbit sits in the front and there is even enough room in the cockpit for Peppa to come and help fly the plane, apparently she is a fantastic co-pilot (according to Zachary). 

Home and Garden Playset

Fans of the show will love this as it is instantly recognisable from TV. The house opens up to reveal four rooms and an attic for storage. The rooms are all decorated just as in the show and it comes with accessories such as a fridge, bed, sea-saw and tree to complete the garden. Both Peppa Pig and George are included and this is one toy which really does lend itself to hours of play as children recreate the stories they have watched on tv and even go on to make their own. The playset folds up neatly for storage and the great thing is that your little ones never need to leave it behind as it comes wth a little carry handle which allows them to take it wherever they want. 

Our Verdict

My three year old twins and even their six year old big brother have had so much fun playing with these two classic Peppa Pig toys. The playsets are perfect for imaginary play and I have witnessed some amazing adventures unfold in my living room since it arrived - I actually think I should submit them to the writers of the show. The detail and quality are all fantastic and the toys are robust enough to stand the demands of preschoolers play. The figures which come with the set are great as they are poseable and so can go on the see-saw, lie on the bed and co-pilot a plane. 

Your kids will not only love playing with their favourite  Peppa characters but will also develop fine motor skills as they open the door on the plane, unlock the Home and Garden set and help Peppa and George play on the see-saw. For me though it is hearing the little stories and adventures that are told as their imaginations ignite that I love so much.

I can definitely recommend both these Classic Peppa Pig toys along with the others in the range, they are perfect for new and old Peppa fans as let's face it kids can't get enough of the little pink pig. You can purchase the Air Peppa Jet playset and Home and Garden playset from Argos and the usual toy retailers. Finally I leave you with a video of the Classic Peppa toys - enjoy!



*Disclaimer: I received the Peppa Pig Air Peppa Jet and Peppa Pig Peppa's Home and Garden Playset in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.