We received this toy in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own

There are some toys which I think of as an investment. These are the toys which, in some families, tend to be kept for the “next children” or even Grandchildren. Toys which don’t really ever go out of fashion and have a universal appeal. Playmobil is definitely one of those toys.

Playmobil and us

Upstairs, we have 2 other Playmobil sets. I bought a dinosaur adventure set, complete with fossils and a volcano, for Col, who is now 18. The other is a play park set with working swingset and seesaw among other things which was bought for Bess when she was, well, a lot littler than she is now! The intended recipients have played with the Playmobil sets and so have scored of nieces and nephews. They have held their own and now Moose loves to play with them too.

When we were offered the opportunity to play with a toy from the new Playmobil SPACE range, Moose could hardly contain his excitement!

The Playmobil Mars Space Station arrived and Moose couldn’t wait to play.

What’s in the box

The box contains a lot of pieces. If you are buying this set for a younger child, you might want to think about setting the fiddlier accessories to one side and giving them to the child when they are a little older. We have done this with Playmobil sets in the past and it works well – and means that you stand a chance of the tiny items not getting lost within a week of opening.

The Mars Space Station set includes two astronauts, one robot, space station, computer, tools, food supplies, space crystals, telescope, video recorder, and tons of other accessories.

There is some assembly required and you will need 2 x AAA batteries (not included in the set).

We love any playsets that encourage imaginative play. Playmobil is perfect for this. Creative kids can have a blast with the different features of the Space Station, including “cannons” (as Moose calls them). These are actually functional lasers, which are easy to shoot and reload quickly; they are also great fun.

Moose has a real thing for space just lately. He also loves Robots. When he found that this Playmobil set comes complete with a little robot he was very pleased!

 

After taking off the detachable roof, we were really impressed with the details and amount of objects which can be found inside. As much as the detail is there, it’s not overly fussy or complicated. Little touches such as the laptop had Moose really excited to play.

Attention to detail

The station also has a range of different areas, like the botany section and the sleeping quarters. These are intricately detailed, like the rest of the Space Station, and even have specific compartments and slots for the smaller pieces to go in.

In a playset like this it’s really handy to have the little bits packed away. It gives the child (or enthusiastic parent – no judgement) plenty of space to play.

Moose loved playing with the Playmobil Mars Space Station.

The light up sections and noisy buttons have kept him interested in playing for ages. Thankfully they aren’t too loud or tinny. The best part for me is that I can be confident that this playset will stand up to a 4 year old manhandling it. Playmobil is a brand that doesn’t disappoint.

The Playmobil Mars Space Station retails at around £60 . It may not be cheap but it is great value and a good investment. Especially if you have more than one child running around.

The products that appear in this post were sent to me for inclusion. All opinions remain my own

I don’t do Easter Trees, it’s Eggs all the way here. This year we have seen some awesome eggs in the shops and I wanted to share a few of the best. Hopefully it will help you choose your treats this Easter too! Of course, chocolate isn’t for everyone so I have also included some non choccy gift ideas too.

 

Marks and Spencer

Angus The Bull is one of the fabulous character eggs developed by M&S for children but I know lots of adults who would be happy to receive one! At £5 they are great value too!

We love to do an Easter egg hunt with the children, Their enthusiasm for the idea of finding quantities of chocolate doesn’t seem to be wearing off as they grow older either. Funny that. This egg hunt from M&S includes a large golden egg to find!

Prosecco + Chocolate = Proseggo! With blackcurrant and raspberry flavours this sounds ideal.

I saw this dark chocolate feather egg on a recent trip to check out what was on offer this Easter at Queensgate shopping centre. As soon as I saw it I fell in love! As well as the beautifully decorated peacock feather egg you also get some dark chocolate salted caramel mini eggs too. Yum!

Thorntons

 

Thorntons have been personalising Easter eggs since 1922. They remain one of few (in most cases the only) retailer to offer this service. It isn’t something they charge extra for either. When I was young I used to receive an egg just like the one above every year. It was just as exciting to get one this year at age 37!

Cadbury

I love caramel. This Dairy Milk Caramel egg is huge and looks very tasty! This year I am trying to limit my chocolate so Bess will get the big egg and I will opt for this Mini Egg offering. Rather than 1 big egg it contains smaller packets of Mini eggs – perfect portion control. MrG favours the Creme egg, he would eat them all year round if he could!

Moose is so excited for his Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. We will need to think up lots of clues for him but I know he will love finding not only chocolate eggs but bags of Mini eggs and bunnies too!

Divine

divine fairtrade eggs

With Easter egg choices suitable for vegans, Divine have you covered this Easter. Every Divine Chocolate Easter egg carries the official FairTrade label of certification because of Divine’s support of fair-trade employers who provide good, fair wages and a sustainable livelihood for their workers.

 

Fuzzikins

I really like these Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies from Interplay for a fun, cute, non-edible Easter treat. This is a lovely little craft set and allows your child to use their imagination and create something really unique. Colour the bunnies and make their beds (very easily, I was pleased with how much Moose could do all by himself!) Best of all you can then rinse the bunnies off and start again!

Mighty Fine

Not your traditional Easter treat but I love the honeycomb dips from Mighty fine! I am afraid that the bag of dark chocolate honeycomb dips fell into my mouth before this photo could be taken. I can confirm that they are really, very good!

Available in bar or bite sized chunk and I cannot wait to try the salted caramel!

John Lewis

I always forget about department stores at Easter but John Lewis has an amazing range of treats this year! Decorative papier mache eggs containing gorgeous truffles and this Chicken character egg are my favourites.

 

Moj Moj

Moose loves a blind bag. Like, really loves them. Sometimes he gets  a bit of money for Easter and I know that he will probably choose to spend some on a blind bag toy like Moj Moj. It’s great that they are pocket money prices!

Moj Moj have launched some new ranges – Moj Moj Itty and Moj Moj Crunch (pictured above)

Inside the Moj  Moj Itty pack you will find 5 squishy Moj Moj characters and stickers. The Moj Moj Crunch has a larger collectable Moj Moj character inside. They are a great little collectable, fab for trading with friends!

Blacksticks CHEESE Easter egg

cheese easter egg

Who said Easter eggs had to be chocolate? This is the one of a kind (half) egg made from Blackstick Blue Cheese. It comes with a pack of oatcakes and some chutney. Sounds like an ideal Sunday evening to me! You can find your favourite, here

Micro Motorz – On Your Marks, Get set, GO!

When we were recently sent some of the Micro Motorz to play with I knew that Moose would love them! He (like many children) really likes blind bags and adores toy cars. A blind bag with a toy car theming is a surefire hit. The Micro Motorz are a little bit more than that though.

The Micro Motorz packaging is very bright and colourful. It’s quite large for a blind bag toy. Certainly bigger than I had expected it to be.

 

 

The first surprise awaiting you once you have opened your blind bag is a cool sticker which alludes to the team you are about to reveal.

Inside the Micro Motorz bag is a plastic pod with 3 chambers.

There are over 20 different Micro Motorz to collect in the first series including six Nitro Chargerz – these racers pack some serious punch with their powerful engines and are perfect for drag races – there are three regular Nitro Chargerz and three rare ones to collect.

Once you have opened all 3 surprise pods you will have revealed a sticker, a display capsule, a Micro Motorz car, a tool to use with your car, a cool tuning accessory such as an engine or a spoiler and a launch pad to turn your display capsule into launch mode!

A really good feature of this toy is that the display capsules fit together ensuring that you have a fun and easy way to keep your Micro Motorz as you build your collection!

How to assemble your launcher

First of all you will need to take the launcher pad and insert it into the display capsule as shown.

Ensure that the launcher pad is inserted the correct way round.

 

Attach the blue part as shown and tuck the elastic band around it.

Finally, fit the base plate as shown. You may have to squeeze this down again after you perform your launch. Push the launch pad to the rear of the capsule.

The unique steel ball bearing in the base of each Micro Motorz car means that you can drift, spin and CRASH your vehicles when firing them out of the launcher!

What did we think?

For less than £5 per blind bag I think they would make for a great collectible. I could imagine Moose would have lots of fun racing the cars with his friends and he already has his new toys on display in his bedroom!

Micro Motorz are available from supermarkets and toy retailers at £4.99 for children ages 3+.

 

Now that Bess is getting a little older she is pretty much past playing with toys. Collectibles however, that’s a different ballgame. As well as the ever growing stationery obsession she has, Bess also likes quirky little things for her bedroom and to share with her friends.

SWAK – Interactive Kissable Key Chain

We were recently sent the SWAK – Interactive Kissable Key Chain to try out and I knew she would love them. I was not wrong.

We were sent a selection of 3 ‘kissable keychains’ from the 12 which are currently available. Here are all of the designs currently for sale in the ‘kissable keychain’ range. As you can see, each design is bright and funky and totally collectable!

Love is out there
Why wish upon just one star when you can wish upon a billion of them? Close your eyes and dream big with Stellar Kiss!

Stellar Kiss was Lexi’s favourite. She really liked the blue colour and the starry design.

 

Shake it up

Ready to leave your mark on the world? Do it in style with XO Kiss!

Shine on

Lights, camera, friendship! Shimmer Kiss is red-carpet ready to bring the bling!

This was Bess’ favourite.

 

Each S.W.A.K. Comes with kisstech: a unique sensor technology that detects your cheek and gives you a kiss. The longer you hold it the longer It lasts.

The keychain means that you can attach your S.W.A.K to clothing, your bag or a piece of furniture. If you want to you can also detach the keychain entirely!

S.W.A.K Kissable Keychains also come with a slot in the top so that they can be used as a photo holder. An easy way to brighten up any child’s study area.

Bess and Lex really enjoyed playing with and finding out about the S.W.A.K Kissable Keychains, you can see what they thought in their YouTube video.

What I thought

I think that the fact that there are only 12 is a massive plus point. So many collectibles have hundreds available, at least with S.W.A.K Kissable Keyrings you have a hope of completing the collection.

Especially when each one retails for less than £6! I like that they are pocket money prices, it’s a cute little toy. Each set also includes a little postcard and sticker stamp to play with too.

We were sent these products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

We were sent this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

We were so excited to get our hands on the 5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU! Moose, like most children at the moment. Is utterly obsessed with any kind of blind bag or surprise toy. Gone are the days when the only surprise toys around were of the Kinder variety or a dodgy claw machine at the amusement arcade. These days surprise toys are everywhere and that means that they have to be good to hold the children’s attention!

5 surprise zuru

5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU certainly ticks the boxes in terms of visual appeal. A medium size ball, the child is supposed to unwrap the ball and then peel each compartment to reveal a new surprise toy. That’s five surprises in total!

5 SURPRISE Series 2 come in 2 colours.

There is a blue one which is wrapped in red and a pink one which is wrapped in purple. Some people may take issue with what is a pretty clear gender division but I quite like that you at least have some idea of the kind of toy your child might get inside each one – that said, a neutral version might be nice to add to the range?

Inside the blue ball you might find a car, a skateboard, a ninja or a dinosaur and inside the pink there could be sparkly sequins, funky stationary and cute unicorns, the new range contains over 200 new toys to collect, including new figurines and rare, high-value chaser toys!

Moose really enjoyed this toy. As I mentioned previously he loves the surprise element but he played for ages with the things he found inside. They don’t appear to have much to tie them together. No real theme but this meant he could use his imagination. We love anything which encourages that sort of behaviour!

All in all I would say that the 5 SURPRISE Series 2 from ZURU represents decent value for money. They are available to buy from all good toy shops (and most supermarkets) at around £6 and they are suitable for children aged 3+. You can find out more about the range on the Zuru website