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Bigjigs Wooden Railway Mallard Train
Bigjigs Wooden Railway Mallard Train
Offered by Bigjigs Toys
Price: £11.99

2.0 out of 5 stars It's not very good on ramps either, 17 Dec. 2015
With three pieces of track, I thought this was something of a bargain. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for: unlike Brio, with Bigjigs you can expect chipped paint, and the occasional small dent from typical play. That said, the three year old recipient loves it, and calls it "Big Gordon" despite the lack of a face.

This toy is OK when being pushed by hand, but if it isn't guided with care it lurches drunkenly around the track as a consequence of its strange wheel arrangement, where the body can twist in relation to the wheelbase. This means it often derails, or gets stuck at the entrance to tunnels. It's not very good on ramps either. A battery-powered engine on the same track will soon shove the poor old Mallard off into a heap.

Most disappointingly, on the day we bought this, one of the axles on the tender came apart. The silvery 'domes' you see are a tight push-fit into place, and it appears ours hadn't been assembled properly. Fortunately the part was found (and not swallowed...) and it was simple enough to force it back into place. The wheels haven't fallen off since, but I'll be buying genuine Brio from now on.


BRIO BRI-33696 Rail Lumber Loading Wagon
BRIO BRI-33696 Rail Lumber Loading Wagon
Price: £7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Matches well with the green freight diesel loco, 14 April 2015
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The logs are a bit ropey, not up to the usual Brio standard, but the wagon itself is a great addition to your child's Brio toys.


The Malice Box
The Malice Box
Price: £4.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars One to miss, 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Malice Box (Kindle Edition)
The Malice Box seems very dated now; not only because so many of the characters’ thoughts seem to relate to the immediate aftermath of the Twin Towers attack of 9/11, but also because of the rather naff new-age woo-woo “energy” stuff that roots it firmly in the last century. The idea that one can blog one’s way to spiritual enlightenment (while simultaneously trying to keep secrets) is just plain silly, and then there's all the usual hackneyed conspiracy plot elements like the Freemasons, too. One to miss.


Brio Old Steam Engine
Brio Old Steam Engine
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A big hit, 17 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Brio Old Steam Engine (Toy)
My son loves this little engine. Seeing the pistons move as it rolls along is endlessly fascinating, either on the track or on a table-top. "It's chuffing!" he exclaims. After the disappointment of battery-powered engines that left him far too passive (just watching the train go around) it's great to see him getting closely involved in the action again.


BRIO 33258 Freight Banana Wagon
BRIO 33258 Freight Banana Wagon

4.0 out of 5 stars Go bananas!, 14 Feb. 2015
Expensive for its size, compared to some Brio wagons, but it's built to the usual high standards, and for some reason (possibly something to do with Minions) bananas are a firm favourite.


BIPRA USB 2.0 External Caddy/Enclosure For 2.5" Laptop SATA Hard Drive. USB Bus Powered - Black
BIPRA USB 2.0 External Caddy/Enclosure For 2.5" Laptop SATA Hard Drive. USB Bus Powered - Black
Offered by Bipra Limited Number 1 Hard Drive Specialist
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Really not bad, 5 Jan. 2015
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Perfectly functional: not the most protective case you'll ever see, nor the fastest interface... but it gets the job done. If you upgraded the hard drive in your laptop, a cheap enclosure like this could allow you to put the old disk back into service as a portable hard drive.


BRIO BRI-33574 Rail Train Garage
BRIO BRI-33574 Rail Train Garage
Price: £15.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, and fun, 5 Jan. 2015
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A huge hit with the little one, who hardly let go of it throughout the day. Note that when you turn the knob to open the roller-shutter door to the engine shed, if you keep on turning it closes at the other end, which is really neat. This little in-line engine shed seems to be integrated into railway games a lot more readily than the roundhouse type that have a turntable.


Tidlo Underground Train
Tidlo Underground Train
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 5 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Tidlo Underground Train (Toy)
At just £5.99, this was great value and it's a useful way to bulk out a Brio (or equivalent) railway. Too many of the toys that you see in the shops are engines, engines, engines - particularly in the 'Thomas' range. It was great to be able to buy some carriages, and give those engines something to pull.

In an ideal world, the Tidlo Underground Train would come with magnetic couplings on the front and back, allowing the construction of longer trains, but that's my only criticism. This is a durable and well detailed toy.


New Aero Rear Wiper Arm + Blade For VW Polo Mk6 2002 52 2003 53 2004 54 reg & yearsVW Golf Mk5 2004-2008 55 06 56 07 57 58 Hatch VW Golf I to V &Polo 2002-05 &Touran 2003-09VW GOLF POLO TOURAN
New Aero Rear Wiper Arm + Blade For VW Polo Mk6 2002 52 2003 53 2004 54 reg & yearsVW Golf Mk5 2004-2008 55 06 56 07 57 58 Hatch VW Golf I to V &Polo 2002-05 &Touran 2003-09VW GOLF POLO TOURAN
Offered by Rayinblue
Price: £7.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 23 Dec. 2014
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The wiper arm comes with a blade, yet you'd pay more money for just a wiper blade on the high street. Excellent. The Polo seems to have a design flaw whereby the splines on the wiper arm can be destroyed just by regular usage, so check and see if you need to replace the whole lot, when your first thought is that the rear window is no longer clearing properly and you must need a blade.


Flymo Turbo 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower 1500 W
Flymo Turbo 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower 1500 W
Price: £88.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Hover, my aspedistra, 23 Dec. 2014
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Mine doesn't actually hover: it weighs a lot, and not much lift is generated when it's running. You have to drag it to and fro. It's a bit of an oddity, although it seems quite durable.


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