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AmiGami Monkey Figure
AmiGami Monkey Figure
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Monkey magic, 25 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Monkey Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
AmiGami models each come in an eye catching pack that contains a central figure, a set of stickers with alternative eye choices and accessories, "pins" and "caps" that allow you to affix any combination you like of glossy push out card shapes, and a curling tool to make spirals with. This is my fifth review of AmiGami figures. They're something the whole family can enjoy and they bring out everyone's creative side. I keep giving five star reviews because these models continue to be fun, and each set of shapes and stickers allows the models – however you choose to customise them – to look different from the other sets you might have made.
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AmiGami Cat Figure
AmiGami Cat Figure

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnival cat, 25 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Cat Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is AmiGami review number 4 for me, following on from "Peacock", "Scottie Dog" and "Fox and Owl". In each pack you get a different animal, in this case a cat, and you are given stickers to customise the body before deciding on how you want to decorate the model. You do this using any combination you like best from the pre-cut push out shapes, which you affix to the model using plastic studs that pass through small pre-punched holes. If you wish, you can use the plastic curling tool to curl some of the shapes. Once put together, you get a model that would not look out of place at the Rio Carnival.

Though you might not realise it from the photos on this page, the model is pretty durable, and that's largely because the shapes are glossy card rather than standard paper. I'm posting photographs of each model I make, so look up the models mentioned above if you're interested, and I'll also post some more of other models soon.
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Igenix IG3020 4 Slice Toaster 1,300 W - White
Igenix IG3020 4 Slice Toaster 1,300 W - White
Price: £19.97

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes very crisp toast, 22 Feb. 2015
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We've been using a toaster (I won't even bother mentioning the brand as it's so obscure) that developed a fault, in that it wouldn't pop up automatically and we had to judge the time and use the manual release. I'm happy to have a replacement that finally pops the toast up again, and this being on a dial so you can customise your ideal level of toasting makes it all the better. What matters most though is the crispness of the toast, and the iGENIX model produces VERY CRISP toast, just the way we like it.

This model will toast bread from frozen, and you can also put bread back in for a quick reheat. We don't like doing the former, but can imagine there will be people who do. As for the latter, it's good in theory but we're never going to use it in practice, and that's because by the time it gets cold it'll already have been buttered (and you can't put it back in once it's been buttered).

What's important is that the slots are wide enough to toast 4 slices at once, but will instead take 2 extra large slices if you place them on their sides. The unit is solid and has a long lead on it. It also has a crumb tray.

There is one downside, which is that there is no "one slice" feature to prevent both slots from activating if you only want to put one piece of bread in. Not very energy efficient. Our old toaster had two carriage levers on it, so it's not just the known and expensive brands which have models that can do this. It should really come as standard.


AmiGami Fox and Owl Figures
AmiGami Fox and Owl Figures
Price: £14.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixing and matching, 21 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Fox and Owl Figures (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is the third AmiGami set I'm reviewing, having already reviewed Peacock and Scottie Dog. Each of those had something additional and different in the pack – the Peacock comes with a star-shape hole punch, whilst the Dog has a house. What's different about this model is that you have two creatures to decorate, not just the one, and that means you can mix and match the parts, deciding yourself which piece goes on which model.

In this pack you get 4 sheets of pre-cut push out shapes, which are made from glossy card, and two sheets of stickers with alternative choices for eyes, as well as feathers, leaves, flowers, food and more. You decorate the models with stickers and pin on the paper shapes (some of which you might want to curl with the plastic curling tool). The "pins" and "caps" are blunt and they hold in place the shapes because the shapes have small holes the pins slot into.

The number of possible combinations for adorning both models is near limitless, and there's a good couple of hours of fun to be had in putting both of these models together.
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AmiGami Dog and Doghouse Set
AmiGami Dog and Doghouse Set
Price: £11.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Piñata!, 20 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Dog and Doghouse Set (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is the second AmiGami model I'm going to review. So far I have reviewed the Peacock model. Notable differences between the Peacock and the Scottie Dog is that the Dog also comes with a Dog House, and there is no star-shape-hole punch or sticker removal tool with the Scottie Dog model.

If you're unaware what AmiGami is, it's a type of model where you are given a central piece – in this case two central pieces – and a large selection of push out glossy card shapes with colourful designs on, a sheet of stickers, a tool to curl some of those shapes if you want to, and (blunt) "pins" and "caps" to which you affix the shapes before pinning them onto holes in the model – for example, there are holes for affixing your designs for the dog's ears.

The designs remind me of carnival floats or the video game Viva Piñata. This model has three sheets full of designs for the dog's ears and tail (and you can add shapes to the head and chest as well if you like), as well as bones, bushes, a letterbox, and many other designs you can add to the dog house. There is potential for going completely overboard on the design, as there are more pieces than you actually need. The sticker sheet has alternative eye designs, bones, spectacles, ribbons, paw prints, chicken legs, a jazzy tie – you get the idea. I'd advise peeling the unnecessary part of the sticker sheet away before attempting to lift any of the stickers.

Does it hold together? Yes, it does, and it is more durable than you might think. A good hour to an hour and a half of fun.
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AmiGami Peacock and Heart Punch
AmiGami Peacock and Heart Punch
Price: £15.97

5.0 out of 5 stars It's carnival time!, 20 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The idea of AmiGami models is similar to 3D crystal puzzles in that you spend a lot of time carefully putting a figure together, but instead of there being one set way to complete the model, with AmiGami models you arrange the pieces as you see fit… and there is no wrong way. There are literally millions of possible combinations, and given that the central model – in this instance a peacock – is already fully assembled, no matter how you choose to decorate your model, it's going to look right.

This packet in unusual in that it comes with an extra component – a hole punch that makes star shaped holes. You can use this to punch holes in the AmiGami paper pieces (if you want to; there's no rules to say you have to), and can use it with the other models in the series if you decide to buy more.

So what do you get in the packet? You get two sheets of glossy card, with a large number of pre-cut shapes ready to push out, a sheet of stickers with a choice of eyes, stars, feathers and accessories to stick to your peacock, a plastic tool to help you curl the paper pieces (if you want to), and another small plastic tool which is completely unnecessary assuming you have fingernails (it's to help you to peel off stickers from the model if you change your mind). I haven't mentioned the "pins" and "caps" yet: these are crucial to the way the model works.

You choose the paper shapes you want to attach to each part of the model, then push the "pin" through the shapes and finally clip a "cap" on the end to hold these shapes in place. It's not a real pin – there's no sharp point because all the push out shapes have small holes in to fix them. Surprisingly, it holds the pieces very firmly in place. I was sure that the pieces I had chosen for the tail of the peacock would fall to the sides once I attached them, but they stayed firm.

Here's a piece of advice – the sticker sheet is fine as long as you grip and peel away the unnecessary "background" part to leave the individual stickers raised before you try to remove them. The eyes I wanted to use as a first choice came off without revealing the sticky, and I wasn't able to salvage them, but luckily I caught on with the above solution quickly, and then I realised I actually preferred my second choice of eyes, so it was okay after all.

There's about an hour to an hour and a half of fun in this model, and the quality is really good – better than I had expected it to be. I'm going to be reviewing quite a few of these models, and I promise not to just re-write the same review, although I will be making comparisons to other models, to point out the differences, such as things that are or are not in the packet.
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Igenix IG2095 Digital Microwave with Touch Screen 800 W - 20 L, White
Igenix IG2095 Digital Microwave with Touch Screen 800 W - 20 L, White
Price: £54.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One touch cooking, 15 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Igenix microwave could not be easier to use. It has adjustable power level and time controls, and beyond that there are useful detailed functions such as auto defrost, multi-stage cooking and preset cooking. But the best feature is that, assuming you want to cook something quickly at full power, you just press one button and the microwave starts cooking for 30 seconds, and an additional 30 seconds is added with each button press.

There is an electronic child lock, activated by holding down one of the buttons for three seconds, but this only works when the microwave has active power coming into it, so effectively it has to be switched on all the time if you want that protection. A switch on the back would have been just as effective.

The unit is sturdy and the door closes with a satisfying clunk. The revolving plate can be taken out for cleaning. Everything I've put in it so far has come out cooked nice and evenly.

I was confused about the "touch screen" description though, and looking at some of the other reviews here I can see that others have also been scratching their heads over that. To me a control panel (as described in the instructions) and a "touch screen" (as, for example, on a smartphone) mean two completely different things.

A leaflet put in with the instructions offers a free 2 year warrantee against electrical or mechanical defects, for registering the microwave within 30 days of purchase.


Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Powder 990 g (Pack of 3)
Dettol Antibacterial Laundry Cleanser Powder 990 g (Pack of 3)
Price: £20.97

2.0 out of 5 stars No childproof lid or even a foil seal., 15 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
According to the label, when you wash underwear, towels and other intimate garments at temperatures below 60 degrees Celsius, bacteria can survive and be transmitted to other garments in the wash. This powder, which you use in a pre-soak before washing, claims to offer the answer. Its claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria is obviously something I can't review but would happily take on trust, with it being a major brand name. The annoyance I have with this, though, is you can't add it to the machine like any sensible product; you have to soak your garments in the sink.

To be honest, we were getting on fine with our washing before and this seems like an unnecessary step backwards. Maybe if one of the family comes down with a nasty stomach bug this will come out from the back of the cupboard again, but there's no way this is going to become part of our everyday chores.

I've a more serious concern about this product, which is that there is no childproof lid, or indeed any foil seal on the tub. This is a dangerous product that can cause serious eye damage and skin irritation. A child expecting a parcel with a toy in from Amazon may well open up any such package only to get a nasty surprise, so whilst the packaging may be suitable for a parent to buy at the shops and then put away out of reach, there is more risk attached to posting something like this and I'm not impressed to see this product offered for online sale without either foil seal or childproof lid, which would have been such an easy measure to add to reduce such a risk.


Dettol Power and Fresh Citrus Zest Spray 750 ml (Pack of 3)
Dettol Power and Fresh Citrus Zest Spray 750 ml (Pack of 3)
Price: £10.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Does a proper job for when you have time to do a proper job, 4 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This multi-purpose cleaner actually did more than we expected it to. I'm not referring to it being equally suitable for the kitchen and bathroom, which is of course handy if you run out of one or the other (we usually keep the cleaning products separate). There is a tiled area at the end of our kitchen work surface. The grouting between the tiles had become discoloured. We hadn't expected it to come up so white again, and yet that's the result this cleaner had. Sometimes when you use a known brand you see where the cheaper brand has been letting you down, so we'll definitely be getting this again.

In all honesty, we may alternate it with the cheaper brands, knowing that where they might fail on completely removing discoloured staining, this one is going to take it off the next time, but that's just us being economical – not so much in money terms, but economical with our time. This is a product that you need to leave for 5 minutes before wiping away, and there are products out there that only require you to spray, wipe and go.


Oxford Black n' Red A5 Casebound Hardback Notebook
Oxford Black n' Red A5 Casebound Hardback Notebook
Price: £4.55

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better quality than I'd expected for the cheap price, 31 Jan. 2015
This is a very nicely bound, nicely lined A5 notebook. The main reason I chose this rather than any other was the attached ribbon bookmark, but I am impressed with the quality of the paper and I think Red and Black have found themselves a new regular customer.

Inside the front cover there is a date planner (not year specific), and the first page has a template for personal information, should you wish to add this, whilst overleaf there is a world time zone map, guide to paper & envelope sizes, and some conversion tables. The inside back cover has a map of the London underground. Opposite this is a National Rail map for England, Scotland and Wales, and overleaf there is another map, this time of Europe, accompanied by a table of capital cities, population and dial codes.

The sales sticker that came on the front cover peeled off smoothly and without leaving reside.

It's a very nice purchase and well worth the already cheap price.


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