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Pearl Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Garden Grow Your Own Kit
Pearl Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Garden Grow Your Own Kit
Price: £18.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, though a bit pricey, 18 April 2015
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This is a great idea - instructions were clear and straightforward, had no problems setting up and getting it going.

Got a decent crop of mushrooms, and will definitely attempt a second round.

However, having to drop a star off for the high price. Much as I think it's an excellent idea, it's a fairly steep price to pay for the novelty factor.


LEGO® City 4206 recycling truck
LEGO® City 4206 recycling truck
Offered by Engelhard Toystore
Price: £39.64

3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Lego set, 18 April 2015
This is a good set, but is currently priced very high (nearly forty pounds). Should be closer to twenty to twenty five pounds.

The set itself is very good. Good, if fairly basic truck, that can have the selection of 3 bins loads onto it. Biggest hit with my children was the forklift truck, as it's good fun picking up the bins with it.

Also has 3 mini figures included.

Would have given five stars for the design and quality of the set, but dropping to 3 stars for the current very high price. Will regrade review if price changes significantly.


LEGO Juniors 10680: Garbage Truck
LEGO Juniors 10680: Garbage Truck
Price: £14.97

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, easy to build Lego, 18 April 2015
This is an excellent Lego set for young children. It's straightforward to build, and a good size - the main bin lorry bucket is an all in one piece, and the other components are fairly big. Easy for a 4 year old to put together.

Also has good little accessories with it, including a couple of mini figures, and a big dumpster style bin.

A good value, easy to construct set.


LEGO City 60074: Bulldozer
LEGO City 60074: Bulldozer
Price: £19.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant bulldozer, 16 April 2015
This review is from: LEGO City 60074: Bulldozer (Toy)
Got this for my son, who has pointed it out every time we've sent it in a toy shop.

The set meets the high expectations he has - it's an excellent set.
The main piece is obviously the bulldozer, and it's a fantastic piece of lego. It's big and solid, and is an excellent vehicle. The kids have been delighted with it, and love pushing the heaps of loose lego we have around with this big bulldozer.

It's not too difficult to construct, though does have quite a lot of parts to it, so quite an enjoyable build for kids.

There is a good selection of little bits and pieces with it, including a couple of mini figures and some tools.

Highly recommended.


LEGO Architecture 21013: Big Ben
LEGO Architecture 21013: Big Ben
Price: £24.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lego set, 16 April 2015
Got this as a father's day present as something me and my 4 year old son could work on in advance of our trip to London.

It's been a great success - it's pretty straightforward to build - too complex for a 4 year old to easily follow the instructions, but easy enough that he can build it with an adult's direction, so works well as an activity to do together.

The model looks very nice, fair amount of detail, and completed looks like a good replication of the real thing. My other son (who is 2) also took great delight in destroying it - but both boys were delighted when they then got the chance to see the real thing.

Highly recommended.


Trains (First Sticker Book) (First Sticker Books)
Trains (First Sticker Book) (First Sticker Books)
by Sam Taplin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sticker book, 15 April 2015
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Got this for a long journey, and my 2 sons (4 and 2) really loved it, given we were on a train at the time.

It's got a great range of different scenes, steam trains, monorails, train stations, etc.

Stickers are pretty chunky, easy for young kids to handle, and nice and colourful.

Highly recommended.


Farm Sticker Book
Farm Sticker Book
by Sam Taplin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sticker book, 15 April 2015
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This review is from: Farm Sticker Book (Paperback)
Got this for a long train journey, and it was perfect. My sons (2 and 4) loved the stickers, each page have a great range of small and large stickers. The book is nice and colourful, and covered a good variety of farm scenarios.

Highly recommended.


Octonauts Gup D Crab Mode
Octonauts Gup D Crab Mode
Offered by Mytoyfactory
Price: £24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun toy, 14 April 2015
This review is from: Octonauts Gup D Crab Mode (Toy)
Got this for my 4 year old son, and it has caused several arguments in our house, between him and his 2 year brother. They both love it - putting Barnacles in and out of his pod is great fun (despite other review noting there isn't space, which just isn't true), as is grabbing the included blue crab with the claw.

It feels like a quality product, nice and solid, very unlikely it will get broken by little hands.

However, I've not been able to give a full 5 stars - a star off for the drill that it is supposed to spray water - the button is fairly hard for youngsters to work, and the resultant spray once the drill is full of water is pretty lame - I thought it would be a good feature, but give its difficulty to use and unimpressive results, my kids aren't interested in that particular feature.

In summary though, definitely recommended.


Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Blades Refill (Pack of 4)
Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Blades Refill (Pack of 4)
Price: £7.56

5.0 out of 5 stars The best razor blades, 7 April 2015
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Excellent razor blades - I've tried the various different options and competitors over the years - these blades are spot on for sharpness, safety, and size to get a shave exactly the way you want.

Highly recommended


Staedtler Lumocolor drywipe/whiteboard medium tip pens wallet set of 4 markers
Staedtler Lumocolor drywipe/whiteboard medium tip pens wallet set of 4 markers
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent whiteboard pens, 7 April 2015
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These are excellent pens, pretty fine nib (rather than medium), work very well, clear and colourful - highly recommended


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