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Philips Sonicare HX6511/44 EasyClean Sensitive Rechargeable Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare HX6511/44 EasyClean Sensitive Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £45.00

5.0 out of 5 stars lovely smooth clean feeling, 20 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The toothbrush included is the basic model - charging base, brush handle and brush head - and it leaves you with a lovely clean feeling.

Philips have produced another design of toothbrush head and I have to admit I like this one better than some of the previous ones which were far too bulky for my mouth and uncomfortable to use.

The company used to put a couple of spare heads in the box when you purchased one of their electric toothbrushes - sadly no more. It is a shame that they have decided to go cheap and cut out these little bonuses that made Philips the brand to get.

I like to charge my toothbrush in my bedroom rather than the bathroom (that way no-one can decided to use my brush because they can't find their own), but if you are going to do this you will need an adaptor as the toothbrush comes with the standard 2-pin plug.

As someone who has the misfortune to go into hospital quite a lot a travel bag (even a cheap plastic one) would have been nice but sadly one is not included. I have discovered that you can get a cheap plastic zip-up pencil case from a large supermarket chain which will hold the handle and separate brush head.

In conclusion after using this brush I can say that it left my teeth with that lovely smooth clean feeling.


LEGO CITY FIRE MOTORCYCLE 60000
LEGO CITY FIRE MOTORCYCLE 60000
Offered by The Brick Loft
Price: £7.94

4.0 out of 5 stars they call him "fireman lego", 15 July 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
At the RRP of 4.99 it works out at 12 pence per piece for a 40 piece Lego build; but it is a nice little red emergency services motor cycle and you get a black bodied fireman with orange and yellow printing on the torso, front of legs and the back of the torso.

The mini figure is a single faced and has a visor that can be worn over the face or raised on top of his helmet. Our rapid response fireman carries with him a yellow fire extinguisher. Sadly there are no markings on the extinguisher, not even a sticker, it is just a blank yellow extinguisher.

The red motor bike is more unusual (at least for me). Why? Simply because it is red - they are usually white. The motor bike is a much better shape than some of the older ones, and "Fireman Lego" can ride his motor bike ... well he can stand up on his motorbike which looks a little strange from the side but looks fine head on. You will always be able to identify the set that you bike came from if you use the enclosed stickers as it's identification code is the same as the Lego build number.

You also build a green recycling bin. To this you can add flames (you receive one large and 2 small) for your fireman friend to put out.

In my box I received a number of spare pieces: grey exhaust pipe, yellow light brick, blue light brick, yellow and black radio antenna, visor, flame and top for extinguisher.

It is a nice build and would make a great addition to the Lego "City" fire service; however the price per piece may make you think twice.


LEGO® Friends Olivia's Newborn Foal Playset - 41003 with accompanying Storage Bag for yourLlego
LEGO® Friends Olivia's Newborn Foal Playset - 41003 with accompanying Storage Bag for yourLlego
Offered by Bargains R Us
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars nice add-on build with a cute foal, 15 July 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a 70 piece build with a RRP of 9.99 making it 14.3 pence per piece.

Mini-doll Olivia is wearing a deep pink top with a pony pattern on it, a blue skirt and some white shoes.

There is a flowering tree, wheel barrow, a water pump and a grooming stand and water trough.

Included in the mini-extras are decorative bows and ribbons, a carrot for your foal, a bucket, brushes, a bar of soap, and so on.

It's quite a nice build and makes a good addition to the Friends veterinary set or the house set. It is even a good edition to the tree house set.


LEGO Friends - Emma's Karate Class - 41002 41002 (Emma's dojo is a piece of the Far East, right here in Heartlake City... )
LEGO Friends - Emma's Karate Class - 41002 41002 (Emma's dojo is a piece of the Far East, right here in Heartlake City... )

4.0 out of 5 stars good addition to the Friends series, 15 July 2014
This is a good small build which adds to the living quarters of the Friends.

Green eyed mini-doll Emma has black hair with a removable purple bow. She is wearing a white karate outfit: the torso has navy blue decoration and highlighting at the front. She has white and navy blue shoes which match the karate outfit.

There is a decorated screen which is quite attractive (and which is the only "wall" type piece) and can either be used as a screen door or a screen for Emma to change behind. The decoration is printed on rather than being a sticker. To the side of the screen is a blue bottle with a white top.

The room comes with protective helmet (you have to remove her hair to put the helmet on) and a sword for Emma's practice sessions, and a board/brick breaking platform to take her frustrations out on if she's had a bad day - or to show her skills off to her friends.

There is a small (bonsai) tree to add some greenery into the room.

Then there is the shelf display unit which has the holder for the sword when Emma isn't using it and on the cupboard top is the stand (a blank black headpiece on a clear base) for the protective helmet. The display unit has a join in the centre so you can fold it up to reduce storage if you want to out it away.

On the shelves are a golden trophy, a make-up pot and her purple carry bag.

The build contains 99 pieces and at a RRP of 9.99 it works out at 10 pence per piece.

If you are trying to build a "dolls house" for your Friends mini-dolls then these builds will fit nicely into a room to give the house a lived in feel. We've been building a bungalow for the mini dolls to live in using general bricks and adding the Friends sets like this one to the inside to make it more homely and a better playing experience for children.


LEGO Monster Fighters The Werewolf - 9463
LEGO Monster Fighters The Werewolf - 9463
Offered by Ormand
Price: £27.00

5.0 out of 5 stars watch out Wolfie they are after your moonstone, 15 July 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Poor old Wolfie is forced to live in a tired old tree in the middle of an ancient forest, while trying desperately to defend his one and only possession from those who would take it for their own - those like Major Quinton Steele.

Major Quinton Steele with his sniper rifle (or is it an RPG) and flash jeep-type car (and his team of henchmen and women back at base or behind a rock to come when called) has an unfair advantage on the alone and unarmed Wolfie.

Major Steele's only real problem could be keeping his hat on. It seems that the Major "big head" may have ordered a size too small as it flies off his head with little or no reason.

The self-proclaimed "Monster Fighters" have decided that they, not only want the "moonstones" that have been passed down from "monster" to "monster", but he hopes to use stories of their evil doings to turn the public against them.

The Major and his mates know that the moonstones have great power, but why is he so anxious to control them? What is he planning to use all that power for? It can't be to protect the world from the "monsters" because they have been in the "monsters" keeping for centuries without any of them making a grab for power.

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You receive 2 mini figures:

- Werewolf - good printing on torso and legs - excellent "wolf" face/head - glow in the dark claws.

- Quinton Steele - single face - good printing on torso, legs and face - hat keeps falling off and can be easily lost.

The orange/red moonstone has a glow in the dark aspect to it which is nice.

The vehicle is very nice item. It is a good build and easy on the eye.

The tree has that battered swampy feeling to it and is built in such a way that there is a platform for Wolfie to stand on but it can also be triggered to fling Wolfie out of his home.

This is a nice build which fits in perfectly with the others in the Monster Fighter series and looks perfect with the Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle.


LEGO The Lord of the Rings Hobbit Shelob Attacks (9470) by LEGO Lord of the Rings TOY
LEGO The Lord of the Rings Hobbit Shelob Attacks (9470) by LEGO Lord of the Rings TOY
Offered by Bricks England
Price: £79.95

4.0 out of 5 stars multi-jointed but incredibly creepy spider build, 15 July 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This build is 227 pieces and comes with 3 mini-figures.

- Frodo - 2 faced - great torso printing, green/grey elf cape, sting the sword and the "one" ring;

- Samwise Gamgee - 2 faced - great torso printing, green/grey cape, sword and elf-star;

- Gollum - snarling face (rather than the cutesy Gollum and that you get in the films).

Also included is a silver fish for Gollum's lunch.

There is a small build - a cave entrance with a spring board to flip Gollum at Frodo, or Sam at the spider. This includes some green vine decorations. I have to admit that this is a disappointing mini built.

The spider, however, is incredibly impressive. It is really is a multi-jointed wonder.

The legs don't just move where they are attached to the body but in 3 more places down the leg (a total of 4 moveable joints on each leg). The rear of the body moves up and down and from side to side. Even the mouth pieces move.

The head piece has printed eyes on it rather than stickers which is a very nice addition.

The only disappointing aspect of Shelob the spider is the hook on the tail rather than a stinger. Attached to the hook is a threat which you can wrap round Frodo once Shelob has stung him. Which leads me to the thread system in the tail of the spider: it is this aspect which young people may need some help with. There are cogs which need to be lined up and of course the thread which needs to be wound onto a spindle - you get quite a lot of thread to practice with. The thread system is operated by a wheel underneath the spider's body.

I admit that there isn't much playability with this set, but as a Tolkien fan it is a must have ... even though it gives me the creeps.

The RRP is 19.99 (on the Lego site) which makes it 8.8 pence per piece (for the 227 piece build) so it is not an expensive build. The only question you have to ask is do you really want the big spider looking down on you with a hungry look on its face.


LEGO Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle 9468 by LEGO [Toy]
LEGO Monster Fighters Vampyre Castle 9468 by LEGO [Toy]
Offered by Mega Bookstore
Price: £207.11

5.0 out of 5 stars universal horror movie fan heaven, 15 July 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
As an AFOL I have to say that this Monster Fighters series really rocks my socks.

I can vividly remember being a child and sitting up late on a Friday night to watch the old black and white Universal Studios monster movies. In fact I was so enamoured by them that I have bought the Blu-ray boxset.

This 949 piece build contains 6 mini figures:

- Vampyre - 2 faced - wonderful printing on face, torso, and legs - come with a great cape and a sword

- Vampyre Bride - 2 faced - nice hair piece - wonderful printing in face, torso and skirt - this is my favourite mini-figure of the year - comes with a potions vial

- Manbat - you get 2 of these - single face - good torso printing front and back, interesting wing-arms and a great "hair" piece with bat ears. I love he look of this character

- Rodney Rathbone - single face - fantastic torso printing front and back - comes with bowler hat, sword and gun

- Jack McHammer - single grumpy face - nice torso printing front and back and good denim jean printing on front of legs and has "Thor's Hammer" - it is exactly the same piece as appears in the "Avengers" builds

There are 2 builds - a car and the castle.

THE CAR - this is a nice looking green and grey speedster with a cord net launcher to catch one of the many creatures hiding near the castle.

THE VAMPYRE CASTLE - this is incredible. It has A LOT of stickers to place.

Several of the pieces have glow in the dark capability - the Vampyre's head, the brides head, a hanging skeleton, the spider on the side of the castle, the rat, the potions bottles, the stickers on the castle, orange and yellow moonstones and the various flame torches.

There is an organ in the top of the tower where the Phantom of the Opera can entertain the creatures of the night.

The RRP for this set is 79.99 make it a wonderful 8.4 pence per piece. The Vampyre Castle makes a great centre piece to this collection.


Lego 4842 Harry Potter Hogwartsª Castle
Lego 4842 Harry Potter Hogwartsª Castle
Offered by Whoopsadaisy Kids
Price: £309.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great Lego with lots going on, 15 July 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a large construction consisting of 1290 pieces (one of the biggest Lego builds currently available) and makes 9 rooms which are in 4 sections of the iconic Hogwarts Castle.

The 4 buildings are:

- Astronomy Tower, Library and the Room of Requirements
- Dumbledore's Office (with sliding staircase) and the Trophy Room
- Great Hall
- Gryffindor and Slytherin common rooms and the owlery.

The 4 sections can be joined together in whatever order the builder wants, and you can change them around if you don't like the order you have them in.

There are 10 mini figures (officially), however there is a bonus mini figure as well as some animal mini figures. You receive:

- 2 dementors
- Harry Potter (with wand and broomstick)
- Hermione Granger (with wand)
- Lord Voldermort (with white wand)
- Professor Dumbledore (with cream wand)
- Professor Snape (with wand)
- Professor McGonagall
- Professor Flitwick (with wand) - first appearance in a Lego
- Argus Filch (with key and lantern) - first appearance in a Lego

- knight in armour (bonus mini figure)

The animal mini figures included are:

- 3 owls (one white, one grey and one brown and grey)
- Mrs Norris the cat
- Scabbers the rat
- frog
- bat
- spider

Mini items include:

- sorting hat
- marauder's map
- Gryffindor sword
- Basilisk fang
- Tom Riddle's book
- telescope (for the astronomy tower)
- plates, food, torches, etc
- Quibbler and Prophet

Astronomy Tower, Library and Room of Requirement - the astronomy room as the telescope for night time classes; the library with clear sliding doors and 3 books; Room of Requirements has a certain magical wardrobe.

Dumbledore's Office (with sliding staircase) and the Trophy Room - there is a treasure chest with a message for Harry inside; trophies (including James Potter's seeker trophy), potion bottles, remembrall, magnifying glass, Sword of Gryffindor and Sorting Hat.

Great Hall - stain "glass" windows, Slytherin and Gryffindor pennants, chandler, battle axes, food (including a Lego turkey) and dishes.

Gryffindors and Slytherin common rooms and the owlery - Gryffindor common room includes a fire with Sirus Black's face in it, a room with Tom Riddle's book and (if you turn the panel around you find the bonus mini figure of the knight in armour); Slytherin common room has decorative snakes on the wall in the back of the room; and the owlery includes owls and white owl poop bricks.

It took us several days to put it all together, but we like to take our time when building our Lego items. I would suggest that you only build from one bag at a time and that you empty your bag onto a tray (preferably a high sided tray so there is less chance of losing any pieces).

When we opened the box and saw all the pieces (and the bags) involved it was somewhat daunting, but if you take it a step at a time then the instructions are easy to follow. It also helps to teach the more impatient people (adult or child) patience and the benefits of taking things a step at a time. We also take photographs regularly during the build so that we can see the progression.

At full price (RRP) it works out as approximately 8 pence per piece (0.0794 per piece), so anything below that RRP tag makes it cheaper per piece and even better value for money. When comparing it at price per piece it isn't too bad and in some cases cheaper than some of the smaller Lego kits available. It is now a retired piece and so the price will go up.

All things taken into consideration this is a great Lego set. We use them as family builds rather than individual builds, and with the complexity of this build I would suggest that younger Lego builders will need that extra help.

This is great Lego and great value for money (taken as price per piece).


LEGO Chima Ultimate Speedor Tournament 70115
LEGO Chima Ultimate Speedor Tournament 70115
Offered by Jam shop
Price: £17.49

4.0 out of 5 stars chima tournament, 15 July 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a 246 piece build with 2 mini figures spread over 4 (unnumbered) bags.

The mini-figures are:

- Cragger (part of the Croc tribe) - 2 faced - this is a nice little figure with lovely printing on torso (front and back) which is unfortunately hidden beneath the armour - comes with a lovely helmet piece which is nicely decorated.

- Laval (part of the Lion tribe) - 2 faced - lovely little figure with nice printing (front and back) which, as with Cragger, is covered by the armour - the helmet is attractively printed.

The minifigures are supposed to be attached to the speedors so if you want to display them separately then you will need to either run the speedors without the (it really makes no difference to how they work) or disconnect them after use.

There is a "Croc" speedor for Cragger and a "Lion" speedor for Laval.

These little speedors run at quite a fast speed and can cause damage to your skirting boards if they impact them, so it is a good idea to build an arena wall around the battle area.

There are a number of obstacles to stop you achieving your goal which is to release the Chi Orb from the Chi tower by hitting the hanging target.

You also receive 12 blue Chi crystals and 10 collectable trading cards for the card version of the Chima game.

There are 4 weapons (two of which have already be purloined for the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings sets.

This is an okay build - the minifigures are nice but the Speedor game was abandoned after a couple of runs. As a lifelong collector of trading cards (including cards from collectable trading card games) I have to say I wasn't impressed by the offerings in the box - there was nothing to grab me and make me want to invest money in more cards or even learn the game.

Overall the build and game turned out to be somewhat disappointing.

This is a retired build which originally had a RRP of 19.9 working out at 8 pence per piece.


LEGO Friends - Emma's Sports Car - 41013
LEGO Friends - Emma's Sports Car - 41013
Offered by CHBURNS
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a good addition to the Friends series, 15 July 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This is quite a nice Lego build for the "Friends" series (and can fit in with the "City" series too) and at an RRP of 12.99 for 159 pieces it works out at 8 pence per piece.

For your money you get an amazingly interactive car, picnic bench, signpost, location map, cat, and Emma mini-doll.

- Emma mini-doll - the dark haired figure is wearing a pale green top, dark pink skirt and matching green and pink shoes.

- Sports car - this multicolour open top car is a really nice build - light pink, white, dark pink with a dark blue flash along the side - it is quite attractive. It has heavy tread tires which definitely meet the legal road worthiness requirements. There are places for 2 mini-dolls, Emma and a friend, in the car, or for Emma's cat to sit next to her while they travel to their destination. In the back of Emma's car is a blue carry-all.

- Picnic area notice board - comes with a location map for the Heart Lake area and some flowers on the green base.

- Sign post with 2 direction pointers and another bunch of flowers at the base.

- Picnic table - this is another interesting build which actually looks quite good when completed.

The set comes with a lot of little bits and pieces including: Emma's white cat; a camera for Emma to take those photos of her cat, a sandwich, a drinks bottle, a pink covered book and a tablet computer or maybe smart phone (the only item that is printed rather than stickered).

If there is one issue I have with the set it is the large number of stickers that need to be applied. There is only one item which doesn't require a sticker and that is the tablet/phone. Surely it would have been possible to have more printed pieces at the RRP price point.

That said I like this build quite a lot. The car is superb and I like the fact that the Emma mini-doll is not the same as in previous sets; it has a nice little white cat and some decent extras. I am very happy with this set.


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