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STAR WARS Force Link Starter Playset
STAR WARS Force Link Starter Playset
Price: £24.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a gimmick and quite pricey!, 17 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Force Link Starter set comes with a wrist band secured to your child with velcro and a small Kylo Ren figure. The wrist band links up to the toy using wireless technology (you wave the toy in front of the wristband or tap it) and unlocking phrases from the films. The toy requires 3 AAA batteries which are not included so make sure you have them to hand if this is a present!

The idea of the 'Link' toys is that the toys in the range are 'activated' by the wrist band bringing them to life by making them say phrases from the films related to the character or vehicle that is being linked to. This reminds me very much of the Vtech ranges where you can insert different vehicles or animals into a playset and they give off a specific phrase relating to that play set. Both our children loved playing with the vtech toys, although ultimately they got bored with the sounds and phrases in a short while and just played with they toys using their imaginations and I can well imagine this will be the case with this set - although as this set is wireless and relies on you waving the toy in front of the wristband it is far more sophisticated in it's technology so may have a bit more longevity.

There are over 30 toys which can interact with the wristband which is great in that it gives you lots of opportunity to find things your child will like, however this does make things somewhat expensive. Each toy is not particularly cheap and so to try and get a complete range would involve a hefty spend. Prices I have found range from £9.99 for a single figure at the lower end to a whopping £199.00 for a BB-8 mega playset. To find toys which link to this range you need to look for the blue logo on the packaging and on the toy itself - with this figure is can be found on the bottom of his foot.

Overall our set seems to work fairly well and doesn't seem to glitch too much - perhaps our son has got his link technology waving and tapping at the right level, but I am aware from other reviews that this is not always the case.

Ultimately this toy is a good bit of fun for small people but the initial excitement is not going to last and if you want to have a complete set you will have to spend a small fortune. For those who are serious with their Star Wars toy collecting then these will have more appeal but for kids then the Force Link is a bit of a gimmick.


WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Hanging Tinsel Snowman with 20 Warm White LED Lights Christmas Decoration - 50 cm, Multi-Colour
WeRChristmas Pre-Lit Hanging Tinsel Snowman with 20 Warm White LED Lights Christmas Decoration - 50 cm, Multi-Colour
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A quirky bit of Christmas joy - especially for small people!, 17 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Christmas decoration is a large friendly snowman face made from a plastic frame with thin tinsel in different colours woven through it to make the face. There are also 20 white LED's woven through the decoration to make it twinkle.

This decoration is not to my usual taste as I tend to prefer things to be a little more subtle however this is not the case for our two children who love everything sparkly and glittery. They absolutely love this decoration and cannot wait to find a place for it to be put up at Christmas. If I am honest I suspect this product is aimed squarely at a family market and it sits well here. On the quality side of things I am a little nervous that the plastic frame could be a little flimsy and prone to breakage if we don't treat this with care but the tinsel seems well attached and it's not likely to fall apart without external intervention!

The LED lights need you to put batteries in to make them work which is a shame as it would be nice if it came with them already inserted. That said I suspect that the seller of this item will need to store their stock for some time and if there are batteries inside then you do run the risk of them leaking during this time and thus ruining the product so I do understand why they are not included. Once batteries are inserted the lights work well and make the whole thing a little more magical. As others have mentioned it would be nice if the decoration had a place to store the battery pack behind the snowman instead of just leaving it hanging. We have solved this by making a pouch ourselves with a little bit of gaffer tape and some fabric attached to the frame but when you buy something new you don't really expect to have to do DIY on it!

Price wise I think this is probably a little over priced but not by too much. There are many more over priced Christmas items out there of a far lesser quality.

Overall this is a quirky decoration and if you have small children I suspect it will bring great excitement and joy which is something I think we all aim for at Christmas.


NitWits All In One Head Lice Solution 120 ml
NitWits All In One Head Lice Solution 120 ml
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Nit Kicker, 16 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As parents of 5 and 3 year old monkeys who attend school and nursery, Nits are, sadly, a frequent visitor in our home nowadays. Nitwits has been a go to brand ever since we first saw the tell tale scratching at the nape of the neck.

The product is a good one, seems to be fairly effective, two treatments over 7 days seems enough to clear the horrible beasties away until the next time. The texture is like conditioner which makes for easier combing through, a big plus given our youngest has curly ringlets that just love tangling themselves up.

There is an odour, I personally really dislike it but it doesn't bother my wife or the kids at all so I guess it's case of try it to see on that score.

Overall, it's a good product, does the job.


Watch Mate Baby Set-Watch-Watch Boy's Educational 4-7 Years-Blue Dial Bracelet with Beads Plastic Multicoloured
Watch Mate Baby Set-Watch-Watch Boy's Educational 4-7 Years-Blue Dial Bracelet with Beads Plastic Multicoloured
Price: £23.60

4.0 out of 5 stars A Timley Hit, 14 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Our Five year old son is just learning to tell the time at school so being presented with the chance to review this watch was perfectly timed (poor pun intended)

This is a nice watch, the pirate design is fun and eye-catching and our son loves wearing it and showing it off. It fits him well and the materials feel good quality.

As others have noted, this is a French product and, although there are plenty of English instruction and materials, the predominant language usede throughout is French. Not a problem in itself but something to note.

It's currently priced at over £20 which feels a little bit on the higher side but is not overly excessive. Overall, the boy likes it and its a useful tool to boost the learning of time.


The Baby Detective: Solve your baby problems your way
The Baby Detective: Solve your baby problems your way
by Sarah Norris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for all new parents, 11 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a really interesting and informative book. In my experience most baby books give you rules to follow and tell you how to deal with one problem in one way, often lumping all small people together when the reality is that no two babies are the same. This books differs from this significantly.

The book helps parents to detangle the minefield of parenthood and offers different solutions which can be tried out to see what works for your child. The author Sarah Norris clearly has a deep understanding of babies and she is sharing her knowledge with those of us who have less experience but are in need of a helping hand. I really enjoyed reading it and even though my kids are a little older now I am sure some of the techniques will come in handy when babysitting for smaller ones or just when friends are sharing their baby woes in the future!

A great read for all new parents who want to look for different techniques to get them through the first few months. It would also make a great gift at a baby shower for a first time mum to help soothe nerves and give them the tools to approach parenthood positively and with confidence.


LEGO UK 70917 "The Ultimate Batmobile" Construction Toy
LEGO UK 70917 "The Ultimate Batmobile" Construction Toy
Price: £107.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Superior Toy, 11 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As a lifelong devotee to Batman, an enthusiastic user of Lego in my youth and the father of a small boy who is just developing a Lego fixation being offered the chance to review this made my inner geek squeal with delight.

As ever, with Lego the price tag reflects the size and complexity of the beast within and, yes, this is an eye catchingly expensive toy. It's also a very good one.

Made with the usual high quality and packaged with an exciting design on its box - this is an awesome amount of fun.

I've never had the most patience in the word when it comes to building things but i actually found this quite easy thanks to the good instructions. My son is some way off the recommended age bracket for building this but was perfectly happy playing with the figures as i built it (endless 'is it ready yet?' questions aside!) and i doubt anyone much younger than the prescribed age could manage the build.

Once completed, the contruction is as robust as Lego can be and we've had a huge amount of fun playing with it. It's a really attractive and well thought out toy.

For older Lego & Batman fans - well worth your investment


FIND Men's Boots, Blue (Navy), 9 UK
FIND Men's Boots, Blue (Navy), 9 UK

4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, 11 Oct. 2017
This review is from: FIND Men's Boots (Shoes)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It's difficult to review these shoes fully as the price isn't known at time of writing and value for money is, naturally, key when considering such things.

That aside, these are fairly decent trainers. Aesthetically they aren't the most stylish of designs, you'd not want to wear the on a night in town for example, but they are functional certainly. The material is breathable and the blue a pleasant hue. Solid three stars on this score.

The shoes earn their fourth star by being very comfortable indeed, the sole is great - almost weightless. I've enjoyed a few jogs in them and a few jaunts around town too.

If you need substance rather than style, these are a dent shout if priced under £35.


NitWits Head Lice Combing Solution
NitWits Head Lice Combing Solution
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but over-powering and not great for sensitive scalps., 9 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The first thing to note about this product is that it is not designed to actually kill lice. It is instead designed to cover hair and slow lice down so that they can be combed out easily.

When you open the bottle of lotion the first thing you notice is the extremely strong smell of tea tree. It s really over-powering and whilst I realise this is to help shock the lice who do not generally like tea tree oil, it is also pretty off putting if you are trying to get this on to the head of a small child - which lets face it most of us will be!

We found that for a child with thick hair you do need quite a lot of product to get the hair at all slick. Each time you add more product also means a new blast of tea tree scent and I have to say there was quite a lot of bribery involved to get enough product added to our sons hair. After you have finished adding lotion you will need to start combing through and although this lotion is designed to make this easier it doesn't seem to have worked in our case. I found that the hair did pull through but it took a lot of effort and if there were any slight tangles or if you pulled the hair in a new direction our son yelled like crazy. That said lice and eggs did seem to be removed well, it was just a bit of a nightmare getting there.

I think a product like this is great as you don't want to be dousing your family's hair in lice killer every week but this one does need a little more thought. We will stick to using a good conditioner for this sort of thing in the future.


FIND Women's Smocked Cuff T-Shirt, White (Weiß), 14 (Manufacturer size: Large)
FIND Women's Smocked Cuff T-Shirt, White (Weiß), 14 (Manufacturer size: Large)
Price: £13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, easty to wear top, 8 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a simple plain white top with cuffed sleeves made of 100% cotton. It seems pretty true to size and fits me as a size 16 well. I do find the material could be a little thicker, I prefer to wear a vest top underneath as it can seem a little see through in certain lights. Overall it is a nice comfortable top which is easily paired with jeans of smart trousers. It is well priced at the time of writing - being £13 - and so would be an ideal basic item to have in any wardrobe.


Vtech 504603 Toot-Toot Animals Adventure Safari
Vtech 504603 Toot-Toot Animals Adventure Safari
Price: £35.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A large fun toy that could do with being a little easier to assemble!, 5 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This toy comes in a large brightly coloured box with lots of pictures on the front which aim to get your child excited about what is inside.

Once out of the box this is not the easiest product to assemble (and we have put a good few together in our time) and once assembled it is not easy to move around without parts falling off. You might want to take your time with construction and putting stickers on as although it’s not exactly rocket science when you have an excited three year old climbing on your back to try and play it can be a challenge to see which way round bits go or to be able to click things together easily. We found that the instructions were not overly clear and so spent most of the time being guided by the photograph on the box. Also the stickers really are very sticky and need to be stuck first time with no readjusting, which in itself is not an issue but again if you have a small person jiggling you about in excitement this can lead to some wonky sticker issues which can’t be resolved! Once you have put the whole thing together on a sturdy flat surface it is a great toy, but if you need to move it be aware that it will come apart and need to be moved in sections and reassembled. This does mean it can be broken down easily for storage but also can be problematic if you just want to move to a different table or play space.

This set arrives with one interactive animal and 6 roly-poly animals that do not talk or interact at all. We had a bit of a disappointed moment with our son who saw the pictures on the box and was desperate to be the cheetah that is pictured in the foreground but unfortunately only the monkey is provided. We had been aware that only the monkey was provided and bought a panda separately but it is such a shame for a child to get a present and be excited by the packaging only to find that the toy they wanted is not included.

That said once everything is clicked into place, stickers are stuck and it is set firmly on a flat surface there is a lot of fun to be had. The talking monkey does get old pretty quickly and although it is loved it does play second fiddle to the more simple roly-poly animals. They slide about all over the place and zoom around the play set in a much easier fashion. Being smaller they can fit into the smaller spaces more easily and hide, ready to jump out and surprise people or other animals. Both our kids love playing with this set and although I think there could be improvements made to make it more sturdy and fit together more easily it is a very playable with toy which is where it counts I think! Hopefully we have at least a couple more years to get fun out of it before our small people become too big to enjoy it.


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