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LEGO Dimensions: Starter Pack (Xbox 360)
LEGO Dimensions: Starter Pack (Xbox 360)
Offered by GamesdirectLTD
Price: £31.85

3.0 out of 5 stars I must admit I'm a little dissappointed, 11 July 2017
What you get - a play pad, and vortex model, a story level of about 12 episodes, three main characters - Gandalf, Wildstyle and Batman, and the Bat Mobil that has three rebuilds. The characters allow you access to three adventure worlds (Lord of the Rings, DC, Lego Movie) which are task, not story orientated. What you don't get in the pack - broadband, Xbox live account or equivalent - so you can download and play your game. The playtime compared to the money outlay is less value for money than buying a Lego game disc such as Lego StarWars for example.
On the face of it, this looks to be a good fun game. It's quite fun to choose an odd bunch of misfits to go wandering through .. Well just about anywhere.
If you have played a Lego game before, you will know it's about running round your environment, smashing up every Lego object in sight and collecting the coins. You also have to find mini kits in levels, and gold bricks in adventure worlds. Some of which involve a puzzle or task.
This game is pay to play. If you want to have particular characters, levels, stories or adventure worlds, then you have to buy them. You are able to play the main game with the starter pack, BUT the pay/play walls set up in the game stop you finding all the stuff, you cannot 100% the main Vorton game without buying certain characters. You can't even get into secret areas where half the gold bricks are. Lego added a hire a hero feature to appear to be less 'greedy', however in many places, because of the complexity of the puzzles and glitches, hire a hero often doesn't work. Spawning an underwater character often appears miles away from the task, and by the time you've found it again, your 60 (now 120 seconds) has run out. This is a shame as some of the fun in other Lego games has been in collecting all the Jedi, or Superheroes through playing the game. Not buying them.
In previous games the red bricks gave you super powers to allow the game to be played more quickly on the second go, it made it more interesting (having already played it through once). Or the red bricks made it easier to complete things you couldn't do before - no such luck with this game - buy superman for invincibility, and you won't get fall rescue to stop your mini guy falling off a cliff, until you've bought and completed the mission Impossible level. The red bricks mostly do things like add captions or moustaches, which wears thin pretty quick.
I think when looking at value for money and game play enjoyment this is pretty poor. The game is unstable, you can lose all your progress, achievements (gold bricks) disappear, your game can freeze or glitch at any given point, some glitches prevent you from completing the task/game, such as the entire contents of a room disappearing after hiring a hero with your well earned Lego studs. There is a vast amount of addons, patches and new downloadable content, that adversely affect the way the game functions. On line gamers have reported the frustration of having a 27/28 gold bricks score, and there being no task/gold brick or race to complete. This makes the game less fun and more frustrating.
There are some elements of the game that are extremely frustrating, the races are about as popular as a fart in a lift. Adults and kids alike cannot complete all the races, there is absolutely no margin of error, they have to be completed very fast and the vehicles and characters are very difficult to control. This, together with the lack of in game saving points (eg if you leave a level or adventure world you are punished by the gold coin count, 'rule breaker' bar being reset to zero), encourages long hours trying to complete the game, which I don't think is very healthy. I could do with a red brick to slow down time in order to 100% my adventure worlds by completing the flying and swimming races. For most people this is the most unenjoyable part of the game. Children have meltdowns when they can't complete the races fast enough to earn their gold brick, so they can 100% and finish the game (adults have melt downs too or as gamer boy says 'rage quit'). I don't know anyone that has 'finished' or 100% the Lego dimensions game.
Some people may say that the good thing about it is that you can keep adding too it. I'm sceptical, having bought Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts in the new wave 'Shard' extra content, I have found a whole new wave of play/pay walls, a whole new bunch of characters to buy to complete the Adventure Worlds that I already have access to and even more difficult races. It is like having a money tree for Lego. Since adding new content, my game has become more unstable. We do like Lego games, but this one is not as enjoyable as we hoped it would be, it IS very expensive and still after 8 months nowhere near finishing it. It's a shame that I couldn't just play Fantastic Beasts from a disc.
The good stuff -
In the first wave you will have opportunity to unlock (by purchase) Ghostbusters, Scooby Doo, Simpsons, Wizard of Oz, Portal 2, Doctor Who (all 12 - no no 13!) and Tardis interior, Jurrassic World, Chima, Ninjago, 8bit Gamer (with original games like Defender, Asteroids, Paper Boy, and Wood Cutter), Back to the Future (with time travel puzzles). If you manage to 100% this you get the Vorton disco. All the worlds are different and have different qualities in the graphics eg cartoon for Scooby Doo. The characters have their own catchphrases and interact with each other. You can choose your favourite characters to play in any level, adventure world or story (with purchase).
Hints - hold down B to get to the interior Tardis, set the doctor to cycle regenerations to unlock all the doctors, (get the doctor to regenerate and take him to his own interior Tardis. Take Tom Baker into the Tardis on the 4th of the month to unlock a special wooden interior. The Tardis can transport you to secret sci-fi locations - including Red Dwarf, using the Tardis stops in the main game. Also, Use the Gamer Boy's game consul, to unlock all the 8bit games stations in the main game - to unlock them in Arcade World. Best swimmers, Aquaman, Scooby, Cyberman, best flyers Wicked Witch and Superman Wonder Woman - discuss?
There are some very nice touches in this game, which I think is why I'm still trying to play it, like Scooby Doo's invisibility ability, where he puts on a pink dress. But I have very mixed feelings about it. Wish it had been properly game tested for stability, before it was launched.


LEGO Ideas Doctor Who Assembly Kit
LEGO Ideas Doctor Who Assembly Kit
Offered by gosling toys
Price: £59.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ooooo eeeee ooooooo!, 8 Dec. 2015
Nice little set that holds together much better than the character building tardis, that constantly collapses and does not even fit together properly. Expensive, hence 4 stars, but good lego build quality. It's quite a dense set in a compact box. Amazon sellers are charging almost twice the amount of lego direct, and lego have loads of sets in stock, so go to them and don't be ripped off. We like using the character building 'Who' characters with the lego sets anyway and make up our own. This is a lego 'ideas' set which are often one offs and not a 'Whovian' subset of lego. However, as there are already some doctor Who character sets in the new lego dimensions game, it's likely there are more Who sets in the pipe line, especially as Who has become a more global phenomenon. Personally I'm hoping for a 'collectors edition' Motorised Davros!
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Genuine British Spiced Fox Brown Tip Natural Sheepskin Fur Rug 100 x 90 cm
Genuine British Spiced Fox Brown Tip Natural Sheepskin Fur Rug 100 x 90 cm
Offered by Barnscroft of Devon ltd
Price: £33.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Always wanted some of these for luxury camping.., 25 Nov. 2015
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Lovely strokeable, soft fluffy fleece, for the sofa and the tent. Smells a bit like talcum powder. Like the natural look of light brown tips, rather than pure white. Goes well with my beige Mexican yoga blankets. Slight variation in sizes - one really big one (obviously a big fat sheep), and one the same length but narrower, (skinny sheep) - thank you sheep you will keep my back and bum warm out camping and on cold winter nights. Much more comfy and cushioned to sit on than those plasticky pointy tripod stools for camping. Some folks put them on their camp chairs or even on car seats for long journeys. My sensory 9 year old will love these when he gets back from school.


YogaDirect Traditional Mexican Yoga Blanket (Light Brown)
YogaDirect Traditional Mexican Yoga Blanket (Light Brown)

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for glamping, 24 Nov. 2015
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Wow - sort of accidentally ordered brown instead of the brighter colours, but actually was pleasantly surprised by 'light brown' they look very nice on my sofa with my aubergine throws. Ethnic design if you like that sort of thing. They are like a thin rug or stiff blanket. I got them to go in my bell tent to glamp it up, it's useful if you have things in a tent that can be multi use eg put on the floor as a rug, or used as extra fluff under or over your sleeping bag (nothing worse than being too cold at night to sleep). Also they are not too heavy and bulky to shove in the car. Wouldn't mind wrapping up in these round the camp fire, to keep out the chilly evenings. Good value at only £16 each. They are a good size (as advertised), and arrived quickly and adequately packaged. I may have to get more actually, they do look nice.


Vango Folding with Piezo Backpacking and Camping Gas Stove - Silver
Vango Folding with Piezo Backpacking and Camping Gas Stove - Silver
Offered by camping-online ltd
Price: £31.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid stove with in built flexibility, 24 Nov. 2015
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Tested straight out the box, takes seconds to unfold and screw in gas canister. Lit first time, with handy built in ignition (good if you're like me and sometimes forget matches or can't find them in the tent). Set up with an ordinary medium pan from my kitchen and feels very stable on flat surface. Very hot burn, you need to be aware that the stove stays hot once the burner is switched off, need to let it cool before packing away. Good quality build and materials and doesn't seem overly complicated. Fits Coleman, 500g 250g and 100g self sealing canisters, so is very flexible, (these self sealing canisters are pretty standard in camping supplies so should not be a problem obtaining). Hoping to replace my Coleman fold and go, which I can no longer get the canisters for, with 2 of these burners for family camping. Much lighter and less bulky than my camping gaz grill! And the big gas bottle! Going to see if I can fit it in my trangia 25 next??? Don't know why the trangia conversion gas burner is soooo expensive at twice the price of this nice little stove.


Slam Dunk Your Laundry Over the Door Basketball Net Bag Kids Storage Organiser
Slam Dunk Your Laundry Over the Door Basketball Net Bag Kids Storage Organiser

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Off the floor, 16 Oct. 2015
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Great for getting the youngest to put his washing somewhere, other than on the floor, reminds him to change his clothes! It is a little flimsy and doesn't hold much, but to be honest, by that time, the gathered clothing from everyone's room is enough for a wash. We are very strapped for space in the box room, so it was great to have a laundry basket that didn't take up floor space. Just would like a product that's a bit more robust, although ours has survived a year now, just don't overload it.


The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
by Nick Mann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by mine craft, 16 Oct. 2015
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Great book - very visual and not at all stuffy old school. I bought it for a 9 year old interested in science, who has only been introduced to the periodic table through mine craft. He has started to ask questions about elements and what they are. Wanted to show him that the REAL elements are different and not like the mine craft ones. He is particularly interested in radioactive substances, this book was ideal in explaining what uranium was to satisfy his curiosity. It's a great book to dip in and out of, I wouldn't expect him to read it cover to cover, (although it is under his pillow). There is a double page colourful spread for each element, and the text is very readable. It is ordered in a way sympathetic to the periodic table. I love that practical everyday objects are used to illustrate what the elements are and how we use them in everyday life. Takes you up to secondary level science concepts, but in a way younger children may find interesting. He likes to categorise, order and group things, so this is right up his street. Found it when searching for a periodic table poster on line. Would quite like to get the cards that go with the book, and the poster. Also the book about molecules from the same series. I do think that when kids ask questions about a topic it's fine to give them text that takes them beyond what they may be doing at school. Hopefully it will make chemistry look interesting rather than scary, by the time he reaches secondary school.


Clarke Sweetone D Whistle - Natural
Clarke Sweetone D Whistle - Natural
Offered by 1to1music
Price: £6.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet tone, 16 Oct. 2015
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It is a good tone, good value for money and has a nice feel to play, not super dooper top notch, but a very reliable little instrument.


Chasing Shadows [DVD] [2014]
Chasing Shadows [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Reece Shearsmith
Price: £10.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You never answer your phone!, 16 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Chasing Shadows [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
- how many times have I said that one! Laughed my socks off - mostly in recognition of the aspie (aspergers)/ extreme blokey traits that I have come to know so well. At least my one doesn't clear off in the car on his own and leave you choking on exhaust fumes, otherwise I wouldn't have 'accidentally married him'. I don't normally go for 'who dunnits', but had read an article about this in the NAS (national autism society) magazine and was intrigued. Gory murder details are not my thing either, thankfully this is more about relationships, or rather Stone's inability to have any. The 'who dunnit' is the dynamic bit that gets the characters running about. I think I had at least 3 possible murderers down, by the end of each episode. Loved the polar opposites of Ruth's and DI Stone's characters, and the humour. If you live with people who think that being taken into custody, is something about a hot yellow sauce, usually served with rhubarb, then this might be your thing. It's communication but not as we know it. Ruth has this expression of exasperation, (Alex Kingston does this so well) that is frighteningly familiar. It's always very funny when you watch someone else dealing with such idiosyncratic behaviour. Some comments have said they think the series is unrealistic, no honestly aspies do say things that make other peoples hair stand on end, it says so on the card I keep in my wallet. Although I do agree that Stone would have struggled to pass the police selection process, still you mustn't let too much realism get in the way of a good story. Ruth is the people person, who gets results by actually talking to them, Stone uses a task orientated approach, to search out patterns and find the missing people (he favours machines). Strangely they often come to the same conclusions through different routes (I'm sure there's a message in there somewhere) Stone Is just a bloke with issues, I like that he has a home and has held down a job in the police. So many think autism is Dustin Hoffman in the Rainman. Don't agree that this format has been over done and look forward to watching Monk next, for a comparison. This is definitely a British drama though (filmed in SE London), and not a comedy, it raises questions about serious issues. ASD and mental health are one of the least visible, underfunded, understood and under recognised issues around. Everyone knows what a wheelchair means, but would you understand a guy hiding in the airing cupboard? One episode takes you into a secure hospital to meet a schizophrenic and another talks about bi-polar disorder; suicide and internet safety are also issues raised. I see any exposure that provokes discussion as a good thing, I wonder what other aspie folk have made of it? It comes as two two-parter, each two-parter with its own resolution, so only 4 Episodes in all! Would love to see what happens next - seems to end on a bit of a Cliffhanger, (without trying to give too much away) or maybe that was the intent of the writer, that some things have no resolution and that's the point. I think Ruth should definitely get Stone a cat in the next Episode to improve his interaction skills. I'd love to see Stone show his empathy, a lot of people assume that asd people have no emotions or empathy, they have loads, it's just not the same as other peoples. And Prior needs to get both of them lone worker training, before one of them gets clubbed from behind again.


FDS Toilet Shower Changing Beach Camping Tent Room Portable Pop Up Private Travel (Camouflage)
FDS Toilet Shower Changing Beach Camping Tent Room Portable Pop Up Private Travel (Camouflage)
Offered by MV TRADE

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Whoops apocalypse, 5 Aug. 2015
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Turned into a pancake on the first gust of wind, only good as a screen if you happen to camp where there isn't any.


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