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LEGO UK 41322 Snow Resort Ice Rink Construction Toy
LEGO UK 41322 Snow Resort Ice Rink Construction Toy
Price: £19.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Winter sports for Lego's Friends, 12 Oct. 2017
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Appropriately enough for the season, Lego has released a series of winter / snow themed sets in its Friends range. This one features an (admittedly rather small) ice rink for skating or a game of ice hockey - complete with puck and goals - plus there's a skate hire booth, snack bar and a stage for live entertainment or possibly karaoke. As usual it's all decked out with cute details and in the now-traditional Friends bright colours.

The box contains three bags of parts, instruction book and a small sheet of stickers (less than usual). It's a fairly simple build suitable for ages 5 and above. Lego is never cheap but the value comes in being able to rebuild, adapt and combine the set with all your other Lego bricks. A nice little build which young Friends fans will want to add to their collection, particularly if they own the other winter-themed sets.


The Foster Child: She's got a new family now...
The Foster Child: She's got a new family now...
by Jenny Blackhurst
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too far-fetched for me, 10 Oct. 2017
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I seem to be the odd one out but unfortunately I didn't enjoy this very much. It's yet another 'evil seed' type tale, featuring a young adopted girl who may or may not have some kind of supernatural power to bring about the downfall of anyone who crosses her. I found the characters rather flat and difficult to empathise with or care about, and some of the children who appear in the story come up with schemes and plans that would put a criminal mastermind to shame. All in all a bit too much to swallow.


STAR WARS Black Series 40th Anniversary Princess Leia Organa Figure
STAR WARS Black Series 40th Anniversary Princess Leia Organa Figure
Price: £26.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Improved sculpt and nostalgia trip, 10 Oct. 2017
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This is the second version of Princess Leia from A New Hope to be released in Hasbro's 6-inch Black series and it features an improved facial sculpt from the first one, with a better likeness to the late, great Carrie Fisher. It also comes in a near-perfect replica of the original packaging from 1977, which is a major nostalgia boon to long-time fans like myself who still remember spending their pocket money on the original figures forty years ago. As with all Star Wars items, it's on the pricey side - but an excellent commemoration of the fortieth anniversary nevertheless.


LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi Elite 75529 Praetorian Guard Toy
LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi Elite 75529 Praetorian Guard Toy
Price: £16.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A new character from The Last Jedi gets the Lego treatment, 25 Sept. 2017
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Another new set in Lego's buildable Star Wars figures range; this time it's a Praetorian Guard, one of Supreme Leader Snoke's personal bodyguards in the forthcoming film The Last Jedi, very much based on the Emperor's Royal Guards from Return of the Jedi but with a definite samurai influence.

As with all these buildable figures, it's suitable for ages around 8 and up; younger children may require adult assistance with the more fiddly pieces. The finished character is very striking with his red uniform (including fabric robes) and wicked-looking double-bladed weapon, which he can slash around by moving a lever on his back.

The only downside to these figures is that they don't have the 'rebuildability' of other Lego sets - the pieces are really too specific to be used to assemble anything else. Nevertheless, this is sure to go down well with Lego and Star Wars fans of all ages.


LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi 75528 Rey Toy
LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi 75528 Rey Toy
Price: £16.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Rey buildable Lego figure, 24 Sept. 2017
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This new set in the Lego Star Wars buildable figures range depicts Rey as a Jedi-in-training from the forthcoming film The Last Jedi. It's suitable for around ages 8 and up; there are some small, fiddly pieces that may require adult assistance for younger builders.

Considering it's made of Lego bricks, this is a pretty good representation of the character. Rey comes equipped with a lightsaber (there's a wheel on her back which turns to simulate a slashing attack) and a laser pistol. She even has a fabric part to her costume to add to the authentic look. The figure is highly posable and solid enough to stand easily without assistance.

Of course, these sets do lack the usual benefit of Lego: they can't really be reassembled into something else as the parts are quite specific. Nevertheless, they're sure to appeal to fans of Lego and that galaxy far, far away.


LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi 75526 Elite TIE Fighter Pilot Toy
LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi 75526 Elite TIE Fighter Pilot Toy
Price: £15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Lego TIE Fighter Pilot buildable figure, 23 Sept. 2017
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This particular Lego Star Wars line aims to fill the gap between Lego and action figures - the characters consist of a poseable skeleton covered with plates representing armour or clothing. This release depicts one of the new-look TIE Fighter Pilots as seen in The Force Awakens and presumably The Last Jedi.

Considering the difficulties in creating a convincing human figure with moveable joints from Lego bricks, these are pretty impressive; the troopers and other armour-clad figures such as this one work particularly well. There are a number of small pieces and the build does require a delicate touch at times, so this set is best suited to children aged about 9 and up. The poseability is excellent and it's solid enough to stand easily; the laser rifle included even fires a projectile at the flick of a switch.

As always with Lego - particularly the licenced sets - it's a bit expensive for what it is, plus it's difficult to imagine how the pieces included could be used to build anything else. Nevertheless it's sure to please young (and young at heart) Star Wars fans.


LEGO UK 31067 "Modular Poolside Holiday" Construction Toy
LEGO UK 31067 "Modular Poolside Holiday" Construction Toy
Price: £19.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modular holiday home, 22 Sept. 2017
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This Creator Lego set depicts a small holiday home; it's modular in design, meaning you create the basic shell of the house and then add doors, windows, roof and furniture in a variety of different ways. The thick instruction booklet contains steps to produce three distinct layouts - but as always with Lego, there are many more possibilities.

I was concerned that the home might not be very stable considering the door and windows aren't fixed in place, but actually they are snug enough not to shake while easy enough to pop out and swap around if desired. There are extra details like a paddling pool, barbecue and table tennis equipment which add interest. The house itself is pretty small but not bad considering the price.

The Lego town in our house seems overrun by emergency services but has very few places to live - where do all the people sleep, my children ask repeatedly - so another dwelling, albeit a rather tiny one, is certainly welcome.


LEGO 60167 Coast Guard Head Quarters Construction Toy
LEGO 60167 Coast Guard Head Quarters Construction Toy

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5.0 out of 5 stars Coast Guard HQ, 22 Sept. 2017
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This is, I believe, the largest set in Lego's latest version of their Coast Guard theme. The box contains eight numbered bags of bricks, an extra bag of larger plates and parts, five instruction books and the usual sheet of stickers, and should keep children of around 8 and up busy building for several hours (younger ones may need some adult assistance for the stickers and smaller pieces).

It's quite an impressive collection: first up is a civilian four-seater speedboat, its driver (pilot?) firing a flare gun for assistance with what appears to be an electrical fire in the engines. There's also a shark and an octopus lurking nearby, and a buoy. Then there's the main lifeboat, with a captain and two crew members, fitted with a below-deck medical centre and a small inflatable that launches from the rear of the vessel. There's also a rescue helicopter with pilot and ground crew, plus landing pad. Finally there's the two-storey headquarters with a waiting area downstairs (complete with TV and newspaper) and an office upstairs, staffed by another member of the coast guard team. Seven minifigures in total. The boats all float in the bath, by the way!

Lego sets are usually on the expensive side but you do know you're getting a high quality product (I don't think we've ever had pieces that wouldn't snap together properly, as happens with some cheaper imitation brands) that will keep the kids - of all ages! - involved for a lot longer than most toys.


Star Wars: The Nest (Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space)
Star Wars: The Nest (Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space)
by Tom Huddleston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the previous books, 22 Sept. 2017
Following on from The Escape and The Snare, this next installment in the Wild Space series sees Milo, Lina, Morq and CR-8R following an anti-Imperial broadcast to a jungle planet populated by dangerous creatures and a callous hunter.

We didn't enjoy this story quite as much as the previous ones. The plot didn't have much to do with Milo and Lina's search for their parents, and it was lacking in the humour and thrills of the prior adventures. Still, it's a decent enough read for young Star Wars fans - but we're hoping the series gets back to the main storyline in the next book.


Monin Premium Caramel Sugar Free Syrup 1 L
Monin Premium Caramel Sugar Free Syrup 1 L
Price: £8.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caramel flavoured coffee without the sugar - or the guilt, 22 Sept. 2017
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This is terrific stuff - now I can enjoy caramel flavoured coffee without any guilt as the syrup is sugar free and there are only around 200 calories and 6g of carbs in an entire litre bottle - the nutritional info in the description above is completely WRONG btw - which lasts me about a month (and I drink A LOT of coffee). The flavour is excellent - yes, there is a slight sweetener aftertaste as you'd expect, but if you're used to having artificial sweetener in tea or coffee then you'll hardly notice it. It tastes great in either ground, instant or machine pod coffee and the price on here is far cheaper than buying it in the shops. The syrup also tastes good on pancakes, waffles and ice cream. In fact, I have to stop myself necking it straight from the bottle... :-)


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