Furby Connect from Hasbro – Review

I confess – I’ve always loved Furby. Even those annoying ones who spoke a language we could never understand and didn’t stop chatting.

Thank goodness for Furby Connect – the Furby of 2016, I can actually come clean with my secret.

Furby Connect is all set to be on a lot of Christmas lists, I’m sure and rightly so.

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First impressions –

I love the fur – it’s really, really soft.

It has the most adorable ears that move and are quite large adding to the appeal.

It has a sleep mask. YAY!! It finally stops chatting and I don’t need to throw in the towel. Well, over it, I mean.

It is SO much clearer in it’s speech – I can actually understand it.

How it works –

On inserting the batteries, it immediately starts talking and for once I could understand it immediately. The kids were thrilled at being able to understand it and had great fun…pulling it’s tail.

Furby responds with witty one liners as well as tells you exactly what it wants and it loves music. Play music for Furby and it reacts by moving it’s eyes and ears.

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Put the sleep mask on and it falls asleep with some very realistic snores. To wake it up, take the mask off and jiggle the antenna or pet it or pull it’s tail.

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The App

And since it is the 21st century, yes there is an app. Through the app, you can feed Furby and it can even lay eggs so you can have your very own Furbabys. How adorable.

The Furby Connect World app takes you into Furby world where you can do so much more – play games, watch videos and of course care for your Furby.  There are over 60 Furbys in the world that you can care for and feed and you can do this with the help of the items available.

The toy expresses itself by 150 animations and over 1000 phrases. It really is an awesome toy and I’m sure it will be well received by any child. I’m almost tempted to put one on my list to Santa just to see how they interact.

We received the teal one for review but they are also available in blue, pink, coral and purple.

Furby Connect is retailing at about £79.99 and is available at all major retailers. It is selling out fast though so if you haven’t picked on up, you’d better get on it as soon as possible.

It also has our Elves Choice Stamp 2016 –

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I was sent the above toy to review. All ideas and opinions are my own and have in no way been influenced. 

Sleep Tight All Night Unicorn Review

My little one is not so little anymore. But she is still little enough to require a night light and a huggable bedtime buddy. What better companion then than the Sleep Tight All Night Unicorn from Golden Bear Toys?

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Yes, there may be quite a few bedtime buddies around but this one is different. I’ll tell you why.

First of all, the unicorn is an ideal bed buddy on it’s own – it’s soft and fluffy (think Despicable Me) and very huggable – when the light feature is removed from it.

Which leads me to the next feature where you can remove the light and sound bit and use it on it’s own. This is great for when you don’t need it any longer and the unicorn can be used as a cuddly toy. Which means that the toy can grow with the child.

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The light and sounds feature can be customised with the help of parental controls. You decide what time the child sleeps and awakes. When you set the timer, the light glows red (Sleep Mode)  After the pre-set time has passed, the light shines green (Day Mode) telling your child that it’s morning or time to awake.

If your child gets up at night, she can squeeze the tummy to hear soothing sounds and a soft red light.

In Day Mode, the unicorn becomes a friend with fun phrases.

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Perhaps what I like most is the ability to adjust the volume as well as turn it off. While some children are soothed by sounds, others are not and this offers parents the chance to cater to individual needs of the child. There are also 5 different sounds that you can choose from – waves, crickets, waterfall, rain and heartbeat.

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The Sleep Tight All Night range includes a puppy, teddy bear, Iggle Piggle from In The Night Garden and the unicorn so there’s one for everyone. Being generic too, the toy can be passed down to siblings once outgrown. Although, to be honest, as I mentioned  it is one toy that can be kept on as a bed buddy. Jadyn still has cuddly toys on her bed.

The Sleep Tight All Night toys are priced at £29.99 with the exception of Iggle Piggle (priced at £34.99) and are available at all major retailers.

We love it so much that it also has our Elves Choice stamp –

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Hatchimals Review – The Adorable New Toy from Spinmaster

A few weeks ago we were asked to do something quite mysterious –  to hatch an egg. It was a rather large egg too and the children were very, very excited.

We were sent a Hatchimal from Spinmaster.

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Now the thing is, no one knew what was inside the egg. It was a big reveal and we were thrilled to be a part of it. The Hatchimal is delivered in rather cute packaging. The top is the top of an egg but it is not the real thing and you need to open it up to reveal the egg.

The egg is rather large and you do need two hands to hold it (for a child) and it is a lovely speckled colour. Ours was pink.

After reading up on the instructions, we realised that we needed to nurture the egg so that it hatches – much like a real egg. The more you play with the egg, the more it interacts and the more likely you are going to see it hatching quickly, if you are impatient like us.

As you follow the instructions and stroke the egg, the eyes change colour and depending on the colour of the eyes, you interact with it.

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We heard all sorts of cute sounds coming from the egg and the children could not wait to see what was in it.

It even tapped back when we tapped on it.

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Soon, we could hear some whirring noises inside and the little chick was ready to begin pecking to come out. We did give it a bit of help as the children were really impatient to see the little  Hatchimal. We had a Penguala – an adorable little penguin like creature that sang Happy Birthday to itself once it was ‘born’.

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It is a really cute little thing and as it learns to copy you and walk and interact, the children fell more and more in love with it.

There are different stages –

BABY – care for your Hatchimal by cuddling and feeding and nurturing

Toddler – Teach it to walk and talk

Kid – Play with it to unlock new games.

The colour of the eyes indicate what mode the Hatchling is in and it communicates through this too so you know if it’s cold or sad.

The children find an excuse to constantly give it a cuddle.

The children obviously just adore the whole concept and the little Hatchling. Personally I think it is an amazing toy. To be able to actually hatch an animal and then play with it, is a winning idea. The little Penguala is also ever so cute. What is so incredible about it, is the price. It is priced at £59.99 and is great value for money.

A few things to remember –

Once you hatch the egg, you cannot put it back to it’s previous state (obviously).

You can reset the Hatchimal to baby state from kid state to hand it over to a sibling or to start play all over again.

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It does take a little longer that 25 minutes for the egg to hatch. The concept is that it is like a real egg and an egg normally takes 21 days. It is meant so that you can have a little play with the egg over a course of a few days. I would have loved to prolong the hatching experience actually.

We totally LOVE this one and there’s no doubt it’s going to be a forerunner for Christmas. Get yours quick. There are pink and pink and teal eggs which have pengualas and green and purple eggs which have draggles.  You still won’t know what yours will look like as there are different colour combinations.

Are you going to hatch one? Leave me a line to let me know how you got on.

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Our Tesco Halloween Loot

You must have seen my post about the Spooky delivery from Tesco – it was awesome. What was more awesome was what the delivery contained.

We had loads of lovely Halloween goodies for a super Halloween party. Here are just some of the things that we received –

Pumpkin lanterns – Totally adorable these light up with batteries and are perfect for creating a spooky scene.

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Loot buckets – These adorable little buckets light up in the dark! Trick or Treat time?

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I can wait for my door bell to ring. Can’t wait to see the look on the trick or treater when I offer them candy from this skeleton candy bowl. See what it can do – press play 🙂

We also have some amazing party tableware –

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And balloons –

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We’ve got face paint for the entire family and some rather nice hair spray.

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And last but not least – absolutely amazing Halloween costumes for the children.

How cute is my little spider witch?

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And my rather scary skeleton pirate?

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And my corpse bride?

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I was also given a Tesco gift card to buy some goodies for my party so I bought some loot bags –

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And these cup cakes (I can’t wait to sink in)

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All this is available at Tesco so head on there for all your Halloween needs. Don’t forget to tweet me a photo of the party @jacintaz3