Toys & Games reviewed and tested
Throw on some Lycra and back comb your hair; we are heading back to the 1981 when Dave Theurer and Atari combined to create Tempest. This iconic arcade game came along and smashed a few boundaries with a bunch of firsts. This game was one of the first games that used Atari's Colour-QuadraScan vector display technology. It allowed players to choose their starting level via the Atari "SkillStep" system, and was also the first system that allowed you to increase the maximum starting level depending on the player's performance in the previous game.
You could show this little car to some people and they might rightly assume it’s a matchbox car from the 50’s as it has that attention to detail and built to last quality that harks back to the toys of Christmas past, however, show it to anyone with a games console and they will recognise it as Fusion Flea, the vehicle from the Fallout series. This 1:18 scale die cast replica was the go-to vehicle for the folks in the Fallout universe, this scaled down version of the sweet little three-wheeler is manufactured by the Chryslus motoring company who gift it to
These cute little games units are a must-have for arcade fans, collectors and retro hunters. They have all the playability and addictiveness of the originals and are the ultimate desk addition.
Let’s face it - owning an original, full-sized classic arcade unit is way beyond most of us. So, Micro Player have produced these mini games consoles to fulfil the fantasy, and Gadgethead were sent three units to try. If you’re an arcade fan, you’ll sure to remember all of these:
For all of you who said they would never be able to successfully combine a horse with a bicycle, be prepared to feel very silly indeed. For the rest of you who think normal thoughts with your brain, let me introduce you to the PonyCycle. Children and their slow growing limbs have to wait until the ripe old age of seven before most instructors will throw them into the saddle, so this might make a suitable substitute until then, after all it looks incredibly realistic - well no that’s a lie - but it is super cute and fuzzy.
It looks like L.O.L Surprise is set to be another big hit this Christmas. The Eye Spy Series offers 15 surprises to collect, you will discover these surprise clues and find codes with the L.O.L Surprise Eye Spy Series spy glass and there are also water surprises to discover when you feed or bathe the L.O.L Surprise doll.
For reasons unbeknown to me, kids friggin’ love these things! This mystical unicorn will poop out slime, just like real unicorns, the poop can then be customised and transformed multiple times. There are also 10 magical surprises including a collectible bottle and poop character keychain, mystery scent dropper, unicorn spoon, collector's sheet and unicorn food (slime powder). Colours and styles may vary, there are 18 to collect in total, so what a great way to celebrate Christmas by watching a Unicorn poop slime everywhere and ruin your carpet.
The Sphero Mini is the baby of the Sphero family: This cute little dude squeezes a lot of fun into a tiny package. It comes in a choice of five starter colours: Blue, Pink, White, Orange and Green and comes with three Mini Traffic Cones and six Mini Bowling Pins. Apple have also recently launched three exclusive colours, Red, Purple and Grey.