Christmas in July 2012

I went to one of the many
Christmas in July events yesterday with two other lovely bloggers, Really Rachel and Katie Cupcake to help judge the mums choice awards.

There were cupcakes in abundance,
Ice creams, Christmas cake and oodles of new toys to get enthusiastic
about. All in all it was definitely
worth the epic trip from Wales, starting at an exceptionally early 4:30am! So thank the lord for all those fake bursts of energy in the cakes…

Leaving with a goody bag filled
to the brim with exciting toys for my two bundles of mischief helped amuse me
on the long journey home.

I did my usual trick and tried to find any random
characters to have a quick photo with to spice up my blog post.

Here I am with the lovely Lalaloopsy

I fell in love with the stand, especially the Novi Stars;
I need to borrow a girl from somewhere just to review the range of dolls. One even smelt of bubble-gum, others are all
glitter and sparkle. I am not very
girly at heart, but if anything would entice in it would have been those
dolls! Plus the handles of the packet
turn into a headband, which is very clever. 
I have a feeling these will be HUGE for Christmas.

I had a to have a picture with the gorgeous Princess Leah
who was promoting a clever Star Wars Radio Controlled Inflatable R2-D2. It was quite good fun and easy to control,
but more of a novelty I think. My boys
would be very animated by it at first, but I am unsure if they would keep
returning to it.

I was interested to see that Mega Bloks are bringing out
some great new ranges. I will not say
too much but one of them I think will feature quite highly on the Christmas
list of my eldest. Definitely keep your
eyes out on their website for updates. 
When their products start selling like hot cakes you do not want to miss
out! Although I have no plans to tell
hubbie about the World of Warcraft range, just in case I start him off on his
slippery slope to World of Warcraft rehab again 😉

Ravensburger are revolutionising jigsaws, I was amazed at
the display I saw of the Augmented Reality Puzzles. You can download a
free app and then your jigsaw comes to life. 
You can see famous landmarks, find out about wildlife or spot certain
fish. My taid (granddad in Welsh) would
be shocked to see how far his beloved jigsaws have come, but I think it makes
them even more educational and interactive.

The Kurio tablet looked pretty impressive with an
affordable price tag, but am not sure if I was just getting suckered in with
the Angry Birds and Fruit ninja apps rather than the actual tablet. For the youngsters though I enjoyed seeing
the LeapPad 2 going through its paces. 
I do like the addition of a front facing camera and the ability to make
a cartoon learning about the process as you do it, is it enough to make me want to
upgrade from our LeapPad, maybe?

The news of Skylanders Giants and watching a demonstration
of the game was one of my highlights of the event. My eldest was beyond excited to get Prism Break in the goody
bag. Least that is another one to join
the battle when the others are having a rest because him and his friend have
been well and truly owned! If your
children do not already own Skylanders I think you seriously need to rectify
it, even if only just so you can secretly play when the children have gone to
bed! I love how the characters all have
unique special features and in a way their own funny personalities.

Drumond Park made me giggle their Pumpazing game kept
having part of the game boing off and hit people passing the stand. A great way to lure them over, forget cakes,
they will just chuck stuff at you to get your attention! As always though I do love this company when
it comes to children’s board games.

Another board game I am sorely tempted to try out is the
It’s a Chicken by Paul Lamond Games. My
boys have all types of games but not any to help develop their drawing

I probably could keep yammering on for ages (Hex Bugs, The Trash Pack, Schleich Dinosaurs…), but just to say Christmas 2012 is going to
be spectacular!

2 thoughts on “Christmas in July 2012

  1. It's Skylanders all the way in our house. My son has quite a few of them, but is desperate for the new Skylanders Giants game and figures that are due out in Autumn. xx

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