29 October 2019

Getting Ready for a Halloween Tea Party

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I love this time of year where the weather starts to get that little bit colder but the sun always seems to be bright and crisp when it's out. I also love Halloween and I feel it's getting more popular as the years pass. For the last couple of years I've started decorating the house for the kids (and me haha) as they enjoy it so much and luckily for us the fabulous Sparkle Parties sent some Halloween goodies so that we could have a Halloween tea party! I couldn't wait to get stuck in and start decorating our dining room.

I was given a great little bundle of treats to help us out and so here's what was included; a lovely Halloween themed table cover, a decorating pack with 3x garlands, 10 balloons and 1 Happy Halloween letter banner, stick the nose on the witch game, plastic knives and forks in the colour orange, Halloween paper cups and plates and orange paper loot bags to fill with sweeties. It was a small selection of decorations but once all laid out it really made an impact. See how we got on below.








As you can see all the decorations really made my dining room look amazing for a Halloween Tea Party. It's perfect as the balloons will keep the kids entertained at the table and once they are finished their snacks they can play stick the nose on the witch before tucking into their loot bags full of sweets! 

All of the decorations I received from Sparkle Parties were of high quality and easy to use. The garlands just popped out and weren't too heavy so easy to hang from the ceiling, curtains, mirror etc. I managed to dress the room in under 30 minutes as well so nice and quick if you're trying to get organised after work with guests coming over.

Overall I'd highly recommend Sparkle Parties for all of your party supplies. They're a small family run business currently on Esty but have their own shop website coming very soon. They've also kindly given me a discount code to share with my readers. You can get 10% off shop wide if you use the code: HAL2019 before October 2020. How amazing is that! 

I was gifted a bundle of Halloween goodies in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Marvel Universe LIVE Presents Age of Heroes

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The family and I love attending a good show. Whether it be in the cinema, theatre, stadium or arena, I think it's good to get out with the kids and explore the colourful variety of different productions available these days. We were recently invited along to Marvel Universe LIVE, our very first time, and the kids couldn't wait to see what it was all about.


Marvel Universe Live was being held in the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow which isn't far from Fife (where we live) at all. Just a short trip across the Queensferry Crossing and you're there. The Age of Heroes show is billed as a live action-packed battle to defend the universe from evil. This all new show unites Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before Loki gains control. This ancient artifact would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of the universe. And we don't want that now do we boys and girls! We were promised cutting-edge special effects and immersive video projection and I'm happy to say we weren't disappointed.


It was really busy when we arrived at the arena however there was also lots and lots of staff on hand to show you were to go. We picked up our tickets from the box office which is right next door to the arena, almost touching distance. It was easy to get our tickets and when we headed for the arena I was so pleased to see that they have Accessibility Lanes where people with different needs could enter instead of waiting in a queue. This really helped us as Logan isn't good with queues at all.


There was plenty of merchandise to be purchased inside the venue if that's of interest plus food and drinks stalls. We treated ourselves to some fancy doughnuts and tea and coffee. It wasn't cheap but it was delicious. A member of staff kindly showed us directly to our seats and we had an amazing view of the whole stage set up. The kids were buzzing for the show to begin but to keep them amused we watched everyone's selfies appearing on the big screen. If you post a photo on social media and tag #MarvelUniverseLIVE you have a chance of appearing on the huge screen too.


The show soon began and that was it, we were lost in the world of superheroes, villains and a plan to save the world from Loki and his lust for the Wand of Watoomb. The show was so good and we enjoyed it so much it felt like it went by in a flash! That definitely is the sign of a good show when you're not clock watching. There were tons of special effects, we were all so impressed, and the costumes were amazing. Groot was a firm favourite amongst the kids as well as spiderman. There was never a dull moment.


Marvel Universe Live has now moved on and will be appearing in M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool on 31 Oct 2019 - 3 Nov 2019 then to Utilita Arena, Newcastle 21 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019 then Manchester Arena, Manchester 28 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019 and Arena Birmingham, Birmingham 5 Dec 2019 - 8 Dec 2019. So that means there's plenty of time for you still to buy some tickets and catch the show. I really recommend going as you won't regret it plus it's a fantastic excuse to get dressed up. Even the adults were getting in on the superhero action!


I received gifted tickets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

28 October 2019

Dinner at The Elphinstone Hotel in Biggar

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If you ever find yourself near Biggar or happen to be passing through then you've got to stop off at The Elphinstone Hotel for some tasty food delights! We recently stayed here as a family and the food was definitely a highlight of our trip.


Situated in the centre of Biggar, thirty miles outside of Edinburgh, The Elphinstone Hotel is a traditional and charming Coaching Inn. Owners, Robert and Janette Allen, along with their son, Michael, have been at the heart of the business for over twenty five years and offer a warm and friendly welcome to visitors and locals alike. In March 2016 The Elphinstone was awarded The John Brinkins Award for Excellence in Tourism at the 2016 Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.


We found all the staff at The Elphinstone very welcoming and friendly and we were allowed to make the choice of sitting in the restaurant for food or settling in the cosy lounge. We chose the lounge since the kids wanted to sit by the fire and it was a great little atmosphere. It looks like a traditional old inn so full of character. You can quite happily sit in front of the roaring fire and enjoy a glass of wine, a rusty nail or even a hot toddy - perfect for keeping away the cold.


The menu is very varied here with something to suit all tastes with a focus very much on sourcing and utilising the best fresh, local produce and from further afield utilising Scotland’s wonderful larder. You have some traditional Scottish dishes such as Cullen Skink, Morag Dhu and haggis in a crisp panko breadcrumb for starters and Haggis with a wholegrain mustard sauce, Fisherman's Pie and Pork and Black Pudding Stack for mains. Also on the menu are a range of dishes from around the world so you have no shortage of choice.


The Elphinstone Hotel is very family friendly so they also have some lovely children's menus. Both of my children chose from this menu and everything looked and tasted homemade which I was very impressed with. Logan decided to go with the pizza and chips and Harlow chose the macaroni which comes with garlic bread. She didn't want the garlic bread though and the staff were more than happy to swap this for chips instead. Other options on the children's menu included a burger, hot dog and chicken strips plus a few more.


For us adults the main menu had so much choice that we took our time reading and selecting our dishes. Everything sounded so tasty and there's even daily specials which change regularly in case you want to go off menu. We stuck with the menu though and went for prawn cocktail and deep fried brie to start. The succulent cold water prawns were covered in a lovely homemade marie rose sauce served on a bed of salad leaves and the two massive wedges of melting brie inside a crisp crumb coating were served with dressed leaves and cranberry sauce. Honestly both so tasty.


For mains the husband went for an 8oz sirloin steak (which is locally sourced and hung for a minimum of 21 days) plus the king prawns in garlic butter as a topping, and I went for the haddock and prawn mornay. I was impressed with the portion sizes when the dishes arrived. The steak was accompanied with salad, chips, onion rings, fried tomato and mushrooms as well as those delicious prawns. The husband asked for the steak to be rare and the chef did an amazing job. I haven't tasted such a juicy rare steak like that in a long time. It was perfect and the seasoning was just right. I'll be getting this dish the next time we visit.


My haddock and prawn mornay was a delight. The fresh fillet of haddock with succulent Atlantic prawns dressed in a creamy cheese sauce was mouth watering. Everything was cooked perfectly, even my side dish of boiled veg (potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower cheese) was spot on. Honestly couldn't fault anything, even the service was timely and the staff were always on hand if we needed anything. We were all so full after our scrummy dinner that none of us could manage a dessert. Maybe next time. We retired for the night and couldn't wait for breakfast in the morning.


Breakfast came around fast after a great nights sleep and it didn't disappoint. Our table was set and ready for us in the restaurant and the waiter showed us were the cereal, juice, yogurts, fruit were etc before pouring us tea and coffee and retrieving some freshly toasted bread. Harlow was more than happy tucking into her cereal and toast and Logan ate so much toast I've no idea how he did it! Us adults went for a hot breakfast with the hubby selecting black pudding, haggis, poached eggs, tattie scone and fried tomatoes. I went for bacon, tattie scone, black pudding and poached eggs. All super delicious and cooked just right, again we couldn't fault anything.


So if you're ever near Biggar (only 40 minutes from Edinburgh) I'd highly recommend you pop in past The Elphinstone Hotel for a bite to eat and a wee drink. Food is served in all areas of the hotel with the lounge and restaurant being the most popular but staff are very accommodating and happy to be of service. A great family friendly hotel serving the tastiest of food to its customers.


This food was gifted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

24 October 2019

Review: Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer Car

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There’s something so cool and delightful about remote controlled cars. I’ve bought the kids a few over the years and they’ve all been much loved and played with. They do the usual zipping around the floor but we’ve never had one that can defy gravity! Step in the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer. We’ve all seen the adverts on TV and I was never convinced they actually work but I can hand on heart say I was totally wrong. These bad boys are brilliant!


So what’s it all about? Using patented Wall Climber Technology, this lightweight car drives on floors, up walls and even upside down on the ceiling! The Zero Gravity Laser easily chases a light in any direction you want, at super-fast speeds. Point the controller’s LED light at any smooth surface within a one- foot radius of the vehicle, and the Zero Gravity Laser will follow! The Zero Gravity Laser uses a USB rechargeable battery, so you can power up to race over and over! You just need 3x AAA batteries for the laser light controller (not a real laser so it’s all safe).


When my kids spotted that we’d been sent this Air Hogs car to review they couldn’t wait to get it out of the box. Included is 1 USB rechargeable Zero Gravity Lazer racer car with controller, USB charger and instructions. Charging via USB is easy, simply plug the car in and it’s ready to go in no time. Just remember batteries for the laser controller. The car is very lightweight which makes it perfect for climbing walls and ceilings. It can drive on any smooth surface in your home. I can also confirm it doesn’t leave any marks on your walls. I was slightly worried about this but after multiple shots on my walls around our home there was no marks at all. The car is very responsive to the laser controller, you can make sharp turns and even have it spinning around!


My kids got the hang of this toy straight away. They know how to charge the car up and how to turn it on for wall climbing fun. Even pointing the laser controller was easy for them, they just got it. They love it so much they’re actually fighting over it now so it’ll be going on the birthday/Christmas present list for this year. I’d recommend as a great kids toy to receive as a gift as it charges so quickly, easy to set up (for adults and children) and you can play with it sooner rather than later. Nothing worse than having to wait ages to play with a cool toy.


I honestly cannot fault the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer Car. It does exactly what it’s supposed to and the kids love it. Retailing at £34.99 as well it’s not going to break the bank, and if you’re lucky there’s usually a sale or two on where you can pick it up for a cheaper price. I would definitely recommend this to friends and family though and I bet some Dads out there would love their kids to get this toy haha. It is available to buy now and recommended for ages 8+.

This item was gifted in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

21 October 2019

Mini Mercats Kids Club at the Mercat Shopping Centre Kirkcaldy

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I'm always looking for new and exciting things to take the kids to, especially during the school holidays! When we were invited along to the Mini Mercats kids club at the Mercat Shopping Centre in Kirkcaldy I just couldn't refuse!


The Mini Mercats club is currently running a Halloween theme of crafting with all activities absolutely FREE! When we popped along to the event, the activities available were matching witches and tin can ghost but there was also a sensory tray games, playdoh, spooky slim and goody bag competitions! I was very impressed, especially seeing as though you don't have to book, and you can just turn up any time between 11am and 3pm… plus like I said it's totally free.


When we arrived, Harlow went straight to the witch making station and Logan fancied trying out the spooky slim and other activities available. There were lots of lovely helpers on hand to show us what to do and how to make our crafts, so it was easy to start making our witch. I loved that everything was pre-cut for little ones and ready to stick down with ample supplies of glue and accessories. Harlow was in her element crafting away with her witch. Logan joined us not long after and decided to make a Daddy witch (based on his Dad… ha-ha) and really enjoyed the activity. He's not much of a crafter but because everything was all laid out for him, he got right into it.


After making our witches we left them on the drying table and headed to the ghost tin can station. Logan wanted to try the playdoh and other stations, so he left Harlow and I to it. Again, everything was all laid out nicely for us and a helper came straight over to show us what to do. We had a cleaned-out tin can that we had to stick crepe paper too in order to make our ghosts. You could also make a pumpkin or Frankenstein's monster which was lovely. Harlow tried her hand at a pumpkin, and I went with the monster. It was great fun and so easy to do. Kids of all ages were in attendance and it was nice to see that a lot of people had turned up for the Mini Mercats club.


Our works of art were looking fabulous and the kids couldn't wait for them to dry so that we could take them home and display them around the house. Coming along to the Mini Mercats club is a great way of making free Halloween decorations for your home. They all look great and it'll be something you can keep and display year after year. We loved it!


Whilst our crafts were drying off, we decided to have a walk around the shops to see if we could buy some new Halloween decorations for the house! I've got a few I keep and reuse every year but it's always nice to add to it and get something new for the home. Lots of shops had loads of Halloween decor including Clintons, TK Maxx, Poundland and Home Bargains. We started off in Home Bargains and bought some really cool giant spider string lights for only £2.99! The kids spotted a cute solar dancing wobbly pumpkin that can be used in the car or even on your windowsill! It was only 79p, so we had to have it.


I noticed TK Maxx had a reduced shelve of Halloween goodies when we were in the kids’ club so that was our next stop. They had some gorgeous Halloween home accessories for bargain prices. A cute little day of the dead French bulldog soap dispenser for only £3… which I totally should have bought! But in the end, I went for a lovely ceramic pumpkin candle holder which I can use again and again. It was only £4 which I thought was an amazing price. I also couldn't resist a count Dracula Frenchie mug, I had to have it and at only £3 it was a snip.


We then went next door to Poundland to check out their Halloween goodies. They honestly had loads so we bought quite a bit. Everything from Halloween tinsel, gel stickers for windows, spooky projector and felt bunting went in the basket. I was so pleased with all our purchases and everything was under £20, what a bargain! The kids can't wait to decorate the house now.


The kids (and us adults) had a great time at the Mini Mercats kids club and shopping for Halloween decorations in the Mercat Shopping Centre. We'll definitely be back again soon and you can get involved with the next Mini Mercats yourself on Saturday 26th October from 11am to 3pm. It's a creepy spiders and bat themed event, and you can pick up a goody bag and go FREE treating. Great for the kids to get involved in and it's inside as well so doesn't matter what the weather's like. Hopefully we'll see you all then.


This is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own. 

17 October 2019

There is more to Scotland than Edinburgh: 5 things to see outside the capital

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Edinburgh is an amazing city and well-worth visiting but don’t be fooled that it is the only place to see in this beautiful country. As a lover of everything Scotland has to offer, I have come up with 5 places to visit outside of the capital.

This is a post from Caroline, a travel blogger whose thoughts can be found at breaks.com.


Loch Ness
Set your sat nav for Inverness and discover the mythical lake that is home to myths, legends and maybe even a monster. There is a trail and museum dedicated to the Loch Ness Monster and they offer something for adults and children alike.

Once you’ve found (or given up looking for) the famous Nessy, it is time to take to the water. There are boat tours and adventure sports on offer to help you escape from everyday life and lose yourself in the dramatic backdrop of this Scottish gem.

Fun fact: there is more water in Loch Ness than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined. Okay, that wasn’t fun but a good pub quiz answer perhaps?

Ben Nevis 
The first suggestion on this list showed you the depths of Scotland and #2 will take you high above sea level. Ben Nevis is part of the Grampian mountain range and attracts over 125,000 hikers a year. Soaring above all other peaks in Scotland, Ben Nevis is an icon in every essence of the word.

The volcanic formation of this great peak is the primary reason for the stunning scenery that surrounds Ben Nevis. If you choose to visit and aim for the top, you have two paths to choose from: the Mountain Track (most popular with tourists) or the Carn Mor Dearg ArĂȘte which is for the more experienced climber.

Whichever path you take, you will be on a route of beauty so make time to stop and admire as you go.

Hogwarts Express
Arguably the most famous Scottish writer of the 21st Century, J.K.Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter has ignited the imagination of millions. Fans of this wizarding world can now board the Hogwarts Express!

Book yourself a seat on the Jacobite Steam Train that runs from Fort William to Mallaig to see this magical route for yourself. Hop off for lunch when you arrive in Mallaig to refuel before your 43 mile trip back on the West Highland Line.

This is one that must be booked in advance as, unsurprisingly, it is extremely popular!

Island Hopping 
You may not associate a trip to Scotland with island hopping but it is a reality for those who choose to go off the beaten track! Put any thoughts of Greek Islands to the back of your mind and you’ll find a unique experience much closer to home.

The key islands to consider are Inner and Outer Hebrides to the west and Orkney and Shetland in the north. No trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling a dram of whisky; complete the full Scottish experience by having yours on the Isle of Islay. Home to 8 working distilleries, Islay spoils its visitors for choice.

Want to go further afield? Isle of St Kilda is for you! This abandoned island is so special it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to the highest cliffs in Britain, this island is an important breeding ground for sea birds. Most notable are the impressive flocks of guillemots who cover the cliffside with their striking black and white.

Just Drive 
Fill your car up and hit the road! There are some stunning driving routes across Scotland; the hardest part is to choose which to tackle first!

It is no secret that Scotland is littered with Castles and a road trip is a good opportunity to explore some of the lesser-known structures. If this interests you then Aberdeenshire is the county for you. With more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK, a roadtrip in Aberdeenshire is the way to castle-hop.
Ready to start planning your road trip? You can find a handy guide to the castle trail from Visit Scotland. 

Wherever you choose to go in Scotland, make your next trip a true adventure but exploring each corner of this majestic country!

This is a guest post from the lovely Caroline at breaks.com.

15 October 2019

Review: The Elphinstone Hotel in Biggar

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If you're looking for a fab cosy hotel just outside of Edinburgh then look no further. The Elphinstone Hotel is situated in the centre of Biggar which is thirty miles outside of Edinburgh, or a relaxing 40 minute drive. The hotel is a traditional Coaching Inn with lots of charm and steeped in 400 year old history. With smaller hotels such as this one I always look at how welcoming and friendly the staff are since it's so intimate and honestly they couldn't have been more accommodating or warm and friendly if they tried.


The hotel has eleven rooms all with digital televisions, free Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. There is also access to a hairdryer and ironing facilities which is very handy and saves you lugging loads of stuff with you on your travels. All the bedrooms are different and the hotel can host families, couples or individuals and it's even dog friendly!! This was a highlight for me as it meant we could take our girls with us and enjoy a little family stay together.


Being near the centre of Edinburgh the Elphinestone Hotel is a great base for exploring Scotland. There's free car parking directly at the front of the hotel and since being situated on the high street it makes for a great little walk with the dogs to explore the local shops. The staff at the hotel also told us of a golf course nearby and a local museum which is amazing for the kids.


When we arrived at the hotel we checked into our room first and unpacked our things. We had room number 9 which is massive with a comfy double bed and decent sized bunk beds for the kids. We had a little table with 2 small comfy chairs to sit in as well and the bathroom was clean and quite big with a bath and shower. We got the dogs settled and relaxed with their dog bed and some water then us humans headed down to the bar to chill before dinner.


The bar is lovely and bright with plenty of seating and a massive roaring fire to keep you cosy on these creeping cold nights. The kids loved the pool table and there was also a dart board if that takes your fancy. I personally loved all the art on the walls and the quotes, some were hilarious and kept us amused. The bar had plenty of different drinks and snacks available, I opted for a pineapple and raspberry cider whilst the husband had a draft cider. The kids tucked into some peanuts and played their gadgets and we took turns to play games of pool. It was lovely family time and the dogs are allowed in the bar as well, we just left ours to chill in the room after a busy afternoon. As well as the bar there's a beer garden outside which is a decent size with lots of tables. Perfect for soaking up the sun with a wee tipple.


Soon everyone was getting peckish so we popped through to the lounge to have some dinner. You can sit in the restaurant if you wish to have something to eat but the lounge was so cosy and cute with the fire so we decided to stay there. Harlow liked looking at the small fish tank too which kept her happy and Logan liked chilling. There's loads of choices on the menu to choose from and there are kids menus available as well. My two picked from the childen's menu with Logan going for pizza and chips and Harlow deciding she wanted macaroni. She was desperate for chips with her macaroni as it normally comes with garlic bread but the staff were brilliant and swapped it no bother for her.


The husband and I took a wee while to decide what we were going to have to eat as there was just so much choice. Everything looked delicious but we finally decided on prawn cocktail and brie melts to start with then a juicy sirloin steak and haddock mornay with prawns for main. I can't stress enough how delicious the food was when it arrived. Everything looked and tasted homemade, even the kids pizza! I was very impressed. Harlow's macaroni was delicious and the chips were to die for. Our starters were perfect and our mains even better. The hubby had the steak rare, and I had a little bite, and it was to die for. I haven't tasted a decently cooked rare steak like that in ages. As you can imagine he scoffed it down. My mornay was amazing too, the fish was cooked just right with lovely prawns on top (and loads of them) and a side of boiled veg - potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower cheese. All super tasty. We were so full we couldn't even manage a dessert. Maybe next time.


Feeling full and happy we headed up to our room to feed and water the dogs then take them for a nice evening walk. The town is well lit and it was lovely stretching our legs and getting some fresh air. The dogs enjoyed sniffing all the new smells and the kids were happy taking turns walking them. Once the dogs were happy we retired for the evening as the kids were feeling tired. We chilled in our room and got snug in our pjs watching some programs on the TV. Logan was very impressed with the Wi-Fi as he could play his games on his iPad and I was impressed with it too. The signal never dropped and there was plenty of coverage no matter where you went in the hotel.


Everyone got a great night's sleep as the beds were super comfy. There was extra pillows as well which was handy. Breakfast was being served between 7.30am and 9am so I had a shower and got ready quickly as the kids are always starving in the mornings. When we popped into the restaurant for breakfast we had a table all set waiting for us. The lovely gentleman showed us to our table, got us some tea and coffee and showed us where everything was that we'd need. He then popped away to bring us some fresh toast. The kids really enjoyed their cereal and toast whilst us adults opted for a hot breakfast. The hubby went for haggis, black pudding, tattie scone and poached eggs and I went for bacon, black pudding, tattie scone and poached eggs. Everything was cooked to perfection and had us set for a good day ahead.


Overall we absolutely loved our stay at the Elphinstone Hotel. The staff were friendly, attentive and happy to chat away to us and answer any questions. Service was good and timely and nothing was too much bother. The room was clean and perfect for families and dogs and we enjoyed our time in the bar and the lounge. It's a lovely hotel to relax in after a busy day exploring. Nice, cosy and friendly. The food was 100% ace! I'd deliberately pass by just for a meal. We often travel up and down the country and now I know a lovely place to stop when heading back from down South. We can't wait to come back!


This was a gifted stay in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

14 October 2019

Review: Thunderbirds Are Go Toys from Bandai

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Hands up! Who remembers watching Thunderbirds on the telly when they were younger? I remember being absolutely fascinated by the way the puppets moved on screen and the suspense of the story unfolding. It brings back great memories and ones which I can now share with my own kids as the new Thunderbirds Are Go series has launched on ITV/CITV for everyone to enjoy. Not only that, there's now a brand new Thunderbirds toy range being introduced from Bandai. Double the fun if you ask me.


The kids and I were lucky enough to receive a lovely box of goodies to celebrate the new Thunderbirds Are Go series and I cannot wait to show you what we got. I think we'll go with the bad guy first of all, he's called The Mechanic. He is the toughest opponent international rescue have faced yet. An inventor who uses his creations to cause chaos, destroy and disrupt, the mechanic takes what he wants, from who he wants, whenever he wants it. He sounds like quite a mean guy doesn't he. He is a very cool large 30cm action figure though suitable for ages 4+ and has some lovely features such as sounds and phrases, search and destroy light, firing weapon and is highly poseable. All great for the kids recreating some action scenes in their own bedrooms.


Next up is Virgil Tracy, he's the kind of guy who could probably stop The Mechanic. He's a skilled engineer and mechanic, Virgil's artistic and musical talents reveal a surprisingly sensitive side. This is probably what makes Virgil the peacemaker of the Tracy brothers, in spite of his 'tough-guy' appearance. Virgil Tracy is also a large 30cm action figure with cool sounds and phrases, search and rescue light and detachable rescue claw. These action figures retail at £19.99.


Thunderbirds wouldn't be complete without the awesome vehicles and the kids were sent the very cool motion-tech Thunderbird 1 and Thunderbird 3. Both are smaller models with lots of sounds activated by moving the rockets around. Thunderbird 1 has a press on/off switch then you simply fly the vehicle around the room for maximum sound impact. Thunderbird 3 has a twist on/off switch and the same applies, fly around the room for cool sounds. There are different vehicles to collect and the range in price from £9.99 to £12.99.


Last but not least is the Thunderbird 2 & Virgil Tracy rescue mission set. You get a Virgil Tracy action figure included which means he can sit in the Thunderbird 2 and pilot it. There's a grappling hook and zipline for daring rescues and some retractable wings and light up thrusters as well as some sounds and phrases. There's different rescue mission sets to collect and they retail from £16.99 to £19.99.


My kids loved all their Thunderbirds Are Go goodies. Harlow's favourite was the Thunderbird 2 & Virgil Tracy rescue mission set as she could use it to rescue her little animal figures and make up some cute games. Logan loved the motion tech vehicles as the sounds came on when flying them around. I think he liked that they reacted to his movements. I personally liked the 30cm action figures as they're sturdy and seem quite durable for small hands.


Overall everyone was happy with their Thunderbirds Are Go toys and have already asked for some of the other toys they don't have. That'll be going on the Santa list I think!

These toys were gifted in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Robozuna © 2019 ITV Global Entertainment Limited/KidsCave Studios Limited

 

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