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Uni-Verse Surprise Unicorn Toy Review

Uni Verse Toys

If you have a child who loves unicorns, they need to discover UniVerse Collectable surprise unicorns! These are blind bag collectable toys, each containing a unicorn with a quirky character! We were delighted to be sent some to review! So, how do they work?

Revealing the UniVerse Unicorns!

Unwrap the packet to reveal a cloud with an emoji face, this is all soft – like a cloud might be! My daughter thought the cloud was really sweet, she was reluctant to drop it into water to dissolve!

Drop the cloud into water and let it dissolve. The water magically changes colour! Giving a clue as to which land the unicorn you are about to reveal will be from! The water turns to slime once the cloud is fully dissolved. Then reveals the packets with the unicorn and accessories in! This stage is quite messy, so make sure you do it on a covered surface, or a surface which is easy to wipe clean.

The Unicorns!

Lift the bag out, and open to reveal the colourful bags with the unicorn, accessories and scratch card in.

There is an accessory to go on the unicorn’s horn and one for it to hold in it’s mouth.

We were excited to reveal a gamer unicorn, who came with a remote and lunch box! I think this one was all of our favourite!

There are over 40 unicorns to collect, each one has a quirky look! I love the look of the ones from Glam-a- Ganza Land in particular!

The unicorn toys themselves are great fun, the accessories make them really quirky. No two unicorns look the same, they’re different shapes, colours and like different things – this was something I thought was really good. The slime I found very messy, but it was quite a fun and unique part of revealing the unicorn. My daughter thought the slime was amazing fun, although she was sad she couldn’t keep it to play with again. There was quite a lot of plastic waste, multiple packets containing bits, great fun for revealing the toy surprise, but quite wasteful. The unicorns themselves are really lovely, and I think they will be played with frequently – especially by mixing and matching the accessories between them all!

Mr Kipling Cake Stand Review

We were excited to receive the Casdon Mr Kipling Cake Stand to review! My daughter – age 5 – is still very into imaginative play, and will often lay out a tea party or picnic for us all to enjoy. So this set was greeted with much enthusiasm! The set is suitable for age 3+.

Casdon Mr Kipling Cake Stand

It’s easy to put together, then attach the Mr Kipling stickers – although it does need a grown-up to click the stand together firmly. It comes with 10 replica Mr Kipling cakes! The cakes are really realistic, and my children thought it was great fun being able to identify the Mr Kipling cakes!

This is not just a imaginative play toy, but also a clever shape sorter! (I love toys which have multiple ways to play!) On the bottom of each cake is a shape which corresponds with a shape on the stand. This makes a great game, and as some shapes repeat it allows the stand to be arranged in a couple of different ways too. The shape sorter makes it ideal for pre-schoolers to play with.

It is perfect for imaginative play, as it provides the most fabulous afternoon tea for the toys! It’s also decorative so when it’s been left on the coffee table it actually looks quite sweet! (Literally!).

The set is light, so it is easy to carry around and perfect for little hands to manage to serve cakes from the cake stand.

The Mr Kipling Cake Stand is great fun, easy to wipe clean – (when play gets over enthusiastic and an angel slice gets dunked in your actual cup of tea…) But most important, it has been enjoyed by all of our family.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Glitter Salon – and Series 6 Royal Snowball 4 pack Review

Hatchimals have been popular with my daughter for a while! We were delighted to be able to review the new Hatchimals Glitter salon and a 4 pack of the NEW Royal Snowball Hatchimals Collection!

Excitingly, there are two Hatchimals included with the Glitter Salon which are exclusive to that set!

The set comes with a Hatchimal, a Hatchimal egg, accessories, glitter, glue, a brush and the salon.

My daughter couldn’t wait to hatch the Hatchimal egg! Remembering to rub the heart until it changes colour – then it was ready to hatch!

Inside the egg she was overjoyed to discover an elephant hatchimal and two accessories! She couldn’t wait to try it out in the glitter salon!

Hatchimal Glitter Salon

To use the salon, I would suggest covering your play area with something you don’t mind getting a little glittery! We put half a bag of glitter into the dome, then carefully painted a little glue onto the areas we wanted to make glittery! The glue was easy to apply in a bottle which looked like a nail varnish bottle.

Once you’ve added your glue, pop your Hatchimal carefully into the stand and into the dome, ready to be made glittery!

It is then as simple as press the button to make the glitter spin around and make your Hatchimal all glittery!

We left the Hatchimal in the dome for a couple of minutes before lifting it out – just to make sure it was dry. Lifting the dome out may require a bit of adult assistance to avoid glitter spillage! The end result was great and my daughter was delighted! Any excess glitter can be brushed off carefully using the brush included!

We love the Hatchimals Glitter Salon! It is simple and fun to use. No batteries are required – huge bonus! I also love that there is in-built storage for the Hatchimal accessories! I’m forever saying ‘please put the accessories away – they’ll get lost!’ for all toys! Then a few days later we have tears as one has been lost and we spend hours looking for them… But the Hatchimals Glitter Salon has plenty of storage for accessories!

My daughter and I love being able to add the accessories to the Hatchimals to give them a different look!

Season 6 Royal Snowball 4 Pack

I can’t quite believe we are on to season 6 of the Hatchimals! Season 6 feature The Royal Hatch Snowball Collection!

We excitedly opened the eggs, which characters would we discover inside?

Huge excitement as we revealed an ice-skating Hatchimal! Complete with stand so it can stand up!

We found a fuzzy soft one which came with a snowman!! I think this may be my favourite!

Huge squeals as we hatched a glittery monkey with a pink gem! This one is my daughters favourite!

We love the Hatchimals Royal Hatch Snowball Collection and I think another set may well be on my daughters Christmas list! All of the none glittery or fuzzy Hatchimals could be used in the Glitter salon too, so I can see that being used a lot over the next months! Great fun!

Juno My Baby Elephant – Review

A little while ago we received Juno The Baby Elephant to review. As a family we’re wild about elephants, when I say we were quite excited by the delivery it’s an understatement!

Juno arrived boxed beautifully, and it was quite easy to unpack her. She needs 4 x AA batteries which are not included – so do remember to get some ready!

Play with Juno!

The more you play with Juno the Baby Elephant the more she will learn. She starts off very shy, her ears covering her eyes, and the more she is played with – the braver she becomes! She really responds to touch. My daughter loves put her into cuddle mode and getting Juno to give her a kiss.

Juno comes with her toy mouse, and her peanut. Sometimes she will eat the peanut and other times she will toss it – watch out as she has a really good throw! We have been hit on the head a couple of times by Juno being a little naughty and throwing her peanut across the room! I love the fact that you can offer her the peanut (or mouse) and she will take it with her trunk!

We learnt quickly that if her batteries run flat she only plays to a limited degree – e.g. her trunk won’t move up and down! The only negative I have about Juno is that she doesn’t have a volume control, so when I tried to play with her after the children were in bed, she woke them up! Mental note, don’t try playing with Juno without your children’s supervision!

Watch Juno!

I took a short video of Juno in action, just so you can hear some of her sounds! I was hoping she might throw the peanut but she was getting tired instead!

Juno has provided hours of fun, and continues to do so! I think she will be a very popular toy for Christmas 2019 on many lists!

Juno the Baby Elephant is available in Smyths Toy Store RRP £79.99