The Secret Life of Pets is a movie which takes place in a Manhattan apartment building where Max’s life as the favourite pet is turned upside down when his owner brings home a new dog which is a sloppy mongrel named Duke.
The two dogs have to put their quarrels behind them when they find out that a white bunny named Snowball is putting together an army of pets determined to take revenge.
This movie shows you what your pets get up to you when you’re not at home.
The main characters in the movie are Max, Duke, Snowball, Chloe, Gidget, Sweetpea, Buddy, Mel and Leonard.
The Secret Life of Pets Toys
Lots of The Secret Life of Pets toys have been released together with the movie. The The Secret Life of Pets toys include soft plush, walking talking action figures, soft toys, beanie buddies, poseable figures and deluxe talking soft toys. There are also backpacks, a mini memory game, jigsaws, vinyl figures and many more items.
The most popular have been the deluxe talking soft toys of Max and Gidget. These are for 4-10 year olds and you the toys like Gidget a squeeze to hear her talk. And when it’s time for bed, they are perfect for cuddling. They also take 3x LR44 batteries which are included.
Secret Life of Pets Walking Talking Action Figures
The walking talking action figures like the Max figure talks on commands and bounces with lifelike action! He looks just like the SLOP star…perfect for recreating your favourite scenes from the smash-hit animated movie. These take 2x AAA batteries which are included. This range includes Max, Snowball, Gidget and Mel.
TY Beanie Babies have bought out a range of the plushes which are really nice, plus there are loads to collect – 7 in fact – including Max, Gidget, Duke (Mongrel), Chloe (Cat), Buddy (Sausage Dog), Mel (Pug) and Snowball (Bunny).
The Beanie Babies are for 3+ years old and are really nice and soft and sit at around 15cm tall.
This range of poseable Secret Life of Pets figures are at the cheaper end of the range, retailing for around £5-£8. This range includes Snowball, Duke, Chloe, Mel, Max and Gidget. These poseable figures are really colourful and have life-like features and can be moved in a fun pet pose. Collect them all and start your own adventures!
There are even mini collectable figures which retail for around £2 – but these are a sealed packet so you never know which figure you will get until you open it.
New Lego Friends sets have been released and the main sets are all based on an amusement park theme. The new Lego Friends sets are designed for girls aged 5 to 12 and each of the 5 best friends are included in the 10 new Lego Friends sets.
New Lego Friends Sets
Lego Amusement Park Roller Coaster
Lego Amusement Park Hot Dog Van
Lego Amusement Park Space Ride
Lego Amusement Park Arcade
Lego Amusement Park Bumper Cars
Lego Heartlake Riding Club
Lego Horse Vet Trailer
Lego Foal’s Washing Station
Lego Heartlake Puppy Daycare
Lego Heartlake Performance School
Lego Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster 41130
This is the largest new set with RRP at £89.99 with 1124 pieces. It includes 4 mini dolls, and features a roller coaster, Ferris wheel, drop tower, entrance booth and dining area.
This has 774 pieces with an RRP of £69.99. In this Lego set you can place all your kit in the locker room and head up to the classroom for your first lesson in the performance arts! You can practice your music and your moves in the studio before meeting friends in the canteen for lunch. Then you can put on a spectacular music and dance performance in the school grounds and also catch it on video camera.
The Lego Heartlake Performance School set has 3 mini-doll figures – Andrea, Noah and Iva the dance teacher. It is a 3 storey school building and comes complete with a yellow school bus which can seat 5 mini dolls. The school is over 8″ high and 9″ wide.
This sets contains 370 pieces of Lego and the RRP is £34.99. This set contains 2 mini-doll figures; Olivia in her riding jacket with helmet and Sophie the vet. Plus you also get a gray dapple horse. The car is an SUV style car with a large horse vet trailer which has opening doors and windows and a bed, table, storage and a horse compartment on board. Lots of accessories are included in the Lego Horse Set trailer set including horse stretcher, vet tools, medicine bottles, medical books, blankets, saddles and more.
575 pieces and an RRP of £49.99. This set enables you get more horses as it comes complete with 2 more horses; 1 black and 1 white. You also get a mouse! There are 2 mini dolls – Mia and Stephanie who are both in riding gear.
The stable itself is 2 storey. The first floor has two stables with opening doors and an archway with a trophy display, changing room, toilet and sink etc. Upstairs in the Lego riding club you have opening windows, a cafe and a loft area to 2 beds.
Again lots of Lego accessories in this set including brushes, combs, bridles, saddles, blankets, trophies, soap bottles, horse bows, bucket, fork, cheese for the mouse, apple, carrots, cups, plates, bowls and food. Overall a great Lego horse set that girls the world over will enjoy.
The Leapfrog LeapStart activity books are an activity book concept designed to help children prepare for school.
There are 2 versions of the LeapStart. One is for pre-school children and the other for children in their first years of primary school. They both boast a range of activities designed to get children excited about maths, literacy, science and other subjects.
The pre-school system is aimed at children aged 2 to 4 and teaches ABCs, counting, problem solving, creativity, as well as health, shapes, colours and music. The primary school system is aged at children aged 5 to 7 years old.
Both come with an interactive stylus which children use to activate audio responses and play activities.
One great feature is the different sizes of stylus depending on the age of the child. The other great plus is that both come with a 3.5mm headphone jack so the children can use headphones whilst on the move or in the car etc.
Each book that works with the leapstart features over 30 activities, these include letter tracing, number hunting, exploration and more.
16 of the Leapfrog LeapStart activity books work across 4 learning levels and have been designed to work with the LeapStart interactive systems and grow with each child. There are 4 books at each learning level and together they teach over 50 key skills.
Go Jetters is a 3D animated children’s TV series which is currently shown on the CBeebies TV channel. It has been made for ages 4 to 6.
Go Jetters is all about the adventures of four heroes, Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz, as they travel the world with their teacher, mentor and friend, Ubercorn. The TV show uses songs and music to explain facts about foreign countries and different environments.
Go Jetters also has villains. The Go Jetters villains are Grandmaster Glitch and the Grimbots. Grandmaster Glitch loves dirt and having fun, which usually involves destroying or using a landmark to carry out his plans. He has a large moustache, used as his trademark. He calls the Go Jetters “No-Jetters” and often says “Grimbles!”. He goes around in his Grimbler, which is a little rusty ship.
Grimbots are spherical robots and are Grandmaster Glitch’s minions. They look after the headquarters and in the jet as well as getting up to no-good.
Every episode of the Go Jetters is based around a similar structure. This includes the Go Jetters being aboard their Jet Pad and are heading to a new location to discover a landmark. On the way Ubercorn gives the Go Jetters his top 3 ‘funky facts’ about the location they are going to visit. Then they discover the landmark has been altered by Grandmaster Glitch and the Grimbots. The Go Jetters then have to save the landmark with extra gadgets and once the landmark is saved a selfie is taken!
Go Jetters Toys
Mattel are producing the line of Go Jetters toys. These toys include figures, vehicles, plush, play-sets and role-play lines. The Go Jetters collection kicks off with a line of character action figures featuring Lars, Kyan, Xuli and Foz, each with a collectable play-piece called Click-Ons, as well as an iconic landmark related to their own adventures.
Then comes the vehicles with Grandmaster Glitch and his Grimbler, as well as the Go Jetters Vroomster featuring Xuli.
The Go Jetters Jet Pad Headquarters playset is the main play set. The Go Force Weather Launcher comes with five weather discs to get little Go Jetters engaged in role-play. There is also a Talking Ubercorn Plush who will join the range later in the summer 2016.
Go Jetters Jet Pad HQ
Push the Jet Pad along on rolling wheels and press the button on the side booster to activate sounds and project an image on the floor in front of the Jet Pad. The Jet Pad opens up to reveal the Go Jetters’ headquarters, just like on the TV show. The Secret room features two exclusive click-ons inside the G.O. Boots and the G.O. Grab. You also get the Kyan figure included. You can also fit four more of the Go Jetters figures inside the Jet Pad HQ, these are sold separately.
The Go Jetters Vroomster is a vehicle featured in the Go Jetters TV series. The Vroomster features lights and sounds, rolling wheels and includes a Kyan figure. You can fit all four Go Jetters figures inside the Go Jetters Vroomster (other figures are sold separately and subject to availability). You can pull out the side boosters for figures to peg onto and ride outside. Plus you can close the dome and press the Go Jetters star logo button for a head’s up display illumination feature! Batteries are included (for a change!).
At last Lego have released some new Star Wars sets, it seems like nearly a year since the original Force Awakens Lego Star Wars sets were released. Some of those sets were better than others. We purchased the Millennium Falcon set. I had always tried to make this as a child with my own pieces, although it was usually quite square and used to fall apart a lot.
Stars Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter Set (75149)
The new Lego Star Wars sets includes a new Stars Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter Set (75149). This X-Wing is coloured blue and grey and comes with Poe Dameron, Lor San Tekka and a First Order Flame trooper mini figures and a BB-8 Astromech Droid.
Lego Star Wars Vader’s TIE Advanced vs. A-Wing Starfighter (75150)
Lego Star Wars Vader’s TIE Advanced vs. A-Wing Starfighter (75150) is an interesting set. It’s nice to see two ships in the same box, although the RRP is still quite high at £79.99. It contains Darth Vader, an A-Wing Pilot, Sabine Wren and Grand Moff Tarkin mini figures. It has 702 pieces.
Lego Star Wars Encounter on Jakku (75148) takes us back to The Force Awakens film as it contains the junkyard area and the figures: Rey, Teedo and Unkar Plutt mini figures and BB-8. Unkar Plutt’s market stall is multi-level and it also depicts the scene where Resistance hero Rey is forced to ward off Teedo riding an armoured Luggabeast as he tries to steal the BB-8 Astromech Droid. There are 530 pieces in this set.
Lego Star Wars Captain Rex’s AT-TE (75157) is taken from the Star Wars Rebels series where the series now features an ageing Captain Rex. This AT-TE was seen in the series, where several old clone wars troopers were using it to live on. This is a nice set with 972 pieces, but it does RRP at £99.99. It includes Captain Rex, Commander Gregor, Commander Wolffe, Imperial Inquisitor Fifth Brother and Stormtrooper mini figures.
This set features a rotating top-mounted gun with spring-loaded shooter and extra ammo, 2 cranes, 4 ladders, movable legs, opening cockpit with space for a mini figure, opening rear top section, opening rear access door with 3 clones, and a built-in lifting hand make it great for play also.
Lego Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank (75151). I am surprised to see this set re-appear again. Again RRP is £99.99 but it does have 903 pieces. This takes us back to the clone wars and contains Luminara Unduli, Quinlan Vos, Clone Commander Gree mini figures, an Elite Corps Clone Trooper and 2 Battle Droids. This is quite a big set at 31L x 14W x 17H cm. The Clone Turbo Tank has 10 rolling wheels with flexible suspension, rotating weapon turrets, spring-loaded shooters, extending observation post, dual cockpits and panels that fold down to reveal a detailed interior, including a mini AT-RT with stud shooter with space for a mini figure.
Lego Star Wars StarScavenger Set (75147) and Lego Star Wars Eclipse Fighter Set (75145)
Two smaller sets that have been released are the Lego Star Wars StarScavenger Set (75147) and the Lego Star Wars Eclipse Fighter Set (75145). These RRP at £49.99 and £34.99 respectively. These new sets come from the new Lego Star Wars series called The Freemaker Adventures which is an animated TV series.
The Eclipse Fighter has an opening mini figure cockpit, Lightsaber storage underneath and a transform function that reveals hidden spring-loaded shooters and comes with Naare and Dengar minifigures. 363 pieces in this set. You may remember Dengar from The Empire Strikes Back as he was a bounty hunter who featured briefly.
The StarScavenger set has a configurable design with modular wings, engines and blasters, 2 spring-loaded shooters, foldout top section, and a mini scavenger vessel with salvage scoop and space for a mini figure and Droid. You get Rowan, Kordi and Zander mini figures and R0-GR (Roger) the friendly Droid. This set has 558 pieces.
Overall I think the sets that standout for me are the new X-Wing, the A-Wing and Tie Fighter set and Captain Rex’s AT-TE set. I don’t think you will rush out and buy the X-Wing set if you already have the original orange and black Force Awakens X-Wing set. But it is nice to see an A-wing fighter in a set. The only problem here is you may already have the TIE advanced set from Star Wars Rebels, so you probably don’t want another one. Whereas the AT-TE looks a lot of fun and is my overall favourite, plus an AT-TE Lego set has not been available for quite a while.