Archive for : January, 2017

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Mattel Thingmaker 3D Printer for Children

The Mattel Thingmaker is a 3D printer designed for children so that they can print their own toys. Mattel was supposed to launch this in 2016 but decided to refine the product and app some more before launch so the new launch date is the end of 2017.

The Mattel Thingmaker works alongside an app for Android and iOS that provides a simple interface for designing items which then allows children to print them out on the 3D Thingmaker.

It is predicted that the printer will be able to take around 24 different coloured filaments – one at a time though.

The Mattel Thingmaker is expected to retail for $300 in the US which probably also mean £299 for us in the UK although it could be lower at about £250. Although there are already some entry level 3D printers on the market for around this figure.

Some printed models can be a single colour whilst other designs may be made up of several colours and printed separately and then clicked together like in a ball and socket joint.

ThingMaker prints using spools of PLA (polylactic acid), a common biodegradable thermoplastic used by many 3D printers. It will possibly come with one or two spools of PLA, but it’s not clear what specific types of materials it will be compatible with. Mattel showed off a few types of printed samples using softer rubber-like plastics, glow-in-the-dark plastic and plastic that turns different colours in daylight.

Where can I buy a Mattel Thingmaker 3D Printer?

Expect all the large online toy retailers to stock the Mattel Thingmaker in the UK. We expect it to be a big hit and would recommend pre-ordering the Thingmaker.

These will include John Lewis , Amazon UK, Smyths Toys, ToysRUs, Hamleys and The Toy Shop

When we have more information we will post it.

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PJ Masks Toys – Cat Boy, Owlette and Gekko

PJ Masks is an animated TV series about three 6-year-olds, Connor, Amaya, and Greg, who lead relatively normal lives by day, where they are neighbors, classmates, and friends. But, at night, they become Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko, and fight crime as the superhero team PJ Masks. Together, they go on adventures, defeat villains, solve mysteries, and learn valuable lessons.

The villains in the PJ Masks series are Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl. There are 26 episodes in Series 1 and each episode is about 24 minutes long.
PJ Masks toys are being released by Disney in February 2017, pre-order now from The Toy Shop .

PJ Masks Toys

Here are the initial and most popular PJ Masks toys:

PJ Masks Sing and Talk Soft Toys

Sing and talk Catboy, Owlette and Gekko figures

There is a PJ Masks Collectible Figure Set

PJ Masks Vehicles

PJ Masks Cat Car Vehicle with Cat Boy Figure

PJ Masks Owl Glider with Owlette Figure

PJ Masks Gekko Mobile Vehicle with Gekko figure

PJ Masks Role Play Masks and Costumes

You can purchase Cat Boy, Gekko and Owlette role play masks and also full dress up costumes of Gekko, Owlette and Cat Boy.

PJ Masks Soft Beanie Toys

There are also 20cm beanie soft PJ Masks toys including Catboy, Gekko, Owlette and Romeo

PJ Masks Light up Action Figures

These are 7cm tall light up action figures of Owlette, Gekko or Cat Boy and you can press down on the heads of the figures to watch the amulets glow and move the figures into fun poses.

Where can I buy PJ Masks toys from?

The toys are not released until February, but you can look at pre-ordering them from The Toy Shop / The Entertainer online  – direct link.

Lego at Amazon