Friday, 21 October 2011

Pintoy City Fire Engine - Review

This beautiful little fire engine was sent to me from the guys at They are a local company, as I found out after contacting them in reply to a tweet for a toy tester.

We had a choice of what to get, within a set limit and having already reviewed some games for Beanie I decided it would be time to give Monkey a treat.

Monkey is fire engine obsessed. Everything he does is "an emergency". He has dress up, he has fire engines and other accessories from a certain Fireman, but this I thought would be a bit different.

It is lovely.

I love traditional toys. I love wooden toys. When I looked through the website I was in heaven. I adore the fact that this toy will be played with, and the quality of it is so good that I can see that this toy will be kept and passed down to the next generation.

It arrived when I was at work, I saw it on my return but didn't open it immediately. When I did open it, I was spied by a little Monkey who asked me "What's that?"
"What do you think it is?"
"A car."
"Not a car."
"A fire engine." - at this point jumping up and down in pure delight, the biggest grin on his face!

We opened it and it comes completely set up and ready to go, no ties in sight, a god send when you have a very excited 3 year old desperate to play!

It was immediately taken to the lounge, to join the other engines.

The Fire engine also comes with a little wooden man. He is very sweet and has flexible arms and legs. He sits perfectly in the front of the engine and has two holes in his hands, so that he can hold the hose.

He is a lovely addition to the fire engine as when I read the description on the website I wasn't entirely sure that we would receive a figure, but was thrilled when we did. (Other accessories are also available on the website).

The fire engine is very well made, there are rounded edges and the paint detailing is fantastic. the Lid lifts off, so the hose (and an abundance of other treasures) can be stored inside. The hose is in two sections that clip together so there is no choking hazard and it can be placed on either side of the engine. On top of the lid is the ladder which can be moved up and down. The man can stand on the ladder but both his feet do not fit on one rung.

This really is a lovely toy, and one that I know I will not part with. There are other fire engines in the Pintoy range and an accessories set and fireman set, all of which will be on Monkey Christmas List!

It is so solid and child friendly that even Worm has had a sneeky play with it when Monkey has not been looking!

The Pintoy City Fire Engine is available from for £24.49 and was sent to us free to review.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


The lovely people at sent me some information about a new eco-friendly game from Finland.

Let’s play "Mölkky" by Tactic Games.

Mölkky is a fun combination of chance and skill that’s quick to learn and exciting to play.

Based on a centuries-old game from Finland, Mölkky is fast becoming a global phenomenon. National Mölkky competitions are held in several countries around the world, and teams even come to Finland every year to compete in the world Mölkky championships.

The aim of the game is to throw the skittle to hit the pins that are each uniquely numbered and the person who scores exactly 50 points is declared the winner. But watch out, if you get more than 50, your score will be knocked back down to 25!

The game is easy to play and is suitable for all ages. It looks like a great family outdoor game that could be played anywhere.

For more information check out

It is available in the UK from for £29.99

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Tactic Games - "Dotto" Play and Say Review

The lovely people at set me up with my first review from Tactic games. (

They sent me two board games, called "Roll for Gold" and "Dotto".

Roll for Gold is aimed at children age 7 years and older and Dotto 6+.

Dotto is a strategic game, using dice, whereby the players have to place the coloured dice in the correct position on the board within the time limit.

The board was really easy to set up and the games comes complete with a timer (battery not included), ten coloured dice, 16 counters (of which you use 15) and 55 playing cards showing the patterns.

Each player has three tokens to start, the timer is started and the oldest person takes a card and has to replicate the pattern that is shown on the card onto the grid board. When they have completed their pattern the next player takes another card from the pile and replicates the next pattern. This continues until the timer stops. Who ever's go it is when the timer stops looses one of their tokens. When all three of your tokens have gone you are out and the winner is the last person with a token left.

This game is based on a really simple idea, and we found it to be really enjoyable. You get quite frustrated when you can't find the correct colour when you need to but it was quick and easy to play and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Even Granny played it tonight and said how good it was.

Beanie loved the fact that he was against the timer, and the timer is unpredictable as to when it goes off, so you have to be quick when playing. It is a great game for developing hand eye coordination and logical thinking, as well as being incredibly quick to play (about 10-15 minutes).

My only negative about this game would be the quality of the timer. It feels quite flimsy and doesn't always start when you push the button, you have to push it really hard, which Beanie has found difficult at times to get it to work!

Both games are available to purchase from

Tactic Games "Roll for Gold" - Play and Say Review

The lovely people at set me up with my first review from Tactic games. (

They sent me two board games, called "Roll for Gold" and "Dotto".

Roll for Gold is aimed at children age 7 years and older and Dotto 6+.

Both perfect for Beanie, who I have to admit is a bit of a game guru! He loves board games and likes the old ones the best, the ones me and moors-daddy used to play when we were little, so this was a real test.

We started with Roll for Gold, he liked the fact that you could choose which side of the playing board was face up, and after about five minutes of going over the instructions (they did confuse us a bit) we understood what the aim of the game was and how to play.

You set up the dishes into the holes and each player has two dice of the same colour. You also have three small coins each. To start you all roll your dice and the lowest score starts by pushing the dice in the middle of the board, which gives you your instructions to either throw, one or both of your dice, one or both of an opponents or one of yours and one of your opponents. The two coloured dice that each player has in their dish has different numbers of skulls on it and a parrot, the parrot equalling 5. The aim is to get the highest score on your dice before someone throws Blackbeard's Ghost on the central dice. When Blackbeard appears, the person with the highest score on their dice gets a big coin. Little coins that you start the game are worth 1 and the big coin 5, and the aim and how to win the game is to be the first person to get to 21 coins.

Once we got into it, it was really good, it didn't take long for the three of us to get competitive and Beanie very quickly learnt to be tactical and throw either mine or moors-daddy's parrot to lower our score.

It was a quick game lasting about 15 minutes, which is great for people like us who seem to be constantly busy, but it could be fitted easily into family life.

Beanie loved it, he really liked the pirate theme and played it again with moors-daddy before school the next morning!

Both games are available from