Reviewed by David Savage
The festive season has now begun and it’s time to start shopping for Christmas gifts. With 5-year-old twin boys in the house that already have a wide variety of toys it is always a struggle to know what to buy them, that was until I came across Wicked Uncle – the home of Brilliant Children’s Presents. I was lucky enough to try out 3 items from their wide range of toys and games.
Pokibot – Mini Interactive Robot
Pokibot is an 8cm plastic robot (RRP: £16.95 – available in 3 colours – we received green). It is a voice recorder, has sound activated motion and can spin & dance and can be controlled easily via a free app for your phone or tablet (this was very easy to download and no configuration or set up needed).
The boys love this robot; it dances and repeats back everything they say in a funny robotic voice. They like the idea of using the iPad to set the robot off dancing.
Overall, this is a fun toy that makes a great Christmas gift. It’s very easy to use (with or without the app), the playback of recording isn’t too loud, but loud enough to hear and understand, so doesn’t get annoying and watching it spin and dance around the room in fun for the boys. A great little gift.
Dino Squeeze Popper – Soft Foam Shooter
The Dino Squeeze Popper Soft Foam Shooter (RRP: £7.99 – also available as a unicorn, zombie and penguin) is another fun gift from Wicked Uncle. This 6” friendly looking green dinosaur shoots foam balls up to 20 feet (6 metres), and can be used indoors or outside. It is supplied with 6 foam balls.
Pop a foam ball in the dinosaur’s mouth and squeeze his body to fire. No batteries are required as is just air powered and because the balls are soft foam no damage is caused to people or property.
The boys think this is great and find it funny. Very easy to use, fits nicely in their hands and fun.
Dinosaur Wooden Cube Puzzle
For children that loves jigsaws and building blocks this Dinosaur Wooden Cube Puzzle (RRP: £12.95) is fantastic. The cube puzzle features 4 different dinosaur scenes and is built vertically using the supplied wooden stand that has 3 flexible pegs. It has 9 wooden cubes that need to be placed on the wooden pegs to create the image (9cm square). It is great for hand/eye co-ordination and problem solving.
One of the boys is jigsaw & puzzle mad and both boys love dinosaurs. They both love doing this puzzle and the quality wooden pieces are much better that a standard jigsaw/puzzle and will last a long time.
This would make a great stocking filler.
Overall, I love the Wicked Uncle website and range of toys. The website is very easy to use; you can search by boy or girl, age or all toys to find the perfect gift (from babies to teens). The three items we received were very good quality with plenty of play opportunities and are fun.
If you are looking for a toy as a Christmas gift, birthday present or just because then Wicked Uncle have plenty of choice and is a great place to start.
For more information visit www.wickeduncle.co.uk.