From Furbys to robotic puppies, there are lots of fun, innovative and educational toys in the shops this year. Kate Hilpern picks the ones the kids (and big kids) will love
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David Cameron in Germany: Prime Minister and Angela Merkel call for urgent action to make EU 'competitive and flexible'
Saturday 13 April 2013
Prime Minister discussed the need for reforms to the single market at the German Chancellor’s guest residence at Schloss Meseberg
Saturday 06 April 2013
From Sebastiao Salgado to Scotland's newest castle hotel
Sunday 31 March 2013
Danish toy giant says production of ‘Jabba’s Palace’ building set was always slated to cease at the end of 2013
Wednesday 27 March 2013
Chase McCain's adventure is akin to GTA for kids, as the knowingly clichéd action cop takes to the open world streets as he looks to throw his arch nemesis Rex Fury back behind bars.
Friday 22 March 2013
Plus: Absurd person singular in Mohsin Hamid's new novel and "feel-good" isn't good enough for Parks and Recreation
Tuesday 12 March 2013
Vending machines ought to follow high street shops on the conveyor belt of death that is online retail. Yet a growing fondness for anonymous shopping (see also supermarket checkout bots) is giving new life to old tech.
Friday 08 March 2013
Sometimes I find people arguing against the No More Page 3 campaign entertaining, but some things just aren't funny
Wednesday 20 February 2013
From making snow globes to casting magical shadows on the bedroom wall, here are toys to keep your little ones amused.
Wednesday 09 January 2013
As a piece of public relations, it was pretty deft. Seven-year-old Luka Apps from Highworth in Wiltshire had written to Lego's head office after losing his Jay ZX figurine during a post-Christmas shopping trip. "Daddy said to send you an email to see if you will send me another one," he wrote. "I promise I won't take him to the shop again if you can."
Tuesday 25 December 2012
The night Andrei Nikitchyuk came home after 20 young students had been killed at his son's school, he pulled out the family's Christmas tree.
Thursday 13 December 2012
A talking cuddly electronic pet is the toy most wanted by children this Christmas, judging by the letters posted to Santa Claus.
Tuesday 11 December 2012
Bad week for Nintendo sees sales of Wii U titles drop and Paper Mario: Sticker Star barely register in 40th.
Tuesday 04 December 2012
The week's all formats games chart sees bespoke Wii U games miss out on the top 10
Friday 30 November 2012
Main image: Spiderman toy, £19.69, and magnetic frame set, £12, both John Lewis
Wednesday 28 November 2012
Here are the hi-tech playthings you’ll be filling stockings up with this Christmas. Just watch your ankles...
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