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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

Hitman Absolution fails to target Black Ops 2 in games chart

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 still walking tall in all formats sales chart

Old favourites including Lego, Twister and the Cabbage Patch Kids are set for Christmas return

Old favourites Lego, Twister and the Cabbage Patch Kids are among the toys being tipped for the top this Christmas.

The 10 Best puzzles and games

Cool, fun, silly and educational – here’s our pick of the finest distractions for children. No screens required...

Felix Baumgartner leaves the capsule and begins his plunge to Earth

Felix Baumgartner's jump, in Lego!

The moment Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from his helium balloon, 24 miles from earth, has to be one of the most stomach-dropping sights in living memory - and it only gets better in Lego.

Minecraft, the biggest thing in gaming, will now come in books

Publishing: A very Minecraft-y book deal

After muscling out film and music to become Britain's most lucrative entertainment medium last year, the £2bn (in sales) computer-games industry is now colonising bookshelves, too.

FIFA 13 takes residency at the all formats games chart summit

EA's football franchise proves its all-conquering popularity once again.

Sleeping Dogs wakes up all formats games chart

It’s been a sleepy time for the UK’s all formats games chart with new releases few and far between and the usual suspects jostling for position in top 10 and top 40 alike. Thankfully the release of Square Enix’s Sleeping Dogs and Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. 2 has acted as an alarm call meaning we have brand new titles filling the chart’s top spots.

Olympic legacy proving good for Sega as London 2012 game tops all formats chart again

For a third week running London 2012: The Official Video Game tops the gaming all formats chart.

It’s gold for Sega as London 2012 game tops all formats chart again

Gold medals for Team GB fuel sales of London 2012 themed videogames.

Olympic fever takes hold of all formats games chart

It's gold for London 2012: The Official Video Game

Album: Micachu and the Shapes, Never (Accidental/Rough Trade)

These Guildhall-trained experimentalists' debut unravelled pop's inner workings.

‘The hero gaming deserves’ as Lego Batman 2 keeps all formats top spot

All formats games chart remains much unchanged with only Dead Island GOTY Edition making a splash.

Rolls-Royce wins £118m US Army deal

Rolls-Royce has announced a £118 million order from the US Army.

Lego's point-and-brick browser adventure

To mark its 50th birthday in Australia, Lego has teamed up with Google to turn the Chrome browser into one large, virtual brick set. The site, buildwithchrome.com, lets users pick a slice of Australia and then get going on a spot of Lego property development. Once you're done, you then "publish" your creation for all to see.

The Dark Knight rises as Lego Batman 2 tops the all formats games chart

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes swoops in to secure top spot.

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