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Even if your plane’s not delayed and the car doesn’t break down, we all need jolly distraction on summer holiday journeys. Try one of these portable playthings...

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Flowers and cuddly toys have been left as tributes outside the house where a woman and her toddler daughter were shot dead.

More small dogs dumped

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Peppa Pig ups US assault with Fisher-Price deal

Peppa Pig, the cartoon that has taken Britain by storm, is hoping for a similar impact in the US after its owner, Entertainment One (E1), sealed a deal with Fisher-Price for a range of toys.

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We all want to increase our little ones' development and brain power. With these ingenious and entertaining games they’ll hardly know it’s education.

Force on alert as officers stalk toy tiger

Police are trying to trace the owner of a life-sized toy tiger which sparked a major operation involving armed officers and a helicopter.

Fake white tiger sparks armed police response

Police are today trying to trace the owner of a toy life-size tiger which sparked a major operation involving armed officers and a force helicopter.

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The 10 best outdoor toys

Whether it’s a pretty playhouse or a sturdy swing, we’ve got the garden gear to keep your children safe, happy and out of your hair this summer.

Mattel surrenders Bratz dolls claim

After a seven-year legal battle, giant American toy manufacturer Mattel suffered a surprise defeat when a jury decided that the tiny Californian company MGA is the rightful owner of the once-billion dollar line of Bratz dolls.

Video: Brazil builds world's tallest lego tower

Brazil has broken the record for the world's tallest lego building.

Barbie caught in the battle of the dolls

With legs weirdly long and lips oddly bloated, the spindly figures at the heart of a legal row are in the dock tomorrow

Album: Toy Horses, Toy Horses (Albino Sparrow)

Toy Horses are the Welsh stepson/stepfather duo of Adam Franklin (21) and Tom Williams (40) whose music has, as they say, "gone viral" in the past year, with the result that they were invited to Nashville to record their debut album.

Lego profits soar thanks to 'the force' and some wizardry

The force is with Lego, the Danish toymaker which saw profits soar by a galactic 63 per cent last year thanks to a boost from Darth Vader and friends.

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