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Annie Deakin finds space for new Christmas toys and increases home storage for 2012.

Lego buys out partner in schools unit

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Hawkin's Bazaar owner in administration

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<p>Unite in the fight against the Netherworld with the Power Rang- ers 10cm figure collection from Bandai. There are five to collect.</p>

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1. Power Ranger

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Unite in the fight against the Netherworld with the Power Rangers 10cm figure collection from Bandai. There are five to collect.

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California dreamers still make a splash

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Dot.chaos: Fears over costly new web domains

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Stage rage: The school nativity play has always been a mine field for parental tensions

'Tis the season to be ANGRY

News of a bloody brawl at a school nativity play comes as no surprise to John Walsh. It's all part of the new Christmas spirit, he explains: pushy, stressed out and red in tooth and claw

Mysteries of Lisbon (PG)

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Christmas gift guide: The kids are alright

End the eternal quest for a gift that's durable, smart and more fun than the box it came in

Crawling crabs sidle into UK to pinch festive sales

A toy crab which has taken the US by storm is be launched in the UK in time for Christmas, the toy distributor Character said yesterday. The group hopes XiaXia, pronounced ShaSha and developed by the creators of ZhuZhu Pets, will help to prop up sales amid a tough festive toy market.

The 12 toys of Christmas, from ninjas to monster tree houses

The 2011 Dream Toys list reveals retailers' hopes for what will be the big sellers this festive season

The 10 best musical toys

Giving little ones noise-making toys can be fun and educational (if your eardrums can stand it).

Bratz beats Barbie in America's $310m legal battle of the dolls

The latest round in the knockdown, drag-out fight between the makers of the iconic teenage fashion doll Barbie and of her upstart catwalk competitors the Bratz has been resolved by a judge in California – and it's the former who has her tights in a twist and her hair in a tangle.

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