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Ben ‘Elbowz’ Spies – an American superbike champion famous for his elbows-out riding style – has inspired a new range from Kiddimoto. The products include a Kiddimoto Helmet, Kurve Icon and Kiddimoto Hero replica balance bikes based upon the Elbowz Elite Racing livery, that bear Ben’s racing number 11, the team’s logo and Spies' signature. Boasting a three-point adjustable seat height, child- safe paints and real pneumatic tyres, Kurve is made of Birch plywood. The Kurve is aimed at three to six year olds.

Also new is the matching

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Ben Spies Elbowz helmet. Based on a BMX-style shell, it has an 11-point ventilation system, three shell sizes, and an adjustable strap, and meets CE bicycle helmet standards, bringing safety and style together.

Fi?ures, has expanded with Series 2 - a range of characters for boys and girls. The latest boys’ series includes 12 collectable characters with a mix of classic, fantasy and sporting figures. Fi?ures are centred on three features: assembly, collectability and interchanging components. Playmobil also has a new range of six motorbikes. Every bike comes with a bike-ready character complete with helmet and outfit. Sized for play on the move or at home, the bikes have a chrome effect and detailed design.


Currently available in Little Tikes new Big Adventures play-sets is Side by Side Racing, Fire station and the Construction Peak Rail and Road, with an Action Air Show set joining the range later in the year. Each has large, durable, easy-to-grip vehicles. The Big Adventures Side

by Side Racing offers classic ramp and vehicle play with three levels of stunt racing, car launch levers and checked flags. The double-sided Big

Adventures Fire Station has a ‘burning’ building on one side, the fire engine can be taken up in the lift before speeding to the emergency through the flip doors and down the spiral ramps.

Based on Little Tikes’ classic Peak

Road & Rail toy, the Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail & Road set lets


The Skill Academy brand is professional, smart and functional, offering products that will improve football skills both on and off the pitch. Skill Shot was created to aid

the development of kids’ skills and understanding of the game. Its multi-rebound goal training centre consists of three nets that can be clipped together in various ways. There is voice command capability that improves the accuracy of the strike as kids aim for the correct net as instructed. There are 20 different games and the set is aimed at kids aged six and up. Under Control is a new football

training game that allows players to control the pace of their practice. Attached to an X-shaped base is a rotating arm with a football on the

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kids take control of a quarry. Using the 360-degree spinning crane, kids can load rocks into trucks and trains with the three-way boulder auto-loader, or start an avalanche in Avalanche Valley. A set of extra rescue vehicles can be purchased separately.

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The extensive range of science and technology kits from Thames & Kosmos includes sets that help to engage boys in hands on

activities that make science and learning fun. All products are linked to the National

Curriculum and focus on different key stages.

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Circa Circa’s new edition of About Time is a picture card version of the history quiz game. The Junior Discovery picture card edition is suitable for eight to 12 year-olds. The 52-card pack can be played as a standalone guess the year game, or bundled with the Friends and Family Edition of About Time. About Time teaches children about

chronology through its unique guess the year mechanism and the broad range of modern and history content. Teachers have been using the game in the classroom as a way to enliven history lessons for some time, and have fed back to the publishers how well this works. With Junior Discovery, this educational benefit is now open to younger players too. The Junior Discovery Picture Card

Pack is a way of bringing eight to 12 year-olds into a new love of history.

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for children age five plus and offers and early introduction into the areas of physics, biology and chemistry. Cars and Gears, Physics and Forces and Cranes and Pulleys for example, all give a great foundation for an interest in engineering by investigating levers and pulleys,

understanding force and motion and making working models.

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which can be adapted to different angles. The ball rotates to mimic real play for practising keepy-uppies, tricks and headers and ball control, muscle development, balance, shooting accuracy and passing. Target Goal is a two in one pop-up goal. One side allows players to aim and shoot through the targets, while the other is a normal goal. It is aimed for children aged four and up.

The award-winning Wild Science for Boys range is set to expand with the introduction of the Volcano Factory. Boys can construct lava bombs and mineral springs and create a volcanic island. This adds to the Weird Slime Laboratory. Boys can learn about energy blasters and super elastic collisions with the Hyperlauncher Rocket Ball Factory. All kits come with an instruction booklet supporting the National Curriculum Science KS2.

The new Technokit Rivetz collection is another addition and boasts a selection of activities to build and explore the world of technology. The new kits use the patented Rivetz Gun to snap and fix pieces of the decorated pre-cut card together, in order to create giant models such as a Dragon, a Hornet or a red, black and white Racer. Finally, the My Living World range

explores the world of living creatures, including ants, worms and triops.

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