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RECOMMENDED LEGO The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


LEGO celebrates the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarf companions with new sets from the second installment of The Hobbit


CONTACTS  LEGO: 01753 495 000  www.thehobbit.lego.com  Available now


LEGO celebrated last year’s release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugwith a new line of building sets, continuing the adventure of Bilbo Baggins and his journey to the Kingdom of Erebor. Joined by Gandalf and a gang of 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbitand LEGO fans alike can create a range of scenes and location from the latest adventure in Middle Earth. Retailing at £19.99, the Dol Guldur Ambush set encourages kids to help the heroes through an Orc ambush, featuring fortress ruins and mobile catapults. Meanwhile, the Mirkwood Elf Army set, retailing at £29.99, features a rotating, splitting tree, ambush function,


weapon rack and six minifigures. Players can flick missiles at Orc invaders to defend the Elven fortress. The Lake-town Chase set


encourages fans to help Bilbo Baggins escape the Master of Lake-town with a house-prison, armoury, boat, catapults, weapons and five minifigures. A larger set, the Lake-town Chase scenario retails at £49.99. Finally, the largest of the sets, Dol Guldur Battle retails at £69.99. Players must defeat the forces of evil in a conflict with the Necromancer of Dol Guldur. Radagast and Gandalf team up to investigate the fortress ruins, said to host evil. Fans can flick the wall of the fortress to make the Necromancer of Dol Guldur appear, while Azog and


Gundabad Orcs set about an attack on the wizards with a rolling catapult.


MICKEY AND MINNIE BUMPERCARS, KIDS @ PLAY


Launched in autumn 2013, the new Mickey and Minnie Bumpercars from Kids@Play work just like the real Dodgems at the fair. The powered vehicles


feature a special engine and motor, allowing the car to travel in all directions and spin through 360 degrees. Each car also features


numerous in-built flashing lights, a steering wheel and a safety belt. A six volt battery and recharge pack is provided offering a minimum of 300 re- charges, meanwhile the car’s air cushion ensures that furniture or skirting boards are protected from damage. Each car has its own official Disney approval and licence. The Mickey and Minnie Bumpercars retail at £129.99. 01291 635 551


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MARKER MAKER, CRAYOLA


Crayola is encouraging kids to get creative this season, letting artists create their own marker pens with the new Marker Maker. Retailing at £22.99, the new


kit allows children to create their own custom colors, using the mixing guide or going off piste to produce their own colour combinations. One ‘design your own’


marker box and labels pack lets fans create up to 16 markers, all featuring Crayola’s renowned ‘washability’. The product has already enjoyed success in the US, boasting a range of awards. Crayola is excited to bring the kit to the UK in July this year, with a TV advertising campaign the firm believes will help the product become a ‘smash hit’. 01483 449 944


THRILL RIDES ROLLER COASTER BUILDING SETS, K’NEX


This spring will see K’Nex welcome a raft of new additions to the K’Nex Thrill Rides Collection. The key driver in the collection


will be the K’Nex Typhoon Frenzy Roller Coaster Building Set, offering over 640 K’Nex pieces to build a roller coaster track of over 19 feet. The track also features motorised action and downloadable instructions to build multiple Coaster designs. Aimed at children aged nine


and over, the K’Nex Thrill Rides Collection offers a range of building sets at several price points, starting at £29.99. Further sets in the collection include K’Nex supernova Blast Roller Coaster Build Set with over 800 glow in the dark building pieces. 01189 497000


FOREVER FRIENDS, JUMBO GAMES


Jumbo Games is launching the first product in its partnership with the Forever Friends brand, a 500-piece puzzle featuring the firm’s popular characters. As part of the launch campaign of the new range, puzzler and Forever Friends fans will receive a free greetings card with the new puzzle line. Now over 25 years old, the


Forever Friends brand has featured on numerous products including card designs, gifts, toys and stationery. Jumbo will launch a larger, 1,000-piece puzzle featuring a free Forever Friends plush bear in June this year. Katherine Pierce, marketing


manager at Jumbo Games, said: “These puzzles offer broad appeal ensuring the perfect gift idea for any puzzle fan.” 01707 289 289


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