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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Make-your-own-opoly: Product Review

Monopoly is a great game that is recognized by many people. It has many different versions – over 550 different types. Some of these include more childish ones like; Star Wars, Pokémon, The Simpsons and Spongebob Squarepants to ones that are a little less inventive like; Monopoly City and The Mega Edition. Make-your-own-opoly now allows you to create your own ideal vision of monopoly. You could customize anything from the money to the individual player’s pieces; all you would need is some scissors, your computer and printer.

This is suitable for both girls and boys from the age of 8 upwards and the best amount of players would be 2 to 6. Make-your-own-opoly consist of taking it in turns to role a dice to allow you to move around the board, usually you have to buy properties but with this you could have famous people as each place, your pets or all the members of your family- it’s up to you. With make-your-own-opoly you, your family or your friends can be successful entrepreneurs competing against each other. 
This game is good as it as a more creative side to any of the other types of monopolies because you can make anything, like the money, be designed however you want. The way you do this is via the computer software that comes with the game. It is simple to use for anyone – whether they are a computer whiz or a complete novice. Included with the software are the instructions on how you use it.

It comes with everything you need to play it straight away, nothing is sold separately. The computer software and instructions are an easy read and help you through every step. Although, if someone does not have a computer or printer, they are then excluded from buying this brilliant game. If this game could be both computer and non computer accessible then it would appeal to even more people.
From www.toyday.co.uk you can get this great game for only £15.66 which for such a good game that everyone can get involved with every step of the way. This is great value for money and will entertain everyone for hours.
Overall I would give make-your-own-opoly a rating of 7/10.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Start of the Season Sale Exclusive to Toyday Looe


We're celebrating the start of the summer season with a sale!
There are loads or great bargains to be had exclusively within our Looe Branch.
Come and pick up a bargain in our beautiful sea side location! Toyday is on Buller Street, for the locals that's opposite Clives Cats, if you haven't been to Looe before then don't worry the town isn't big enough to get lost! There is one main shopping street with lots of little lanes coming off, we're the last shop on the main road. Beyond us there is a the harbour where you can buy an ice cream or have a go at crab fishing.
Click here to find our shop on google maps. You can call us on 01503 264963

Whether you're looking for something to keep the kids quiet on holiday or making a start on your Christmas shopping, we have something for you. Toyday has a wide range of pocket money toys, retro vintage games, wooden baby toys, and lots lots more! Check us out today!

May Opening Times 2013
Tuesday      10.30am - 2pm
Wednesday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Thursday     10.30am - 4.30pm
Friday         10.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday     10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday       11am - 4.00pm
Monday      CLOSED

Prices exclusively in store only, sale on going through out May 2013, Prices subject to change, stock subject to availability.

Friday, 26 April 2013

How to Play the 1950's game Air Race

Air Race Board GameThis reproduction of a 1950's game in retro style packaging is perfect for teaching children where cities are around the world.

The rules of the game are fairly straight forward with the aim of the game being to deliver all your mail to its destination before your opponents

  • The board is a map of the world and the playing pieces are little wooden aeroplanes. 
  • The letters are dealt amongst the players and you must chose the best route to deliver them.
  •  Roll the dice and fly your plane around the world delivering the mail.
  • The winner is the first person to deliver all their letters.

For up to four players.

This Air Race board Game is a great game for family fun!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Ridley’s Magical Retro Range

Ridley's House of Novelties

Being a traditional toyshop, Ridley's products are completely fitting for the shop. Giving each toy an old fashioned feel with it's amazing vintage and retro packaging.  
Ridley's produces all different kinds of toys, such as; card games, whoopee cushions, classic jokes, games and magic sets. Toys for both girls and boys from all ages.

The Ridley's selection all seem to be so simple yet so entertaining (they were even enjoyed by parents and grandparents during their childhood, which makes the toys such a lovely memory!)
Even with their vintage design, the toys are affordable and don't require batteries. Ranging from from £2.99 for whoopee cushions/jokes to £14.99 for Circus sets. 

Have a browse through our website for our Ridley's products http://www.toyday.co.uk

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Still Super at 75-Happy Birthday Superman!

Clark Kent here reporting for the daily planet bringing you all the news and gossip from Superman’s Gala Birthday party last night in the Metropolis City Hall.

Superman was of course late for his own party as his busy rescuing schedule overran that day. The crowd were kept entertained by special guests The Flaming Lips who performed their chart topping hit ‘Waiting for a Superman’ until the caped crusader, with Ms Lane in arm, landed in the middle of the stage carrying a cake the size of a double-Decker bus. Superman issued a formal apology to the people in the crowd firstly for being late but secondly for covering them in butter icing when he blew out his candles ‘sometimes I forget my own strength’ he chuckled. No harm done the fans cheered him on with chants of ‘speech speech speech’

 ‘ Thank you thank everyone, please allow me to give a special thank you to all my special guests here this evening, I know many of you have traveled from distant planets and the journey has taken you many earth years, especially my Aunt Alura and cousin Kara who have come all the way from new Kryptonia! May I also say how wonderful it is to have so many of the old team back in one building again, how long has it been Bruce?’ 

 Superman turned to Batman who simply shrugged and said, ‘If I admitted that I’d have to confess my age!’ 

 Laughing, Superman proceeded to the delight of the crowd to bring on stage his special guests, some of the last members of the Justice Society. ‘Ladies and gentlemen please give a warm welcome to Batman and Batgirl, Aquaman, Air Wave, All-Star, Blackhawk and the Back Canary!’  

After the crowd had calmed down Superman then requested a minutes silence for all his fallen comrades from the last seven decades and he asked everyone to join him in a toast ‘Gone but not forgotten’

With the evenings festivities continued right into the early hours, after the band had given up and gone home the League of Justice decided to make their own entertainment with the karaoke kit that they had bought superman for his birthday. Superman obliged the crown of fans and sang the classic Cher hit 'If I could Turn Back Time'. An inebriated Black canary had to be escorted away from the mike after near deafening the revelers with her ultrasonic scream. ‘In all the excitement I plum forgot about that!’ She said after but this reporter thinks the poor girl is in denial as she must be almost totally deaf herself!

There has been no word from the Fortress of Solitude so far today and we expect superman is going to be sleeping it off for some time yet!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Looe Shop Going For An All Wooden Look

After weeks of hard work we managed to get all the work in Looe shop finished. There is a new varnished real wood floor, new skirting boards and new wooden shelves. Nothing says we sell wooden toys like an all wood finish. Come visit and take a look!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Happy 40th Birthday to Bagpuss

On Wednesday the 12th February 2014-
 Bagpuss, the pink stripy cat with stories to tell, will be turning 40. 
 Any child born in the 80s-90s will remember Bagpuss and the excitement they'd feel when the narrator would start the story about the the little girl who owned a shop and would find lost and broken things to display in the window. Amazingly, Bagpuss only produced 13 episodes and yet the program will go down in history! 

Bagpuss was produced in 1974 by the company Smallfilms, created by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. Oliver Postgate being the narrator for Bagpuss.
The children's program was played on the BBC for many years and was rated the UK's favourite children's TV program in 1999. The main part being Bagpuss and his friends; 
Professor Yaffle- the carved wooden book-end 
Madeline- The rag doll
Gabriel- the banjo-playing toad
and of course...
The Mice.

I wanted to remind myself of the opening story at the start of Bagpuss so I tapped it in on YouTube and within 20 seconds a customer turned to me and said; 'Wow, That's Bagpuss! I could recognise that music from anywhere, thank you for playing that!'  What a wonderful program to trigger so many memories of childhood. 


In each episode the characters would tell a different story and song, they'd explore the different toys and items in the shop and turn them into fun adventures. My favourite story being Bagpuss's story about mermaids and magic. Each episode of Bagpuss really portrayed the magic behind each toy and how they could come to life. The characters had their own quirks and personalities that made them different from the rest.

The program taught children to believe and see toys in a different way, through magic!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

How Computer Games Can Help With Your Child's Development

I have never been a fan of kids sitting for hours in front of computer games, but as I am writing this, my 5 year old son is sat beside me on another computer, playing his favourite game, Minecraft, a java based game made by Mojang.

Although I have always known how computer games can generally help with hand to eye coordination, I have just realised how beneficial this game is to his development. Minecraft is an adventure style  game where  the player can create their own virtual world either alone or with friends using "blocks", and also create buildings or machines with levers etc. Blake has just asked me if "coal" is spelt with a "kicking K" or a "curly C", which was when I realised that he was searching for particular "ingredients" that he had gathered throughout the game to craft his own sword, and that he had been typing in other words for items he required from his inventory such as "stick" (to form the handle of the sword) and so on. When the mouse curser hovers over the items in his inventory, the name of the item is displayed, so Blake can see and associate the words next to the pictures of each item, and also the quantity remaining, which is brilliant for his understanding of simple addition and subtraction.

The Minecraft Inventory

He then asked several questions about where coal comes from, the difference between charcoal and coal, and we entered into a lengthy discussion about many of the various items he had. This particular game also stimulates the imagination and creativity of the child, and I am amazed at some of the complex buildings and contraptions that can be made. Therefore, although I still rate traditional games and family time far higher than computer games, I am starting to see the value in some computer games, and will encourage Blake to follow his passion of one day becoming a games designer.

Caps, Cap Bombs, Cap Guns - I loved them all!

Cap guns became popular following World War 2, TV's were being watched all around the UK and companies began to create all different types, styles and colours of cap guns for children. Children all over the world saw their heroes fighting crime and therefore began reenacting their own scenes by collecting these toy guns.

Cap guns were always a highlight toy during my childhood; especially for my 8 year old brother and his friends. I remember my siblings and I feeling almost like James Bond with our pretend, smokey gun shots around the house. Pretending to be spies or action heroes...we could play for hours and hours with our cap guns and bombs.
 They really are something so simple yet so affective. What a brilliant toy! It's amazing to see them still being sold. They were a classic toy in the 50's, 90's and they seem to be just as popular now!

The cap bombs produce a puff of smoke when thrown on the ground (completely harmless!) Similarly with the cap guns; when the gun is shot it makes a loud noise and produces smoke.The cap guns and bombs can be used in all kinds of adventure games, it makes every game that little more exciting and realistic. It can also be used as a prank so watch out parents!

At Toyday we sell so many cap bombs and cap rings online and in store. They are definitely one of the most exciting and fun toys around!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The beginning of The Grinch

Hello it's Becky again

today I will tell briefly about "The Grinch". 

File:The Grinch (That Stole Christmas).jpg

I think we all know the Grinch...the story is really interesting and he is 57 years old now. 
The character was written and created by Dr. Seuss in the children's book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
Nine years later the story was created into a film by Chuck Jones with the voice from Boris Karloff. 

Dr. Seuss wrote more Grinch tales, because of the fan request in 1977. 
This was followed with the stories: 
- Halloween is Grinch night
- The Grinch grinches the cat in the hat
In 2000 a live-action film was created by Ron Howard. In the same year a video game was illustrated for Computer and several consoles called The Grinch. In 2007 Nintendo DS game followed.
In 2006 the Grinch turned into a musical on the stage with Patrick Page acting. 
About the film . . .
The Grinch was played by Jim Carrey. He had a general positive response from film critics. 
 Paul Clinton of CNN said: "Carrey was born to play this role" and noted that "Carrey carries nearly every scene."
Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chtonicle proclaimed that: "Nobody could play the Grinch better than Jim Carrey".  
The Grinch is a combination of Seuss's creation and Carrey's personality. 
I think a Christmas without Grinch, should be not exist. 

And if you want to share your bed with Grinch, you can buy this soft toy from Toyday.
Thanks for reading, 
see you Becky

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