Spend Money, Toys

The hatchimal craze of 2016 is still something that sends shivers down my spine – and I’m not a parent. However, this year there’s a new kid in town (literally) the Luvabella doll is one of the toys that’s tipped to be the toy of 2017.

With pre-orders already in high demand, every mum, everywhere seems to have only one question… Where can I buy a Luvabella Doll?


ArgosArgos are currently taking no pre-orders for the doll. However, they are expected to have a limited number go on sale on the 1st October.


The EntertainerThe Entertainer have already had a limited release of the Luvabella doll. Unsurprisingly they sold out very quickly. However, they are promising to have more available prior to Christmas – we just don’t know exactly when.


Smyths – Smyths have already had a limited run available in-store and online. However, much like The Entertainer these sold out quickly. The good news however is that they are due to have some more in stock between the 22nd – 29th September (it’s just a shame they can’t be more specific, so be sure to keep checking back)


Toys R UsToys R Us are selling the Luvabella dolls at £10 more than RRP. They currently have none available and don’t have any details as to when they maybe available to pre-order or purchase.


AmazonAs Amazon is both a marketplace and a retail store. . However, that’s not to say things wont change between now and mid-October. 


eBayIf you become really desperate for a Luvabella doll then you can always turn to eBay. Although you’ll probably paying double the RRP you are guaranteed to get one. In fact at the time of writing there’s already 300+ listings for one available in the UK alone.


Interested as to what this doll worthy of £100 of your cold hard cash can do, then check out the video below from this years London Toy Fair.



Whether you want one or don’t, one thing is for sure. These things are very hard to come by. So if you’re child really wants one, and you’re happy to buy them one then get your pre-orders in now to avoid disappointment.

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Toys

Asda and Tesco recently had the most amazing toy sale. It allowed us to pick up some magical toys at magical prices and one of the first products Helen and I decided to investigate was these Disney Princess Ooshies.


We’d never previously heard of Ooshies although thanks to trusty Google I was able to find that they are available not just in the theme of Disney Princesses but also WWE Characters, DC, Marvel, TMNT and more! They’ve been available in Australia for some time now and have been so well received that the development of a play set is already in the making. 


We’re currently on series 1 of all Ooshie themes here in the UK (What a relief, there’s nothing worse than having to go back and try and find / collect them all) speaking of the collection there’s currently 40 characters to collect… Which considering the lifespan of the current series I think is respectable. 

I have to say what impresses me most about these collectable toys are their duel purpose. As Ooshies are in fact designed as pencil toppers. These little things provide an affordable and easy way of customising your writing equipment and encouraging the writing of younger children within the family.

In the terms of the quality of the product. I’m not overwhelmed and astounded nor am I disappointed – instead I’m somewhere in the middle depending on the price paid. Ooshies are currently available in , (three on show and one mystery) and .

As always I’d love to know what you think of the Disney Princess Ooshies. Will you be collecting them? Flipping them? or avoiding them? Let me know in the comments below.

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Selling Lego, Toys

As Lego continues to rise in popularity there’s absolutely no surprise that we’ve seen a rise in fake / knock off products. That said, the volume available and the quality of fake products has become rather alarming over the past 18 months. Which is exactly why I’ve wanted to create this guide on how to spot fake Lego.

This is perfect for those looking to start reselling Lego as well as those simply purchase Lego for friends, family and young ones. First off however I want to cover why you shouldn’t buy fake Lego…

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Fake Lego

I get it. It’s cheap like super cheap and Lego is a notoriously expensive toy. However, that’s still no reason to buy fake Lego… Here’s why;

Quality

There’s a big argument as to how good the quality of any fake Lego set really is. There’s 100’s of factories pumping out 100’s of different alternatives. So while one fake brand might be great, you may find another with bricks that barely stick together.


Endangering The Market

Fake Lego is having a big knock on affect on both the primary and secondary Lego market. This is going to impact Lego’s designs – many of which these fake brands will look to copy directly. We have also already found it to be having an impact on the consumers opinion of Lego. Especially by those who don’t truly know the difference between real and fake Lego. All of this is then going to contribute towards a decline of the secondary Lego market.


It Can Make You & Your Kids Sick

As counterfeit Lego continue to become more sophisticated the risks to our health are growing. Many of these brands look to be the real deal, and can often be unknowingly stocked and purchased by small independent retailers.

Only for them to be fake. While genuine toys such as Lego have to have all their materials heavily tested to ensure safety. Counterfeit goods won’t have gone through any of these tests. Fake plastic toys often contain high levels of phthalates which can be extremely dangerous. 

It’s Illegal

HMRC published this article directly relating to someone found to be importing fake Lego into the country. All the goods were destroyed although we have absolutely no idea whether or not they were prosecuted by Lego further.

The goods, which had been listed as “plastic blocks for decoration”, had been sent to the UK from China in four separate packages with a declared value of just $365.

An investigation was launched by Border Force and LEGO has now confirmed that all the goods, which will now be destroyed, are breaches of their copyright.

As the rights holders, the company can now decide whether or not they wish to prosecute the importer privately.

 

How To Spot Fake Lego

Sets

In my opinion spotting a fake Lego set is perhaps one of the easiest things to do. It’s mainly down to that all important red logo. I’m still get to see anyone try and print the Lego logo. Instead you’ll see alternatives.

Real Lego





Fake Lego




If you do see a genuine logo but are still unsure whether or not the product is genuine there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Firstly, where are you buying the product? The safest place is in person at one of the Lego stores. Next best place would be a specialist toy store or major supermarket.

Next look at the box. Is the printing and finish to a high standard? Are the folds off? Is the printing dull? All these are signs of a fake product.

If you’re still unsure I’d advise you to either; politely question the store owner and ask if they would mind you opening the box to check the contents or leave it and move on until you’re sure you’ve found a genuine Lego product.



Minifigures

For genuine minifigures you should be looking out for the Lego logo printed onto every single part of the minifigure. This can be found in the following places;

 

Head has logo inside top stud and underneath it

Torso has logo on neck stud

Hips have logo in between leg studs

Legs have logo in hollow of feet

Make yourself familiar with the different Lego colours. As well as the weight and feel of different Lego minifigure parts. These are slight but noticeable differences in high quality knock offs. Don’t forget to look at the stud connections. Ensure they are genuine Lego format.

Finally take a look at the print. In these images below it is in my opinion one of the biggest giveaways. Lego always has highly detailed, highly accurate printing.

The one on the right is the genuine product.

how to spot fake Lego




Bricks

Despite being the cheapest Lego item in many respects. Lego bricks are still often faked. No more so than the rare bricks found in now retired and highly expensive sets such as the UCS Millennium Falcon and Green Grocer. 

However, just like the sets and the minifigures there are tell-tell signs of fake Lego bricks.

Every Lego stud comes with the Lego logo. If you can’t find it on the top you’ll be able to see the Lego logo underneath the part.


However, you can be quickly caught off guard with the logo saying something else instead of Lego on the fakes. ‘Such as Logo‘ in these cases be sure to look closely and check the weight, the colour, the cut and the detail.

Some clone brands will just come with nothing and be almost blank bricks like the image below.


As always the techniques that fake Lego manufacturers are using are becoming more and more complex. I do however hope this will cover the basics on how to protect yourself from the fake stuff.

In the meantime if you have any questions, comments or concerns leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

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