There is now less than 100 days until Christmas, so what better way than to get present planning. Smyths Toys are releasing their Winter Catalogue this week, and there are plenty of toys to suit all youngsters and interests…

Smyths Toys Winter Catalogue

This is officially my favourite time of year, hayfever is no more, the weather is chilly enough to wear cosy jumpers, halloween prep is underway and the countdown until Christmas has commenced. I always try and get a couple of presents a month for birthdays and constantly look for ideas for Christmas, one place we always go to is Smyths Toys.

Normally we will either go to our nearest store at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol or will order online. Before I had never thought about looking through the catalogue to be honest. But since the latest Smyths Toys Winter Catalogue arrived we have been having a browse and there is so much more that I originally thought. You can request the latest catalogue here.

Smyths Toys kindly sent us the latest catalogue to browse and a voucher for the kids to use. We all had a browse through the 327 pages of toys and decided on a joint toy for the kids to share. Since the age gap is over 5 years, it is brilliant to find a toy they both love to share which is the family favourite of Lego. When you go to the stores, there is aisles so high and long of lego of all sorts. Very rare we can’t find what one we are looking for, plus there is the option to check stock or order click and collect.

Lego City Smyths Toys

Rowan has recently got into Lego, he loves finding the pieces through the instructions and even more loves playing with the many miniature block creations. He has progressed from Duplo but will still play with this, and has a mixture of Lego Juniors and Lego Sets. Josie has Lego Sets of all sorts, her favourite is her Jurassic World Sets and is the only thing she has patience to do and finish herself. Josie has her eye on the Lego Harry Potter new releases. We keep all of our lego sets in clear boxes with the corresponding instructions…yes this may seem boderline OCD but at the same time this is so much easier when you want to build a set.

The best part with Lego is how it makes them use their imagination and how they come together playing despite their age difference. Also Lego is fabulous for young and old. There is many adults I know that love Lego, it really is a timeless family favourite. We debated both of the kids choosing something each but the both spotted the Lego City Mountain Police Set which also was on sale. We did also pick up a little airplane for Rowan and an expansion for Josie’s Lego Dimensions which again was on sale.

Smyths Toys Lego City

In October we have Rowan’s birthday which last month myself and Josie went off to Smyths Toys store and brought his presents. There is so much choice when browsing the catalogue, you have your classics like we chose with Lego, board games galore, computer games, all of your favourite characters….the list is endless from the amount of toys and gadgets and at fantastic prices.

Next is planning for Christmas, we are going to sit down some point and go through the catalogue to compile the kids Christmas Lists. It is great fun for them to look through the catalogue and write or stick present wishes. When I was sat with Rowan he was pointing out things he thought Josie would like which was adorable. I am thinking this will be a fun activity with the kids whilst making some mince pies, I am already excited for the Christmas films and special Christmas drinks at coffee shops whilst writing this.

Smyths Winter Catalogue

If your haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet then make sure you head over to Smyths Toys and request a catalogue. I would love to know how you plan your Christmas Shopping? Do you also go to Smyths Toys?

Simply Stacey

*** DISCLAIMER | Smyths Toys sent us goods in exchange for our honest views. All wording is honest and my own.

As a budding mini brick construction fan, Josie loves Lego. So for Josie’s birthday we purchased her Lego Dimensions

Lego is one of the timeless classics that has been around for many years and will be for more years to come. Josie will sit lovely and build Lego, she is very insistant to use the instructions for her master pieces. We have a mixture of Lego sets, ranging from Lego Friends, Jurassic World, Lego City and of course Disney.

Josie is also heavily into her technology. She loves her iPad and likes playing on her Lego apps. Recently has got into using the computer to write stories or make PowerPoint presentations. She likes also playing on the PlayStation. So what better present to get, Lego and Gaming…..Lego Dimensions.

Lego Dimensions starter packs come with Batman from DC Heroes, Wildstyle from Lego Movie and Gandalf from Lord of The Rings. We built all the pieces and the Toypad before playing, but as you get past the introduction and start helping your heroes you can actually build the Toypad portal as you play.

You can purchase additional packs to play with, and these come on a 3 level tier of activities and uses. At first I was annoyed as we started building these ready and there was instructions for the figures, but not the vehicles. Luckily I googled and found these and we carried on making them ready. But as you get playing, the game actually gets you to build these during the game with interactive instructions. This is probably due to most of the vehicles can transform into different types of cars etc.

Story Packs -Additional story sets to play

Level Packs -Misson based new game levels

Fun Packs -Expand your hero collection with new powers and abilities

Team Packs -Call your friends into the game when you need back up

The next problem we encountered, was trying to upload the recent packs we brought. Adventure Time Level Pack was not anywhere in the Vortex menu, after myself googling I realised we needed to update the game, after working out I can do this wirelessly we were on a roll. All of these little blips were not the games fault, but could maybe be more clear that you can build as you play.

Josie used to be into Disney Infinity but I found this a bit boring, she was happy with it but I like the fact you can do missions and the game is more challenging. Also unlike Disney Infinity when a new update is brought out, you don’t need another game and more figures that only work on that base. Lego Dimensions works by updates, so all of your pieces will work on the same game.

So far we have Adventure Time, Unikitty and The Simpsons. But Josie is asking for Christmas for Fantastic Beasts, Ghostbusters and Jurassic World Packs. She also has her eye on Gremlins, Powerpuff Girls and ET Fun Packs.  The other thing that Lego Dimensions impressed me on was the fact you can still have a fantastic gaming experiance without purchasing the extra packs. On level 2 of your mission you come across The Wizard of Oz, if you had the figures then you can control them but you can still easily play using the standard trio that came with the game. Only when you get to the Vortex stage you may want to buy extra backs to play.

This game was definitely worth the money, even better at the time we purchased this game it was half price. This is a must have for any Lego fan. I love the fact that Unikitty can enter the world of Lord of The Rings and help Homer Simpson. We had great fun playing this game, and looking forward to seeing what Santa may bring.

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