Whilst Christmas items still linger
reduced half-price in a lot of shops, it doesn't stop the Easter
items from surfacing before the Valentines Day clobber.
Chocolate Eggs a-plenty with nearly 3
months before Easter Sunday to start squirreling away for. Of course,
Kinder Surprise are already in there with a new range. Found in
January, this neat Easter Bunny equivalent of the £2 Kinder Father Christmas occupying the same Co-Op shelf space a month earlier. For 2
pounds, this pretty much is a Kinder Surprise with more chocolate
surrounding the surprise toy capsule. Surely this Easter edition has
something to offer than the usual assembly kit much like the
Christmas set from before.
From: Megabloks Retail: £/$14.99 Accessories: Katanas x 3, Laptop, Alternate limbs for Baxter and glass beaker.
Re-aquiring the TMNT license for
construction play may have been the best move Mega Bloks the company
has ever made!
For the previous couple of years the boys in
green had a successful stint with the Lego brand, but the tenure was
not meant to be. In came Mega Bloks for the save and a new beneficial
partnership for both names was reborn. TMNT was saved from possibly
playing second fiddle to Star Wars and Mega Bloks gained praise from
the fanbase for producing some arguably better playsets and figures
in the process.
So here we look at the Baxter's Mutation Lab
Playset. The box proudly displaying a product image of the assembled
setting and in the corner a window-boxed area showing the 3 figures
included – Leonardo, Baxter Stockman and a Foot Ninja! The back of
the packaging makes this purchase that little bit more mind-blowing
by revealing the set technically has a 4th figure! (via
swappable extra limbs for Baxter to make him into his original human
self). This certainly pushes the envelope a little further on
something that would likely be 3 times more expensive if it had the
Lego scribed on it. The figures alone make it more than worth the
original $14.99 retail price.
In our household, a festive tradition
involving the latest toy acquisitions from Big Red would take place
with a photo commemorate the occasion. Some backtracking has been
done and photos dating back to as early as 2010 have been found. The
Christmas Day toy battle has made for some amusing skit crossovers
and fun playtime memories. Here's the rundown...