The best and most creative musical tech for your kids

Want to give your children and early start in their musical education? This easy-to-master equipment is intended to make them virtuosi in no time. We test the best musical tech designed for kids.

1. Loog Pro Electric

Learning how to play the guitar can be daunting for beginners, but Loog aims to make it fun. The three-string neck on the Mini Pro reduces chords to the basic triad of just three notes, making it is simpler to play any song. It uses the first three strings as a standard guitar and follows the same tuning, and, as a result, everything learnt on this guitar – including finger placement – can be applied later to a six-string guitar.

Championed as the ideal way to get kids interested in music, each purchase comes with set of colourful flashcards with chord diagrams and a free app. The app is structured as a game in which monsters help kids learn chords that in turn will help them learn a host of songs. The show-stopping designs comes in a range of six pop colours including red and electric green, as well as two limited editions.

2. Roadie 2

Guitar tech’s beware, Roadie 2 is after your job. This simply and effective automatic guitar tuner fits over the tuning peg and adjusts pitch three times more accurately than the human ear. And by relying on a vibration sensor, not a microphone, it tunes pitch perfectly (customizable in 0.1 Hz increments from 420 Hz to 460 Hz) even in the noisiest of music venues. Ideal for pairing with that Farallon ukulele.

3. Orange Micro Crush Pix

The satisfying full bass response and built-in chromatic tuner on this mini guitar amplifier will add oomph to an adventurous music session. Its 10cm speaker sits compactly within its 8.5 x 15 x 15cm orange frame, which at 0.8kg and with strap holders either side of its enclosure, is highly portable. Hailed as an amp ideal for home practise or for warming up on tour, it’s powered by a 9V battery for simple plug in and play. It incudes a clean channel for crisp, spritely tones, as well as an optional overdrive on/off that can be used to tap into metal madness. Thankfully, its headphone jack will keep noise levels down after hours.

The best Christmas gifts and toys for kids big and small

Who says toys are just for kids? Our guide to the best toys available this Christmas is ideal for kids who can’t walk yet or kids the wrong side of 50. From retro gaming to state-of-the-art stargazing, there’s something for all ages and interests. View dozens of reviews on Toys & Games here on the official website of New Real Review.

Looking for something a little different? We’ve got tech-heads covered with an exhaustive guide to all the best gifts for geeks. And if you’re shopping for the jet-setter in your life, we’ve rounded-up the best travel gifts for added style and comfort.

LEGO Creator Rollercoaster

They say that with six Lego bricks, you could come up with more than 915 million combinations. But with Lego Creator’s 4,120 pieces, you can make an entire theme park complete with a two-train roller coaster and its boarding station, a ticket booth, a cotton candy cart, and of course 11 minifigures to recreate theme-park parties. You can also motorise the roller coaster and add sound effects to the game using a Lego motor and batteries.

PlayStation Classic Mini

For all the novelty that microprocessors and high-definition visuals can offer, old-school gaming consoles come with an undeniable charm. That is why Sony has launched a new version of its 24-year-old original PlayStation console – albeit one that is 45 per cent smaller. It features 20 built-in classics including the very first GTAFinal Fantasy VII and TEKKEN 3, that will most certainly get you reminiscing of the “good old times” – that is, the birth of 3D visuals.

LEGO’s latest Star Wars set is an epic 2,000 brick Y-Wing

To celebrate Star Wars Day (yes, we capitalise this important life event), LEGO has come up with a handsome addition to its Ultimate Collector Series – a 1,967-piece Y-Wing worthy of a place next to your £649.99 Millennium Falcon. Set 75181 retails for £169.99, and continues LEGO’s recent run of more movie-accurate, adult-focused models.

Of course, this isn’t LEGO’s first Y-Wing, or even the first Ultimate Collector Series version of the starship – that particular honour goes to 2004’s 1,473-piece set 10134, designed by Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, the deranged genius behind the gigantic aforementioned UCS Millennium Falcon.

2007 and 2012 also saw small Y-Wings (76581, 446 parts; 9495, 458 parts respectively), and most recently we’ve had the 691-piece set 75172, released in 2017 to tie in with Rogue One. What this 2017 set lacks in scale and complexity, it makes up with an abundance of fun minifigs – besides a pilot, astromech droid and stormtrooper, it includes blink-and-you-miss-them movie characters rebel Admiral Raddus and Saw Gerrera-affiliated mercenary Moroff. At 41cm long and 20cm wide, and with firing lasers and bombs, its emphasis is on play value over accuracy and scale.

The 2018 Ultimate Collector Y-Wing is an altogether more serious affair, aimed squarely at grown-up fans of the Original Trilogy – its only minifigs are Gold Leader and R2-BHD – and it packs in a huge amount of detail on its 61cm x 30cm frame. In fact, as a build, you’ll be creating an awful lot of intricate engine trim out of piping and grille pieces, so you might want to start your finger dexterity exercises now.

One of the nice things about this model is that it has been designed to look great on display, so the early parts of the build are dedicated to creating a rock-solid central structure – the mounting point for the base is in the middle of the ship, so this part of the chassis has to bear the weight of all the parts hanging off it, like the nacelles and cockpit. As a result, there are plenty of Technics beams and rivets which will require careful lining up – a mistake here will require surgery later on.

Of all the Y-Wings, this one has the best cockpit by far – rather than try to recreate the iconic white-and-yellow fuselage in coloured bricks (as in past versions), the designers have sensibly opted for angled white blocks, with yellow decals to add the all-important racing stripes. This gives a pleasingly accurate shape, and the fact it’s larger than previous ones has allowed for cute interior details, such as an adjustable targeting computer for your pilot.

The nacelles are unintentionally hilarious to build, and we challenge any adult to build them without dissolving into fits of laughter halfway through (see the video. Sorry, LEGO.). But once you’ve recomposed yourself, you can appreciate the clever use of side-mounting to create an impressive in-the-round texture that really looks like a piece of spacefaring machinery.

A display stand to show off your labours (it took WIRED about five hours) at a jaunty angle is a thoughtful addition, though it is a little wobbly – you’ll need a very stable surface if you don’t want to see your pride and joy waggling in a most worrying fashion.

Overall, the UCS Y-Wing is a great way to celebrate Star Wars Day – you’ll have to head to lego.com or a LEGO store to get hold of one, though, but we get the feeling you won’t be alone…

Find Out… Hot Crazy Mess

Hot Crazy Mess – a phrase used in many situations is now having a totally new meaning. If you aren’t up to date with the Web trends in adult entertainment you need to know that daddy issuesare being exploited as a niche. Girls with clear interests for older men are taking things into their hands and start their seduction games. Be it their step-dad or a teacher from school. Even a totally random folk from the neighborhood. It doesn’t matter as he is in certain age. All that to end up the meeting with hot crazy mess. These step-daughters are clearly making their point.Take a look at this video:

Hot Crazy Mess – Daughters With Daddy Issues

In this video Vivianna Mulino has recently moved in with one of her dad’s friends who tries to be understanding about his roommate’s lack of giveafuck about cleanliness or finding a job. Having a roommate is a big adjustment for dad’s friend, especially a wild Latina with big boobs and a knack for flashing her private parts all over the house while trash talking her new roommate. When he walks in on Vivianna having phone sex in his bed, he decides that what this hot mess needs is some strict discipline. Turning Vivianna around, he smacks her on the ass and then tells her to thank him for giving her the discipline she needs. Dad’s friend has decided he’s Vivianna’s daddy now, so he takes off her pants to get full palm on butt action. When he realizes how turned on Vivianna is getting, he whips out his cock and slides it home in her tight little twat.Vivianna realizes she likes her new roommate dynamic, so she whips out her large boobs and pushes them together for a titty fuck followed by a deep throat blowjob. When she’s done loving on her roommate’s dick with her mouth, she hops up on the counter to let him bang her as he admires the way her jugs jiggle with the force of his thrusts. Dropping down to her knees, Vivianna lets dad’s friend cum all over her face

Zits Pop N’ Play Pimples

zits-pop-n-play-pimples-165x150What It Is
If your zits are real, they’re an annoyance. But if they’re a toy, they’re ewwww so gross. The Zits Pop N’ Play Pimples are toy zits that kids can stick on their faces and then pop to release a zit goo. Each pack includes 25 zits stickers, plus one bonus temporary tattoo – of something gross, of course. All of our tattoos were of bugs.

The zits stickers come in different sizes, kind of like real zits, and all you do is peel off the backing and place a zit on your skin. Using one finger, push into the zit from the bottom to the top for the best pimple-popping feature. You can also use two index fingers and squeeze each side of the zit to make it ooze.

Is It Fun?
These are pretty gross, which is why they’ll be fun. It combines the social media fascination with pimple popping and the slime trend in one gross toy for young kids who like gross things. Those kids will have fun popping their pretend pimples and squishing and stretching the ooze to gross out their parents, siblings, and friends.

Who It’s For
The Zits Pop N’ Play Pimples are for ages 6 and up. These will appeal to kids who like gross things.

What To Be Aware Of
Do not use these toy zits around the eyes. Use them below the cheekbone or above the brow line. Not all of the zits were easy to pop. In our testing, it depended on the placement of the zits on our face, the size of the zit, and how much of the zit goo was packaged inside the zit sticker.

Boxy Girls Willa, Brooklyn, Riley, Nomi, and Fashion Pack Review

What It Is
boxy-girls-165x150There’s a new line of dolls, BOXY GIRLS! The collection comes with four fashion forward poseable dolls you can collect separately; Nomi, Brooklyn, Willa and Riley, each Boxy girl comes with 4 shipping boxes which are waiting to be opened by your child. Each package can include anything from makeup, shoes, bags and more! The surprise package, which is easy to open, comes with confetti and the accessory inside.

Is It Fun?
These are very on-trend and brings both the unboxing and collectible trends into the play, which enhances the traditional doll play. All dolls are posable for more play and additional packages can be bought separately.

Who It’s For
All four Boxy Girls are suited for children 6 and up.

What To Be Aware Of
These dolls are sold separately and more boxes to unbox are sold separately.

Lost Kitties Series 1 Review

What It Is
lost-kitties-165x150Lost Kitties is a new line of collectible adorbs cat figures from Hasbro. But these aren’t just kittens inspired by kittens, as all cat lovers know, each cat has a mind and personality of its own. And that’s just the inspiration behind this new line of collectible toys.

The Lost Kitties Blind-Box Singles feature blind-boxed kitten characters packaged inside mini milk cartons (think: the lunch room/cafeteria kind). Kids will have to open it up to find out “who’z hidin’ inside?”

This is series 1, which, for 2018, features 36 different Lost Kitties to collect. There are 8 Lost Kitties kitty squads with 4-5 kittens in each squad. Kitty squads include #Noms, #Cattitude, #Workinit, #Ififits, #Adorbs, #Scaredycats, #Cathletic, and #Notfelineit.

Open up the milk carton, and start digging, quite literally, through the Play-Doh-like compound. Hidden in the compound, you’ll find your blind-packaged kitten, two accessories for your kitten and a sticker of a meme depicting your kitten. The compound also serves as a hint as to how rare your collectible Lost Kitties may be: white= common, brown=rare, and pink=ultra rare.

Is It Fun?
This is an adorable new line of collectibles that taps into the fun of unboxing, and pairs it up with adorable and unique cat characters. Cats in general are the type of animals that just lend themselves perfectly to adorable and oftentimes hilarious memes and internet videos, which also makes this line perfect for social sharing. This is one kitty squad we think kids are going to want to be a part of #kittensquad.

Who It’s For
The Lost Kitties are for ages 5 and up from Hasbro. Kids that like unboxing will enjoy digging through the dough compound of these blind boxed toys to get to their surprise kitty character. In addition we think kids are going to have fun making their own meme-worthy photos and gifs with these Lost Kitties.

What To Be Aware Of
Neither the packaging nor the collectors guide clearly states the different degrees of rarity for the cats, we used our deductive reasoning skills (read: we counted them) to figure out which color compound corresponds to the common, rare, and ultra rare characters.

The best toy for adults is a hot video!

Many adults are just big children, and sometimes they want to play and have fun. Some go to the store and buy a plane on the radio, while others go online and watch entertainment videos for adults. Just for these people on the Internet there is a special website hotsislovesme.com on which there are dozens of hot and candid videos. This video is for adults, so remove the children from the screen, now you will see a short fragment:

Are you impressed? I think that very, in this video stepbrother fucks with the Sister in execution Kenzie Green. This blonde blindfolded does Blowjob to her brother, he is very pleased and a little embarrassed. After a great and deep Blowjob guy cumshot sister in the mouth and took off the eye black bandage, she was very surprised to see his brother. After all, she thought she was sucking her boyfriend’s cock. On next day brother used magic, and hypnotized old sister. When she was completely at his mercy, he completely undressed her and fucked her in pussy!

Barbie Ultimate Kitchen Review

What It Is

barbie-ultimate-kitchen-165x150The Barbie Ultimate Kitchen playset from Mattel is a 20-plus piece kitchen playset for Barbie with doll included.

The kitchen features three large workspaces that attach together with ease. On one end, there’s a counter with built-in cutting board that flip up to mold the included dough compound into different veggies, such as carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Underneath is a mini fridge and along the side are hooks to hang your cookware.

The center counter features shelving on the bottom and on top has a sandwich press and built-in fryer. Each can be used to mold all your sandwich and fry needs. For example, simply add some dough to the fryer then lift the top and press down to make fries.

The final counter features an oven and electric stovetop built in with lights and sounds. Add some dough to the pie pan and place it in the oven. Then press down the side lever to press your pie. The oven timer will ding when your pie is ready, much like a toaster. On the stovetop, press the buttons and a red light will display to simulate heat. Press the buttons a second time for sizzling and boiling sound effects.

The set also comes with five one-ounce containers of dough compound in reddish orange, yellow, white, green and beige/brown as well as additional accessories for food prep and mealtime, such as a spatula, serving spoon, tongs, knife, frying pan, pot, bowl, and serving places.

The included Barbie doll has the original Barbie body type and comes kitchen ready with her ensemble. She wears a stylish polka-dot apron, a blue “jean” dress, and white sneakers.

Is It Fun?

Barbie is tapping into yet another hands-on role, as master baker and chef extraordinaire, with this doll playset. Girls especially will get to recreate  the fun moments they see both Barbie creating in the kitchen on Neflix series, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, as well as the grown-ups in their own life. We also like how this playset works to inspire kids to food prep through hands-on tactile play (thanks to the dough compounds!) and that cooking and baking in the kitchen can be fun.

Who It’s For

The Barbie Ultimate Kitchen playset is for ages 4 and up. It will appeal to Barbie fans as well as kids that love to roleplay with their dolls. Maybe you’ve got a child that loves to mimic what they see the adults in their life doing in the kitchen: baking, chopping up veggies, boiling water on the stovetop, making an epic sandwich. This doll playset allows kids the chance to do these things, only on a smaller scale, and with dough compound for added tactile play.

What To Be Aware Of

This Barbie doll can stand on its own thanks to her sneakers, but she is only posable at the neck, shoulders and waist. Young Barbie fans probably won’t care too much but it can make pretending use of the kitchen tools with the doll a bit frustrating at times.

Three AAA batteries, along with some adult assistance to install said batteries, are required. Batteries are not included. A small screwdriver is required for battery installation.

Nerf Laser Alphapoint Ops Pro 2-Pack Review

What It Is

nickelodeon-slime-light-up-slime-165x150You’ve never played a home laser tag game like this before, and, wow, are we excited. This is the Nerf Laser Ops Pro Alphapoint. It’s available as a single blaster or in this two-pack.

Nerf Laser Ops is more than just a typical laser tag game, it’s an entire system that encompasses competitive play, team play and solo play in a sophisticated and engaging experience. The centerpiece of the system are the blasters. The blasters work on infrared, and one of the key elements of the play is that opponents are trying to tag the blasters rather than each other.

The Alphapoint blaster, like all Nerf blasters, is excellently designed and well balanced for active play. Each blaster takes 4 AA batteries. After you’ve installed them, turn on the power, select indoor or outdoor play, and you’re ready to go. (The indoor/outdoor feature makes the most of the infrared beam that powers the competition.)

Choose the mode in which you want to play by hitting the reload button on the bottom of the blaster handle to cycle through your options. You’ll see the color in the indicator on the top of the blaster. Purple is free-for-all, or you can choose to play as the red team or the blue team. This is great for multiple players. Once you’ve selected your play mode, pull the trigger to start the game. Then, get moving. The blaster fires an infrared (IR) beam, and it’s got great distance and accuracy. As noted, it’s designed for indoor or outdoor play, and while many IR toys don’t work well outdoors, we found this one to be very satisfactory.

Since you’re tagging the blaster, rather than other players, you have to be quick and strategic. Your goal is to hit the red receiver dome on the top of your opponent’s blaster, and you’ll see it light up when you score a hit. You’ll be able to see your health and ammo levels from the indicator on the back of the blaster. When you’re out of ammo or health, hit the reload button to set yourself up again. You’ll be able to see the health and ammo levels in the screen on the top of the blaster. If you run out of either, hit the reload button to reset.

If you want to significantly expand your play–and why wouldn’t you?–download the free Laser Pro app that works with select iOS and Android devices. When you open the app, you can connect your blaster to it by bluetooth. You’ll name your blaster from the pre-selected list. There’s a lot going on here, too, and the app introduces a feature we’ve never seen in laser tag before–solo play.

Attach your phone to the blaster with the solo attachment and the armband, and start it up. The solo game uses augmented reality, so your goal is to take out attacking drones on increasingly difficult levels right in your living room, or wherever you’re playing. As you reach higher levels in the game, you unlock more features in your basic blaster.

For team play, choose the multiplayer option. You can pull together as many as 64 players in one game lobby, identify teams and choose the length of the game. And, not all players need to have a smart device in order to play. For those who do, put the armband on the opposite arm than where you’re holding the blaster, and you’re ready to go.

This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the level of fun and engagement this system delivers, but this is a rich laser tag experience that delivers a great play experience powered by elegant technology and an excellent value.

Is It Fun?

Fans of laser tag will be very excited to get their hands on these blasters. The combination of great technology and outstanding gameplay make this the best home laser tag system we’ve seen yet. The blasters are great on their own, and the addition of all the bells and whistles (and beeps and buzzes) in the app add dimension to the competition.

We particularly like the app feature that leaves players disabled after they’ve been hit a number of times, and the ability to set the length of games. Plus, you won’t get any arguments about who was hit or not; the app knows everything.

The solo play element is ingenious. The game is fun, and it allows you to upgrade your blaster, giving kids a reason to play, even if they can’t get other players at any given time.

Who It’s For

Nerf Laser Ops Pro is intended for kids ages 8 years and up.

We think that it will appeal to any laser tag fan who is looking for an outstanding play experience. We can definitely see this appealing to older kids, college students and even adults.

What To Be Aware Of

In play testing, parents were happy that the play requires kids to tag the blasters not each other.

The armband can be a little awkward to put on, you may need help from a friend, but once attached, it’s very stable. As always, there’s an element of risk when you use a device in active play, but this one works very well. The silicone-like construction is stretchy secure and comfortable. It fits a wide variety of devices. When you put your device in, be careful of where the straps hit the buttons, and make sure that it’s tightly connected before playing. There is always an element of risk involved when playing with a device in this way. We were able to attach our phones with the protective covers on. The app works with select Android devices and iPhone 6 or later.