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New in – Top Model Toys!

September 26th, 2013, by

top model toys

Top Model toys are a new sensation that we just had to get our hands on and we now have a superb range of Top Model Products in stock.

Items include sticker books , colouring books, coloured pencils and much, much more!! All choc full of your favourite characters from the series. You can find out more about each individual character here.

These are sure to make an amazing gift for any budding young fashion designer!

PLUS…FREE Top Model paper gift bag with every purchase.

A Look at Star Wars Lego

August 6th, 2013, by

For many kids and adults alike, Star Wars holds a fascination that never ever goes away. The same can be often said for imagination expanding Lego too. Combine the two together and you have a formidable force.

The Lego Star Wars collection is vast and includes sets based on the original trilogy (episodes 4, 5 and 6) as well as the newer movies (episodes 1, 2 and 3).  This gives you access to ewoks, tie fighters, clone troopers and everything in between.

As with all Lego sets, there are a large array of kits in all shapes and sizes not to mention for all budgets too. Sets are available for under a tenner all the way up to hundreds of pounds for larger models such as the Death Star!

Lets take a look at a few examples:

Lego Star Wars 9492 Tie Fighter

lego tie fighter

•Includes 4 minifigures: TIE Fighter Pilot, Imperial Officer, new Death Star Trooper and R5-J2 Droid
•Features TIE Fighter and 1 blaster
•TIE Fighter features opening cockpit and dual flick missiles
•Battle the 9493 X-wing Starfighter!
•TIE Fighter measures over 9” (23cm) tall and 6” (17cm) wide

Age Group: 8-14 Years

Lego Star Wars 9493 X Wing Starfighter

lego x wing fighter

•Includes 4 minifigures: Luke Skywalker, new Jek Porkins, R2-D2 and R5-D8
•Features X-Wing Starfighter™, 1 blaster, and 1 Lightsaber
•X-Wing Starfighter features retractable landing gear, 2 proton torpedoes, opening cockpit and wings that fold into attack mode
•Extra wing markings also included
•Set the wings to attack mode!
•X-Wing Starfighter measures over 12” (33cm) long
•Battle the 9492 TIE fighter!

Age Group: 8-14 Years


Lego Star Wars 9675 Sebulba’s Podracer & Tatooine

sebulba podracer

•Includes 1 minifigure: Sebulba
•Features Tatooine planet, Sebulba’s Podracer™ mini-model and wrench
•Vehicle and minifigure display stand with plaque also included
•Hang your planet from the ceiling!
•Tatooine planet diameter over 3” (9cm)
•Sebulba’s Podracer measures over 4” (11cm) long
•Collect the other Series 1 sets: 9674 Naboo Starfighter™ & Naboo™ and 9676 TIE Interceptor™ & Death Star™!

Age Group: 6-12 Years


Lego Star Wars 9489 Endor Rebel Trooper Battle Pack

lego endor battle pack

•Includes 4 minifigures: Stormtrooper, scout trooper and 2 Endor Rebel troopers
•Features Rebel hideout with weapon rack, speeder bike and 4 blasters
•Vehicles include speeder bike
•Fire the flick missile from the Rebel hideout!
•Speeder bike measures over 5” (14cm) long

Age Group: 6-12 Years


Of course, this is just a tiny selection of what is available. There is even a whole section on Lego’s own website dedicated to it.

You can find more Lego Star Wars packs on our own website.


Have you met the Trash Pack yet?

July 12th, 2013, by

the trashies

Have you heard about the Trash Pack yet?

These collectable characters are some of the grossest monsters in town. With over 200 Trashies to choose from, each Trashie belongs to one of 6 gross gangs.

  • Movie Trash
  • The Grubz
  • Bin-sects
  • Bin Critters
  • Hard Rubbish
  • Bin Monsters

However, there is a whole host of super cool Limited Edition Trashies too!!! Each and every Trashie has a ‘rarity factor’:

  • common
  • rare
  • ultra rare
  • limited edition

If you want to be even rarer than rare…Look out for the glow in the dark Trashies!

The Trash Pack are a surprise you will find in any garbage bin!

Collect ‘Em, Trade Em’ Bin ‘Em!


Here at Toys and Hobbies we have a selection of Trash Pack series 3 toys, not to mention the fighting Trashies and liquid ooze packs.

Find out more information about the different Trashies here

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New Additions at Toys and Hobbies

June 25th, 2013, by

soft toys at toys and hobbies

We now have a great range of soft toys here at Toys and Hobbies!!! You can now find Minnie, Mickey, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Muppets, Mr Men & lots more!!!

Why not pop into our shop in Bowness or take a look on the website here.

A look into the Wonderful World of Hello Kitty

June 3rd, 2013, by

Born in 1974, the character Kitty White was first seen upon a coin purse. She was created by Yuko Shimizu for the Sanrio Company as one of many cute designs that adorned their products. Kitty White is one of many characters from Hello Kitty but she is the most well known and loved worldwide.


Kitty is a white bobtail cat and she is easily recognisable by the red bow on her left ear. She was born in London and has a twin sister named Mimmy. Mimmy wears her bow on her right ear and often wears a yellow dress where Kitty wears blue. The have a mother and father (Mary and George) as well as Grandparents (Anthony and Margaret). Other characters include Kitty’s friend Daniel and her pet cat Charmmy Kitty. Charmmy wears a necklace that holds the key to Kitty’s jewellery box.


Kitty is five apples tall and weighs three apples. She enjoys baking cookies and loves English, Music and Art at school.

At Toys and Hobbies we has a range of Hello Kitty toys with Kitty White trying on many different outfits. Why not come and take a look?

TY Beanie Babies – Fun and Highly Collectable

May 16th, 2013, by

Originally launched in 1993, Beanie Babies have become a firm favourite with many children across the world due to their affordability and clever marketing strategy by TY inc. where ranges were limited in numbers. This has led to TY Beanies becoming highly collectable with early toys commanding higher prices.

The original nine


  • Legs the Frog
  • Squealer the Pig
  • Spot the Dog
  • Flash the Dolphin
  • Splash the Whale
  • Chocolate the Moose
  • Patti the Platypus
  • Brownie the Bear or Cubbie
  • Pinchers the Lobster

In 1999, TY decided to discontinue Beanie Babies but had to reconsider this after fans complained. In 2000, the next generation of Beanies was born.

Beanie Babies are easily identifiable. Everyone has two distinct tags, one in the ear (heart shaped tag) and one on their bottom. Their popularity however, led to many fakes flooding the market. It has been said that it was quite common for Beanies to have incorrect markings. Any Beanie Baby with an incorrect tag has a good chance of being collectable due to its rarity.

Beanie Babies 2.0

TY Beanie Babies went online in 2008. The new Beanies named Beanie Babies 2.0 came with a unique code that allowed the owner to go online and take part in an interactive portion of the TY website.

Beanie Babies are still as popular today as they ever were. New ranges are still being produced with popular characters being imortalised such as:


Hello Kitty, SpongeBob Squarepants, Moshi Monsters and many more. Today these toys are not just purchased by kids. Many adults who remember the first series, collect Beanies making them prized possessions for some.

To see some of the current Beanie Baby range, why not take a look at our website here:

Welcome to Toys & Hobbies Latest News

February 27th, 2013, by

Welcome to the brand new Toys and Hobbies latest news section. Here we will keep you up to date with special offers, new products and reviews too.