This year, toys are taking a trip down memory lane with plenty of nostalgic favourites getting a 2022 makeover. Lego and Super Mario are joining forces, Scalextric has made a mini Knight Rider, and all your favourite board games are now on a touchscreen table. But there are also some more modern inventions, from a mindfulness mouse for little ones to a space-age watch that can do just about anything.
Plus you can even have a go at making your very own hybrid car engine – complete with over 100 parts to put together. Sound easy… right? The wonderful worlds of Super Mario and Lego collide with this old-school stroll down memory lane. Underneath that iconic 2064-piece exterior, you’ll find microfig-scale scenes from Super Mario 64, including Bob-omb Battlefield and Peach’s Castle.
Buy for £149. 99 from Lego. Bringing board games into the 21st century, this cool coffee table offers touchscreen versions of classics, including Hungry Hungry Hippos, Snakes and Ladders and Monopoly.
With wi-fi thrown in, you can now fall out with your family in person and onlin Buy for £899 from Game. This compact camera brings instant prints to tiny fingertips, complete with over 20 filters/effects, video recording, a shutter timer for group shots and a selfie lens. For a more personalised touch, marker pens and stickers can be found in the box.
Buy for £69. 99 from Amazon. Crafted almost entirely from cardboard, this eco-friendly and DIY take on one of the oldest traditional arcade games provides hours of tabletop entertainment, while helping you do your part for the planet.
Buy for £19. 99 from Build Your Own. One of the most iconic fictional cars on the planet gets a miniature slot car makeover for its 40th birthday.
It may not talk, but it comes with a working red strobe light and serious amounts of nostalgia. Buy for £53. 99 from Scalextric UK.
Half balloon, half prehistoric beast, this dino-flavoured follow up to the hugely popular balloon dog, brings with it more interactivity in the form of chomping, roaring and breakdancing functions, to join the fake balloon-related fun. Buy for £24. 99 from Argos.
With 4G, GPS tracking, a camera, SOS feature, pre-approved contacts and School Mode to cut out distractions, this all-in-one watch gives kids the freedom they crave and parents the peace of mind they desperately want. Buy for £159 (+ £3. 99 p/m) from Amazon.
This cute and cuddly critter introduces little ones to the world of mindfulness, providing guided meditation in the day, while encouraging them to get their ‘Om’ on before bedtime for a more relaxed sleeping environment. Buy for £29 from Amazon. Ever wondered how hybrid cars work? Now you can build your very own miniature motor.
If you accept the challenge, you’ve got 100 parts to piece together with the help of the very detailed instruction manual. Buy for £39 from Menkind. Thi s article contains affiliate links.
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