|Regents Street in the morning|
I have been working from home for the whole Easter break, tied to a computer with poor Erbie by my side, so the Saturday treat was to go to Hamleys Toy Shop or as we refer to it, ‘The Toy Museum’ (Erbie is only 4 and it seems to work).
Hamleys is on Regent’s Street in London’s West End, the nearest tube is Oxford Circus, it opens at 9.30am and there are 5 floors of toys galore, from Steiff to Lego and Moshi monsters to Disney.
If you can make it there before 11am you more or less get the store to yourself.
|Hamleys Ground floor - soft toys|
|We do like a raspberry faced baboon.|
|Ppppppick up a penguin|
|Eats shoots and leaves|
|Hamleys car abacus|
|Baby toys floor.|
Below are : Tolo - First friends, I think they are adorable, I certainly didn’t see any of them around when Erbie was a baby - thankfully. Look you can have Barney Rubble or Eskimos or baby dinosaurs.
|Tolo toys - First Friends|
|Jungle book figures|
|Balou and Mowgli too|
They have a girl-themed floor which is very pink and crafty and a toys for boys floor (not terribly PC) which is cars, planes and automobiles - don’t let the dad’s go on this floor if you want to save money. There are model trains, Scalextric, diecast models of most cars, minature farm vehicles, London taxis and buses, Airfix models, Hotwheels, those annoying remote controlled helicopters - need I go on...
|A life size Power Ranger made from Power Rangers.|
There are also the old classics such as Paddington Bear in Wellingtons, jigsaws and a good selection of books from Mr Men and Little Misses to Charlie and Lola or perhaps you would prefer a Dress Up Kate paper doll book?
|You can't go wrong with a Dress Up Kate paper doll?|
|One is not terribly amused|
|Will anyone give this bear a home?|