Playpress Newsstand Toy Review & Giveaway

Its not often that something truly innovative comes into the toy market so when it does its pretty special. I was contacted by Playpress about their new gender neutral, eco friendly toy which they are currently under going crowdfunding for through Kickstarter. The more I found out about this new toy the more I was impressed by it, so the lovely people at Playpress kindly sent Monkey a Newsstand kit to try out.

playpressnewsstandtoy review& giveaway

IMG_2968The toy sets arrive flat packed and so are ideal for travel, Ive actually taken ours apart again so that I can put it in the suitcase. It also means they are very easy to store which is a real added bonus. The small packet is one of the characters and has two pieces of 100% recyclable board, the larger is the newsstand with four pieces.

One of the issues with anything you need to pop out as such is that if its not good quality you can loose part of the printed image as little hands tug and pull. Monkey pushed all the shapes out for these, including the little coins that come with the newsstand without any problems at all. There was no tearing either on the actual pieces or the remaining board.

When Playpress said to me that we would need instructions to put the newsstand together I would be lying if I didn’t think – oh no! This is going to be really complex… afterall this is all the pieces we ended up with once they had been popped out:


However the instructions are brilliant, they are pictorial in nature and easy to follow. Monkey can put together the junior lego sets on his own and almost managed to do the same with this – there was a couple of times he got the corner pieces the wrong way round so needed a little help. As you can see the instructions are currently in digital format which worked really well. Heres Monkey starting the construction:

Here it is almost done:

I think it probably took fifteen minutes for him to put together, as an adult you could probably do it in five. In the set you get 10 different magazines, a £10 note, a £5 note and some coins. There is the newsstand retailer and customer. I really like the gender neutral approach they have taken, purposefully avoiding stereo types. Heres the full newsstand set below:


The individual characters come with items to allow them to fulfil their roles, so for example this doctor came with a clip board, syringe and x-ray stand up. The artist came with the palette, paint brush and easel. The printing on all the pieces is first class and I really like the attention to detail and thought which has done into it all.

I don’t have many pictures of Monkey playing with the set as I wasn’t allowed to take any I had to play! Which to be honest says it all, here he was talking as if he was the owner and rearranging the magazines and papers. Not only did we engage in small world play but it lead to discussions about money and its value. How many papers he could buy for £10 over £5. (please ignore the blue plaster he had an accident at nursery!)


It was very cute listening to him make up little stories and great for developing his imagination further. I would love to get a whole town, you could easily loose yourself in it for a whole afternoon!

IMG_3007So there we have it. Not only are there news stands like this one, but they have also developed a shop, fire station, car, ambulance, woodland and various little characters including pets. However to bring them to the market Playpress are crowdsourcing and need to raise £25,000 by 2nd of September to get the project underway. You can support them with as little as £1 by clicking on the Kickstarter link here. All the sets are printed and manufactured in London, so you will be supporting a home grown business as well as bringing a brilliant toy to market.

The sets are individually priced from £3 to £35, thus eeping with the desire to create pocket money toys that can inspire little ones. There is also a 33% discount for early bird bundle options. Every backer will have their name on the Playpress website to commemorate the campaign. There is also the intention for interaction between the physical toy and a digital world via an iPad:

“As well as playing with the toys they have, by propping up an iPad kids will be able to extend their play world and interact with new characters and scenescapes through our website”.

Co-founder and Chief Play Maker, Matthew Wright

If you would like the chance to win a newsstand set like the one which Monkey has been playing with in this review then please enter via the Gleam application below – Ive kept it really simple to enter this ALL about spreading the word! Please help me to help Playpress reach their target. 


Playpress Newsstand Toy Giveaway

Terms & Conditions :

  • Please enter using the link above which will take you to the Gleam application
  • Competition is open to residents of UK, CI, IoM & ROI aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries. The winner will receive a Playpress Newsstand
  • The competition will close on 2nd September 2016 at midnight, winners will be notified through Twitter
  • The winner will be asked to provide a full postal address with postcode for delivery purposes


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  1. August 12, 2016 / 6:38 am

    Aww these toys sound so sweet and looks like Monkey had lots of fun playing with them. I think my boy would probably break them though xx #picknmix

    • August 17, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      They are really strong I was very impressed! Thank you for stopping by x

  2. August 12, 2016 / 8:43 am

    This looks like so much fun, Alice would to make this and I am sure it would bring hours of play. I hope they raise the money they need to get this out in the market x #picknmix

    • August 17, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      So do I! I can imagine a whole little town on the kitchen flour! Thank you for stopping by X

  3. August 12, 2016 / 11:49 am

    This is a great idea for a fun but educational toy. It combines a lot of different skill areas. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Aaron Broad
    August 13, 2016 / 9:48 am

    This looks like a great idea, combines lots of stuff into one

  5. August 13, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I’m going to check out their Kickstarter right now. It’s such a clever idea. And my daughter might just be getting old enough not to destroy them.

  6. Natalie Crossan
    August 13, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Looks like lots of fun, very educational x

  7. Kim Styles
    August 14, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    valuable fun here- looks like hours of educational enjoyment

  8. Heather Morrison
    August 14, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Looks very fun xx

  9. August 14, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    This looks like great fun, think the boys would love it. Thanks for linking to #picknmix

  10. August 14, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    What a cute idea, definitely a good one for a rainy afternoon. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  11. Kelly Ellen Hirst
    August 14, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    It looks really fun

  12. thefrenchiemummy
    August 16, 2016 / 6:31 am

    Such a great idea! I And it looks really good too. I am sure my Baba would love to try that and put some pieces in his mouth on the way LOL #TwinklyTuesday

  13. Coombe Mill
    August 16, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Looks like a fun one to build #TriedTested

  14. August 16, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    This does look a fun kit. Always nice to have construction toys which aren’t lego #TriedTested

  15. August 16, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Oh wow these look really interesting, great way to keep the kids occupied x #triedtested

  16. August 17, 2016 / 6:09 am

    That looks like a lot of fun and glad to hear that it was easy enough for Monkey to put together – I have to admit the prospect of having to slot lots of little things together always puts me off things like this a bit, especially when they often seem to tear as you pop them out. This kit sounds really well made though and easier to put together than some of the similar things I’ve encountered. Love all the details with the people and sounds like you and Monkey had lots of fun playing with it. #bloggerclubuk

  17. August 17, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Aww this is really cute! I hope they make the target. #BloggerClubUK

  18. Cathryn - Little Paper Swans
    August 17, 2016 / 7:27 am

    These look like great fun. Would be perfect when Edith is older.


  19. Colette B
    August 17, 2016 / 9:57 am

    I love the idea of this. Ben would love putting it all together and I can imagine them being a big hit in the classroom too.

    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

  20. 2travellingtots
    August 17, 2016 / 10:08 am

    What a great idea! Are they quite light when in the box? I’ve been looking for things to take for ‘the boys’ when we go backpacking and these would be ideal! Thanks for sharing! #BloggerClubUK

  21. August 17, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I love that real toys that encourage kids to get involved. Will bear this in mind for my godchildren. #BloggerClubUK

  22. Jane Taylor
    August 17, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Construction, motor skills, play! Perfect. #BloggerclubUK

  23. August 17, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    It sounds like Monkey had a lot of fun, my Little man isn’t ready for something like this yet but I hope they do well in their Kickstarter campaign #bloggerclubuk

  24. August 18, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    These look great! I love things that are a bit crafty and you can actually build rather than plastic toys! I think they are a great idea and you get the kids involved in creating them too! 🙂


  25. Solange
    August 20, 2016 / 4:10 am

    This looks like great fun, I think my kids would love it.

  26. Kelly cooper
    August 21, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    This looks so much fun , my son would really enjoy being creative

  27. dawn f
    August 22, 2016 / 7:43 am

    love this what a fab idea

  28. jen s morgan
    August 24, 2016 / 6:42 am

    This looks great fun but looks educational at the same time
    My lad would think this was cool x

  29. Katie Skeoch
    August 25, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    Love these imaginative toys! Hours of fun ?

  30. August 28, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Looks like lots of fun and educational too – so a bonus!

  31. Ruth Harwood
    August 29, 2016 / 6:18 am

    Looks perfect for the little ones xx

  32. Chris Andrews
    August 29, 2016 / 10:57 am

    wow . . . .think of all the brownie points l could earn if l were to win this for my grandsons

  33. Ray Dodds
    August 29, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Great fun educational toy

  34. Rachel Craig
    August 29, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Great prize, would provide lots of interactive play for the children.

  35. isis1981uk
    August 29, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    My son would love playing with this!

  36. Kim M
    August 29, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Perfect to save for a Christmas present x

  37. amy bondoc
    August 29, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    these toys are lovely ! thanks for a lovely giveaway

  38. Sarah Lee
    August 30, 2016 / 11:33 am

    looks fun to build

  39. August 31, 2016 / 12:02 am

    A really fun looking way of learning new skills

  40. Angela McDonald
    August 31, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    This looks fantastic!

  41. Lisa Wilkinson
    August 31, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    My little girl would love playing with this

  42. Susan B
    September 1, 2016 / 11:59 am

    What fun. Thanks for hosting.

    The children may as well enjoy it while learning to construct. Just think of all that flat pack furniture they will need to put together when they are adults.

  43. Julie Taylor
    September 1, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Aww super cute toys

  44. paula cheadle
    September 1, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    looks like fun, my grandkids would love it

  45. Diana
    September 1, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Looks great! 🙂

  46. Diana
    September 1, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Looks great 🙂

  47. September 1, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Looks like good fun for children. Thank you for the chance xxx

  48. Adrian Bold
    September 1, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Looks like a great prize. Thanks for the competition!

  49. Hayley Todd
    September 2, 2016 / 9:11 am

    This looks so much fun! My little girl would love this!

  50. Hollie Newton
    September 2, 2016 / 9:24 am

    These look really fun

  51. leanne perrett
    September 2, 2016 / 10:50 am

    this would keep my boys happy for a while 🙂

  52. Richell Lever
    September 2, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Love these back to basic type toys, you don’t need all the fancy electronic ones for your little ones!

  53. Barbara Handley
    September 2, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    My youngest grandchildren would love playing together with this.

  54. Kirsty Hosty
    September 2, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Really love the idea of these

  55. Louise Osborn (@LouiseOsborn78)
    September 2, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    This looks really fun!

  56. lynn neal
    September 2, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    These look good for some imaginative play!

  57. jazbaz1986
    September 2, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    I would love to win this for our little boy.

    Gem Cook

  58. Vickie Jackson
    September 2, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I love how sturdy these look and that they don’t compromise on the way they look. They’re fab!

  59. September 2, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    A great way to encourage imaginative play

  60. nicola james
    September 2, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    my little girl would love this it looks ace

  61. Jill Fairbanks
    September 2, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Lots of imagination and lots of fun for my little lad with this one

  62. Deborah Mackenzie
    September 2, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I love these as they come ready to assemble and could be used anywhere

  63. christine nicholson
    September 2, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Great giveaway. My little boy would love to play

  64. Victoria Prince
    September 2, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    This looks so much fun! I love the way it needs assembling beforehand 🙂

  65. Tee simpson
    September 2, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    What beautiful toys. My kids would enjoy playing with them. Hope they raise the money soon

  66. jackie curran
    September 2, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    I love this , toys that encourage imaginary play are so valuable

  67. September 2, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    this looks fun – i like the idea of buying a different toy each week and building up a little town over time

  68. September 2, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    My two eldest Daughters would love to play with this set 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway x

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