Super Spy Must-have: KidiGear Walkie Talkies

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Oct 172019

Like most parents we always try to fulfil our children’s birthday wishes for as much as that is possible. It is obvious that snakes are out of the question (Juliet), iPads/iPhones not necessary (Tommie) and unicorns impossible to get your hands on (Harriet), however we never thought walkie talkies would be such a tricky request! Our little super spy Sybil has been asking for walkie talkies for well over a year, and 8 months after her birthday her wish has finally come true:

For months and months we researched and compared different walkie talkies, trying to find the right balance between quality, durability, price and most of all safety but (to Sybil’s great disappointment) there was absolutely nothing out there that ticked all the boxes. When we recently came across the new KidiGear Walkie Talkies (RRP $49.95, ages 5+) we immediately knew our search was over and we’ve most definitely found our match.

Whether your child is a secret spy, police officer, detective, adventure seeker or treasure hunter, these kid-safe walkie talkies are a must-have for any special mission. Designed by the toy-experts at VTech the KidiGear Walkie Talkies are designed with real kids in mind, they are simple to use and comfortable to hold with rounded corners for safe play. On the front they even have a large easy-to-read LCD display, after all modern kids need trendy gear.

Sybil mostly dreamed of chatting to her sisters from her bedroom or while on a bush walk or scavenger hunt in our neighbourhood, but to her big delight the KidiGear Walkie Talkies are much more than a two-way radio. Aside from communicating in walkie talkie mode, the two units can compete in four different 2-player games and send each other fun messages.

Kids can choose from a selection pre-loaded pictures/messages on the screen and respond with simple yes/no answers, even young children can do it. Because the messages are pre-loaded there is no risk of inappropriate content, just another way VTech keeps your children safe. These little secret texts are perfect for situations where audible radio-chats are not an option, no one will know you’re quietly communicating!

Safety has always been our main concern for any walkie talkie purchase. Most of the walkie talkies with a decent range and nice clear sound use UHF channels. This comes with a big risk of kids accidentally overhearing conversations of others using the same public channels (eg. truck drivers), people listening to your children’s chatter or even worse: strangers making contact with your precious children. KidiGear Walkie Talkies completely take away that fear by using a clear and secure digital connection, keeping your children and their adventures safe and sound within a huge 200m range.

KidiGear Walkie Talkies are available at Big W, JB Hi-Fi, good toy stores across Australia and selected online retailers.

To find out more about VTech, to take a closer look at the KidiGear Walkie Talkies and to locate a stockist near you visit

Mar 242016

Barbie Spy Squad

From warm and sunny to cold and rainy, the Easter holidays can be a real mixed bag. The key to keeping everyone happy (and mum from going crazy) is to be prepared for everything: think of some cool outdoor activities, check out indoor fun in your neighbourhood, stock up on craft supplies and pick up some new books. Don’t forget to also grab some nice movies and popcorn for a lazy afternoon inside, Universal Sony Pictures has got you covered:

If you thought Barbie spends her days being pampered at the hairdresser, walking the catwalk or relaxing on a cruise ship you better think again. There is more to Barbie than just a pretty face, together with her fabulous friends Teresa and Renee she forms the ‘Barbie: Spy Squad‘, a trio of secret agents on a mission to solve another mystery.

Barbie Spy Squad DVDWith their mindblowing gymnastics skills, great focus, excellent teamwork and clever thinking the three friends are the perfect team to catch a gem-stealing cat burglar. It’s is sure to be a tricky job full of challenges but it’s nothing these top spies can’t handle, they won’t give up until they can say ‘mission completed’. Join the Barbie Spy Squad as they go undercover for an action-packed adventure full of girl power.

‘Barbie: Spy Squad’ is now available on DVD (RRP $29.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures, to take a closer look at ‘Barbie: Spy Squad’ and to order a copy online visit

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Jul 032012

As you probably know by now I am crazy about books, I have been for as long as I can remember. I enjoy all kinds of books but I definitely can’t go past a good detective, my love for a good mystery story started early too with world famous teen detective Nancy Drew. Nancy has been very popular for decades but it looks like she has finally got some competition, meet Arkie Sparkle, Treasure Hunter.

Arkie is a not-so-ordinary eleven year old who is simply destined to become a treasure hunter, how can you not when both your parents are archeologists? The Sparkle family is always busy solving mysteries and going on exciting treasure hunts so when Arkie finds out her parents have been kidnapped she knows exactly where to start. She grabs her brilliant cousin TJ, TJ’s dog Cleo and they head off in BLUR, the Sparkle’s very own mini-jet.

Arkie Sparkle – Code Crimson is the first title in the Arkie Sparkle series with six more titles soon to follow. Each book covers one day in which Arkie has to visit a different continent and search for a special treasure, the final goal is to locate Arkie’s parents and get them home safe and sound. In Code Crimson Arkie and TJ travel to their first stop, Egypt, and visit the temple of Ramses II in their search for treasure no.1.

The Arkie Sparkle series was written for 7-12 year old and I think that this age group will definitely enjoy Arkie’s adventures. Arkie is smart, witty, very funny, hip and interesting so I have no doubt kids will be keen to join Arkie on the biggest treasure hunt of the world. Code Crimson is a very affordable, pocket sized book ($6.99, ca. 110 pages), perfect for kids who are turned off by thick novels and cheap enough to give as a little extra gift and collect the whole series.

To find out more about Arkie Sparkle – Code Crimson ($6.99, published by Pan Macmillan) and to order your copy online visit

For your chance to win one of five copies of Arkie Sparkle – Code Crimson visit and answer the following question: What would be your perfect treasure hunter name?

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