“ Genre: Kids entertainment / Type: Magazine / Issued: Fornightly „
My kids have always loved getting themselves a magazine each month, especially the one's that come with a multitude of "freebies"(that you usually pay through the nose for!), though just before Christmas my son seemed to grow older before my eye's, forgoing the usual Ben10 magazine in favour of something a bit more grown up, and to be quite honest in places, revolting!
The magazine in question is - "Toxic".
To me this is a really boy orientated magazine, full of revolting pranks that can be pulled on other people, and even more revolting (funny!) jokes.
There are pages of cute animals doing strange things, ie a poodle on a scooter, with an amusing caption coming from there mouths.
There are competitions a plenty, all with the chance to win "boys toys", these being computer consoles, potable dvd players and plethora of different toys and this particular episode (5-Jan - 25 Jan), seemingly giving away a huge amount of Tron merchandise to coincide with the film at the cinema.
The magazine gives the child reader the option of either postal replies or to enter free via the website - www.toxicmag.co.uk, though there weren't any questions asked, but more giving the child the option as to what they would like to win!
There are a few different comic strip stories in the magazine, though (thankfully) these would not make good bedtime stories, so I leave him to it!
There are a few random "fun to do" pages, thee being a word search with "Phineas and Fern" cartoon characters from one of the sky children's channels, and a "where's Harry" page, where there hundreds of people on a double page spread, and you have to find Harry Hill, very much in the same vein as "where's Wally", alongside this you have to circle the five Harry's you find, six Heathers from Eastenders and seven knitted animals scattered among the picture, very random but it did keep him quite for a bit!
There is the obligatory free gifts with this magazine, these of course again being boy orientated, with the poster being a double sided one, with Phineas and Fern on one side and Harry Hill on the other, both of which my son enjoys watching on the television!
The free gift on the front of this edition was a fake "blackberry" phone, that was actually a spy phone, shooting missiles from the screen and being able to magnify small objects, to be honest it's cheap tat, but my son has spent hours playing with it!
Finally there is a simple pull out in the centre, which reviews new computer games (covering all types of consoles available) and offering hints and cheats for most mentioned, what gaming child wouldn't want this sort of information, especially when there is a big Mario's picture on the front, my son was drawn to it immediately!
Price wise this is available monthly for £2.75, which in my opinion is scandalous, but in line with other magazines on sale at the moment.
Thanks for reading x