Lyndhurst Primary School Winter Fair

It’s that time of year again and Lyndhurst Primary School is holding their annual Winter Fair tomorrow – 26 November! To help out with their Christmas Gift Giveaway event, Thumbs Up has donated a big box of gifts which we hope will be enjoyed by all!  Along with Santa’s Grotto, there will be crafts and stalls, husky rides, a raffle, festive food and a BBQ. Why not head down and join in the fun!


Happy Halloween….

The countdown is on for Halloween – that one day of the year when the malevolent restless spirits of the dead re-visit the living in the form of ……. well, generally they knock on doors looking for candy or party at popular bars until the wee hours.

Don’t get left out of the fun – host a party, scare your neighbours or head out on the town with the rest of the un-dead. If you used up all of your Halloween ideas last year, here are some more to help you on your way to a super spooky weekend:

Thinking of hosting a séance? No? Well, perhaps you should. And we have the perfect candles for such an occasion. Freak your friends out with these magically lit candles. They’re almost identical to real candles but instead are lit by a battery powered internal LED. The best part, however, is that you light them via remote control. Magic!

The Remote Control Candle Set is ultra realistic with a great wax finish and flame flicker effect so nobody will know they are not real candles unless you tell them. Perfect for creating spooky atmospheric tension at a party or spiritual gathering – and, because there are no real flames involved, you won’t need to worry about anyone catching the curtains alight or burning their fingers!

If you are getting into the candle idea – here is another one: This Magic Candle Set also appears at first glance to be your classic wax affair, but set the candles alight and you’ll see that not only do the wicks light up, the bases glow too. A white LED sitting in the base of each candle is activated automatically when the wick is lit, sending out an atmospheric pulsating glow. A must have for any ghoulishly ambient dinner or drinks.

Maybe you’ve left your costume to the last minute – again. If you’re not really the dressing up type but don’t want to miss out on all the fun, how about wearing a Flippin’ Frightening T-Shirt out on the town. The idea is simple, but you’ll always get a reaction! Popular culture has meant that hockey masks are now associated with serial killer slasher movies – but when you first turn up to the party, no one will know why your t-shirt asks, ‘Are you scared?’ People can’t help but take the bait and enquire about the provocative sentence, giving you the perfect opportunity to flip the t-shirt over your head to wear the serial killer image printed on the inside like a mask. You have a choice between the serial killer t-shirt and the werewolf t-shirt which asks, ‘Full moon tonight?’ and flips over to reveal a gruesome werewolf. Give your mates the fright of their lives! They’ll thank you for it.

Let’s not forget accessories – your friends won’t know whether to laugh or cry when they see your new iPhone Case. We’re still on the fence about this realistic giant silicone ear, so you’ll have to make up your own mind: quirky or just plain creepy?Either one is good if you’re looking for something to shock or surprise with on the 31st! Casually leave your Ear phone lying on the table or make a dramatic Van Gogh-esqe display by slicing it off the side of your face. We’ll leave the possibilities to your imagination so make sure you do us proud!

Whatever you decide to do – have a spook-tastic evening! We’re looking forward to the photos!

Vox Pops for 80s iPhone and Ear iPhone Cases

It was one of the freakishly-hot-for-September London days that we took to the streets to gauge people’s reactions to a couple of our recently released iPhone Cases. The Sun was shining and the passersby smiling; everyone was out and about with their iPhones. But no one had cases quite like these….

The 80s iPhone Case was a hit with people looking for some nostalgic street cred for their iPhone. Boasting the ability to retro-up iPhones by turning them into a back-in-the-day status symbol, the case proved to be a beacon for attention seekers. An interview? On camera? Yes please!

It was also popular with Trigger Happy TV fans keen to throw some impersonations into the mix!

We demonstrated how to slot the iPhone into this custom-made holder to take advantage of its 80s retro ‘house brick’ style without losing any of their 21st century specs. Most agreed it really was having the best of both worlds – and that in such an obviously pre-iPhone disguise, their phone was quite safe from opportunistic pickpockets.

Next the Ear iPhone Case: not for the faint hearted. People were either thoroughly delighted or completely weirded out by this one.

They wanted to touch it…… and then wished they hadn’t – made from silicon rubber, it felt a little too realistic for their liking. But they couldn’t argue with the fact that you’re sure to get noticed with a giant ear held up to your head, and most could think of at least one friend or family member that would fall over themselves for such a phone case.

And this is all without taking into consideration the cases’ phone protecting capabilities which, after all, is kind of the point.

Thumbs Up at the Autumn Fair 2011

This September, Thumbs Up was back at the Autumn Fair in Birmingham – the season’s biggest and most vibrant sales opportunity. With over 500,000 products on display and 60,000 new launches, the Autumn Fair Festival really lives up to its name as the biggest home and gift event of the season.

The Thumbs Up stand saw lots of action with buyers from both leading retailers and independent stores popping in to see the latest and greatest in gifts and gadgets, and the products on offer from Thumbs Up ranged, as always, from the thoroughly bizarre to the undeniably useful.

Old favourites, such as the Perpendum, were on display next to fun new launches like the Dancing Cat, while the Portable Body Scales paired up with the iPhone Horn to provide an example of the useful alongside the entertaining.

Publishers and media representatives were on hand to record the action and get the scoop for their respective publications, and while we would be hard pressed to say which product emerged overall as flavour of the week, there were quite a few that received undisputed attention.

Best-seller the 80s Phone Case shared the stage with the newly released Ear Phone Case, while other smartphone and tablet accessories proved to be very popular.  Of these, the Aqua Phone Case and desktop iPhone were unanimously sought after.

Remote Control Helicopters, particularly the Sky Car, drew the attention of the crowds as did party favourites – the finger candles and champagne popper. And, while food accessories like the Man Bowl and the Camera Lens Cup claimed their fair share of interest from people with a solid sense of fun, fridgebook was a hit with facebook addicts.

It’s still only September, but already we’re looking forward to Spring Fair!

Epic Win and Epic Fail Stamps

With these straight-to-the-point ‘Epic Win’ and ‘Epic Fail’ stamps, you can make your feelings known in one easy-to-read go! Why open your mouth to share your opinion when you can assert your feelings in ink?!

When someone’s done so fantastically well that a simple “good job” doesn’t quite cut it, or messed up so embarrassingly badly that a quiet “better luck next time” just won’t suffice, these Epic Win/Epic Fail stamps will do all the talking so you don’t have to!

If you want to offer your congratulations, send your jokey commiserations or generally make your feelings known in one easy-to-read go, it doesn’t get more straight-to-the-point than this self-inking Epic Win & Epic Fail stamp set!



RC Solar Car

Have fun in the sun while staying totally green with this ingenious remote controlled Solar Car!

This chunky little car is proof that the RC world has finally caught up with the green movement. Instead of being powered by electricity or expensive-to-replace batteries, it’s cleverly designed to run on sunshine! Yes, there’s a solar panel set into the car’s rooftop that charges its built-in rechargeable battery and, in turn, powers the car – so as well as being a great way to learn about renewable energy, you’ll never need to pay out for pricey packs of replacement batteries again!

But what’s really innovative about the Solar Car is that its controller is charged by the sun too. Just plug it into the jack on the back bumper and it’ll charge up via the rooftop solar panel, just like the car itself does! Plus, charging aside, it’s a really neat way to store the control pad when the car’s not in use.

Wondering what to do with your Solar Car on a cloudy day? Well, because we appreciate that British weather is predictably unpredictable, it comes with its very own USB charging cable too. Simple connect it to the underside of the car and plug it into the mains for an old-school power boost whenever the sun’s in hiding.

Aqua Phone Case

With this form-fitting waterproof case, you can safeguard your smart phones from the elements!

As well as protecting your handset from water, the Aqua Phone Case also guards against sand, dust and snow. What’s more, the case’s touch-sensitive skin means that your device is still fully functional when it’s sealed away. Plus, you can take super clear underwater video footage as long as you start recording before you dip under the waves and stop recording when you come up for air – perfect for filming your scuba trip in the shallows! And of course, as the case is 100% water-tight, you can lounge around the pool on your lilo, chatting to your mates on the phone, without worrying about dropping your most precious gadget.

Let’s face it, water and smart phones just don’t mix… but seeing as around 71% of the earth’s surface is made up of H2O, it’s unlikely you’re going to be able to keep them apart forever. And that’s where this 100% waterproof case comes to the rescue. Featuring a Featuring a transparent, touch-sensitive Perspex skin framed by a rubber seal, this durable, protective holder acts as your mobile phone’s guardian angel!

Secret Agent Phone Holder

Swap your phone holder for a Phone Holster and feel like Starsky or Hutch in the process! Stick-on seventies sideburns and handlebar moustache included for the full retro American cop effect!

Worn like a real FBI-style holster (that’s the kind that you wear around your shoulder and do up across your back so it can’t be seen under your jacket), this fun phone holder is an ingenious way to keep your mobile close at hand. Plus, there’s no denying it’s seriously good fun to whip out your phone like you’re reaching for your gun every time you need to make an important phone call!

Going to a fancy dress party or just want to recreate the classic ‘70s cop look for a laugh? The Phone Holster comes with self-adhesive ‘70s-style facial hair for added undercover agent appeal! Instant Starsky or Hutch!

Man Bowl

If you know a guy with a beast of an appetite – or indeed the manners of a beast! – this piece of could-be canine crockery makes the ideal tongue-in-cheek gift!

From a distance it looks just like a classic dog bowl, but get a little closer and you’ll see that this quirky ceramic dish is in fact emblazoned with the word ‘MAN’ rather than the word ‘DOG’! Okay, you might want to draw the line at placing it on the floor come mealtimes, but it makes the perfect receptacle for man-sized portions of pasta or rice, XL puddings and helpings of cereals that’ll set you up ’til suppertime!

LED Sound Sensitive Stool

Practicality meets style with this funky, colour-changing LED Cube Stool; the coolest way to create an atmosphere.

At first glance it looks every bit the minimalist must-have; a pure white cuboid stool finished with fashionably rounded edges. But get a little closer and you’ll see that there’s much more to this understated piece of furniture than meets the eye…

Fitted discreetly within the simply-styled cube, there are a series of LEDs offering 16 colour combinations and 4 separate lighting effects – so you can take the weight off your feet and control the ambience of your room at the same time! There’s even a slim-line infrared remote control included so you can set the lighting of your choice with the click of a button. From chilled-out phasing glow to at-home strobe disco or solid static colour, it’s totally up to you.

Having a party? Set the cube to sound-sensitive mode and watch the colour patterns move in time to the beats you’re playing! It’s an undeniably cool way to set the mood and might just make you want to invest in a whole set – after all, your guests are going to need a seat after throwing all those shapes!

Finally, thanks to the Cube Stool’s built-in rechargeable battery, you can opt to power it from the mains using the adaptor provided or charge it up for totally wireless portability – a full charge will last for over five hours!