Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Launch, Product Reviews | Posted on 13-05-2015
Tags: blippar, cbeebies, magazine, pirates, swashbuckle
Whilst CBeebies isn’t watched all that much in our house at the moment – Little Man seems to have progressed to Harry Potter and Star Wars way too fast, and Little Dude is at In The Night Garden level – one show we do all like to watch is Swashbuckle. When I heard that a companion magazine was being released I was very excited, so it was an honour to receive a pre-release copy to review.
The magazine is released today and follows the same generic format you’ll recognise from any other CBeebies show magazine. There’s the free gift, an array of stickers, and loads of puzzles, games and tasks for the children to complete. It follows the format of the show itself, so you’ll find lots to recognise if you’re an avid watcher. You are on a quest throughout the magazine to win back Gem’s jewels, and they replicate what you’ve watched on the show as well as they can. The magazine is bright, colourful and appealing, and Little Man instantly recognised it and in fact began marching around the playroom doing his very best Swashbuckle cheer.
Issue 1 features a selection of free gifts, including your very own set of Gem’s jewels, a pirate hat, and a spinner, perfect for deciding who gets to walk the plank and jump into the ships mess. There are loads of stickers, needed for both completing the tasks and to mark a page as finished. There’s a poster to go on your wall with the famous Swashbuckle song on, and lots of fun and also educational activities.
At £2.75 an issue its a fairly standard price for a magazine of this format so I’d be more than happy to pay for it for the entertainment value it provided for Little Man. He was a big fan of the stickers and hiding the jewels around the playroom. He also enjoyed using the Blippar app on certain parts of the magazine to unlock extra fun content. For the grown-ups you can follow the magazine on Twitter @SwashbuckleMag and get involved in competitions and chat.
A great accompanying magazine for the show and one that’s certain to appeal to any fan. You’ll find Swashbuckle down at all good retailers from today.