Toys that let you send voice messages to your kids are coming to the UK

Anyone that has kids, or regularly interacts with kids, knows that getting them to talk on the phone is a nightmare at the best of times. Brooklyn-based studio Toymail knows this, so it's bringing "The Mailmen" to the UK to make things a little easier for friends and family to interact with the little people in their lives. You see, The Mailmen are small battery-powered toys that allow anyone with the free companion app to send voice messages to kids. You record a message, it gets sent to one of five animal-themed characters (including Rochester, Buck, Milksop, Fairfax and Snort) your child owns and they can immediately send one back.

Toymail originally started life as a Kickstarter project, before enjoying wider success in the US. The toys are easy to set up and connect to your home Wi-Fi network in order to deliver the messages, which can be read back in a funny voice or your own. Currently, it only works on iOS devices but its makers say an Android app isn't too far off (update: It's live!). To get your hands on one of these remote parenting toys, Firebox the exclusive UK stockist and has them up for pre-order at £49.99.