ClicTime has been making LEGO watches and clocks under license for some years and is continually bringing out new models to keep up with current themes and trends.
We've been sent a few samples of the latest ones so we can bring them to your attention.
There's around 30 different minifigure alarm clocks available at the moment, ranging from classic City policemen and firemen to the latest Ninjago Movie characters.
They are perfectly scaled-up versions of their minifigure counterparts, and stand about 10"/25cm tall.
Batman comes complete with cloth cape. Pressing down on his head illuminates the LCD display in the chest with an orange glow -- perfect for checking whether it's time to get up for school on winter mornings -- and snoozes the alarm.
Controls for setting the time and alarm are situated under the cape on the back.
You can buy them at LEGOwatches.com and LEGOwatches.co.uk, priced at £24.99 / US$30, which seems reasonable, although if you don't need the latest character many of the older ones are available at a discount there.
There's also a huge range of watches available which once again cover classic themes as well as the latest fads.
The watches have been redesigned recently and now all incorporate a mini-minifigure on the strap. Older ones came with an actual minifig and studs on the strap to which it could be attached -- and promptly lost once you started moving about.
They are neatly packaged in boxes with a window so you can see what you're buying. The main attraction for kids is likely to be the mini mini-figure, which are about 3/4 the size of regular figures.
Inside, the watch, which measures about 25mm/1" diameter including bezel, enough links to fit an adult's wrist and in this case, two special links with a mini BB-8 moulded on.
BB-8 is likely to be popular among kids but personally I think that, from the selection I've been sent, the Classic one is more impressive. In addition to a classic figure two alternative heads are provided, so you can switch them out to suit your mood.
The minifigure is very cute. He's articulated at the neck and waist so it fits snugly round your wrist.
The watches are £20 / $25, again from LEGOWatches.co.uk and LEGOWatches.com They are very cool, but suffer from one major problem: they are only available in kids' size! Consequently they look a bit daft on an adult wrist but are absolutely perfect for kids, of course.
There are no adult watches in the collection at all at the moment. I don't know why, but I'll ask.
Anyway, both clock and watch would make perfect gifts which I am sure would be warmly received.
Thanks to ClicTime for providing the samples. This article is an expression of my own opinions.