How’d We Do? Our First Play-doh Surprise Egg Compilation.

So far, we’ve kept this toy review adventure somewhat of a secret. We haven’t gone on to our private Facebook pages asking for likes, and we’ve kept the work to ourselves. However, after modeling the set of Play-doh eggs featured in our first compilation video, I, aka mom, texted a picture of the creations to my sister. Even though we’re having fun building our channel with fun toy videos, I was desperate to get some validation of my work. I was particularly fond of my Hello Kitty egg. She concurred that is was cute.

Once the eggs were put together, we constructed a mini studio set filled with Play-doh cans and other toys. Our little one stacked the cans and found some of the decorations. We tried a new camera angle to match the compelling first-person view other egg openers use. It worked well, but I have to watch out on some of the reaching movements. The wide-angle lens gave the appearance that my arms were 4 feet long at times.

We’re continuing to learn which surprises are the most liked. We included some big names, such as: Disney Cars, Disney Frozen, Spiderman, Lego, Mickey Mouse, and then we filled in with other cute stuff.

Our little one loves to be able to shout out characters’ names when he watches surprise videos, but he’s also interested in seeing little animals and other toys. What are some of your kids’ favorite egg surprises? We started with a 13 egg video. Do you prefer the 100+ egg video? Surprise egg video fans, we’d love to hear from you!

What’s in Feepy’s Head?

Our Feepy is a guy who just wants to enjoy life.  At times that makes for some power struggles, but often it’s a good wake-up call to slow down and savor the little moments.  We’re really enjoying watching him take the reins as host for Toy Toons Reviews.  He’s settling into a groove, letting his quirky sense of humor shine, and learning how to project himself.

To highlight Feepy’s effort on our family project, we crafted a Play-doh surprise egg to resemble him, but with Spider-Man eyes.  He really got a kick out of it.    As he put it, “now you’re going to be able to see what’s inside my head.”

Well, Feepy’s head contained a Roxx Power paxx, a Power Rangers Megaforce series blind bag, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mashems.

We found the Roxx at Walgreens on clearance for 30 cents.  The package contains three top-like toys with game cards with instructions for simple sliding, spinning, and tossing games.  Feepy thought they were sort of cool, and he played them outside with his friend after school.  Both of our boys love squishy toys, so the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mashems was a hit.  Feepy kept referring to it as a Mashie, so we put a funny bleep over his video narration.  Last but not least the Power Ranger Megaforce blind bag.  Our little guy was ready to confiscate the contents as soon as Feepy had reviewed them.  We’ve never had a Power Rangers toy in the house before.  Thank goodness it was a red one.  A little heart was set on getting a red Power Ranger.  Mom is hoping this renewed interest in Power Rangers doesn’t pique interest in the one item we do already have in the house, a Power Rangers Guidebook.  That’s a tedious read.  Until then, we’ll thoroughly enjoy every moment of the kids’ super hero play.

What’s the Deal with Peppa Pig?

Peppa Pig is a crazy popular Internet search. Who knew? She’s just not an everyday find for us. No Peppa balloons at supermarket checkout, no backpacks at school, no playsets at our local Target, no blind bags at Walgreens. Peppa Pig has not been on our radar, but she is now. And we couldn’t be more excited. It’s a fun challenge to find Peppa pig items to play with and review, and to top it off, they are really, really cute! We look forward to regularly incorporating Peppa Pig into our YouTube channel.

To get us started, we created a Peppa Pig Play-doh surprise egg, And we think she turned out really well. It was definitely a challenge to get the snout to point at the right angle. We paired Peppa along with Disney Princess Jasmine and her pet tiger, Rajah. Inside the two small eggs were Disney Frozen Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. Disney Princess Jasmine was filled with many small treasures called Squinkies.

We remember a few years back when one of Feepy’s friends collected Squinkies. We got her a set for her birthday, but didn’t really look into them much at the time. They are really cute. Our little one went crazy for them. The penguin Squinkie did not make it into the video because our little one had to have it. He shoved it inside his own little surprise egg that he has been carrying around for the past several days. The Squinkies are tiny, and labeled for children three years and up. The Squinkies would make great little potty training or chore rewards for children who would not put them in their mouths. We purchased series 12 for around $6 at Walgreens. Collectors have various sets on sale at eBay. What creative play do your little ones do with Squinkies? How do you display your collection? What’s your favorite little figure?

Dr. Seuss & Nursery Rhymes

 

Sup Dog! Creeper Play-doh Egg

Now that we’ve been at this Youtube video business for a couple of weeks, we’ve started to evaluate our viewer trends.  For now the Play-doh surprise eggs opened by Feepy seem to be the winners.  The Sulley egg has surpassed 100 views.  Yay!  So we decided to keep with the trend and try another design.  Feepy is a huge Minecraft fan, so mom modeled a creeper egg.  Feepy says that creepers are cool because they explode.  It’s so interesting to listen in on kids’ conversations about the Minecraft game, the book collection they all seem to have, and the associated toys and trinkets.

Prizes inside the Creeper egg include:  an Ironman bobble head, a Thor miniature, a Hot Wheels surprise, and duplicate of the Carpenter Lego Minifigure from Series 13.  We’re hoping to reach out to Lego Collectors because we’re giving away all of our duplicate minifigures.  We’re looking for Lego forums, fanclubs, etc. to spread the word.  We’d love to here from you, Lego fans!  Leave us a comment to let us know where we can join you in discussing all fun things Lego!

Everything is Awesome! Lego Play-doh Suprise Egg

Feepy cracks open another Play-doh surprise egg.  This one is filled with two Lego minifigure blind bags, a Kreo micro-changers, and a Sickbricks.  He duplicated the Goblin from Series 13 Lego minifigures.  This was the first time that we’d ordered  Lego blind bags from Amazon and the percentage of duplicates seems much higher than when we’ve purchased them from Walgreens, or when Feepy has received them as gifts from family members.  Where do you buy your Lego minifigures?  Have you have completed your Series 13 collection?  Which pieces are you missing to complete your set?  Leave a comment and let us know!

 Cinderella’s Magic Pumpkin Play-doh Surprise Egg

Feepy and I (mom) met some friends to see the new Cinderella movie over spring break.  I thought it was absolutely beautiful.  To me, the sweet romance between Cinderella and Prince Charming was as magical as the big scene with the fairy godmother.  Feepy, who was not so interested in the dancing and happily-ever-after kiss, was mesmerized by the special effects when the pumpkin turns into the carriage.  When it came time for us to check out the Disney Princess Horse & Carriage, we knew we wanted to incorporate a pumpkin into our play scene for our YouTube toy review.

We crafted a big Play-doh surprise egg into a pumpkin to set up and open before taking a turn with the Disney toy set and doll.  Inside the surprise egg we discovered some cute trinkets: a Minnie Mouse Yazzle, a Littlest Pet Shop blind bag, and a Hello Kitty bubble necklace.

We had already set up Cinderella with her horse and carriage.  The toys looked absolutely stunning on our little video soundstage.  The horse and carriage are well made and roll easily.  It’s a little tricky to get Cinderella inside the carriage because of her crown.  Cinderella’s glass slippers slide on and off very easily, which is important for story reenactments.  The set would make a lovely addition to any Disney Princess collection!

Let’s do this! Opening Superhero Play-doh Surprise Eggs

The boys usually get some TV time after dinner and bath. They look forward to their quiet time, and they usually keep to themselves for a little while. But last night, mom sat down to make Superhero Play-doh eggs, and the boys quickly left their places in the recliners to check out the fun.

We took some inspiration from other Youtube creators who have modeled similar eggs. There are some really great Play-doh surprise egg videos out there, and we’re continuing to experiment to find our own groove. The little one was eager to sit next to mom so that he could roll some dough while watching a video of 100 egg reveals. Feepy stood by to provide artistic feedback.

We debated whether to put this video together last night since it’s testing week at school and we need to ensure Feepy is getting restful sleep. But, the eggs came along quickly, so mom took the little one to bed while dad and Feepy moved to the studio (aka the playroom). Feepy slapped on his Lightening McQueen wrist band, “Let’s Do This!” He really had loosened up and had such a good time.

Check out his video:

 

We’re glad we stuck with our video production plan. Our goal is to upload at least one video per day to grow our channel. And Feepy revealed a surprise toy that he’d been hoping to get: the Lego Minifigures Series 13 Carpenter. That’s a good end to a long day of standardized assessments.

The Majestic Light-up Olaf Play-doh Surprise Egg

While the boys did have fun behind the scenes of the Play-doh Disney Frozen Sparkle Snow Dome production, Feepy really was getting antsy for a chance to open another egg himself.

We had recently picked up some new surprises to review (some were awesome clearance finds!) so we loaded it with several things that we knew he’d love:
a Spider-man bobble-head, a Heroics minifigurine, a Kreo Transformers Micro-changer, a Hot Wheels blind bag, and a Lego minifigures Series 12 blind bag.  We decorated the bright-orange play-doh covered egg with a light-up Olaf Yazzle and some play-doh snowflakes.  We all thought it looked great.  Feepy declared it “majestic!”

He did a great job reviewing the toys on our YouTube channel. We thought it was really cute that he converted the Olaf Yazzle from play-doh egg decoration to an official “Toy Reviewer Badge.”

The majestic light-up Olaf play-doh  surprise egg was fairly inexpensive to create, especially for the amount of prizes.  Including all items, the egg came in around $14.  Now, mom tends to shy away from a lot of clutter, but the boys really do love trinkets.  Feepy is working on a few small collections, and both boys always have a treasure in their hands.  In fact, we kept the little one busy throughout the video shoot set-up with a small surprise egg filled with his two current favorite Sickbricks and the bouncy ball he had gotten from the dentist earlier in the day.  He took the egg with him for bedtime.

It’s no surprise now that our boys love the egg fun. Since a $14 dollar surprise is not a practical everyday eggs-travaganza, we are  incorporating surprise eggs in some other free to no-cost ways at home.  We’ll be sharing those ideas with you soon!

Play-Doh Frozen Sparkle Snow Dome

We’re really starting to have fun behind the scenes of our Youtube channel production. Planning the toy review line-up and finding ways to incorporate various toys and themes together is quickly becoming the best part of our new family endeavor. We’re hoping our excitement to play with all of the cool toys shows. Let us know what you think!

For our first big Frozen toy review, we made a frozen surprise egg to jazz up the Play-Doh Disney frozen sparkle snow dome. We put the Play-doh set Queen Elsa and Princess Anna figurines into the egg, along with a Minnie Mouse bubble necklace and two blind bags. We covered the egg in bright pink dough which really popped on camera. We decided to try something new by sticking a Yazzle blinking sticker badge to the egg. Initially we were worried that the camera might not respond well to the blinking light, but a quick test showed it was doable. Awesome! Then we pressed out some Play-doh snowflakes using the press from the set to finish decorating the surprise egg.

Next, for the most challenging part of the set-up, modeling Sven and Olaf. The Play-doh Disney frozen sparkle snow dome comes with very detailed instruction on how to make the two Frozen friends, but the tricky part is getting all of the little dough balls to stick together and making the final product stand up. Sven is created using a very small tub of brown play-doh. It was difficult to piece him together solidly enough to hold up the large plastic antlers that come in the set, and we couldn’t quite make his ears stand out sideways like they should. Olaf was a simple build, but we opted to use our own white Play-doh. The kit includes one can of special, sparkle white Play-doh, but we wanted to save that to create our snow scene and ice castle. Once the guys were modeled, we added them to the toy review set. Here we go!

We really like to start the YouTube videos with an egg surprise! Out came Elsa & Anna, the Minnie Mouse bubble necklace, and the blind bags. Inside the Littlest Pet Shop bag was an adorable pig with a flower to attach to its head and a little basket. Inside the Hello Kitty blind bag was a ballerina kitty doing a cute curtsy. Blind bag figurines are always so cute!

We tested all of the basic functions of the play doh sparkle snow dome. First we spread some sparkle white dough on the base. Then we pressed some dough through the ice castle tool. It took quite a bit of pressure to force the dough through. The dough comes out looking like spaghetti. We think a star shape or something that has more of an ice crystal shape would have made a prettier design. We added some trees and snowflakes using dough and cutters from the kit. Then we placed Elsa, Anna, Sven, and Olaf, covered the scene with the dome, and admired the magical scene. Minnie Mouse acted as Mother Nature, and a blizzard hit Arendelle. The bubble necklace made nice small bubbles to complete our winter wonderland play fun. dome. Olaf was imagining Summertime, though…

We Love Surprises!