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Mash’ems, Fash’ems, Squishy Fun with Mixed Reviews

Have you experienced the latest toy collection trend?  Mash’ems and Fash’ems.  They’re popular, licensed toy figures made out of a super squishy rubber material.  They’re sold either in packaging that reveals the toy you’re going to get, or they’re in blind bags or capsules.  We’ve been incorporating the blind bags into our toy reviews, and that seems to be the most popular option for surprise videos.  They are absolutely adorable and they capture the camera well.

Kids love them because all of their favorite characters are included.  The Mash’ems brand includes popular lines, such as:  Angry Birds, DC Comics, Disney Pixar and Planes, Marvel, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Transformers.  The Fash’ems  brand, which advertises as “soft, squishy fashion fun!”, you guessed it, is full of girlie toys, such as:  Disney Frozen, Disney Princess, Doc McStuffins, Hello Kitty, My Little Pony, and Sofia the First.  The toys are the perfect size for little hands to grip, manipulate, and stuff in their pockets.

Little Max has collected three Mash’ems, and they go everywhere with him.  He is particularly fond of his Angry Bird, because he likes to squish it so that its beak protrudes.  He begs me to make sound effects with each squish, and then belly laughs ensue.  He’s somewhat disappointed in his TMNT Shredder character, because part of the helmet has been torn off.  Max is not easy on toys.  Mash’ems and Fash’ems are rated for 4+ years, but they seem to be suitable for slightly younger children who no longer put objects in their mouths.

Here’s where the toy review get sticky (pun intended).  They are highly “collectible” – of dirt and pet hair.  It doesn’t take long before Max is asking for help with cleaning his toys.  Fortunately, warm water and a very small amount of soap will clear away the debris.  I also recommend washing them right after opening the package, as  I’ve noticed a couple of them have had somewhat of a strong odor.  According to the manufacturer, Tech4Kids, the odor is non-toxic and will dissipate quickly, but I’ve found that washing the toy removes it immediately.  While I was researching the odor, I also checked into the material of the toys to confirm that it is not a skin irritant.  They’re made of a substance called thermo plastic rubber, which is rated non-toxic and not a latex or rubber allergen.

We’ve established that Mash’ems & Fash’ems are super cute, fun for kids to tote around, and easy to clean.  So what’s the downside?  Well, they’re a bit pricey, especially if you want to collect them.  I picked up the our blind bags at Walgreens on sale Buy One Get 50%, so the price was around $2 each.  However, if you’re in search of Disney Frozen Fash’em, those things can go for nearly $15 each!  Just check out the Amazon reviews.  The one-star ratings poo poo the price for a 2-inch squishy toy.  The five-star ratings describe the squealing little girls’ delight to open a blind capsule revealing an adorable little Queen Elsa.

And what are my thoughts?  Well, I’m a mixed review.  If you’re looking for a cute stocking stuffer, fun surprise reward toy, or plastic egg filler, Mash’ems and Fash’ems are the perfect items.  I’m pretty sure your kids will love them.  However, if you’re looking for some bang for your buck in a long-lasting action-figure or doll, these are not the toys for you.  You might just want to direct your kids to a fabulous YouTube video unboxing a whole case of their favorite licensed brand.  I need to save my pennies, because I would love to open up a bunch of Disney Frozen and Hello Kitty Fash’ems for y’all very soon!

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.

Barbie Flippin’ Pup Pool!

As the mom to two boys, the most exciting part about starting a toy review channel on YouTube is the fact that we’re also reviewing (and playing with) girl toys!  In the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to play with friends’ little girls and my sweet niece, but there hasn’t been much demand for dolls, kitties, princesses, or pinks and purples in my home.  Having said that, my boys had almost as much fun as I did playing with the Barbie Flippin’ Pup Pool!

This super cute playset from Mattel is part of the Chelsea doll’s world collection.  It includes Chelsea, wearing a heart-patterned swimsuit, a yellow duck tube float, and she’s holding a pink dolphin toy that squirts water.  Accompanying Chelsea are her dog Taffy and two puppies.  The toys each add their own fun stunts to the playground, which includes the pup pool, a big slide, and a diving board.  Taffy performs a flip worthy of 10 points from the slide.  The other puppies can ride their dog-bone floaty down the slide or jump off the diving board.  Chealsea can slide down the slide herself, but she required us to hold her while jumping off the diving board, as the doll cannot stand up by herself, which is typical for Barbie dolls.  My boys loved playing with the two smaller puppies because they are squirt toys.

We also had a Kira doll, sold separately, join the pool party. Kira wears a purple and teal swimsuit and she has a purple whale tube float.   Her hair is styled in adorable thick pigtails.  The Chelsea doll’s world series also includes one other dolls for add-on.

The three friends are also sold as a set.

My boys and I played with this playset for hours.  We sent Batman down the slide.  Some SickBricks jumped off the diving board.  Other guest appearances included:  Shopkins, Hello Kitty, and My Little Pony.  You name it, if we had the figurine, we flipped it!

We finally cleaned up and set out all the toys to dry in time for dinner.  The boys kept asking to play more, but I had to explain that the Barbie Flippin’ Pup Pool is prize pack #1 for our latest giveaway.  LINK TO GIVEAWAY HERE  I promised them that we’d have more Barbie toys to play in the future!  Yay for girl toys!