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MY VERY FIRST PEPPA PIG

She’s finally here, my very first Peppa pig toy!  She’s just a minifigure, but I’m so excited to add her to our Toy Tunes Reviews collection.  I know there are a lot of Peppa Pig fans out there, so I want to create some very special play fun with her.  Be on the lookout!

Peppa made her first appearance in a Hello Kitty surprise lunchbox.

Now, I’m waiting for my first shipment of Kinder egg capsules to arrive.  I have so many fun ideas to jazz them up to create colorful and exciting surprise egg videos.  Kinder surprise toys are so unpredictable.  Silly little trinkets!

Years ago we lived overseas as a military family.  We have fond memories of being introduced to the magic that is the Kinder egg.  Just as folks would collect coins from various commanders, they would collect and display Kinder egg toys on their desks.

Now, the order that I’m waiting for is the unopened toy capsules only.  The chocolate has been removed.  I have some supplies to make home-made chocolate surprise eggs, but I don’t know how many I’ll be attempting to make.

My first egg attempt is still hanging out in the freezer.  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll  wrap it up and put in in a video.  It’s not as pretty as a real Kinder egg.  For now, I’ll just continue to bask in the glory of my very first Peppa Pig!

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!

How Many YouTube Views Should I Have in One Month?

We’re two days away from the one month anniversary of launching our YouTube toy channel.  So far we’ve posted 46 videos, awarded prizes for two giveaways, and garnered 95 subscribers and nearly  than 1500 views.  At times, we feel like we’re making daily progress to grow our project, and at times we feel unnecessarily overwhelmed.  Well, that’s how the grown-ups feel.

And the kids?  Well, they’re lovin’ it.  Feepy is eager to share his matter-of-fact take on all of the toys he unboxes and reviews.  This month he has added a SickBricks collection to his toy shelf and he has a few new Lego minifigures and Marvel trinkets on display in his room.  He has opted to put many of the Play-doh surprise egg prizes back into our Toy Toons Review treasure bowl.

Ah…the treasure bowl.  Boy do I recommend one of these if you have a little one!  When we started Toy Toons Reviews, we collected many of the trinkets we currently had around the house and in the kids’ toy bins.  We also invested in lots of blind bags, Mashems, Squinkies, and other cute little figures for Surprise egg material.  After the eggs are open, the kids usually keep their treasures in their hot little hands all night.  Two-year-old Max typically will finagle Feepy’s toys away from him.  The trick is, when Max has let go of a goodie, we pick it up, and it goes back into the treasure bowl.  The treasure bowl comes in handy for little rewards and to just keep Max busy.  He likes to wrap the toys in Play-doh while we prep our videos.  He incorporates a dialogue into the play…obviously rehearsing for his time on camera.

That leads us to what Max really loves about the videos.  Yes, he is just crazy about the fact that we’ve substantially grown our household trinket collection.  However, he is thrilled to be a host on Toy Toons Reviews.  He actually cooperates when we get him ready for a shoot.  He willingly puts on a clean shirt, has his face and hands washed, and brushes his hair.  That’s more than we can say about any other time of day!  I even shot an impromptu video on the iPhone when our pro camera man wasn’t available.  I couldn’t say no to his enthusiasm to open a Captain America Play-doh surprise egg.

So far, the biggest playset that the boys have earned through their work is the Max Tow Truck Max Mini Off-Road Playset with the Mini Hauler loop and Mini Rev n’ Go.  Don’t let Feepy’s serious demeanor fool you, the playset is a lot of fun.  He had a friend play with him over the weekend.  They set up tons of obstacles and towing scenarios for the little cars.  He had a few issues with the Mini Rev n’ Go.  We had to glue on a bumper and a wheel.  Otherwise, the Max mini line seems to be a solid set.  We have a full-size Max Tow Truck on the way, and we’re very excited to put it to the test alongside the minis.  We had eyed the big truck around Christmas time, but opted to put Marvel Mashers under the tree instead.

Our Marvel Mashers videos were numbers one and two for upload to our channel.  Marvel Mashers Hulk vs Spiderman leads our viewer board with 181 views.

 

Feepy and I had a lot of fun battling the toys together, but my favorite role play fun was the Barbie Flippin’ Pup Pool!  The boys and I had a blast playing toys that day.  I desperately want to boost our girl toy viewership so that I can legitimize my selfish desire to get Frozen Elsa and Anna dolls.  There are some really cute doll kiddie soap opera YouTube videos out there.  I want to produce them!  We’d love to have you check out our playlists.  Let us know the types of toy videos you and your kids enjoy.  Subscribe to our channel.  Thanks guys!