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Retro Stomper Truck Put to the Test

Feepy is a child of today’s world.  He loves technology.  He’s always looking for a better solution, a short-cut, and “app for that.”  However, if you were to refer to him as an old soul in any form or fashion, he’d be an ’80s child.  He’s just got that vibe, and man, does he LOVE ’80s movies.

So, we took him back old-school for the latest Toy Toons Review. Check out the feathered hair and turned-up collar.  He was a great sport for the styling, and he was sooo ready to get to work:  Retro Stomper 4 x 4 vs the all new Max Tow Truck Mini.

Feepy came up with some challenging scenarios to put the toys to the test.  He offers a thorough video review.  Check it out.

His dad has a few more retro toy surprises coming up. What are some of your favorite retro toys?  We’d love to uncover more blasts from the past and compare them to today’s toys.  Give us a shout!

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!

Unboxing Surprises is Better with a Manicure

Part of the set-up for our toy reviews is to prepare the hosts hands – make sure they’re clean (especially the case for our little one), finger nails are trimmed, and unique to me – a freshly colored manicure.  We recently shot video for a series of toy reviews and unboxing fun with my nails au naturel.

We had also dyed Easter eggs beforehand, so you’ll notice some pink staining on my fingers.  As I watched the finished videos, I couldn’t stand seeing my hands looking so not put-together.  Now, I’m a no make-up kind of gal, and I don’t wear the nail polish all the time.  However, after seeing the difference that pop of color makes on screen, I’ll be sure to decorate as much as possible.  I just ordered some Disney Frozen water-slide decals from eBay.  I’ve never used a water-slide before.  Any tips and tricks?

Even on this video, featuring tons of color with Rainbow Dash My Little Pony, my hands could have used some decoration.

Perhaps I should stop focusing on the trivial matters here.  Really, we just want to grow our YouTube channel.  So far it’s been a fun family project, and we hope to keep it going.  Take a look at our videos, and please subscribe to our channel to keep and touch, as our goal is to post a new video each day.  Let us know what types of toy videos your kids enjoy.  Thanks!