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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!

The Cutest 2 Year-Old Toy Reviewer

Introducing our newest toy reviewer and surprise unboxing pro, Max!

Max is a big Captain America fan.  In fact, we encourage him to take naps by agreeing to allow him to be Cap’n when he wakes up.  However, his first request for a Play-doh surprise egg to open on camera was a blue Spiderman.  He has been watching the other host Feepy open eggs, and he was very anxious for his turn.  He carefully selected the toys to display on the set, to include his beloved Play-doh Marvel can-heads.  Check out his Ironman sound effects.  He also wanted to reveal what’s inside of Diego’s backpack.  We think he did a wonderful job!

With a surprise egg opening under his belt, Max was ready to take on a substantive toy review.  He was given the Max Tow Truck mini Rev n Tow from Jakks Pacific. Behind the scenes, he call is the Max Me truck!  The toy car tows Disney Cars Dusty Crophopper and various other toys.  Max gives the Max Tow Truck Mini a thumbs up! It’s a tough little car that can haul a lot of stuff. The revving noises are cool, and the toy can take a beating. It can climb up steel surfaces. Max is continuing to test the strength of the Max Mini, and we have had to glue the bumper back together.  He is looking forward to testing the full size Max Tow Truck very soon. For under $15, you get a cool toy built for adventure.

 

We’re giving away a Max Tow Truck mini to one lucky winner.  Be sure to subscribe to our channel for a chance to win and to stay up to date on all of our toy unboxing, reviews, and giveaways.  Thanks guys!

 

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!

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