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Jakks Pacific Max Tow Truck Pull Off!

After having a great time playing with the Max Minis from Jakks Pacific for the past week, we were very anxious to finally try out the original, the BIG one, the Max Tow Truck.
The truck looked great in the box.  The boys were full of oohs, ahhs, and manly grunts.  Little Max’s voice dropped an octave and became coarse when expressing his enthusiasm to get going.
The Max Tow Truck is a fairly small toy with big claims that it can pull up to 200 pounds.  It comes with a sturdy plastic tow chain and hook.  The tires appear to be deflated, but the instruction booklet explains that is the method for gripping the ground.  The three operation modes include:  towing, pushing, and climbing.  Towing is activated by pressing a lever on the top/back of the truck.  Pushing is activated by pressing the front bumper.   Climbing is activated by pressing the siren button on the top of the truck.  There are recorded voice prompts indicating when to activate the lever to get the truck moving within each operation mode.  
We took the truck outside for a series of challenging tests.

First, we put Max (the kid) on his Kettler, which is a solid, heavy trike.   The Max Tow Truck chain and hook attached easily, the truck was set to tow mode, and off they went….slowly but surely.  Yes, the Max Tow Truck can tow a lot of cargo, but at turtle speed.  
Next, we hooked up the Disney Cars Lightening McQueen ride-on.  This time Max Tow Truck repeatedly  prompted  us to press the tow lever.  We’d press it to go, and the toy would repeat that activation was required.  Finally, off the truck went, pulling an empty Lightening McQueen.  When Max (the kid) hopped in, the towing capability was brought to a halt.  Max Tow Truck was no match for a ride-on toy with a 30-pound passenger.  We think that if the wheels of the ride-on were free-spinning, towing would be possible, though.
Feepy hopped on his Razor scooter, with hopes that he’d be towed.  Unfortunately, the slow speed of the tow truck combined with cracks in the sidewalk wouldn’t allow him to maintain balance.  He switched to a skateboard, and that worked really well.  Feepy’s quite a bit bigger than Max (the kid) and he was cruising faster.
To test the pushing capability, mom hopped on the skateboard.  The truck nudged the board along fairly well, but again at turtle speed.  The best push test was with Max (the kid) on the Wheelie bug, which is a ride-on toy with highly mobile caster wheels.
The climbing test was somewhat of a disappointment.  The truck handled well over the lawn, some flat-lying rocks, and landscape material.  However, it did not break plane very well.  We set up the skateboard at about a 30 degree angle.  The front tires climbed well, and the truck would appear to almost surpass the obstacle, but when the back tires hit the board, the truck would topple over.  We tried over and over to complete a successful climb, but it just didn’t happen.
We had a lot of fun as a family testing out the maximum capability of the Max Tow Truck.  The toy is built to be tough, and it digs down to perform, but the slow speed at which it tows the maximum load makes the spectacle somewhat underwhelming.  However, the kids were impressed, as they are with most things on wheels.  This would be a great toy for a child who loves tow trucks and wants to create smaller towing play scenarios.  The truck easily pulls and pushes lighter wheeled toys and cargo.  Even though we didn’t feel the Max Tow Truck performed heavy-duty scenarios with big gusto, we think the truck would definitely perform well for everyday kid-constructed play.     

 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!

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!

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!

 

Lego Disney Princess Jasmine’s Exotic Palace

Lego Disney Princess Jasmine’s Exotic Palace is a fabulous build!  We highly recommend this set for your Lego and princess enthusiast.

This 143-piece set includes Princess Jasmine, her pet tiger Rajah, the palace, and four other smaller accessory builds.  Bag one includes the Jasmine minifigure and all of the pieces to make Alladin’s magic carpet, a pedestal for Genie’s lamp, a marketplace stand with magic potions, a water feature that is reminiscent of the one that Queen Elsa freezes, and a shaded area for Rajah to eat.  There is also a snake charming toy.  Bag two includes all of the pieces to construct the opulent palace which is adorned with purple flowers, torches, a gilded domed roof, luxurious furniture, and pretty stickers.

Once built, the playset is a fun, interactive toy.  Jasmine can ride the carpet around her kingdom, roam around the palace, feed her pet, and take care of the grounds.  Add in other Lego minifigures or other Disney princesses for unlimited play scenarios.

The set is labeled for ages 5-12.   Surely this a a fun build for any Disney Princess fan, though!

Crazy Weekend Giveaway 2

We are sooooo excited to offer some of our reviewed toys as giveaways, again!  We love toys, and we know you do, too!  We’d love to share our toys with you!  Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win.

Announcing our second amazing giveaway.  We’ll be giving away 3 prize packs to 3 different winners.

Prize Pack #1:  Barbie Flippin Pup Pool! with bonus Kira Doll

Prize Pack #2: Lego Friends Series 6 Seal’s Little Rock

Prize Pack #3 Girl’s Fun Figurine Pack: Hello Kitty, Doc McStuffins Lambie, and Littlest Pet Shop Kitten

Check out the prize video on our youtube channel here (winners will be posted in the info area):

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Absolutely free to enter. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest is available to entrants world wide. All prizes have been opened for review on our youtube channel.  No postage necessary. We are not responsible for missing or lost items. Expect prize to arrive 2-6 weeks after delivery depending on location.
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**UPDATE**
This contest is over. Enter the new contest here.

Congratulations to our 3 winners: 1. Katrina from USA 2. Oliver from Canada 3. Lynn from Canada Stayed “tooned” for this week’s giveaway!

We are sooooo excited to offer some of our reviewed toys as giveaways!  We love toys, and we know you do, too!  We’d love to share our toys with you!  Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win.

Announcing our first amazing giveaway.  We’ll be giving away 3 prize packs to 3 different winners.

Prize Pack #1:  Disney Princess Cinderella’s Horse & Carriage with a Disney Princess Sparkling Princes Cinderella doll

Prize Pack #2: lego Minifigures The Simpsons (Includes: Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, and 16)

Prize Pack #3 Lego Minifigures Series 12 (Includes: Figures 3, 7, 12,  and 16)

Check out the prize video on our youtube channel here (winners will be posted in the info area):

Be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel!

Absolutely free to enter. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest is available to entrants world wide. All prizes have been opened for review on our youtube channel.  No postage necessary. We are not responsible for missing or lost items. Expect prize to arrive 2-6 weeks after delivery depending on location.

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