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What’s in Feepy’s Head?

Our Feepy is a guy who just wants to enjoy life.  At times that makes for some power struggles, but often it’s a good wake-up call to slow down and savor the little moments.  We’re really enjoying watching him take the reins as host for Toy Toons Reviews.  He’s settling into a groove, letting his quirky sense of humor shine, and learning how to project himself.

To highlight Feepy’s effort on our family project, we crafted a Play-doh surprise egg to resemble him, but with Spider-Man eyes.  He really got a kick out of it.    As he put it, “now you’re going to be able to see what’s inside my head.”

Well, Feepy’s head contained a Roxx Power paxx, a Power Rangers Megaforce series blind bag, and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mashems.

We found the Roxx at Walgreens on clearance for 30 cents.  The package contains three top-like toys with game cards with instructions for simple sliding, spinning, and tossing games.  Feepy thought they were sort of cool, and he played them outside with his friend after school.  Both of our boys love squishy toys, so the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mashems was a hit.  Feepy kept referring to it as a Mashie, so we put a funny bleep over his video narration.  Last but not least the Power Ranger Megaforce blind bag.  Our little guy was ready to confiscate the contents as soon as Feepy had reviewed them.  We’ve never had a Power Rangers toy in the house before.  Thank goodness it was a red one.  A little heart was set on getting a red Power Ranger.  Mom is hoping this renewed interest in Power Rangers doesn’t pique interest in the one item we do already have in the house, a Power Rangers Guidebook.  That’s a tedious read.  Until then, we’ll thoroughly enjoy every moment of the kids’ super hero play.

Sup Dog! Creeper Play-doh Egg

Now that we’ve been at this Youtube video business for a couple of weeks, we’ve started to evaluate our viewer trends.  For now the Play-doh surprise eggs opened by Feepy seem to be the winners.  The Sulley egg has surpassed 100 views.  Yay!  So we decided to keep with the trend and try another design.  Feepy is a huge Minecraft fan, so mom modeled a creeper egg.  Feepy says that creepers are cool because they explode.  It’s so interesting to listen in on kids’ conversations about the Minecraft game, the book collection they all seem to have, and the associated toys and trinkets.

Prizes inside the Creeper egg include:  an Ironman bobble head, a Thor miniature, a Hot Wheels surprise, and duplicate of the Carpenter Lego Minifigure from Series 13.  We’re hoping to reach out to Lego Collectors because we’re giving away all of our duplicate minifigures.  We’re looking for Lego forums, fanclubs, etc. to spread the word.  We’d love to here from you, Lego fans!  Leave us a comment to let us know where we can join you in discussing all fun things Lego!

Everything is Awesome! Lego Play-doh Suprise Egg

Feepy cracks open another Play-doh surprise egg.  This one is filled with two Lego minifigure blind bags, a Kreo micro-changers, and a Sickbricks.  He duplicated the Goblin from Series 13 Lego minifigures.  This was the first time that we’d ordered  Lego blind bags from Amazon and the percentage of duplicates seems much higher than when we’ve purchased them from Walgreens, or when Feepy has received them as gifts from family members.  Where do you buy your Lego minifigures?  Have you have completed your Series 13 collection?  Which pieces are you missing to complete your set?  Leave a comment and let us know!

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!

Play-Doh Frozen Sparkle Snow Dome

We’re really starting to have fun behind the scenes of our Youtube channel production. Planning the toy review line-up and finding ways to incorporate various toys and themes together is quickly becoming the best part of our new family endeavor. We’re hoping our excitement to play with all of the cool toys shows. Let us know what you think!

For our first big Frozen toy review, we made a frozen surprise egg to jazz up the Play-Doh Disney frozen sparkle snow dome. We put the Play-doh set Queen Elsa and Princess Anna figurines into the egg, along with a Minnie Mouse bubble necklace and two blind bags. We covered the egg in bright pink dough which really popped on camera. We decided to try something new by sticking a Yazzle blinking sticker badge to the egg. Initially we were worried that the camera might not respond well to the blinking light, but a quick test showed it was doable. Awesome! Then we pressed out some Play-doh snowflakes using the press from the set to finish decorating the surprise egg.

Next, for the most challenging part of the set-up, modeling Sven and Olaf. The Play-doh Disney frozen sparkle snow dome comes with very detailed instruction on how to make the two Frozen friends, but the tricky part is getting all of the little dough balls to stick together and making the final product stand up. Sven is created using a very small tub of brown play-doh. It was difficult to piece him together solidly enough to hold up the large plastic antlers that come in the set, and we couldn’t quite make his ears stand out sideways like they should. Olaf was a simple build, but we opted to use our own white Play-doh. The kit includes one can of special, sparkle white Play-doh, but we wanted to save that to create our snow scene and ice castle. Once the guys were modeled, we added them to the toy review set. Here we go!

We really like to start the YouTube videos with an egg surprise! Out came Elsa & Anna, the Minnie Mouse bubble necklace, and the blind bags. Inside the Littlest Pet Shop bag was an adorable pig with a flower to attach to its head and a little basket. Inside the Hello Kitty blind bag was a ballerina kitty doing a cute curtsy. Blind bag figurines are always so cute!

We tested all of the basic functions of the play doh sparkle snow dome. First we spread some sparkle white dough on the base. Then we pressed some dough through the ice castle tool. It took quite a bit of pressure to force the dough through. The dough comes out looking like spaghetti. We think a star shape or something that has more of an ice crystal shape would have made a prettier design. We added some trees and snowflakes using dough and cutters from the kit. Then we placed Elsa, Anna, Sven, and Olaf, covered the scene with the dome, and admired the magical scene. Minnie Mouse acted as Mother Nature, and a blizzard hit Arendelle. The bubble necklace made nice small bubbles to complete our winter wonderland play fun. dome. Olaf was imagining Summertime, though…

The Big Chocolate Bunny Surprise

The Big Chocolate Bunny Surprise was a crazy, fun family effort.  We set out to experiment with creating our own Easter – Spring – themed treat, something even bigger than the surprise egg phenomenon.

Finding a jumbo, hollow chocolate bunny proved to be an all-day effort. Our local Walgreens and Wal-mart only carried the 18 oz variety.  Thankfully, CVS had one 32 oz Palmer Big Binks in stock!  We estimated that 7 blind bags of trinkets would fit inside.  Back to Walgreens for the best selection of mystery items.   Walgreens was heavy on the boy blind bags:  Minecraft minifigures, Star Wars Fighter Pods Micro Heroes, Lego Minifigures.  We found a few items that would appeal to girls:  Despicable Me Minion Surprise, My Little Pony minifigure, and a Lego Friends set that ultimately didn’t fit inside the bunny.

To create the masterpiece, we laid out the bunny on  a cutting board.  We heated a heavy-duty steel chef knife over a stove-top flame.  Starting from the ears, we slid the knife down along the side-seams from the bunny’s factory assembly.  We went about half-way down the top part of the bunny before the knife had cooled.  We wiped the knife clean and heated it over the flame again.  Then we completed slicing the bunny to the bowtie and separated the two halves of his head.  We repeated this procedure for the bottom half of the bunny.  We carefully wiped away some melted chocolate from inside the bunny, making sure not to wipe the seams.  We quickly placed the blind bags inside the hollow bunny and replaced the bottom half.  The chocolate adhered very well.  We stood up the bunny and replaced his head.  Whew!  It worked.  The bunny was back in one piece.  (We had a few shards fall off the back side, but nothing major.)  We did our best to buff off fingerprints with a paper towel.  Try not to touch the bunny’s face.

Next we held our breath as we moved the bunny into the video studio for his Youtube premier:

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The kids had a blast watching the chocolate bunny get dismantled and the revealing of the toys.  They had been “waiting their whole lives” for a Minecraft minifigure.  Fights have ensued over the Creeper.  One kid thought the bunny was cute.  One kid thought he looked creepy, but he also called dibs on eating the eyes.  The chocolate is not the tastiest, but there was something fun about eating a few bites after all the effort.  We’re not sure how well our crafting efforts fit into today’s Pinterest landscape, but this was a really fun project and a surprise that your kids are sure to love.