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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’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!

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…

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!