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KINDER EGGS ARE A SMASH

Spiderman, Play-doh, Disney Frozen, Peppa Pig… all fantastic material to create a fun and popular toy video on YouTube. However, there is one little item with powerful allure that makes every video better. The Chocolate Kinder Surprise Egg.

In case you’re not familiar with them, Kinder Eggs are manufactured by an Italian confection company (the maker of Nutella) and sold throughout Europe and worldwide. They’re made of a hollow milk chocolate shell that surrounds a white chocolate a shell. Inside is a plastic capsule with a tiny trinket, game, or puzzle – basically a really cool toy. The egg is wrapped in a bright, decorative foil. From the egg unwrapping to building and displaying the toy surprise, Kinder Eggs create Christmas-morning suspense and excellent toy video drama.

As soon as we started our YouTube channel, we began research on where to buy Kinder Surprise Eggs. We were shocked by the information that we found. Kinder eggs are banned in the United States, and they have been for decades, citing a 1938 FDA rule that disallows inedible objects within a food item. Recently, other chocolate surprise eggs using modified egg and toy designs have been approved for sale in the United States, but the original (and best) Kinder egg has not. Darn, were we disappointed. We had experienced Kinder eggs in Italy years ago when we were there during military service, and we were so anxious to relive the fun with the kids.

So, who knew…well-meaning grandmas and die-hard Kinder lovers have been smuggling surprise eggs into the US? We read a report that each smuggled egg could be worth a $2500 fine. There’s even a short film about one man’s love of Kinder eggs called “Crooked Candy.”

What were we to do? How could we incorporate Kinder into our videos? Our solution was to order a bulk lot of unopened toy capsules from eBay. Yes, sadly that meant no chocolate shell. We’d have to substitute it with Play-doh or some other fun activity.

Our first video to incorporate the Kinder toy capsules was a real smash featuring Hulk and Captain America.

The Toy Toons Reviews kids were IN LOVE with the Kinder toys. Something about a trinket inside a capsule. I’m sure they’d consider them well worth a possible $2500 fine had the luscious chocolate been included.

We decided to have Max take full reign with the next round of Kinder opening. He was absolutely thrilled, and he did such a great job!

So far we’ve opened 8 of the 35 toy capsules in our lot. An upcoming video includes a couple of repeated toys. All of the toys seem to be modern designs. The eBay description said that some capsules could date back about 20 years. We’re hoping for some vintage Kinder. It’d be really cool if we’d replicate a toy that we remember from our Army days!

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!

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.     

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!

Monthly Giveaway – Max Tow Truck Mini Haulers Tow and Go Pack

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 third amazing giveaway. We’ll be giving away an awesome prize to one lucky winner.

Prize Pack:  Max Tow Truck Mini Haulers Tow and Go Packs Blue Tow Truck with Tire Accessories. New in the Package!


Absolutely free to enter. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest is available to entrants world wide.  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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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!

 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!