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How Many YouTube Views Should I Have in One Month?

We’re two days away from the one month anniversary of launching our YouTube toy channel.  So far we’ve posted 46 videos, awarded prizes for two giveaways, and garnered 95 subscribers and nearly  than 1500 views.  At times, we feel like we’re making daily progress to grow our project, and at times we feel unnecessarily overwhelmed.  Well, that’s how the grown-ups feel.

And the kids?  Well, they’re lovin’ it.  Feepy is eager to share his matter-of-fact take on all of the toys he unboxes and reviews.  This month he has added a SickBricks collection to his toy shelf and he has a few new Lego minifigures and Marvel trinkets on display in his room.  He has opted to put many of the Play-doh surprise egg prizes back into our Toy Toons Review treasure bowl.

Ah…the treasure bowl.  Boy do I recommend one of these if you have a little one!  When we started Toy Toons Reviews, we collected many of the trinkets we currently had around the house and in the kids’ toy bins.  We also invested in lots of blind bags, Mashems, Squinkies, and other cute little figures for Surprise egg material.  After the eggs are open, the kids usually keep their treasures in their hot little hands all night.  Two-year-old Max typically will finagle Feepy’s toys away from him.  The trick is, when Max has let go of a goodie, we pick it up, and it goes back into the treasure bowl.  The treasure bowl comes in handy for little rewards and to just keep Max busy.  He likes to wrap the toys in Play-doh while we prep our videos.  He incorporates a dialogue into the play…obviously rehearsing for his time on camera.

That leads us to what Max really loves about the videos.  Yes, he is just crazy about the fact that we’ve substantially grown our household trinket collection.  However, he is thrilled to be a host on Toy Toons Reviews.  He actually cooperates when we get him ready for a shoot.  He willingly puts on a clean shirt, has his face and hands washed, and brushes his hair.  That’s more than we can say about any other time of day!  I even shot an impromptu video on the iPhone when our pro camera man wasn’t available.  I couldn’t say no to his enthusiasm to open a Captain America Play-doh surprise egg.

So far, the biggest playset that the boys have earned through their work is the Max Tow Truck Max Mini Off-Road Playset with the Mini Hauler loop and Mini Rev n’ Go.  Don’t let Feepy’s serious demeanor fool you, the playset is a lot of fun.  He had a friend play with him over the weekend.  They set up tons of obstacles and towing scenarios for the little cars.  He had a few issues with the Mini Rev n’ Go.  We had to glue on a bumper and a wheel.  Otherwise, the Max mini line seems to be a solid set.  We have a full-size Max Tow Truck on the way, and we’re very excited to put it to the test alongside the minis.  We had eyed the big truck around Christmas time, but opted to put Marvel Mashers under the tree instead.

Our Marvel Mashers videos were numbers one and two for upload to our channel.  Marvel Mashers Hulk vs Spiderman leads our viewer board with 181 views.

 

Feepy and I had a lot of fun battling the toys together, but my favorite role play fun was the Barbie Flippin’ Pup Pool!  The boys and I had a blast playing toys that day.  I desperately want to boost our girl toy viewership so that I can legitimize my selfish desire to get Frozen Elsa and Anna dolls.  There are some really cute doll kiddie soap opera YouTube videos out there.  I want to produce them!  We’d love to have you check out our playlists.  Let us know the types of toy videos you and your kids enjoy.  Subscribe to our channel.  Thanks guys!

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!

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.