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Spider-man Extravaganza

Want to know how we’ve spent the past two Sunday afternoons around our house?  Dressing up in Spiderman costumes for special Spiderman toy fun!  The kids love to play with superhero toys, and Spiderman is a mutual favorite.  Well, Max is slightly obsessed with Captain America, but Spidey runs a close second for him.  
We unboxed a total of six toy series, and overall our favorite was the Marvel Superheros Mr. Potato Head Mixable Mashable.  The pieces were very easy for two-year-old Max to manipulate.  When we finally got him to consider mixing up his Captain America, he had a blast creating a variety of Potato Head mash-ups.  Each Potato Head has a different facial expression, so it’s fun to match them to dramatic play.  The boys have also had fun making Play-doh accessories for the guys.  Interestingly, our old original Mr. Potato Head was placed into a donation box last month when we cleared out toys that weren’t being used.  

Our next favorite new Spiderman toy is the Marvel Mashers Spiderman with Sky Crawler.  Max already had a collection of the Marvel Mashers superheroes that he received for Christmas.  The Sky Crawler is our first vehicle for the set, and it’s high action.  There are a lot of missile launching attachments, a custom light-blue colored Spidey, and a bonus Hulk head and hands for mashing.  Most of the vehicle toys in our home are Hot Wheels cars, which of course are tons of fun.  However, Max has been thrilled to have a vehicle that can accommodate his heroes, plus our video editor has been having fun incorporating it into special effects.

Feepy really enjoys the Amazing Spider-man Mega Blaster Web and Water Shooter.  He had a lot of fun creating action stunts for the camera.  The set includes a glove (which he didn’t need with his costume), an arm strap with spray adapter, a can of silly string, and a water bottle.  It took some fumbling to get the can attached correctly, but once it was snapped into place, Feepy could easily aim and shoot the web.  The quality of the silly string was good, not too wet, and not too dry.  It cleaned up easily after the video shoot.  Feepy plans to save the silly string for video shoots (replacement cans cost about $5) and use the water bottle for outside play during the summer.  This toy would be a great final touch for Halloween or other costumed event.  It is a novelty item, and perhaps not much of an everyday play toy.  

We also tried out the Spiderman Titan Hero Series Spiderman with Web copter.   The set comes with a large, 12-inch Spiderman figure and an assembly-required helicopter vehicle.  The doll is nice and sturdy, but the bendable joints were too solid for little Max to manipulate.  The vehicle was easy to build, but the handle attachment became easily detached.  The toy looked so cool, but we were underwhelmed by the function.

The Spiderman Battle Masters got rave reviews from Feepy.  He put it up against his Transformers toys from the same line.  Battle Masters are simple plastic punching characters that snap onto control bases.  Two or more opponents can play a boxing style match.  The control base for the Transformers uses trigger-style action, while the Spiderman uses game-console-style thumb action.  The Spiderman controller seemed easier to use.  
Finally, we rolled out our Spiderman Squinkies dispenser.  This is definitely and item for collectors.  The boys loved it because it was like having a vending machine at home.  The hard-to-find set came with four Marvel Squinkies, to include a super cute Spiderman.  We’re brainstorming more fun ways to incorporate the Spiderman toy dispenser into surprise toy videos!      
Speaking of surprise toy videos, here are Spider-man and Spider-boy opening Spiderman surprise eggs!

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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.     

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!

Dr. Seuss & Nursery Rhymes

 

 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!

Let’s do this! Opening Superhero Play-doh Surprise Eggs

The boys usually get some TV time after dinner and bath. They look forward to their quiet time, and they usually keep to themselves for a little while. But last night, mom sat down to make Superhero Play-doh eggs, and the boys quickly left their places in the recliners to check out the fun.

We took some inspiration from other Youtube creators who have modeled similar eggs. There are some really great Play-doh surprise egg videos out there, and we’re continuing to experiment to find our own groove. The little one was eager to sit next to mom so that he could roll some dough while watching a video of 100 egg reveals. Feepy stood by to provide artistic feedback.

We debated whether to put this video together last night since it’s testing week at school and we need to ensure Feepy is getting restful sleep. But, the eggs came along quickly, so mom took the little one to bed while dad and Feepy moved to the studio (aka the playroom). Feepy slapped on his Lightening McQueen wrist band, “Let’s Do This!” He really had loosened up and had such a good time.

Check out his video:

 

We’re glad we stuck with our video production plan. Our goal is to upload at least one video per day to grow our channel. And Feepy revealed a surprise toy that he’d been hoping to get: the Lego Minifigures Series 13 Carpenter. That’s a good end to a long day of standardized assessments.

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…