Pull My Finger Review

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This game did not need the hard sell to appeal to 5 year old Moose. Large monkey, detachable bottoms and farting. Yup, pretty much a guaranteed hit as far as he is concerned. 

What’s in the box?

Inside the Pull My Finger box you will find 

  • a large(ish) plastic monkey called Mr Buster
  • a base board 
  • a banana spinner
  • 2 bottoms (snigger)
  • a tail
  • instructions on how to assemble and play

How do you play?

This is such a simple game to set up and play. Once you have attached the tail to the monkey and the monkey to the baseboard you are pretty much good to go. 

Play is aimed at age 4+ and you will need 2+ people to play.

The play starts when player 1 spins the banana. Whatever it lands on is what the player must do. If, for example, the banana lands on a 3 then the player must pull the Monkeys finger 3 times. As well as instructing how many times to pull the Monkeys finger, the spinner also might land on another option such as reverse the order of play or miss a turn or choose another play to take their turn. 

Which each pull of his finger the Monkey’s bottom inflates. When it becomes fully inflated it farts. The aim of the game is to not be the person who makes the Monkey fart! 

pull my finger

What did we think? 

The farting was, of course, absolutely hilarious to Moose. I can’t pretend that there was much educational value but you do have to count how many times you pull the finger, so there is that. Arguably though you are not buying this game for anything more than a bit of fun – and on that score it delivers. 

The only thing I wasn’t massively keen on about this game was that once you fix the Monkey to the base there is no way of disassembling it so it won’t fit back into it’s box. 

A great selling point is how fast this is to set up and play. Moose could easily play this with a friend without any adult help really which makes it quite unique in that sense. 

Pull My Finger retails at around £15 and is available from Smyths Toys

Belly Bashimi Review

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Belly Bashimi is definitely not the sort of game we would usually select in a toy shop. We tend to lean toward the sit down board game when we are looking for something we can all play together. Belly Bashimi is definitely NOT that sort of a game

Moose was instantly drawn to the game as soon as he saw the box. Adorning the front of it is an illustration of a Japanese Sumo wrestler – cue plenty of questions about what that was and a couple of YouTube videos when, frankly, I realised I know precious little about Sumo.

What’s in the box?

Inside the Belly Bashimi box you will find instructions, sushi counters, a spinner, two inflatable bellies and a foam ring to put together. The bellies can deflate and the foam ring comes apart so that it can be packed back into the box when finished.

How do you play it?

The very first thing you need to do is to connect the foam tubes together to form a ring. This is really simple and I recommend getting a child to do it. It will help with their coordination (probably).

Next you need to scatter the sushi counters inside the ring. I have illustrated what I mean with a pic but frankly the house was a tip so I made the ring smaller. So, yeah,like this, but bigger. Make sure the counters are face up.

The Bellies come with an elasticated strap which fixes with velcro. We found this to be slightly problematic for the younger ones as the straps are all a little long. We got around this by having them hold their bellies in place. They didn’t seem to mind.

When your bellies are in place it’s time to play. Player 1 spins first. Wherever the spinner lands, that indicates where the players feet should be placed. Then you have to bounce the other players belly to knock them out of the “ring”. It’s best of 3 to find the Belly Bashimi champion.

What did we think?

Well it was definitely something new for us. It was great fun though! I think it will be a great game for Moose to play with his cousins – the trouble we had was that nobody was the same height as Moose so it made it a bit difficult.

Belly Bashimi was quick to set up and easy to play. Moose loved it and we will definitely be getting out on rainy days!

Belly Bashimini is available at Very and other retailers.

 

WOW! Stuff Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak Review

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The whole Harry Potter mania passed me by a little bit. I had a couple of friends who adored the books but I never really saw the appeal. Obviously when the movies came out I was familiar with the premise but again, I wasn’t really “into” it. 

However. When my eldest, Col, started becoming interested in the franchise I did start to pay attention. We rewatched the movies together and it was through his eyes – as it so often is when you have children around – that the magic felt a bit more real. 

For his birthday one year I booked for us to go to the Harry Potter Warner Bros studio tour. Even at this point I was a bit nonplussed. That all changed over the course of that visit. Fast forward to a few hours later when we emerged from our tour filled with Butterbeer and a new found love of all things Potter. 

Since then I have read the books, seen the movies and even worn the t-shirt. I have been sorted into my house (Ravenclaw, since you asked) and can recite most of the spells. 

The cloak of invisibility

When we were asked recently whether we would like to have a play with an invisibility cloak, it wasn’t a tough decision! 

Fans of the books will know that the invisibility cloak was given to Harry in The Philosophers Stone. Previously owned by his father, and crafted from the cloak of Death himself, the invisibility cloak was used many times throughout the Harry Potter series. 

wow! stuff invisibility cloak

What’s in the box?

Well, not a lot to be honest. Inside the box you will find a set of instructions, a phone stand and a cloak. The cloak has been made to look like the cloak in the movies with a grey and silver design on a velvet material. The other side of the cloak is a bright green material. The cloak is definitely long enough for most children and teens (and even adults) to be able to play around with it to great effect! 

wow! stuff harry potter cloak

How to play?

The first thing you need to do is to download the free WOW Stuff app (available on Apple and Android) and enter the unique code on the instructions to link the two together. 

The green lining of the cloak acts in the same way as a green screen. Used in conjunction with the app, you will disappear when wearing the cloak on the outside. 

What did we think?

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this was to set up.

You have to be really careful not to move the phone while recording otherwise it will fail and you will need to have another go. It is simple to set up. Simple to use too. The cloak itself is great quality and a good size. Definitely a winner for any Potter fan! 

The RRP of the cloak is £59.99 but it is currently on sale at Smyths and many other retailers!

 

Goo Goo Galaxy Slurp ‘n’ Slime Goo Drop – Bowie Beamheart Review

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If there is anything that I have learned from being the Mother of 3, it is this; Toy companies love a bandwagon and children are drawn to slime and gloop. Basically if a toy looks like it will take longer to clean than to play with, kids are IN!

We were recently sent a new slime/gloop themed toy. For the reasons given previously I was pretty sure Moose would like it but me? The jury was definitely out on that. 

Goo Goo Galaxy Slurp ‘n’ Slime Goo Drop is quite the name isn’t it? Full marks to whoever decided not to go catchy but to go long. I think 3 Goo’s is a good number to be honest. You wouldn’t want anymore, would you? 

I have to admit though, Bowie Beamhart is cute. She (we are going with she) comes packaged in a box that looks like a flying saucer spaceship. 

What’s in the (spaceship shaped) box?

Inside the box you will find;

  • A large Goo Drop Doll
  • 1 x Candy Comet
  • A Goo Drop stand
  • 1 x bowl
  • A whisk
  • 1 x Regoovintaor
  • 5 x glitter fills
  • 2 x slime sachets
  • 1 x passport
  • 1 x glitter seal sheet

How does it work?

The idea is that your child is able to make their own slime. By adding just water (up to the handy fill line) they can stir their way to thick, gloopy delight. Then they can add the glitter bits to customise their very own galaxy slime. 

Each glitter fill packet can be resealed which means they can be used more than once. I quite liked that. 

Once your child has made their slime it is time to move on to part 2. That is, you have to “feed” the slime to Bowie Beamhart. This is done by using the reegoovinator (it’s a syringe)

You are supposed to hold the reegoovinator in the slime and pull the plunger up to fill it. You can but it is a bit slow going – we ended up just spooning it into the syringe. Much faster.

When your reegoovinator is full, you pop it into Bowie’s mouth and fill her up! 

Because Bowie Beamhart has a see through body you can see the slime sloshing about in her tummy. Moose thought this was utterly hilarious. Once this starts wearing a bit thin it’s time to get the slime out. This means taking the Candy Comet out of her mouth and pressing her tummy to make her do a “comet vomit”. 

What did we think?

As predicted Moose liked the slime mixing. He especially liked that he could add the glitter fills. Bowie is pretty cute and Moose loved being able to see the slime inside her. 

The comet vomit was a great touch and much appreciated by my 5 year old who currently loves anything vomit or poo related. I found her surprisingly easy to clean. Just remove her head and wash her out with water. Because she is so easy to clean I think this considerably increases how much play time Moose will get with Bowie. 

Goo Goo Galaxy Slurp ‘n’ Slime Goo Drop is available from Smyths as well as other retailers and is priced at around £29.99 

hugging on the sofa

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise review

We were sent this product for the purpose of writing this post.

Hatchimals have long been a favourite of Moose. He loves the blind bag element and collecting the cute little characters. We were really pleased when we were recently asked to take a look at the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise and be a part of Spin Master toy’s WEEK OF WOW! 

What is it?

The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise is presented as an egg, approximately 12cm tall. It has the hearts to rub (as with all of the Hatchimal range) to reveal your first surprise but this one has 3 hearts. 3 hearts means 3 characters. Moose was very pleased with this fact.

Releasing our characters from their eggy confines revealed that we had been sent the Rhythm Rainbow set. There are 6 to hatch and collect!

Mason was quite pleased with his little characters and I thought they were cute too. He was happy enough to play with just them. I will admit that I did think that you didn’t get much considering the size of the egg but Moose was happy so.. 

Oops moment

Then my sister (Jo from The Knight Tribe – yes, she blogs too) happened to visit. 

She asked why we hadn’t finished unpacking the contents of the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise. I had no idea what she meant. It turned out that actually what I thought was a very short 3 step instruction sheet was in fact folded and there was more to the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise. Oops. Face palm moment or what! 

Moose excitedly got to work to find the rest of the surprises and was overjoyed to see that as well as his little characters the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise also had 3 more compartments with accessories as well as a a scene to build! Once built the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise can be kept as a keepsake by popping the clear plastic dome on top.

What did we think?

Moose really loved this set and thought it was very exciting to put together. He has already said that it is a toy that he would consider spending his birthday money on. Strong praise indeed considering that he has had said birthday money for 3 months now.

The main beef I have with most blind bags is that they end up lost. They are usually tiny items inside so its hard to keep collections together. The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise is good because of the display element. It is pricier than other collectables but the quality is good and I really like that (if you follow the instructions properly) it’s easy to pop together and there is an element of creativity to it. Moose had great fun using the stickers (included) to decorate it. I wish there was a little less waste plastic but that’s something that maybe could be improved on in the future. 

All in all Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise is one which will definitely make our Christmas list this year. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Secret Surprise are priced at around £13. They are available from all good toy shops and of course, Amazon.