Squinkies are all the rage in our neighborhood. The preschool and elementary crowd love to collect and trade them. They can be really hard to find, our closest Target normally is completely cleared out. I've never even seen any of the playsets there, only the empty spot where they ought to be. I think part of their appeal is that each Squinkie comes in it's own little ball, that definitely makes things more fun!
We were sent the Cupcake Surprize Bake Shop and a set of Squinkies to review. We knew we'd love them. Because we already had a Bubble Set, picked up the third Target we looked at. Their miniature size makes them great rewards and ER has been earning them with a good behavior sticker chart. She's highly motivated to collect them all! It's fun how four out of the sixteen in the package are in colored balls, so they are a "surprise" when you open them.
ER really likes the variety of Squinkies. There are cute babies, sweet little girls, puppies, animal friends, kitties, and more. I liked how the paint job is done well and the detail paint is where it supposed to be. They are really cute and ER spends a lot of time just looking at them. They are perfect toys to bring along with us in her little purse.
I wish I'd bought her the Princess Surprize bracelet set when I got her the series #1 pack. You can hook on Squinkies and wear them on your bracelet. For now, we'll continue to keep checking our local store for it to be back in stock. The Cupcake Surprize Bakeshop gives all your Squinkies some place to play. One side is a bedroom and the other is the bakeshop. It comes with little furniture for the Squinkies, each has a little hole on the bottom and they attach to pegs on the accessories. Nine Squinkies come with the set and provide a nice variety to start your collection.
One of the coolest things about the Bakeshop is that it doubles as a gumball machine. Only the gumballs are replaced by, you guessed it, Squinkies. You add your Squinkies in their balls to the top portion of the Bakeshop, pop in one of the coins that come with it, crank the heart, and a ball rolls out.
The best part is that when the inevitable happens, and your child looses the two coins that come with it, you can still make it work with a penny or dime. ER spends the longest time just cranking out the Squinkies through the gumball machine again and again. She giggles each time one pops out.Squinkies are now available at major retailers including: Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, and most other toy and online retailers.
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Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/squinkies
Disclosure: A set of 16 Squinkies Bubble Pack and a Cupcake Surprize Bake Shop were sent to us to review. Opinions expressed are personal and unbiased.