This is a Sponsored Post. I was provided free toys and compensation from Playskool/Hasbro. The opinions in this post are solely mine, and not influenced by the toys or compensation.
It’s always amazing to me, seeing how quickly my kids can pick up on everything. One day they’ve never heard of a show, the next day we watch it on Netflix, and then it becomes all they can talk about. Whether it’s superheroes from Marvel or DC, or Transformers, or anything about dinosaurs (Jurassic Park, Dinotrucks, Dinosaur Train, etc), they become enamored with it.
They see a picture on Netflix, and will almost demand that we watch whatever it is with characters that they know. Then as soon as we’ve watched all of show X, they’re suddenly enamored with show Y. And the cycle repeats.
Sometimes though, you can get them hooked on something for a long time. Maybe it’s that show has multiple iterations (like the Monster High universe), or maybe it’s something more physical.
Maybe it’s a toy.
I’ll be honest, when I was growing up, I wasn’t the nerd I am today. I didn’t obsess over cartoons as a kid. I didn’t read all the comic books. I didn’t own all of the toys. Oh how times change…
Fortunately, I’m now able to give my kids that experience. We can watch everything that exists about a show, whether on TV, Youtube, or DVDs. But toys are still something special.
Toys help bring the characters they love into the physical world.
We were given some toys by Hasbro/Playskool for my older kids (6/6/4) recently, and it was amazing. They immediately took to all of them. Once I got them put together (there’s always a little assembly required) and handed them off, the madness started.
One of the sets was the “SUPER HERO ADVENTURES IRON MAN ARMOR UP FORTRESS Playset” (it’s a mouth full, but awesome). Almost immediately, there was yelling “That’s Tony!” After watching the various Marvel shows aimed at my kids’ demographic, they could immediately identify Tony Stark and Ironman, and there was so much excitement. It took a little bit, but eventually they were sharing and having a blast. It was easy for them to play with, and to understand, and to customize to however they wanted.
The other twin immediately took to the “TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS HIGH TIDE Playset”. While he didn’t recognize the character from the show (because it isn’t in the show yet), he recognized the logos and got excited. While this one took a little longer to assemble, it worked really well. The character and playset were the perfect size, and he went to town. This made him want to watch the show more, and got him excited about what was coming next in the Transformers Rescue Bots world.
While my boys were playing with their toys, my daughter was having a Girls Night, so their cousin (obsessed with dinosaurs) was the perfect subject for the new “JURASSIC WORLD TYRANNOSAURUS REX” set. A dinosaur that makes noises, and a human trying to capture him were perfect for him. I had never heard so many dinosaur roars in the house, or seen him sit so still for such a long period of time. He was wrapped into his imagination, where he could play with a real dinosaur. While he won’t be watching anything from the Jurassic Park universe yet, he will be playing with this toy for years to come.
I can see my kids playing with these toys for a long time. I didn’t have toys this awesome when I was growing up, and I’m excited to see how their play with these toys change as they grow. And how we all grow and change with them.