My family has taken a lot of vacations over the years, and discovered a lot of places to love. And one of the most fun-filled trips we ever took was to beautiful California. When people think of California, places like Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Napa Valley wine region tend to spring to mind. But […]
As much as I love a classic soft, plush teddy bear, I have a special place in my heart for misfit plush toys. There’s just something so endearing about a more original stuffed animal or monster and my fondness for the unique has resulted in my boys having quite a collection of odd stuffies.
That’s why I absolutely love Monster Factory plush toys. This Canadian-based company has been creating some of the strangest and most endearing plush friends I’ve ever come across and every time I see one, I can’t help but grin.
It took a long time for my boys to be willing to go to sleep without me in the room and even though I’ve finally reached the point that I can cuddle them for a few minutes and then leave before they’ve actually fallen asleep, they still both sometimes have nights in which they’re tossing and turning instead of settling down quietly. That is, until a fun new friend came to my rescue! Brobo, the huggable night-light is a plush toy robot that is perfect for cuddling up with at bedtime. I received two of the Brobo toys to review and I couldn’t wait to see what the boys thought of them.
Of the toys we received, Benjamin chose Brobo the Robot and Zackary chose Mumu the Mummy. The toys run on three AAA batteries and once I had the batteries installed, it took me a few minutes to figure out how to turn the lights on and off on the toys. To avoid accidentally turning on the light, the toys are operated with the help of a sensor that’s embedded into the hand of the robots. Simply touch the toy’s hand to its stomach and the light powers on. One more touch dims the light and a final tap turns off the toy. Because kids can be notorious for not turning off lights, I was happy to see that the Brobo plush toys also included an automatic shut-off feature after five minutes.
There’s something special about a handmade toy. With so many mass-produced playthings available, having something that’s one-of-a-kind really means a lot. When I was a child, my siblings and I each received a hobbyhorse that my aunt and uncle had made. Those horses provided us with hours of fun and to this day, I still have mine carefully set aside. The fact that it’s the only one like that and that it was made especially for me makes it so important to me.
That’s why I was so excited when Clara Lieu, a professional artist and the owner and creator of Dollies! asked me if I would be interested in featuring a review and giveaway of one of her fanciful creations. Dollies! is an online store that is packed with adorable and original plush toys ranging from people to animals to monsters. I loved the cuddly look and great variety of these toys and I eagerly waited to see what plush friend I would receive. [Read more…]