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My Moshi Monster mad daughter has taken over my house (and bank account) with Moshi Monsters and has now discovered Moshi Monsters Magic Fizz!
===What are Moshi Monsters?===
Moshi Monsters started as an online game where children adopted and cared for their own virtual monsters. Moshi Monsters has now progressed in to something much bigger and has taken on a whole new life of its own! There are all sorts of Moshi Monsters merchandise available including magazines, books, video games, toys, trading cards and even a music album! The most popular Moshi collectibles tend to be Moshlings which are small plastic monster figures.
===What is Moshi Monster Magic Fizz?===
Moshi Monster Magic Fizz is basically a dissolvable star with small Moshling toys inside. They come in both blister packs and foil bags.
Some stars contain 2 Moshlings but some only contain 1 - it depends on the size, there are 4 slightly larger Moshlings and the rest are smaller (you either get 1 large Moshling or 2 smaller ones). The packaging didn't make this very clear so my daughter was really excited the first time she done her Magic Fizz and discovered 2 Moshlings (but slightly confused the next time she done it and only got 1!).
The stars come in all different colours and there are 16 different Moshlings to collect. All of the Moshlings are mostly from Series 1 and 2. Many of them are also 'rare' Moshlings that are normally hard to find (in blind bags). Earlier series are now retired so these Moshlings are almost impossible to get hold of nowadays. My daughter is really happy that she's managed to collect some of her Moshi grails through Magic Fizz.
Moshlings include Poppet, Furi, Katsuma, Diavlo, Sooki-Yaki, Jeepers, Iggy, White Fang, Mini Ben, Rocky, Roxy, Wurley, Lady Goo Goo, ShiShi, DJ Quack and Snookums.
===Fizzing the fizzer!===
After you have removed the star from the main packet, you then need to remove it from the coloured paper around it. Underneath the coloured paper is a thin layer of plastic that you also need to remove. I find this a bit silly, fiddly and time consuming. They should just make a fizzer that you can put straight in to water. Oh well! Underneath all of the packaging the fizzer just looks like a normal bath fizzer (except star shaped) and is a plain white colour. It measures around 3 inches in diameter - not huge but big enough to create a long lasting fizz!
The fizzer shouldn't be used in the bath and the age recommendation is 3+ years. We normally fill up our bathroom sink with warm water and my daughter drops the fizzer in. The fizzer instantly begins to fizz and makes the water bubble. It doesn't smell and doesn't appear to change the colour of the water (although it does make it slightly cloudy). You can't really see the star whilst it's fizzing as there are too many bubbles but my daughter likes to have a good look to see if she can make anything out. She normally just watches and waits for the fizzing to stop (it's quite exciting and suspenseful) but she also likes to give it a prod every now and again. The star isn't messy and goes straight down the plug hole without any fuss.
Once the fizzing has stopped (after about a minute) my daughter likes to stick her hand in to the water to discover what Moshling(s) she has. She has been really pleased with all of her Moshlings to date and has been really surprised by some of her finds!
The Moshlings in Magic Fizz aren't the same as normal Moshlings. My daughter didn't notice right away (but I did). However she noticed shortly afterwards. They are very similar, they have the same look, you can tell exactly who they are but there are a few differences. The Magic Fizz Moshlings are slightly smaller than regular Moshlings (especially the smaller ones) and they also have quite a rubbery look to them (like they might be squidgy but they're actually not). You can also take them apart which I find really unusual. They're quite good but they just don't seem like 'the real thing' and aren't as good quality as normal Moshlings.
One of the main problems with Magic Fizz (and Moshi Monster blind bags in general) is that you can't choose and don't know which Moshlings you will get, therefore there is a strong possibility that you will get duplicates. My daughter has done about 10 Moshi Monster Magic Fizzes and has gotten about 3 duplicates which she quite rightly has been disappointed by. It also feels like a waste of money if your child has nobody to swap their Magic Fizz Moshlings with.
===Price & Availability===
I must admit, I have been buying these on the cheap lately! Moshi Monster Magic Fizz is available at most supermarkets and toy shops. Blister packs cost around £5.00 and foil bags cost around £3.00 (regular non-fizz Moshi Monster blind bags cost around £2.00 for 2 'real' Moshlings and card). I feel that this is quite overpriced for what is actually inside. I guess you are paying more for the fun of the fizz but I don't really think the fizz really justifies the extra cost! I have been fortunate enough to recently find Moshi Monster Magic Fizz in Home Bargains at the (home) bargain price of just 99p per foil bag! They make for good pocket money toys and stocking fillers etc.
Overall Moshi Monster Magic Fizz is a fun and unusual way for fans of Moshi Monsters to collect Moshlings. I can imagine that all young children (4-8 years?) would find them a lot of fun. I also like the fact that some of the eggs contain not 1 but 2 Moshlings, plus many of the Moshlings are 'rare' ones which my daughter really appreciates. However they are quite overpriced, they aren't quite as good as regular Moshlings (slightly smaller, almost rubbery looking, they come apart) and you're very likely to get duplicates.