“ Brand: Tomy / Type: Crafts „
My kids really like this, I've read the other two reviews and whilst I partly agree I also think it's a great bit of kit for kids to have a go. It does need a small amount of patience to get used to it and probably a child who likes doing loads of cutting and crafty fiddly bits will love this. Obviously one with no patience and who likes a quick it's done in a jiffy item will not! I have a child of each!
As you can see from the picture there's the main purple holder bit with the windy handle and then there are two refilable cartridges, when it says refilable - it's the whole cartridge with either the magnet or sticker bit all attached the whole white bit of plastic gets replaced - I didn't realise that at first.
I did have to help the girls to begin with but now they'll both just go to it and create something for the moment! It does have a fair bit of wastage however there is a way round it, I cut out strips of paper in a width that will fit through, then I get the girls to draw on them as many as they want and then put it through so they can cut it out afterwards - hard to explain! The only problem comes if the strip is too long so my usual size would be about 5.5 x 9cm I make plenty of these in advance and leave them to it then.
I have found that the magnet maker bit runs out faster than the sticker one, I think this might be because there's more sticker stuff on a roll than the magnets.
The only other thing we found slightly difficult at one point was that it stopped turning easily. My clever hubby took it apart and managed to get it to work again - I guess that's not as easy for everyone.
If you are crafty like me you can also use if for other uses such as your own stickers for the kids or personalised magnets to label things!
The whole thing costs about £20 although it looks like a few places out of stock so maybe it's discontinued?! the refils are about £7.
I was asked extra questions about this so although I've answered in the comments I'm also adding them here for people to read within the review.
Basically you draw on a peice of paper or cut out a picture from a magazine as long as it's a size which will fit through the slot in the sticker/magnet maker. Then you choose if you want to make a sticker or a magnet and put that white plastic insert in. Then you push the paper (with your drawing or cut out picture) through the slot and turn the handle, as you turn the handle it sticks to the stickyback or magnet (depending what you've chosen) and out the other side comes your picture with the backing on it. You cut it off and cut out round your picture.
The sticker design bits - show in the picture, are samples they supply which you can use.
Ended up buying this when made the fatal mistake of telling kids to "look at the Argos book" for xmas ideas and this is what you end up with!!
Hard plastic unit with a plastic cartridge that slots in the side,then drawings or cutout pieces of paper etc are fed through the machine and the handled turned which feeds the item between two rollers ans sticks them to a sticker.
These end up very small and there is loads of waste,sticker and magnets work the same with magnets being difficult to cut out and end up peeling off of the magnetic strip easily.
Cartridges are very expensive £6 or £7! and do not last very long at all especially with two enthusiastic 8 and 6yr olds!
But saying all of the above the kids seem to really enjoy doing it,it is fairly creative and takes a bit of imagination,but still think it is an overpriced piece of plastic.
Paper,sellotape and scissors are so much easier!!! and cheaper!!
Every Christmas I like to ask for a toy, silly I know considering my age (27 as we speak) but I like the feeling of being able to sit down and actually do something with my gifts on Christmas day instead of just looking at the nice pile of pressies. Last Christmas I asked for the Tomy Cella Magnet Maker and was lucky enough to receive it from an aunt.
Cella Magnet Maker-
The magnet maker is made up of 3 different parts, the main body being a handheld purple plastic device with a chunky dial on the side which you have to turn to feed the images through the machine. You also get 2 inserts which pop into the centre of the main purple body, one is a 3 meter reel of magnetic strip and the other a 4 meter reel of sticky paper. There is a slot through the centre of the machine which you feed your chosen image through and as you turn the handle the image feeds through the device sticking to the reel you've chosen, whether it be magnet or sticker.
You can stick the chosen image directly to the magnet strip if you desire or for a even better bond you can first apply the image onto the sticky paper you then use a row of teeth, on the exit side of the machine, to tear off the section with your "sticker" on, now you have to change the sticker insert for the magnet insert, this is quite simple with a push button to release the insert. When you have your magnet insert in you then peel the image from the sticky sheet and put it through the slot(mentioned earlier) turn the handle and feed the image through, it is pressed on to the magnet strip which you then cut off, to finish your magnet you have to then cut around the image with scissors. This method, while producing a better bond, is a bit more fiddly as you have to ensure the sticky back of the image doesn't attach to the machine or anything else in the vicinity.
As well as the main machine and sticker reels you also get a sheet of pre-printed images which include letters, hearts, flowers and other brightly coloured pictures which can be cut out and used in the machine, you are also provided with a pair of plastic scissors which, unlike those of when I was a child, actually work, although you'll need something a little stronger for a really crisp cut on the magnet strips.
It can be quite difficult lining up the magnets if making more than one at a time, even as a grown up I've made the mistake of feeding too many pictures through too close together which results in overlapping images which you can't really salvage, there is a lot of wastage from the sticky and magnet sheets as unless you are highly skilled, and able to perfectly match up the edges of your images so they are side by side, then you have to cut around them generally leaving a lot of excess.
As an adult this had appeal to me as I am a very creative and sentimental person, this enables me to make magnets charting my kids growth and changes, I've made magnets for relatives in the past with pictures of the kids and even made personalised magnets and stickers for party bags when my children had a Christmas party last year however the refills aren't easy to come by and aren't cheap. I would be reluctant to buy it for my own children as I think the novelty would quickly wear off and would probably never be reminded to get the all important refill, plus the oldest is only 3 so can't use it on his own right now anyway. It's a good idea if you want to do a little crafting with your little ones or create little personal gifts for party bags and such like but it definitely requires adult supervision.
I tend to print off images of my own, naturally of my children but also of their favourite television characters etc...this gives you a lot of scope in regards to the magnets you can make. You can even make alphabet and number magnets which are always helpful in teaching little ones the alphabet and how to count.
The machine itself seems quite durable, its thick plastic and really quite chunky meaning that it should not only stand up to wear and tear but also be easy for the smaller hands to grasp and use well.
Price & Availability-
The machine is suitable for those aged 5 and over and originally they were widely available in places like Woolies and Argos. I know you can get them still from Amazon and they are roughly £19.99. The refills are harder to find although available on Ebay from £6.99 not including p&p. Refills should be available from the manufacturer(TOMY)
As a gadget for creating personalised magnets this initially seems like a great idea, you can create whatever image you like- kids, pets, favourite pop stars.........the list goes on. However the appeal is limited, there's only so many David Beckham magnets that will fit on a fridge. It's more likely to be a machine that will initially see a lot of use before it gets put away in the cupboard, only being bought out again when the next birthday party or visit from your child's friends occur. Still I do enjoy using it, even if that is rarely and would recommend it for those who really enjoy crafting and personalised gifts.
Turn any shape or picture into cool stickers or magnets! Insert the sticker cartridge and with one twist a picture is turned into a high quality, repositionable sticker with no fuss and no mess! Then pop in the magnet cartridge, add a shape and you're ready to create your own funky magnets!