Product Type: Nintendo baby toys
Newest Review: ... the intention of being able to carry very much gear inside of it. I bought this to go with my sons new Nintendo 3DS for his birthday this s... more
Review for Yoshi Backpack - the perfect 3ds carry case and storage device.
Nintendo Yoshi Plush
Member Name: broxi3781
Nintendo Yoshi Plush
Advantages: Keeps my sons 3DS very safe and well padded.
Disadvantages: Very small storage capacity.
My review is not for the cute and cuddly stuffed Yoshi Pictured above, but for the Yoshi backpack. For some reason, Dooyoo asked me to out this review in this category rather than create a separate one. I wanted to write about this little backpack because I feel it is absolutely perfect as a carry case for my son's Nintendo 3ds.
I'm sure everyone knows who Yoshi is. He first appeared in 1990 in Nintedo's Super Mario World game and has been in several games and even films since. While he usually appears as a side kick to Mario and Luigi he has had a few games in his own right. Although sometimes described as a dragon, Yoshi is definitely a dinosaur. I even have a dvd of his rescue from the land of the Dinosaurs by Luigi in a lovely episode titled "Mama Luigi".
At 18" tall the Yoshi backpack is quite large and looks exactly like a huge stuffed teddy except that it has straps running from the back of his head to his ..... butt. He is very well crafted likeness of Yoshi, and I must say much nicer than the stuffed toy shown above. This is a very well crafted toy. He has a lovely thick plush fur, and everything is stitched together securely. The straps are very adjustable so that fits my four old son perfectly, but could be let out enough to fit me just as easily.
Being so large - I did expect this bag to be able to hold a bit more. The zip open compartment on his back is actually very small. You could fit a phone or MP3 player and a small wallet or coin purse, but that is about it. As a backpack - Yoshi really isn't very functional. You most certainly could not carry school books or picnic lunch in this. You can not fit a tablet into this, but you may be able to fit a kindle. Thankfully, we did not buy this with the intention of being able to carry very much gear inside of it. I bought this to go with my sons new Nintendo 3DS for his birthday this summer. There is just enough room to fit the 3DS safely inside the pocket. It will only fit at one angle, and nothing else of consequence can be carried at the same time. If you have very tiny games cartridge cases, you may also fit of few of these in, but sadly you can not fit a normal sized games case, and the 3DS both at the same time. As I said this is very tiny.
But what makes this wonderful as a 3DS case is the padding. This is very much a large stuffed toy, and even the stomach area is well filled with stuffing. This means the 3DS is safely cushioned inside a large stuffed animal. It doesn't matter if the child drops this, falls on it, or even tosses it about, the games console inside couldn't be better protected. The result is that my sons' 3DS still looks like brand new, despite being trailed about by a 4 year old, and most importantly still works like brand new.
I've noticed that children take their games consoles with them everywhere now. While I think this a grand way to pass time in Dr.'s waiting room or on long car journey, I will not allow my children to take theirs places like Sunday School, and if the did attend regular school the DS would be staying home then as well. Even so the consoles do get a fair amount of travel, and I am very happy to have such a fun way to keep it safe. After all they are very expensive. Without Dooyoo I never would have managed, but to buy a replacement would be very difficult for me. The fact that my son likes Yoshi so much makes him much more likely to put his 3DS away as well. Yoshi has a special hook on the bedroom wall and is always easy to find.
The drawbacks to this backpack include the fact that older boys are less likely to want to carry about what looks like a big cuddly toy. My 7 year old does like this - but I can't see him one carrying one about. The other drawback to this is that it just barely fits a standard sized DSI or 3DS. I am certain that a DSI XL or 3DS XL would not fit. I would also point out that Yoshi is not very washable. He did not come with washing instructions but I would assume this is surface wash only, and if he is sat down any place dirty his white fur would go mucky very quickly.
If you are looking for a fun and unique way to carry and store a DSI or 3DS - I really do recommend this. If want a very small bag just to carry a couple of tiny things like a phone, MP3 player and a wallet or keys, then this might be fun as well. Finally it really is cute and looks lovely just hanging on a wall or sitting on shelf. But if you want a functional rucksack to carry books, snacks or anything larger than a 3DS - this will not do. I would have preferred a slightly larger pocket, but I do like the fact that this is so well padded and it does not look flat when empty. If you were to remove the straps this would simply be a lovely stuffed toy.
Summary: A perfect case for our 3DS.