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Last year my daughter had seen an advertisement for a toy called Squinkies and told me she 'REALLY' wanted them. I had a look online to see what they were. At the time Disney Princess Squinkies weren't available in the UK, but they are now. I saw an Ebay seller from Hong Kong was selling packs of Disney Princess Squinkies (at a really low price too) so I decided to order a pack from them as my daughter loves Disney Princesses. There are a number of different Disney Princess sets to choose from (including Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and Jasmine from Aladdin) but I went for the Beauty and The Beast set.
What the heck are 'Squinkies' I hear you ask? Squinkies are very small and simple toys. They are tiny rubber figures (measuring about half an inch tall) that come inside plastic gumball type balls. There are lots of different Squinkie designs, the most common being people and animals. Squinkie dispensers and playsets are also available.
The Disney Princess Squinkies arrived a couple of weeks later. They came packaged in plastic and backed by cardboard. I was initially surprised at how small they were. There are 12 Squinkies per pack and they come in glittery balls (you could clearly see 3 of the Squinkies in the packaging but the others were obscured by the glittery balls). They Squinkies were really cute looking - you could tell which characters they were but they had a more cartoonish look than normal.
Characters included The Beast, Mrs Potts (the teapot), Chip (the cup), Cogsworth (the clock), Lumear (the candlestick), 4 Belles (1 yellow dress, 1 blue dress, 1 green dress and 1 pink dress), the wardrobe, Belle's fathers horse and the Enchanted Rose. I'm not sure why there are 4 Belle's (I don't even recall her wearing a pink or green dress, although I'm sure she did) when there isn't any Gaston or Belle's father etc, to be honest...
Naturally when I presented them to my daughter she was thrilled. She wanted to play with them straight away and played with them all day long. As they are pretty basic, she used her other toys to play with them - putting them in houses and different playsets etc. We were rather surprised at how squishy they were (I thought they were just plastic when I brought them) and my daughter enjoyed squashing them and throwing them on the floor and watching them bounce! Within a week she had lost half of them and I believe the dog may have eaten a couple! The balls are also very fiddly and flimsy - she had to really concentrate just to close the balls (which usually resulted in me doing it) and the balls are also easily broken.
There really isn't much point of Squinkies unless you have something like a playset to use them with. My daughter also has a squinkie dispenser which she had a small amount of fun using and a Squinkie bracelet (which allows you to WEAR Squinkies by changing them over) which she really does like. She would probably say that she likes the Disney Princess Squinkies, but I think she just thinks they're 'okay'. I'm not too keen personally.
Since first buying these last year, I have noticed them being sold in many toy shops and supermarkets. Each pack generally costs around the 10.00 mark. I paid less than half that price and still wasn't very impressed by the Disney Princess Squinkies so there is no way I would pay 10.00 for them!
My daughter is Disney Princess crazy so when they released Disney Princess Squinkies at Christmas they became an absolute must have. Firstly, Squinkies are little rubber toys which come in plastic balls. They comes in all sorts of things - animals, babies, children, food and now this Disney Princess range. They are squishy but small (not for very young children and very annoying when one goes missing as they become almost impossible to find!) with a hole in the bottom of them so your child can put them on top of a pencil.
There are different sets of the Disney Princess Squinkies - one for each Princess - my daughter loves Beauty & The Beast so it was naturally the pack I purchased for her for Christmas. I paid £9.95 for it from Tesco. The pack consists of 12 Squinkies which each come contained inside their own little gumball style plastic ball which are their storage. Usually with normal packs of Squinkies the balls are either clear or green but in this case they have a glitter in them.
The squinkies in this pack are all characters from Beauty and the Beast including Lumiere, Mrs Potts and the Beast.
In all honesty there really isn't alot to do with Squinkies. I think they are quite boring toys. I wouldn't even call them toys as unless you buy the playsets to go with them, ie, the gumball machine, cupcake or Disney Princess carriage they literally just bounce on the floor or roll around in the balls they come in - much to our three cats' amusement. My daughter played with them for about 10 minutes on Christmas day, lost two of them on Boxing Day (much hunting to find them) and hasn't touched them since. In fact they are sitting in a storage drawer. They are probably the worst thing I have ever spent £10 on. They are definately not worth £10. I think £5 would be more than enough. If your child asks for them, try and steer them in the direction of something else as these are seriously an absolte rip off.
In the run up to Christmas my little girl kept mentioning a new toy that she had seen advertised on television called Squinkies and decided that she would really like them. I had never heard of them and just presumed she had the wrong word for something but she was insistent that she was right! A few weeks before her birthday my mum told me that she had bought her a Disney Princess Squinkes carriage so I realised she had been right all along! Searching online I came across various sets of Disney Princess Squinkies so I purchased a couple of sets for her, one of which was Belle from Beauty and the Beast which is what I am reviewing today.
The Belle bubble pack of Squinkies comes packaged on a clear fronted card with a large picture of Belle in the bottom left hand corner so you can see at a glance which Disney Princess the set consists of. There are twelve Squinkies per bubble pack which are set in rows of three. The Squinkies logo is located just beside Belle along with some warning information as the parts are small and unsuitable for young children. On the reverse of the packaging there are pictures of the other sets of Squinkies available which are Ariel, Snow White and Cinderella.
What are Squinkies? Well, Squinkies are small round plastic balls, most of which are see through with a glitter effect. In each ball you will find a "squinkie" which is a small plastic toy. The balls open in the centre so you can take the toy out to play with, and clip back together when not in use. The toys in this instance are various characters from Beauty and the Beast. The Squinkes are a rubber like type of plastic so they are a little squishy and each has a small hole in the base. The plastic balls they come in are very flimsy and break extremely easily - with very little force! Obviously a young child will be somewhat rougher than an adult would be so I do think they should have been made a little more child proof!
The Squinkies are extremely cute, the Lumiere (candlestick) is so sweet along with the Beast. However, as cute as they are, they are really quite pointless on their own as there isn't a great deal you can do with them unless you have one of the play sets to play along with. The range of the Squinkies included in the sets is quite good, the main characters are all there so each set you are sure to have the title characters. There is a range of play sets in the Squinkes range including the Princess Carriage, bubble gum machine, bracelets and rings (which you can attach the Squinkies to).
I can't really say that I would recommend the Squinkies as personally I think they are pointless. My daughter very rarely bothers getting them out to play with and even though she has the carriage to play along with she doesn't really have much fun with them. Over the Christmas period the only time she enjoyed them was when her friend was round and they were just throwing the Squinkes at eachother!! Cue a later game of hunt the Squinkies! My kittens on the other hand absolutely love playing with the Squinkies as they chase the balls around the house like mad! The Squinkies do sit on the carriage and my daughter has a couple of small pencils that they can sit on the end of but that is the extent of their use really.
I bought the Disney Princess Belle Squinkies bubble pack on Ebay for just £3.00 as they came from Hong Kong so thankfully it wasn't much money wasted. I would have been much more disappointed had I paid more money for them. All in all the Squinkies are extremely cute but that is really just about as good as it gets unfortunately.
Thank you for reading my review. I give them two stars purely because they are so cute.