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My sisters school seems to just be overrunning with fads at the moment, and aside from Moshi Monsters - Club Penguin is also a big hit with them right now. An online virtual game where people can have little avatars who are penguins and they are able to play different games and talk to their friends. As it is designed for people from the age of about 9 upwards, they have a lot of security measures so it is a pretty safe place to be for kids.
One of the cutest elements of this Club Penguin world is the Puffles that the characters can get. They almost remind me of the times on Neopets, when you could have PetPets! They come in a variety of colours - green , purple, pink, red, yellow and black. Which is great if you have a fussy sibling like me who always wants a particular colours when it comes down to these cuddly toys.
Aside from having different colours, these Puffles come with a range of faces - whether they be shocked, laughing or sticking their tongue out. Usually around the stores, they are about £5, which is quite a lot, but good if you are looking for a stocking filler or small present for a birthday.
The quality of these small cuddly toys are quite good, as my sister has had hers for a couple of months now and they haven't ripped or had the sewing fall out of them. Also, the puffles generally have a little bit of hair on top of them, and this is pretty soft and cuddly. An added bonus of the material this hair is made out of is that it can be styled into various different ways.
At the end of the day, you get what you pay for - and this toy is certainly no exception. Although it is kind of expensive - the quality is great and the toy hasn't fallen apart even though its been squashed, thrown about and put in the wash many a time. It has remained soft and cuddly and the colour hasn't even faded from it.
Club Penguin Puffle
One of my little brother's big interests at the moment is Club Penguin and in particular he loves the Puffle's characters from it, so much so that he is getting a rather large collection of the Puffle's Soft Toys available.
** Club Penguin Puffle **
The first Puffle that James bought was a yellow one with a smiling face. At first I thought he was crazy... and I still do, he paid £6 for his Puffle from the Entertainer in Birmingham.
The Puffle is yellow all over and has matching yellow hair. It has huge eyes which take up most of the face of the toy and a quite pleasant smile on it's face. I'm referring to the Puffle as 'it' as I have no idea if it is male or female! The Puffle's are available in a variety of colours including green, blue, white and red, with a variety of different facial expressions, some smiling like the one James has and others with more silly faces and sticking their tongues out.
The Puffle has no arms or legs, so in a way it is kind of like an odd shaped ball with facial features, hair and beans in the bottom of it. The hair on the Puffle feels very similar to the hair on the toy Trolls that were around in the 90's but not quite as coarse.
I am informed by James that Puffle's don't have names because you choose the names yourself when you are playing on the Club Penguin website.
The Puffle that James owns is around 5 or 6 inches, however bigger versions are also available and also some Puffle's come with a Club Penguin code that James tells me is to use on the Club Penguin website.
This Puffle is really well made, the body is made from a lovely soft plush, which feels quite nice to touch, so far none of the beans have leaked out of the toy and the hair is like I said very similar to the Trolls toys from the 90's but not quite as coarse as I remember the Trolls to be. I have noticed that although the toy is really well made and we've had no issues of holes in the seams, the hair does seem to loose the occasional strand. This hasn't made any difference to the toy as it really is only occasional, but it is worth keeping an eye out for especially with younger children who may suffer allergies or actually pull the hair out! I've not tried to pull the hair out myself as I wouldn't want to damage James' toy, but from looking at it and feeling it I should imagine with a good tug some strands would definitely come loose causing a choking hazard.
The eyes and mouth on Puffles are stitched on and the eyes are made from material so there is no worry of an eye coming off and causing a chocking hazard.
The guidance age for the Puffle is 3+, but due to the hair I would personally say to be careful if you do give a Puffle to a younger child.
To me, the Puffle isn't the most exciting toy in the world and I could think of better toys to spend £6 on, but, James really likes his Puffle's and his bed is covered in them and he enjoys going to sleep with one under his arm. I have no doubt there will be more Puffle's joining the collection! He paid £6 for his Puffle back in March 2011 from the Entertainer in Birmingham and from our most recent shopping trip in October 2011 they are still retailing for around the same price.
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I bought one each of these for my kids, they do come in many colours, the ones i bought were pink and yellow but there are more colours available.
Club penguin is an online site for kids, where you can play a variety of games and activities. They also have an online shop where you can buy all the club penguin toys and all other things to do with club penguin. I actually bought this on ebay for just £3.
The puffle is round in shape and is really soft to touch, it also has a face imprinted on to it, with eyes and a smile. The top of the puffle has hair that sort of reminds me of them trolls that you used to getand rub their hair for luck. The hair on these are just like that, and its nice and soft to touch. So far none of the hair has become loose, but I would not trust it around young children just in case it did.
I would not pay to be honest much more than what I did for this, even though my daughter nagged me for it, I do think it is just pretty basic, and I think you pay more money for it due to it been club penguin.
My kids however do seem to like them, and they do play with them quite a bit, and my daughter loves to sleep with hers too. They are though only pretty small about 4 inches, so not big at all.
I would recommend buying one of these if you can find them pretty cheap, but I would not pay a lot for what you get, I also would not recommend for young toddlers due to the hair, even though so far none has come out, but my kids have not pulled on the hair so it may come out if it is pulled.
Club Penguin is an online (www.clubpenguin.com) Disney games site which allow youngsters to role play and "look after" their own penguins and pet puffles. Although the initial entry onto the website is free to gain access to most of the areas it does require a monthly fee of £3.95. You can play games, collect penguins, meet other users, "buy" items with the "money" you gain from playing games.
Puffles are pets for the penguins on the site and come in a variety of colours. You have to look after your pet by feeding, grooming and playing with them.
Cuddly puffles can now be purchased online from places like Amazon and Ebay but also from the Entertainer on the high street. They are basically a cuddly cushion and come in two sizes (see cost below). They come in various colours such as blue, orange, green, red, purple and white. They have hair and funny faces stitched onto the front of them. As far as I can tell, having owned one for about a month, they are quite good quality material and stitching seems more than adequate for the cost.
The smaller ones which are approx 10cm x 8cm are around £5-£8 and the larger ones (we bought the large green one) are approx 20cm x 18cm are around £10-£15.
DO KIDS LIKE THEM
My son asked for one of these after playing on Club Penguin for about a month and he does cuddle it in bed. Besides that it doesnt exactly do much but it is a cute friend for bed or to cuddle or to use as a cushion.
These toys can only be surface cleaned with a damp cloth.
OTHER PRODUCTS IN THE SAME RANGE
Include cards which you can collect and swap, books, games and models.
A nice little cuddly friend to keep in bed.
One of the more recent Disney product lines is "Club Penguin", which is an online game and community which lures you in by being free to access some areas, and in its paying form appeals to parents for being safe and children for being fun. Club Penguin is a world populated by penguins and their pet puffles - a puffle being a little bouncy animal which eats O'berries - it's a whole new Disney World which is about as crazy as it sounds. In the game you can buy virtual puffles and keep them in your igloo. If you are sensing a marketing opportunity or two you would be right; Club Penguin being a Disney venture it comes with a whole raft of merchandise attached including ds games, clothing and, this particular item the Club Penguin plush puffle. We own two of these, one was a gift and one I bought, and they are much loved but I won't be necessarily actively trying to get any more to come into the house as I think they are overpriced for what they are.
The puffle is about 12cm in diameter and available in a number of colours and with different expressions. They are all pretty unattractive to look up to the grown up eye but appealing to children - the ones we own are orange and purple and part of series 6. There are a lot of different puffles available and the price of them seems to vary from £5-10 for essentially the same item with a different expression or in varied colour.
What you see is what you get here - more or less - the body of the puffle is made of the most cheap polyster fur you can imagine and so is the hair. The puffle does have some beads in it but is mainly stuffed with soft filling. When bought you do also get a plastic coin and a code - this will unlock some items in the club penguin game, assuming you are a fully paid up Club Penguin member. You get to choose 2 items of clothing from a book for your virtual penguins and some coins.
Playwise there's nothing much you can do with this puffle apart from look at it frankly - it's a little too small to be cuddled at bedtime and not really designed for throwing around or doing anything with other than collecting it and more like it. The eyes get grubby looking pretty quickly - again they are just cheap polyster which seems to be a dirt magnet, with details sewn on. Ours haven't fallen apart or anything but I wouldn't say that they are particularly well made, though I suppose they do look like their online incarnations, if a bit dirtier. Unfortunately the puffles can not be cleaned in the washing machine and only surface cleaned.
I don't think puffles are great value and I certainly am glad we didn't pay more for ours, which was £5 from amazon, they are often a similar price in the toy section of our local Supermarket and slightly more in the toys shops I have seen them in. In essence they are very expensive for what they are. That said, as I said at the start my kids do love them, probably as they love Club Penguin so much, that's marketing for you. I can't recommend this toy as such but there are worse things you can waste money on where children's toys are concerned, if you can try and fob them off with a puffle key ring toy which is similar to this but smaller and cheaper. Such is the power of Disney over small children that you might just find that hard to get away with - but it's got to be worth a try, this toy isn't that good for the price you pay frankly.
Club Penguin is a big hit with many youngsters. It's a Disney brand online role playing game, where kids can join up on their PC to be a penguin in an online world with other kids from all around the globe. In Club Penguin, the penguins have pets called Puffles, and these cute little guys are so popular with players that Disney have released a series of soft toys of them.
You can buy Puffles from a few different places, obviously the Disney Store being one of those! You don't save much money by buying them elsewhere (a few pence perhaps), but they are also available from Asda, Toys R Us, Amazon and Play.com (that I know of). Play.com are selling them for £7.99 at present, which I believe is the same price we saw in store at the Disney Store on a recent trip. The advantage to buying them from Play.com is that you get free delivery though.
For nearly £8, you're paying a bit over the odds for what is esentially a lump of fur I think. These Puffles are just round soft toys with embroidered faces and a bit of fluffy hair on top. That's all you get for your money I'm afraid! I know these are Disney toys, but compared to the details that go into making the other Disney soft toys, like the Penguins or Mickey Mouse etc, I do think they could have lowered the price to compensate for the savings they make on minimal detailing required to produce these.
Just to add insult to injury, they make these in a range of colours and styles, and they release them in series' whereby they simply alter the facial expression slightly and make kids want you to go out and spend £8 just to get a green Puffle that now smiles instead of winks. Yes really!
The toys do feel nice and soft, and they all look well made - as you'd expect from official Disney merchandise. But that still doesn't warrant a price tag quite this high in my opinion.
The grandson loves his white puffle, and he does like to jump him around and have him sit on his bed upstairs, but for £8 it is definitely the only puffle he'll be getting. I think these are a bit of a con and very overpriced for what they are. Add to that the insult of re-releasing them in the same colours but with slightly altered facial expressions, and I think Disney are having a laugh with these.
Club Penguin, for anyone lucky enough to be unfamiliar with the concept, is a largely online role-playing type game for children, in which players assume the identity of cartoon penguin-shaped - I suppose - 'avatars', and solve puzzles etc. in an online version of the Antarctic in order to win and accumulate tokens that allow them to trade and purchase virtual fripperies in their computer-generated environment.
The online game is an offshoot of the Disney corporation, and is run largely as a paid subscription service, although there are aspects that are free and accessible for non-payers too.
While I heartily disapprove of the entire Club Penguin enterprise, some relatives got my five year old daughter hooked on the online site when we were visiting last month. I had promised her a small present as a reward for a piece of above-and-beyond tidying up and she asked for a toy 'Puffle'. I agreed to this request before I realized how much the blasted things costs.
Puffles are minor characters in the online Club Penguin world which can be bought for Club Penguin currency and kept as virtual pets. Unfortunately you can also buy them as actual soft toys and keyrings too, from places such as Amazon.co.uk and Argos. The four inch version, which looks exactly like one of those cheap fur-fabric gonks you win as prizes at the fun-fair, cost me a massive six quid, which is ridiculous, as all it is is basically a blob of fur fabric sewn and stuffed with a mixture of soft material and beads in the base and made into a slightly flattened ball shape, with longer-pile 'hair' on top. It has large embroidered eyes and a mouth appliquéd /stitched onto the front of it.
The best thing I can say about the purple puffle I purchased is that the embroidered expression on its stupid face isn't half as leering, smug or objectionably unpleasant as the expressions on the faces of some of the other puffles that are available to buy (see e.g. page 1710 of the Spring 2011 Argos catalogue). Tragically these horribly overpriced toys appear to be designed as 'collectibles'; many 'series' of them have been released so far and some of the 'rare' ones are currently selling for even further inflated prices (see e.g. amazon.co.uk)
The toy comes with a plastic 'coin' that has a fish embossed upon it: this is in a packet with some codes intended on the back for input to 'unlock two items' with the online Club Penguin game. The puffle is intended for kids aged four and up.