On the childrens television channels there are constantly adverts advertising new toys and games - not even just in the run up to Christmas like we get on other channels! For a month or so on one particular channel my daughter was watching (I think it was Boomerang) there was an advert on several times an hour containing a new toy and she kept asking me if she could buy one and in the end I said yes but we couldn't remember what the toy was called and of course the adverts then promptly finished!! A couple of weeks later a little girl at nursery had one of these toys so I was able to see what they were called and got online and had a search.
The toys in question are called Shnooks. I would describe them as a new version of Popples which were around when I was a young girl. A Shnook is described as a brightly coloured soft creature with outrageous fluffy hair! There are several Shnooks to choose from, all with their own wacky name such as Nookoo and Woogie, and they come in various colours. As our family has had a really rough year this year I decided I would let my daughter choose two of the Shnooks to cheer her up at a particularly sad time. The two she chose were Fershnizzle - the pink and yellow one, and Nookoo - the green and pink one.
Shnooks come flat in vacuum pack packaging and the idea is that you rip open the plastic to release the little furball and then you shake it vigorously to watch its hair grow. The Schnooks hair grows to eight times the size it is originally. Inside the pack you will find a small hairbrush and some hair accessories so the hair can be brushed and styled in almost any way. Along with the accessories you will find a double ended clip with which the Shnooks can be clipped together.
The Shnooks are really cute little creatures, and have huge embroidered eyes which really stand out over the other facial features. They have two little feet which tend to be the same colour as the middle stripe of their hair. The hair is certainly the main thing with this toy, there really is masses of it and it takes a great deal of brushing the first time! The size of the Shnooks is approximately four inches which is a nice size for little hands to hold. As I say, my daughter chose Fershnizzle (which I just love the name!) and it is a bright pink colour with a yellow stripe down the middle of her hair. She comes with all pink accessories and I think she is certainly the most girly of all of the Shnooks.
As soon as I opened the packaging my daughter was just itching to give it a good shake to make the hair grow, within a couple of minutes she was very frustrated as it just wasn't working as easy as it is made to look on the advert. I ended up having to shake it out for her and she was very disappointed with this as I think that is part of the appeal for children. Then came the time for brushing the Shnooks hair, again for a child this was a complete nightmare as it was just far too knotty for a young one to get through with the small brush that comes with the set. My mum and I brushed the hair out for my daughter and then she was able to play at styling their hair and again it was nothing like it shows on the advert as the hair just doesn't go in place like it appears it should. The clips that come with the Shnook are almost impossible for a young child to use as the end which opens is far too stiff for a child to be able to open - it was even a struggle for me!
While I do think the Shnooks are totally adorable to look at I think they are absolutely rubbish and I would advise people to steer well clear of them. The cost of a Shnook is £7.99 plus postage and in my opinion that is a total waste of money as there is no value for money with this toy whatsoever. My daughter played with the Shnooks for maybe half an hour on the day she received them and I think she has had them out once since then and that was to use them as a football!! I asked my daughter to describe these toys and she said they are cute but rubbish, and that is precisely how I would describe them too.
Thank you for reading my review.