Friday, 28 April 2017

Pinypon Tales


Ever since I saw Famosa's Pinypon at the Toy Fair few years ago, I fell in love with the cuteness of these little dolls and playsets. It would have been something I would be collecting when I was little! I never got the opportunity to collect them after, as the kids always have something they already want, so I couldn't use their birthday or Christmas as an excuse, but thanks to Bandai, who have sent us a lovely Happy Parcel containing Pinypon toys from their Tale range, we now own these cuties, and I can finally introduce the kids to them!

PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls
Nicely wrapped Happy Mail!
We've received the following to review (all suitable for 4 years old and above):

Pinypon Tales - Carriage Playset £14.99
Pinypon Tales - Peter Pan and Captain Hook Pack (new addition to the range) £9.99
Pinypon Tales - Figure and Pet: Little Red Riding Hood £4.99
Pinypon Tales - Figure and Pet: Pinocchio (new addition to the range) £4.99

They are available in stores and online.


PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

The Pinypon Tales Carriage Playset comes with a Pinypon doll as a princess figure, a carriage, a filled treasure chest, additional accessories, sticker sheet and an instruction sheet.

There are certainly surprises with Pinypon! I didn't realise they are interchangable dolls, so you can take them apart and create your own version of the Pinypon doll. Each doll also comes with 2 expressions, so you can do a more elaborate role-play with them!

With the stickers from the carriage set, you can decorate your own carriage too. There are instructions for where some of the stickers should go, and the rest are for decoration, but if you have your own idea, then you can get as creative as you want!

All the accessories can be either used on a Pinypon doll's hair and hand, and some can be hooked around their neck too.


PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

The carriage allows you to crown your Pinypon doll! Simply turn the yellow heart at the top of the carriage to lower the crown.


PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

We had lots of fun decorating our carriage! There are so many stickers, it took us a while to consider what should be used (we didn't want to over do it).


PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

With the Pinypon doll that dressed up as a princess taken apart, she's ready to play swaps with her friends!



PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

Packs come with 2 Pinypon dolls, a pet and accessories (lots of it!), but instead of a pet, the new Pinypon Tales Peter Pan and Captain Hook Pack comes with Tinkerbell! Her wings are stunning! I wasn't able to remove her head (just her hair) like other "pets", although you can definitely turn it around for another expression.

How cute are they? Even Captain Hook looks adorable! Although the range is comparatively more affordable than many, the quality is brilliant! And it's not all plastic either, Captain Hook and Peter Pan's hats are made with fleece so they are soft and can be put on most of the hair pieces.

I just noticed that Tinkerbell's hair has 2 holes on the top, almost like you can put a thread through to make a key ring or phone charm? Her size is certainly perfect for it!


PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

The new Pinypon Tale Figure and Pet range has expanded with the new Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Pocahontas and, I don't think I know the last one, it looks like Mary Poppins? Judging from this picture, they seem to have retired Alice in Wonderland, I'm not 100% sure though. The rest in the range are Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Rapunzel. The Pinypons are certainly having lots of fun playing dressing up!


PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

Pinypon Tales Pinocchio Figure and Pet is a really interesting set, because the back of the normal Pinypon face is a wooden one, where you can attach the infamous long nose on!


PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

I think Pinypon Tales Little Red Riding Hood Figure and Pet set is my favourite, she just look so attractive, and I adore her hairstyle! Abby pinned the bread on her head, which looked like a really cute hair clip, unfortunately I lost that picture!

I know it's weird to swap the pets' heads, I just wanted to show you that they are removable, and for something that's removable, it's almost a crime not to do something about it.

So I did the following with the Pinypons from the Tales range we've received as well:

PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

I created: Italian chef, Snow White and Modern Girl! I just can't get over how cute they are!

The kids seem to prefer to play the Tales way, and tried to put the Pinypons back to how they were (but I love my creations!) after I took the pictures and let them play:

PinyPon Fairytale, Bandai toys, princess dolls

Clay especially love the Peter Pan and Captain Hook Pack, and Abby loves Little Red Riding Hood (with a bun hair clip).


We love them not just because they are super cute, but you can also have a choice of playing the playsets as they are, or get creative and do a more elaborate role-play, adding your own imagination it. There is huge range of Pinypon dolls and playsets, from the original dolls to Mermaids and fairies, figure packs to houses, there really is a lot you can get out of the Pinypon range! I think they are definitely worth collecting.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Moana Night In


Absolutely love receiving parcels like this:

Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

Isn't it gorgeous?! The lovely PRs from JAKKS Pacific made the #MoanaNightIn parcel really special! It was to celebrate the release of Disney Moana's DVD/ Blu-ray, and we love everything in it! The parcel came with:

Disney Moana DVD (£9.99, PG rating)
Disney Moana - Singing Moana and Friends by JAKKS Pacific (£34.99, suitable for 3 years old+)
Disney Moana - Moana's Magical Necklace by JAKKS Pacific (£9.99, suitable for 3 years old+)

All are available now in stores and online.


Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

We've watched Moana before, but we all loved it and loved watching it again! Look at how serious they looked (while having our #MoanaNightIn dinner), listening to the legend of Maui and Tafiti! We were laughing lots during the whole movie though, especially when the chicken Hei Hei appeared!


Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

The Singing Moana Doll and Friends by JAKKS Pacific is definitely the Moana doll to get for little fans! The pack comes with a gorgeous Moana doll, Hei Hei and Pua figures, and they are super cute!


Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

Look at the details on Moana *insert heart eyes emoji*! Those patented eyes are just so beautiful. I absolutely love Moana's outfit and said to Abby that it's totally wearable (you can get the outfit from Disney store!)! She actually agreed with me! I wouldn't even mind to get her the feather outfit Moana was wearing at the end of the show. So pretty!

But yes! The quality of this doll is amazing, and I'm not sure if it's just me, but I think JAKKS Pacific has done some improvements to the doll's hair and scalp, as well as the packaging for it? Moana's hair came out (from the packaging) beautifully, and quite evenly around her scalp too!


Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

The Singing Moana Doll already has batteries (3 x AAA) in, you just need to flip the switch from Demo mode on the right to "On" on the left ("Off" is in the middle) and press the necklace to hear the song, which is longer than the demo mode, and different actual movie phrases. The necklace will glow too! You can watch this video clip I uploaded for examples of the song and phrases:
 


Moana's Magical Necklace:

Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

Moana's Magical Necklace by JAKKS Pacific is absolutely stunning! You can see the attention to details there, and the necklace looks just so "real"! If you look at the pictures above carefully, you can see a shimmer on the blue shell and the pearls. The necklace opens up to reveal the embedded Heart of Tafiti (not removeable hehe) inside a Mother-of-Pearl-like shell.

The necklace doesn't come with sound, which would be a bit weird because Moana's necklace doesn't make any sound in the movie, but the Heart of Tafiti inside will glow in the way it did in the movie when you press the button on the back! It looks just like the real thing with the necklace closed, and still mesmerising when it's open.

You can see the necklace glow in the following video clip. Just a note that the background sound is from the TV and not the necklace! I was contemplating of switching the audio off for the video clip, but I liked how helpful Clay was for this filming, so I left it on:




Disney Moana DVD, Moana Singing Doll, Moana Heart of TaFiti

We loved the movie and I know we'll be watching it again soon! We also love the quality of the doll, figures and the necklace by JAKKS Pacific! Pua and the necklace is my favourite out of all (so I'm keeping the necklace haha)!

Will you be having a #MoanaNightIn this bank holiday?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Petit-Fernand Sticker Labels


Disclaimer: Some pictures have been edited to cover part of the children's personal information. This has changed part of the pattern/ design of the labels featured, which makes them not entirely true to what we've received. Stock photos has been included to this post to feature the original pattern.


Can't believe we are almost at the end of another school year! This year I've been a very grumpy mummy, because ever since Clay has joint school for swimming for the first half of the year, he has managed to lose a towel and a full set, I mean a FULL set of school uniform. At least. I actually lost count of how many pairs of pants and jumpers he's lost.

I have written his name on each piece of school uniform, but they always fade away. Then I swapped to another marker pen, which stays really well but it's too strong and because I can't write small with marker pen, it felt like I've ruined the clothes.

Recently I spotted a company called Petit-Fernand on Facebook (they've actually been around for years), who specialises in personalised sticker labels, and I was especially interested in their Stick-on labels. It's perfect for parents like me who aren't keen in playing around with irons and needles just to get labels on the clothes. I also noticed that their delivery takes less time as they are based in France.

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels

Petit-Fernand has kindly offered me a voucher to spend in their shop, so that me and the kids can experience the personalisation and ordering process ourselves. We've ordered enough Stick-on Clothing Labels (£3 for 10 labels, discount available for more) to cover the kids for the rest of this year and next year. We've also ordered some Stick-on Item Labels (£3 for 10 labels, discount available for more) for the kids to stick on their things that they bring to school, like glasses cases, lunchboxes etc. Lastly, I wanted some labels for jams that I'm planning to make (when I actually get on with it!). Their Jam Jars Labels (£3 for 6 labels) will work as Baby Food Jars Labels as well.


The kids really like to choose their own patterns and icons, which there is plenty, but they both have a firm favourite that they'd like to use for everything, even if I encouraged them to choose a different pattern or colour.

The stickers arrived in less than 7 days, which I'm really happy about. To my surprise, they didn't come in loose sheets, but a booklet! I really like this because I'll know exactly where the stickers are whenever I need them.


The booklet includes instructions on how to use each type of label:

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels


Stick-on Clothing Labels:
Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels
Personal information removed

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels

Clay loves his black, contrasting with some brighter colours. He also love the little pixel bug(?), and won't look at all the other lovely designs! The only thing I managed to get him to do is to change the text colour for other labels.

Abby really loves the floral background pattern, pink text (because it fitted the best with the pattern) and panda icon. She refused to change anything though, and to be fair, I love her combination too.

These vinyl labels work brilliantly as long as all the steps for applying them are done properly. I didn't and wasted a few of the labels. They should be stuck on the clothing tags, not the fabric itself. I'll also try to make sure that I press on the whole sticker when applying without leaving out the corners, because that "press and hold for a few seconds" step really makes a difference.


Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels
Left: the actual sticker. Very good quality
Right: Labels should be stuck on clothing tags, not the fabric itself

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels
After wash. Labels held on! Just the corners where I didn't press and hold firmly became a bit loose
These are my all time favourite stick-on clothing labels. They are so easy to use! No ironing, no sewing, just press them onto the tags and hold for a few seconds, then wait for 24 hours before use or wash.


Stick-on Items Labels:

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels
Pictures edited to cover personal information. See below for the actual pattern for Abby's stickers

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels
Although these stickers are for items only, they are as durable as the stick-on clothing labels, and are dishwasher and microwave resistant too.

When you stick one on an item, you can really feel how strong it holds on. I decided not to let the kids use these on their stationery because it'll be good quality stickers wasted. So I'll wait until we've decided on what they'll use for school packed lunch etc before I stick the labels on for those.

Each sticker sheet also comes with 2 Petit-Fernand mascots' stickers, which are really cute!


Jam/ Preserve / Baby Food Jar Labels:

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels

Love these patterns! There are other pattern set (currently 6, each set comes with 6 different designs) to choose from too but since we are approaching Summer, and I needed something for my Osthmanthus Jam (very fragrant yellow flowers used in South East Asia for desserts and teas), these labels are perfect. It comes with little fruit stickers as well!

These stickers have a re-writable surface, so you can write, wipe off, and re-write on them again, making them as reusable as the jars!


Happy Seasonal Surprises:

Back to School, school uniform name labels, non-iron stick on name labels

I found 2 sheets of these pretty stickers at the back of the booklet. Apparently it's Petit-Fernand's seasonal freebies (these are for Spring), included in all their orders! They are Stick-on Item Labels, so you can stick them on any clean surface and they are dishwasher and microwave safe. How lovely is it! I can't wait to let the kids use them to decorate their lunchboxes. or maybe I'll keep them for my own use...


Overall, I'm very happy with Petit-Fernand. Ordering is simple and straightforward, delivery is fast, and the quality of their stickers are superb. As long as you follow all the instructions, these stickers will work like a charm.

Petit-Fernand also sell other personaliseable products, do check them out!