Our Toyologist parcel this month had a definite theme. A very, very girly theme. Nearly everything was aimed at little girls so Missy Woo was overjoyed. (We'll skim over the fact that Monkey was somewhat underwhelmed to put it mildly). So Missy Woo and I have been busy having very girly bonding sessions playing with everything. Consequently, she has been in heaven.
Firstly, we have the Melissa & Doug Princess Stamp Set, modelled here by Missy Woo. This is delightful and nostalgic as a craft toy if you are old like me and remember toys like this. Hardly any plastic in sight, it comes in a wooden box with 9 princess themed wooden stamps; 2 ink pads, one pink and one purple; and five coloured pencils. So, it's pretty durable, and it all packs away nicely in the wooden box, which looks somehow prettier and eneater than a cardboard box. The stamps work well and make nice pictures. It kept Missy Woo occupied on a wet weekend afternoon.
And finally is the Hello Kitty Vanity Case. Initially, I thought this was quite a nice little toy. It's a big pink case with the distinct Hello Kitty logo on the outside, something which pleases Missy Woo very much. Inside, it has:
4 hair clips, 4 hair bobbles,1 comb (ok so far), 5 blushers, 3 eye shadows, 5 lip glosses, 2 glitter gels, 2 nail varnishes, 2 toe separators,1 applicator brush, 1 sponge applicator. And there is a mirror with lights inside the lid.
Maybe I'm being churlish and am having the sense of humour failure here, but I just feel that something that encourages young girls to obsess over making themselves prettier is a bad thing. I really don't mind the hair stuff, but the make up - possibly more the amount of it than the fact it's there at all - is a step too far. I feel that putting Hello Kitty on the front ensures it appeals to younger girls than perhaps it it intended for. I realise that Hello Kitty appeals to older girls and adults but the appeal does start quite young and this product is really too old for them. If it's to be aimed at younger girls, I'd like less make up or perhaps less real, as this appears to be. And black glitter nail varnish? Looks so damned odd on a small child. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Thankfully, she didn't like it either.
So, two winners out of three. Not a bad rate, I guess.
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(I was provided with the above toys to review and have received no other compensation. The opinions stated here are my own, and have not been influenced by the aforementioned compensation.)