Monday, August 30, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: Squinkies Surprize Inside Mini Figures & Playsets (6 Winners) [CLOSED]

This August, Blip Toys launched a new product line called Squinkies Surprize Inside that taps into children's fascination with collecting, trading, and sharing. These toys also have another draw. There is a strong gumball machine theme. Each of the mini dolls or figures come inside a little plastic bubble and the majority of the larger playsets resemble gumball dispensers. Do you remember always wanting to spend your coins in those vending machines as a child? I do. I also remember wanting a gumball machine for my bedroom so very badly as a little girl. A Squinkies playset would be an excellent sugar-free substitute for an actual gumball machine.

My children received a good sampling of the different products available in the Squinkies Surprize Inside toy line. We received the Cupcake Surprize Bake Shop, the Fantasy Surprize Bracelet, the Bride-To-Be Surprize, and a Squinkies Bubble Pack.

The Squinkies toy line seemed to appeal to both our boys (3.5 and 6.5) and our daughter (3.5) at first. I estimate that the target age for these toys would be 4 to perhaps 9 years old. In the long run, it appears that our daughter remained interested in these toys and our boys eventually went back to their action figures.

Our boys immediately felt the need to figure out how the Cupcake Surprize Bake Shop worked. They filled it with as many Squinkies as they could fit. Then they figured out that by inserting one of the two included plastic tokens and turning the knob, a Squinkie would appear out the opening on the front.

Our daughter was more interested in the mini figures themselves. There were so many different animals and characters to discover. Each figure had a hole on the bottom so that it could sit securely on a piece of Squinkies furniture or even on top of a standard pencil.

Although I love that Squinkies are soft and squeezable, they are a choking hazard. So, if you have a child who likes to put things in his or her mouth, regardless of age, you should supervise your child very carefully. Our daughter has a bad habit of absent-mindedly putting things in her mouth, whether it's a tip of a pen or a toy. We did catch our daughter with one of these figures in her mouth. Now we can only allow her to play with Squinkies when we are sitting right there next to her.

Although the customizable jewelry was really adorable, both the bracelet and ring were too large for my daughter. In fact, because the ring is also soft and flexible, it could actually fit on an adult.

Overall, I am pleased with this toy line. I do think it will have a mass appeal for girls. I like that Squinkies products are affordable and I think that individual Squinkies figures would make excellent rewards for small achievements.

Currently, you can find Squinkies Surprize Inside toys at major toy retailers, such as Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, and . To find out more about Squinkies, visit, the Squinkies Blog, Squinkies on Facebook, and Squinkies on Twitter.

Thank you to Squinkies for sending us a sampling of toys free of charge to base this review upon and for providing additional products for our 6 contest prizes.

What you can win:
ONE lucky reader will receive the Squinkies Grand Prize containing 5 products (ARV $57).

FIVE lucky readers will each receive one 16pk of Squinkies (package contents will vary).

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Browse the selection of Squinkies toys. Then leave a comment telling me the name of the toy you think would appeal to a child the most. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.


For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

For 10 extra entries, subscribe to the Squinkies Blog by email. Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments telling me you did so. (If you use a different email than what is in your profile, please include it in your comments. I will be verifying these entries.)


For 1 extra entry each, if you are a Friend of mine on Facebook and/or if you have "liked" the 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires Facebook page, then leave a separate comment here telling me so with the link to your Facebook profile.

5) For 1 extra entry each
, follow Squinkies on Twitter and/or "Like" Squinkies on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment for each with the link to your Twitter or Facebook profile.


Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.


Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.


Subscribe to this blog's feed. Or you can follow me through Blogger or subscribe via email (widget is on sidebar). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


Subscribe to A Blog of Goodies' feed (the sister site to 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.


Add my button or blog link to your blog's sidebar. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your blog.

(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!