Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Review: My Little Pony "Twilight Sparkle's Twinkling Balloon"

Our daughter has been a night owl since birth.  In the past 4-1/2 years, she has only fallen asleep at her bedtime on a handful of occasions.  Usually she is awake at least an hour or two after her brothers have drifted off.  Since our daughter is also a huge fan of My Little Pony, both the show and the toys, the My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle's Twinkling Balloon seemed like it would be the perfect night light for her.

This hot air balloon has a little retractable handle at the top like a lantern, so it can light your child's way to the bathroom at night or while camping out indoors.  In night light mode, the balloon plays a very brief tune and then lights up purple when the star-shaped button is pressed.  Press the button a second time and the light turns red.  A third time turns the light off.  In play mode, the balloon plays a longer tune and displays a light changing sequence in purple, red, pink, and blue.  With the handle up, the balloon stands approximately 12-1/4" tall.

I have to say that our boys were a little envious because, of the many transportation toys they own, there is not a hot air balloon amongst them.  The Twilight Sparkle's Twinkling Balloon opens the door to a whole new world of pretend play.  In addition to the Twilight Sparkle pony and the Spike the Dragon figures, this toy comes with a telescope that can be mounted on the basket for Twilight Sparkle to use or to the top of the balloon for Spike to use.  The basket also has a door that flips down so the pony can enter and exit more easily.

Even with all the music and lights, our daughter says her favorite part about this toy is Spike the Dragon because he is just so cute.

To learn more about the Twilight Sparkle's Twinkling Balloon, visit Hasbro.com.  This toy retails for $19.99 and runs on 3 "AAA" batteries, which are included in the package.

Thank you to Hasbro's My Little Pony for sending us a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.