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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jakks Pacific Review

I know you don't want to hear it, but Christmas is only 72 days, 2 1/2 months, or 10 weeks, OR 5 paychecks, if you get paid twice a month!! Yikes!! I have it doubly bad, because Max turns ONE only 3 weeks before Christmas. So I have been saving and researching gift ideas.
I was contacted by JAKKS Pacific to review a couple of products for girls. I was given the Style Six Silk Screener Kit and the Girl Gourmet Sweets Candy Jewelry Factory to review.
The first product I reviewed was the Style Six Silk Screener. The Style Six Silk Screener (what a mouthful!) is a kit that allows you to design and create your own printed clothing. The kit comes with 2 different sized silk screen devices, four colors of paint, blotter, roller, masking board, stencils, supply tray, and garment seperator. I also received Style Six Style Refill with two extra paints and extra stencils.
I was excited to try out the Style Six Silk Screener. Even though it was mostly girly patterns, we only had a white onesie, so we found a boy-ish stencil (turtle) and got started. The directions are easy to follow. You just put the clothing in the device, pick your stencil, and roll on the paint. The one thing I didn't care for was that you had to let the paint dry and wash before you started a new color. I understand this makes the silk screening process more authentic, but I am way too impatient. I cheated and just used the sponge to do the colors I wanted in the spots I wanted. Shh!! The shirt came out adorable and I gave the kit to my mom to make some shirts for my niece. I think any "tween" girl would have a lot of fun with the Style Six Silk Screener.
The next toy I got to play with was the Girl Gourmet Sweets Candy Jewelry Factory. With this kit, you get to design, bake and wear (not to mention EAT) your own candy jewelry. This kit includes a baking oven, two silicone molds, two packages (pink and green) of hard candy pellets, three types of sprinkles, candy string, plastic ring base and cover, plastic locket, and oven tool.
This kit was a little more frustrating. You first decorate the molds with sprinkles, then add the melting candy base. You cook the mold for about 20 minutes, then you have to wait 20-30 minutes while it cools. I already said I'm not a patient person. Then, we obviously did not add enough of the melting candy chips, because the molds came out a little too small. And, honestly, I didn't make necklaces or any other jewelry. Instead, we just ate the candy. BUT I have a feeling that's what most kids would do anyway. :D

I will say that, one problem I have with toys these days is when they don't include everything you need in this box. Usually this means batteries. I can understand not including the t-shirt, but for the Candy Jewel Factory, I had to find the right light bulb, and most boxes are not good about using big enough letters to tell what is required but not included. This can definitely make an unhappy child on Christmas morning. I did have fun though playing with these kits. I think either one would be a great gift for a girl age 8-13, I think. Check your local stores!
Also, check out JAKKS Pacific for more great gift options!

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