Its not often that something truly innovative comes into the toy market so when it does its pretty special. I was contacted by Playpress about their new gender neutral, eco friendly toy which they are currently under going crowdfunding for through Kickstarter. The more I found out about this new toy the more I was impressed by it, so the lovely people at Playpress kindly sent Monkey a Newsstand kit to try out.
The toy sets arrive flat packed and so are ideal for travel, Ive actually taken ours apart again so that I can put it in the suitcase. It also means they are very easy to store which is a real added bonus. The small packet is one of the characters and has two pieces of 100% recyclable board, the larger is the newsstand with four pieces.
One of the issues with anything you need to pop out as such is that if its not good quality you can loose part of the printed image as little hands tug and pull. Monkey pushed all the shapes out for these, including the little coins that come with the newsstand without any problems at all. There was no tearing either on the actual pieces or the remaining board.
When Playpress said to me that we would need instructions to put the newsstand together I would be lying if I didn’t think – oh no! This is going to be really complex… afterall this is all the pieces we ended up with once they had been popped out:
However the instructions are brilliant, they are pictorial in nature and easy to follow. Monkey can put together the junior lego sets on his own and almost managed to do the same with this – there was a couple of times he got the corner pieces the wrong way round so needed a little help. As you can see the instructions are currently in digital format which worked really well. Heres Monkey starting the construction:
Here it is almost done:
I think it probably took fifteen minutes for him to put together, as an adult you could probably do it in five. In the set you get 10 different magazines, a £10 note, a £5 note and some coins. There is the newsstand retailer and customer. I really like the gender neutral approach they have taken, purposefully avoiding stereo types. Heres the full newsstand set below:
The individual characters come with items to allow them to fulfil their roles, so for example this doctor came with a clip board, syringe and x-ray stand up. The artist came with the palette, paint brush and easel. The printing on all the pieces is first class and I really like the attention to detail and thought which has done into it all.
I don’t have many pictures of Monkey playing with the set as I wasn’t allowed to take any I had to play! Which to be honest says it all, here he was talking as if he was the owner and rearranging the magazines and papers. Not only did we engage in small world play but it lead to discussions about money and its value. How many papers he could buy for £10 over £5. (please ignore the blue plaster he had an accident at nursery!)
It was very cute listening to him make up little stories and great for developing his imagination further. I would love to get a whole town, you could easily loose yourself in it for a whole afternoon!
So there we have it. Not only are there news stands like this one, but they have also developed a shop, fire station, car, ambulance, woodland and various little characters including pets. However to bring them to the market Playpress are crowdsourcing and need to raise £25,000 by 2nd of September to get the project underway. You can support them with as little as £1 by clicking on the Kickstarter link here. All the sets are printed and manufactured in London, so you will be supporting a home grown business as well as bringing a brilliant toy to market.
The sets are individually priced from £3 to £35, thus eeping with the desire to create pocket money toys that can inspire little ones. There is also a 33% discount for early bird bundle options. Every backer will have their name on the Playpress website to commemorate the campaign. There is also the intention for interaction between the physical toy and a digital world via an iPad:
“As well as playing with the toys they have, by propping up an iPad kids will be able to extend their play world and interact with new characters and scenescapes through our website”.
Co-founder and Chief Play Maker, Matthew Wright
If you would like the chance to win a newsstand set like the one which Monkey has been playing with in this review then please enter via the Gleam application below – Ive kept it really simple to enter this ALL about spreading the word! Please help me to help Playpress reach their target.
Terms & Conditions :
- Please enter using the link above which will take you to the Gleam application
- Competition is open to residents of UK, CI, IoM & ROI aged 18 or over
- There is no cash alternative offered
- The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries. The winner will receive a Playpress Newsstand
- The competition will close on 2nd September 2016 at midnight, winners will be notified through Twitter
- The winner will be asked to provide a full postal address with postcode for delivery purposes
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