We all know children grow quickly and their interests change at the same fast rate. Toys they love one day are ‘boring’ the next and end up unused in the corner or the back of a cupboard. Over the last 6 years we’ve welcomed and gotten rid of our fair share of toys but they are still playing shops almost daily; sometimes with each other, sometimes on their own or with friends, it never gets old. If your child loves playing shop too you are sure to love Shopkins:
From the makers of Trash Pack comes Shopkins, the latest collectibles trend amongst hip boys and girls aged 5 and up. These loveable characters, dressed up as miniature groceries, are fun, compact, affordable and rather addictive too. They say ‘Once you shop… You can’t stop!’ and I’m afraid it’s true, my girls are forever looking at their little Shopkins Collector’s Guide and admiring the pieces they are yet to get.
There are 150 different Shopkins and several Shopkins Playlets to collect, it’s like building your very own mini shopping centre. From fruit and vegetables to bakery items, from sweet treats to health and beauty products, little shoppers will have no trouble filling their shopping bags, baskets and trolleys. Most of the Shopkins come with their own shopping bag so you’ll have lots of blue bags to play with and store your collection in.
The great thing about Shopkins is that you can collect as few or as many as you want and suits your budget, it’s good fun no matter how many you own and they make excellent stocking fillers. We started with a few small packs, which you can pick up for just $2.99, just to see if the kids would like them as much as they said they would. A few weeks later they were still enjoying them (without too many fights) and hadn’t lost or broken any either so Shopkins passed the toy test for us.
The girls have been begging me for the Shopkins Playsets so, like most mums would do, I had told them they would have to wait until December and show very good behaviour. Luckily for them they didn’t have to wait that long as the team at Moose Toys sent them a Shopkins Playset each to try out, you can imagine the smiles on their faces! They particularly love the Shopkins Small Mart because of it’s little checkout with the conveyer belt that really moves and the pink shopping trolley.
In all honesty, Shopkins are so cute I am enjoying the collecting as much as (if not more than) my girls do. I am very pleased with the quality and durability of the product, which is much stronger and more solid than Trash Packs. Shopkins may be small in size but they are very detailed and they’re all different, if you do end up with doubles you can try to swap with your friends. You can keep all your Shopkins neatly together in the special Shopkins Storage Tin. Most of the packs show on the outside which Shopkins are inside but some of the packs include exclusive ‘secret’ designs which are obviously in hot demand with our girls.
Not everyone is happy with our growing Shopkins collection, it’s not easy when you are only 1 and not allowed to join in the fun. Just a few more years little darling!
To find out more about Shopkins by Moose Toys, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.mooseworld.com.au, prices start at RRP $2.99.