Friday, April 8, 2011

Boysterous Review & Giveaway

One of the things that was a concern for me when I first became the mother of a little  boy was finding decent toys for him to play with.  Sure, there are always cars and trucks – and those are great.  But, I’ve never been impressed with all the super hero type action figures, etc. that are available for boys.  I always found the boys’ aisle in toy stores depressing and borderlining on scary.  It’s ok when they are babies and toddlers – toys are pretty much universal.  But, once they start hitting those preschool years (and beyond) the toy selection is, to me, daunting. 

t249_fa7fa98d55f07217d9c96eb95a91b600 So, when the opportunity to review the Boysterous (TM) line of toys from Manhattan Toy was presented to me, I got excited!  Manhattan Toy refers to them as “action figures” but don’t let that term scare you off!  These are unlike any other action figure I’ve ever seen!  Rather  than being small, plastic, hard, and next to impossible to pose without breaking, these toys are larger, soft, and easy to pose without threat of breaking.

t215_0f607233df2b2a21571a93883f9729c4 Instead of being modeled after super heroes or movie characters, these toys are meant to look like ordinary boys.  There are currently 5 different action figures available – Halfpipe Pete, Goalie Gavin, Slapshot Sam, Slope Shreddin’ Sean, and Touchdown Dylan.  Each of these sells for approximately $18, and comes with their appropriate sports equipment.  Each one has arms and legs that bend, and magnets in his feet and hands so that he can “play” his sport with ease.

We received the two action figures pictured above, along with the Boysterous Extreme Sports Zone.  This is a 2-sided playing zone – one side lays flat and is the perfect sports field for playing soccer, football, or hockey; flip it over, zip up the sides, and you’ve got a half-pipe, ideal for the snowboarding and skateboarding action figures to show off on.  Zippers and Velco flaps make this play mat quickly convert into a storage case, complete with carrying handle.  So, all your Boysterous action figures can be kept in one place. 

Yes, you could say that I’m pretty impressed.  Action figures that aren’t the least bit violent or scary – yep, I like them a lot!  But, the real test is Ian, right?  What does he think?  I’m pretty sure he loves it too!

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Now, for the CONTEST!!! Manhattan Toy is generously donating one Boysterous action figure to one of YOU!

If you would like to win, please visit Manhattan Toy and look around the site. Then, come back here and tell me which product appeals to you the most, and why. 

And, just for fun, here are some additional ways you can win (please leave a separate comment for each thing that you do):

I will leave this contest open for 2 weeks, and will draw a winner on Friday, April 22nd at noon (EST).  Good luck!

NOTE: This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by Manhattan Toy for this review.

41 comments:

Amanda said...

My son would love Halfpipe Pete - he is very "into" skateboards right now, even though he is only 3 and never ridden one! It's so nice to see great toys for boys like this!

Amanda said...

I am a fan of Manhattan Toy on FB now :)

Amanda said...

I am a fan of yours now on Facebook!

Amanda said...

I am following your blog through Google Friend Connect!

Michelle Smith said...

My 3 year old would love that Halfpipe Pete on his skateboard--he loves all things with wheels and all things BOY! ;)

Michelle Smith said...

I am a new Facebook fan!

Michelle Smith said...

Following Manhattan Toy on Twitter.

Michelle Smith said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Michelle Smith said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Michelle Smith said...

I follow your blog via Google Friend Connect.

Michelle Smith said...

I have your button on my blog already. :)

Michelle Smith said...

I shared your giveaway on Facebook! :)

Michelle Smith said...

I tweeted your giveaway. :)

April E. said...

I'd pick a baby toy. We were just talking about how our little one needs some toys other than rattles. Many of our baby toys have been broken over the years, it seems. I like the Bababall, the Whoozit Stellar Star Activity center, the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom toys ... but I think I like the Wimmer Ferguson Zimble Stacker best. :D

April E. said...

I like them on facebook now.

April E. said...

I like YOUR blog on Facebook.

April E. said...

I follow your blog with GFC.

April E. said...

I have your blog button on my blog.

Wonder Mom said...

I am TOTALLY into the Boystrous toy line! I would love for my Little Wild Man to have a couple of the boys and the field- he could then play soccer even when it's a rainy day! :0)

Wonder Mom said...

I already follow your blog...

Wonder Mom said...

I now follow Manhattan Toys on FB...

Wonder Mom said...

I now follow you on Twitter...

Wonder Mom said...

I now follow Manhattan Toys on Twitter...

Jessica S. said...

I definitely like the Boysterous (TM) line, especially the soccer Goalie Gavin, plus that Extreme Zone is Awesome!! :) That's what I would like for my boys...but looks like I'd have to add some more Gavin's to the mix. :) Soccer is better with more!

Jessica S. said...

I liked Manhattan Toys on FB. Thank you!

Jessica S. said...

I already LIKE you on FB! ;)

Jessica S. said...

Following Manhattan on Twitter. Thank you!

Jessica S. said...

Now following you on Twitter! I am not sure why I hadn't earlier!! ;) Thanks.

Jessica S. said...

I already follow your blog here. :) Thanks.

Jessica S. said...

Gave a shout out on Twitter! :) thanks.

Jessica S. said...

Shared on my FB page. Thank you!

Jessica S. said...

I have your blog button on my blog! :) Thank you.

Jennifer said...

Until I clicked the link I didn't realize this was the same company that makes Groovy Girls dolls. Both of my girls enjoyed those.

I would choose the Slapshot Sam for several reasons.
It has red hair like my son, is wearing his favorite color- green, and he is playing my husband's favorite sport!

Jennifer said...

I'm now following Manhattan Toy on Twitter.

Jennifer said...

I follow your blog.

Very Blessed Mamma said...

I think my son would love the Extreme Sports Zone. it seems more interactive than the others.

Very Blessed Mamma said...

I just liked your blog on FB

Very Blessed Mamma said...

I already follow your blog.

Very Blessed Mamma said...

I had y our other button on my blog, but now I have put your new one on.

Joy said...

Gah!! So many hoops to jump through!! I already like your blog!! I wanted to chime in and say that I agree with you about the boy superheros stuff... who needs them! These are much cuter!! :D

Doreen said...

I love Half Pipe Pete! He looks cool in one of his pics on the website where he is jumping and grabbing his skateboard. I wanna be him! LOL I'm already a follower, liked your blog on FB, liked Manhattan Toys on FB and left a post, and shared the giveaway on FB. I don't tweet (not really sure what that is all about - I'm so lame). So, I guess that's it in a nutshell! Thanks for this offer! God Bless,
Doreen

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