Squinkies are all the rage this year. They are definitely one of 2010’s hot toys of the season. What exactly are squinkies? They are plastic bubbles with a little squishy character inside. In a way, they are similar to the vending machine toys that come in the plastic containers. Simply pop open the plastic bubble and take out the Squinkies. The little figures have big eyes and may look like a little doll or an animal.
Where to find them
Squinkies are sold in bubble packs of sixteen and can be found at Walmart, Target, amazon.com, Toys R Us and Shopko. Typically, the price range is about ten to twelve dollars for a pack of sixteen. Currently, at walmart.com, many of the squinkies are out of stock. Toysrus.com has series eight and nine available for shipping. Target has the later series available for pre-order and says the items will be released December 1, 2010.
Play sets and Accessories
In addition to the bubble packs, there are play sets to go along with the dolls. These playsets are similar to gumball or vending machines in that they dispense the squinkies after children insert a special “coin.” There is the gumball surprise play set that includes six squinkies characters. In addition, there is a squinkies tea time surprise play set and a cupcake suprize play set. There’s also a Palace that serves as a storage and display stand for up to 96 characters. Another product is the Tote N’ go carrying case. Most of these products cost under $20.00.
These toys are great for stocking stuffers, Christmas presents, birthday favors and so much more. They are great, inexpensive gifts. Some kids may like to trade them, collect them or bring them over to their friends’ houses. Toys R Us has a safety warning that Squinkies have small parts and are not for children under three. Most of the websites selling the toy, recommended the toys for kids over age four.
On squinkies.com, there is a downloadable bubble bank. The page has all of the squinkies listed on it with a “got it” or “want it” box to check. In addition, there are printable dot to dots, mazes and coloring pages.
I can definitely see why this toy is popular. We’ll see how long the squinkies craze lasts. For those who want more squinkies, there will be new squinkies coming in January of 2011.