Toy Review – Pomsies

For today’s review, we’re diving into the world of toys and taking a look at one of the recent holiday season’s hottest gifts: Pomsies. (PLEASE NOTE: Additional images to be added to this post this afternoon!)

51ajb9io68l.jpgPomsies are an adorable and affordable interactive pet-like toy. They have a general puffball shape in various pastel colors (very “girly”) with a long tail. The tail has a firm wire through it that allows you to wrap the Pomsie’s tail around things, letting it grip and come along with you. Their sparkly eyes change color depending on their mood and lets you know how to best interact with them. The major difference between the “types” of Pomsies are ear-shapes: some are cat-shaped, a couple are dog-shaped, and there’s even one koala.

There are a number of ways to interact with your Pomsie. Happy Pomsies like to be pet, while Hungry Pomsies need to be fed. Sad Pomsies need a cuddle, and Silly Pomsies need to be tickled till they’re tired. They have a sensor at the top and at the back of their head and their nose functions as the button that wakes them up, switches them to “Dance Mode,” and puts them back to sleep.

skyrocket_pomsies_patches_oop_lrI picked my Pomsie up when my local Target had some on clearance. It meant I didn’t get the specific one I wanted (Snowball or Sherbert or Kali), but Pinky was priced right for me at just over $10. Of course, Pinky was a temporary name. I renamed my Pomsie “Peony” when I unboxed her.

Speaking of unboxing – you’re going to want a nice sharp scissors on hand that isn’t too big. Pomsies are held to their cardboard backing with strong plastic tabs that run right through parts of them, and tugging too hard may injure your new friend. You don’t want them to lose a tuft of fur!

Peony blinked to life the moment I booped her nose with a little surprised sound – like a kitten being woken up from a nap. I tried to wrap her tail around my wrist so she could play with me while I colored, but her tail didn’t seem to grip my wrist well enough. I might play with that a bit more, but some other options for bringing your Pomsie along with you could be to loop her tail through a beltloop or wrapping her tail around a purse or backpack strap. It took a while for me to experience all the ways Peony would interact with me, but every time her eyes flashed a new color, I found myself excited to give her what she wanted.

A slight warning: Pomsies are noisy. They are not particularly quiet when they’re talking to you, and they don’t have a predictable amount of talking they do! They may be very talkative for a while and then have a period where they’re relatively silent. This makes them not a great toy for late-night play (especially if you have other people in the room trying to sleep) or for those who need to keep their Littleness more under wraps.

As a last additional note: Pomsies are following a recent trend of retailer-exclusivity. Some Pomsies are Target-exclusive, some are Walmart-exclusive, and some are Amazon-exclusive. Some are available at two of the three retailers, and some are available at all three. I highly suggest checking out the Pomsies’ website so you know where to find your desired friend! They are affordable, however, ranging between $10 and $15, depending on the specific Pomsie and current retailer sale.

Appropriate Little Age: 4 – 10
Fritter Rating: 6 Purrbles out of 10

Nosh! Fruity Stars – Review

It’s time for a Littlespace snack review! Today, I’m reviewing a fruit snack from a company specializing in organic baby/toddler snacks: Nosh!

There’s a couple available flavors, but I picked up the apple-banana-sweet potato flavor. Each box comes with five little packages of gummies that are about the size of my palm.

You get a surprising number of gummies out of the package! The first thing I noticed was a pretty intense smell of banana as soon as I opened the pack. I was honestly worried I’d be turned off by the taste! But I was pleasantly surprised.

The gummies have a slight coating to them – which helps them from getting sticky in your hand. They have a texture more like other gummy snacks instead of a gummy bear – they’re soft and chew nicely without being rubbery. They have a pretty zippy tang to them as well! I wouldn’t have guessed there was sweet potato in them if I hadn’t read the package. I thought they were really tasty.

A few other notes for these gummies! Nosh is an organic company and use only organic produce. The gummies are also, as far as I can tell, gelatin free! Each pack is 45 calories. You can purchase them on Nosh’s website OR at your local Target! They are a bit on the expensive side, but if you can nab them on sale (like I did), they’re worth it!

Appropriate Little Age: 2+

Fritter Rating: 7/10 Squishy Stars

Tonton Friends – Adorable Pudges

Alright! I’ve decided there’s way too many things out there to share and review, so I’m doing two review posts a week! Mondays AND Thursdays! You’re welcome. ೕ(・ㅂ・ )

Today, we’re going to take a look at one of the most adorable little comics out there: Tonton Friends.

49938587_2945703348788489_7038674116437606400_nTonton Friends is a Korean-produced series of short comics featuring four main characters (the cast is now expanding slightly). There’s the prissy tsundere cat Bella, the lovestruck Shiba dog Yuta, the socially anxious bear Winnie, and the snacking and snoozing bunny Tobi. Each comic features one or more of the chubby friends in a simple, wholesome scenario.

While Tonton Friends is produced in Korean, the artist also provides translations into English. But a lot of the comics include no text at all – it’s not necessary for the cute scenes played out in 4-or-so panels. This makes it perfect for Little Space – minimal reading or comprehension required!

49763662_2932204690138355_290204884286832640_nIn the last year or so, Tonton Friends has seen massive success in developing their brand. The company now offers some merchandise, which honestly sells out very quickly! I was unlucky when the first plush line came out during my recovery from cancer and missed the window of opportunity to snag a squishy friend. But I was much MORE lucky last month when a new line of plushies came out. (My Winnie plush finally arrived yesterday!) The Tonton Forest website (where you can purchase merch) still has limited quantities of the plushies available, as well as a few other merch options. I really want to snap up some of the enamel pins…

What I really love about Tonton friends is how sweet and wholesome the comics are. They’re simply designed, they’re not busy or cluttered, and they always bring a smile to my face. Even without a ton of words or story, each character has a distinct personality that really shines through. Winnie is definitely my personal favorite. Plus, their pudgie plumpness makes me feel a bit more comfortable with my own fluffiness!

FRITTER RATE: 9 Squishy Friends out of 10
Appropriate Little Age Range: ANY

For more Tonton Friends content, please check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

 

Axolochi – Too Cute!

As I continue to work on getting posts appropriately scheduled to give you regular content, I intend to make Mondays the blog’s “Review Day!” I’ll review games, toys, websites, tv shows, movies… whatever comes up!

Today, I’m taking a look at Axolochi – a mobile game by Hyperbeard Games.

img_5363I’ll start by saying I love Hyperbeard Games. They’ve done a lot of games that I’ve distinctly enjoyed playing: including KleptoCats, Alchademy, and Clawbert.

Axolochi puts you in charge of caring for an axolotl and evolving it through several phases of growth. Eventually, you earn a relic when your axolotl has gotten big and strong enough. At that point, you get a new egg, and the process starts over!

Caring for your axolotl is simple. You can pet your axolotl, feed it, and wash it. Doing those three activities earn you hearts – which bring your friend closer to evolution – and coins – which you can spend on various things.

The game is free-to-play with available in-app purchases. What I love about Axolochi is that the available starter pack is only $4, and it gives you enough coins and pearls (the premium in-game currency) to unlock all the available kinds of food to feed your axolotl and a big chunk of the available egg types. It’s a lot of bang for relatively small buck if you find you enjoy the game after your first couple friends! The game can get rather repetitive, and it’s definitely not for someone looking for a very active game. This is much more a “check-in occasionally” kind of game for a quick burst of cuteness.

FRITTER RATE: 7 Aquatic Friends out of 10
Appropriate Little Age Range: ANY

If you’d like to get Axolochi for yourself, it’s available on both Android and Apple! Check out the official website for links to each app store!