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TimetoPlayMag.com Ratings and Reviews
At TimetoPlayMag.com, we want to engage, inform and entertain our readers to give them the benefit of our knowledge, experience and the breadth of products we cover. We look at more than 10,000 new toys and children’s products every year, and our primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for the kids in your life.
Our goal is to give you the real story on what you’ll find when you bring a toy home. And we know that every kid and every family is different. That’s why we always say: “The hot toy is only hot if it’s hot for your child.”
Our editorial team has more than 100 years combined experience working in the toy industry. Our rating system ranks toys on 4 key criteria:
- Fun — Does it engage the child? Does it inspire imaginative play? Does it contribute to creative expression? Is it entertaining?
- Repeat Play OR Collectibility — Some toys are played with, some are collected. If we feel a toy is better suited for collectibility, we’ll rank it based on Collectibility instead of Repeat Play.
- Repeat Play — Will kids come back to it over time? Does the toy allow diverse imaginative play experiences? Does it provide longer-term play value?
- Collectibility — Some toys may have limited traditional play, but kids will treasure them as collectibles.
- Assembly/Instructions — Is the toy easy to assemble? Are the instructions clear?
Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes great toys and exciting play experiences. We want to help you create the best experiences for your kids and your family.
Ultimately, you’re the best judge of what you want to bring into your home — and what’s best for your kids. And because you’re an important part of the Time to Play family, we invite you to let us know if you ever find an error or have any ideas how we can better help you. After all, we exist for one reason: to help you have more fun!
What It Is
Miniature squishy collectible toys inspired by the capsule toys you find in vending machines have been a huge hit with kids. One of the newest lines is called Ickee Stickeez, and it features squishy and icky-looking monsters. What makes these different, in addition to an "icky" theme, is a suction cup on the bottom of each toy that allows the toys to stick to flat surfaces and make popping noises when pulled off the surface. Each Ickee character comes in a translucent pod, and the pods can be joined together to create all kinds of structures. There are 24 Ickee Stickeez in series one with more than 100 still to be released in series two, three, and four. Ickee Stickeez are available in single packs ($1.25), which come with an Ickee and a pod, and three-packs ($2.99), which include three Ickeez, three pods, and three Koinz. On Ickeez.com, kids can use the info on the Koinz to unlock exclusive content.
Why It’s Fun
Kids will like the suction cup bottoms, the popping sound they make, and the ability to stick their Ickee Stickeez just about anywhere. Building with the attachable pods is also a great feature to this kind of collectible toy, as is the hilarious gross-out factor. Collectible, fun, and really silly, Ickee Stickeez are going to appeal to kids who like this kind of collectible play.
Who It’s For
Ickee Stickeez are for ages 4 and up.
What to Be Aware of
Ickee Stickeez are sold in specialty toy stores.