Like so many children N loves a collectable. Actually I lie. He likes the opening up and surprise of a collectable. Then they get left somewhere and forgotten about. Then eventually I throw them out and he never notices. I tend to get a stash of them for rewards – when he completes a row of stickers he gets to lucky dip and pull one out. But it’s rare he ever gets more than a couple from a range.
But this week we’ve been introduced to Smashers toys, a sports based collectible toy launched in January 2018, that may have changed N’s mind and got him hooked.
N isn’t a big football fan so I wasn’t sure how these would go down. Smashers are little red balls (about squash ball size) made of pieces of plastic. You then throw them at a wall or the floor to smash them and get the collectable out. Let’s just say that throwing and smashing balls is something that’s gone down very well here. Plus you can try and put them back together again to smash them again and again.
We did have to loosely Sellotape the ‘jigsaw’ pieces of the plastic together because you needed hands to hold 3 pieces in place, and another hand to slot the next piece in. But that worked pretty well and now N can enjoy breaking them up time and time again.
It doesn’t matter if your child isn’t into football. N prefers tennis – he’s an Andy Murray fan of course, and plays a couple of weeks, although he’s currently preferring to watch World’s Strongest Man rather than other sports. It’ll be interesting to see if his interest in other sports increases once he’s introduced to the Winter Olympics.
While the ‘game’ element of Smashers looks quite footbally, the collectable toys are based across different sports including ice skating/hockey, basketball and other sports. As with any collectable there’s a guide to all the toys available, across bad sports, limited editions, standard toys, ultra rare, and snacks/foods. N was excited that he managed to get a few rare and limited edition toys, although he gave up marking them off and just wanted to play.
Once you’ve smashed the balls, you can use the leaflets to create a game adding more interest other than just a collectable.
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There’s a few different pack size of Smashers:
Single Smasher – we found these in Tesco for £2
3 pack Smashers – around £5 (2 balls and 1 toy)
8 pack Smashers* – around £10 (6 balls, 2 toys)
Smashers football bus – around £24.99 which includes a couple of Smashers. You can open up the bus to make a football scoring game with your Smashers, and use it as storage for up to 50 Smashers toys.
I’ve been given a Smashers prize to giveaway to one reader. The prize is a Smashers 8 pack and a Smashers tin. Just answer the question ‘what sport do your children enjoy?’ in the comments, then complete the rafflecopter to enter.
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