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Mr Eight is normally pretty good at problem solving, but this one really had him stumped. We had all watched a selection of YouTube videos first as we had been advised to do, but they did not help at all. And the included documentation was no help either! Mr Eight was also upset because the ball fell apart as soon as he opened the packaging, so that was disappointing as he had not even had the fun of smashing it first!
However, our family are all a pretty stubborn lot and we were not going to let a seemingly impossible task faze us. Mr Eight and I spent about an hour taking turns to try, but in the end he got totally frustrated and stamped off to do something else! My daughter said she would have a go, so she picked up the pieces and started trying to assemble them. The same thing happened. She joined three, sometimes four, then the whole thing fell apart again. I wondered if our set was faulty, given that it had been so quick to fall to pieces when first opened.
Daughter insisted that she would not give up, so the entire world stood still while she attacked it using different strategies - combining different shapes, applying pressure in various places, balancing the partly finished ball in the packaging cups, and examining each segment carefully for hidden lips or catches. The moment came when she had five pieces assembled. Mr Eight came running back to watch, and I held my breath. But no: as she placed the last piece in position, the assembly collapsed yet again.
But we knew now that it could be done. Five more attempts, each getting speedier, and finally that magic last piece slotted into place. There were high fives all round, with daughter beaming with pride. Mr Eight was delighted too as he finally got to smash it and "rescue" the toy a second time. Now that we knew it was possible, the toy suddenly became very desirable. My daughter put it together again and this time it took only a minute: as she said, it was all in the physics - something you have to work out for yourself.
Since then, Mr Eight has managed to put it together himself. He took it off to the beach for the weekend so his ten-year-old cousin could try it too. Yes, it caused a lot of frustration but also an immense sense of accomplishment once the puzzle had been mastered. We thought it might be a good idea to have several balls so people could compete to see how long they would take to work it out. Being stubborn certainly helps - and my daughter's determination to get it finished inspired Mr Eight to persevere.
As for me, I still have not completed it - but it is not for want of trying. With everyone in the extended family now wanting a turn, I am having to wait until they all get sick of it and I can have a go myself. Maybe I will just have to go out and buy my own!
The idea behind this toy is pretty simple, there is a ball that "smashes" apart when thrown against something such as a wall, and inside is a collectable character. Each character has "smash points" and kids collect characters, creating a team with the biggest smash points and "battling" their friends. There is a character checklist so kids can tick off characters as they collect them and learn their smash points. The ball can be put back together to smash over and over again.
I'm pretty sure this toy had Mstr 8's attention as soon as he understood that the ball was opened by throwing it against a wall, something that he did with enthusiasm as soon as I had managed to wrangle a photo of him with the product. He was very excited to see what was inside and check the character off the checklist. He was happy to play with it for a while and to scan over the checklist to see what else he could collect and what else he could do with them. Mstr 8 then began to plan how he was going to use his pocket money to collect more.
From a parents point of view, I'm naturally rather lost as to the appeal! Having one single character leaves the child with very little to actually do with the toy which of course prompts parents to have to buy more to get a decent collection with which the kids can actually play. Being a collection thing also ensures that our adorable offspring will be pulling puppy eyes to beg us to buy more in an attempt to find a "rare" collectable character. The ball itself can be rather fiddly to put back together, Mstr 8 hasn't mastered it through Miss 11 did easily.
While the "smash" concept is unique I would say that ultimately this is another in a long line of "collectable character" type toys that ensure parents are being pestered to spend money. Mstr 8 hasn't played with for over a week now so I wonder if it's appeal is limited but that could change if he collects more. I would consider buying them for birthday or Christmas presents but they probably are better at least initially purchased in a multi-pack rather than a single pack so that there is more playing potential.
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