Pook-a-Loos Novelty Toys

Disney fans, if you haven't seen Pook-a-Looz before, you're in for a treat. They're a line of toys featuring classic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Buzz, Winnie the Pooh, the Disney princesses and more, but with a clean, modern, stylized look. The best way I can describe their look is part Japanese, part Scandinavian, and all adorable. They've got a big plush toy collection, and now JAKKS' Pacific has come up with a line of Pook-a-Looz novelty toys. I've already reviewed and enjoyed several JAKKS' Pacific products, including Girl Gourmet kits and Disney Fairies dolls, so I eagerly accepted (besides, I'm a big Disney fan and these toys looked too cute to resist). Here's what I thought of them:

The Basics
Here's a description of Pook-a-Looz from JAKKS' Pacific:
Classic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and a host of beloved Disney characters get a brand new stylized look in the Pook-a-Looz line created by Disney Consumer Products. The trendy designs will appeal to avid tween collectors, but Pook-a-Looz is still cute enough for kids of all ages! JAKKS’ CDI division launches novelty products based on the stylized look of Pook-a-Looz, including Pook-a-Looz Wobblers, Yip Yappers, Spinners and Walkers – perfect for collecting, displaying and trading! For back-to-school, Pook-a-looz Yappers are on a keychain and feature characters that all school-age kids know and love, from Mickey and Minnie to Buzz Lightyear. They are perfect for collecting and clipping onto your locker, backpacks, wherever! Bring them in for show-and-tell or trade with your friends. Ages 5+, SRP $4.99 Currently available at Walmart and Toys”R”Us stores nationwide, and next month at Target.

The Bongga
Everyone's favorite by far was the Tigger Yip Yapper, which makes an adorable yapping sound when you open its mouth. Jammy is dying to get the Toy Story Green Alien version! By the way, if you're worried about the sound getting too irritating (and honestly, I think it's so cute that it hasn't happened to me yet; in fact, I find myself yapping now and then), don't worry: it's also a keychain so your kid can attach it to his backpack and take it away from home, where it can't possibly annoy you.

Here's our fun Minnie Spinner; pull one of her arms to get her spinning like a top. She has already inspired several competitions between 3Po and Jammy to see who can spin her and keep her upright the longest.

We also received a Pooh Wobbler, and a Mickey walker (a wind-up toy with feet that march up and down), which look every bit as cute as the others.

The Blah
I wish all the Pook-A-Looz were keychains, so that my kids could take them around and show them to their friends without worrying about them getting lost.

The Bottom Line
Pook-a-Looks are a cute novelty and a small, fun back-to-school present for the kids.

Disclosure: I received product samples, but was not paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is clearly indicated as such. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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