My Review of Family Dollar Store Toys

December 13, 2009

Frugal

I recently wrote about our shopping excursion for toys to our local Family Dollar Store. I go to that store all the time, but I haven’t checked out the toy section in a while. I was impressed! Family Dollar has an entire section of toys specially priced at $5. Some toys are lower priced and some are higher priced, but the $5 toys abounded. The Family Dollar company gave me a gift card, and asked me to purchase and review some of their $5 toys. What fun! I love My kids love playing with toys!

There was so much to choose from, but I limited myself to *just* three. And I did get my son a $10 Transformer (which he loves, and carries around with him all day). Here are the toys we bought:

The Jumpin’ Monkeys!! Surprise!

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My son thought it was corny, but I loved the looks of it. I thought we all would have fun playing it together. And AS USUAL the MOTHER is CORRECT in her assumption! The Jumpin’ Monkeys game was the first game the kids opened when we got home.

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It’s easy to put together, and there are no small parts for children to choke on. There are stickers on a sheet that you remove to decorate the monkeys with (I always loved doing this as a kid). There are bananas that you punch out of a perforated sheet. They are used as scoring points. I think it’s a perfect game for kids in the age group of 3 to 9, but my kids are teens and we had fun and giggles over it.

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Basically, you play the game by setting your monkey on a little plastic springboard. Your monkey catapults through the air toward the monkey tree. If he lands on the tree and hangs there steadily, you get a banana! If he bonks off the tree and falls to the table, no banana for you.
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Overall, the game is very well put together. It’s made in China (what isn’t these days), but the components were sturdy. Mind you, this toy is not going to last forever, but it will last a long time with average use. The only problem I foresaw was with the plastic springboard. It is just a strip of moulded plastic that has been bent in the center. So while it provided plenty of spring for us, I could see the plastic hinge wearing out over time and breaking off. If you’re like me, you’d just find something else to replace the part (like have the kids flick the monkeys with their fingers).

The next toy we got was the Bingo game. We like Bingo, but the one we had years ago was CHEAP and the thin plastic broke. The Family Dollar Store Bingo set has nicer plastic– it’s thicker and bendier and not like the 1970s cellulose kind of plastic.

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When you unpack the Bingo set, you have to assemble the parts. This was easy, we didn’t even need to read the instructions (not that we ever do, anyway :wink: ). The two blue parts that you see in the photo have to be connected, creating a ramp. It took a little pushing to get them flush (if one piece is higher than the other, the balls do not roll down the trough). We had fun putting all those little yellow balls in the white basket. The spinning mechanism works well– what you do is roll the basket, and when the basket touches a certain spot, it opens a hole and a yellow Bingo ball pops out. The yellow ball rolls down the trough into a tray, where the Bingo letter and number is displayed. I thought it ingenious. And this game was ONLY $5?! It’s a deal.

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Be warned that this Bingo game is loaded with small parts. The yellow balls and the small pink Bingo markers are choking hazards. Don’t get this game for little kids. Family Dollar does have another Bingo game for toddlers, a Fisher-Price game, for $5. So the little kids can play Bingo *just like* the big kids. ;)

The third toy was for me. :mrgreen:

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I LOVE Tigger! He’s now my desk mascot, and has a place next to my other mascot, Goofy. Tigger is in fine shape– very soft and squishy and cuddly. I think he’s is made well. My cat, Livvy, wrestled him on the floor, too, and he’s got nary a scratch. A VERY CUTE toy!! Just $5!

So I think the Family Dollar has some great toys for $5! That’s very affordable. Family Dollar also has some stuff for $10, like Transformers and Matchbox cars sets and more. I got my son a Transformer and he gives it a thumbs up. :D

There’s a lot of affordable toys at Family Dollar. The hottest toys right now are:

    Hot Wheels 5-Pack
    Hot wheels Classic Play set
    Handy Manny Bowling Set
    Tea Set 29 piece
    Disney Plush
    Baby Maggie 12″
    Bakugan Booster Pack
    Disney Dress like a Princess

And don’t forget- Family Dollar also has gift wrap, tape, holiday cards, and loads more stuff for your holiday shopping.

Remember, I’m a pro-blogger and I am sometimes compensated with stuff or money to review or mention products or services! This was one of them. :D You can read more about my blog policy on my My Pledge page.

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