Cuddly friends who want to help you sleep at night? I can imagine that many of us could use that kind of comfort. Today we have Brobo Dog: Shine Force and Mumu: Shine Force, who are just those friends to find you in need. We showed them to you before, but now we have them in our hands. They have light up tummies to help you relax and go to sleep, but how do they live up to that expectation?
Hit the jump to get your glow on!
Plush Name: Dog: Shine Force & Mumu: Shine Force Plush Maker: Brobo | Keji Toys Retail Price: US$29.99 Available at:Brobo
Usually I would start out with a picture of the packaging, but since my review copies didn't have any packaging I thought I would share with you something cute and a little silly. My dollface Persian kitten Mija wanted nothing to do with the Brobo Dog. The video is dark since his attack took place in the middle of the night while I was testing the light, but every time I would set the dog up Mija would slap it back down. Eventually he got a little ambitious and ... fell right off the bed. Silly boy.
Whoops! Here's that slap attack in action! That poor dog doesn't even know what's coming...
Here we have a good look at our two new friends that we will be reviewing today. On the left side of the picture we have the Dog: Shine Force, and on the right side, we have Mumu: Shine Force. Granted, I'm pretty sure you could have obviously figured out which was which without my direction.
We'll take a peek at the dog first, which happens to be my favorite, regardless to Mija's feelings about him. He's extremely soft and features a wonderful blue, white and red design. He has a little red ball of an antennae for a tail, and his light is featured right on his side.
Taking a peek at the back, you can see that the place to open up so that you can put in the batteries is right on the back of his head. You'll be needing 3 AA batteries for each of these guys, so you better stock up; they're not included.
Here you can see all four of the dog's paws, which are filled with those soft filler beans that are often found in toys. I feel like it gives you a nice thing to hold onto should you need to hold a hand at night.
I just love the tags that our friends have on them. It shares a little info with us, first about the dog, that says he likes the park, the pool, the lake, the backyard, dirt and snacks. He sounds like a pretty normal puppy to me! The tags feature some cute artwork as well, which is always nice. It also has a soft tag on his leg that reads 'BROBO'.
Here you have the instructions on how to use the light, which is pretty awesome if you ask me. It tells you that you need your 3 AA batteries, and that you'll have to switch him on as well. To do the normal brightness you just swipe his tail to his chest plate once, to do the "bedtime" mode, which is a bit more dim, you swipe a second time, and to turn him off you can swipe it the third time. Otherwise, he will turn off automatically after 5 minutes.
There were just a couple of tiny loose threads, but nothing to worry about by any mean. The embroidery looks great, and I love the way his eyes look.
Getting a look at the light when it's on actually is pretty neat. It gives off the perfect amount of light. Even on the brightest setting I don't think it's enough to keep someone else awake in the room should your child share a room, but it gives enough light to help them relax. I'll admit that I'm not someone who really likes sleeping in the dark, and I liked having it on quite a bit!
Mija, I know you like Mumu better than the dog, but may I have him back please?
Here we go, now we have Mumu in all his glory. As you can tell, he is the mummy member of the Shine Force, but what you might not know is that he is a ninja mummy who likes kung fu, checkers, vacations, music and breakdancing. He has a light tan and off-white color scheme with his brown wrapping outlines and grey headphones with the red antennae.
Taking a look at his cute face you can see he just has two huge eyes, and not so much else in the way of facial features. Granted, I don't think mummies usually have much showing, but I wouldn't normally want to be friends with one. I'll make an exception for this cutie though.
The light is on his tummy as well, but instead of the marker being on his tail since he doesn't have one, his marker is on his right hand. You'll just swipe his hand across his chest like we did the tail of the puppy, and you'll be lit up just like before.
On the back you can see where you need to put the batteries in on the back of the head. You can also see that not all of the brown outlines match up as they meet each other at the seams, but it's not like it's horribly distracting. Your kids wouldn't notice by any means, I'm just 24 and a toy reviewer, so it's something that comes to my attention.
On his right leg there's a little bit of his wrapping that is made to look like it's dragging behind. I thought this was an adorable addition, and I love that they did that. His feet also have the same stuffing beans that the dog did in his paws.
Here you see the battery box that resides inside the heads of the plushies. You'll need a small screwdriver to get the single screw out of the box so that you can put the three batteries inside. You'll also want to be sure you switch it on before you get it all tucked back in there nicely and realize it doesn't work.
Mumu's light matches the quality of the dog's, and again he is a great friend to snuggle in the dark. I can't get over the great quality of the light that resides in these plushies.
Ok, Mija, just one more photo and you can go back to snuggling with Mumu. I promise.
Alright, so here's the deal. Are there other items like these out there on the market? Well, I had a Glowworm when I was a kid, but it scared me to death. I would have much rather had either of these when I was little to help me sleep. Heck, I'm glad that I got to see them now and I'm getting old! The dog is still my personal favorite, but they're both great, and I would imagine that with this quality you would be fine in picking any of the Shine Force members available in the Brobo Store. Whether young or old, if you'd like a friend to help you sleep at night? I definitely recommend Brobo!
[A huge thank you to Jeff for the review samples!]
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