Not quite as painful as LEGO to step on, but one of those toys that you will – YOU WILL – find all over your house once your little one gets into them, as Elfie has been for the last couple of years.
Not that I really mind, though. Although I’ve proclaimed to not really understand what Shopkins are all about, Elfie adores them and I defy any of you to find a teeny tiny pink furry loo roll with a face in your cutlery drawer and not crack a smile. Compared with other toys my kids like to play with, Shopkins are the cutest.
Quite the collectable for a six year old, Shopkins are miniature items you’d usually find around the house, given names, faces and personalities. There’s six seasons of them now – an impressive total of 218 Shopkins! – and they’re complimented by games, videos, an app and now even a movie, Shopkins Chef Club.
Over half term the people behind Shopkins invited us to host our very own Shopkins Chef Club at-home Premiere, and wanted us to report back to let you know our thoughts.
First off, we really Shopkin-ned up our house ready for the Premiere. Elfie wrote us all invitations and crafted popcorn cones from the downloadable premiere kit at Shopkinsworld, and once we’d made Shopkins cupcakes from the kits that are now available we were ready to settle down and watch. Elfie retrieved her Shopkins cushion and pyjama case (she keeps her pocket money and Shopkins in here rather than pyjamas… obviously) from her bedroom and we were ready to go!
For one, the movie is a quick 44 minutes long, so it’s one of those quick ones I didn’t mind sitting down and watching with the children (unlike Frozen, which I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in refusing to watch anymore). And for another, though it’s overwhelmingly pink and cutesy, I actually quite enjoyed it. The storyline is easy to follow and those songs are darn addictive: I found myself humming them for the rest of the day (as did the kids).
The most important people of the house enjoyed it, too. They sat and watched the whole thing in rapt silence, with Elfie loving to compare her own Shopkins to those in the movie afterwards. When I asked them what they thought afterwards Elfie said “it was a lot of fun, can we watch it again?” and Hux simply said “yes”, which is about as good as you get from him. We’ve watched it twice since then, so they must enjoy it ;)
All in all, from the downloading of the premiere pack, our Shopkins cake baking to the watching of the movie, our ‘Shopkins Premiere’ took a lovely at-home afternoon of a chilly half term, and it was enjoyed by all. If you have a Shopkins fan and are looking for a fun home-based way to spend a few hours then you can’t go wrong with this movie: you can buy the DVD on Amazon or download from the iTunes store here!
Thank you Shopkins for sending us a heap of Shopkins goodies and encouraging us to spend some family time watching the movie! You made one little girl very happy indeed.