When I was a child I had many favorite toys, and not so favorite toys. I loved Barbi dolls, baby dolls, my Strawberry Shortcake kitchen set, and troll dolls. Trolls had the cutest faces, and I loved their crazy colorful hair. I had every single troll imaginable, fixing their hair, carrying them in my pocket(I thought they were good luck charms) and traded them with friends. They really were collectible items. I talk to my kids about them once in a while, and have even shown them pictures of the cute guys, so when I heard about the hot new collectible toy, Shoulder Buddies by The Bridge Direct, I knew I had to introduce my kids to them. Shoulder Buddies are friends kids can wear on shirt, pants, hair, socks pretty much anywhere.
The Shoulder Buddy Smarts come from a magical wishing star, and inside that star is the Land of Understand. Shoulder Buddies go to the “School of Smarts” so they can earn their Fluffles on top of their head to fly. Once they have learned their “Smarts” they fly down from the Land of Understand and look for a Buddy to journey with and share their “Smarts”.
We were sent Shoulder Buddies for each of my children, and they were an instant hit. Shoulder Buddies arrive with the buddy itself which has a name, the “magical coin” and a smarts collector card. The smarts card is a card that has an inspirational message on it about your new friend. For instance, we were sent pirate for Gavyn and the card is the treasure smarts which has a statement from Pirate himself and the word SWORD. It then says:
Sail the Seven Seas
Walk the plank
Obey the pirate code
Raise the pirate flag
Dig for treasures
Just call us Shoulder Buddies from the Land of Understand,
Breezin’ through the skies, looking to land.
Each one of us has a special “Smart,”
A wonderful message that comes from our heart.
We want to share our “Smarts” with you,
So you can reveal your “Smarts” too!
Take us along everywhere you go…
On your shoulders, hair and hats you know!
Collect us, trade us, and give us a home!
Let’s journey together… wherever you roam!
So there you have the smarts card and how it all started. The magical coin is what makes the Shoulder Buddies attach to articles of clothing, backpacks, headbands and more. My kids decided that it would be really cool to walk around with their new friend on their shoulders, since they are called Shoulder Buddies. Just take the magical coin, place it inside the article of clothing, and place the Shoulder Buddy on top of the coin, and voila your Shoulder Buddies come along with you, wherever you go. Zoe received Peace and the Peaceful Smarts card. I think younger children will enjoy these more than older kids, but Gavyn has had a kick out of them, using them as action figures. The only downfall is losing the magical coin. Without the coin they will not adhere to articles of clothing. A set of four magical coins can be purchased online for $2.99. Zoe has misplaced her coin but the kids found out, they have a magnet on the bottom, so they enjoy them on the fridge, door handles or anything else that produces that magnetic field. They’ve enjoyed running around the house finding metals to stick their Shoulder Buddies to, so not only do they get to wear them around, and take them with us when we leave the home, they run around here like maniacs trying to find metal that will keep their Shoulder Buddies in place. It’s a fun game for them.
Shoulder Buddies look like a crazy bird, with big eyes, no arms or hands, and big feet which have colored hair and bodies with their emblem on the front. Right now there are two collections with a total of 16 Shoulder Buddies in different colors and themes to collect or trade with friends with more coming out soon. I think these are going to be a hot toy, especially if your kids have ever heard of stories about troll dolls, like mine have. Shoulder Buddies retail for $5.99 and can be purchased in retail stores. They were also featured on ABC News as one of the BEST new toys at NY Toy Fair 2011!
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