Flush Force Collectables
If your kids are anything like ours, they will find most things toilet-related hilarious. In fact, one of NJ’s (8 years old) favourite jokes is ‘I’m going to stop making poo jokes: it is my number 2 priority’. Snigger.
So when I was given the opportunity to review Flush Force, a new set of toilet-based collectables from Spin Master, I thought it was too good an offer toilet pass me by (see what I did there?).
Anything collectable goes down really well in our household – we’ve gone through various stages of Moshi Monsters, Shopkins, Zomlings and the latest SuperZings over the years, but none have promised the messiness and grossness of Flush Force.
The collectable ‘Flushy’ monsters can be found lurking in their own toilet bowl. It is one of the most novel features of Flush Force as you have to use the ‘Flush to Reveal’ technology to get them out. This involves filling the toilet cistern with water, giving it a shake and opening the lid to reveal the hidden Flushy. The water changes colour depending on whether you have a rare ‘Clogger’ or super rare ‘Unflushable’, but there are a variety of different types hiding inside.
Having to ‘flush’ the toy out of the packaging turns the whole unwrapping process into part of the playing experience. With our kids, these collectable type toys are opened and the packaging thrown away (handed to daddy) before we’ve even left the shop. With Flush Force, kids have to be a little bit more patient and wait until they can get to a tap, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Opening them was great fun and easy to do – NJ loved it, but Roo (age 4) needed a bit of help and was a little more reluctant to get stuck in. However, once opened we weren’t entirely sure what to do with the individual toilets. The ‘Flush to Reveal’ technology can only be used once, and as there isn’t a permanent lid on them so they can’t be used as a carry case. Basically, they ended up not being used at all which I thought was a shame considering the effort behind the design and amount of plastic used. Having the larger ‘Collect-a-Bowl’ (which holds 50 Flushies) probably made them a little redundant, but it would have been nice to have a longer use for them.
‘Hear the Call – Flush ‘Em All!’
In terms of the Flushy monsters themselves, NJ particularly loved the variety. Some are squishy, some hard, some float and other change colour when wet. In total there are 150 to collect and they all have gross distinctive names, such as Farty McFly, Funky McFungus and Upchuck Duck. Kids love a good toilet-pun. The detail is impressive and their different qualities and textures set them apart from other collectables out there.
The full range of Flush Force collectables includes the Number 2 Pack (£2.99), Filthy 5 Pack (£5.99), Bizarre Bathroom 8 Pack (£10.99) and the Collect-a-Bowl (£14.99). They all require the Flushies to be flushed out except for the Collect-a-Bowl, where the Flushies come individually wrapped.
Our kids loved them all and are determined to collect more. Flush Force is recommended for children over 4 years old and can be found lurking in shops such as Argos, The Entertainer, Tesco and Sainsburys, as well as online at Amazon.
Disclosure: We were sent the range of Flush Force collectables in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own and I apologise for the #2 joke and toilet pun.