Thursday, October 04, 2012

Kids Can Design Their Own Plush Toys at the Happy Toy Machine! (GIVEAWAY)

One of my boys’ favorite things to do in a new video game is to create their own avatar or character. Often, you can pick the type of person/creature, its clothing, hair color, and more. Unfortunately, they can only play with their creation onscreen. When the founders of the Happy Toy Machine saw how much their kids wanted their video game characters to “come to life,” they decided to launch a website where their wish can come true! At the Happy Toy Machine, children of all ages can create their own characters, and then they come to “life” in the form of a real plush toy that arrives in the mail! My son, Caleb, had the opportunity to try it, and he had so much fun creating his new toy. Here’s how it works:

Go to www.happytoymachine.com and click on “Create a Toy.” At the Toy Builder screen, you can choose from among three “families” of characters:

Plushlings

Smushimals

Mixalots

My son chose to make a Mixalot. On the next screen, he was given a choice of creating a Bunny, Puppy, Cat, Bear, Cow, Robot, Monster, or Alien. He chose the Bear. Then came the fun part… He was able to choose body parts for his bear (wings, ears, horns, tail, eyes, and much more!) as well as colors and designs for each part. You can even put art and writing on the shirt. My son chose a picture of a basketball with his name on it. Select a gender, favorite foods and hobbies, as well as a hometown! There are thousands of combinations, so no two toys will be the same. You can also browse through some pre-made designs to inspire you. Here’s a picture of my son with the adorable black bear that he created!


Our cat, Bella, likes it, too!


At the Happy Toy Machine, kids can create all kinds of toys for free, with no obligation to purchase. The program is super-easy to use, so children of all ages can easily design their own toy. They can see on-screen what their toy looks like and change the features over and over again until they’ve created something they absolutely love. Then an adult can help them order the toy. You can also purchase gift certificates. This makes a great gift for out-of-town grandparents to give to their grandchildren. It’s easy to send, and kids can create something they’ll play with over and over again.

The toys from the Happy Toy Machine are safe for all ages. All of the toys’ features are embroidered on. This means there are no glued-on or snapped-on features that can fall off and potentially pose a risk to small children. Also, all of their fabric and stuffing material is certified to be non-toxic and child-safe. Happy Toy Machine toys are made in the United States.

Encourage your children’s or grandchildren’s creativity by visiting the Happy Toy Machine with them and seeing what wonderful toys they can dream up! The possibilities -- and the fun -- are endless. You can find the Happy Toy Machine through the links below:

Website: www.happytoymachine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/happytoymachine
Twitter: https://twitter.com/happytoymachine

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a code to design and purchase their very own regular size toy at the Happy Toy Machine (with free shipping)! Simply enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States only and will end at 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

a Rafflecopter giveaway




54 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love that kids of all ages can enjoy this. Thank you for sharing:)

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  2. I love this for "all" my grandchildren.

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  3. I like the tiger bunny I created earlier. It is a mix of a bunny and a tiger.

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  4. We made a Crab Smushimal! My kids had a blast making it! They would be super psyched if we actually got it in the mail:)

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  5. My kids and I made a Crab Smushimal! They had a blast making it and would be psyched to really get one in the mail!

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  6. I think this is a great idea.

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  7. i made a robot and my daughter would name it 'bobby' lol
    it seems like a fun, creative way to 'make' your own toy!

    annae07 at aol dot com

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  8. My son & I made a robot type guy called "Robot Guy". We had a great time creating him. My son loves stuffed animals, so he really enjoyed this site!

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  9. Jenny Stanek9:56 AM

    I made Devil Bunny. It's a bunny with devil horns and bat wings, I think it's hilarious!

    orangestar17(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I made a snuggle bug named Janey. She's quirky and odd and I'd love to send her to my boyfriend because I know she'd make him think of me.

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  11. I made a dino whale, its a great idea for kids to design their toy.

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  12. I made a cat called "Evil Kitty" in honor of one of our cats with the same name. She looks scary! hehe

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  13. I named mine JoJo. She is a cross between a cat and a dog with a teddy bear face. I loved this site! I had such fun with it I love the variety of things you can make.

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  14. I made a lobster and named it "Lobby" I think this is really neat and would love to make one for my niece.

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  15. Auri Lae8:10 AM

    I made a "Heidi" plush - I have a cat that looks a lot like Bella and I tried to base it on her! I love that you can customize so many different parts of the plushie.

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  16. Anonymous10:46 PM

    We made a Dino tiger.
    Stephanie Behlen
    stephb3095@aol.com

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  17. I made a halloween puppy named Boo! This was so incredibly cool! I loved this!!

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  18. I created a Mixalot named Zed. He had a cat face with a peace sign body art. It was fun mixing and matching the toy to make something cool. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. I made a robot name George. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Reneewalters3@yahoo.com

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  20. Ciara B.11:07 PM

    my son named his toy milo. very fun to make :)

    cb_shorty2003@yahoo.com

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  21. I have several I have made, but my favorite is Snermaiden. I think this is a really fun site.

    april yedinak

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  22. I made Silly Kitty! I love this site so fun!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Rachael Henzman

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  23. I created a cat named ginger. This is really cute.

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  24. I could play on this site all day!! Looks like a fun way to make mini versions of your real pets, as well!

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  25. I made a reindeer named Rudolph!! My daughter would love this! How cool!!
    jennaandenvy@gmail.com
    Jenna Parsons

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  26. I made an alien. No name yet. This is really fun and could easily become addicting!!
    bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

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  27. super cute! i loved all the options and variety. i can see my children liking this too. I made a cow name betsie :)

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  28. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed making Mr. Ploppy Clifford.

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  29. loved the process. and named him philip!

    dani marie

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. i made the cutest cow great site

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  31. I love it my daughter would flip if she seen this I made a cat and named him jinx

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  32. I made "Rosie" she is a turquoise turtle, and has a heart with a name on it :) What a fun site! I love it.

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  33. I named my cat "Critter". It was neat!

    tridingermckee at gmail dot com

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  34. i made a cat and named her itsy, it was a lot of fun!
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  35. Vampire kittie! That was so awesome! Definitely will be something to do with the kids so they can each make their own creature!

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  36. Boo this was fun my kids would love this!

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  37. kemberley crosswhite1:05 PM

    lol i spent entirely too long playing on this thing lol :) i made SEVERAL creatures :)
    senior06chs@aol.com

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  38. I made a dogish toy and named her Rosa.

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  39. Jennifer Peaslee3:29 PM

    I created a dog named Spot...the creating process was so fun since there were so many ways to customize!

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  40. This is to much fun! I made a few different ones. My 2 neices would go crazy over this. What a fun activity to do when the weather is bad,great indoor fun. Thank you for the oh so fun giveaway! :)

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  41. I like the Lisa Ladybug.

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  42. I made a pink bunny, it was really cute and easy to make

    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  43. we liked it - my 13 year old designed a purple heart that she named Justin

    sarahyurga@yahoo.com

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  44. Rachel Ellis7:54 PM

    We named our toy Goofy. The toy is super cute and my son had a great time making it!

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  45. I called it Aleinator and it was fun (Corey Olomon)

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  46. I made a dog named avery, just like my doggie! Thanks!

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  47. I made a cat and named her Fearless. I thought it was really cute. My daughter would love this!

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  48. Kitty Cat (though I wish my kiddo had been awake when I did this!)

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  49. charming charlie! it looks like doxie :)

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  50. we made a kitty named callie (my daughter's name) i love how many different creations you can come up with, so fun!

    hollyngunter@gmail.com

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  51. I made a cat named Kitty Cat (yep not unique) but I sure wish my kiddo had been awake to help out!

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  52. I made an orange and pink bunny names Sunshine. I would love to win a robot for my grandson! They are so much fun to make.

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  53. I made a green monster named Robbie. I really liked how I could design this. It was fun and easy and I think any child would love to do this!

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