I’ve been seriously excited about sharing this review, but had my instructions to hold of from posting till nearer the big launch date.
Bumpeez are set to become the next big pocket money, playground craze throughout the UK.
Bumpeez are twin packs of fun collectable, pocket money toys priced at just ￡1.99. These exciting new toys are all set to hit newsagents, toy stores and supermarkets nationwide from the 24th August 2011.
When I received the email back in the beginning of July, asking if the children would be interested in giving Bumpeez a try, I knew these would be an instant hit with Little Man.
Bumpeez are aimed at both boys and girls between the ages of 5-11 years (though little man is 11 on the 1st of October, I think these may appeal to those that little bit older too).
Its fair to say that when it comes to collectable pocket money toys, many children on the autism spectrum take to them like a duck to water! Just look at Pokemon, (a game which is said to be created by a guy with high functioning autism, likely, ‘Aspergers syndrome’) or that of Yu-Gi-Oh cards, both have been a hit with children on the spectrum. This is not only for the appeal of forming a collection but also the social aspect that surrounds these games,Just like Bumpeez they offer the opportunities needed to better a child’s social skills.
Bumpeez go one step better! These are not cards but instead highly collectable solid circular chips encased in a highly tactile removal silicon ring that come in a variety of different shapes, colours and sizes, (another appealing aspect for children on the autism spectrum who may require lots of sensory/tactile input during play).
The idea of the silicon outer ring is to allow the Bumpeez to bounce. These can then be bounced against different surfaces to play tricks or games. The different shapes of the ring mean each will require varying degrees of skill to bounce.
Bumpeez offer the child versatility in that they can be played both with or without the silicon ring, either indoors or outdoors. There are already a total of 25 games created, yet children are encouraged to make up their own, improving the child’s imagination skills (an essential tool for those with autism).
Little man loved his packet of Bumpeez that contained the characters, ‘Cloud’ & ‘Candy killer’ He loved how there were so many different characters to collect, 100 in total. Bumpeez also have 10 different colours to collect.
The overall goal is for the child to collect all the coloured chips with matching coloured rings. Each chip has its own character and trading value. ‘Omar’ is the lead character therefore the rarest with the highest trading value. Other characters include Omar’s friends, Robot, Pam and Johnny-Q.
Little man loves the whole trading concept that surrounds Bumpeez. He told me that the fact you don’t know what bumpeez you’re getting makes the collecting aspect more exciting.
From a parental point of view, I found Bumpeez to be great value for money. The fact that each pack contains two bumpeez is fantastic. I have known other products aimed at children labelled as “pocket money toys” priced at anything but pocket money prices. I can honestly see little man collecting these from the time they hit the shops next week till the day they disappear! I can easily vision my 8 year old daughter following suit much to little mans “delight” (yes, that was good old fashion English sarcasm)! Since early July when little man first discovered Bumpeez his continually asked, “Mum, how much longer till I can get some more Bumpeez?” I’m being driven loopy with anticipation. He has already taken these into school (an autism special school) before the end of term and told me his class peers showed a keen interest his new toy.
It seems that the fun that can be had with Bumpeez is limitless. What with the chance to acquire special rear addition packs containing, silver, swirl (Bi-colour) & golden chips resulting in the child winning a fantastic prize makes the purchase of a packet of Bumpeez even more exciting.
“Oh, I almost forgot to tell you!” Bumpeez have an interactive feature. The online element means kids can access cool game, tips and tricks, plus lots of new and exciting features at the official website: http://www.bumpeez.com
So, parents be prepared… in just 5 days from now Bumpeez will hit the shelves of your local store, how cool will you look when your child asks, “Mum, what’s these?” and your able to tell them with confidence!
Bumpeez will be available to buy at all good newsagents, independent toy stores, (such as the entertainer) national supermarkets and high street stores including WHsmiths & Toys R us from 24th August priced at just ￡1.99