Price: $6 AUD.
I’m not reviewing Play-Doh as such here, as most will be pretty familiar with the product: brightly-coloured, squishable, mouldable, has an unmistakable scent. I was given the large selection of Play-Doh above as a birthday present (both the set of regular tubs in the second photo and the Starter Pack shown in the first photo) and I want to call people’s attention to this set of mini-sized tubs.
Price: $3.41 USD *
Dimensions: 17 cm x 11 cm x 7 cm (approx).
This was another birthday present from a friend of mine, @ambiguouspieces! I have to say that while I don’t love mangoes in real life, I adore this squishy. It’s so big! It completely overflows one hand when holding it and fits easily in both hands. If you want something that allows you to squish down on it with both hands being comfortably full of squishy, this. The smooth, rounded planes of the mango also fit very nicely in the cupped hand.
I’ve come to really like it’s plainness. There’s no added texture here, no fancy colours, just a subtle opalescent finish, a curved shape and lots of bright orange. It’s one of the slowest-rising squishies I own, although the lack of decoration does make this aspect less interesting than on other squishies.
Folks should note that this squishy is scented and does leave some scent on my hands, but–uncommonly for squishies–it’s a fruity, fairly non-chemical-type smell. Almost like peach, one of my favourite scents. It won’t work for anyone who can’t abide artificial scents, but I almost don’t mind it.
Some squishies are great because they have added texture for stroking or have visual stim utility, but for simple squishing, this has become my new favourite. I can’t quite explain just how good this feels in the hand, so I’ll just say it’s on my chest of drawers with all my other favourite stim toys, easily grabbed from desk or bed. For a simple squishy, I really do recommend it.
* Note: because this was a present, I have no way of knowing the actual seller or the price paid for it, so I’m finding a listing that’s as close to what I have as possible.
Originally posted on @stimtoybox on September 6, 2018.
Price: From $1.19 USD *
Dimensions: 5.5 x 6 x 2 cm
Another one of my birthday squishies is this cute little duck bun/cake. It has a flat back with texturing designed to mimic the rougher surface of a cake or bread, spray-painted orange with some white paint showing.
This is the second one I’ve had, and there is some variation in the brightness of the yellow/orange colouring and the softness of the squishy. This particular one is the softest squishy I’ve ever had–it’s so foamy and light! Like shaving cream were it made into a squishy, somehow! The first one was much denser and duller in colouring, though, so I think it might be a bit of luck depending on what you get. As with all off-brand squishies, there’s a fair bit of quality variation.
Both of mine were scented, but not too strongly, with a sweet bread-like smell.
If you’re willing to take the risk, I really do recommend this. It’s so soft, cute and sized well as a bag charm.
* Both of mine have been gifts, so I can’t recommend a specific seller.
Originally posted on @stimtoybox on September 9, 2018.
Price: $10 AUD on Cool Things Australia and $8.95 AUD on Toy Shop Online. The Tumblr posts links to Sister Sensory, but these squishies are no longer available there.
Dimensions: 12.5 x 10 x 5 cm.
These were another gift from @ambiguouspieces! I understand that these were purchased from a local pharmacy, but they’re available at the above links as well as at a variety of online vendors. Just do a search for the brand-name “Smooshos”!
Price: $6 AUD (was $8 AUD at time of initial review).
Longer-time followers may remember my disgruntled review of another clear putty earlier this year, Lab Putty’s Sculpting Glass Putty. I found it too brittle–too prone to breaking into shards of putty–to be useful. I’m pleased to say that this putty is so much better to use if you can get it out of the container … but I’m not a fan of the clear putties in terms of stimming practicality.
Price: $2.80 AUD.
Dimensions: 9.5 cm across.
Yet another birthday gift! I ended up with watermelons being an accidental theme despite the fact that they’re not my favourite fruit, so now I am gifted watermelon things whenever folks run into them.
I’ve had another of the Daiso cool packs that had that very strong musty vinyl smell–it smells like the unholy merging of cheap plastic and my grandparents’ mothball-scented house. I was relieved to discover that this one was only slightly scented and has fully aired out to be a usable toy.
I don’t like it quite as much as my ladybird Cool It pack, as I prefer the matte texture of the vinyl over the glossy, slightly rubbery texture of the watermelon pack, but I’d say that’s more about individual preference than a criticism. The pack is nicely full and makes little in the way of creaking or rustling sounds, very nice for squishing and poking. Unlike conventional jelly or orbeez squishies, it isn’t sticky, and I prefer the gel and water bead cooler packs over the commercial toys for this reason. It’s so much nicer to me to handle.
The beads do slowly crush down as I squish the pack, so folks should keep in mind that they won’t stay whole forever. Eventually, I end up with a crushed mess of red polymer instead of round, red beads. I don’t think this will work for more forceful stimmers, as I do worry that pressing too hard will pop the vinyl!
Daiso has a wide variety of water-bead-filled ice/cooler packs, so there should be a style or shape for most stimmers.
Originally posted on @stimtoybox on September 26, 2018.
Price: $2.99 USD *
Dimensions: 12.5 x 7.5 cm
Please note that you’ll need to select option F from the drop-down menu.
This squishy looks like it should be a jumbo squishy, but it isn’t: it tucks neatly into my palm, easily cupped in my hand. It’s closer to the standard red apple squishy in total size over the jumbo strawberries or peaches.
When I first opened this, it smelt so chemically I couldn’t bear it–a strong, bitter chemical-plastic-petrol smell. It’s been airing in the sunroom for nearly a month, and while it’s still more scented than I like, it now only smells sweet and slightly bread-like. Something like a fruit pastry, I suppose!
It’s very textured and fantastic for stroking because of the deep grooves in the diamond scale pattern. Even just rolling it in my hands provides a lot of texture! The leaves at the stem have a variety of sizes for additional stroking. It’s very soft and quite slow-rising for a smaller squishy, and the pearly paint finish makes it far more interesting to watch–the pearly and metallic squishies tend to catch and reflect the light while they rise, giving them even more of a visual stim element.
My only concern, outside the smell, is that there’s a lot of large bubbles and indents in the foam where it didn’t fill the mould, and I suspect this will be quicker than usual to tear because of the stress on these imperfections when squished down. I truly don’t think this squishy will last all that long under regular use, but if you don’t mind that, the texture is amazing. Only my giant ice-cream cone has anything approaching this for stroking!
* This squishy was another gift, so this listing is merely a stockist, not a recommended vendor.
Originally posted on @stimtoybox on September 28, 2018.