Fisher Price Miniture
Just about everyone had one of the Fisher Price 'corn poppers' as a
kid. Push them around, and the balls would pop annoyingly, just the
thing to drive your parents wacko.
Basic Fun, the company that makes a wide variety of key chains, has
released this neat licensed version of that classic toy. The
keychain works just like the original!
But why the heck am I reviewing it? Well, if you remember, the
good Professor Frink from the show the Simpsons pushed one of these around
in an episode. Since this is just about in scale with those figures,
and since we'll be getting a Frink later on this year, it makes a perfect
Packaging - ***
It gets the point across, it's attractive, and its simple. You
couldn't ask for much more in this particular case.
Quality - ***1/2
The popper works terrific, and is very sturdy. My only complaint
would be that the key chain will wear the red paint off the handle pretty
Paint - **1/2
While the paint looks good to start, it isn't applied particularly
well. As I mentioned, the key chain is going to wear it off fast,
but even without it you'll have to be careful not to rub the red off the
Scale - ***
This is the reason I bought it, so that's why I'm judging it. The
scale is just a little too big for the Simpsons figures, but it's not
terrible, particularly if you ignore the fact that the popper should be
scaled for a child in the Simpsons figures.
Value - ***
At around $4 most places, it's not a bad value. Key chains that
actually do something are always a little more expensive than the basic
PVC style, and this one is truly a childhood classic.
If the quality of the red paint on the handle had just been a little
better, and the scale just a little smaller, it would have received a
Where to Buy:
Bricks and mortar stores have these, but you'll really have to do some
hunting. Other Basic Fun key chains sell at Toys R Us, Sam Goody,
Media Play, Suncoast, Spencers, and other gift and novelty stores.
On-line, there are a ton of options:
- Play Things Past. I
bought mine here, along with several other key chains. It was $5.
- they have it for $4.99 plus shipping.
- Or just check the Basic Fun site
for a full list of retailers.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford