Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mastermind toy review and GIVEAWAY! WINNER!!!!

Mastermind is a privately owned retailer of high quality toys for all ages based in Toronto. They have eleven stores as well as an online store. I was delighted when I was contacted and asked to do a review, because so many toys seem to be cheap plastic (ahem my daughter's entire Christmas list) or be low-quality workmanship. I've been looking for well-made, fun toys that teach things as well as hold their interest for my kids this Christmas, and I'm pretty sure I've found a new website for my favorites.

They sent a toy for each of my children. Rosey was so excited about her Wobble Deck that she played with it for fifteen minutes before I even turned it on.
Highly scenic batteries not included.
It reminded me of that electronic game Simon (anyone else as old as me and remember this?) where you would push colored lights in sequence - but this you did standing up. By throwing your weight in a direction, you tip the board down so that the colored edge touches the ground. It was challenging and fun! Add to that three different games (match-the-color, speed play, and freestyle) a variety of sounds, and a high-low volume switch (such a nice and often overlooked toy feature!) and we were sold. Rosey can take it outdoors on the porch or on a hard flat surface, or it's small and inside-friendly enough to play with indoors. It stores easily and takes up very little room.

Cass's choice was a Rubic's 360, an update of the familiar Rubic's Cube from my childhood.
Picture from the Mastermind site.


This is a sphere, (inside a sphere, inside a sphere) with colored balls that have to be maneuvered into their proper place. And just like the original Rubic's Cube, this one sounds like it should be easy - and it's not. Cass's Sphere lives in his bookbag, where it travels back and forth to school, play dates, appointments, and errands. He usually brings it out when we're in the car, and flicks and twists it, trying to get those balls into their small cubbies. (So far, he's got two. It's a really challenging toy!)

And now, for the really good stuff -

Mastermind is allowing me to give away a toy! Yes, the winner can pick either the Rubic's Sphere or the Wobble Deck, and they will ship it to either the United States and Canada. Let's say leave a comment here before midnight, 10 December, and on the eleventh, I'll break out a random number drawer (or get Rosey to take one out of a hat) and the lucky person will get to have one of these toys for their very own!


(I would love to be able to guarantee that you'll get it for Christmas. But I can't, really. Presents in January are wonderful things too!)

Leave me your email address, please, or make sure I can find it if I have to go to your blog and look for it.

Full disclosure: I was sent two toys, one Wobble Deck and a Rubic's 360 Sphere. I was given these things with the clear expectation that I would blog about my experience, good or bad. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. The winner of the giveaway will receive from Mastermind either the Wobble Deck or the Sphere, your choice. Mastermind will pay for shipping. You must be willing to give me your name and your actual address to pass on to Mastermind so they can ship your prize out to you.


....And the winner is:

Here are your random numbers:

4

Timestamp: 2009-12-11 20:54:22 UTC


Number 4, witchypoo! Congratulations! I'm going over to your blog now to leave you a note!


Thanks for playing, everyone!




32 comments:

  1. The Rubic's 360 Sphere looks like a great new update to an old favorite. I was never able to solve the original so think I'd be equally as challenged on this one but would love to give it a try.

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  2. OHMIGOODNESS! Bekah would love a Wobble Deck. And what a cowinkidink...she has a birthday in January :) I'm heading over to their site to see what other cool stuff they have!

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  3. I could really see Audrey trying to push Amelia off the Wobble Deck. Fun entertainment for the whole family! Jodi (Jokee75)

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  4. I *almost* got the Rubik's cube.
    word verification: dialing

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  5. Oh I think the BoyChild would love the Rubic's 360!

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  6. I love the Sphere. I also still have an old skool Rubiks cube. I am old!

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  7. Awesome! How "durable" would you say the Wobble Deck is? Something that a 70 pounder could have fun with? If so...I wannnnnnnnnt onnnnnnnneeeee. lol

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  8. The Wobble Deck definitely looks like a lot of fun!

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  9. Tough choice! I think I know the perfect person for the Rubic's 360 Sphere.

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  10. Oh, the wobble deck would get much use at our house!

    I love Mastermind. I remember my mum taking my brother and I there when we were kids and it's awesome to take my daughter there now, a lovely Dora/Transformers/Barbie free zone!

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  11. the wobble deck is awesome thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

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  12. I like the Kiddieland Activity Plane with Light Up Propellers it reminds me of a toy when I had a kid

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  13. Pick me Rosey Pick me!

    ajcmeyer at go dot com

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  14. Oh yes, my little man would love the Rubic's 360 sphere.--thanks for the chance to win.
    kakihararocks@gmail.com

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  15. The Wobble Deck looks like so much fun!! I think I would have just as much fun watching my son play it as he would playing it.

    sallylynnsara@hotmail.com

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  16. I think the Wobble Deck looks like fun. Thank you so much for the chance.

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  17. cdziuba@aol.com Oh what a fabulous prize selection. Our little one would love either!

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  18. Very cute -- either is fine --please enter me.

    kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Oooh I want that Wobble!
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

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  20. the wobble deck looks so cool! cposen at gmail

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  21. My kids would love the wobble deck. It looks like a great toy.

    Thanks.

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  22. I think the Rubic's 360 looks awesome.

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  23. I like the look of the wobble deck.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  24. oh the wobble deck looks too cool, I would love it!

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  25. I think the wobble deck would be played with a lot here! Looks great!!
    RadiantlyRaw at gmail dot com

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  26. I think my daughter would LOVE the Wobble Deck - she likes active toys that keep her on her feet. Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  27. The sphere looks like so much fun for little ones.

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  28. Ooh, the Wobble Deck game would be a huge hit over here! (sherina@andromeda.qc.ca)

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  29. Wobble Deck, Wobble Deck, where art thou Wobble Deck?
    I used to LOVE Simon! It's the only toy my sister and I (who was two years older) enjoyed playing together. We could rope my parents in too and laugh when they botched the order up ;o)
    I've had my eye on the Wobble Deck for my 2 year old - I'm sure he'd love it if Rosey picked our number!
    almost.diva@hotmail.com

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