Explore! Rescue! Protect! OCTONAUTS!!!!
I never fully grasped the magnitude of a child’s full-blown obsession until Octonauts appeared on Disney Junior. From the moment Octonauts first made its debut, my K has been a complete Octo-NUT! Something about this show captivates my daughter, and her love for the show only grows each time she watches an episode – over and over and over again.
In case you aren’t as familiar with the ins and outs of all things Octonauts, the Octonauts are a team of undersea adventurers who are always ready to dive into action! Their mission: to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures and protect the ocean.
The show originated in the UK, so when Disney Junior first picked it up there was no merchandise to be found — in the U.S. But K’s obsession was so strong that we were determined to surprise her with Octonauts toys for Christmas. After much searching, we found a source for a couple of small toys from the UK. Only to be out done my Mimi who found the toy of all toys — the OctoPod!
I do believe that the shrieks emanating from our daughter Christmas morning could be heard next door.
Little did we know Octonauts toys were on their way to the U.S., and before her birthday Toys R Us officially launched the exclusive line of Octo-toys from Fisher Price.
Oh my stars – we now own them all. I kid not.
When I was asked if I would like to review some Octonaut toys, I had to say yes. Perhaps there was a toy we missed. I was blown away when I received a giant box full of fantastic toys, but I laughed out loud when I realized we already owned every single one. Oh well, now she has an extra set.
There are still toys available in the UK that have not made their way to the U.S., and K has her fingers crossed that they will soon. She really wants a Gup X. (Gups are the vehicles that the Octonauts drive. Gups A, B, C & D are currently available We are awaiting the arrival of E & X. – come on Toys R Us.)
Obviously, the toys are a hit with K. But what I like about them is that they are very well-thought out toys with multiple levels of play. For example, the Gup D includes an air tube so that it can blow air into Captain Barnacles deep-sea diving suit to make him float in the tub. You can also attach a net to the front and use the air to launch the net to capture a creature.
As I write this post, I hear K in her room making up stories about underwater adventures with all of her Octonauts pals. Even baby sister has fallen in love with the “Octos.” Best toys I have ever invested in.
Octonauts toys start at $5.99 (for a crew member and creature), Gups are $14.99 – $19.99 and the Octopod is $15.99. (You don’t want to know what we paid to get the Octopod from the UK!!!) All toys and books are available from Amazon.
I was recently informed that K wants to be Captain Barnacles (or perhaps Dashi) for Halloween, and that her 6th birthday (next March) will be Octonauts themed. I predict this obsession will be around our house for a while.
Oh and the big news in our house this week is that it is Explore! Rescue! Protect! Week. It is the season two kickoff with all-new Octonauts every day on Disney Junior. I have a happy girl!
For all things Octonauts, check out my Octonauts pinboard. I am now collecting ideas for costumes, parties and crafts.
I received several Octonauts toys for review, however, we also purchased all of the toys shown. All opinions are my own.