Sunday, November 11, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas -- Mega Bloks' Lil' Princess Toys -- A Castle, Carriage and More (Review and Flash Giveaway)

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Have you started your holiday shopping yet?  Usually, I like to start my holiday shopping in July, when they begin announcing what the hot toys of the holiday season will be.  I have found that if I pick up these big ticket items before the holiday rush begins, that I have a better chance of getting them for the girls and other children on our shopping list, and don't have to worry about crazy lines, etc.  There were a few toys that I had seen online, and knew it would be easier ordering them from online retailers like Amazon and Toys R Us, and take advantage of the free shipping offers they have if yous pend over a certain amount of money.  The one toy I knew my daughters would go crazy for was Mega Bloks' new "Lil' Princess" line, which consists of a 3-Story Enchanted Castle, magic carriage and assorted princesses and ponies

Ever since the girls could grab things, they had Mega Bloks building blocks in their hands.  And, day in and day out, this brand has not disappointed in offering my girls a creative outlet to explore, build and create wonderful things with their bags of Mega Bloks and building sets.  This is not my first review about Mega Bloks, as I have been sharing reviews of them from house parties I have held, as well as when I have had the opportunity to try out new products with my daughters.  So, when I was putting together my holiday gift guide for 2012, I knew I wanted to include some wonderful toys from Mega Bloks. 

After reaching out to them, they kindly sent me the following to review with the girls -- Lil' Princess 3-story enchanted castle, the magic carriage and Princess Sunray, along with their new Whirl N Twirl ladybug ride on.  

  Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess 3-Story Enchanted Castle
3-Story Enchanted Castle 

"Join Princess Ivy and discover a world of fairy tales in the Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess 3-Story Enchanted Castle. Deep in the Secret Forest, your little one can design and build a beautiful palace that is the perfect place for a magical ball! Princess Ivy and her pony Chestnut can twirl and dance the night away on the spinning platform and balcony. The enchantment never ends with the Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess 3-Story Enchanted Castle."

Part of the Mega Bloks First Builders collection.
Ideal for children aged 1 to 5. Retails for only $34.99.

  • Big sparkling tower tops for exciting princess playtime
  • Three ways to build for hours of fun
  • Includes Princess Ivy with magic pop-up tiara and her pony Chestnut with sparkling removable wings
  • Also includes two chairs, a table, a mirror and food for Chestnut
  • Colorful stickers to decorate the enchanted castle
  • Combine with other Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess buildable playsets for limitless fun

Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess Magic Carriage

Magic Carriage 

"Go for a magical ride with your little one’s newest friends in the Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess Magic Carriage. When they’re ready for a picnic in the Secret Forest, Blossom uses her Lil’ Princess powers to open the carriage’s petals and create a pretty gazebo for all of her princess friends. This colorful buildable playset comes with Princess Blossom, her pony Rose, and sparkling pieces that encourage imaginative play. "

Part of the Mega Bloks First Builders collection.
Ideal for children aged 1 to 5. Retails for only $19.99.

  • Magical carriage for princess adventures
  • Includes Princess Blossom with magic pop-up tiara and her pony Rose with sparkling removable wings
  • Bright-colored pieces and sparkling blocks that rearrange for imaginative play
  • Combine with other Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess buildable playsets for continuing fun

 Princess and Pony Sets
 Princess Sunray

Part of the Mega Bloks First Builders collection.
Ideal for kids aged 1 to 5. Retails for $7.99.

  • Includes the brave princess Sunray and her pony friend Glimmer
  • Magical tiara pops up when Princess Sunray rides her pony Glimmer or is placed on a block
  • Glimmer’s removable sparkling wings transform her into a flying pony
  • Two sparkling blocks
  • Combine with other Mega Bloks Lil’ Princess buildable playsets for lots of enchanting adventures

Whirl ’n Twirl Ladybug Ride-On

Whirl 'n Twirl Ladybug 

"Buzz, buzz! Hop on the bright pink Whirl ’n Twirl Ride-On by Mega Bloks and spin into hours of laughter. With a friendly smile and silly spots, this ladybug can stash toys and more inside for endless adventures on quick-turning caster wheels. Watch as your child discovers a world on wheels with the Whirl ’n Twirl Ride-On by Mega Bloks. Retails for only $24.99."

  • Responsive caster wheels for quick-turning fun
  • Vivid purple design for exciting, buggy adventures
  • Built-in storage for blocks and more

Now mind you Savannah is only 2 1/2 years old, but when she was the mail carrier bringing the box to the door, she must have recognized the logo, as she began yelling "Blocks, blocks."  And, before I could get the box open and the samples out onto the table, she snuck the Whirl N Twirl ride on out from under me, and began riding it around the house.  In a matter of minutes, she had the secret storage compartment filled with her toys.  I wish I had captured her initial reaction to this ride on toy on camera, as it was so cute.  She pushed herself around the house singing a song about her Mega Bloks, which she made up on the spot.  When I asked her what she was singing, her faced turned red in embarrassment, and she said, "Come on, Mom -- I am having fun!"  And, she was, as she spent the better part of the day glued to the Whirl N Twirl ladybug ride on.  

I waited to share the Lil' Princess toys with her until her little sister woke up, and was glad that I did, as they had a blast playing with them together.  When Arabella was not hugging the little princess dolls and giving them kisses, Savannah was flying them around the house on their magical ponies.  Knowing how popular Mega Bloks products are in our house, I was not surprised at how quickly the girls took to the new toys sent for review, and how they have become favorites among their toys.  Since receiving only a few days ago, the girls don't go a day without playing with the Lil' Princess castle, carriage and princesses.  And, Savannah still can't get enough of the Whirl N' Twirl ladybug ride on, which remains full of some of her precious toys. 

So, if you are a fan of Mega Bloks and love their blocks and building sets, why not check out their new product offering this holiday season?  In addition to these girl toys, they also have the following sets geared towards little boys ---

Arkeyan Copter AttackSteer-me Steve 
Goblin Zeppelin Ambush
Roundhouse Racing 

Each and every time I see the new toys from Mega Bloks, I think to myself, "Why didn't they have these when I was growing up?"  They really are amazing and so much fun to play with.  I know, as I love to get down on the floor and build towering pillars and structures, just so the girls can knock them down and giggle.  And, I am not alone -- my husband is a fan, too.  I have caught him on a few occasions building structures when the girls are napping.  He tells me it is a great stress reliever and that he is building these structures to share with the girls when they get up.  Sure, sure, sure! :-)  I can't wait to pick up a few more Lil' Princess building sets and princesses for the girls from Mega Bloks for the holidays, so that they can create a Lil' Princess world all their own. :-)

Sparkling TowerTwinkle Castle


Click here to visit the Mega Bloks website and browse their selection of building blocks sets and toys, that will surely delight any little boy or girl.  Then, you can choose to order through online retailers like Amazon or Toys R Us.  I, myself, having been ordering from Amazon or buying at my local WalMart store.


The first person to share a photo via email to me, of their child's favorite Mega Bloks structure that they built, will win a Lil' Princess Magic Carriage to surprise their little girl with this holiday season.  Or, it would make for a great gift to donate to a local toy drive. :-)       Good luck and happy building! 

Disclosure: I was sent samples from Mega Bloks in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone. 

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