Here Is The Best NFL Toy For Kids
The only thing my seven-year-old son loves as much as running around outside (or inside) and playing sports, is playing with toys that have to do with sports. Specifically, Squeezymates is his choice, and I believe it is the best NFL toy I have ever come across. Here is how I have arrived at that statement.
My first recollection of a football toy that had a significant and worthy buzz behind it was the starting lineup action figure. In the early ’90s, seeing this box hanging in rows on a shelf was pure elation. Of course, back then, you never knew which of these players would be available until you physically walked into the store. It was a joyous surprise. Then, over the years, it became a collector’s item. The challenge with that, was that we believed it preserved its value by keeping the toy unopened in the box.
I actually saved some of the box full of starting lineup players I had (mostly N.Y. Giants). When my oldest son was born, he started playing with them. There was one major concern to this. The tiny helmets were designed to slide off. Telling a toddler not to put it in their mouth was nearly impossible. The simple answer was to take away all the helmets. However, then the 30-year-old toy would have its arms easily snapped off.
About seven years ago, blind bag toys (thanks to YouTube) became the new focus. Enter an NFL toy called Teenymates. In a similar fashion to when I was kid, but way more modern, the player or team you would get when buying a Teenymate was a mystery until you opened the bag. These were great until you realized that they were so small. Furthermore, stepping on one made stepping on a Lego piece feel like a pillow.
Enter The Squeezymate
Now in its sixth series, Squeezymates have it all. You get the rushing thrill of blind bags and wanting to collect them all. In addition, there are rare figures. There is a one in 600 chance that you will unwrap a golden figure. Squeezymates also come in different sizes. There’s the handheld, which fits in a blind bag size, and then the jumbo.
With Squeezymates, you have the giddiness of wanting to collect them all after you accomplish your initial goal of securing your favorite player and team. They fit nicely into any storage bin or bag. They are not ingestible and appropriately sized.
My son will spark his creativity by either lining these football guys up or playing a head-to-head game. Or, he with his brothers, will arrange them in designs and play their own NFL draft. Regardless, he is locked in for hours.
Squeezymates are distributed by Party Animal, Inc. They also make MLB, NBA, and NHL versions. The best news here is that accidentally stepping on this NFL Squeezymates toy does not hurt at all.