Saturday, May 2, 2015

Review of The Vegimals, Members of the Fisher-Price Octonauts

Fisher-Price Octonauts - The Vegimals Set
Fisher-Price Octonauts - The Vegimals Set

My grandson, David, was approaching his sixth birthday.  While checking with his parents as to what toys might be on his birthday wish list, I was told about a recent favorite of the kindergarten set – the Octonauts!

The Octonauts

Being a grandmother with my children all grown and my five grandsons living far away, I'm out of the habit of knowing what toys are popular with today's children. Therefore, I needed to do some research into this latest craze... and thus this review for other grandparents and parents who might not be aware of these adorable toys.

It seems the Octonauts are an underwater exploring crew of eight little anthropomorphic animals who live under the sea in their Octopod and have undersea adventures using a fleet of aquatic vehicles.

Animated Series

Octonauts Wall Decal
Octonauts Wall Hanging available on Amazon

The Octonauts began in 2010 as a British TV series on BBC based on American-Canadian children's books written by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy.  It's an animated series which appeals to children ages 4-12. 

The Octonauts encounter real marine animals in their natural habitats while having adventures. It's rather a bit like a combination of 'Star Trek and the Thunderbirds meet Jacques Cousteau!'

Octonauts Characters

Image of the 8 Octo-Crew Octonauts
Octo-Crew of 8 Octonauts

The eight main Octonaut characters include the Captain, Barnacles the Polar Bear, along with Kwazii the Cat, Peso the Penguin, Inkling the Octopus, Shellington the Sea Otter, Tweak the Rabbit, Dashi the Dog, and Tunip the Vegimal.

The Vegimals


Personal photo of the Vegimals set I got David for his birthday
The Vegimals Set I Got David for his Birthday

Which brings us to the set I purchased and mailed to David for his birthday – The Vegimals!  David has already begun collecting all the main Octonauts characters, so I have added to his collection with this set of five characters which are really cute.  They are soft and squishy and measure about 1.5 inches tall.

Vegimals are part animal and part vegetable and are a special breed of underwater critters who love making tasty kelp cakes and helping out around the Octopod! They include Barrot the carrot, Grouber the ginger, Tominnow the tomato, Codish the radish, and Tunip the Turnip. Tunip is also the Ship's Cook and Gardener and a regular member of the regular 8-character team.

Toys by Fisher-Price 

The Octonauts and Vegimals figures, along with their Octopod and vehicle playsets, are products of Fisher-Price, which is a name I've trusted in toys for children for nearly 50 years.

Gup Speeder Gup-O with Kwazii the Cat toy
Gup Speeder Gup-O with Kwazii the Cat

By the way, along with the Vegimals set, my birthday package included a Mini Gup (vehicle) with Kwazii the Cat, which I learned is David's favorite Octonaut. There are a whole line of these vehicles and playsets, which make nice additions to your child's collection as time goes on.

This birthday request became my first-ever introduction to the Octonauts and their friendly Vegimals and I find them adorable.  I have to say I am delighted to make their acquaintance and I see a whole bunch of birthday and Christmas Octonauts in my grandsons' future! 

Grandson David with his new Octonauts toy
David, Age 6

Happy Octonauts Birthday, David!

*Review written by Wednesday Elf on 5/2/15

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  1. Happy Birthday David! The Octonauts look like a really fun (and educational) birthday gift. Since I had never heard of them before, I really appreciate the review Elf. I will have to seek out the show to watch too.

    1. I was delighted to learn about this new line of toys popular with the youngsters these days, Mouse. And being Fisher-Price toys, I feel I can trust their quality.

  2. I hadn't heard of these sweet little characters, either! Since, I have a 3 1/2 year old with a birthday coming up; I am glad to know about these little cuties. This Grandma will have to get her at least Kwazii Cat 'cause we love cats. I'll have to ask here when she is here next weekend if she watches the Octonauts. Thanks for the review!

    1. Beverly, the Octonauts come in hard plastic and also in soft plush, so there's something for every age Octonauts fan. :)

  3. I had never heard of Octonauts either so this information was very useful. I agree that Fisher Price always seems to have toys we can trust. We purchased a good many of them over the years for our children, too. Thanks for all this info!!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Carol. Glad you got to learn about a fun toy new to you, especially with that new grandchild due this year. :)

  4. These are new to me, too, since I haven't had children to buy for in over twenty years. It's nice to see toys that look wholesome again. I've always liked the Fisher-Price brand, too.

  5. These are new to me, too, since I haven't had children to buy for in over twenty years. It's nice to see toys that look wholesome again. I've always liked the Fisher-Price brand, too.

    1. Fisher-Price is a brand I've always trusted, Barbara. I've been buying their toys for many, many years for both my kids and now my grandkids! :)

  6. Another children's toy I've just learned about thanks to this review - saved to my list of toys for gifts of course :)

    1. Glad to widen your toy knowledge base, Barbara. It's always fun to find out what the younger set likes in toys of late. And Fisher Price is a good brand. Thanks for your visit.


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