Just as a disclaimer, and one we're sure to repeat... Yes, these toys are being provided to us in exchange for our review. But having said that, we're going to do our best to be as objective as possible. We're not going to pretend to love something we don't. Not going to tell you that something rocks our socks when it just plain doesn't. Trust us.
Anyway, the fun part. We've come up with a quick visual aid for our reviews, where we're going to rate our playthings on the things that are most important to us. It looks like this:
And of course, it all adds up to 29. ;-) Ratings will go as follows...
Materials & Workmanship (1-6 pearls): What's it made of? Is it nice? Is it safe? Does it feel cheap? Is it gonna last a hundred years, or fall apart in your hand? (Or, I suppose, someplace worse...)
Aesthetic Appeal (1-6 pearls): What can we say, we're suckers for the pretty. :-) Is it cute? Is it nicely packaged? Does it make you want to pick it up and play with it, or hide it where nobody will see it? Do we like the color? A self-indulgent category, maybe, but hey, these things are important to us, and it's our blog. :-)
Features (1-6 pearls): What cool tricks does it do? Will it make my coffee for me? Does it do all the things that it says it does? If it has a motor, is it strong?
Fun (1-6 pearls): This is obviously the big one. And we understand your mileage may vary. But what did it do for us and our naughty bits? Did we enjoy it? Is this gonna be a new favorite, or not so much?
"Mystery Category" (1-5 pearls): This category will vary from toy to toy, and is our opportunity to give bonus points (or anti-bonus-points) for things that don't fit in the categories above.
We think we'll have fun, we hope you do too, and let's all find some new things to play with, shall we...?