|Are you ready for Superbowl? photo: OYO Sports|
|Are you cheering for the Seahawks? photo: OYO Sports|
|Or are you a Patriots fan? photo: OYO Sports|
WHAT: OYO Sports minifigures and playsets- Officially licensed from the MLB, NHL, and NFL
DOES: Opens up new avenues for storytelling, creativity, discussion in strategy, exposure to new role models
INVEST: $12.99 and up
TOOLS: Express Yourself, Foment the Love of Language
GIVEAWAY: Win two of your favorite sports heroes in minifigure collectible form or choose to use a $30 gift certificate
When I was a publicist working in a hospital, I would often have to go to the O.R. to escort camera crews to make sure they didn't touch anything sterile. It was a rather boring part of the job but one thing about the O.R. never ceased to amaze me.
|There is something really majestic and artistic about how an athlete does what he does. I love how this toy can capture that somehow.|
|The only time I will allow ball play in my house.|
|A comparison photo: Yup, they are really interchangeable, even the peeps. They are the same size.|
I am not big on team sports. I am actually not big on sport sports in general and definitely not big on licensed team products ($$$$$) but I find that OYO Sports to be so adorable and though I rarely like playing with LEGO-like bricks that are not LEGO, OYO Sports is truly in a league of its own with their own unique benefits.
Storytelling with sports
I love how there are more toys with STEM themes for girls. But has anyone thought about storytelling theme toys for boys or just sports lovers in general? You have Chima, Ninjago, Pokemon, Skylanders, but for sports, the toys are really the actual toy (ie. a real baseball bat) or collectible cards.
|My husband bought this for my son at a nearby Modell's on his way home from work. I bet he looked forward to giving it to him all day long. He came home super early that day. Note to collector kids: Keep the box.|
|Isn't it so cool how much you can manipulate them?|
|Hey, that ain't no cheerleader. She's da ref man! I turned these players into women players. Super easy to do.|
Storytelling can even go further if you combine actual LEGO brand toys into the mix. Moreover, the limbs!!!!! You have elbows and knees here! That is so awesome for making stop motion videos!
What does this have to do with scholar athletes? with education? with toys being tools?
First off, sports is not just great for physical exercise. Sports games are also great for learning and discussing strategy. While I am only guessing here, the strategy component is probably why watching sports on T.V. is so fun. Additionally, sometimes the OYO Sports Green Bay Packers Game Time Set ends up on our coffee table when they watch the game. The set can be used to talk about the game.
My husband likes to talk about strategy with the boys. He also talks about why a team loses. My son was very mad at #86 when the Packers lost. But my husband talked to him about how it's usually never one person's fault- this is a very good lesson to learn. It's also a good lesson to empathize with #86. (pls don't ask me what #86 did, I don't know but I know it was a bad moment)
|Probably one of the most expensive sets is getting the whole field and getting each of the current team members. We have the no number players. They have black shoes. These guys have white ones. It's expensive, no doubt but I like them better than cards and stickers.|
|How to keep the dust off but not spend big bucks? You can buy tool storage container or bead storage containers from Home Depot or Michaels for five bucks. I use this box to store nanoblocks.|
|This cost $20 on Amazon in case you wanted something more classy.|
|Hey, are you the OYO Derek Jeter? Will you be worth a lot of money someday?|
|Directions are not as detailed as LEGO directions but building has never been complex with the sets we have.|
|Boston Bruins with Zamboni photo: OYO Sports|
|Another comparison photo. See the joints? That is a real nice looking helmet too- 3 connection points.|
|Great hitters of MLB - I appreciate the differences in facial features and skin color. Isn't that the coolest?|
I used to hate sports on television. My husband would ignore me and I would have to deal with the kids all by myself. But now, they watch with him and bond with him that way while I go off to do my own thing. It's HEAVEN! Thank you Oyo Sports! You are a mucho positive influence in my life - in so many ways!
NOW, WIN YOUR OWN OYO Sports mini-figures (two- choose any one from any team or $30 OYO gift card to get a set like infield, outfield, endzone, etc!!!!
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Disclosure: Toys are Tools was not compensated by the manufacturers of anything mentioned here for the publication of this review. The reviewed items were provided to Toys are Tools to facilitate a review. Reviews are never promised