My youngest son and I recently had the opportunity to visit a local television studio to record a piece about the Holiday shopping season. A reporter named Morgan Dean (who is also a Morning News anchor) provided some of the items on many of the “Top Toys” lists and we gave our feedback. For the Little Ninja this was a dream come true because, 1. Toys, and 2. He wants to be a media STAR. (He is obsessed with YouTube, and I’m pretty sure Thomas Sanders is his spirit animal).
My oldest son declined the opportunity to be interviewed on camera because he is more a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. I totally respect that, and think it’s cool that my boys have such interesting personalities that are so different from each other.
Here is a link to the article and interview on the WRIC website: http://wric.com/2015/11/24/hottest-toys-of-the-holiday-get-a-jump-on-black-friday/
Taping went pretty well, even though it involved a good bit of needing to wait quietly. That can be hard for any child, but especially one who is Autistic. I had initially been concerned about how my son would handle himself in studio and on-camera, but he did great. I was thankful that Autism didn’t get in the way of something he wanted to do, or make things extra hard that day (Don’t get me wrong, he is proud of his unique brain. He is also aware of the challenges that it can cause). The only hiccup was when he started playing with the electronic lightsaber toy, and the first thing he blurted out was, “IT SOUNDS LIKE A FART!” In all honesty, it did. You can see him giggling about it near the beginning of the clip. His “fart” comment surpirsed us all and got a good laugh, so he became stuck on the idea of farts for a while. I worried we wouldn’t get back on track. Thankfully the moment passed (see what I did there?), and he went back to being his typical exuberant self. The fart comments didn’t make it into the final edit, by the way.
Another cool thing was that Autism didn’t need to be a part of the dialogue that day, even though we have talked with WRIC before about Autism. In this instance we were simply people (and bloggers) talking about TOYS. Moving on…
Our friend Carissa Garabedian of Macaroni Kid Richmond and the special-needs website Know Different was also interviewed for the piece. She got to talk about the Girl Scout Cookie Oven among other things, and it looked yummy. Well, the cookies did. I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven as a kid and never got one. This looks similar and made my inner child VERY happy. I WANT ONE. Plus I want to be able to make Thin Mints on a whim.
After we completed taping we were able to take a brief tour of the studio.
The Little Ninja was mesmerized by the Green Screen.
Then they let us venture behind the Anchor Desk.
My son realized very quickly that the Anchor’s chairs are VERY fun to spin. And spin. And spin.
Finally he stopped moving for a picture. Sort of.
In conclusion, here is our take on some of the toys from that day:
We will NOT be getting the Pie-Face game. We don’t do sticky in this house (helloooo sensory issues), and just the thought of the mess raises my anxiety levels. So this one is a giant NOPE for us. Other people feel differently, and I hear the toy is sold out in the UK with long waiting lists.
Chocolate Pen. Obvi. And yeah, he is totally getting one on Christmas morning. I mean, come ON. It’s art you can EAT!
Nerf NERF N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster. BE WARNED, however. If you want it to look like the cool, tricked-out toy on the box you need to purchase several upgrade kits. I found the packaging misleading.
I went to the store and took this picture of the Nerf gun with 3 different upgrades shelved underneath. Big Brother will be getting this for Christmas, even though I already know what (or should I say who) his favorite target will be.
Last, but not least, the Star Wars Bladebuilders Lightsaber.
The Ninja totally wants the Kylo Ren Lightsaber that he played with, but he also wishes he could get the bigger Jedi Master set that is customizable and can be added to the other Bladebuilder Lightsabers.
Yet another toy that needs extra upgrades to achieve maximum coolness. TAKE NOTE: THIS toy is HARD TO FIND. I talked to Toys R Us and they can’t keep it in stock. Target doesn’t even have it available for shipping on their website because it is in such high demand. SO, if your child wants this toy I suggest you do not procrastinate.
All in all it was a fun day. We enjoyed playing with the different toys, and learned a lot about what goes into making the TV News. We also learned you don’t say “fart” on camera. And you certainly don’t say it again. And again. And again… Good thing we apparenly gave them some usable footage. Thanks for the opportunity, Morgan and Channel 8!
Hope this helped some of you! Good luck on your search for your own Top Toys, and may the Force be with you.
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