Crate Creature Suprise Review: Unleash Sizzle the Beast

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Reviewed by Brankica Ivanova
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We like

The Crate Creature comes in amazing packaging that can be reused many times

His glowing eyes and mouth look amazing in the dark

There are more than 45 sounds that Sizzle can make

Sizzle can record your voice and play it back

We don’t like

The voice playback is supposed to be in monstrous tone but the creature does not distort it much

How it works

MGA Entertainment after launching the big hit L.O.L. Surprise and entering in the “surprise” toy market has released a Crate Creature Surprise. This new collection brings a totally new experience for the kids. Crate Creature Surprise comes with different surprise characters (currently there are 6 of them) among which is the one that we are reviewing today i.e. Sizzle. All the creatures share some common characteristics like the special box where they are locked, one special feature for each of them, the tongue that if you pull the creature reacts in a different way and more than 45 sounds and effects and the last thing is that all the creatures come together with their favorite food.  Sizzle is a special creature in the group because it is the youngest dragon which loves marshmallows and can flip with his wings. This creature is locked in a box that is waiting for you to open it. The best thing about it is that this unboxing experience can be repeated as many times as you want so when you get tired of playing with Sizzle you have a perfect place to keep it inside. If you like Sizzle you can buy and collect all the other monsters from Crate Creature Surprise. 

Product packaging

Product packaging

The packaging is really awesome and everything but not ordinary. It is part of the complete look of the toy and you can use it again after Sizzle has been released for the first time. The packaging contains a crate equipped with a lock, chain and a crowbar. The crate itself has an interesting design that is eye-catching for the kids and it comes with a warning for the kids –not to pull the cradle creature’s tongue and a sign for caution that builds up the excitement before kids set Sizzle free. The packaging also features the sign of Crate Creatures and it tells that the crate contains the creature Sizzle. On one of the side of the crate, there is a short description of who Sizzle actually is.

On the back of the crate, there are five pictures of Sizzle that in short explain what Sizzle does. The whole crate is locked with a chain and a lock on the top. The lock is protected with plastic so you will need a pair of scissors to open the lock. On the side of the crate, there is a crowbar that is secured also with small plastic pieces so you will also need scissors for this too. The crowbar is required for unlocking the lock and for the opening of the crate. It is also labeled with a sticker that says Danger and once again an instruction how this crowbar is to be used.

After the initial detachment, the crowbar can be placed again on the same spot on the crate so you will be sure that you are not going to lose it. So you just have to insert the crowbar in the lock and it will open after that do the same with the crate and the lid of the crate will pop and Sizzle is free. The packaging is definitely one that engages kids while they are opening it and the very best feature is that this can be done many times, so kids can put the creature back in the crate and release it over and over again.
What is inside?

What is inside?

Once the crate is opened, the kids can have a look at what is inside the crate. Even before the crate is opened kids can see that inside it there is some kind of creature. The tongue is outside the crate so before Sizzle is out on freedom kids can pull his tongue and hear the roar and see the glowing eyes. This is done on purpose to raise the interest of the kids and increase their curiosity of what’s inside the crate. Besides Sizzle, there is his favorite snack – roasted treat and instructions for use. Sizzle is wrapped in a small plastic bag that you have to unwrap and it comes with 3 AAA batteries that are included in the package.

An important note here is that once you get Sizzle out, look at the back of his head, which is easy to open since it, by hook and loop fastener and find the base for batteries. In order to function properly, you should switch the button from a demo or try me mode into play mode and you can easily do this by choosing your volume preference. There are two options: low volume or high volume. If you want to replace the batteries you will need a little screwdriver. Sizzle is the youngest dragon that comes from volcanoes of crunch land. Sizzle is super colorful dragon that is about 1 feet tall, which makes him easy to carry it around. It has a funny orange beard and a dragon violet tongue. One of its horns looks like it is broken but that is part of its monster style. Its arms are movable which is great. The roasted treat is marshmallow that you can use to feed the dragon when he gets hungry from flapping the wings or roaring with rage.
What does it do?

What does it do?

This toy offers a different type of play experience. The crate creature makes more than 45 sounds and effects. One of the most loved features by the kids is the option to speak to Sizzle and Sizzle will speak back to them but in his creature cool voice. This is actually a recording option that can record up to 10 seconds and then it plays it back in monstrous voice. This option is activated when you press the stomach button and each time you record the previous recording will be deleted. If you turn the creature upside down shake and press the stomach once the creature will play the recorded in stutter and then if you turn it upside down again it will play the same audio in reverse.

The warning that is on the crate not to pull the tongue of the creature is like a sign for the kid that says yeah, yeah pull me and see what happens. So if you pull Sizzle’s tongue Sizzle will start shaking and making some growling monster sounds and the eyes will start glowing. The glowing eyes and mouth also look super cool in dark. Another special feature is activated if you squeeze Sizzle’s tail then it starts flapping happily with its wings. After all, those flapping Sizzle will get hungry so you can feed him with the marshmallow. After feeding you can hear Sizzle chowing down, farting or burping.

Kids adore these noises because they make them laugh. Kids can shake, flip or knock Sizzle over and based on the action Sizzle reacts by laughing, roaring, grunting, shaking and so much more. If you do not want to play with Sizzle you can put it to sleep by putting it on its back and it will begin to snore and go to sleep mode or what you can do is to open the hooks and loop fastener and choose “off” mode.
Who is it for?

Who is it for?

The manufacturer recommends this toy for children aged 4 to 12. However, there have been many satisfied customers whose children or grandchildren happily use the toy below the age recommendation and show no sign of fear from the crate creature. There are no small parts that you have to worry about, just at the beginning during the process of opening there are small tags, ties, and tacking stitches. This toy can be really fun for kids especially because of the recording feature and the unboxing experience that can be repeated many times. Once kids are ready playing with the Sizzle they can put it back in the crate and lock it inside. Although a monster, Sizzle is an adorable colorful creature that kids would love to have and play with it.
Sensory features

Sensory features

Kids love the look of Sizzle, they love to stroke the hairy beard and softback and are usually super excited when Sizzle roars or laughs. They enjoy pulling its tongue over and over again in order to make the creature react. They giggle at Sizzle farts and burps. Sizzle is also great for sensory development because of all motion, sound and light effects. Kids can use Sizzle for sensory play and all the sound and light effects can stimulate kids’ senses during the play.

They also learn the cause-effect relationship because of all the activities that first they have to perform and see what happens as a result of their action i.e. the reaction of Sizzle. The option for voice recording is also one thing that will encourage kids to use descriptive and expressive vocabulary and to be creative because they will have to think of some sentences to pronounce in order Sizzle to record them and play them back.

The recording can be done many times and it is really nice that Sizzle can say them back and this is actually appealing to the kids so it motivates them to say other sentences or phrases. Fine motor skills are also developed by involving the kids in locking and unlocking of the monster in the crate by using a special crowbar or by squeezing Sizzle’s tail to activate his special feature. So this is not a toy that only makes a noise but can do so much more for your child.
Materials

Materials

The crate creature is packed in a box that looks like wood but it is actually plastic. The tongue is really sturdy and stretchy and there are no signs of breaking after multiple uses. The arms, legs, and face are made of hard plastic and the rest of the body is made of polyester fiber which is soft. The arms are movable and on each arm, there is a plastic blue wrist and on one leg, too. It wears fabric orange shorts. The nails on his fingers and toes are covered with paint and that’s why chewing is not to be allowed. In order to keep it clean, you can wipe it with a damp cloth and be careful to keep the battery compartment away from moisture.
Price

Price

Recommended for ages 4 and up this toy can be a really nice purchase and the majority of the customers agreed that the price is affordable. It is a nice size toy that allows easy storage and plus it has electronic and interactive features. The plus is the crate or packaging that unlike other boxes can be reused many times so it makes the toy worth the value. This includes the quality of the product and its uniqueness. Although the toy is available for purchase at larger stores and online for an approximate price of 30-40$ it is often sold out very quickly. The price tag also includes the 3 AAA batteries that come together with the toy.

Bottom line

When you buy this toy you give your child his or her own monster in a box that he or she can set it free and then play with it. Sizzle has eyes that glow, makes fun sounds and is equipped with motion sensors so it reacts to certain actions that you are going to do for example if you shake it, knock it over, pull its tongue or feed him yummy marshmallow. It features big teeth and huge eyes, long tongue and claws like a real monster. This monster can make as many as 45 functions such as bouncing, laughing, snoring, sleeping, eating, roaring and many more.

It is a cute and entertaining toy with all the lights, sounds, audio recording, and interactivity. It is definitely a toy that catches kids’ attention and imagination and can keep them busy especially with the feature of voice recording. The idea of reusable packaging is extremely appealing and it is a really nice feature very different from all the other standard packaging.
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