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Induction Certificate Number:   74020130524-385
Induction Date:   May 24, 2013
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Marshmallow Blaster
MSRP:   $29.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.marshmallowville.com
Rating: 

Marshmallow Blaster

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist | The Toy Man®
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  05/24/2013

A booming success with kids of all ages, the Marshmallow Blaster shoots large marshmallows up to 30 feet or more on a line. In the world of marshmallow warfare, the Blaster is one of the key weapons of marshmallow destruction. This single-action, lock-and-load unit fires one marshmallow at a time – then it’s time to lock and reload and continue having a blast!

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Recreational Toys 2009 Consumer/Education 6 Years plus Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Durability Functionality FunFactor™ / Popularity Innovative Design Marketability Visual Appeal
5 5 5 5 5 4.5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

These icons represent important attributes with which this product / service is associated, contributes to, or encourages development of. Select any of the unique icons below to learn more about the specific attribute it represents.
                           





image of factory with ecological leaves symbol. Trade Industry Sales Types
Industry Memberships

Wholesale Retail Reseller Online 

 

 


Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
 Compliant
  
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
  
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
899056000023 1110



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
ChinaWARNING: Do not shot into mouth, eyes, or face.
Do not modify Blaster or use if damaged.
Shoot marshmellow only.
Do not try to shoot anything other than marshmallows.
Do not eat marshmallows after shooting.

 


About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

Lock-and-Load!!! That famous and familiar phrase is such a perfect fit for the Marshmallow Blaster. Lock the Marshmallow Blaster in place for loading, load your Marshmallow Blaster up with the big marshmallows like you use in a campfire barbecue, and suddenly...Whooooosh! You see this white blur go flying by your head as your opponent smiles ear to ear having shot his/her marshmallow off when you dropped your guard.

"That marshmallow gun is so fat. I could battle with my brother and eat the ammunition when we were done!"


* A quote from one of The Toy Man® News & Reviews consumers following his experience during one of our spontaneous consumer hands-on evaluation events.
Seeing "...a white blur go flying by your head..." may sound like a moment from back when you were a kid playing combat or just having fun competing with your brother or sister, yet it in reality it is NOW, today! The Marshmallow Blaster provides the means to be a kid again yet still feel like an adult and have some serious fun in doing so. At the same time, kids can have safe fun with it as well. Simple, durable, and just plain fun! That's what the Marshmallow Blaster is all about.
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

The Marshmallow Blaster is far more than it appears to be. When you first look at it you see a plastic forced air toy. After all, what else could it be other than what you see right in front of you? It is this exact scenario that is responsible for so many toys being looked over by buyers, never realizing the full value of what it had waiting for them.

While the Marshmallow Blaster is a simple toy that generates loads of fun, like the opposite side of a coin which you don't see, there is still more to discover. This is where anatomy and physiology come into play.

It is only obvious that if you want to use the Marshmallow Blaster, you have to fill it with ammunition. To shoot it, you have to pump it to build the air pressure which serves as the catalyst to create the momentum for the marshmallow to move with great speed to make it out of the plastic barrel and begin its journey to the intended target.

Young boy shooting the Marshmellow Blaster  
It is only obvious that if you want to use the Marshmallow Blaster, you have to fill it with ammunition. To shoot it, you have to pump it to build the air pressure which serves as the catalyst to create the momentum for the marshmallow to move with great speed to make it out of the plastic barrel and begin its journey to the intended target.

To perform these tasks a number of things must take place in and with your body. order to perform these tasks you start with multiple functions of the brain being stimulated. Once this is done, the parade of electrical impulses and growth begins! Grand Central Station in the brain issues orders for other divisions of the brain to commence their march down the streets of the brain pathways as the wonderful parade begins.


Each division is coordinated flawlessly and carefully orchestrated to make sure each division completes its performance on the mark for completion of the parade route.

The excitement of the parade is rapidly climaxing as the last division makes its way to the final segment of the parade path. The division reaches the end of the parade run and the confetti is flying every where from all of the excitement of the parade being completed with yet another to begin. More simply put, the marshmallow has hit its intended target.  This re-enforces the statement of why the Marshmallow Blaster is far more than it may appear to be.
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Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.
The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. These reports have been prepared by top credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.
* These excerpts have been posted verbatim, paraphrased, or a combination of both, in order to encapsulate the primary details conveyed in each of the evaluation reports in a brief summary form.

Plastic Design Engineer

"The Marshmallow Blaster is a product we really enjoyed evaluating. Plastic is a medium we are fully familiar with in virtually every compound of it you can find on a list. We seldom have a product of this size to get into so we had quite the experience in going over it from end to end. It is an impressive example of plastic design and functionality."

"The compound of plastic materials used for the Marshmallow Blaster is a compound which shows the designers were thinking ahead and taking many avenues of potential wear and tear into consideration. The Marshmallow Blaster has a design which allows for plenty of flex yet still retains the rigidity needed for extensive long term use. That flex in the plastic enables the product to be make a cross-over from children's use to rough and ready adult use. Whether in child or adult use, it is highly likely that there will be serious pressure applied to various parts of the product.

For a child, the most likely pressure is from running and competing with others with the Marshmallow Blaster, with a fall unexpectedly occurring. The plastic materials used here are highly probable to have been tested well and quite unlikely to fracture in the event of a fall with a child's full weight upon the product, or simply being dropped. Provided that my assumption is correct, this will provide a greater level of safe use and raising of the marketability of the product."

"It is highly probable that men are going to be adopting use of this product and doing so quite seriously. Unlike paint balls, you have the medium for speed, competition, no mess, and safety all rolled up into one. This is where the durability and the plastic compounds used comes into play. Men have a higher potential of competitive spirit and emotions being triggered while using the product. This is likely to trigger adrenaline in the bloodstream and a very strong level of force being applied to certain functional areas of the product.

We ran the samples you sent through a number of competitive activities in which on several instances, a substantial amount of jumping, rolling, and combative activity was occurring as each of the persons were trying to beat the other. Over a period of 10 days the samples became a literal part of the lives of our testing group because of the inner-need to be the champion in the Play. Despite the rough and tumble activity while playing with the sample products, there were never any malfunctions, breakage, or even signs of potential damage."

"Despite the purpose of your sending the samples was for focus on the plastics used, much more came into play and was inevitable. In conclusion of our study and evaluation of the samples we sent back to you, a number of us has already purchased one or more of these products for our own personal use on a regular basis during our lunch hour each day. This unexpectedly created a substantial improvement of the atmosphere in our work place. The potential benefit for others as well as children in the target age group for use of this product is impressive."



Chief of Recreational Therapy and Pediatric Behavioral Study

"When petitioned to obtain my evaluation of the Marshmallow Blaster, I was a bit surprised to say the least. due to the fact of my work being mostly with SN, or to be more exact, PDD children. These children have conditions which require an extensive amount of care, so your request was rather strange to me. I must admit though, once I began to examine the Marshmallow Blaster, I began to see it from a different standpoint.

The design structure of the Marshmallow Blaster is more than effective in being used as an appliance to help PDD children for developmental improvement. While most therapeutic products which are specifically designed for SN children are quite effective due to their specialized design, they are also quite expensive. The Marshmallow Blaster on the other hand turns out to have a multitudinous group of ways it can be applied for use with PDD children in therapeutic Play."

"The steps required in the physical realm to make use of the Marshmallow Blaster provide a very strong stimulation to coordination, motor, and essential critical skill development. As a secondary, the Marshmallow Blaster is exceptional in helping a PDD child learn to have a convivial experience learning to perform specific tasks and actions. The Marshmallow Blaster is a very suitable product to have for families who may not be in the financial position to get the appropriate care their child needs to help their child develop properly."

"In my clinical use in the study of the Marshmallow Blaster, many of the SN children who in the past have been more reticent in their behavioral patterns for recreational/active play, they all showed a meaningful improvement in their activity and response levels.

"In my completion of my evaluation report, I have determined that the Marshmallow Blaster is not only an excellent recreational / sports product, but also fully applicable for use in SN recreational Play and development."



* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate evaluation report summary, (ERS). All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.



Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact we put every single product we evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how "Marshmallow Blaster" was seen with consumers?
The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic versions were a part of a consumer hands-on evaluation performed in a busy public area in the Woodland Hills, CA, along with multiple other products. Having several products available for consumer evaluation all at once provides a more well balanced and unbiased evaluation of the products.

The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic are one of the most popular items to provide for consumer hands-on evaluation in a public place. Unlike our other products we had brought, the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic versions drew the most attention and even drew the attention of the mall security at one point

FunFactor™ is something that you just can't measure or control. When you have pair of products like the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic, a lot of kids and men as well, there is no telling what is going to happen as you will soon see.
At both locations we were doing hands-on consumer evaluation, we had the men become rowdy and carried away while playing with the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic, yet the public mall location was where the FunFactor™ went off the scale.

At first everything was smooth with no real excitement but soon after, a group of families with their children arrived and chose to take part in our evaluation opportunity. The families were interacting with each other, talking about a number of the products which the wives were bringing to the attention of their husbands. It was then that the FunFactor™ was about to shoot off the scale.

One of the teenagers was playing with the Camo model of the Marshmallow Blaster, checking it our and discovering how it works. The teenager was supposed to use the Marshmallow Blaster Cam to shoot some cards and cups off of a table we setup. The teenager chose to do something different. As a result, his Dad unknowingly was about to see a large marshmallow whizzing through the air by his head at breakneck speed. That was the catalyst for what was about to occur next.

The Dad was a bit startled and then realized his son was responsible, not yet fully aware of what had flown by his head so fast. His son was breaking out in laughter with his Dad's reaction, with his wife and other then joining in with his wife saying, I wish you could have seen the look on your face!" That in turn caused the Dad to make a quick comment to his son and proceeded to walk over and see what his son had used to make him so embarrassed.

While the Dad was looking at the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic, his friends began chiding him about his son catching him off guardian then it was on! A few moments later, the Dad had taken the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic Camo and took a pot shot at one of his friends. Once that occurred, the men all came over to the table with the two Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic samples and next thing you know they are scrambling to wrestle the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classics from each other to exchange shoot the large marshmallows at each other!

While this is all a humorous situation, the security of the mall didn't see it quite so humorous. Next thing we all knew, the mall security arrived and was demanding the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic be removed and put away because the activity was causing "un-necessary disruption". Although the Marshmallow Blasters had to be put away, there was no question about it, the atmosphere in the area was full of chiding and laughing about the situation.

There was no possible way to question it, the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic samples were scoring off the scale in this category. It may be but one of many scoring categories we use in our evaluation yet it was the most enjoyable to handle across the board. The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic took the brass ring in this category.

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Evaluation Category Rating Scores and Summary
A sampling of the evaluation category rating scores from the product review itself.
There are a total of 357 evaluation categories in our entire evaluation process.
(Not all categories apply to any one product or service under evaluation.)


DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic demonstrated that durability is their middle name. Despite all the testing, hands-on consumer eval., and excessive repetitive using of all parts of the products, they still maintained their integrity with no signs of damage incurred or excessive use. Every removable piece was taken off, washed, and placed back on a minimum of 150 times. Men falling on the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic samples in combative play similar to paint ball Play occurred multiple times with full weight as well as moving across the grass during the fall yet no damage was incurred.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for DURABILITY




FUNCTIONALITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The functionality of the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic was not difficult to establish. The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic were put through the ropes to an excessive degree yet still maintained their functionality for which they were designed. Every point made of how each piece individually is designed to function as well as the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic themselves as a full products, proved true and correct with no deviation. This is a product that is designed to last undoubtedly.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for FUNCTIONALITY.




FUNFACTOR™/POPULARITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In our evaluation of the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic in the evaluation category of funFactor™, it demonstrated an enormous capability of creating laughter and sometimes as shared earlier in the product evaluation summary, plenty of frolic. Whether adult or child, the funFactor™ was aplenty and Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic made this portion of our evaluation and testing a royal riot!

The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic proved they were not just popular item but rather one one of the most enjoyable products we have had to evaluate to date. Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic are literally responsible for the definition of what funFactor™ is all about. The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic shot their way through our evaluation in this category with a perfect score of  [5] stars for FUNFACTOR™/POPULARITY.




INNOVATIVE DESIGN: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

With our more strict and well-defined evaluation guidelines, the evaluation of a product in this category is generally a bit challenging at times to evaluate yet the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic made it clear where the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic stood as far as innovation is concerned.

The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic are a valuable product in this evaluation category. The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic are impressive over and in this evaluation category pulling achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for INNOVATIVE DESIGN.




MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic pulled their weight quite well with a dominant or competitive position in comparison to other products of like kind in the market. The combination of durability. functionality, and design as well as so many other elements, make this a product which from our own results standards holds a level of marketability well above average.

The only challenge we can see is the over-cautious feelings of many parents. In an independent survey we have completed in reference to firearm toys or toys of similar category, many of the survey participants expressed that their fear of children and firearms combined with our fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan impacts their buying habits.

Despite the potential concerns by some buyers, children still influence their parents buying trends and chain stores are highly likely to adopt the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic as regular long-term stock items. The marketability of the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic literally screams ahead in this evaluation category. After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for MARKETING VALUE™



OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

When it comes to visual appeal, the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic pulled an almost perfect score. The Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic have a level of visual appeal which many other products have failed to reach. From the packaging to the innovative design of color, materials, and overall effect, the Marshmallow Blaster Camo and Classic take the prize in the category of visual appeal. The packaging is well above average in visual appeal in itself and the combination of packaging and product really put a WOW! in their impact with children and adults alike with an almost perfect score of [4.5] stars for OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL



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