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Stim Toy Review: Starry Night Fidget Spinner


Image Description: a blue fidget spinner inside it’s box, which is purple and decorated with white dots that resemble stars, there is a white bar-code stuck across the front of the box.


Image Description: a blue fidget-spinner decorated with white dots that resemble stars

Item: Fidget Spinner – Blue Starry Sky

Category: Review/Feedback

Cost: AU $4.09 (Shipping Fees: Free Shipping)

Date of Purchase: 29/05/2017

Date of Delivery: 09/06/2017

Store: Banggood (China)

Location: Australia

Review:
I bought this for Novel Research purposes (it seems like the type of stim toy that James would have), however, I was also curious to see what kind of quality Banggood’s Fidget Spinners were. Kim acquired on my behalf a plain blue spinner, a blue-camo spinner and a black batman spinner, and while the blue spinners are great and work fine, the batman spinner is rougher and less smooth. While my smoothest spinner is my green and silver fidget spinner, however, the Starry Night spinner is just as smooth as my other blue ones and works just as well. I’m actually rather happy with my Starry Night Fidget Spinner, however, I believe the postage could possibly be improved (there’s not much padding between the packaging and the fidget spinner), I will have to order more just to make sure, quality control purposes and such (Mwuhahahaha).

Stim Toy Review: Glow In The Dark Tangle


Image Description: a Glow In The Dark Tangle made of transparent yellow plastic loosely coiled up together on top of a purple sleeping bag.
Image Description: a Glow In The Dark Tangle made of transparent yellow plastic spread out so that it takes the form of a small slightly lopsided circle.

Item: Glow In The Dark Tangle

Category: Review/Feedback

Cost: GBP $1.88 or AU $3.41 (Price includes Shipping Fees)

Date of Purchase: 29/04/2017

Date of Delivery: 23/05/2017

Store: Ebay UK

My Location: Australia

Review – My Problems with the GITD Tangle:
~Problem 1: While I don’t expect the Tangle to glow neon-bright, the Glow In The Dark element (in my opinion) is unacceptably weak, and it only became acceptably bright when I put the Tangle directly on top of a Lamp and left it there for a couple of hours (this is because I forgot about it and, as a safety precaution, I don’t recommend people do this). Due to the weakness of the glow, I was also unable to take photographs of as well, so this could be purely a subjective thing and I’m sorry I can’t provide more information on this.

~Problem 2: As you might be able to guess from the picture up the top, the Tangle links are very loose, in fact, the tangle is so loosey-goosey that the moment I coil it up and put it down, it starts unravelling. As I have a personal preference for stiffer or tighter Tangles, this may just be a problem for me, but I felt I should mention it.

~Problem 3: The tangle itself feels greasy and I find this really off putting. I feel as though I would be willing to tolerate the loose links and sub-par glowing, but I truly dislike the greasy/oily coating on the tangle, which makes me want to wash my hands straight after I handle it or avoid handling it altogether (which sort of defeats the purpose of purchasing the item).

All in all, I honestly can’t recommend this particular Tangle, however, it cost less than AU $5, so I’m guessing that this simply an occupational risk of purchasing from the cheaper end of the Stim Toy Spectrum.

Links:
~Stim Toy Box: Glow In The Dark Tangles by Mod Rainbow
~Stim Toy Box: Glow In The Dark Tangles by Mod K.A.
~Eldritch Esoterica: GITD Tangle Response

Stim Toy Review: Antsy Lab’s Fidget Cube

That’s right, my Fidget Cube has finally arrived! Mwuahahaha!


Image Description: a picture of a small brown cardboard-box sitting on my navy-blue and gold fleur-de-lis print couch.

Image Description: a picture of a small brown cardboard-box sitting on my navy-blue and gold fleur-de-lis print couch, however, in this picture the cardboard-box is open and you can see inside is two square objects covered in bubble-wrap, sitting on top of a packaging bag of air and a white piece of paper.

Image Description: two square objects covered in bubble-wrap sitting on my navy-blue and gold fleur-de-lis print couch, you can see inside the bubble-wrap a little to see a white and black fidget-cube inside each box.

Image Description: a plastic-casing with clear lid on top of a grey-coloured base. There's the black and white Fidget Cube sitting on a black piece of paper, the black piece of paper has white text printed on it with white arrows pointing to the different functions the Fidget Cube offers.

Image Description: a pale-white hand clenched around the black and white Fidget Cube with my navy-blue and gold fleur-de-lis print couch in the background.

Item: Fidget Cube (black and white design)

Category: Review/Feedback

Cost: Item = US $22.00 + Shipping and Handling = US $19.00 = Total US $41.00 or AU $57.07 (at the time of conversion)

Date of Purchase: 17/11/2016

Date of Delivery: 16/05/2017

Store: Antsy Labs (USA)

My Location: Australia

Review:

My Problems with the Fidget Cube:
~Shipping: I bought this halfway through November last year and it arrived on Tuesday, it’s almost exactly six months, and the frustrating thing about this was that the lengthy shipping period wasn’t mentioned until after I had already bought it. It’s especially frustrating as they sent me an email saying that my Fidget Cube would be delivered by April 1st at the latest. I suspect the lengthy wait-time is the reason why I’ve been sent two when I only ordered one.

~Contact: Communication with Antsy Lab was vague and mostly one-sided, it was clear that company had no planned or prepared for their received level of success, which is good for them (I am honestly glad their business is a success) but it’s not so great for anyone outside of the USA. It wasn’t until the April 18th that I received a fixed form of action, they had finally processed my order and had sent my package to me, but there wasn’t much I could do but wait for them to contact me as there wasn’t an active blog one could check for information or updates.

On the website, under their “Contact” page, they have three FAQ and answers, the Question “Where’s My Order?” is answered thus:
“Due to the incredible demand, Fidget Cube is currently backordered. We’re shipping thousands of orders daily and orders placed now will ship in approximately 1-2 weeks. Rest assured, orders will be shipped out in the order they were placed, so the fastest possible way to get Fidget Cube (and the only way to get Fidget Cube at this time) is through our site.”

I’m going to be cynical and assume those shipping approximates are for USA orders only. From my point of view, if this is such a problem, then the company needs to make their international shipping process more transparent, so that international customers can make more informed choices.

~Price: Putting aside the shipping fees and delivery problems, I’m still paying US $22 for a Stim Toy, the Fidget Cube is good but not US $22 level good and I feel for that price, the prism key-ring attachment should be a free accessory, not an optional extra. The Fidget Cube is tiny and expensive to replace and I am seriously scared of losing the most expensive Stim Toy I have ever purchased. To put things in perspective, I can order a Fidget Cube from Sensory Oasis for Kids for AU $12.95 (if I pick it up from the store). Am I encouraging people to purchase imitation Fidget Cubes? Absolutely not. I encourage, if possible, people to support a company that is making fidgets and stim toys designed to help Neurodivergent people, however, I am acknowledging the economic-reality that not everyone can afford to purchase items directly from Antsy Labs.

Fortunately, Stim Toy Box has created a post which lists Australian Retailers (in-store and online) where Australians can purchase a variety of Stim Toys:
~Stim Toy Box: Australian Stores that sell Stim Toys

I know my review sounds mostly negative, and I’m sorry if it comes across that way, because I do fact enjoy using the Fidget Cube. I enjoy the weight of it in my palm and while I like all the features, I enjoy the Roll (the small black ball near the black gears) and the Breathe (the worry-stone) features the most. It’s a good product, I just can’t recommend it to people living in Australia (or anywhere outside of the USA), especially when there are cheaper Stim Toy alternatives available.

Things Kim Has Made: Weighted Plushies and Bean-Bags


Image Description: a title-picture with four black sewing-buttons in each corner, in the centre of the picture is the text “Things Kim Has Made” in rainbow word-art text.

I’m finding that the My Treasure Chest series of blog-posts aren’t working for me, mostly because they end up being super long posts due to all the photos, which results in a huge list of photo items I have to describe. So, I figured if I break the Stim Toys down into smaller categories, that might make it more manageable. I have so many Stim Toys I want to talk about, but one of my favourite types are weighted items, like weighted soft toys or weighted bean-bags.

Image Description: a small bean bag made from grey, white and black tiger-print fur on one side and white-stars-on-purple flannelette on the other. It sits on top of light-grey and dark-grey striped blanket.

This is one is rectangle-shaped and it’s lavender-scented, I love the dual-fabric of this bean-bag, the white and black tiger-print fur is soft and fuzzy to touch, but I also like the feel of the white-stars-on-purple flannelette as well.

Image Description: a triangle-shaped bean-bag with a yellow tag at the end. The fabric is an olive green colour with brown monkeys printed on them.
Image Description: a triangle-shaped bean-bag with a green tag at the end. The fabric is orange with prints of Halloween creatures in numbered race cars. Think along the lines of Hanna Barbera Wacky Races meets The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Both these bean-bags are triangle-shaped and unscented, which is something I was super happy about. While I do enjoy and appreciate how Kim scents most of my items with lavender, the problem is that because those bean-bags are scented, I can’t take them outside the house, this is due to the fact that it could cause problems with people who have chemical sensitivities. While I like both of them, I’ve decided to put the second one in my on-the-go stim-toy-bag, the Halloween-style print is adorable and matches my Nightmare Before Christmas messenger-bag.

Image Description: a picture of Flossy (short for Fairy-Floss). Flossy is a light-pink chenille-duster that has had two black buttons and a red tongue attached, Flossy sits on top of light-grey and dark-grey striped blanket

This is Flossy (short for Fairy-Floss). Flossy is super soft to touch and if it weren’t for the fact I’m afraid of getting cat fur all over both of them, I’d probably carry Flossy and Contessa with me around the house (despite my best efforts, I still need to apply the lint-roller to Contessa on a regular basis). There’s just something incredibly soothing about patting Flossy, the lavender scent combining with the softness to make the process very stimmy and enjoyable.

If you’re looking into weighted plushies, I’d recommend a DIY attempt with a chenille duster or chenille mop-head. You can buy them online from K-Mart for AU $3 and as they’re cheap and easy to find, it doesn’t matter if you mess it up, you can always try again.

Image Description: a picture of Carrie. Carrie is a polar-bear weighted-plushie with a light-blue and pink party hat, pink blush-circles on both cheeks, wearing a stripped pink and green scarf with mulit-coloured triangles on her stomach. Carrie sits on top of a lime-green blanket.

This is Carrie, named in honour of Carrie Fisher. Kim informed me that they found Carrie in the Christmas themed section in K-Mart. I find this marketing campaign rather questionable, I mean, New Years Eve themed I could possibly understand, but Christmas themed? How the fuck is pink and green Christmas-themed? Regardless, this doesn’t make Carrie any less adorable, in fact it’s probably a good thing as I’m not a big fan of Christmas-themed things.

Image Description: a collection of weighted plushies sitting in an upright position on my navy-blue and golden fleur-de-lis patterned couch. From left to right, Daisy (yellow hedgehog sponge from Daiso), Carrie (a questionable Christmas-themed polar-bear), Contessa (pink-cat plushie with a yellow crown), Poppy (pink hedgehog sponge From Daiso) and in the center is Flossy (a light-pink chenille-duster with two black buttons and a red tongue attached)

Links:
~Eldritch Esoterica: Creatures From The Gutter
~Eldritch Esoterica: A pale-pink Creature From The Gutter emerges
~Eldritch Esoterica: DIY Stim Toy Collection
~Stim Toy Box: DIY Stim Toys Master Post One
~Stim Toy Box: DIY Stim Toys Master Post Two
~Stim Toy Box: Three Fat Quarters of Fabric from Lincraft
~The Spruce: How to Make a Bean Bag by Sherri Osborn
~Mama OT: DIY No-sew Bean-Bags

Stim Toy Review: Squishy Rainbow Cake

a triangular slice of white layer-cake with rainbow-coloured layers (pink, orange yellow, light blue, purple) with a layer of multi-coloured sprinkles on top of the cake.
Image Description: a triangular slice of white layer-cake with rainbow-coloured layers (pink, orange yellow, light blue, purple) with a layer of multi-coloured sprinkles on top of the cake.

Item: Squishy Rainbow Cake, dimensions are 14 x 9 x 8 cm, here’s a picture for scale:
Image Description: the background is a mottled-pink door, in the foreground is a white hand holding a triangular slice of white layer-cake with rainbow-coloured layers (pink, orange yellow, light blue, purple) with a layer of multi-coloured sprinkles on top of the cake.
Image Description: the background is a mottled-pink door, in the foreground is a white hand holding a triangular slice of white layer-cake with rainbow-coloured layers (pink, orange yellow, light blue, purple) with a layer of multi-coloured sprinkles on top of the cake

Category: Review/Feedback

Cost: AU $10.45 (Shipping Fees: AU $0.00)

Date of Purchase: 29/03/2017

Date of Delivery: 10/04/2017

Store: Banggood (located in China)

My Location: Australia

Review:
One of the things about this stim toy is that it’s huge! The photo on Banggood doesn’t prepare you for the actual size (or maybe this just me and my poor spacial awareness). This stim toy is also highly squishable and slow rising, however, there are a few problems. Before I opened the package it came in, I could smell the strong scent of plastic, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is smell-sensitive.

There’s also the problem with the fact that the sprinkles aren’t permanently attached to the top of the cake, so they keep falling off and, as there’s a small hole in the packaging somewhere, the sprinkles keep escaping the plastic bag the cake came in. Unfortunately, due to the choking hazard this presents, I honestly can’t recommend this item as a stim toy, even though it is very squishy and visually appealing.

My Treasure Chest – Part 4: The Sum of Our Parts

Image Description: a small blue and silver chest with a handle and silver press-studs along the edge of the box on both sides. On the main body of the chest is swirling silver designs and silver Asian-style Dragons in flight against a blue-fabric background.
Image Description: a small blue and silver chest with a handle and silver press-studs along the edge of the box on both sides. On the main body of the chest is silver designs and silver Asian-style Dragons in flight against a blue-fabric background.

Unfortunately, I’ve kind of fallen behind with My Treasure Chest series and as I need to get Part 5 written and all the images described, this post will probably come across as rushed, so my apologies in advance for that.
Image Description: a 50 gram packet of assorted coloured acrylic beads with the title,
Image Description: a 50 gram packet of assorted coloured acrylic beads with the title, “Assorted Coloured Beads” up the top of the packet, with red sections at the top and bottom of the package with clear plastic in the middle. There’s illustrations of various coloured pencils at the bottom of the package.
Location: Currently, you can find these at Toyworld (Highpoint Shopping Centre, Footscray) for a AU $1 per packet.
Purpose: Crafting. Primarily, I use these for making beaded lanyards and beaded jewellery, but feel free to use them however you want.

Image Description: There are three packets of chrome coloured key-rings/split-rings, in each packet there are five key-rings/split-rings.
Image Description: There are three packets of chrome coloured key-rings/split-rings, in each packet there are five key-rings/split-rings.
Location: Kim got these for me from Yen Huot Gift Shop (18A Paisley Street, Footscray), I think they’re about AU $0.80 a packet? They have gone up since I’ve been there.
Purpose: Crafting. Primarily, I use these for making beaded lanyards and beaded jewellery, but feel free to use them however you want.

Image Description: a large red balloon sealed inside a transparent-plastic zip-lock bag.
Image Description: a large red balloon sealed inside a transparent-plastic zip-lock bag.
Purpose: This balloon serves as a squishing stim toy. It’s filled with play-dough, Kim managed to get the play-dough in there (somehow?) using a funnel, I think…? It’s very squishable but it’s a firmer squishable texture in comparison to the balloons filled with flour.

Image Description: a small yellow bandanna.
Image Description: a small yellow bandanna
Purpose: To wear on one’s head

Image Description: a package of Baby Solutions Shaped Teether in the shape of a strawberry.
Image Description: a package of Baby Solutions Shaped Teether in the shape of a strawberry
Purpose: This is a chewable baby teether, so it’s main purpose is for being chewed (I suppose). You can obtain these from K-Mart and perhaps certain Coles Supermarkets.

Image Description: a two-wired bead maze set into a round wooden base. The base is painted yellow with an outline of a teddy-bear in orange paint. The two wires are blue and orange; the blue wire goes straight across while the orange wire twirls in two circles. Both wires are strung with red, yellow, blue, orange and green wooden beads.
Image Description: a two-wired bead maze set into a round wooden base. The base is painted yellow with an outline of a teddy-bear in orange paint. The two wires are blue and orange; the blue wire goes straight across while the orange wire twirls in two circles. Both wires are strung with red, yellow, blue, orange and green wooden beads.
Purpose: To entertain. Kim thought my niece would enjoy this, although I must confess, my niece appears to enjoy the squishy caterpillar more (pictured further down).

Image Description: a small squishable grey dolphin with eyeballs pointing in different directions.
Image Description: a small squishable grey dolphin with eyeballs pointing in different directions.
Purpose: Honestly, not entirely sure, I think it’s one of those bath toys you can purchase from K-Mart (they come in little plastic bags). Kim meant it as a joke gift as people have this habit of giving me generic dolphin-themed gifts. Now, I’m not a marine biologist, but I’m fairly certain that a dolphin is not supposed to have eye-balls pointing in different directions, but my niece doesn’t seem to mind.

Image Description: from left to right, two square crimped biscuit cutters, the first one is larger and pink and the second one is smaller and orange.
Image Description: from left to right, two square crimped biscuit cutters, the first one is larger and pink and the second one is smaller and orange.
Purpose: I think Kim intended these as moulds for Kinetic Sand, but the pink one is definitely too big for sand, however, they work well for making shortbread biscuits.

Image Description: a packet of Macron Erasers inside a transparent zip-lock bag.
Image Description: a packet of Macron Erasers inside a transparent zip-lock bag.
Purpose: they are squishable, however, they are also scented, which is why Kim passed them onto me (Kim is awesome at finding adorable stuff, it’s their super power)

Image Description: a white and robin's egg-blue My Little Pony with blue eyes and bright-orange mane and tail.
Image Description: a white and robin’s egg-blue My Little Pony with blue eyes and bright-orange mane and tail
Purpose: Unfortunately, due to a lack there of storage space, Kim had to cull their herd of My Little Ponies and gifted me with this one, this one is currently sitting on my bookcase (near my collection of piggies), reminds me of the first episode of Daria, “Like a herd of wild ponies, running free across the plains.”


Image Description: a mini tsum-tsum of Disney character Piglet, small pink piglet, from the book series and animated cartoon series Winnie-The-Pooh.
Purpose: the mini tsum-tsums are great for on-the-go stim packs, they’re small, soft and fuzzy and can easily fit in a hand-bag or messenger-bag. If you’re interested in more information on Disney Tsum-Tsums, Kim has a tag dedicated to these plushies.


Image Description: a rainbow coloured (purple, blue, red, pink, green) squishable caterpillar
Purpose: To squish (obviously), however, this item has a strong plastic-y smell, so Kim offered it to me. It has the same texture and feel as a critter-puff, here’s a link with more information on how to obtain one.

Image Description: a small green plastic car with red plastic wheels and a white tag attached to the car with text displayed Tough Toys - Mini.
Image Description: a small green plastic car with red plastic wheels and a white tag attached to the car with text displayed “Tough Toys – Mini”.
Purpose: These are are a good texture stim, the wheels feel good across my skin and it feels good across certain surfaces. More information provided here.


Image Description: a transparent glass jam-jar filled with white slimy liquid, it kind of looks like there’s small grains of rice combined with the white liquid.
Purpose: I suspect this was a slime experiment conducted to gain knowledge for Kim’s Great Slime Quest, I think it’s Toothpaste Slime? I’m not entirely sure.

Image Description: a heart-shaped glitter-studded clear plastic popper made of thick pink plastic.
Image Description: a heart-shaped glitter-studded clear plastic popper made of thick pink plastic.
Purpose: These are supposedly large poppers, but they don’t work very well (at all in fact), however, I tend to use this to hold beads for when I’m making beaded lanyards or other beaded jewellery, it can hold a substantial amount. Here’s a link for more information on Stimtastic poppers.

Image Description: a packet of thin rubber/silicone bracelets in multiple colours.
Image Description: a packet of thin rubber/silicone bracelets in multiple colours.
Purpose: Pressure stimming, which is actually a big thing for me (mental note: look into DIY binders), however, these bracelets tend to be a loose on my wrists. I’m fairly certain you can obtain these items from K-Mart. It’s good for me to have a collection of loose and tight telephone-cord hair-ties and bracelets, this is because I often have RSI due to my day-job and I don’t think it’s recommended to have tight objects around my wrists when they’re sore.

Image Description: a transparent-zip-lock-bag with four multi-coloured bouncy balls, two red mini-prickle-balls and a pink dinosaur-prickle-ball.
Image Description: a transparent-zip-lock-bag with four multi-coloured bouncy balls, two red mini-prickle-balls and a pink dinosaur-prickle-ball.
Purpose: Fidgeting stims, I cackle everything I bring out my ever increasing collection of bouncy balls (I keep my large Kids & Co rainbow-string bouncy ball in my on the go stim-toy-bag), the reason for such a large collection is because I’m easily prone to losing things and these are cheap and easy items to replace, although I do try to avoid losing my hoard of bouncy balls (I should probably try keeping them in a separate glass jar).


Image Description: a small number puzzle with a pink background and border.
Purpose: Fidget stimming, this type of number puzzle can easily be found in the toy section/puzzle section/board-game section in the K-Mart and Target toy departments

Image Description: a transparent plastic container used for holding business cards (or at least I think that's what it is).
Image Description: a transparent plastic container used for holding business cards (or at least I think that’s what it is).
Purpose: To print out and hold business cards presumably, also so I can say “It’s Business Time!” (while wearing business socks) whenever I feel like it.



Image Description: From left to right, a hedgehog sponge from Daiso with dark-pink fuzzy/nubbly chenille material in place of quills, the pink hedgehog-sponge is named Poppy. Next to Poppy, there is another a hedgehog sponge from Daiso with neon-yellow fuzzy/nubbly chenille material in place of quills, the yellow hedgehog-sponge is named Daisy.
Purpose: These hedgehog plushies make great weighted-lap-pads (even though they are on the small side), these ones are also scented with lavender essential oil so they’re stimmy to touch and smell. I really enjoy gathering them around me in bed when I type in bed all snuggled up and warm under the covers.

And yeah, I know, Daisy flowers are white not yellow, so technically I should have named Daisy something else, like Sunny (short for sunflower) or some other yellow flower, but Daisy stuck for some reason and I was absolutely determined that my hedgehogs should have matching/connected names, so now I own a collected of weighted-plushies with ultra-feminine names. It’s not a bad thing per say, it’s more that this is a situation I did not envision. In fact, it’s only recently that I’ve noticed the fact that Poppy has legs, but Daisy doesn’t have legs (something I felt a bit guilty about).

There are more items in this particular collection, but this post is already super long and I’ve decided to write a separate post focusing on the beaded items as a Arts & Crafts post, honestly I’ll be super surprised if anyone actually manages to get to the bottom of this post. I’ve trying to write this post for days and brain has not been the most helpful in this regard (I know it shows).

So, just in case this isn’t obvious (because sometimes I get caught up in the excitement of discovering new stim toys), I just wanted to iterate how grateful I am for all of this, but also how I’m supremely grateful for having someone like Kim in my life. Thank you Kim, thank so much and I’m sorry if my gratitude doesn’t show clearly enough.

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