Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are already well aware of the legendary modeling clay Play Doh. This year Hasbro took it to the next level by creating a new hand-held extruder for the distinctive-smelling compound- and what you get is DohVinci!
I received this comp package from a blogger’s conference I went to…and let me tell you, the minute I unpacked it my 9-year old daughter bugged me incessantly to crack it open. Of course, I had to take some pictures for you first.
Inside the package, you get…
One plastic hand-held extruder….
Three canisters of Play Doh…. which I guess are called “Deco Pops” and will retail for $3.99 for a set of four.
And three decorative tips for the canisters!
When you remove the cap, you’ll see a standard nozzle.
You slide the canister into the holder and place the plunger into the back end. The “trigger” is just for show- you activate the extruder by gripping the handles and squeezing with a power grip. It takes only moderate effort to extrude the clay.
When you screw the decorator tips onto the Play Doh canister, you can extrude fun shapes!
By the way, this seems to be a vastly different formulation than regular Play Doh. First off, the DohVinci clay is lighter and fluffier… like a whipped frosting in a can. And when it dries, it stays light and even a little flexible- not brittle and prone to cracking like the regular stuff.
Obviously, I needed to practice a bit. Or better yet, turn it over to my junior assistant!
She quickly got the hang of changing colors and tips, and creating perfect shapes on her paper.
She had a great time- and is already asking for more Deco-Pops colors and canisters.
One fun tip- we found that you can extrude the shapes onto a plastic surface and then peel them off when they are dry!
So technically you could create fun embellishments for other projects.
This is such a new product that I can’t source shopping or pricing information just yet- (the rumor is that the starter kit will be around 10 bucks) but you can bet it’s going to be a big thing next holiday season.
My only ding on the DohVinci is that the canisters don’t seem to be refillable- which will get pricey AND is not environmentally-friendly. (I’m not even sure if the plastic canisters are recyclable.) So there’s that.
But since this product is really geared for the 6-12 year old crowd- older than your average Play-Doh set- Hasbro is appealing to creative kids and encouraging creative fun. And who can argue with that?
So…what do you think?? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Disclosure- sample provided for review purposes. All opinions are based on my first-hand experience with the product.