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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ToyScouter is a YouTube channel with videos that show adults and kids dressed up as Marvel, Disney, Paw Patrol, and other TV and movie characters. They play together with toys and ride-ons, and often villains (Joker, Hulk, etc.) arrive to cause trouble that the friendlier characters have to put to rest. There's minimal dialogue in the videos, which are set to music and some voice-over speech, plus recorded sound effects and crowd reactions. Many show some physical exchanges with the villains, with hitting, punching, and the use of toy bats and mallets to knock out or restrain. Videos intended for younger kids incorporate pre-reading skills like color identification and counting. The unpredictability of the content in these videos is its biggest liability, followed by the obvious commercial factor of the characters and playthings, but kids will enjoy seeing their favorite characters in this unique format. Please note: Our reviewers watch between one and two hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others; we do our best to capture the channel's overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choices for their family. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13.
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What's the story?
TOYSCOUTER is a Youtube channel whose videos feature adults and kids in costumes representing Spiderman, Rapunzel, Minnie Mouse, The Incredible Hulk, Paw Patrol, and many other familiar characters. Each video opens with some characters playing together with toys before the fun is disrupted in some way, often by a prankster or villain who creates trouble. The characters must resolve the issue and get back to their play.
Is it any good?
These videos marry dress-up play and recognizable TV and movie characters in a way that will appeal to kids, and many offer harmless entertainment that shows the actors in laughable situations. In one, two Spidermans play with fidget spinners in class and drive their teacher (Rapunzel) batty ... until she figures out how to incorporate them into their class on colors. Sometimes there's a pleasant image of frenemies setting aside their differences and playing together. Other times it's just silliness that rules the day in these videos that have minimal dialogue but much physical humor.
But not all of ToyScouter's videos are innocuous -- for young kids, especially. Some show the villains using violence against the protagonists, including hitting them with objects like plastic bats and restraining them. The villains themselves can be scary in appearance alone, in particular Venom's elaborate mask and Hulk's imposing presence. In addition, the characters' situations put a lighthearted spin on behavior that could be dangerous for kids in real life, such as horseplay in a swimming pool. And then there's the commercial aspect to contend with in videos designed around franchise characters and toys. The bottom line? Some of the videos are funny, and ToyScouter's is a unique concept, but this is a real know-your-kid situation.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the purpose of these videos. Do they attempt to teach anything? Are they entertaining? Is it fun to see characters from unrelated shows and movies together in this one?
Does watching these videos influence how you feel about the toys the characters use? How do commercials, print ads, and other people's possessions affect what we think we need? Is this always a bad thing?
Which, if any, of the characters demonstrate positive character traits like courage and loyalty? Are these qualities you notice in the TV shows you watch? Are they important to you in friends and role models?
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