The 105th World Series begins tonight with the New York Yankees hosting the reigning champion from last year, the Philadelphia Phillies. We haven't watched much baseball after losing interest earlier in the season after the Milwaukee Brewers started performing poorly. But we'll watch some of the World Series play, especially tonight's game because former Brewer CC Sabathia starts on the mound for the Yankees.
A while back Kaskey Kids sent us a set of baseball sports action figures called Baseball Guys. Today we took the Baseball Guys out of their box and set them up in preparation for a pretend play World Series game. The red and blue uniformed players work perfectly for the 2009 World Series. Plus, the set has made it easier to explain some baseball basics to our preschooler and has increased her interest in baseball. Who knows, she might even watch an inning or two tonight!
The Baseball Guys set encourages imaginative play. Just like those classic army men or the cowboy sets, the "Sports Guys" action figures are made of hard plastic. Each figure has a wide enough base so it stands up without falling over. The players are amazingly realistic and detailed with painted uniforms. Each player even has it's own separate number on the back of it's uniform. The figures are approximately 2-3/4" tall. The Baseball Guys set has won an iParenting Media Award and Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award.
The Baseball Guys set comes with 2 baseball teams (red and blue) and includes 30 pieces total:
• 2 Batters
• 6 Base Runners
• 14 Fielders
• 2 Pitchers
• 2 Catchers
• A scoreboard
• An umpire
• Green felt playing field (28" x 28")
• Instructions and Playbook
There aren't any actual rules that accompany the set. The instructions and playbook only provides a simplified explanation of the game of baseball. Instead, kids are encouraged to make up their own games and play freely with the figures without rules or guidelines. However, if kids need a few suggestions, the Kaskey Kids Website Kid's Corner includes a Ways to Play section. I think the baseball dice game sounds like fun. The website also shows images of the figures used as cake or party decorations. My favorite picture though is the Halloween costume of the little boy dressed as a football field.
My daughter likes to set up her own games on the felt field. She also likes to count all the figures and line them up in a straight line. She especially enjoys playing with the set if Daddy joins in and pretends along with her. Unfortunately sometimes her toddler brother wants in on the action as well. His way of playing involves destruction by scattering all the players over the floor and running off with the field.
The Kaskey Kids line of toys includes other sports besides baseball:
Football Guys, College Football, Hockey Guys, Soccer Guys and Girls, and Mini Packs.
My husband is a huge football fan and has his eye on the Football Guys: Green vs. Black so that he can set up his own Packer game. There's no Wisconsin team yet in the College line, but maybe in a few years the company will offer more teams. Sports directors and coaches have used the sports figures as training tools for their teams. Although girls can play with any of the sets, the Soccer Girls is marketed specifically towards girls and features ethnically diverse female players in pink and blue uniforms.
The sets make great gifts for both adults and children. Consider one for your sport's enthusiast this upcoming holiday season! Use the promo code "GoGuys" for a 10% discount at the Kaskey Kids web site. (From 11/1/09 until 1/1/10, use the code "Holiday" for 20% discount.)
Kaskey Kids has kindly offered to give away one Sports Guys Action Figure set to a Brimful Curiosities Reader. (The winner chooses which sports action figure set they would prefer to receive.)
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Thanks to Kaskey Kids for this review opportunity and for providing a free Baseball Guys set for my family to review. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)