The majority of these people are our friends and family who find his brutal honesty hilarious and tend to ask him what "...he really thinks of his Daddy".
However, a few weeks ago, I received an email requesting Sippy Cup's opinion on something completely different: Mattel's line of WWE toys and action figures.
I will admit that (for a split second) I hesitated, simply because I wanted to remain true to the original intentions of this site.
But then common sense kicked in and reminded me that a free toy is a free toy and Sippy Cup's honest opinions can be worth more than just laughs for my friends.
So, thanks to the good folks at Mattel, we received a package in the mail the other day containing two different toys: the WWE Rumblers Blast & Bash Battle Ring and a WWE Defining Moments Figure.
WWE Rumblers Blast & Bash Battle Ring
I tend to judge the popularity of a toy depending on how long Sippy Cup plays with it. As a 4 year-old, Sippy Cup has the attention span of, well, a 4 year-old so most of our purchases are popular for a few hours at most. However, even though a few days have already passed, Sippy Cup is still playing with his Rumblers Blast & Bash Battle Ring.
The play set includes the ring, a mini-breakaway table, a mini folding chair and 2 WWE Rumbler Figures (John Cena and Sheamus). The concept is simple and straight-forward: by pounding on the ring paddles, kids can "blast" their respective opponents into the air and out of the ring where, with the included accessories, the mayhem can continue.
The ring is made of a very sturdy plastic and the ropes have enough resistance to replicate "jumps from the top rope" rather effectively. The mini figurines are highly detailed and poseable, allowing for intense and terrifying wrestling matches and photo-realistic winning poses following the match.
I will be honest and admit that the ring paddles are rather noisy; nevertheless, wrestling is supposed to be a loud and raucous event and Sippy Cup embraced all of the sound effects he was making with joy and enthusiasm. He LOVES this toy.
The second toy included in the package was the "Macho Man" Randy Savage Defining Moments Figure.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage Defining Moments Figure
The untimely passing of Randy Savage just a few weeks ago made this moment particularly bittersweet for me as it brought back all of the fond memories of growing up in the heyday of the World Wrestling Federation. I remember my Saturday mornings were spent watching WWF wrestling matches and trying my best to replicate the flips and tosses on my twin-sized bed. I can vividly recall the rush of adrenaline that I would get when the Ultimate Warrior's entrance music would start playing or whenever Macho Man would scream out his trademark "Oooooh yeah!"
The figure features an incredibly high-level of detailing, great articulation on the arms and legs, high-quality fabric for the costume and a display stand. It makes a great gift for the older wrestling fan or anyone who is into sports memorabilia. So, in other words, it makes a great gift for the Dad in your life.
Now, if there was only some sort of holiday dedicated only to Dads on which to bestow such an awesome gift...