Toy: Connectimals

Inventor: Kurt and Hannah Smolek

Connectimals are “lovable plush toys with interchangeable magnetic parts,” according to ABC.

The mentors like it and Dylan Lauren even compares it to Mr. Potato Head. Jen Tan and Jim Silver, however, find safety issues with the magnets and small parts. Silver also sees the $20-25 price point too high. Lauren passes it to the Toy Box, but Tan cannot get past the safety concerns and does not give it the green light. Silver likes that it’s different and breaks the tie with an acceptance to the Toy Box.

In the Toy Box, the kid judges think the toy is cool and Toby Grey calls it somewhat “therapeutic” with the mix-and-match component. Sophia Grace Brownlee also likes that the inventor is 12 years old. Noah Ritter says he did not like anything about the toy, but Grey sees it as “unique and special.” Ultimately, it falls to the Candy Krusher.

Hosted by “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, “The Toy Box” helps inventors make their toy creation dreams become a reality. According to their website, the inventions are brought before mentors, including Dylan’s Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar creative director of Consumer Products, Jen Tan. If they pass phase one, they then have the opportunity to face the ultimate toy-loving panel of judges: kids. The panel features Sophia Grace Brownlee, Aalyrah Caldwell, Toby Grey and Noah Ritter. The kids determine which toys make it to the finals and, ultimately, the one winning toy that will sold at Toys“R”Us.

A new episode airs each Friday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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