|Moulin Roty Cinema Box|
Moulin Roty, available at Tantrum, is a toy I have never seen until today. Inside of that pretty French box, you will find a kit that contains everything you need to have our own little cinema at home.
|Movies are always more fun with a friend.|
Movies are always better with a 'friend,' so before we set up shop, my son went to get his beloved stuffed pig. I think that pig has done more than I did my whole childhood and now he's got a home theater too. ;)
Inside of the box you will find a cardboard that shows the movies on the included discs, a tablet to showcase your movie or menu (there is a whole stack of these included, & you draw whatever you'd like in the open space), and tickets for admission.
You will also find the mini-discs which contain your movies and the shadow torch that you slip them into to make them play. The little red button you see is the on/off switch.
We had a grand old time with the Moulin Roty Cinema Box. Once we figured out how to set it all up (just a matter of seconds really), we went about testing the projection. When you open the box, the inside of the lid serves as what was meant to be the movie screen. That's what you see in the top-left on the photo squares above. We also tried it on the wall (top-right photo), on the dark blue part of the box (to try and get a better picture for the review), and then... as you must do with all things of this sort, we went into the bathroom that has no windows. That room is the darkest in the house when there are no lights. The projection you see ON my son, ha! is from the little flashlight-esque projector. You can see how big the square got when I stood far from him. For some reason, this little test was very, very fun. Probably the 7-year-old giggles that did it for me. ;)
The Moulin Roty Cinema was recognized by Working Mother magazine and the American Toy Industry Association (TIA) as an item that captures the spirit of open-ended play and encourages/ enhances young imaginations. You can see from the movie above that there are no words written on the photos that project from the shadow torch. My son made the words up as he went. For him, Mr. Imagination himself, that was the best part! In fact, when I took my turn and told my story, he kept laughing at me and telling me I wasn't getting the story right. ;)
This is definitely a toy worth considering if you're looking for an almost old-fashioned sort of good time fun. It is definitely something my son enjoyed! I am all for encouraging imaginative, open-ended play and so for that reason alone, I'm really liking the Moulin Roty's Cinema Box.
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