Pop On Pals: A World of Popabilities

By Kate |

It’s pretty easy to tell if a toy is going to be a hit around here in the first couple minutes we open the box. I had my doubts about Pop On Pals by Spin Master and wasn’t really sure it would garner the attention of either kid – but both were immediately into the Amusement Park Playset and have continued to play with it frequently ever since we got it.

About Pop On Pals

Pop on Pals encourages development skill building in children 2-4 years old.

  • Imaginative and creative role playing
  • Object recognition and vocabulary building
  • Category sorting
  • Develops Palmar arches

Pop On Pals Amusement Park Playset

Pop On Pals are round, pudgy little figures that are the perfect size for little toddler hands. The pals come with interchangeable rings that act as simple costumes to change the personality of the little pal. The Amusement Park is a colorful and active playground for your kids to explore through the Pals. The Amusement Park Playset comes with one Pal, three theme rings and the Park itself.

As I mentioned, both of my kids really took to the Pop On Pals right away. They literally fought over the Playset. Mostly because this set only comes with ONE figure. There are nine spots for the figures to explore including a strong man striker, milk toss game, dragon swing, Ferris wheel, and roller coaster. It’s a lot to do, with only one figure. I really think the Set would make more sense if it came with two Pals. (You can buy them separately – and I will probably add to our Set.)

To Buy or Not to Buy

To Buy… Both my 3.5 year old and 20 month old really enjoy this toy. My son likes to make the Ferris wheel spin and switch the Pop-on rings and act out different scenes. My daughter likes to put the little Pals in a spot and take it out and put it in a different spot (over and over). If their experience, I think Pop On Pals will be a big hit with toddlers and young preschoolers.

Or Not to Buy… The Amusement Park Playset really should come with more than one Pal.

Shop! The Amusement Park Playset is $34.99. It and other Pop On Pals, including Airplane and School Bus Vehicles and Mix & Match Pal Sets, can be purchased at stores nationwide like Toys R Us, Target and online at Amazon.

Disclosure: Thanks to Team Mom for facilitating this review and Pop On Pals/Spin Master for providing a sample. Others may have a different experience. Opinions are my own.


Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    These remind me of the little people, which my kids love. This set looks like fun – a perfect first birthday gift for a boy or girl.

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    My girls love their Pop on Pals too…huge hit at our house and thanks for sharing the great pics!

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    Pop on Pals makes some great toys for kids. I think its the brightly colored objects that interest the kids. Thanks for the article on this.

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    Nancy King

    Our 16 mo old twins girls LOVE these toys-we have gotten them the girl & boy and animal figures and they play with them alot. I think it’s mainly that they get a sense of accomplishment & pride in being able to change their”clothes”, etc.

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    My daughter is 4 and my grand daughter is 3…I fund some of these at , of all places, Dollar Tree! We have been working on staying in bed at night and my daughter has a chart…she gets one every Sat.if she stays in bed all week…She LOVES these! they are a favorite with her and my grand daughter1 They change all the outfits and role play for hours! I thought they would be too old for them but I guess not! You know at your grandma’s house how she always had a basket or drawer or something filled with toys for all the grand kids too play with? These will definitely be in my “grandma’s toy chest!

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