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Disney Princess Squinkies

Roberta Royale visits the strange new world of Squink

Welcome, Diva Devotees: I'm Roberta Royale, DIT (Diva in Training).

This week, the Diva in Chief (Kristin) is unavailable due to other diva duties, and so I shall dispense your day's divatude.

The Story of the Squinkie

So what's a Squinkie? Honestly, I had no idea.

But some girls at my daughter's school were raving about them, and of course that means it's only a matter of moments before I'm asked to deliver the same goods.

A Squinkie is a tiny toy. It's sold in a round plastic shell: the same kind of shell used for the cheap-o toys that roll out of fifty-cent vending machines.

(Squinkies are not cheap-o toys: each bubble pack costs about ten bucks.

Not only do Squinkies look as if they came from a gumball machine, you can actually buy a gumball machine made especially for them. (Cost: another twenty bucks.)

You would then put your Squinkies back inside their plastic shells, put the shells in the gumball machine, and twist the knob to make them roll out one by one. Endlessly.

Most Squinkies are generic animals and people. But wait, there's more...

Squinkies Come to Disney Town

Circle March 15 on your calendar. That's the day you can drive to Wal-Mart with your excited daughter and be among the first to own Disney Princess Squinkies.

Choose from sets that feature Belle, Ariel, Cinderella, and Snow White. Each princess, except for Snow White, has three different sets, making Snow White's set not only the fairest but also the rarest in the land.

But wait, there's more!

In addition to Disney Princess Squinkies, you can also buy Squinkie bracelet packs and light-up rings. It's Squinkie fever.

And if the comments left on the official Squinkies blog are any indication, many folks simply can't wait: one insatiable mom brags about paying to have a set of Disney Princess Squinkies sent to her from Hong Kong well in advance of their U.S. debut.

Another comment, left by SquinkieLover101, is succinct: OMG OMG OMG AND OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I CANT WAIT!!!!!!

I am hereby officially scared by the Squinkie Squad.

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