Earlier this year, a package arrived here at Rock Father HQ containing two ShtankOut! Plush Toys. But were they really "toys," or are they a deodorizer? It's a strange concept that brings a few different elements into a new product, self-described as an "adorable plush clip-on toy that doubles as an odor eliminator – Perfect for smelly sports bags, lockers, backpacks and more." So what's the reality as experienced here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house)?
ShtankOut! is interesting for sure, but not necessarily fun, which makes calling this a "toy" a problem for me. They are a cute odor eliminator, each carrying a pretty powerful, fruit-infused scent, but the problem is, it feels like you're letting your kids play with an air freshener, and that's weird. Hanging these in a locker or backpack is indeed a great use - still not a toy. I also think that ShtankOut! carries an unfortunate name.
While it might not be fun for the kids, ShtankOut! does support a great cause, with a portion of all proceeds from the sale of ShtankOut! being donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to provide research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The founders of ShtankOut's 10-year old son, Ryan was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 2008. DMD affects about one in 3,500 boys, and is the most common lethal genetic disease of children worldwide.
For more details on ShtankOut! or where to buy your own, check out http://shtankout.com
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About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality and Commentator.
He serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) Blogger, has made guest appearances as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew, was featured in the Father's Day issue of Lake County Magazine, and is a former contributor to Chicago Parent.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.
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