One of the odder aspects of occasionally writing things on the internet is that people, companies, or locations might reach out and ask you to accept a large box full of confetti, plastic discs, and watches that don’t tell time, but do summon a little ghost butler to your aid so that you don’t make bad decisions at the behest of other little ghost butler creature thingys called Yo-kai. The watch is also called Yo-kai, because it summons these spirits (“Yo-kai” is both singular and plural, like “deer”…

When my boy turned 7 a month ago, the only toy he requested was “Rescue Bots,” and he specifically wanted an Optimus Prime.  Lucky for him, the Birthday Fairy brought him just that, and after some assembly, all was right with the world (the Grandparent Fairies gave him Legos, but that has no relevance to this post). So, when Hasbro reached out to me about my interest in letting my boy try out some Rescue Bots as part of its “Playskool Heroes” campaign*, my natural response was, “Well,…