The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Spring 2018

Pull-Back Marble Racers

These Pull-Back Marble Racers are a prime example of how “good things come in small packages.” Packed inside this small package is a fun, durable and very entertaining toy car. The little race car is made of sturdy plastic which is great because it can crash into walls and fly off tables without breaking apart. We watched parents cringe as their kids sent these cars careening into every possible obstacle and then breathe a sigh of relief when it emerged without a scratch. It features a good quality pull-back motor which is quite responsive and quite speedy. One feature that really stood out, especially considering the price point, are the toy’s wheels which are not plastic (like other cars in the category), but rubber, which allows it to grab the surface and roll smoothly. The result is a car that is really fast on hard surfaces and one that can even zip along on low-pile carpeting. This was a nonstop favorite in the testing centers and it’s appeal with young testers was undeniable.

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Recommended Age: 3 and Up
Price: $ 9.99

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A Seal of Approval review involves a multi-step process conducted over an eight-week period.

Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

There are three testing periods each year:

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Each submission must be accompanied by a $295 product testing fee (we offer multiple submission discounts). This fee covers the cost of testing, nothing more. It is non-refundable and has no bearing on the result of the testing. Additionally, we require three samples of the product or access codes for online submissions.

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* Winners of the Seal will be announced in a media release which is distributed to over 4700 media outlets including Facebook, Mommy bloggers and TV station websites.

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* Links to company websites and a license to utilize the trademarked Seal of Approval artwork on marketing, packaging and web design are available exclusively to Seal winners for additional fees.

* Submitting a product does not secure or guarantee being awarded a Seal of Approval

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