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A Dad Reviews … 3Doodler

3Doodler is a 3D pen that lets you bring your doodles to life. Here’s what happened when we tried it out.

Gary Rudoren · 8 months ago

Please note that the author is a dad. He will be reviewing toys with a general dadliness that only a dad can provide. This week we’ll be discussing 3Doodler – an exciting new way to do what Dads love to do – doodle!

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I realize most toy reviews don’t start off with a thought about an obituary, but if I could write my own obituary headline it would refer to me as a “doodler.” This Dad loves to doodle! Give me a napkin and a pen and I’m all set. When my kids were even younger, I would entertain them at diners — OK, by “entertain” I mean “distract from making a scene” — by doodling their names on napkins and making a game out of it.

It’s hard to hide my excitement for the 3Doodler. First off, great name. Simple, clean, I get it. This is not your Grandpa’s “2Doodler.” All the kids these days want to make 3D objects. I want my kids to learn to make cool stuff, but I want them to learn to draw. If you’re like me, a Dad with an obsession for turning out kids who can make their imaginations come alive, then you’ll be proud to have them dig into 3Doodler.

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Since I’m also a Dad obsessed with boxes, I smiled when I saw the word “Essentials” on the 3Doodler box. The way I thought of it, “essential doodles” initially felt like an oxymoron — like “jumbo shrimp” or “seriously funny.” Are doodles really essential? Well, if you want to be creative, you need a way to experiment and express your ideas. So, yeah! That’s pretty essential.

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It’s also easy to use. You crack open the box (only one piece of tape!!) and pull out a clear plastic organizer with your essentials — the easy-to-grip doodling tool, the packets with multi-color plastic sticks for your projects, a charging cord, and a great handbook of project ideas to start you off (the Eiffel Tower, robots, eyeglasses, and much more). It’s as simple as, dare I say, a doodle.

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My daughter and I chose to make a set of trendy eyeglasses as our test project. She thought I needed to look cooler, hipper. I thought I’d get some serious street cred out of multi-colored plastic glasses. At the very least I figured it would distract from the baldness. The ergonomically sound tool was a breeze to operate, and she worked with the easy-to-use template from the project idea book to craft me a pair of red, blue, and orange glasses. Look out fashionistas, “Cool Dad” is on the loose.

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Not all the project ideas were about boosting my ego. The Eiffel Tower is not an exact replica, but it’s a fun example of how kids can start to translate what they see into 3D. There’s also a car and a flower pot, but you can use it to create almost anything. Eventually I had to kick my daughter out so I could play around with it. I was reminded of one of my favorite existential questions: “Are you ever really finished with a doodle?” 

I know that discussing obituaries and existential questions aren’t typical for a toy review, but 3Doodler isn’t a typical toy.

Bottom Line Dad Review

Whether you’re making something real or something imagined, this toy is unreal. Sorry, that was a Dad joke.

THE DAD SCALE© — From 1 (annoying) to 5 (pretty awesome)

  • BOX: 5

    GRAPHICS: 5

    INSTRUCTIONS: 5

    EASE OF USE: 6

    DAD EXCITEMENT LEVEL: 7