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My Mum got this Remy toy for my daughter when she was a little bit younger as she loved these animated toys which sing and do little different things. My Mum found it in Tesco reduced to £5 and thought she would love it and she was right. And I think it started my daughter's obsession with rats! My daughter loves rats *shudders*.
For those that don't know, Remy is a little rat who wants to be a chef and is in the Disney movie Ratatouille.
Remy is fairly tall and very sturdy as well as solid when standing. The toy itself is fairly hard as all the mechanic which make him work are encased in the plastic so it is not only to give Remy his rat shape but also to protect the mechanics. He is covered with a soft grey/blue fur which does feel a little thin. I would definately say that this is not a toy for cuddling but purely entertainment purposes. He has a chef's hat on and holds a wooden spoon in his hand which is actually attached which minimises risk of loss.
To make Remy work, you simply squeeze his pink nose which is very easy to squeeze and I think most smaller children would be able to do it. When talking, the voice of the Remy toy is exactly the same as in the movie so if your child is familar with the film it is nice for them to hear the same voice.
When Remy is working he really encourages interaction with your child as Remy asks questions such as "What shall we cook today?" And "Mmmm, smells good" as he uses the spoon in a mixing movement. The toy is full of movement - his body, arms, eyes and even his ears move when he speaks and is in play mode.
My daughter still loves Remy despite having had him for a good while now. He still gets used and hasn't shown any sign of wear.
I should add that the packaging does say that this is for children who are 4 years an over but my daughetr got it when she was 2 and she was fine. I was always a bit confused by the age restriction on it as there were no small parts or anything that could break off plus my daughter could always control it fine.
My daughter is a fan of all things Disney, after noticing this Remy a few years back at a special price on Amazon, we got it her for another little gift to wrap up off Santa.
This is an interactive Remy toy.
Remy is the star of the Disney movie Ratatouille, a cute little Rat who becomes an amazing chef!
Remy has a solid body, it's not a soft cuddy bedtime toy, and he holds a spoon he is holding a spoon in his hand which he stirs as one of his actions.
He says lots of different phrases about cooking too. However the funny thing is, the Remy we received spoke Spanish and not English. I was very annoyed to start with; however I was unable to send it back as we had ripped the packaging.
At no point on the advertising of this toy when we bought it did it say - speaks Spanish., but then to give Amazon credit, neither did it say - speaks English.
I can laugh about it because my daughter loved it, she didn't care that it spoke Spanish, she even repeats all of the phrases in Spanish, I would love to know what she is saying though!
It has become a big hit with our friends and family too, who all say we bought it from Del Boy!
We saw the English version in Matalan not so long back for just £5, I asked my daughter if she wanted it and she said no, it doesn't talk funny! (Meaning it doesn't speak Spanish!) How funny!
Well apparently the English Remy says phrases such as - let's get ready to cook and what shall we cook today. You can also put food items under his nose and he will comment on them. This works as he has a movement sensor under his snout.
He is not worth £30 which they are priced at the moment! I don't know how we managed to get him so cheap at the time! I would also warn you from buying this from Amazon, reading a recent review on there, someone has purchased one and it speaks in French! The person is very annoyed. I would be if I paid £30!!!!
If you can get him for £5 then I would defiantly recommend purchasing him at this price.
The really bad thing was that, when I wrote a review on Amazon about this toy speaking Spanish and not English, The message was removed!
We bought ours for a very silly amount of £7 if I remember right; I should have known it was too good to be true!
I have seen this in Matalan recently for just £5. This is a snatch!
I have been told they have them in the Entertainer for £5 too.
After wring my review on the movie Ratatouille, I suddenly remembered this toy which I got for my nephew! The toy is in fact, based on Remy, the little rat, and the main character of Ratatouille. It is in fact a big robotic but furry representation of Remy. I ordered mine off Amazon (along with another Ratatouille toy) and it came in quite a large (and heavy parcel). Remy the furry robot is blue in color, just like the Remy in the movie, wears a chef's toque and holds a large culinary spoon in one hand. The face remains smiling, cute nose and ears. However, the element I didn't like was the fact that its tail was a little too realistic for my taste! It was a most graphic representation of a real rat's tail! The toy is quite nice in fact; it goes around talking and asking sentences such as "What shall we cook today?" and I thought I heard a couple of French words too!
It is a very animated toy because there is a lot of (noisy) music and it moves around a lot. I would say that it is quite a representation of the real Remy! For the educational value, I think it is quite educational because of the French sentences, along with the English sentences where children have a chance of matching the sentences to Remy's gestures and movements. It is certainly a lot more educational than the second Mattel toy I bough which only features Emile launching grapes!
The toy requires four standard AA batteries, and Amazon says that it is a suitable toy for children aged six or higher. I would however recommend you to give it to children below six. It does not have any small dangerous parts but my nephew (at seven) got quite bored with it after just a couple of days. He loves the movie Ratatouille and that is why I got him these gifts- but as animated as the features might be for a toddler, it would be quite difficult for Remy the furry robot to hold the attention and interest of a child above six years old. In addition, it does not come in cheap at £20!
Overall, I would say that it would be quite a nice gift for a toddler, but not for an older child.
Thanks for reading!
I bought this my twenty month old son this for Christmas and he loves it.
It does say on the packaging for 4 years and over and the Amazon website states 6 years and over but I am not sure why it has that age on it as it is doesn't have small parts and my son can work it fine.
Remy is from the film ratatouille which is one of my sons favourite films and therefore one I know the while script to. So I though he would love this toy.
It is advertised as £25 but I got it from the entertainer shop for £5.
It is larger than you expect, he is about 30 cm tall. He has solid feet so doesn't have any problems standing. The spoon he is holding is attached although there is some movement so won't get lost. He is a hard robotic type toy with fur covering so not the sort of toy for cuddling.
The animation works by pressing the top of his nose which starts a multitude of actions. He starts by saying "let's get ready to cook" He asks questions such as "what shall we cook today?" so encourages interaction. His arm body, eyes and ears move as he talks. It also plays a little French music which my son dances too.
I have discovered the switch on the bottom has 3 options one been off the other two both seems very similar.
My son has played with this toy quite a bit since Christmas and I am very pleased but I do think it has limited entertainment value especially for an older child. I do think it is a great toy for £5 however I do not think this toy is worth £25.
Ratatouille-Little Remy chef is a great animated toy that says over 25 phrases. You can buy the toy from many places including Amazon where it is priced at £25.00. It states that the toy is suitable for children 4 years and over.
As many of you probably know Ratatouille was a great animated tale produced by Disney Pixar. As the film was such a great hit they brought out the animated toy Ratatouille pronounced (rat-a-too-ee), who stars in the film. Who has a special talent of smelling flavours of food and he dreams of being a chef.
The toy is fairly large it is about 27cm high and 11cm wide. The toy comes with the 4 AA batteries that it requires. The overall toy looks exactly like he does in the film with the little chef's hat and the wooden spoon. His fur is lovely and soft with his main features, hands, feet, nose, ears and eyes being made out of rubbery plastic.
The toy is great as when you press the top of his nose he say many phrases. A couple of the phrases are French as he is a French rat. The phrases are: Bonjour and Bon Appetit. Most of the phrases are English though which is great as my daughters end up repeating them. Not only does he say phrases but music also plays, and his body, arms and hands move around as if he is stirring and cooking. Another great thing is that his eyes blink, his nose wriggles and his ears move my daughters just love watching him, never knowing what phrase or movement will happen next.
One thing I didn't realise was that when you put food under his nose there is a sensor which makes him interact. So when you wave food under his nose you will hear phrases such as "Eww! Gross!" and "Mmm.. so delicious!". When my daughters realised that he did this they were putting all sorts of food under his nose to see if he liked it.
My daughters actually got brought this as a Christmas present when I seen it at a first I didn't think he would do much. But I was very surprised at all the little phrases and actions he does. We have started putting him on the side when we are cooking so they think he's joining in. I probably wouldn't pay £25.00 for him but would buy him if cheaper. Ratatouille will have your children learning new cooking phrases in no time and they may even pick up on the couple French phrases.
Little Chef Remy comes to life with engaging, interactive play features. Little Chef Remy talks and dances to music, Child-activated sensors control his wiggling ears, blinking eyes and sniffing nose.