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ELC Water Slide Playset

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Brand: ELC / Type: Baby Bath Toy

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      17.01.2014 17:40
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      A lovely idea but unfortunately it doesn't work

      We purchased this as our lg hated having a bath to the point of screaming before, during and after! We thought this would be an ideal toy yo keep her distracted whilst we washed her and her hair... It was relatively simple to put together and it looks quite attractive, it doesn't take up too much space on the bath which meant there was plenty of Space for other toys too! There is a red bucket which detaches, allowing the children to pour water down the slide part It comes with 2 characters on pretend inflatables There is a button to release the characters and send them down the slide and when they reach the end there is a flap they push through and into the the water The Suction pads are positioned well in my opinion and we've never had trouble with them falling off Sounds great so far doesn't it? Unfortunately in practice it's not so good, the button to release the characters works but the characters don't slide down no matter how much water you send down with them, every time our lg is in the bath the flap at the other end falls off and it just doesn't work very well unfortunately

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      31.05.2011 17:26
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      A big disappointment from the Early Learning Centre

      Everyone wanted to buy my daughter presnets for Christmas and it was really hard coming up with ideas for what to get her. While in the Early learning Centre one day, I was looking at the bath toys as my daughter loves playing in the bath and saw this one. It looked lovely so I bought it for her uncle to give her. I wish I'd read the reviews before I bought it but I trusted that ELC was a good make and would be a good toy for her. My daughter was 15 months when she got it. ---About the product: The Early Learning Centre Water Slide Playset is a bath toy that fits to the side of the bath and is a slide that you can put two little figures down. The whole thing is made of plastic with 3 rubber suction caps to fix it in place. The slide is like a helterskelter and is blue and attached to a green backplate. It has a small waterwheel at the top and a red cup that slots at the top of the slide. At the bottom of the slide there is a gate type thing and next to the slide is a holder for the little animals that go down the slide. There are two little animals on discs that come with the slide to send down it. I think they are supposed to be a penguin and a polar bear, but it's a bit of a guess! The idea is to put one of the animal discs at the top of the slide and then you can pull a little purple handle which releases the disc that whizzes down the slide. ---Using the Water Slide: The water slide playset came in a cardboard box and needed some very easy assembly before trying to fix it to the bath. Our bath has sloped sides so it was not going to fix easily there so we fixed it to the wall tiles above the bath instead. My daughter loves her baths so we were keen to try it out straight away. She was excited by the new toy in her bath and so we showed her how to send the animal discs down the slide. It worked well although if you put too many bubbles on the slide, it did keep getting stuck! The other issue was the little gate which fell off as soon as my daughter pulled it slightly and then every time we put it back then it fell off. Other than that my daughter really enjoys this toy and still plays with the slide and the animal discs despite my findings below. She does not really play with the water wheel much although I show her it regularly. You can fill the red cup with water and then you slot it in its place and the water drops through the small hole in the bottom to turn the wheel. ---My findings: This has the potential to be a good toy, but unfortunately there are too many flaws in it. I have since read several reviews about this toy and in my opinion some have underated it for all the wrong reasons. The first problem I've seen stated is that the playslide doesn't stick on a lot of baths as they have curved edges. This is very true, but should be fairly obvious from the style of the toy. However, it will stick to the tiles around a bath and works fine there. People have also commented that it falls off easily but we haven't found that to be the case. It fell off the first time after about 2 weeks, but has stayed pretty much in place since then. I have removed it a few times for various reasons but it sticks back easily. Others have commented that it falls apart very easily but other than the gate falling off, the rest has stayed together the whole time we've had it. My daughter doesn't really pull on it at all so if you had a child who was more violent with it then it might fall apart more. It is also very hard to level this which I totally agree with. The first time I used this I had luck on my side as the discs went down perfectly. Since then, I have not been able to get it to level and it doesn't matter how much water I pour down, the discs will not flow down smoothly which does defeat the object of the toy. As this does not seem to work properly for us, my daughter has taken to sending the discs down the side of the bath instead so at least we have a use for part of it! ---And finally: I would not recommend this toy at all which disappoints me as I'm normally very pleased with ELC toys. It has no quality involved in it and does not work in the way intended. It says it is for ages 1-4 but I think even when working, it would be more suited to 18 months and over. It will cost you £13 which is very expensive for a plastic bath toy even if it work properly. I would honstly look around for something else to play with in the bath.

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        07.02.2011 16:54
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        This is an pricey bath toy and it doesnt even stay together

        I bought this early learning centre water slide playset bath toy for my daughters 2nd birthday as she loves playing with toys in the bath. It was really easy to put together and it sticks to the side of the bath really well and it doesnt slip off like many of her other bath toys, but the slide does come apart very easily and without much force so I was forever putting it back together. This bath toy comes with bath time friends that are suppost to whizz down the slide and splash into the tub well they dont really whizz down the slide unless you push them and even then they get stuck half way down the slide. This bath toy costs £13 and I thought with it being one of the more expensive bath toys that it was going to be better than the cheaper ones but I was very wrong, my daughter has a few of the cheaper ones and they have lasted alot longer than this one. I would not recommend this bath toy to anyone as its pricey especially for something that has to be put back together everytime your child has a bath.

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          16.08.2010 17:56
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          Its a cheap toy which break far to quickly even for a child.

          Oh how i expected so much more from this toy. My son had very little in the way of bath toy when i bought this and although i knew i wouldn't keep his attention for years, i thought i would get a few months out of it, how wrong was i. But first lets deal with the pros, It has a nice bright colours and has no small parts, which you would expect from a ELC toy. On top of that it was rather on the cheap side. But i suppose you get exactly what you pay for. it is cheap. It doesn't stay stuck up for long even on a clean bath side and often slipped off under it own weight without any pressure being applied on it. When pressure was applied, the blue runners where the toy floats slide down often fell off in my sons hands which left him upset and frustrated. We even tried it on the rough tiles above the bath but with no success. On top of that the red basket the top would pour the water rather quickly for my liking and the yellow hand was very stiff to release the float toys. Finally the yellow door at the bottom just fell off on its own accord. This toy was swiftly removed and put aside for more useful bath toys.

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          09.03.2010 17:10

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          Abit of a let down from Early Learning Centre

          Just before christmas lots of people were asking what to buy for my son, one of the things we wanted was bath toys as he was really starting to enjoy bath time. This was one of his presents, when we sat and opened it we were all impressed, my son was only 6 months at christmas so slightly small for it but good to have as he gets bigger. I soon got it out of the box and put the slide together to try it out, I was impressed you get two little animals on round plates to pop at the top of the slide, and theres a little lever to release them down the slide, and at the bottom of the slide there is a flap for the animals to go under, there is also a red pot at the top to fill with water so it tips and trickles down the slide. When we put it in the bath itself we wasnt so impressed, we hung it nice and low down so our son could watch the animals on the slide until he was big enough to do it himself, but as soon as we put the animals in place and pulled the lever it didnt always work to release the animals and when it did work they pretty much always get stuck half way down the slide or at the flap at the bottom of the slide, not really having the desired effect. Also quite often the toy falls off the tiles so after every bath we have to take it off so it doesnt fall off in the night and wake everyone up. I can see the fun of it, but I was quite let down with it, maybe it will be more appreciated when my son is abit bigger.

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          29.08.2009 23:36
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          Not worth the money, buy bubbles for more fun

          This water slide toy seemed like a great toy with potential but instead was a huge waste of money and a real let down for both my little one and I. My little girl loves her bath like most her age and I thought she might get pleasure out of a couple of new toys so I visited the ELC store thinking that all their stuff would be great but .... oh no! The toy was simple enough to put together but lacked any real sturdiness. Two year olds are not kind to their toys and bath toys are no different so it soon started to fall apart. Although I kept clicking it back together it soon fell apart again. The yellow finish line flag in particular was constantly falling off, so much that I chucked it, to avoid frustration. The little 'bath time friends' constantly got stuck on the slide, much to my little ones dismay and is tricky to fish them out when you have adult sized hands. The suction cups are fine, but if your bath has a slight tilt on it, results in 'the friends' unable go round the slide. The little mill was the best part of the toy, but only gives 30 seconds or so of interest before boredom kicks in. Over all, a frustrating over priced waste of space in my now over-crowed bathroom. We have much more fun with a 50p bubble wand ... oh and of course her rubber duckies!

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          04.06.2009 18:24
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          avoid avoid avoid

          This is not the best of bath time toys. My son got this for his birthday and we thought it looked great, unfortunately that wasn't the case. It has a water wheel that seems to be the only thing that does what it is supposed to. There are some little animals on rings made of plastic that should slide down into the bath but we have never managed to make that happen and it falls apart very easily, every time my son has a bath it gets in the way and I find bits of it floating around in the water. We stopped fixing it and in the end took it down. On the plus side he loves the 2 little animals and still plays with them in the bath, although they are quite useless and don't float the right way up. I would avoid buying this toy as it is a waste of money and easily broken.

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            10.12.2008 13:07
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            Give it a miss, it will only fall apart and provide lots of disappointment.

            I'm a great fan of bathtime so i'm always looking out for something different for my daughter to play with. She has a bath every night as part of her bedtime routine and to clean her up after messy supper time. (You know what it's like when all they'll have is finger food and they come out of the highchair in various colours) ~~~The Product~~~ This is a waterslide that attaches to your bath using sucker pads. It also comes with two little circular friends that slide down the shoot when you pour water into it and splash into the bath. It's made of plastic and comes in the box as several pieces so it does require some assembly. Our one is blue and yellow but you can get them in a variety of colours, depending on where you make your purchase. This is a fabulous idea for a bath toy and i haven't seen anything similar about. ~~~The good bits~~~ I can't really say anything good about it and believe me i've really tried. My daughter does love the little circular penguins (i'm sure that's what they're meant to be) but that's about it. Another good bit could be that it is brightly coloured, but then most toys for babies are. ~~~The bad bits~~~ I honestly don't know where to start. The idea of this toy is fantastic and i've yet to see anything similar hit the shops. There is probably a good reason for this though as it's very poorly designed! The assembly was quite fiddly and i always find that the longer a toy takes to assemble, the less fun someone will have with it. To me, this wasn't a good start. We got it into the bath and were quite surprised to find that it didn't stick onto the wall tiles or bath very well. I really was quite shocked as this is supposed to be a baby toy and therefore it should stick to the wall. The idea of the circular pieces moving down the slide is good, but in reality they stop half way down - that's if they move at all. You have to pour water into the top in order to push these little pieces along and watch the waterwheel turn - neither one happens. It also falls apart at the smallest touch and i've given up with reassembling it. ~~~Price~~~ We bought ours in ELC for £12.50 and i can't believe i was stupid enough to pay that for it. It doesn't work how it's supposed to, in fact, it doesn't do anything! I wouldn't even buy it at a car boot sale for 1p. ~~~Verdict~~~ If you haven't guessed already, i wouldn't recommend this to my worst enemy. It's not worth 1p, let alone the prices shops are charging for it. Spend your money elsewhere. It gets one star because it's impossible to give any less.

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            Suction cups keep this slide in place on the side of the tub. Pour water in the wheel and watch it spin. Have fun watching the bathtime friends whizz down the slide and splash in the tub.