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I bought this for my son since he was a major Waybuloo fan as well as Yojojo being his favourite character. An extra gift from Play.com it was priced at £4.99 but that was on offer, the usual price for this is £7.99 or £9.99 from Mothercare. Being Fisher Price I expected a decent toy that would be both durable and fun as most of their toys are. It is recommended as being suitable for 18 months plus. On arrival it came in plastic, transparent casing which had to be cut open - which isn't the easiest or sefest thing in the world. There is an orange 'pod' which looks a bit like an oriental hut type thing and it splits in half to reveal the inside which houses the orange character 'Yojojo' from the popular childrens cartoon Waybuloo seen on Cbeebies. The character is made of a sort of rubber material that all bath toys seem to be made of and has a part at the bottom which slots into the pod making it stay there. After placing yojojo in the house and closing it up you push it to the bottom of the bath. The pod opens and the character floats to the top of the bath. This is honestly one of the most expensive and useless toys ever. It doesn't actually do anything or provide any entertainment and after providing it at bath time for a good year my son was more interested in playing with Yojojo as an action figure rather than putting it in the house and playing with it that way. I have no idea what their thought process was with this toy as it was difficult for me as a grown woman to push Yojojo onto the bottom of the pod and close up the hut in such a way that is stayed closed without an 18 month old trying to do it. There is no educational value or even any scientific value to the toy which I half thought with it floating. Another flaw in the design is that by having to push the character so far into the pod it doesn't easily float out each time so essentially what you are left with is a pod at the bottom of the bath with the character in it. Of course once Yojojo does decide to exit his abode and float to the surface my son liked to catch him and put him on top of the ducks or 'swim' in the water. I also found the toy to be a short lived source of fun, even though the pod was not being used the character started to fade in colour pretty quickly going from a bright orange to a not so fetching shade of peach rather quickly which I was surprised about as it wasn't in sunlight the whole time or left in water it was simply left to dry out on the side of the bath before being added to the basket with his other toys. From Fisher Price I'm pretty disappointed, definitely not one to waste your money on it has too many flaws in both design and finish, the colours fade, it has no use and a fiver for a bit of rubber housed in a bit of plastic is a big waste of money so keep the cash and don't give this a try.
My 2 year old daughter is quite a fan of the Cbeebies show - Waybuloo - for what reasons I do not know because I find it quite irritating. However, because she loves it so much I decided to buy her a couple of Waybuloo toys for her recent 2nd birthday, with this Yo Jo Jo Bath Pod being one of them. She loves bath time and most of the bath toys we have belong to her older sister, and as most parents will know, toy sharing is not a high priority for most 3 & 2 year olds...thus my youngest often gets left with a flannel to play with!! So I thought a nice new Waybuloo bath toy just for her and her alone was exactly what she needed. I bought it from Boots online, with their 3 for 2 offers so I actually got it free, but their price is £10 (way overpriced if you ask me!!) When it arrived I was quite surprised at the size of it (pod is approx 5 inches tall), I expected it to be bigger, but when you think about it, a bath toy doesn't really need to be very big, especially one like this! The idea of the toy is that the plastic 'bath pod' which is supposed to be Yo Jo Jo's (a Waybuloo Pipling) home is split into two halves, you place a rubbery Yo Jo Jo inside, close it up, and then place it in the bath water. The pod then floats to the bottom of the bath and once it touches the bottom, a button is activated on the bottom of the pod which causes it to open up, and out floats Yo Jo Jo. The reality is that it is too complicated and the procedure is too slow for a 2 year old to have any patience to wait for it to float to the bottom of the bath water. Our first use was quite frustrating for me!! I wanted to see it all in action, but as soon as I placed the pod in the water, my daughter grabbed it, opened it up and pulled out Yo Jo Jo. So I tried numerous times to get her to wait for the water to seep inside the pod to make it heavy enough to sink and allow the pod to open and release Yo Jo Jo. And numerous times I failed. I had to wait until she was out of the bath before I could play with it!! A major disadvantage with this toy is that you need quite a bit of depth in the water for it to function correctly. And for those of us who bath their children most nights, this is quite a lot of water. With the pod being about 5 inches high, you need more than 5 inches water in the bath, if not double this to get the toy to work properly. But as my daughter doesn't use the toy in the correct way, this does not really apply to us. Another design fault with this toy, especially since it is aimed at children aged 18 months plus, is that the pod can only be opened using a special catch on the bottom. Well I say 'can only be opened', (my daughter opens it any way she pleases) this is how it is intended to be opened, you press the button on the bottom of the pod and this releases the catch inside the pod and it opens out (this is how it works when it touches the bottom of the bath). But with my daughter being only 2 and not in the slightest bit interested in the workings of the toy, she doesn't actually care about hidden catches and buttons and just yanks the pod open and closed at her will, thus weakening the catch each time she does it! So one day I expect to see flying plastic as she yanks it open just that little bit too hard. In my opinion, the makers should have thought of this before creating the toy. But, despite all these disadvantages with the toy, my daughter has actually had a lot of enjoyment from it. She does play with it most bath times, just not in the way it is intended. She likes to just open and close the 'pod', fill it with water and generally just pour it everywhere. But, even though my daughter enjoys it I don't think I would recommend it to anyone because I think it is poorly designed and the makers (Fisher Price) are just cashing in on the latest favourite Cbeebies TV show. RRP is £10 but you can get it cheaper on Amazon and I've also seen it in Tescos for about £8.
Fisher Price / Bath Toy