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This could be a really good bath toy - unfortunately we had nothing but
bother with it from the get go.
Basically, it is a blue hippo, sat in an orange chair, inside a bright
yellow pedalo (this is all one toy moulded together - the hippo doesn't
come out). The hippo is meant to pedalo around the bath, blowing bubbles and singing o sole mio. Sound great in theory, right?
We couldn't even get the batteries in. Seriously. I thought there was a
problem with the toy, so I took it back. Twice. Eventually I decided that
it couldn't be the toy and it was just a nightmare catch - so I took a
knife to it, managed to get the batteries in and eventually we were away.
The whole anticipation wasn't really worth it though. Sure, the hippo sings (Although whether it is singing o sole mio is debatable). Sure it pedals - but it doesn't really move too much. And as for the bubbles out of the back of the toy - that never really happens.
We would have been better off buying a plastic hippo figure and giving her that to play with in the bath!
If this worked, it would be cool. Its from ages 12 months+, and a child
that age would love this. But at £9.99 for a toy that never really gets
going, it is a total waste of money, and I really wouldn't bother.
I'm still working my way through the mountain of toys my son received for his 1st birthday. This is the latest one - it is a bath toy from Tomy called "Hippo Pedalo".
**What is it?
Hippo Pedalo is a plastic bath toy approx 7" long by 5" wide. It consists of a yellow Pedalo boat with a rudder and a blue hippo sitting inside.
**What does it do?
The toy has a couple of functions. Firstly, it moves along in the water (very slowly) allowing baby to follow it about, whilst it moves around the hippo sings a cute version of "O Sole Mio" (very funny the first few times you hear it) and pedals his legs. You have to press Hippo's tummy to get this sound/movement and it lasts for approx 30 seconds.
Secondly, you can fill up a small chamber at the back which will then make bubbles behind the boat as it moves. (This only really works if you don't have bubbles in the bath otherwise they just merge into those.)
**What is the play value/advantages?
The benefits of this toy as stated by Tomy are:
Builds bonds with baby/family
Builds water confidence
Can be used as part of bedtime routine
Creates fun and happy time
I think some of these are a bit tenous (my baby can make happy time with an empty cardboard box), but it is a funny toy for the first few times of use. It doesn't really have much educational value but may help children who don't enjoy bathing. My son enjoys pushing it around (and sinking it) so it does help to build water confidence.
It is also well made and does what it claims to do perfectly well.
I would say the biggest disadvantage is that it will only be fun for a limited time before it goes into the big box of "no longer played with" toys. It costs £9.99 new which is probably a bit much for the use it will get.
The toy comes in an acceptably sized cardboard open fronted box without too many fiddly fastenings.
It takes 3 x AA batteries (Yes - batteries in a bath toy - don't worry it's safe!!).
Hippo Pedalo is a wonderful bath time toy full of character and merriment! Put Hippo Pedalo into the bath and watch as he moves along through the water singing O Sole Mio and pumping out bubbles from the back of his pedalo! Hippo Pedalo uses ordinary bubble bath to produce bubbles and has a rudder so that children can change his direction making bath time magical!