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I am mummy to a 19 month old son, who until recently had loved bath-time, all of a sudden, something changed and he hated it with a passion, so much so, it was taking two of us to achieve the job of bathing such a little guy.
That was until Christmas, when Daniel-John's uncle treated him to V-Tech Octobubble Orchestra. He had knew of the problems we were having at bath time, and thought this fun eye-catching toy may just do the trick and it most certainly has that, the chore is now more getting our little man back out of the bath, as he loves to play with his new toy.
As with all V-tech toys, although quite pricey for what they are (as this was a gift, I'm not sure of the exact price, but they seem to retail between £18-£25), they are well suited to the recommended age group, well-made and extremely durable even when handled by boisterous toddlers.
The toy primarily does three different things; blows bubbles, plays nursery rhyme tunes and lights up. Depending on which mode you select (learning or musical fun) the toy does a combination of the above or all three at once. In learning mode children are taught the names of the animals, shapes and instruments on the buttons, as well as learning their colours while they play.
The bubble feature seems to be Daniel-John's favourite, as he loves bubbles, and seems to love the idea, that bath-time is now associated with bubble fun and there is lots of small bubbles, not like some toys which give out just a few. The bubbles do however tend to run down quite quickly, but there is no need to buy the expensive v-tech bubbles to replace them though, as cheap washing-up liquid, does just the same job.
The toy is a made from a strong durable purple plastic shaped to resemble an octopus, with 5 brightly coloured large piano style buttons (ideal for little fingers to easily press), each with a raised shape, featuring pictures of instruments and animals upon them. It also has a roller ball which changes the tune the toy plays when rolled. As well as an orange light to the front that flashes while in play. It easily attaches to the bath, with your usual sucker style pads, associated with bath-time toys.
It also surprisingly takes only 2x AA batteries, and none of the 40million daft big batteries, most of the toys seem to want these days. Included in the package are instructions in a variety of languages, although I don't feel they are needed as the toy is pretty self-explanatory. Even refilling the bubbles is relatively easy, you only have to pop down a yellow button on top of the toy, to release the cap from the bubble motor and voila, replace the top and you're good to go.
I feel confident that my young son won't come to any harm while playing with this toy, and that he has already had many hours of enjoyment from it, and I'm sure he will for years to come.
I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for an ideal toy, for an inquisitive toddler, especially if you are having problems at bath-time .
So, I am happy to award this product all 5 stars.