“ Brand: ELC / Age: 12 months „
I am a huge fan of Early Learning Centre (ELC) toys. I am always looking out for fun, bright, colourful toys for my tots to play with.
I am across the "bop and go alien" when my 4 year old was a baby. It made me smile and I couldn't resist it.
Stand at approx. 7 inches tall and 7 inches wide (tip of the fingers to the other) This cute little character is a great size for child to grab, pull and push about with.
Our bop and go alien is called Layli, My daughter's attempt to say alien. But I think it's cute.
This lovely Layli is bright and colourful with wobble hands and different colour ears. It's great for help children when there older to learn colours.
So what does this cute little character actually do? Well, he certainly made my day when I first saw him move. Underneath the toy is the one switch, you can move it either left or right one for loud and one for louder! Or you can leave it in the middle position, this position is off. In the centre is a small wheel the turns with 2 little wheels on it. This is what makes the alien move. And placed central at the back of the aliens feet are two small wheels just poking out. This just gives it a little bit more support as it moves. I have noticed that I do get the odd few hairs stick in the wheels but nothing major. Works fine once they have been taken out.
So as the name states its bop and go. So all you need to do to get it to move and sing is by pushing down its head, and ta da it goes. The speaker is located on the rear of the aliens head.
Once you have pushed it down its head it makes some good noises, and plays music with funny alien sounds. I don't know how I would describe and alien sound but I'm sure if you use your imagination you wouldn't be far off. Not only does it play music it goes as well. By going I mean it moves. I have noticed it get stuck on my thick carpet but it does move on thinner carpet and on hard floor. It moves around in all directions but less than an area on 1m square.
And added little feature is that the alien's tummy lights up red when it is working. This is great and give it a little more of its own personality. As its arms are slightly movable as it move sits arms wobble. Both I and the children find this highly amusing to watch.
The colours on the alien are very eye catching and stimulating to young it's also good to strengthen up their eyes as they following the alien around.
The alien takes 2 AA batteries; these are located in the aliens jet pack on its back, this need to be opened with a screwdriver. This gives you peace of mind as you don't have to worry about you little ones accessing the battery compartment and taking them out.
The battery life is good I have had this for over 3 years and only need to replace the batteries ones. It does come with some (for the price I would hope it does.) But they are only display batteries and don't hold a long life span.
This toy is suitable from 12 months plus, as they promote it. I believe it is suitable from approx. 3 months due to baby number 3 loving this from 3 months. She giggles at him as it moves, and plays its music. I have noticed that they have now changed the colours of the alien from the ones in the above picture. They do not look as bright and bold and it does like a bit more of a boys toy now due to the darker colours.
Priced at £15; it's available from Early Learning Centre, Mothercare shop in shop, and also boots. I think it is slightly overpriced for what it is, as children to get bored with toys after a while, Even if it is an all singing and dancing little alien. There will always be something else they have their eye on.
You can also purchase from there website but be warned there is a £4.95 delivery charge or you can order from Mothercare.com and get it delivered to store for collection for free.
I think this was a great investment and having all 3 children play with it has made it even better value for money.
My twins now have numerous toy boxes which are brimming with toys, most of which were Christmas presents. One of the favourites in there is the ELC "Bop and Go" Alien
***What Is It***
The Bop and Go Alien is an alien figure about 25cm high and 20cm wide. He is made from brightly coloured plastic with a flat base and springy arms which move. On the base of the alien there are casters which allow the alien to move. To make the alien move you press down on small antennae on his head which activates him to make strange gibbering type alien sounds and move about in circular movements on the floor. There are also small sections on the alien which light up.
The Bop and Go Alien requires 3 size AA batteries.
ELC state that the Bop and Go Alien is suitable from age 12 months plus. I purchased this for my boys at 11 months and they were able to play with the alien fine. After being shown by me and my partner how to press down on the alien's head to make it move, the boys after a few days were able to do these themselves and took great joy in chasing him around the room.
Personally I feel this is a toy suitable from around 9 months, there are no parts on the toy that can become detached if a young child bites or pulls on. At around 9 months most babies are able to sit and have started to attempt to crawl so the toy is great to encourage mobility.
Obviously for older toddlers the toy is fun but is limited in its appeal as it is so basic in the sense you press its head and it moves on the floor for 10 seconds
The Bop and Go Alien is available from ELC stores and ELC online at www.elc.co.uk. The usual selling price is £13.00 however around Christmas time this toy was in the sale and we purchased it for £10.50.
***Playing with it***
The Bop and Go Alien unlike many other toys that we got at Christmas was relatively easy to take out of the packaging. It was only held into the box by two strings. Once untied it was a case of pulling a tab out of the battery switch and turning the alien on.
The alien has an on off switch, the same style which most ELC toys have. This is the middle setting is off, pushing the switch up is on full volume and pushing this switch on turns the toy to on but only half volume. The alien is not the noisiest toy but personally I feel the half volume setting is preferable as a parent. This means you can still have a conversation and hear over the toy, which is particularly helpful if you have another child playing in the room with another toy.
To play with the alien you have to push down on a small antenna on his head and the alien is activated. For around 10 seconds the alien moves in circular movements spinning around, making gurgling type alien noises and lights up. My boys found this hilarious and immediately started to chase after the alien. When they first started to play with this toy at 11 months I had to set the alien off but within a few days they understood to press the head and the alien will move. Pressing down on the head is relatively easy; it does not require a lot of force or even for a child to do.
The alien moves around on smooth flooring such as laminate and tiles very easily and even when it bumps into other objects it continue to move. The alien also moves fine, just not as fast on short pile carpet. I have found that when playing with this toy in the boys bedroom on their rug which is longer pile carpet the alien is not so effective and does not really move which is very frustrating for children.
In terms of learning the Bop and Go Alien does not boast a wealth of learning features; it is definitely more of a fun toy. It develops children's hand eye coordination skills to be able to push down on the head to operate. It also encourages physical mobility for children to chase after the alien. In fact I would say my lazier twin even chases after this toy which if he can help it he only moves if he absolutely has too! For older children and toddlers the Bop and Go Alien probably has limited appeal once they have pressed it and made it move because it is so basic. The toy is probably more engaging and attractive for children from about 9-18 months.
This is a very durable toy. Bop and Go Alien as expected has taken quite a bashing. He is known as whack and go alien in this house as both boys smack their hand down on his head to operate. He has also been dropped and still is in full working order and looks as new. The springy arms are also in excellent condition and have no visible marks on despite being chewed on.
Batteries wise I have found that the alien does go through batteries quite quickly. My boys have been playing with this toy daily for just under two months and I have had to replace the batteries once.
This is a brightly coloured fun toy from ELC which both my boys love. Both take great pleasure in whacking the alien on the head and chasing him around on the floor whilst giggling loudly. Based on that I would say my boys definitely recommend this toy.
The Bop and Go Alien also doesn't boast many "learning features". Once children have mastered how to make him go by pressing down on his head, chasing him around is the only real play game.
The Bop and Go Alien like many ELC toys is very durable and made to a very high quality so excellent value for money. My only reservations are that to play with on longer pile carpet or uneven surfaces the alien is less effective and moves a lot slower than it does on smooth surfaces like our laminate floor.
For £10 my boys would recommend it!
My daughter had the Bop and Go Alien as a gift for her first Christmas bought mainly as it was noisy her Uncle doesn't seem to grasp the phrase what goes around comes around! I have to be honest this is one toy I am unable to pass on and it is kept ready for the younger cousins and friends as it really is a great toy
What is it?
Well the Bop and Go Alien is a rather cute plastic Alien with a green face and a red antenna you push this down and he makes different alien noises and moves around and spins.
Cost and Stockist
This is an Early learning centre toy so is available direct from their stores or website www.elc.co.uk or from branches of mothercare and Boots. He is available for £13.00 however if you register for their Birthday Club then you get a 20% off voucher near your child's Birthday and special vouchers for Christmas.
Why buy it?
We love Be Bop Alien (our name) and indeed have bought this for gifts as we all think this is a great toy it is great for developing Co-ordination and also for development of the senses.
I would not hesitate to recommend this toy it is great fun both my children loved and their cousins all love this toy as well I really think it has Alien powers as when ever any visiting child has a tantrum I get this out and hey presto all over they all become happy children chasing the Alien!
I truly love this toy I think it looks great and is lots of fun for the little ones to chase after a great gift for any 1-to 2 year old.
This is a lovely little kids toy and my little boy has enjoyed playing with it since he was 7 months old.
I think this costs about £12.50 and even though it seems a little on the expensive side I think it is worth the money. It is a lovely bright coloured alien and I think it appeals to both girls and boys. It says from 12 months on it but my little boy has been playing with it since he was 7 months old and has always enjoyed it.
It works when you press down on its head and it moves around the floor and makes alien noises as it moves and lights flash inside its stomach. It has always made my son giggle and now he is older he presses it himself to make it move.
I think it works very well because I have it on laminate flooring but it does not move very well on carpet so that is something to be aware of if you are thinking of buying this.
It is a very strong and sturdy toy and feels very good quality and well made. Ours has been thrown about all over the floor and still looks as good as new so I think it is a toy that will last through a few kids. It requires batteries but we have had ours for almost a year now and the batteries that came with it are still going strong so I am really pleased with it.
It is a simple toy that is fun to play with but now my son is 18 months old it doesn't hold his attention for as long as it used to but I still think it is a good buy.
I bought this "Bop and Go" alien for my son's first birthday as he has developed a love of things which move.
His favourite thing is to watch mummy or daddy running around the garden and he loves seeing Mister Maker on Cbeebies as he races around his home.
So, I figured that this toy which will spin around the room would be a hit.
** Packaging and Price
It comes in an open fronted cardboard box with wire lengths to hold it in place. The packaging is not excessive and is easy enough to open.
It cost £12.50 at an Early Learning Centre store and is also available online at www.elc.co.uk. ELC also have some mothercare concessions although I'm not sure if this is a line they carry.
** The Toy
The alien is approx 6" high and 6" wide. He is made of a durable plastic with springy moveable arms. On the bottom he has 4 castors - 2 are straight and 2 move in a circular motion. When you press the alien's head he moves around on these castors, spinning around and off to the nearest wall/chair or whatever stops him.
** What I like about this toy.
It's good fun and as expected my baby loves watching it move around and bopping it on the head to make it go again.
It has sounds which are quite funny, but as with all toys are starting to get a bit irritating for me! His body also flashes which gives it more play value for baby.
** What I don't like about this toy.
It doesn't work on carpet or uneven surfaces. We have flagstones in our hall/kitchen and he gets stuck in the grooves, so we can only really use in rooms with wood flooring which is a bit limiting.
Watch him move around and make sounds. Chase after him for another go