Product Type: ELC baby toys
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It's Time For Take Off
ELC Lift Off Rocket
Member Name: kat1234
ELC Lift Off Rocket
Advantages: engaging, encourages imaginative play, things to do
Disadvantages: expensive at full price, doors break easily
The toy is a fairly large red plastic rocket - dimensions = height: 22 cm, width: 29 cm and depth: 10.6 cm. It is a hollow rocket that stands independently on the floor on it's three grey plastic feet. On the bottom of these feet are red lights that can be activated using a small red push button on the grey carry handle at the side of the rocket. The rocket is divided into three sections, each with a door that can be opened, each revealing a different section of the rocket. The largest section of the rocket is the middle section which is the living quarters and contains a bed and a kitchen. The other two sections are quite plain and can be used to your child's imagination - for example the lower section can be used as a ramp to launch the moonbuggy.
With the rocket come other small toys - an orange crater with a bright green alien model that can be placed inside, a moon buggy in bright green with blue wheels that can be wheeled around independently an fits an astronaut inside, two astronauts - one in an orange outfit and one in blue and a dog.
The push button on the carry handle results in the rocket saying 'time for liftoff, 5...4...3...2...1...' and then a rocket noise is made. This also lights up the feet. If lifted as if flying through the air, the noise when pushed is flying noises.
We let my son have this toy from 12 months as we felt he could gain some benefit from it at that age. The little people contained are also fairly chunky so fit nicely in his hand without posing any potential choking hazard. He loves exploring the rocket as it is quite a big toy when he is sat in front of it, encouraging to move around it and get on his knees. He particularly enjoys opening and closing the doors on each section, putting the people inside (and various other small toys....) and shutting them in.
It took him some time to work out the button on the handle - using his finger to push it simply moved the rocket away from him. Eventually he worked out that he could hold the handle in his hand and push using his thumb. He now loves to push this continually, smiling as he listens to the countdown and watches the flashing red lights.
He particularly likes the little figures contained in the toy which are lightweight and feel a little rubber-like to the touch. These fit neatly in his palm and he loves to hold these and put them in his other toys (especially posting through shape sorters.....).
I hope that, as he gets older this toy will be a great tool for imaginative play and will encourage him to explore and develop his imagination.
This is a really lovely toy that is generally well made. I am a little disappointed at the quality of the doors however, as they quickly became detached from the toy. They seemed to simply come off in my son's hands with very little force at all. They are re-attached easily to the toy but, once they have been removed once they seem to fix more loosely and come off most times he plays with it now. Had I paid the full price for the rocket, I would have been very upset with this as it is not a cheap toy and, with the age range this is aimed at and it being one of the main features of the toy, I would have expected them to stand up to a lot more usage!
I also feel like the 'sounds and lights' feature could have a little more variety, with two or three more phrases added to make it a little less monotonous! Some phrases like 'Come in ground control' or 'do you read me?' may have added this variety whilst still maintaining the space launch theme.
However, overall this is a nice toy with well thought out features. The moon buggy is different to my son's other car-like toys as the wheels are large and rubbery and in almost bounces slightly as it rolls. I also like the fact that there is a hole in the top to sit the figures in - encouraging my son to place the astronauts precisely in here, developing hand-eye co-ordination. The toy is also equally suited to girls and boys and girls alike and encourages them to explore their imagination.
I would recommend this toy to you if you can pick in up on offer - ELC tend to have various offers throughout the year. At full RRP of £32, I think it is too expensive for what it is and I would want it to a bit more for this sort of money.
Summary: good imaginative toy
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