Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Walking the Robots
ELC Pull Along Bots
Member Name: kat1234
ELC Pull Along Bots
Advantages: nicely made, robot noises
Disadvantages: expensive at full price, limited playability
My son received these pull along bots from the Early Learning Centre for his first birthday in March. They are currently priced at £15, but at the time they were half price at £7.50 in the sale. The toy is for 12 months plus and is essentially a pull along toy - great for when a child is learning to walk. I liked these as they are a bit different to the typical pull along dogs that I had seen and I thought the fact that he could 'do things' with the robots would appeal to my son too.
The toy is a train of three robots - one orange, one green and one blue. The product specifications on the Early Learning website are: weight 0.266kg, height 15.4cm, width 24cm and depth 7.5cm. Each robot is a slightly different shape and does something different. All robots have a pair of big eyes to make them appeal to children. The front robot is orange and quite rounded. It has a yellow antennae that spins and yellow arms that can be pulled up and down, making a clacking noise as they move. The middle robot is green and rounded with a disc shape on top of it's head. This has a yellow spiral pattern on it when viewed from above and can be spun round. This robot also has big red wheels on the side (the others have a yellow wheel built into their base so that they roll when pulled along). The final robot is blue in colour and, again, rounded in the body with a rectangular head. In the body, there is a yellow and red ball that spins around as it is pulled. The robots can also be switched on (switch in the base) and make robotic noises (AA batteries required). The robots have a green string at the front that it can be pulled along by.
My son likes these robots as he can fiddle with the moving parts and this encourages him to investigate parts and develop his manipulative skills. When learning to walk, he did not really use the pull along feature of this toy. Since learning to walk, and now toddling very well, he has not shown any interest in these as a pull along toy either. As such, he hasn't got a great deal of use from the toy. Yes, the robots do a few things but this is not really enough to keep him stimulated or entertained for great periods of time. It is more a toy that we get out in the morning and he returns to it throughout the day for 4 or 5 minutes at a time. Perhaps when he is a little older they will be used a bit more for imaginative play as he may develop an interest in robots, but I am not convinced they lend themselves too well to this function either as they are held together in a line.
The toy is well made though and I think is good value for the £7.50 paid at the time. I would question whether they are worth the £15 retail price though - certainly not for us but other children may love these as a pull along toy. They do glide along nicely when pulled and make noises - very appealing to children - so do make a nice pull along toy. Overall, a very decent toy that just doesn't appeal greatly to my son!
Summary: pretty decent
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