“ Brand: ELC / Type: Toy Car / Type: Cars & Vehicles „
When it came to my boys first Christmas, Mr Lools and I were guilty of buying far too many gifts for our twin boys. We were really keen not to purchase the same toy but did want to give them their own pile of presents on Christmas day so liked buying gifts that were similar. We had already decided on the Wibble Wobble Train from ELC so we decided we would also purchase the Wibble Wobble Car which hopefully they could share both toys between them..... (obviously a very naïve thought!)
***Wibble Wobble Car***
The ELC Wibble Wobble Train is a large red plastic sports car with four big black wheels. It is about 20xm long by 15cm wide and 20cm high. When pressed it moves fast back and forwards whilst wobbling from side to side. As it moves the eyes on the front of the car rotate and the car plays music whilst making driving sounds.
The car requires two size AA batteries which are supplied with the car.
ELC states the Wibble Wobble Car is suitable for children aged 12 months to 3 years.
The Wibble Wobble Car is available from ELC stores and also Mothercare stores. You can purchase the car online from both ELC and Mothercare. The RRP for toy is £15.00. We purchased this in October 2010 for £12.50 from ELC. During the pre and post-Christmas sales ELC and Mothercare often discount this toy.
***Playing With it***
At the same time as we purchased the Wibble Wobble Car we also purchased the similar Wibble Wobble train so my boys had two of these toys to play with. Both of them liked the train however they were both drawn towards to car and we find many fights are over who is playing with this car.
Taking the toy out of the packaging is not a simple task. You do need to remove the box then remove the ties on various parts of the car which secure it on the inner section of cardboard. You also need to take an activation strip out of the battery section before you can use the toy.
The Wibble Wobble Car has an an on/ off switch on the base of the car. This is a sliding switch. The centre position is off. Pushing the switch forward puts the car in the "try me" setting. This setting allows the car to move side to side and play sounds and music but not move forwards. Pushing the switch backwards puts the car to the on position. In this setting you get the full range of functions and the car zooms forwards and back in random movements and wobbles from side to side whilst playing music and car engine sounds. Unlike the majority of ELC toys there is no volume button which means the toy only has one volume which is loud. Therefore after around 5 minutes of play as a parent you do find the sounds do get very tedious and annoying.
To activate the car you simply press down on top of it which is very easy. However turning the car on from being switched off is slightly more complex. The design of the on switch means a parent will have to turn the toy on as it is quite small and fiddly. My boys are 19months and know where this switch is located but can't move the switch on their own. A child over 2 years old may be able to do so but because the switch is quite stiff it would require a lot of force to do so.
To activate the movement and sounds is very easy for a young child to do. You can simply press down on the top of the car. There is no real specific area to press therefore does not require a great deal of accuracy and even light pressure will activate the car to move. My boys were able to do this immediately at 11 months and I feel even for a younger child of 9 months this would be an easy task. My boys really liked playing with this toy and setting it off and chasing it and I feel this was because they could play independently with the toy and activate it on their own. At 11 months most toys require some assistance from parents and I feel my boys enjoyed the freedom of being able to play with something entirely on their own. The movement of the car is quite fast and random and unlike the Wibble Wobble Train moves very fast away from a child. My boys were not put off by this and still continued to chase but when they were only 11 months they could not catch up with the car.
The movement of the car is very entertaining and amusing and different from the Wibble Wobble train which is a lot calmer in movement. The car bobs from side to side as it moves forwards which always makes my boys giggle but it also zooms backwards then moves forward again in random jerky movements that you can't seem to predict. The car moves in a space of about 1 metre however is fast as it zooms forward and backwards and difficult for a young toddler to catch up with. As the car moves it plays an upbeat lively music with engine sounds playing including a revving engine, screeching tyres and a horn sound.
We play with this toy mainly on laminate flooring and the toy moves very easily on this floor. When it means the rug it does not get stuck and has no problems moving from the laminate to the rug. The only issue I have found is that if the boys play with this toy in their bedroom they have a long pile rug. The toy does not move easily on this rug and although it moves it moves extremely slowly.
ELC state the Wibble Wobble Car it is suitable from age 12 months to 3 years. My boys were given this for Christmas when they were 11 months old and had no issues playing with the toy and I feel within minutes of playing with the toy they understood how to activate the movement and got the full benefits out of the toy. I personally feel that I would have been confident to let them play with this toy from 9 months. The toy has no parts that could come detached and the outer casing is rounded plastic. I would however ensure they were sat up playing with this toy if they were younger than a year old just in case they pulled it over on themselves because it is a reasonably large vehicle but not too heavy. Out of the Wibble Wobble Train and Wibble Wobble Car I personally feel that the train is more suitable for younger toddlers because of the slower movement, however my boys take more enjoyment and giggles from the car.
I personally think this toy is suitable for up to 2 and a half years old as it is quite basic My friends little boy is 3 and although he will play with this toy, after 1 press he gets bored and looks to play with the other vehicles in our toy box which have less basic functions. I feel if you purchased this for a child of around 2 and a half years old they would not get the benefit and use out of it like a younger toddler would.
Like most other ELC toys the ELC Wibble Wobble Car is made from durable plastic and is made to an excellent quality. My boys over the last 9 months have thrown the toy and dropped it onto laminate or tiled flooring and the outer casing has not cracked or scuffed. The toy is still in full working order. The outer plastic casing is also very easy to keep clean and you can easily wipe over with a damp cloth.
This is a really fun toy for young babies and toddlers. The car is bright, colourful, durable and large and easy enough for a young toddler to activate the movement and music. This adds to the fun as a child can play quite independently.
Because the toy moves it also encourages movement which is a great way to encourage children to follow the toy and encourage physical development. For £15.00 it is not a cheap toy especially as this car does not have a lot of functions; it simply moves back and forwards and plays music however my boys play with it regularly which has made it a worthwhile purchase. Like most ELC toys this is a very durable high quality toy, and even after 9 months of rough play including being thrown and dropped onto hard surfaces the Wibble Wobble Car is in perfect condition and full working order.
My main criticism of the Wibble Wobble Car is that ELC state it is suitable for 12 months to 3 years. Personally I feel the look and functions of this train are a little basic for a 3 year old so more suitable for children aged between 9 months and 2 and a half years.
Fun for children but can get slightly annoying for parents!