Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Fisher Price Bop and Rock Musical Lion
Member Name: CrazyEgg
Fisher Price Bop and Rock Musical Lion
Date: 09/07/12, updated on 27/01/13 (141 review reads)
Advantages: Fun activity
Disadvantages: Falls over
Well, Fisher-Price are aiming this at 6-36 month old babies. My baby is 10 months and has been having some fun sessions with this toy for sure, but I am not convinced that it will be holding her interest at 36 months. I am slightly disappointed with it myself, because I expected it to do something that it doesn't- more on that later. It requires two AA bteries (included), and its dimensions are 9" x 6.75" x 9.5"
* What does it do?
There are two elements to this toy. The first is that there are three balls that balance over three holes in the main base of the toy. Within each of these is a switch. When a ball is pushed through the hole (using hammer provided or hands) the switch depresses allowing the ball to fall through and a tune or sound effect to be triggered. The lion's nose also flashes. The second element is that the lion that is stood over the balls tilts from side to side when pressed so that the maraca style rattles he holds rattle, and he emits a roar or a 'woo-hoo!' before a tune is played. There are about 4-5 different tunes that are played including 'This Old Man' and 'Pop Goes the Weasel'.
* What did I think it would do that it doesn't?
Without having read a full description the picture I saw gave me the idea that when the ball went through he hole the lion would waggle from side to side by way of celebration: a la Whack-a-mole or Splat-the-rat that you find in seaside arcades.
* What is it supposed to enable baby to do?
By placing the balls in the holes the baby will develop their co-ordination. This is also encouraged by the use of the hammer: you need to be precise enough to hit the balls, and although this can be achieved with one deliberate tap, my ten-month old has to do several taps with the hammer. The toy is useful in developing balancing skills when in the sitting position. It also helps teach the idea of cause and effect ie pushing the ball down the hole makes the music play.
* What does baby actually do?
Baby loves the music, but seems unconvinced by the hammer. As I write she is pushing the balls through with her hands, and I notice that she has just put a second down and the lion continues the play the song triggered by the previous ball. Clearly the sensors are not always registering as when I push them through to see what happens each ball triggers a change in the music. The balls are easy for her to grasp and put in position. She can bash the hammer and ball together. She has just tilted the lion's head to make him roar, but it is not something she wants to do over and over. She seems to have worked out you can just press the buttons to make the music play. Now the lion has fallen over so she is hitting the whole thing with the hammer.
* Is it worth the price?
I've seen this for sale between £7.99 and £20. I would say it is worth the lower price, but for £20 I would be feeling ripped off.
* Best design features
He balls have a swirly design on them that matches the design on the base of the toy. This is really useful as we now have a plethora of similar sized balls in our house, and if you use the wrong ones in the wrong toy they have a tendency to get stuck, or not work the toy properly since they are of insufficient weight.
The balls roll out of the bottom of this toy easily. Two large exits mean that the toy is unlikely to get jammed.
There is a variety of sounds and tunes.
* Worst design features
The lion is top heavy and falls over. Baby needs help to put it the right way up again. Frustrating!
Overall, a fun toy, but I can't see a three year old having much time for it.
2013 update: Baby has now lost interest as predicted!
Summary: A fun toy for now, but won't still be playing with it at age 3.
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