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      11.01.2014 19:43
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      Been around for years but still a fun little toy

      Amongst the new toys I bought my son for Christmas last year was this Fisher Price Chatter Telephone, it was on offer at amazon for under a fiver, looked bright and colourful and seeing as how this is something that has been around for years I thought it a bit of a no-brainer as a cheap and cheerful stocking filler.

      I remember these from my own childhood and I'm sure the majority of readers of this review will have seen one themselves, it's basically a plastic constructed 'old fashioned' telephone sat on wheels with a pull along cord. The numerical number dial makes a clicking sound when turned and the toy's eyes flutter as it's rolled along the floor, the handset receiver can be lifted from the cradle and though not particularly heavy in weight it's a well made and robust little toy that can certainly withstand many knocks and exuberant play. My son likes this characterful telephone and enjoys seeing me pretending to speak to someone on it, he knows now to place the receiver to his ear and thinks it's funny when I ask him who he is speaking to, the dial moves easily and though not at the age for understanding numbers yet I know it's something that I can use to introduce the concept to him as he gets a bit older.

      The wheels move freely so moving it around doesn't cause frustration or issues for my son and though the cord is relatively short it's still long enough for him to be able to pull the toy behind him as he plays. Alarmingly my son has gotten into the habit of trying to dress himself and anything he can wrap around his neck and shoulders is fair game as far as he is concerned so I'm a little dubious about letting him play with the telephone when I'm not in the same room as I have caught him trying to wrap the cord around his neck on more than one occasion (!) I'm mentioning this here just as a word of warning to other parents that it could be a bit of a safety issue as it is rather frightening to catch your young one with a plastic telephone dangling around their neck so supervised play time would be my recommendation at least until you feel confident enough to leave them alone with it.

      Other than that, and I do appreciate that it's more than likely just a phase that my son is currently going through, I do think that the Chatter telephone is an involving and entertaining toy that my son has certainly taken to. For under a fiver as it was before Christmas I think it made for a very good buy and safety issues aside I would recommend it to other parents of toddlers who want to pull a toy around. It encourages speech and hand to eye coordination, is robustly and very well made and in my opinion is visually appealing - my son enjoys playing with it and interacting with others when he wants someone else to speak on his telephone and even better it doesn't require batteries to operate!

      It is perhaps a little old fashioned and dated now, this style of telephone isn't around any more in the adult world but that doesn't detract from the involving and entertaining play time it offers my son. At the moment the Chatter telephone is retailing for a little over £8.00 on amazon which is twice the price I paid before Christmas but the price does fluctuate and it's definitely worth shopping around if this is something that might appeal. I can't award a five star rating here, though that's probably what it deserves, simply because of the cord issue at the moment but it's still recommended by me and I do think it's a wonderful little toy so 4 stars it is.

      Thanks for reading my review.

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        20.05.2013 12:48
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        A great product that kids of all ages will love

        I was looking for some new toys for my little girl recently and saw this. I used to have one similar when I was little so this is what attracted me to it. I bought it on line it was £10 so quite cheap. The one I got was on offer so im not sure how much they usually are.

        The toy is a fisher price brand and therefore you know that you are going to get excellent quality. The phone is really bright and colourful. It has a little face on the front of it which is smiling and happy. The phone is made of hard wearing plastic, my daughter has wacked the table and floor with the phone quite a few times and it seems to stand up to rough and tumble really well.

        I have bought fisher price toys in the past and the quality is excellent and they last for ages I have passed toys down from my son to my daughter and they are still like new.

        The phone is a dial phone (like in the old days) and you can actually dial the numbers. The phone also makes a ring noise which my daughter seems to find very entertaining. It also has a hand piece that you can hold and pretend to answer the phone with. I think the phone will be really good for role play and will help develop the imagination.

        The phone dial is the right size for children's fingers. The phone is on little wheels and you can pull it along with a red cord. My daughter cant walk yet but I can imagine that when she can she will absolutely love pulling the phone around the house after her. The phone looks really fun it has little eyes on the front and they move up and down which my daughter really loves.

        I think this is a great fun toy for your little one and a great addition to any toy box.

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        02.04.2013 23:35
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        Great priced toy for babies and toddlers

        This was a christmas present last year for my daughter. It wasnt supposed to be a main gift but more a stocking filler.At the time when I bought it it was probably around the £4.00 mark which was ideal.

        I will be honest, when she opened it she didnt seem to impressed. To be fair she received alot of gifts and probably was overwhelmed.So this toy has been slung in one of the many toy boxes in my house, well, up until now....

        This toy is pretty much a no brainer. Its a simple idea. All kids love to copy adults with phones and pretending to make calls, and for me this is a better and fun alternative to the toy mobile phones. The phone is more a character as it has a face and moveable eyes on the front. The style of the phone is quite retro. The toy is completely unisex as the main colours are white, blue and red. The child can move the phone along either by pushing or pulling with the string attached to the bottom of it. Theres four wheels on the bottom, so completely mobile. When you do move it along, the eyes close and open ( which to start off with my little girl DID NOT LIKE but loves it now! ). To use the ' dial ', again, think of an old fashion phone, and you have to put your finger in the holes where the numbers are and pull.I think this is a fantastic and quite simple part to it, but the kids love the sound it makes, and also I think the actual action is good for young children to learn how to use small and controlled movements. It promotes and encourages role play which builds childrens imagination and communication skills.The actual telephone receiver/handset bit is connected to the main body of the toy, which is great because it cant be lost.

        Alot of people have commented abouth how short the string is that helps the child pull it along. I thought that originally, when I watched my children playing with it.But at the same time if it was longer I would worry that it would be wrapped around one of my kids necks, which would not be good at all and not safe. So it has its plus and minus on that one.

        The main thing is my daughter likes it. She role plays with it, bashes it about and even throws it at her brother, and it still is in one piece and fully workable.Not needed to do any major cleaning just quick wipe downs, which is a bonus. But overall this is a good buy.Dont think I would have bought it if it was over the £5.00 but still does the job of entertaining.
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        18.03.2013 17:00
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        A great toy which has a Toy Story link and will stand the test of time.

        My 18 month old has had one of these since birth and it still makes her chuckkle even now and is a must for boys and girls.

        It's sturdy as anything, even the nylon string can withstand the most ferocious of throws and tugs by and angry baby or toddler which is great to see. To many toys break with imperitive ease nowadays, but this simply designed phone withstands anything my child throws its way.

        The sound it makes when make 'imaginary' phone calls is as addictive as watching the little toys eyes roll from left to right as you roll it along the floor. Nice and bright too, a child will never miss it within the confines of a toy box.

        What's more it's got a great link with the Toy Story movies, most notably Number 3 with one of these Fisher Price-esque phones teaming up with Woody in number 3 to thwart that big purple Strawberry loving bear and as your child grows older they will always want to keep this phone in their toy collection due to this link. It also means that this will truly stand the test of time, something rarely seen with newer toys.

        Plus for value for money you truly cannot go wrong. Less than a tenner, years of entertainment for child and parent alike. A perfect little toy.

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        12.03.2013 14:31
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        a great cheap toy

        This phone is made by fisher price, its a very basic toy its a old fashioned looking phone with numbers 1-9 on the front, which make a noise when its pulled back, the phone itself is on a small cord which is child friendly and the cord is not long enough for children to have any accidents with it.
        There is also a string which can be pulled around the room, when the phone is pulled the eyes move up and down which my child loves, it also makes a ringing like sound when its pulled. When children get older they might not be able to pull it around the room anymore as its quite a short string.
        It brightly colored, the main colours are red, white, yellow and blue, it has a smiley face on front which my little girl enjoys pointing out the eyes and mouth.
        My daughter has spent lots of time chatting to granddad, nanny and daddy on this phone, although its not a toy which can be children can spend hours playing with, its still good to use for a few minutes a day to encouraged their social skills.
        This phone is fairly cheap and can be brought for about a fiver, and i would say its well worth the money.

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        04.02.2013 22:19
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        KIDS LOVE IT, KEEPS THEM HAPPY

        FISHER PRICE BRILLIANT BASICS CHATTER TELEPHONE

        My youngest daughter had this for christmas and it was purchased for her from my mum, I have spoken to my mum and she said she bought this from ebay and paid just £4.00 which i think is a bargain.

        ***THE PRODUCT***

        The fisher price telephone has been around for many years now, I remember my son having one when he was a baby, But if im right they have been around since i was a child.
        The phone itself is as i would say styled like an old fashioned phone, only it's on wheels, On the front of the phone it has a smiley face and an old fashioned dial with numbers 0-9, which make a slight ringing noise when you release these after turning them.
        The phone has a small cord so that you can pull it around the room but i will say the cord isn't massive.

        ***MY OPINION***

        I love this phone and so do my 2 younger children, My youngest laughs at the noises it makes and loves watching my other daughter pulling it along.
        My older daughter likes to say the numbers as she is dialing and for some reason it's always nana that she speaks to.
        Although this toy doesn't look like much it is well played with and once my youngest is able to move around more i believe she will get as much fun from it as my other daughter.
        For just £4.00 as well it's a great bargain and it is made from durable plastic and is easy to clean, This has been bashed about a little but has no damage to it.

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          14.01.2013 13:15
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          Fisher Price chatter phone

          Now that my son can walk he loves toys that he can push or pull around and this phone is great for pulling along the floor with you. It is from Fisher Price so you know it is going to be a good quality, well made toy. We actually had it for my little girl when she was a baby and its one of the toys we ahve kept around and pased along as she really liekd it so we knew my son would too.

          The phone is in the shape of an old fashioned phone you used to get in the 70's and 80's. However, the difference with this one is that its got wheels! The phone has four red wheels on each side and when you pull it along it makes a little bit of a wheelie noise and the eyes at the front of the phone move up and down. Yes, you heard me right, there are also eyes on this telephone and a cute little smiley face too which brings this phone to life, rather than being just a regular toy phone. The eyes are really cute because they bobble out a bit from their sockets and are wide open and look quite funny when they move.

          In order to pull the phone along there is a red chord that comes out from the front of the phone and this is what you pull it with. It is long enough for my little boy to pull it comfortably while he is standing up and walking along but as an adult if you wish to pull this across the floor to entertain your little ones you really need to sit on the floor to do it because it is back breaking to have to bend over to pull this along!

          The phone has an old fashioned round dial with holes for each of the numbers from 1 to 9 and a 0 at the end. The holes are small enough for little fingers to fit in but not to get stuck thankfully and move the dial around. When you do it makes exactly the same noise as phones of old used to make, that ring ring noise. I like the fact that it has all the numbers on it because this is a great way of promoting number recognition in little kids and you can play different games such as, ring number 1, ring number 9 etc.

          There is also a telephone receiver and mouthpiece on the phone which is red and you can put this up against your ear to make a telephone call. This is my little boys favourite thing to do, to make believe like he is making a telephone call and its quite funny to watch him do the same as us. The telephone receiver is on a really short curly blue chord which I really like. I have seen phones like this with really long chords and they end up getting all tangles with other toys but the fact that this one is quite short means that doesn't happen to us which is great.

          In conclusion this is a fun little toy, perfect for toddlers and those just starting to walk.

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            13.01.2013 18:05
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            Very good toy

            This toy telephone is aimed at baby and preschool aged children, it retails at around £10 in most stores. The phone has been around for quite some time as it was originally brought in our house for my first child who is now nearly ten and is still going strong four children later so is in my opinion a very well made and durable toy to have survived all the rough play of my daughters.

            The telephone has a string on the front to pull it along which makes a sound as it goes along, the string has been made too short for a young child to be able to wrap it around there neck so is made with safety in mind but not practicality as it is too short to stand up and pull along even for my one year old daughter so they have to sit down and pull it along.

            My daughters have all at one point or another been fascinated by the eyes on this phone that go up and down, they all have loved this and think it is one of the best features of this toy.

            The cord between the phone and the handset has been made very short too to stop baby being able to strangle them selves with it but this does mean that you have to hold the phone quite high up to your face to be able to talk through the hand set but having said that none of my children seem to have noticed this so maybe its only us adults who will.

            My daughters have all loved watch9ing the eyes move on this phone, pulling it along and dialling with the turn dial, which also makes a noise, they have had hours of fun with it and for how long it has lasted is a great investment for any child.

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            05.01.2013 00:40
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            Lovely toy to have that survives the test of time. Cheap to buy and not too noisy.

            This is another of my daughters toys, I got it from Toy R us at the same time I purchased the Fisher price Dog. Again this phone is slightly different from the picture above as it is a girlie designed one. The base is a pale pink colour, the wheels and hand piece are pink and the cheeky smilie face has pink cheeks instead of red.
            These can currently be found in Tesco for just under the £6 mark which I feel is a very fair price for a quality built toy. These are again a classic toy that has been around for many years without many changes being made to it.

            To be honest my daughter doesn't play with this much anymore as would rather play with her toy mobile phone or my own mobile when she gets her hands on it. I do like toys that encourage abit of role play and understanding how things work.

            This phone is a pull a long one and when you do this the eyes at the front go up and down as if saying "here we go again". The cord which is made from like twine material is a good length for a toddler to be able to pull it along behind them.
            The dial of the phone can be turned round as if dialing a number which does have numbers 0-9 on it and when released it makes a quiet ringing noise, bit like the old fashioned phones that most people used to have(gosh they were annoying waiting for the dial to return to 0 before doing next number). The phone receiver has a little cord also made of same as pull a long cord and you can lift it up but there is nothing to hear, and you kind of need the phone in your face whilst putting the receiver to your ear as the cord is quite short, possibly due to safety reasons.

            This toy is strong and well made in China. I do feel it could do with another button or two to be pressed but for under £6 this is well worth the money.

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              07.12.2012 22:42
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              This toy has been around since 1961 for a reason- its great!

              The Fisher Price Chatter Telephone probably doesn't need any introduction as it was first created in 1961 and has been going strong ever since. There have been various editions of the telephone, including a push-button version in an attempt to bring the telephone up to date, but this proved unpopular and the dial version was reintroduced. Currently there are several versions for sale: a Toy Story model, a pink model, a retro model and the version I am reviewing which is the Brilliant Basics model, available priced between £4 and £12. It pays to shop around!

              For those of you that need an explanation, the Chatter Telephone is a toy telephone on wheels. It has a string so it can be pulled along and as you do so the telephone makes a "chattering" sound, and its eyes go up and down. It also makes the sound of a dial phone being dialled, but only if you dial it. This is actually a great aspect of the toy for developing baby's finger and hand co-ordination.

              The FP Brilliant Basics Chatter Telephone has had something of a face-lift since the last time I spent my days playing with it. It is constructed primarily from smooth, hard plastic, and there are no sharp edges or corners of any kind. The face on the telephone is similarly smooth and wrinkle free. My childhood toy which hails from the 1970s) has wrinkles on its cheeks and nose and its eyelids are much more pronounced. Its nose is also significantly larger than the modern version. It also features eight once-sharp corners, the base being a block of wood. However years of play has smoothed these over.

              Looking at the underside of the telephone I can see that the mechanism that makes the chattering is fully enclosed in today's toy, whereas it can be observed on the older version. Certainly today's model looks neater here, and possibly it is safer though I do not recall ever being injured by the open mechanism in the older version. Wait a moment... ah yes, I can confirm that in the older version it is possible to trap your finger, though you have to be quite deliberate about it. The chattering noise, by the way, is made simply by a thin piece of metal scraping against a wheel that turns when the telephone is pulled. The wheel is alternately ridged and smooth, there are two short sections of ridges and one longer one. The modern Chatter Telephone prefers not to give up its secrets so readily, you would have to unscrew it via its four cross-head screws to discover how it worked.

              A failing of the modern version has to be the length of the cord on the handset. It is very short so that you have to hold both the phone and the handset close to you ear if someone calls. You have to do this even if you are a very small child such as Baby CrazyEgg. The cord on the older version was definitely longer: I have my old one beside me and even though the cord is broken and frayed it is still a more realistic length.

              If you are considering buying a Chatter telephone today you will have a choice of the Brilliant Basics model or the more expensive retro model (amongst others). I have not seen the retro version, but I have read it is a faithful replica of the old toy. If you are buying for a child I would suggest you get the Brilliant Basics model as despite its short cord it is exactly the same toy so the same fun can be had. Baby CrazyEgg certainly enjoys this toy, though she is not yet at the pulling it along stage.

              Of course if you are worried by the subliminal message that it is not ok to have the odd wrinkle, then you will have to fork out more and go retro.

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