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A good first pushchair for your little girl!
Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Stroll-Along Walker
Date: 16/01/13, updated on 16/01/13 (110 review reads)
Advantages: A good walker, nice design
Disadvantages: Some elements feel cheaply made
The first plus point was most definitely the minimal amount of assembly it required, according to my husband it was around 6 maybe 8 screws, at that point I was in the kitchen prepping Christmas dinner, so can't comment personally, but he has assured me it was very easy and even I could have done it (cheeky so and so). From being a child I can remember there really is nothing worse than recieving a gift and having to sit there patiently while someone scratches their head for an hour turning the pieces (and the instructions) around different ways trying to figure out how to make the assortment of bits look like the picture on the box! No such issues here though, there was less than 10 minutes from Eliza unwrapping it to Eliza's aunt using some choice words as it ploughed over her feet.
Don't be fooled by the pictures, it's a lot smaller than it looks, my 9 month old can use it perfectly whereas my slightly taller than average 2 year old (son) has to bend a little if he wants to use it to try and run his toys over. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as I was concerned it may be a little high up for Eliza, I would however be dubious about the amount of use it would get before being outgrown by a toddler though and would probably opt for a different dolls pushchair for a girl of say 18months + It is however more a more than ample size to trip over, and be prepared for it to act somewhat like an oversized roller skate if you collide with it in the dark on your way to the toilet (hubby was kicking himself that he didn't have a camera handy, myself, personally I didn't find it quite so funny, and didn't need a video to remind me as the bruise in my side served as an adequate reminder for several days after).
Despite my little 'incident' I still think the walker is a good toy, when she's not using it as a walker, Eliza can sit and play with it in other ways, on front bar there is a book, of sorts, that you can flip either way to reveal one of two pictures. There is also a set of animal shapes along the sides that can be slid back and forth ( I believe its an elephant and a bear but don't quote me on that), a rolling tube filled with plastic beads that rattle when turned and lastly a teddy bear on a spring that plays snippets of 2 nursery rhymes. So there's plenty to do!
It's probably not easy to see from the pictures as there's usually the Fisher Price my first doll sat in the way, but the seat area of the walker is very nicely designed with a big sunshine and other bits of raised pattern on the plastic. I much prefer this method of decoration as stickers tend to peel off and half a sticker makes any toy look old and grubby.
The handle as I said is a great height for my 9 month old, and has a ridged area for little hands to grip easier. The whole thing though small is heavy enough not to be easily tipped when walking (though light enough for you and them to move it easily) and seems very rugged and chunky, as though it would withstand a bit of a bashing. The back wheels come out wider at the sides than the front so it's an odd shape and as such is a bit of a bugger to store. But then so is a trampoline, a ride on scooter and a 2 foot pirate ship toy, so I suppose it's about normal for kids toys!
I said earlier that the Fisher Price brilliant basics stroll along walker is a good toy, and don't get me wrong it is, but there are a few simple tweeks that would have made it a great toy! It feels as though the manufacturers have made cuts, scrimping to save themselves a bit of money. The animals that slide allong the bar are quite thin plastic and their design is similar to that of a basic cookie cutter, it has very little detail which makes them look badly made. The beads in the rolling tube are garish colours and look like they got a job lot cheap and finally the teddy that plays 2 nursery rhymes actually only plays 2 second snippets of each rhyme, I've heard text message alert tones that lasted longer. It is for these few reasons that I could not justify awarding any higher than 3 stars. It is above average but having cost £30 I don't think it's too picky of me to want it to look a bit more polished. Afterall kids toys are on the whole mass produced, cheap to make. vacum-formed bits of plastic that make them a lot of money, so it does irritate me when they cut corners to make even more profit...
Summary: A decent toy but could be better!
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