Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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Not your ordinary toy phone
Fisher Price Toy Story 3 Chatter Phone
Member Name: benz2922
Fisher Price Toy Story 3 Chatter Phone
Date: 13/10/11, updated on 13/10/11 (45 review reads)
Advantages: It's a nice novelty toy story toy
Disadvantages: The noise it makes is very annoying
My daughter, being a typical three year old has gone through all the phases this year, it started with lion king, the Grinch, peppa pig etc. etc., you name it and she would have had her moment this year where that would be her all-time favourite thing. As she does, with her favourite thing at the time, she also wants everything else possibly related to it. In the past we have thought we were making worthwhile purchasing decisions when we opted to buy everything peppa pig or the giant Simba teddy in her bed room. As it so happens when a phase fizzles out so does the liking of anything we have bought related to that phase. So when summer came this year and toy story was the only thing I saw being played on the television day in day out for over a month I wisely thought whilst being urged to buy a very expensive buzz light-year toy that I would resist and completely dismiss all toy story related toys.
That was however until we were on holiday in August and my daughter had a lack of toys with her. For being good during the first half of the holiday I thought I would buy her a little something to be able to play with back at the caravan. I came across a home bargains store and found this cute looking telephone which plays a small part in the 3rd toy story film. Costing only £15.00 I didn't think I would be losing out on too much when it got forgotten about when a new phase started.
This telephone is a characterised version of the classical fisher price phone. It's very similar to the original phone, the only difference being the addition of the toy story theme. The phone is quite large in size and has 4 moveable wheels. It's a very old fashioned design having a dial rather than buttons; it also has a large red receiver which has a little stand to keep it firmly in place on the main phone block. The phone is made up with a face; it has moveable eyes a nose and a little smiley face. It all looks very old fashioned but I think that is the general idea of the toy as the phone it is representing off the film is an old toy that has been placed into the day care centre.
On the top of the phone underneath the dial is four pictures, all of which are toy story characters, these are; woody, buzz, rex and then the telephone itself. The main attraction of this phone however is its ability to talk. For those who haven't watched the film, this phone gives woody and his friends the help they need to escape from Sunnyside, the day care that they are trapped in by the evil bear Lotso. As you turn each different number on the dial it gives a different phrase from that particular scene in the film. Admittedly some of the phrases on the phone I don't remember being in the film so I think they might be made up but my daughter has never noticed this. As there are 4 pictures on the dial it depends what picture the number is over as to who will be saying each phrase. Some examples include; Rex - "Woodys back; he's going to help us get out of sunny side!" Woody - "Were busting out of Sunnyside, tonight!" Buzz - "Like woody always said, we stick together!" The phone - "hey, pal I got some information for you, pick up the receiver!"
All of the voices sound (or are) exactly the same as on the film itself. There are numerous phrases on the phone, not just 10 to match the numbers, each number has several different phrases, I did try to count them all but it got a little confusing in the end. I would say however that there are plenty and the toy is never boring or tedious. The voices are loud enough, it's not overly loud but it's also definitely distinguishable, there isn't a volume button but I don't think it's necessarily needed for the majority of the noises. The disappointment of this toy and the most annoying thing you are most likely to ever hear is the noise the wheels make when moved. It's supposed to sound like a squeaky old toy (which would also be annoying) but it actually sounds like scratching nails on a blackboard whilst a broken car engine is trying to start up in the background. It really is annoying and gives me shivers most of the time. The noise is on a continuous loop as well, if the wheels are moving it won't just do it once, it will carry on and on and on. Also as the phone is on wheels, it doesn't take a lot for them to be moved, a slight nudge and this noise just carry's on going. When you are using the phone and listening to the voices and the wheels are moved it will cut out what the character was saying to make the stupid noise. I find it the most ridiculous addition to a toy.
On a plus side, my daughter did enjoy playing with this toy for the whole of two weeks. I knew she wouldn't play with it for long however and if you have a more devoted toy story fan then you may consider buying it if the annoying noise wont drive you crazy. At first I did think that my daughter might be too old for this toy at 3 years old but it's not really bought for the novelty of being a toy phone it's more liked because of the link to toy story. My daughter did really enjoy listening to the different phrases and pretending that she was on the phone to buzz and woody. She really got into the re-enactment of the scene and she would do the role play really well repeating phases she knew well of the film to answer the ones off the phone. She even had conversations with woody telling him how to escape Sunnyside.
I don't know if she enjoyed it because it was the only toy she had on holiday or because she liked it at the time but once home and surrounded by her other toys this one hasn't had a look in. It's not been played with once and I don't think she has any intention of playing with it any time soon. It's a tough one to rate as I think it's a nice toy, it looks nice and many aspects of it are good but I just can't forget about that annoying noise that it makes. If you have an avid toy story fan then I might suggest you give it a try, you have been warned about that noise though!
Another plus point is that the toy is easy to clean and maintain, it's all made of plastic and is very durable (which is a shame as I can't "accidently" stand on it!)The wheels are also very durable and easy to move on all surfaces, if you push it on a wooden floor it will continue traveling for a good while. The dial is easy to move and it can easily fit big and little fingers. I don't think little fingers would have much trouble pushing it around. I would recommend this toy is suitable from 2+ however at that age the toy story theme may not be appreciated. The phone requires 3AA batteries although mine already had some in when bought and these are yet to run out. Also I must note that the cord attaching the receiver to the phone is of a safe length, it's enough to be able to answer the phone but not to become a safety hazard. On an additional note, it does have an off button so it can be turned off when it becomes too annoying.
Summary: I wouldn't buy for a non toy story fan
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