“ Brand: Hasbro / Age: 9 months „
My mother in law had one of these at her house and my son who was just one at the time loved it. The tune it plays makes it sound like an arcade machine and it drove me crazy.
As it was nearly Christmas I decided that we would get him one because we couldn't think of anything else he might like. I was unable to get it in the shops and so ended up paying a fortune for it on ebay.
When he opened it he was quite excited. We put it together straight away as all you had to do was put the legs on it. He put the balls onto the top himself and was really excited when he pressed the button and the tune started and the balls started bashing about all over the top. After that he lost interest a little bit and prefered to see what else he could make spin on the turntable in the middle. He tried everything from play saucepans to our new kittens.
My youngest son is now 11 months old and he thinks this game is excellent. He has been walking round the furniture for a couple of months now and set the music off one day by accident. Now he has worked out how to make the music play and he likes to lean up against it and bop away to the tune.
If it had only been used by one child it would not have been worth the £17 I paid but now that my youngest is using it I feel that I have had my moneys worth.
The toy is quite sturdy and has never tipped over even when two have been playing at the same time.
The colours are very bright and it has jazzy stickers on it.
The action of the balls is highly amusing to toddlers and the balls fall into pockets on the side which confuses them when they think that they have fallen onto the floor.
The tune is enough to drive you insane and I think there are only two different ones so it is very repetative and very loud. There is no volume control but there is an on-off switch underneath.
We bought this toy for my son's 1st birthday as wanted something he could stand up against, but also play sitting down as was still far off the walking stage. We managed to get it in the sale at Argos and was half price at only about £11.99, so was a great buy for that price.
Assembly is straight forward, you have the main try, which you need to click two ramps into place as well as 2 stopper buttons, then add the batteries to the under side of the table. If you are using it just on the floor you are then ready to go, but you can also click the 4 legs into place so have it at a raised level for toddlers who are standing. The legs are really easily to put on and off so you can constantly change between the two.
Turn the power on and your away, put all the balls on the table and watch in amazement as the circle in the middle spins round really fast sending balls flying in all directions. You can also roll the balls down the slides and watch them drop throught the hols into the side, where you can grab them and put them on again and again.
Is very sturdy and my son would spent hours leant against it no problem and he loved watching th balls fly round and the fun sound effects and songs. It used this loads up to the age of about 2.
The only downside is the noise drove us crazy, it seems to be really loud, and the same few songs over and over again, then each time you press the button it starts the song again and does drive you mad after a while.
The Spin and Pop Arcade from Playskool has to be described as a really fun toy for little children. It is recommended for children from the age of nine months which is about the age my youngest daughter was when she received it as a Christmas Present. Having said that though, nearly a year and a half on at the age of two and a quarter she still really enjoys playing with it!
So what is the Spin and Pop Arcade? At first glance it looks like a brightly coloured low level table (as you can see from the picture) but it is definitely much more than that!
Starting at the beginning, the arcade arrives in a box with a number of different pieces which you need to put together. This is not a difficult task attaching the four legs to the table top and then attaching two activation buttons and a ball ramp. It is very straightforward but if you are not sure the instructions come with some very helpful diagrams so you really can't go wrong! The game also requires three 1.5v batteries which are not included. This caught us out slightly particularly as after opening the present on Christmas day there really was no where to pop out and buy batteries! Still, only a day later and we were ready to roll...
There are a number of different things you can do in the arcade once you have turned it on! As soon as it is on you will hear some very lively music and also see a central circular disc start spinning. This has a spiral effect in orange and yellow which creates one of those optical illusions when it is spinning. I have to say that my daughter loves watching this and listening to the music just on it's own! However, the fun really starts when you drop one of the five balls down onto the spinner and see what happens. Once the ball is dropped it really goes off on a little adventure of its own - it can be buffeted between the central spinner and the outside ridges going off in all directions and you can never guess where it might end up! Sometimes you can help it on it's way by activating a small lever (similar to those found on old fashioned pinball machines) and that will then send the ball off with much greater force! Alternately it might be batted onto a small pad where it will stay until you activate the bop and bounce lever! This makes the ball jump up and can possibly land anywhere even right off the table!There is also a ramp which will enable the ball to roll down slowly and trickle into play.
So as you can see a lot might happen when your child starts playing with the Spin and Pop Arcade, and if they are anything like my daughter, they will squeal with delight as they watch the ball on its journey! Sadly, all good things have to end and ultimately, the ball will find itself rolling into the corner pocket where it will end up in a pocket underneath the table (just like a pool table!). Sometimes this can happen quite quickly and at others it can seem to take forever - and as the music is playing continuously that can feel like quite a long time for a parent!
My daughter's verdict is that is a great toy and has supplied hours of fun. She loves watching the balls and the spinner and also likes the jaunty music that goes with it. As a parent, I also think this toy is very good as it is versatile and absorbs my daughter for lengths of time. I think that it also helps to develop her hand - eye coordination skills which is always a good thing! It is also well put together and seems pretty sturdy. It certainly looks attractive in the playroom with its bright colours but it does take up quite a lot of space too! The only slightly annoying aspect for me though is the music - after a while it does get a bit irritating, although it's not as bad as the music on some of my daughters' other toys!
So overall this is a good toy and one that I would definitely recommend, particularly as it has stood the test of time quite well by still capturing my daughter's interest. Ours was bought from Argos for £24.99 which seems a bit on the expensive side but has definitely been well used!
Spinning fun never stops with the SPIN N POP ARCADE toy! Watch balls roll, slide and even pop off the tabletop for hours of drop n pop play! Big buttons activate fun sounds and music that play while the action takes off! The center spinner keeps the balls moving and another button activates pinball play! The removable table legs means baby can choose floor play or table play for twice the fun!