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My son Logan received this Little Tykes police rocker as a christmas gift from my parents and it quickly became one of his favourite toys.
The base and seat of the rocker is made of moulded plastic, when seated your child has room on the base to place his feet and the seat is shaped to support his back. I'm always quite impressed by the plastic Little Tykes use for their products, it seems quite thick and high quality, but doesn't make the product too heavy. The moulded design means there are no sharp edges and the seams are finished well, so no scratchy parts for children to hurt themselves on. The 'console', handle bars and visor are also made of plastic and include three red lights, one on each side and another on the top, these flash when the buttons on the console are pressed. There is a little green key in the ignition which can be turned but not removed, which saves it being lost or chewed. The six colourful buttons on the console make various noises and have little pictures to represent which sound they make - obviously it wouldn't be complete without a siren, but there is also the sound of the engine running, a horn, a barking dog and a crowd cheering. The sound is very clear - and loud! The buttons are fairly easy to press but the key is a little more difficult to turn for little fingers.
There are stickers on the rocker which brighten it up nicely (and emphasise the point that it is a police bike!) and they were already on the bike, as well as the batteries being included which was a nice touch. All stickers are still securely stuck on - no curly edges yet! The batteries are replaced by removing the yellow 'grill' on the front of the bike and pulling out a tray, it only takes three AA batteries and uses one screw so this is not a diffficult or expensive task. The included batteries lasted six months.
The rocker is fairly sturdy, but it really depends on the age of the child, their ability and I would guess, their weight. The age range on the box is 12months to 3 years. Logan was only 7 months when he received it but has always been able to rock it. He's quite a solid little chap, was walking by 11 months and loves climbing everything. So when he gets on the rocker now at 13 months, he enjoys it so much he can make it move across the room! This is a bit more difficult for him when placed on the carpet rather than the laminate flooring but still managable.
It's worth mentioning that there are no restraints on this toy, so your child needs to be able to sit quite stable, although the seat is only about six inches from the floor so any fall isn't going to cause serious injury!
To conclude, it is a big hit with Logan and his friends who come to play. Our older son Oakley is six and even he hasn't been able to resist having a go! Also, the rocker is easy to just wipe over and still looks as good as new.
This is a toy we bought for our son in a moment of madness for part of his Christmas present the reasons why i will explain as we go along.
This toy is made by the well know toy company Little Tikes
Who for -
children 12 months plus
What is it-
*Toy police motorcycle rocker this is made from sturdy blue plastic. It is modelled into the shape of a motor bike with a fount wheel. Stickers are to be fixed on to both the wheel and the main body. There is a white plastic control board that fixes on to the main body. This control panel has the two handles for the child to hold on to as rocking. There is a foot rest section for the child to place their feet onto.
*On the control panel there are several buttons that make various sounds including whistles, police sirens motor bike revving noise. there is a turn key for the child to turn which when does makes noises of the bike revving up and starting. When in the police siren mode the 3 red lights also flash.
This item arrived in unboxed to put together and was really easy to do so even for me it only needed you to put the control panel on to the bike and some stickers on and then woopee your ready to go.
The bike takes 3 AA batteries to work
What my son thinks-
He loves this riding up and down and now as his feet can touch the floor he also with the rocking motion moves it gradually forward across the living room floor. The buttons are easy for him to press and he enjoys listening to the various sounds. When we have any family or friends round that have little ones there in invariably a queue for them all to have a go on it so I am guessing it is popular with both little boys and girls.
What I think
A great toy but after a few days i did question my sanity in buying him such a noisy toy and be warned it is loud and noisy and the revving sounds get louder the faster they rock.
Mothercare Amazon both have this toy selling it for £40 We got ours at Adventure Toys near Northallerton in North Yorkshire where it was on specially off as they didn't have the box so we paid £20 They still sell this toy and it is on offer at the moment for £35.
Value for money as he enjoys this toy and all his friends seem to I would say that it does represent value for money but you may need to buy yourself earplugs to drown out the noise.
Turn the key to start the engine and hear the engine roar