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Red Kite Klip On Mobile

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Manufacturer: Red Kite

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      16.07.2010 14:01
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      Needs regular checking to ensure it's safe

      The Red Kite Klip-on mobile (their spelling) features three cutely-depicted, stuffed animal characters, dangling from a 'baby-safe' plastic mirror surface topped by a friendly-looking larger pink pig. It sells for £6 to £7 - I got mine at 'Asda' but it's available online as well.

      The smaller toys are each about 6cms high. All are permanently fixed to their strings and thus to the central mirror. The toy is one fixed-together unit, which is a bit of a shame as I think it would have better if the toys could be detached and played with independently (as they however, they might be a bit on the small side for that). There's a bear, a lion and a bird - they have the usual baby-entertaining interior features: one's got a small rattle inside, another has a pressable squeaker and the third has rustling plastic stuff surrounding its 'inners'. They're attractively designed and brightly coloured; it's a nice-looking mobile, no doubt about that.

      The attachment for the mobile is a string coming up from the back of the large central pig that connects to a ridge-jawed blue plastic 'grabber' apparatus. This looks a bit worryingly fierce, but grips only gently in fact so it's quite safe for babies. The clip / grabber part is big-jawed enough to allow the mobile to be attached to the arms / bars of prams, carseats etc.

      Unfortunately, I found that my mobile detached from the plastic 'grabber' quite early on - the string fixed to the mobild part was simply tied in a knot through a hole in the 'grabber ' plastic and that pulled loose. It was very easy to reattach the mobile (and I was able to knot it on much more securely when I put it back) but I wouldn't have expected this sort of thing to happen with a supposedly safe-certified toy. The Red Kite mobile packaging states it's safe 'from birth' but I certainly wouldn't want something like this soft toy mobile eg. falling onto the face of eg. a very small / helpless baby. It should be made more securely, so that the stuffed mobile part does not pull loose so easily from the plastic attachment part. I would warn anyone buying this mobile (or indeed, anything similar made by this company - they do a range of other toys in this vein) to check the fixings for security before putting it near a young baby.

      That potentially serious reservation aside (for which dooyoo stars have duly been deducted in this review), it's a nice looking enough toy.

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