“ Age: 12 months „
I am a part time child minder and look after my niece and nephew, while their mum goes out to work three days a week and it's good to keep something in the house for them to play with as they are over around at mine so much.
As I have said in a few of my other reviews, I have a few nieces and nephews. One of the toys that they have all seemed to get some enjoyment out off at different times is the Talking Po Teletubby toy.
Tellytubbies is a really popular children show on cebeebies, that stars Tinky WInky, Dispy, Lala and Po, I am sure that anyone who has young children has heard of it as most children love it.
Po is a red soft toy and is really cuddly, he/she has a little square on his belly where television is supposed to be watched and a little circle antenna sticking out of his head (I suppose this is to get a good signal for his telebox).
Po talks when you squeeze his belly and says different phrases such as "Big Hug!", "Uh Oh!", "Bye Bye!" and "Po!". There aren't a lot of phrases that he says, though for a baby/toddler toy he says enough.
Po is a lovely little toy for both little girls and boys and is easily wiped down and dried out if any liquid is spilt on her and within reason shouldn't break or be damaged very easily.
The only negative thing about this toy is that it isn't really educational, it's more of a comfort toy, in the sense that it only says a few phrases, that's about it, and is soft and cuddly, there are no numbers, letters or new words for her to learn through this toy, it is more of a nice cuddly buddy for her to chill out on the sofa with after a long day when she needs to take a nap or go to sleep.
This toy cost my sister £30 in a local toy store in my town which was a bit expensive for a doll, but my niece loves her so much I don't mind spending the money, though it should also be available in Toymaster, Argos or online or any good toy stores.
This toy is suitable for ages 12 months and up.
This toy takes 3 AAA batteries that are included with it and are hidden in the speaker box inside him and protected by velcro and are easily replaced by opening his back, none of my nieces or nephews have caught on to open him yet.
Overall I am really pleased with my purchase, my nieces and nephews loves the talking Po and all have taken their turn to enjoy playing with him. This toy was a bit expensive as it doesn't really do much, but at least the children have had some enjoyment out of him. I'd recommend this toy to any parents who have a little Teletubby fans at home.
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I write this review as somewhat of a reminiscence as at two years and three months my granddaughter has decided she is a little too sophisticated for Teletubbies. In fact I am sitting with Po at the moment awaiting the arrival of my niece so I can pass the toy on to her little nine month old son who has recently discovered them.
There are a plethora of different Teletubbies available, this one is a largish Po who speaks and plays the Teletubbies theme tune when you press her hand. She's very soft and cuddly and was my granddaughter's very favourite toy for a long time, although sadly it is now too babyish and uninteresting for such a big girl!
I understand completely why she now thinks it's boring, the 'talking' aspect of Po is simply 'eh-oh' (hello) and 'ahhh' when you press her tummy. Her tummy lights up and changes colour in a gentle and very pleasant way and when my granddaughter was smaller she enjoyed watching this, and when she was a little bigger she would name the colours as they faded in and out.
The recommended age is 12 months and above for this toy, I'm not sure why that is as there are no small or loose parts for baby to injure herself on. I assume it's due to the bulky size of Po and perhaps the fact that a younger baby would not be able to activate the speech or music in the toy and they would find this frustrating. My granddaughter actually received this for Christmas along with the matching Laa-Laa when she was just six months old and she has adored it from day one.
When she was smaller she would get rather annoyed at the music because she simply couldn't get a good enough grip on Po's hand to get it going - and then the tune lasts for such a long time that we adults got annoyed once she'd started it playing as it does have the ability to get itself inside your brain and stop all rational thought!
Overall it's a beautiful toy and I shall be sad to see it leave my granddaughter's toy box. It's going to a very good home with my niece but I think once your little one gets too big for Teletubbies then you are saying a goodbye to their baby years, which is always very sad. I would imagine should your child be a more die hard Teletubbies fan (my granddaughter was, and still is, more of an IgglePiggle girl!) this talking Po may have a longer life span - although almost two years is surely very good considering the attention span of babies and toddlers!
Cast your mind back to 1997 and the nation was gripped by Teletubby fever. Their single "Teletubbies say eh oh" reached number one in the single charts and became a favourite on the dance floor. Like all celebrities they were surrounded by controversy and accused of stunting childrens language development and even of promoting homosexuality as gay icon Tinky Winky (the big purple one) carries a red handbag. The toddlers who watched the show didnt care that their heros may be a corrupting influence and simply wanted to watch the show and play with the toys.
Now if you were a parent in December 1997 the task of buying one of the many themed toys to put under the tree was a major endevour as they sold out as soon as they hit the shelves and demand outstripped supply. My nieces grandad even drove for hours to queue outside Toysrus in Newcastle (we live in central Scotland) so he could stock up. The kids themselves didnt really care whether they got a Teletubby or not but the parents were determined to prove their superior devotion to their offspring by getting the must have present for their little darlings.
It was while all of this mania was going on that I walked into a branch of WH Smith and saw a talking Po sitting on the shelf. I balked a bit at the £40 price tag but simply had to have it. The updated model is now available for a mere £24.99 from all good toy shops.
So what did I get for my money? I got a Po doll that talks when you press her tummy. For those not in the know Po is the smallest and cutest of the Tellitubbies. Her diet of tubby toast and tubby custard gives her loads of energy to ride around on "Po 'cooter", or a scooter in normal language. She was always my favourite one of the four with her cute innocence.
The doll is about nine inches tall and made of a plush material. The circular arial on top of her head is especially handy as chubby little toddler fingers can easily grab onto it. When you press her tummy she says one of the Teletubbies catch phrases such as "tubby toast", "Run away,run away!" or "bye bye" in Pos distincitve voice. The one problem with this toy is that the voice pack sometimes slips in her tummy so you have to often dig around to press the correct place.
One of the best features about this toy is the fact that the voice pack is tied into her back with red string meaning that curious toddlers cant take it out themselves but an adult can remove this part to replace the batteries or wash the doll. The doll has been washed a couple of times over the years and apart from some slight bobbling looks as good as new.
Despite the controversy, Teletubbies are actually good for toddler development. The simple language used and the repetition have been proven to help toddlers develop speech.
Because you can remove the voice pack Po then becomes an ideal bedtime companion. Her crinkly belly and plastic face dont detract from her ability to give a mean cuddle and provide companionship to a little one overnight.
This is one of the few baby toys which I ended up keeping and now my little niece loves playing with Po when she comes to visit. She is not nearly as cool as the bilingual Dora The Explorer these days but toddlers still love the Tellitubbies and Po has survived everything that a toddler can do to her. She's been pushed around in a buggy, dropped and dragged around the ground by her arial and is still smiling.
Po also acts as a handy cat scaring device. Curiously my cat loves the toddler but hisses and runs away terrified when Po starts talking. Perhaps when the kids have outgrown her she can be used to stop the neighbourhood cats digging up your prize roses.
Although the Telitubbies glory years have passed, Po is still going strong and has proved to have been a good buy. She's educational, cute and durable, not too annoying and can be passed down the family as the toddlers grow up. She's the ideal toddler toy.
When my daughter was born Teletubbies were all the rage. Six years later they are still popular, but have a bit of competition in the way of The Tweenies, The Fimbles and more recently Boohbah. My daughter received Po for her first Christmas 5 years ago and it's been one of most faithful and loyal toys. It has been through some hard times, but has lived to tell the tale, unlike some of her other playthings that have ended up in toy heaven. Po is very durable, made of strong, thick material that can go through all manner of torture. It is fully washable and the colour does not fade. It looks as good as it was 5 years ago. The teletubby toys are well made and all look like their on-screen character. The face is made of soft plastic and has a cheeky expression. The eyes open and close when you rock the doll back and forth. When you press Po's tummy she says 5 phrases. She talks in baby language which appeals to the younger generation. Her voice comes from a battery-operated pack which is housed in the back of Po in a velco compartment. The voice-pack can be removed if you wish to wash Po - or if you're fed up listening to it. Po takes 3 AA batteries, which believe it or not have never been replaced in all the time we've had it. And it's still going strong. Should you need to replace the batteries, then all you need to do is unscrew the voice-pack. This is a safety feature which stops children from being able to take the batteries out. Gemma recently passed Po down to Craig and he enjoys playing with it. He loves the feel of the soft fabric and likes to chew on her antenna. For all the toys Gemma's had, this has to be the best as it has lasted well and still looks as good as new. I can honestly see it lasting another 6 years, honest! Priced in the region of £30 you are getting value for money. You can spend this type of money on a number of toys and it brings you nothing
but disappointment (see my op on the ice-cream maker). Teletubbies are still widely available in most toy retailers and still seem to be very popular. During Christmas they were selling for half price so it's worth keeping your eyes open. All in all this really was a good buy.
I admit that the Teletubbies have probably now faded from their glory-days 6 years ago, their position as top toddler T.V. celebrities has probably been taken by the more sophisticated Tweenies, or the new and trendy Fimbles. They will however go down in history as the cause of Tubby-mania, the madness that swept the nation the first Christmas after their launch. Yes parents did fight over teletubby-dolls and yes they were stolen from children's prams! Teletubbies still go down well with most babies and younger toddlers, there is something appealing about the gentle voices and happy personalities. There are still plenty of Teletubby products on the market and the talking Teletubbies are amongst the best in my opinion. I haven't always felt this way though, my eldest son was a baby when the Teletubbies launched, he was lucky enough to have two of the original dolls created by Golden Bear and these were the best as far as I was concerned. A couple of years later the same company produced the talking Teletubby range, which I was intially not impressed with. They were made to a different scale from the original dolls (at 45cm Laa-Laa is about twice the size) and they did seem to be very expensive at the time. Last year I saw some Laa-Laa dolls (the yellow one) on offer at half-price and decided to purchase one for my youngest son, who was then a year old. I am very glad we did, it is now a firm favourite with him and has surpassed my expectations too. The toy is beautifully made in a material pefect for teletubbies, ears, feet and tummy-screen have a different texture for added interest. The toy is surface washable and has worn well (important in a yellow toy). The face is plastic with a sweet expression and eyes that can close. It is a good representation of the character. She can speak 5 phrases in a perfect Laa-Laa voice which is not too loud. The voice pack is concealed in a zip compartment w
hich can be removed if required. It requires 3 AA batteries which last well, we haven't replaced ours yet. The battery compartment requires a screw-driver to open, which is a good safety feature. This is a toy that can comfort and amuse and is a valuable addition to the nursery, I am glad I changed my mind on this one!
This is a lovely soft toy which says a variety of words and phrases including the well known ‘eh oh’ and ‘tubbytoast’. The sound mechanism is not too loud which makes it bearable with constant use, unlike a lot of annoying ‘talking’ toys. The actual toy is very cuddly and soft and the best bit is that the sound pad can easily be removed from Po’s tummy so that she can be machine washed (a godsend for parents with babies who just love to eat everything!). I have already had to wash her and she washes beautifully and didn't take too long to dry in the airing cupboard. She was back and ready for play within a few hours!