“ Brand: Tomy / Age: 12 months / Type: Cuddly Toys „
I clearly remember my oldest son receiving this as a gift from my mum when she came back from her holiday... Well he was too little for a Stick of Rock!
Tinky Winky was my least favourite Teletubbie, with his red handbag swinging on his arm!
But the toy is actually really cute, it's a plush toy with a hard plastic face and a light up antenna on his head which lights up in a red colour when the hand is pushed.
Pushing the button in the hand also activates the moving telly in Tinky Winky's tummy.
The picture inside moves along to create a scene of the Teletubbies and the theme song can also be heard.
It's very easy for a little one to use and my son loved watching the scene over and over again.
Unfortunately he can't be simply thrown in the washing machine when grubby due to the different componants inside so it's best to give him a wipe over every so often to keep him clean.
It take 3 AAA batteries which are found under a velcro tab in the back of the tubbie in a screwed compartment. It's easily accessible.
It also features a handy on/off switch.... great when you can't listen to 'hehehe Tinky Winky' anymore!
The picture scene when rolling lasts approx 15 seconds or so which held my son's attention well, he really loved this toy and it has since been passed on the my 3 younger children, it is currently sitting in the toy box in the living room, batteries replaced and cleaned over ready for when my new baby want to play!
He's been played with lot's over the past 10 years by 3 children so far and is still going strong and he still looks like new.
I believe my mum paid in the region of £25 for this from Woolworths.
The Teletubbies is a programme aimed at pre-schoolers which was first aired in 1997. It features around 4 large, teddy type, colourful characters named Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po. Each Teletubby has its own little traits and has a tummy where videos are shown to the children. They live in Teletubbyland!
Teletubby merchandise is still available despite the show no longer producing new episodes. There are DVDs, games, teddies and several different, electronic toys available on the market for Tellytubby devotees.
~~~Meet and Greet With Laa Laa~~~
Laa Laa is one of 2 girl Teletubbies in the show. She is known for her yellow colour and has a curly antenna. Laa Laa is fond of singing and dancing around Teletubbyland and her preferred method of keeping fit is bouncing a massive, orange ball around the grass.
Tomy is a well known toy producer and they have created many of the Tellytubby toys. This particular toy is known as the Telly Tummy Tellytubby Laa Laa which is suitable for those over the age of 12months old. Telly Tummy Laa Laa is a plush Teletubby which has a television screen tucked away in its tummy. The television screen moves, showing a little story whilst playing the theme tune. The antenna lights up and Laa Laa states her name with a little jingle!
Laa Laa takes 3 x AAA batteries which come included as standard. The batteries are to be placed within a little section accessible by a screw. This section also has the on/off button for the sanity of the parents! This section is sealed away by a velcro fastening. Laa Laa cannot be put in the washing machine due to the battery pack but can be surface washed with a cloth.
~~~Availability and Price~~~
Laa Laa is available from the Tomy website www.tomy.co.uk priced at £19.99. Amazon offers this at £24.99.
As a child (around 10) I was weirdly obsessed with the Teletubbies! Teletubbies is rarely shown on the TV now but my son enjoys watching it when it comes on. His love of Teletubbies, an moreso Laa Laa, began when my sister bought him the dancing Laa Laa one Christmas. Unfortuantely, Laa Laas life was short lived after a puking incident that rendered her unfit for purpose! My son was gutted as we said goodbye to Laa Laa and since then, I tried to source a new Laa Laa of some kind but the original Laa Laa will never be forgotton. *Sobs*
Telly Tummy Laa Laa was dropped from Tellytubbyland and straight into our local British Heart Foundation charity shop. She sat rather lonely on the shelf despite her bright aura and my son was estatic on spotting her! Having some pennies left over from money his Gran had given him, Mummy checked over Laa Laa to ensure she was all there and clean. Taking to the cashier to pay, Ryan became the proud owner of this delightful toy. It only cost us £2.50.
~~~Pretty Laa Laa~~~
Laa Laa, in our opinion, is the prettiest of the Tellytubbies and even Tinky Winky with his handbag cannot compete. Laa Laa comes sitting but isn't very stable so needs to be laid down on sat against a steady surface. She is rather big and chunky. She may be described as a plush Laa Laa but her battery reserve leaves her back feeling bumpy. Her feet are quite firm and her face is plasticky with hardish eyes and little soft ears poking out the side. Her antenna is large and has little hard pieces inside.
Laa Laa looks like Laa Laa in the show. She is brightly coloured yellow with a peach face and all the features are present which appealed to Ryan as he could easily recognise her. Her tummy is square shaped and has a window appearance. Inside, a little video is played and the characters appear in the distance like they would in the show. The overlap of scenes shown is clear with a faint line running down the video screen.
~~~Time For Tubby TV~~~
Ryan finds activating Laa Laa very easy to do. When not in use, I tend to switch it off at the back and seal it back up to avoid his little fingers accessing the battery area. Laa Laa has a little activation button in her left hand which is simple to press in with little force needed. On pressing, she says "yeah Laa Laa yeah" after a little jingle! The noise comes through rather lound and throughout the performance, the antenna flashes a yellow light which isn't too clear when in normal light or outside.
The show will start and stop as Ryan presses the button. It isn't one that plays the full tune before allowing the button to be reset which can be rather frustrating when Ryan constantly presses the button just to hear the jingle! It took us a while to figure out that the screen actually played a video as we didn't know it was the Telly Tummy Laa Laa when we bought it unpackaged!
Ryan became rather excited when he spotted the tummy moving! Even now, when he takes it out with him, he will say to his cousin "watch the tummy Pud" and they sit completely amazed by the video which seems to keep them quiet. The little show that plays, is sounded by a bright, engaging musical version of the Teletubbies tune from the show. It plays through twice and overshadows the slight, ricketty noise from the video moving. A volume button would come in handy here as it comes through rather loud!
The show plays for around 15secs at a time and resembles the performance one of those little wind up television things would give. It is clear but not lit up so cannot be watched in the dark as nothing can be seen! In proper light though, the show covers many scenes from the actual show. The scenery is bang on with green grass and a beautiful blue sky forming the background. Each character is shown in their finest, colourful form. Scenes include the Teletubbies dancing around, laughing and listening for the announcements over the tanoys around Teletubbyland. The show runs through all the scenes each time.
~~~Bye Bye Laa Laa~~~
Telly Tummy Laa Laa isn't a toy that Ryan spends endless amount of time playing with. He takes a notion for playing with Laa Laa and will happily sing along and dance. Other times he will watch the video and tell me which characters he can see and what they are up to. His imagination sometimes runs away with him which is perfectly healthy and encourages interact and jump around tiring him out in the process. Laa Laa comes on many trips to the shops and park with us so that Ryan can show his cousin and they seem to bond over her whilst watching the show! Laa Laa isn't a toy that can be cuddled a lot due to her body shape and hardness but she doesn't pose any threats of hurting little fingers with sharp edges so 12months is a perfectly suitable age recommendation.
~~~Keeping Up Appearances~~~
Laa Laa was perfectly clean when we took her home. Due to Ryan having an obsession with taking Laa Laa on the chute and swings at the park, she does get a bit grubby and dirt shows up very well on her beautiful, yellow fur coat. I usually run a damp cloth over her to keep her clean until her next playtime in the dirt and this seems sufficient to keep her looking her best.
Our Laa Laa had batteries installed and since it has been a month since purchasing her, she is still going strong and no signs of crackling music has been noticed. Ryan has a habit of taking his frustrations out on those he loves the most and when in a strop at the shops, Laa Laa is often thrown from the buggy with a degree of strength. She has so far managed to cope with Ryans strops and no cracking of her tummy has became noticeable so she is a tough lassie!
~~~Mummy and Boos Recommendation~~~
Laa Laa is much loved by Ryan and takes rough play on the chin. Although the Telly Tummy is available in the form of the other Teletubbies, Laa Laa would always have been our choice even if we hadn't spotted it in the charity shop! She is beautifully designed and presented. Where I feel Laa Laa disappoints, is the fact that there isn't much variation in terms of music. Its all the same song over and over again and I feel perhaps having 2 or 3 songs would encourage a bit more playtime and less headachy time for us parents. I swear I can here that tune in my sleep!
For the price of £2.50 second hand, she was well worth it. The lack of activities and music in Laa Laa would lead us to consider over £20.00 a bit too expensive. Perhaps £15.00 for an occasional toy would be sufficient but we are more than happy with our little bargain!
Thanks for reading :)
These are great for Teletubby fans. My Daughters have loved Teletubbies from when were a few months old watching the baby in the sun on the program always made them smile.
Teletubbies is a great childrens programme to get little ones imaginations racing. There is four charaters and you can get this toy in each character, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po. Though Laa Laa and Po are harder to come by as they seem to be the most popular.
The toy is a nice size, you press the hand and it has lights flashing in there 'aerial' as the 'tv' on their tummy goes round and shows all the Teletubbies while it plays the famous Teletubbies song.
We have Dipsy (the green one) and are very pleased with it. The batteries seem to last forever, it takes 3 x AA bateries. It says it's suitable from 12 months but when my Daughter was a baby this always made her giggle.
We got ours for £24.99 from Toys R Us.
teletubbies teletummy toy - choose from tinky winky, dispsy, la la and po, we bought po and she was 24.99 i think you can get them from most toy shops.
my daughter is only 10months old although she cant do it herself, but when pressed she squeals with delight and gets very excited - it is one of her favourite toys!
she loves watching the teletubbies and 'dances' and bobs up and down everytime she hears the theme tune come on tv so that inspired me to buy her one!
They are bright colours (tinky winky- purple, dispsy - green, la la - yellow and po - red) and very soft to touch.
you squeeze the teletubbies hand to activate the lights in the antenna, the teletubbies theme tune and then the 'tv' i its tummy starts going round showing pictures of all the teletubbies having fun.
A lovely toy im glad i bought and definatly reccomendable!
My little boy Harry is a pretty massive Teletubbies fan, so when it was time to think about what to get him as his main Christmas present for last year (2007), my partner and I decided that we were going to get him a Teletubbies Teletummy toy. His cousin has one and he loves playing with it so we knew it would definitely be a present he was going to love!
So on Christmas morning, Harry tore open his present to see his lovely big purple Teletubby staring up at him, causing him to exclaim "Tinky!" with a huge smile on his face! He then proceeded to play with it all day, and I think it was probably his favourite present he received. Even now, 7 weeks after Christmas he still adores his Tinky and loves to take it everywhere, playing its song over and over.
So what is a Teletubby Teletummy? It is a new toy produced by Tomy for a new generation of Teletubbies fan. You can buy one of these for each of the Teletubbies; Tinky Winky (Harry's one), Dipsy the Green one, Laa Laa the yellow one and Po the red one. Each one does the same thing so its just your childs preference which dictates which one you buy! These Teletubbies have a light-up aerial, a moving TV screen in their tummy and it also plays a tune.
The Teletubby is lovely and soft, with really vivid colours which stand out amongst other children's toys on the market. It has almost a velvety feel to it, and is soft enough for your baby to cuddle up to. The face is hard plastic although it can be squeezed and made to move so it isn't too rigid. The bottom of the feet are a soft cord material, and the hands are also soft cotton. It is really baby friendly and nice to cuddle up to. On the back, there is a velcro patch which is where the noise box is. On this there is also an on/off switch so you can kill your Teletubby for a while if you so wish. Also, here is where you change the batteries. The panel does require a screwdriver to open so bear that in mind. The tubby takes 3 AAA batteries. We haven't needed to replace the ones on Harry's yet so it isn't too consuming on the batteries. This patch is well concealed and Harry hasn't found it yet,so it is well designed on that front.
Each Teletubby is just over 38cm in height, so it isn't too big for your toddler to carry around with him. In order to get the Teletubby to play his or her song, you have to squeeze their left hand. There is a little button there which when presses sets of the Teletubby singing his song which is a musical version of the Teletubbies show theme tune. When Tinky Winky starts singing, his aerial lights up too! In Tinky Winky's triangular aerial, there are 3 lights which are red in colour and show through the purple material of the aerial. These randomly flash when the song is playing.
The other major feature of this Teletubby is the moving TV screen in the tummy. When the tune starts playing, the TV picture starts moving. The screen size is 8cm by 7cm, so it is a nice viewable size for your todder, and nicely fills the stomach part of the Teletubby. The pictures in the screen is a long loop of Teletubbies playing in Teletubbyland and having fun. Each tubby is pictured several times over on the loop so your little one can keep an eye out for their favourite! Harry delights in pointing them all out to us when they appear bless him.
The song itself lasts just over 30 seconds which isn't too bad but when you've heard it over 300 times it does get a little repetitive! Harry however, never seems to tire of it and I think could probably listen to it on a 24 hour repeat basis. It is possible to stop the Teletubby mid-song by simply pressing his hand again, this shuts down the music, TV and aerial lights instantly, handy if you set it if off accidentally and you just want it to shut up!
You can get these Teletubbys in Woolworths, Toys R Us, and Boots for the price of about £24.99. It isn't cheap so is definitely something to get yor child for their birthday or Christmas but it is worth every penny for the enjoyment it has brought Harry. He loves hearing it play its song, loves giving it a cuddle and just loves it in general! This is definitely worth considering if you have a Teletubby fan in your house!
Thank you for reading!
Squeeze my hand and watch the aerial light up and the magical moving picture show on my tummy. Ages 12 months+