“ Brand: Vivid Imaginations / Type: Musical TV / Type: Musical Toy „
This mini tv is intended to entertain small children, particularly lovers of timmy.
My son likes it and has a great giggle when it randomly goes off in the toy box!
The tv is red plastic and quite small in size but to be expected for all it does.
Basically this toy plays half of the timmy theme tune in two different volume settings while a picture rotates around the screen. The picture also shows the lyrics of the song which is handy for a parent singalong, much to the entertainment the child!
The quality of the picture is quite good and features all of the timmy time characters seemingly dancing.
There isnt much difference between both sound settings, both being quite loud.
It is made of good durable plastic and has survived alot of throws, and being the victim of other toys in the toy box which can only mean this toy has made its way to the bottom because it does not get played with very much at all.
My child lost interest in this toy very quickly because it doesnt do much. He does however occasionally carry it around ( with the handy handle ) and dance around the livingroom to the tune, being silly.
I would only buy for a timmy fan otherwise it is quite boring!
From a young age our son has loved Timmy Time and we invested in a DVD for him as it was good for keeping him occupied so when I saw someone selling a small Timmy Time TV I decided to buy it to take with us in the car as an emergency item if he started crying as the theme tune seemed to be the only thing that could stop him in an instant.
The TV itself is quite small and I remember having something similar when I was a child almost 30 years ago, except I had to wind mine up to watch it, my son only has to press the small green button on the front of the screen and off it goes.
The TV itself is for ages 2+ but our son has used it from 9 months upwards but always supervised. I have to admit when I made the purchase I was expecting him to show a little more excitement but it rarely gets used as to be honest my son has worked out that he gets bored easily and all this does is allow him to press a button then he has to sit and watch and he isn't really a child that will "sit and watch" he is "move and do!"
The TV is very robust and even after being second hand the screen does not have any scratches and the plastic just has a few scratches through wear and tear. it is bright red with bright green detail with a lovely image of Timmy on the front.
There is only one button to begin the TV and no other options only on the reverse where you can turn it on and louder.
The TV simply plays the Timmy Time theme tune and displays all of the characters along with the words to the theme tune thus allowing you to sing along!
The TV simply stays in our son's playpen and rarely gets used unless he sits on it so most of the time I leave it switched off. I am sure there will be that emergency scenario where it will be required but for the time being our son is happy enough just knowing he has it.
My son very quickly realised that this was only the theme tune and he wasn't going to get an episode of Timmy Time so once he has listened to it once it gets flung into the corner and he goes in search of something else to occupy his time.
I don't think that this was one of the better purchases that I have made but it is a nice item to have "just in case" I will let you know if that situation ever does crop up.
The TV is operated by 3 AA batteries which can be replaced on the reverse by unscrewing the battery compartment. I have so far only replaced the batteries once and that was when I purchased it second hand and hte lady advised me that they were going and so far the batteries are going strong for a couple of months but it does not get used on a daily basis.
I have a confession to make, if there is one toy in the house that I absolutely loathe, one toy that I would quite happily retire to the great toy box in the sky (using a big hammer), it would be this the Timmy Time Sing-along Musical TV (henceforth known as the TV). It's not like these are new feelings, I've never had any warm, fluffy feelings towards this Satan's spawn of a toy, it's noisy, barely educational and quite simply there are days when I feel that if I have to hear that interminably cheerful "It's Timmy" one more time then I'll welcome the men in the white coats. Unfortunately, seventeen month old Freddy, doesn't share my feelings, having been completely entranced by this piece of rubbish from the day Daddy bought it for him about three months ago.
Let's be clear, I'm not to blame for this monstrosity making it's way through the door, that fault lays at Daddy's feet. He took Freddy out for the afternoon and came back with this, proudly telling me he had "only" paid £10 for it in the local shop. £10!! he was conned, I mean I only paid £5 for Freddy's clockwork musical TV from the ELC. Apparently this Timmy Time TV is suitable for children over the age of two, but there really is nothing about that would cause a danger to a younger child, the battery compartment is securely closed by a tiny screw and there are no small parts. Really I reckon this is suitable for children over a year and that children over about three are going to find it rather babyish.
The TV itself is quite compact and lightweight with a small carry handle, meaning it's easy for young children to carry around. I regularly have to extract it from Freddy's hand so that I can have a few hours peace while we're out and about. Being battery operated it does have an on/off switch and this is oh so easy for little fingers to operate. This switch also works as a volume control allowing you (or toddler) to chose between half and full volume. The only trouble is that even half volume is loud enough to drown out conversations on the TV, while full volume is ridiculously loud. There is a small button on the front of the TV that once pressed sets off the wonderful theme tune to the children's programme, Timmy Time. It doesn't play the whole tune, but lasts for just long enough it irritate, with it's cheery "Timmy, it's Timmy, he's the little lamb with a lot to learn, Timmy, it's Timmy, he's a handful of trouble at every turn". As the music plays the screen moves showing a scene along from the show with the lyrics to the song. Now the manufacturers claim that these lyrics will help encourage your child to read, but I'm going to put a dampener on that right now. Firstly I don't believe that this a toy that would hold a child's attention at the age where they will be starting to learn to read and secondly the words are simply to small for budding readers and don't contrast enough with the background.
As much as I detest this toy and fail to see any redeeming features, there's one person who loves it and that is of course Freddy. He finds it easy to switch on and the button is very sensitive requiring the lightest of touches. Even when I've carefully hidden this at the toy box, Freddy manages to root it out and then spend a ridiculously long time playing with it. He'll press the button and then dance while the music plays before pressing the button once more, with this continuing for what feels like an eternity, but in reality is about twenty minutes. I suppose I could cope with this if it only happened once a day, but no, I'm subjected to this torture several times a day, sometimes hearing that song over 100 times in 24 hours. I swear there are nights where I don't even get peace in my sleep, because that tune has wormed it's way so deep into my subconscious that I even dream it. No counting sheep for me, instead I'm accompanied by Timmy, Ruffy and friends.
Because this gets so much intensive play, it's goes through quite a few batteries, in fact I would say that it runs through batteries at a ridiculous pace. The initial set of demonstration batteries didn't even last until Daddy got Freddy home, and as the batteries run down the tune is played slower and slower until all you are left with is the sound of the motor running. Have I mentioned how loud the motor is yet? No, well that's another thing about this toy that annoys me, the motor is almost as loud as the tune, which is probably why it needs to be so loud even at half volume. Changing the batteries is easy enough, although you will need one of those tiny screwdrivers (you know the ones you buy and then lose at the back of the drawer). I would recommend that if you buy this, then you either invest in rechargeable batteries or buy Duracell as cheap batteries only last a day or so.
Durability-wise the TV does quite well, it's survived being dropped from a buggy onto concrete with only a tiny bit of cosmetic damage. The screw closing the battery compartment has started to wear a little with the continued opening and closing as my screwdriver isn't an exact match, so it's definitely worth your while trying to find the perfect screwdriver. My only real complaint about the build quality is that there are various decorations in the form of stickers, and we all know that stickers and toddlers really aren't a match made in heaven.
As to my final recommendation, well as a parent I really can't recommend buying this for your own child. As much as Freddy loves it, it really is one of those toys that seems to have been designed to annoy adults as much as possible, loud and repetitive with a song that will soon drive you mad. It's also very basic with any educational claims being rather over-egged, personally I see nothing educational about it, I can't even say that it would help a child develop their fine motors skills as all they need do is press a button. Daddy, however, thinks it's a fantastic toy, but there again he does work full time and really only has to hear the tune a couple of times over the weekend. If only my opinion counted, then I would be giving this one star out of five, seeing as I can't give it a negative score. But I have to take Freddy's opinion into account and he does love this even though it doesn't challenge him, so I'm going to give the Timmy Time Sing-Along Musical TV a grudging three stars out of five.
(Much as I hate this toy, I do think it would be perfect to give to a child you don't live with. Grandparents, remember all those times your children wouldn't be quiet during your favourite programme, well this would be the perfect revenge).
*Timmy Time is a popular pre-school TV programme, featuring Timmy The Sheep (Shaun's little brother), his friends and their adventures at pre-school.
Size : 19x19x4cm
Weight : 540g
Batteries : 3xAA (demonstration set included)