Product Type: Tomy baby toys
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These Tubbies will fall down
Tomy Hide Inside Teletubbies
Member Name: belglen
Tomy Hide Inside Teletubbies
Advantages: Look like the characters
Disadvantages: Boring, fall apart
My youngest child recently had his first birthday. As I have 2 older children my home is filled with various toys for all different ages, so we were determined not to spend too much money on a present or presents. However as it was his special day we did want to mark the occasion and decided to buy him 2 smallish presents, one of these was the Tomy Hide Inside Teletubbies.
I am sure most people, especially those with children, will have come across the Teletubbies at some stage, so I won't go into much detail on the Teletubbies themselves. Suffice to say they are characters from a BBC preschool programme aimed at the under 3s. The toy in question is suitable for children from 6 months of age.
The Hide Inside Teletubbies are a Russian doll type toy, each character stacks inside the other. The principle of the toy is that the smallest Teletubby fits inside the next and then the next size fits inside the next and so on. There are 4 Teletubby characters and they are different colours, Tinky Winky the largest is purple, next is Dipsy who is green, then Laa Laa who is yellow and lastly the smallest Po who is red. Each Teletubby separates in two pieces so as the smaller toy can be stacked inside. The smallest Po is weighted so it wobbles, a bit like the old Weeble toys. Each of the Teletubbies have textured areas where children can enjoy the feel of different materials, the faces, feet, tummies and antennae are all textured.
I must admit I was attracted by the idea of the toy and the blurb on the packaging implied that it would be an enjoyable toy for my son. However I have to admit to being a little disappointed. Unlike Russian dolls the Hide Inside Teletubbies do not fit together securely, as soon as you go to lift one of them the bottom falls off, I know small children are not very strong but it is a real pain putting them all together to lift them up and the whole lot falls apart. The weighting of Po is a good idea and I did think this would cause the dolls to have a "Weeble" effect as in, if they were all put together with Po inside then they would not fall over and my son would enjoy pushing it over to see it stand up again, unfortunately this is not how it works.
The textured areas seem like a good idea but to be honest the textures are nothing spectacular, just a soft rubbery feel and the antennae is a material, there are no crinkles or rough, soft textures, basically just a soft rubbery feel.
The dolls do actually look like the real Teletubbies and are pleasing to look at but for me that is the only real positive, overall I found the toy very boring and a bit of a let down. My son has not been very interested in them, no flashing lights, music, noise or interesting textures. I paid £9.99 for these in Boots but they can be found elsewhere cheaper, I used Boots points and got them on a 3 for 2 deal so they were not very expensive.
Not a toy I would recommend for Christmas.
Summary: A good idea that doesn't work for me
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