Product Type: Tomy baby toys
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Tomy Pop to the Rescue
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
Tomy Pop to the Rescue
Advantages: Good quality fun cars
Disadvantages: Hard for toddlers to put cars in garage
I came across this Tomy Pop to the rescue toy when I was looking for presents for my twin girl's second birthday on the Tesco website. It was during one of their clubcard voucher exchanges and so I thought it was a great opportunity to pick up some toys for free. One of my girls really likes cars and although I had slight reservations about buying them a toy which included a hammer I decided to go for it!
Pop and Go
This pop to the rescue toy is essentially a garage which is home to 3 emergency service cars. The toy is a decent size approximately 22cm tall and 35cm wide and is split into 3 garages. The cars need a small piece of plastic on the back of each car to be pushed in each time the car goes into the garage to load the spring. This is quite fiddly to do and although this toy is suitable from 18 months my girls were 2 when they received this and I've never seen them manage to get a car back in the garage. This means they require me to set it up to them each time which isn't ideal and therefore can't play with it on their own.
Their play involves the hammer hitting the 3 balls through their holes and into the cars, as the ball falls into the car it releases the spring and shoots it out of the garage and across the floor. The 3 balls have faces painted on them and are designed to be the 3 emergency services, red for fire, blue for police and green for ambulance. As the ball falls through the hole it also sets off a siren for that emergency service and a red star flashes above the red garage. It may just be the one we've got but the noises seem to be cross wired with the police noise going off when the ambulance ball is hit.
In terms of hitting the ball through the hole my girls manage this no problem and my concerns about them hitting each other with the hammer have been limited to the odd occasion luckily. Despite the toy being bashed continually with the hammer it still looks new with no damage at all which I've been impressed by.
My little one who likes cars has been the most taken with this toy as expected but spends just as much time throwing the balls out of our lounge onto the laminate in the hallway where they make lots of noise and roll all over the place. She quickly bores of playing with the garage itself. I think my other daughter wouldn't be bothered if I took this toy away and she never saw it again!
The garage requires 3 AA batteries for the sirens and light.
Price and availability
This toy is currently (November 2012) £14.97 in Tesco and £15.22 on Amazon, I think this is quite a lot for what you get. I wouldn't have paid this price if I hadn't been paying in vouchers.
Would I recommend?
No, I would shop around to see if there is a better toy garage available for your little one.
Summary: An good quality toy but not a favourite in our house
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