Product Type: Tomy baby toys
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Pop Them In And Where Do They Go?
Tomy Teletubbies Pop In And Play
Member Name: arleek
Tomy Teletubbies Pop In And Play
Advantages: Lots of fun to be had
Disadvantages: Poor design
This was a gift we bought for my youngest daughter's 1st birthday. Being the younger of two girls, it was difficult to think of a present for her that we didn't already have in our rather extensive toy box, but we saw this in Toys R Us for half price (£14.99 at the time) and bought it. The reason we chose this for her was because she's one of those children who likes to put things inside things and find out where they go, I suppose it's how she learns about cause and effect - 'if I put this in here, where does it go and how do I get it out again?' - That type of thing. So this toy was perfect.
It's called Teletubbies Pop In and Play and it's suitable from 12 months. The toy itself is basically a plastic dome shaped unit which resembles part of the Teletubbies home on the show (if you've seen it) with Home Hill and then various parts of the interior. It's a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be but thinking about it, it's the perfect height for a small child to sit and play at. Also included are obviously the four Teletubbies.
The idea of the toy is for the child to 'Pop' the Teletubbies into the 3 holes on the top and see them whizz down the slides and see where they end up. One hole leads to the living area, one leads to the bedroom and one leads to outside. Each slide is a different size and shape, the one that goes to the bedroom is long and bends round (this is the best one); the one that leads to the kitchen is a bit shorter and just straight, and the one that leads outside is very small.
What I haven't quite worked out is why there are only 3 holes when there are in fact 4 Teletubbies, surely it would make more sense to have 4 holes so then your child has a place to put each of his or her Teletubby toys.
Another strange thing is that there are only 2 beds in the bedroom, surely it would be an improvement if there were 4 beds, so all 4 Teletubbies could have a rest together. I know that would mean making the toy a bit bigger, but they seemed to have cut corners on a number of things which I find is quite frustrating for a child who wants all 4 Teletubbies to be together.
Noo Noo (a weird vacuum cleaner type thing) is also included with this toy and this is set on a predetermined track and you can wind a wheel to see him move round and round in circles sucking up all the tubby custard. You also get the custard machine which is just a small loose item that actually has never stayed with this toy since we've had it. It serves no real purpose and would have been better if it had been fixed down.
Another useless item is the famous windmill that appears on all the shows; this is quite small and detachable and is often unattached and quite far away from the toy when my children are playing with it. You can turn the windmill to hear a clicking sound but my kids have never bothered with this. They usually just remove it from the toy and forget about it. This would also have been more successful had it been attached to the toy.
The actual Teletubbies that come with the toy are small and the perfect size for little hands. They have a small wheel on the back to enable smooth passage down the slides (but I actually think this wheel is quite pointless because they would just zoom down the slides with or without the wheel).
A unique thing about these little creatures is their antennae (I don't know if that's what you call them but they all have some weird shape attached to their heads); they are made from a rubbery type material which my youngest daughter just loves to chew on.
She is currently teething and her first big teeth are coming through and these seem the perfect size for her to gnaw on which she seems to really enjoy. I don't know whether this was the intended purpose of the rubbery bits, but it sure is handy for my daughter. She has a quick play, then a quick chew, then another play etc etc.
So onto the playability of the toy. When my daughter opened it, it was obviously still in its box and required a certain amount of assembly, but if I remember correctly this was just slotting a couple of bits together and then done. There were also a few stickers to add which only took a few moments.
Once it was assembled, my youngest daughter (who the toy was intended for) did not a get a look in during the first day, my nearly 3 year was enthralled by it and played with it none stop for the full day (luckily the birthday girl had other new toys to play with). She just loved putting the Teletubbies in the holes and seeing where they ended up. She also loved Noo Noo and kept making him disappear and reappear again. I couldn't actually believe how much fun she had with this toy especially since it's aimed at 1 year olds.
So when my 1 year old finally got chance to play with it, she wasn't actually sure what to do until I showed her that the little Teletubbies could be put in the holes, so that's what she started doing. It took her a while to figure out where they were going because she just kept popping them in, then peering down the hole to try and find them.
The problem is that depending on which side of the toy you sit at, you can't often see where the all the Teletubbies end up and have to move around to the other side to see them. Now my nearly 3 year old is clever enough to figure this out for herself, but my 1 year old is not, so if she is sat at the wrong side of the toy, she will put the Teletubbies in and will then assume they have vanished and move onto something else.
But this is where I can join in with her and magically produce a Teletubby when he has just vanished. We can sit and play like this for ages and she really enjoys it and loves putting the Teletubbies in the holes over and over again. I hope as she grows older she will learn to move around the toy and find out where they end up, and thus be able to entertain herself, as my older daughter has done.
The other aspects of the toy, such as the 2 beds and the living area have not provided much play time for either of my children, but I think these bits have just been added to add more detail to the toy. I think the main focus of the toy is the slides and I do think it's an excellent idea. I've never actually seen anything like this before, apart from as part of a toy garage or something similar.
What I would have preferred to see on this toy is 4 slides rather than 3 and perhaps more bends and curves on them. There is only one slide which I think is of a good size, the other two are a bit naff and in my opinion could have been longer. But having said that, neither of my daughters have shown any distaste about the size of any of the slides so why am I complaining?! I just think toy companies don't put enough thought into their toys sometimes!
It's a really good toy and has provided lots of enjoyment for my kids, but I am not giving it 5 stars because I think there are too many bad points in the design aspect for it gain full marks.
Currently available on Amazon for £24.99
Summary: Great toy even for non-teletubby fans
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