Product Type: VTech baby toys
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A disappointment from VTech
VTech Pop and Play Elephant
Member Name: cornishchic
VTech Pop and Play Elephant
Date: 04/09/11, updated on 01/03/12 (128 review reads)
Disadvantages: Balls pop fast, don't land where they are meant to, loud
The V-Tech Pop and Play Elephant is yet another toy my daughter received for her first birthday. It is definitely safe to say our house looks like an advert for ToysRus!
* What is it? *
The Pop and Play Elephant is predominantly a toy that pops balls up through the elephants trunk. It differs slightly from the picture with different colours. The base of the toy is green with four piano keys with different colours, numbers and animals on each one. There is also a button in the shape of a caterpillar and a switch to change between the two different modes of play (learning and play). The elephant is situated on the right hand side of the toy, it has a hollow trunk to allow the balls to travel through it. From the trunk it looks like the elephant is squirting water. The blue water coming straight from the trunk has a bird slide that can be slid across to stop the balls re-entering the trunk, and instead just falling through the hole and going everywhere.
The toy comes with four balls (red, orange, yellow and purple), which, when the toy is in use, look like the elephant are squirting them with the water. The balls enter the popping mechanism via the elephants trunk where they travel to the centre bottom of the toy and are popped up through the tube and out. The top of the toy has a base for balls to land and then travel back down through the hole into the trunk to start the popping adventure again.
* Different modes *
The two different modes of play are very similar, in fact it's hard to tell the difference between learning and play mode.
In learning mode, the elephant will say "put in a ball and twist my ear", once the ear has been twisted the elephant will begin by saying "1, 2, 3, go!" then will play a song as the balls are being popped up through the tube. The piano keys will say the number of the button pressed, and when the caterpillar button is pressed the elephant will giggle.
The only difference that the play mode has to the learning mode, is that when the piano keys are pressed it starts the popping sequence as well as twisting the elephants ear.
* Our opinions *
When Kacie first received this toy she was intrigued by it for about a month, then the novelty wore off. She did, however, love sticking her head right in the path of the popping balls to see if they were popping or not, coincidently when she got hit in the face by one she didn't do it again. The balls pop quite rapidly so when one is coming it's not easy to get out of the way fast enough. The popping mechanism also makes a very loud springing noise as it pops the balls. So it really does pop!
When the balls do pop up they sometimes come out at an angle and don't always fall back down on to the top tray where they go down to start the process again, this means I have to go running around after all the flying balls and they end up everywhere.
The piano keys don't get a look in with this toy. Kacie has occasionally give them a press, but she really isn't interested. The popping balls definitely steal the limelight when the elephant is played with.
* Useful information *
This Pop and Play Elephant is suitable for children between the ages of 9 and 36 months. It requires 2 AA batteries.
The elephant is available from most toy retailers such as Boots, Tesco and Play.com for around the £25 mark.
* Overall *
I wouldn't recommend this Pop and Play Elephant. It doesn't hold my daughters interest, it's quite dangerous with the fast popping balls, it doesn't have a volume control and the balls don't land where they are supposed to land. I've been trying hard to think of a positive, but I can't. At £25 it's a complete waste of money.
Summary: Don't bother
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