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Brand: VTech / Age: 6 months / Type: Cuddly Toys

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      07.04.2013 10:47
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      Little, durable toy that will give small children fun

      This particular toy is around 3 years old in my household.Originally bought for my son when he was 6 months old for christmas, and has now been passed down to his sister. The fact that its still 'alive' and in working order is a testamont to its quality.

      The reason I originally bought this item was it wasnt too big, standing at just over 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide.I loved the fact it seemed quite tactile and easy for little hands to hold onto. The design is very cute and child friendly and it was on special offer at the grand huge price of just under £5.00! I didnt want to go overboard on my babys first Christmas, so I only bought him around 6 small presents, that all had either a touch or sound element to it. And this seemed to fit the bill.

      VTEC is a brand that is renowned for its children toys products and has remained popular over the years, and has expanded its range to suit modern times, such as tablets, childrens computers etc.

      The on/off button is placed in the middle of the penguins bow tie and contains little beads in it so when the child shakes it it you can hear them moving around.Directly underneath it is a star shaped button with the numbers 1,2,3 on it.When pressed it lights up and says different phrases such as ' 1,2 3 rock with me '.
      It has 3 sing along songs ( very basic and short ) and 5 melodies. It does wobble as such, if you press it gently on the head, but doesnt do it on its own which is a shame. But neither of my children have minded that. The penguins wings can be pinched/touched, and has a crunched up tissue paper sound and feel to it, which gives babies/toddlers a lovely sound and sensation.

      The volume can be adjusted at the back, but to be fair the overall volume isnt loud so probably not needed but a good feature.

      This is a very durable and likeable toy.. Start age is 6 months, which makes sense as babies should be able to sit up at the point.

      This is a simple, cute and adorable looking toy for babies and toddlers.It doesnt do or say loads of things, but because its tactile and not complicated I cant see many small children not enjoying playing with this.

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      23.07.2012 09:27
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      A cute toy for a while

      My youngest daughter got this as an extra present for her first Christmas simply because I was buying two things from Boots and they were on 3 for 2 so of course I found something to be my free toy.

      The toy sells for £10 usually and made by V tech whose toys I and my children generally like, as it is a Vtech toy it is readily available in the usual supermarkets, toy shops and online.

      The penguin came in the usual bright blue box you associate with Vtech and was open fronted so you can have a little press of a few buttons to get an idea of what it does. The packaging was pretty simple and the toy was easy to get out of the box simply held in with the usual cable ties. The box states that the toy is for ages 6 months and upwards which I would say is about right as Emily began playing with the toy once she could sit unaided.

      The penguin is made of hard plastic and is made to look like a penguin, the main colours on it are black, white and yellow although it does have a little touch of red and orange on it. The penguin has a soft feel head and wings and the wings are lined with black fabric with white writing inside of letters, numbers and shapes and crinkle when they are played with.

      The penguin has a flashing button on her belly and a light up red bow, the penguin has a lovely cue voice and plays 5 different tunes and 3 songs for baby. The penguin as the name would suggest rolls around as she has a rounded bottom and my daughter found it very funny if you pushed the penguin from side to side in front of her which would also set of the a little tune.

      When you turn the penguin on it starts to sing to baby and if you don't touch it after a while it will say bye bye and turn off again although a simple touch sets it going again, I think this is good as it saves the battery life.

      Emily found this toy pretty funny when she could only sit in one place and we would encourage her to play with it and play with her making her giggle at the penguin. Once Emily could start to move around she seemed to lose interest in the toy as she found she could get to more exciting toys. I would recommend this toy as she did really love it however don't expect it to last too long if you have a child like mine but at £10 it doesn't break the bank.

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      09.03.2012 14:52
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      Bottom of the market in terms of musical, interactive, educational toys.

      The Vtech Roly Poly Penguin promises a little more than it delivers. I mean literally.

      The little penguin voice which sings out at your little once says it will teach all about colours, sounds and so much more. In reality this is a bit of an ambitious claim. Even its little chant of 'watch me wobble' isn't accurate. The penguin doesn't wobble.

      This penguin was a Christmas present for my daughter but I think it retails at about £10. On first impression this is a visually appealing toy. The penguin, as you would expect, is black and white - good contrasting colours for little eyes - with bright yellow feet, an orange beak with red tongue poking out and a red bow tie complete with little rattling beads inside. There is a bright yellow star on the penguin's chest, with 1 2 3 emblazoned on it which youngsters can learn to press to get penguin to play different songs.

      The on/off button is in the centre of the bow tie but there is an over-ride on/off switch at the back of the penguin, difficult for little fingers to use, to switch the penguin off completely.

      The inside of the wings are decorated in white numbers, letters and musical notes and are made of crinkly paper which rustles when your little one grabs hold of it.

      The penguin has a few stock phrases which it repeats once switched on, including 'rock with me', 'I'm a little penguin skating on the ice', and 'watch me wobble'. If you press the star it will repeat these phrases again in random order.

      It also, as stated, invites the child to explore colours, sounds and so much more. If left it will then start playing tinny, musical versions of nursery rhymes such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Here we go round the Mulberry Bush, but if left on too long with no one pressing the star, it will say 'bye bye' and turn itself off.

      I don't feel it is as educational as it makes out. The penguin counts to three but that is about it. Apart from the visual side it does nothing to help youngsters learn colours and shapes.

      The toy is suitable for babies aged six months and over. At this age they will not be able to press the button intentionally so it will require an adult to help out. Once the child is older I think the penguin claims such as 'watch me wobble' could be a little confusing. Any child will be scratching their head thinking, this penguin isn't wobbling.

      My daughter is almost a year old and her favourite things are scrunching its wings and chewing its plastic body. Unlike with other toys, the singing and chanting does little to hold her attention.

      All in all, the Vtech Roly Poly Penguin is a nice little toy visually and some of the bursts of music are quite pleasant for as long as they last but there are better toys available, which play songs, that are a little more entertaining and genuinely educational.

      I'm glad it wasn't pennies out of my pocket which purchased this one.

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        04.07.2010 22:27
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        Cute little wobbly penguin

        When I saw this little penguin in Boots for £9.99, I couldn't resist his cute little face and purchased it as part of their '3 for 2' christmas offer as a stocking filler for Logan. It is aimed at 6 months - 2 years.

        VTech are well known for their educational baby toys, most of which, if not all, have clear sound and nice bright lights to capture your little ones attention. This little penguin 'talks' in a cheerful, cute voice, which is lovely and clear. It has five melodies and three catchy songs. It also says phrases like '1,2,3 - watch me wobble!' which can aid in your baby learning to count to three. The body is white plastic with a yellow base. This base is slightly curved, so although the toy can stand alone, it can also rock. When pushed, it activates the singing function. At the top of the body is the little oval on/off switch, this is made to look like the centre of a bow tie, with red opaque plastic tie ends which have little beads inside that rattle. On the tummy is a yellow star with 1,2,3 stamped on in white. The star lights up, and when pressed will start a song or melody at random. The front on/off switch is quite easy to press even for little fingers and the toy will automatically switch off if not played with for more than a few seconds, to preserve battery life and parental sanity. On the back is a volume control switch, either low or high, which is more difficult to move.

        The head is soft, with chubby little cheeks and a soft orange beak. There is also a wing either side of the body, which is patterned at the front and they make a crinkly noise when touched. All material parts are polyester and they only recommend surace washing, which isn't really surprising! Apart from picking up any tiny bit of fluff, Logans penguin is still quite clean after 6 months.

        There are a few ways to activate the penguin. When turned on, it starts singing automatically. It will then dish out more phrases a few seconds later just to remind you it is still on and then say 'bye, bye!' as it turns itself off. You will then need to press the on/off switch again to get it to play. While it is still on, you can press the star on the belly or push it gently and it will randomly choose a song or melody.

        Logan loves him, he plays with him every day and definitely recognises some of the songs. He finds the buttons very easy to press by himself and as it is only about six inches tall is quite easy to carry around. With it's plastic body, it is quite a hard toy and a little heavier than most, so could hurt if baby drops it on themself (Logan routinely drops it on his toes when he carries it around).

        We have had no problems with our little penguin in the last six months and the batteries are still going strong. It is quite difficult to buy decent toys around the £10 mark and this one is quite good value for the money and would make a lovely gift. I knock off one star as I'm not sure how much longer it will keeps Logans interest, I think as he gets a bit older he will need a little more stimulation.

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          02.04.2010 11:22
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          Overall a great amusing toy.

          Vtech is a well known and trusted brand of children's toys. Pretty much every child owns at least one Vtech toy and most mums trust and always love these bright colourful toys.

          The Vtech Roly Poly Penguin is a cute wobbly penguin which sings songs in its very own cute little voice, which will make your child smile and chuckle. We purchased ours from Mothercare on offer at only £6.99, but they usually retail at around £9.99. My daughter was around 6 months when we purchased it and it's still going strong nearly two years later. She's always loved this toy and still does today.

          This cute little character is around 17 cms tall. The body of the penguin is a hard plastic which houses the batteries (2xAA) there is a switch on the back of the body which is a volume control. There are two settings, quite and louder. On the front of the body is what looks like a bow tie, the centre of the bow tie is a button that will turn the penguin on and off and either side are two red bows which house two bead each to make the penguin rattle. On the tummy of the penguin is a star shaped button which lights up as the penguin talks and sings, which is easy to press by little hands. The base of the body is slightly curved which allows the penguin to wobble. The penguins head is very soft and contains no hard plastic whatsoever.

          The toy is slightly weighty for a younger child to pick up and when thrown does hurt. So I would recommend keeping an eye on your little on playing with this character if you have smaller babies around.

          The penguin is suitable for children aged 6 months plus, and will encourage them to sing and play. It also encourages the numbers 1, 2 and 3. This is a great toy which will interact with your child. This will occupy your child for many hours. The penguin is limited to the phrases, sounds and songs it sings. So I can understand some children not being 100% amused with it but it's been a great hit in our home.

          The songs the penguin signs are really catchy. One of these include him or her singing, "I'm and little penguin skating on the ice, wibble wobble here and there I will wobble everywhere" as you can imagine this does really stick in your head. But we all find it very amusing.

          When we first brought this addition to our toy box home my daughter was very impressed and spent many hours interacting with this penguin. It's never been the toy to stay at the bottom of the box, and defiantly has been worth every penny.

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            11.01.2010 21:32

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            An excellent toy for the price

            The VTech Roly Poly Penguin is a light weight, durable toy guaranteed to keep your baby interested for hours!
            The penguin wobbles on a curved plastic base while talking, singing, playing music and making sounds.
            The VTech Roly Poly Penguin is easy to use. He has a large yellow star shaped button on his stomach which is easily pressed by small thumbs. He also has a motion sensor and will sing and dance when tapped or moved..
            The wings of the penguin are made up of crinkling plastic, providing more amusement for baby with its different texture and sound.
            The bow of the penguin contains little beads that move around when the penguin is wobbling - although these are hard to see and notice.
            The VTech Roly Poly Penguin is a great toy and absolutely fantastic for the price, the only downfall is the limited number of songs and phrases the penguin can say.

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            21.08.2009 01:08
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            An absolutely brilliant product from VTech.

            My little boy absolutely ADORES his Roly Poly Penguin !!!

            It was first given to him as a gift when he was 6 months old and it very quickly became one of his favourite toys. Even though he is now 16 months old this wonderful toy is still played with on a daily basis (despite the fact that he now has many more toys that are so much more advanced).

            So, what it is exactly that makes this VTech toy so popular ???

            Well, I asked my little boy this very important question but he was far too busy trying to take his socks off to spare any time to help his daddy write his next dooyoo review ... so I guess I'm on my own with this one ;)

            ~ The VTech Roly Poly Penguin ~

            Standing around 8 inches the Vtech Roly Poly Penguin is a bright, colourful and very lovable little character. His head is made from soft fabric and he has a cute and wide eyed expression which makes him an instant hit with young children. His wings are also made from fabric and make a delightful crinkling noise when scrunched.

            However, it is within the plastic body where the magic of this toy is created !

            Firstly, on Roly Poly Penguin's tummy there is a little yellow star ... and it is a very magical star that lights up and can be pressed to hear a number of very cute songs and gentle melodies. Secondly, Roly Poly Penguin has a little bow tie made up of his on/off switch and two red bows filled with tiny rattling beads. Finally, below Roly Poly Penguin's little yellow feet is his rounded bottom which allows him to rock backwards, forwards and sideways when pushed.

            The combination of all these features is a toy for babies and toddlers that is both highly interactive and extremely stimulating. It is also a toy that not only looks great but sounds great too and every time I hear Roly Poly Penguin sing

            "NOW LET'S SEE WHAT WE CAN EXPLORE
            NUMBERS, SOUNDS AND SO MUCH MORE"

            I know that my little boy has just pressed his bow tie and will spend the next half an hour or engrossed in interactive play for which he will be rewarded with a number of familiar sing-a-long songs and nursery rhymes, melodies and sweet little phrases such as "Watch Me Wobble" !!!

            ~ Summary ~

            VTech produce some very impressive educational toys for young children but this little fella has to be one of the most impressive I have seen ... the simplicity of the design, the sheer level of interaction it creates and the overall cuteness factor create a winning formula for young inquisitive minds. It retails for arond £10 and can be purchased from stores such as Mothercare or Toys 'R' Us ... it may seem a little expensive but believe me it's 'Weeble' like defiance to keep on wobbling and never fall over combined with it's sweet sounding voice, lively songs and gentle melodies make this a toy that can provide hours of interactive learning and fun.

            I know that my son absolutely adores Roly Poly Penguin ... if you decide to buy one for your little one then I am more than sure that they will do too !!!

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              30.09.2008 14:58
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              Great for children who aren't on the move yet.

              Our daughter was recently bought the VTech Roly Poly Penguin as a gift, when her grandparents came to visit for the day. With the in-laws fully aware that I'm a lover of all things penguin, I suspect the gift was as much for me as it was for her! As this was a gift, I can't comment on the cost or where it was purchased from, but have since seen it available at Mothercare online for £9.99.

              The penguin comes wrapped in a medley of plastic and cardboard, as seen with most children's toys these days and the first challenge was to remove this. This wasn't packaging which was going to be opened with bare hands alone, as the penguin was firmly attached to the cardboard by cable tie. Including the search for scissors, in total it took about 10 minutes to get the penguin ready for use. One benefit was that the features of the penguin could be tried while it was still packaged up, as VTech had designed the packaging so that the on/off button was accessible and had provided an initial set of batteries.

              Once unwrapped, the penguin stands about 6 inches tall and consists of a plastic body base section and a material head, with material wings attached to the body. The head section is as you'd expect for a penguin, with black and white features and an orange beak. It has a cute face, which our daughter seems to find quite attractive as she spends a long time looking at it. The body is predominantly white plastic, but at the front the penguin has a red 'bow tie' made out of see-through red plastic. Inside this are 4 small coloured balls which move and rattle with the penguin and a reflective surface to the back which adds additional visual interest. At the centre of the 'bow tie' is the on/off switch which is a push button control. Beneath the 'bow tie' is a large yellow star-shaped button with the numbers 1 2 3 printed on in white and beneath this the words VTech Roly Poly Penguin. Each side of the penguin body has a black wing, with soft black material to the back and black and white crinkly material printed with numbers, letters and shapes to the front. The very bottom of the body section consists of a yellow base, with yellow moulded feet to the front. This base is rounded so that the penguin wobbles when standing on a flat surface, hence the Roly Poly name.

              The penguin is aimed at children from 6 months to 2 years old and with our daughter being only 4 months we had some initial concerns that it may be too old for her. The only potential danger that we can identify is that she manages to pick the penguin up and hit herself on the head with it, as the base is quite chunky. At this age she's never left alone with toys so we felt the risk was minimal, however I am in no way advising that anyone else go against the age group guidelines on the product. Our daughter was very interested in the penguin from the moment it was opened. She does have a book about penguins that we often read to her in the evening, so it's possible that she recognised the features and was more interested as a result, but in all honesty I think the penguin would hold the interest of most children of her age as it has a lot of visual appeal.

              The battery compartment is located beneath the penguin and takes two AA batteries. It's designed to be opened with either a flat head screwdriver or a coin, which is handy if like us you don't have a selection of screwdrivers lying around in your lounge. Having experimented with this, the screw head is slightly recessed into the penguin, as a result there's insufficient space to use anything larger than a 1p coin, but this works well to open the compartment. We haven't had the penguin long enough to comment on how quickly the batteries need replacing, but so far it's managed several days of pretty intensive use, in addition to any times that it was tried out in the shop, and is still going strong.

              The main feature of this toy is the sound. When first switched on the penguin makes an unusual noise (I'm guessing this is supposed to be a penguin noise, but I'm not sure the makers know what a penguin sounds like!) and then begins a little song, both of which are repeated quite frequently during play. Pushing or pulling the penguin so that it wobbles triggers more sounds, which include phrases - such as 'rock with me' and 'watch me wobble'; sounds, such as the aforementioned penguin sound and giggles; one song (which is quite short) or a random selection from the five available melodies. A list of the melodies is provided in the small instruction guide that comes with the penguin. The melodies are good in that they're quite lengthy for a toy of this type, but in many ways I think it would be better to have someone singing the songs rather than just the melodies. At the very least it would be useful to have the associated words printed in the manual as I didn't recognise all five of the melodies provided so can't sing along with them all for my daughter (although to be fair she may think this is a bonus!). The other way to trigger sound from the penguin is pressing the large star button. This produces a different set of sounds, including a slightly wider selection of short songs and a small number of sounds and phrases, one of which is accompanied by a short melody. During all the sounds, there is a light which flashes on and off behind the yellow star.

              The toy does have some benefits as a parent. Firstly, it can be switched off, however with the on/off switch being in the centre of the main body of the penguin I can't imagine it'll be long before our daughter learns to switch it on herself. When it is switched on, if it isn't played with for about 10-20 seconds it switches itself off and won't make any further sound until switched on again. One nice touch is that on switching off, whether with a timeout, or with a button push, the penguin always says 'bye bye'. The other bonus is a small volume control on the back of the penguin, which allows you to switch between very loud and moderately loud. Just a shame there's neither a quiet or silent option really, as the sounds could get quite wearing even at low volume if played over a long period of time.

              Our daughter very much enjoys this toy at the moment. Lying on her playmat, she's happy just to watch the penguin rocking even if it's making no sound. But she's totally entranced when it starts speaking and singing to her. She's already able to grab the penguin's wings and seems to enjoy the crinkly sound they make and the feeling between her fingers. As a result, she's able to wobble the penguin herself to make it make sounds, which is great for a baby who's not yet old enough to press buttons. I can't imagine once she's up and moving around and able to play with a much wider range of toys that the penguin will hold her interest for long, so the age range up to two years could be considered a little ambitious. Personally, for my own daughter, I think an age range from 3 months to 12-18 months is more realistic, but I'm in no way advising anyone to go against the minimum age range stated.

              Overall this is a great little toy and I'm very pleased that it's been bought as a gift for our daughter. I'm glad I didn't spend £9.99 on it myself - although it has a number of features, I don't think this toy will retain interest for as long as VTech suggest and that price does feel a little steep.

              POSITIVES
              Holds the interest of small children
              Fair variety of sounds
              Attractive design
              Battery compartment that opens with a penny
              Auto switch off

              NEGATIVES
              Awkward packaging
              On/off button too accessible to slightly older children
              A little expensive
              No mute button and low volume is still pretty loud

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              Watch me wobble! Roly Poly Penguin is a cute wobbly character who likes to sing and have fun with baby! Press the light-up star button to hear a variety of phrases, sounds and sing along songs. Tap him and watch him wobble whilst activating fun responses. He will sing songs and play music that help to teach baby 1-2-3 and basic first phrases. Includes 3 sing along songs and 5 melodies.