“ ELC / Lights and sounds robot „
I picked up this robot from Early Learning Centre through Mothercare. They also sell it online.
I bought it because it was down to £20 in the sale however the original price is £30. I don't think I would pay £30 for it though.
The robot has 3 figures that come with it, a dog, a large green robot figure and a little spaceman who, when you put in the detachable spaceship on the top of the head and press the button he goes down into the body of the robot.
On the neck there are little red lights that come on when you turn the head. The eyes roll around and it makes a few robot kind of noises at the same time as the lights come on.
The red, blue and silver spaceship on the top detaches so the top of the robot is open where my little one likes to put all sorts of things in.
On the stomach of the robot there is 2 silver doors that open up where the little men can go in. The silver arms move backwards and forwards and are to the main yellow body of the robot.
There is a little compartment at the bottom that opens and closes with a silver door.
The toy rolls around from the blue conveyer belt looking feet and is really sturdy.
My little one is 2 and loves this toy. It is chunky and thick like most ELC toys and pretty durable.
I have found that the doors come off a little too easily, however they are popped back into place with no problems.
When I first saw the toy I thought it would do a lot more than it really does so I don't think the price is justified however at £20 it's definately something I was happy to pay and my little boy gets a lot of joy out of playing with it. It encourages him to use his imagination and so a pretty good toy over all.
I really like this Robot but not the price.
This robot is from Early Learning Centre and is supposed to cost £30 which I do think it is worth at all but I managed to get it when it was on offer for £15 and it came with a free retro robot exchange set which I think is a reasonable price for it but not cheap.
The robot comes with a little space dog and a little space man who sits at the top and when you push down on a part of the back of the spaceship he disappears inside the robot. His eyes move when you move his head and makes a robot nice when something is put into the top of his head. Also there are a couple of red lights on his neck that light up.
The spaceship at the top of his head comes up leaving the top open and my son likes to put all the robots he has in the top because it makes the robot nice every time he does it.
One of the things that I like about this robot though is that it is really cute looking and is bright and colourful and is a good quality sturdy toy. My son can be very rough with things and although he sometimes pulls the little door at the bottom off it does click back into place very easily.
This robot doesn't actually do a lot so is more of an imagination toy but my son still seems to like it and it is good if you get the extra set of robots because there is more to play with. If you can find this on offer then I think it is worth buying but is definately not worth oaying £30 for.
The ELC retro robot is a toy I considered for my son when he was two years old for Christmas but dismissed the idea as it was £30 and seemed to do very little. However when I went to a NCT when my son was three I told him he could have one toy if he was well behaved and he immediately fell in love with a this robot at first sight . I looked at the tag and it was priced at £2.50 so it went into my bag.
What is the Retro Robot?
The Robot is an ELC toy which usually does mean quality toys that don't tend to break. He is a very low tech looking Robot who has a large barrel yellow stomach which has a couple of holes on each side of a door which are situated in the middle of his Tummy and it has a couple of yellow and black hazard stripes down the doors.. He has Blue caterpillar types for feet, spanner type arms and googly eyes that move and a long straight mouth. Instead of the top of his head he had a rocket that inserts into his head. Inside the robot is a work station and a space pod at the bottom for the robot dog. It also comes with four additional small toys .A red space robot dog, two mini robots in yellow and green and finally a mechanic. All items are made of plastic the robot is made of hard plastic while the robots and mechanic tend to be much softer plastic. It takes two AAA batteries which were included when we purchased and have not needed to be replaced. The batteries are secured with a small screw.
What does he do?
The Robot will roll around the floor as it is also on wheels although the caterpillar tyres do not work. The arms are moveable. As you twist his head he will speak in a robot type sounds the sound is emulated by the lights along his mouth flashing and his googly eye will spiral around. The small space ship will slot into the retro robots head and the mechanic can be transported through the floor of his spaceship and straight into the robots work station in his tummy. The other robots can go down the chute but only when the small spaceship is removed. The small robots and mechanic have no moving parts.
My son constantly tried to remove it from my bag and when paying the lady asked him what he was going to call him and his reply was "Robot" so at that point I thought a toy that sparks the imagination is very important. When we got it home he spent time exploring all the robot could do. He particularly enjoyed turning the robots head and sliding it across the floor. We discovered that not only do the robots not fit in the space ship but can only go down the chute with the spaceship removed. I think a toy that is designed for imagination should not be so prescriptive. However my son's favourite activity is is sending the robots down the chute. When sliding down retro robot will talk in his familiar voice. The workstation is very basic and to be honest my son simply uses it when he tidies up from playing. The doors are well attached as my son has a habit of pulling doors off everything he can but these doors have remained firmly attached to the Robot. I do think the lack of accessories with toy made it hard for my son to actually manage to think what to do with it. I do like toys that do leave it for the child to play within their own way but this sadly lacked the forethought to see how a child would do that. This toy while initially impressed my son he soon lost interest and he no longer plays with it two months later.
This toy has recently been put on offer of £20 but was £30 when looked a couple of weeks ago so if you are interested it is worth buying while on offer. This toy is advertised on the website as from 18 months to four years old. I am not sure this is an ideal toy for an 18 month old as I do think this toy requires a great imagination to get the most out of the toy. I am glad I only paid £2.50 for this toy and though it is very robust £20 is still very expensive for a toy that only entertains little one's four a couple of weeks. I do think with a little more planning this could be a much better toy. Even with a £10 discount I would not recommend this toy.