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My children all love Jake and the never land pirates, and as we had the dress up outfit with a sword before, I knew a talking version would be well received. I paid £10 for this cutlass from the Disney store. The cutlass is made of really thick plastic and resembles the one from the TV series well. It has all the detailing perfectly marked on the cutlass so it is instantly recognisable to any Jake and the never land pirates fan. It is a good size so it makes a decent size gift, but still not too large so that it would be difficult for a child to carry. The batteries were all ready provided with the toy so there was no need to set it up, we simply had to take the cardboard packaging off and it was ready to use.
The thing that makes this cutlass different to the one we received with the dressing up outfit is that there is a small button to be pressed. It is very small in size, and as it is the same colour as the rest of the sword it does not stand out so my children had to search for it at first. My son was playing with this for a good ten minutes before he actually found the button. It was nice to see the look on his face when he realised not only could he have a sword fight with his brother, but he also had the advantage of Jake talking to him. It is not so loud that it becomes annoying for parents, but still has enough volume for children to be happy. It can be heard over the chatter of my children while they are playing, and as there is a button that needs to be pressed the toy is not one that will make me jump while I am tidying up.
The sword itself is a really good size, and it does look a little big being carried around by my two year old son. It is recommended for three years plus but I am happy for my son to play with it under supervision. It does feel and look a little too plastic. I was actually expecting it to be a little heavier than it was because it looks large. It is made of plastic but it is definitely hollow, and you can tell this just by picking it up as there is hardly any weight to it at all. This does not make it less durable. As you would expect with excited pirates it has been dropped a number of times on both carpet and wooden flooring without any change to the quality at all.
The button is tucked up right at the top of the handle right next to where it meets the main sword. It is a small round button, but once found it is easy to press even while holding the cutlass in your hand at the same time. That means my son can play with the sword as he wants, and if he wants to activate the sound it is simple to do. There are around six or seven different phrases that will all be recognised by any Jake fan. The handle is large enough to be held comfy, and provides enough grips for when my boys are jumping around. All the phrases are from Jake himself so if you child likes the other characters they may be disappointed. We have found that a lot of the merchandise is Jake branded rather than the whole never land pirate crew which can be a problem when your children like any other character than the main one.
There is a small sticker on the handle to show that it is Jake and the never land pirate branding. I'm not sure it was needed as you can instantly tell it is a copy from the TV show, but I suppose it may be a nice extra for children to see Jake peeping up at them. The problem with this is within a week the sticker began to peel making the cutlass look old. I washed the rest of the sticker off as I have young children around the house and it could be a choking hazard. This has left the sword unbranded, but it does look a whole lot better.
All of my three eldest children at 5, 4 and 2 do use this sword, but it is something that gets occasional use. They may use it if they decide to dress up as Jake, or as they are watching the programme on the TV but generally it is used for short periods of time. It is great for role play and a great boost for the imagination when it is used. It seems to have limited appeal as it does not do that much but for £10 I still think it receives a fair amount of use. It is instantly recognisable by Jake and the Never land pirate fans, so it would be a lovely gift idea for any fan.