“ Manufacturer: Playskool / Type: Costume „
Coming up to Christmas for me means starting to buy presents for people as and when they come on offer (usually starting around July onwards), just to save a few pounds, which for the most part does work, but in reference to this particular toy didn't!
My Mum in her infinate wisdom purchased this "tag tails" set for my son in the summertime, and by the time he reached Christmas (when he was actually recieving them!) he had grown up and out of that sort of game, so my friends little girl benifitted from them instead!
Within the set you get two belts, both adjustable and clip fronted, with the tail attachment sitting on the base of the childs back, which to me never really looked very comfortable, but Erin didn't complain once!
You also get three brightly coloured "tails", which consisted of a zebra tail, tiger tail and another randomly coloured tail, Erin loved the zebra tail the best and would either pick that tail to wear and protect, or try and steal that tail first when playing with her sister.
The tails have a ball like attachment on the base end, which simply snaps into the belt and hangs and swings like a tail would, but can easily be removed when the game is being played.
The aim of the game is simple, steal your opponents tail, which involves a lot of running and squealing, whilst running backwards with your hands across your bum.....i have to say it was a lot of fun!
Although my son had declared himself far to grown up to play the game, he did join in with the girls to keep them entertained when i babysat them, and i feel found that he wasn't too grown up after all!
Price wise this cost £9.99, but i am going back a few years now (with it actually still sitting in my sons toy chest now!), and it doesn't look like it has suffered any wear and tear, even with the girls playing with it constatntly!
I think this is a really good set that encourages gameplay and lets the kids be silly and squealy for a bit, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
Playskool's 'Tag Tails' toy seemed like a good idea; the sprog was going through a phase of running about the house with bits of long string or ribbon tucked into the waistband of her clothes / underpants at the back, so that she 'could have an animal tail'. The idea with the Tag Tails is that each child gets to wear the tail of a different animal attached to a belt that goes round his / her waist; there's a black and white stripy zebra tail, a yellow one with a brush on it for a lion, and so on. Each game pack contains four animal tails (aside from the lion and zebra, the other two are monkey tail and tiger tail) and four adjustable belts to clip the (interchangeable) tails on to. The idea is that the kids chase each other about in a game of tag, the extra dimension being the nabbing of the tails off one another (they pull loose quite easily from the kids' belts).
The toy is quite fun; the actual toy tails, while light-weight are surprisingly substantial - being made of stuffed, brightly-coloured polyester fabric. Unfortunately the belts that the tails attach to are pretty unwieldy; the front part of the belt is adjustable webbing-type fabric which is OK, but the part the tail clips to at the back is a largeish plaque of hard, flat plastic which doesn't look particularly comfortable to wear. On my four year old daughter for example, the plastic part is so big stretches all the way across her lower back when she puts the belt on - to the extent that she's not that keen on wearing it which sort of defeats the purpose of the entire exercise, doesn't it? I found this a really bizarre design.
Speaking of exercise, the marketing blurb for the toy states that it: "Targets your preschoolers favourite full-body fun: Running, chasing, and imaginative play! All-out, active fun - both indoors and out!" Yes, everything for kids has got to tick off some physical / educational learning-experienced purpose these days, doesn't it? I wrote a dooyoo review of the tiara-clad, sunglasses-wearing 'Littlest Pet Shop Sassiest Bird' toy figure not long ago, I suppose that should've come with some sort of subscript about how it teaches kids 'all the fun of UV eye-protection, fashion, and - ornithology!' Sometimes I despair, I really do.
The RRP is a tenner and the Tag Tails toy is suggested for kids aged three years and up; the toy currently sells on Amazon.co.uk for £6.99 (and I got mine in a discount store for about £3 and if you pay any more for it, I'd say you was being robbed).
The last thing I should mention about Tag Tails is that once unpackaged, for some reason the tails and belts seen to take up a disproportionately large amount of space in the toy box - which bewilders me somewhat, as when you buy it packaged up, it all squashes down into a fairly small cardboard box. I would say that for the tenner you're recommended to pay for this somewhat overpriced kit, the least the toy manufacturers could've done would've been to include a cheap fabric velcroed bag or something, to keep the belts and tails all together in.