“ A pair of Clockwork Meerkats to race against one another. „
WHAT IS IT? Two wind up meerkats that walk when you wind them up. THE DESIGN Both meerkats are identical to one another with the only difference being that the winders, bow ties and tassels on their hats are different colours. They looked very nice online but when they arrived they were very cheap looking. The plastic is very ugly and feels cheap in my hand whenever I touch the meerkats. The winders are very small and that makes it hard for an adult to grip them enough to wind them up fully. WHAT I THINK I think these meerkats are a very poor toy. They do walk but not for very long and it is a very jerky walk, they do not go in a straight line and I think this is because of the bad quality because one of them walks in a straighter line than the other one. They are very light and flimsy so do not use them on a high surface because if they drop onto the floor they will break. A full wind does not make them walk for very long and both meerkats make a horrible shrill whirring noise while they are walking. I do not like the look of these meerkats either and think the maker realised how popular meerkats are right now and quickly made these toys to jump on the bandwagon, they do not look natural at all and have got faces that are more like dogs or hamsters. If they were cheaper it would not have mattered so much but they cost £8 for both meerkats but I think they should cost no more than £1.50 each because they are such bad quality. What has annoyed me is that I was in Hawkins Bazaar yesterday and they have moved all their stock round in the shop for Christmas, these meerkats have been put with the Christmas stock and they must know how bad they are so I think there will be lots of disappointed children opening these on Christmas morning. 1 Dooyoo Stars.
So I always struggle with what to get my mum for christmas, she always tells me not to spend too much money as Im on a budget. Well she rants and raves about meerkats, shes actually obsessed. I was walking around Edinburgh one day and my friends wandered into Hawkins Bazaar, a small gadget shop in the St James Centre. I spotted these meerkats and thought " its cute its querky, this will do". So I bought them for about £8 I think and I thought they would be perfect as a small christmas present. That was until my mum opened them on christmas day, she loved the little meerkats, and ofcourse I knew she wouldnt use them much after christmas day but it was great to get her the meerkats as she loves them. She wound them up and put them on the dinner table, the meerkats didnt move, so she wound them right until the end, turns out they do not move until wound until the end, they however last for about two minutes once fully wound. The bases of the meerkats were also not fully flat so the toy tended to fall over every few winds, this is not good as it is meant to walk across the floor. The workmanship on the meerkats is very poor for the amount of money that I paid for just two wind up toys, you can visibly see the screws in the back of the toy and the paint was able to be wiped away from me just touching them. Some of the plastic was sticking out so it was quite sharp. I had however thrown the receipt away as this was a novelty present and I thought I wouldnt have any problems, how disappointed I was. This has to be one of the worst novelty gift items I have ever bought. Ill be honest with you, if you are looking for a novelty gift I would save your money and spend it on something different. I would not recommend buying this toy to anyone who is looking for a useable, working safe novelty gift. Safe to say that once christmas was over my mum had thrown these straight in the bin and I didnt blame her.
We all have seen the annoying adverts with the Meerkats on and to be honest they get me so mad they have become annoying more than funny now. Well these two meerkats are meant to be quite cool and clever due to that advert. The problem is they are that poor it is embarrassing. You have two of these cheaply made plastic meerkats which are basically wind-up toys. The idea is you wind up the toys individually on the sides and after a few twists they are meant to go and walk away. This part is true they do walk away but that is about as good as it gets with these. The plastic looks cheap and horrible but it is the back of these wind-up toys which is the worst part because you can see four screws in the back and they stand out badly. Now most companies aim to hide the screws by either painting them the same colour as the product they are screwed into but not with these the screws are evident and are metallic in colour. The next issue is the actual design of this product. You have a tail which is solid at the back and does not move and for me it would have been an excellent option to see the tail move when the wheels underneath do but this does not happen. The head however does move it sort of turns and looks around and then back again so that is the only body part which does move around and it looks so bad the expression on the meerkats is the same for them both. Each of the meerkats has a bow on one in yellow and the other in green and there are arms there but they are so poorly designed it could be anything in the upper torso. So far the product sounds bad well I have not finished yet when you turn the screw to make the wind up process begin the meerkats do not move. Sometimes they stand still when you have wound them up and you just wait and eventually it might move a few steps then it stops again. Other times it goes off in the straight line and it can go for ages so the amount of times you have to wait for it when it pauses is endless it happens almost every time. I cannot find anything decent to say about them the paint work on the hat and the facial features is wearing away and considering they have never fallen on the floor it makes you worry that my own hands are wiping the paint away due to moisture. I was given these as a novelty gift and they are pointless and worthless they are so bad and I have seen this priced at £8 for the pair which is really bad. In my view if the tail moved it would have had more realism to the product and if you had a girl and a boy it would have helped. To have just two boys is weak and no thought process was put into making these at all. The bodies are average in design and the amount of effort to get this thing to move is not worth £8 the quoted price. I would avoid these at all costs they are cheaply made and that old saying you get what you paid for is so true in this situation.