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Manufacturer: Flair / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Pull Along Slinky Dog

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      31.12.2010 13:47
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      A winner as far as my son is concerned but I have concerns about its durability

      Slinky Dog was one of my son's Christmas presents this year. He has become a big Toy Story fan so he got a Slinky dog and Buzz Lightyear this year as part of his Christmas gifts.

      The Slinky dog really is cute and it was this that drew me to it for me to buy for him. My son just adores this dog so much that for the past few nights it has had to come to bed with him.

      The dog itself looks identical really to Slink in Toy Story and I do think the manufactures have really got the likeliness spot on really. The smiling face of the dog with its mouth open slightly really does look endearing. The yellow feet have tiny plastic wheels under to help it be pulled along the floor. The two front feet can be moved slightly to the sides of his legs these seem to help him to balance when sitting down. The ears are of plastic synthetic leather and look very cute the underside is white of the material giving it a more retro feel. The metal slinky part of the dog is affixed into the plastic of the dog's body at either end and there are several curls inside the plastic and the coils are also held in place by a small amount of plastic on the body. Running through the dog is a bit of tough string that seems to go from the plastic head to the end of the coil springy tail.

      My son loves the whole look of this toy and enjoys playing with it and trying to get Slink as he is know in our house to go down some bricks. He enjoys curling him up with his bears and getting Slink to chat away to his Buzz Lightyear toy. He uses this toy in quite an imaginative play way as he not only gets the dog to be pulled around but to play with his other toys and tires to take them on small adventures. These can be things like Slink and Buzz fighting off some pirates or Slink running to catch his toy train or one of his cars. I think this is part of the beauty of this toy that it does encourage imaginative play so well and my son certainly interacts with this toy in a fun and to my eyes an amusing way.

      My first bit of disappointment with this toy is the length of the bit of string it is only about 10 centimetres long so it is actually way to short for any child to pull slinky dog along. There is a plastic loop at the front of Slinky and you could put some string through this for your child to pull as we have done but I do think this is a bit of a let down design wise.

      Slinky dog's feet have a small wheel underneath but these are really small and he only really pulls smoothly on the wooden floor in our hall, on the carpet these wheels are just too small cope with being pulled and he ends up on his back, side and back to front very quickly. Given this is marketed as a pull along slinky dog I do think this is disappointing.

      The other bit that concerns me is the slinky coil spring since my son opened this on Christmas day which is just 5 days ago, the slinky coil at the front of the dogs body has come away slightly and is slightly twisted meaning he can't sit down properly. Prior to this you could sit the bottom of the dog on the floor or table and the head would remain upright the dog just now hits the table or floor with his nose which is not a good look. I am concerned that in the course of maybe another month or so of playing with it that the dog's slinky coils will become even more twisted and the front of the dog may come off. I have tried to squash the coils back into place but have been unable to do so. This toy is designed for 3 year olds plus and my son is just a week short of his third birthday so I don't think he is too young for this doggie. Equally as he loves this toy so much he has been fairly careful in his playing with it and the only rough play has been him getting rolled about in a box with his other new and precious toys.

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      I do think this is a nice toy and my son would definitely give it 5 Dooyoo stars as he loves it so much. I however can't give it that because of some of the problems and for me it can have 3 Dooyoo stars. The reason I have deducted some stars is due to its short string meaning it has a lack of real pulling ability and concerns I have about the slinky elements lasting ability. I actually think this toy is designed more for adult collectors in some way rather than children as it just doesn't seem robust enough to with stand a lot of 3 year old play. I have a lot of mixed feeling about recommending this toy as my son loves it and is a big Toy Story fan I have to recommend it but it is a toy to be checked regularly for breakage problems. As he loves it so much I probably will buy another one if this one breaks as I am a big softy and don't want to see him upset by the loss of a toy due to poor design rather than him being rough with it. Prices of this vary but you can find him currently on Amazon for just under £8

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        14.10.2010 09:56
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        A lovely toy for little ones.

        It is quite unbelievable really that the original Toy Story film was released 15 years ago as it still is so enjoyable and fresh for kids today.
        My two year old son got obsessed with the movie after watching it for the first time a few months back. He demands to have it on whenever we are at home and we both know it word for word now lol.
        For his birthday we decided to buy him a few Toy Story character toys - one of which was this slinky dog.
        At the time of purchase, the third instalment of the Toy Story movies had not yet been released so the prices of these toys may have been lower than what they are now. I bought mine form The Disney Store for only ten pounds which I considered to be rather cheap for a Disney toy.
        When my son tore off the wrapping paper he was super excited and happy with this gift. On further inspection I found the quality of this to be top notch. It is basically plastic doggy's head and tail, with a slinky spring inbetween - and a string to pull it along wth.
        The idea is very simple but it satisfies my little one.
        He has had it for six months now and still plays with slinky dog regularly so it was certainly good value and a worthy purchase - although he does prefer his Buzz and Woody characters as they are a little more interesting.
        I am definatly pleased with this toy. It is durable, good value, and will please any little boy or girl with a Toy Story obsession !

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          07.10.2010 14:31
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          A poorly thought out toy.

          Please note that my review is for Slinky Dog Jr, which is exactly the same as the product above and made my the same company, but is a scaled down version at 18cm long.


          At this point in time, our house is very much beginning to resemble the set of the Toy Story movies, with Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Potato Heads all getting played with every day. Our latest addition to the collection has been Slinky Dog, who is Woody's loyal friend in the movies.


          I was quite worried about buying Slinky, because I have a son with special needs and he can be very heavy handed with his toys. We do actually own a slinky style spring toy, which he mangles on a regular basis, leaving me with the job of untangling it, so I didn't predict that Slinky dog would survive long in our house. Despite my worries, I still went ahead and bought him, as he looked SO CUTE, and the small version was only £7.99 on Amazon. The bigger version varies in price between £12 and £15 in toy stores but is £11 on Amazon.


          The toy comes in minimal packaging, which I was pleased with, and you can see him clearly through the clear plastic, which means you know exactly what you are getting. The first thing I thought was how flinmsy that spring looked! He was easy to get out of the packaging, which I liked, as I hate it when you have to spend ages untwisting toys from the packaging, while your kiddies look on, stifling their tears!


          Slinky looks exactly the same as he does in the movie, apart from one really pointless feature: His pull string is set in the middle of his head, right between his eyes (as you can see in the picture). I don't know who had this idea, but it is completely stupid, and my kids hated it. What made it particularly pointless was the fact that Slinky has a small loop just under his collar, that would easily accommodate a pull string and would be a much more sensible place to locate it. One of the first things I did was cut off the pull string, which was really easy to do and made Slinky look normal, apart from the fact that he now had a small hole between his eyes!


          Slinky is made from light shiny plastic and he has vinyl ears, which don't really look like they will last very long. There is a thin wiry spring linking the two halves of his body and there is also a pull string running through his body as an extra support and a way of preventing the child pulling the spring too far. The tail is made from a better quality spring which holds its shape well and wags slightly when the toy is pulled along.


          The toy has plastic feet, which have very small wheels underneath them, which are not really visible when you look at the toy. The toy is designed to be pulled along the floor, but there are a couple of problems with this idea. The first problem is the length of the pull string (If you decide not to chop it off!). The string is very short and a child could not stand up and pull the toy along the floor. Secondly, Slinky's bottom tends to slump down when you pull hum along, and he looks like one of those dogs that scrape their bums along the floor! The toy certainly does not move as it is intended to.


          Another problem I had with the toy is that my son was VERY heavy handed with him, flinging him around and stretching him as far as possible. I am very dubious about the fact that the toy is supposed to be for kids aged 3 and up, as I imagine most 3 and 4 year olds would be pretty rough with Slinky too. On the first DAY that we had him, the spring had already been pulled out of shape so badly it could not be mended. Luckily, the pull string in the centre of the toy kept both ends joined, but I would imagine that most kids could snap it pretty easily.


          We have now had Slinky for a week and he doesn't stand up properly, due to the bunched up twisted spring in the middle. My daughter has taken him upstairs so that her little brother can't do any more damage to him! Slinky gets played with every day, along with the other Toy Story toys and is always part of storytelling and imagininative games, but his fragile nature means that you are limited as to what you can do with him.


          In conclusion, this would be a great display toy for a collector, or a toy for an older child 6+, but is not really designed for younger kids. It would have been better with a sturdier spring down the centre and a proper pull string located in a sensible place. This is very poor for a toy that is promoted by the Disney Company. I always associated them with high quality products.

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            29.08.2010 21:55
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            If you are familar with Toy Story then you will be familar with Slinky the dog. Since my daughter has become Toy Story obsessed myself, my husband and my Mum have all had to learn each of the characters by name and should be able to recognise them instantly. If we don't we get in serious trouble with my daughter (and you think I am joking!) and my daughter would be seriously offended if anyone forgot about Slinky (or Slinks as she calls him) because he is her absolute favourite.

            Slinky is a dog whose body is actually a slinky toy. He has giant puppy dog eyes, a long nose and mouth with big floppy leather ears. His head is at one end of the slinky and his tail (which is made out of a more sturdy slink with a bit on the end) is at the other end of the slinky. Slinky is made out of solid and durable plastic. His legs and body are dark brown and he has little beige paws.

            Slinky has little wheels built into his paws to make it easier to move him along on flooring.

            Slinky has a little bit of cord between his eyes which I do find a bit of an odd place to put it and my daughter hated it and asked me to cut it off. The cord is there to enable your child to pull it along but it is so short your child would have to be on the floor doing it.

            One of the problems I find with this Slinky is that he appears to be front heavy and cannot stand up properly unless you get him at the correct angle. He is forever falling over and this sometimes annoys my daughter.

            My daughter does move Slinky around though obviously not on the cord as I cut it off and he moves fine on his wheeled feet, quite effortlessly I must say. And he does look like the realy Slinky when on the move. He is cute and I do like him myself! He is light enough that a child can pick him up. My daughter carries him about with ease. He is not huge but he isn't small either.

            I am a bit unsure about the age restriction Flair has put on this item as it says it is only suitable for children aged 5+. I am unsure why as there are no small parts which could come off and I see no dangers that it could cause. Slinky is very well made and durable. My daughter has dropped him a few times - once all the way down the stairs and he survived without a mark on him

            We paid £14.99 for Slinky at Argos and I am very pleased we did as my daughter loves him and plays with him alot. You can get Slinky a little bit cheaper now - I think Amazon has him for £11.99. Highly recommended if you have a Toy Story crazy child.

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              14.01.2010 11:44
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              Even I love slinky dog!

              In the last Three months Scarlet has become obsessed with Toy Story to the extent where we now know both Films word for word. I can't wait for the new Film to be realised in the Summer so I will be able to watch that one instead of the ones we already know. She is that bad with that her Woody Doll comes everywhere with us, he even goes to bed with. She also had the Buzz Light-Year doll (he now has no head though because she thought he would look better without).

              So when I was being asked what she wanted for Christmas I told people to get her Toy Story things as well as toys from a few other programmes she likes. So when on Christmas Day she opened a Slinky Dog from her Aunty Lucy and Uncle Rich she was so excited. It took me a good half an hour to get the box off her to get Slinky Dog out for her to play with.

              In the Film Slinky Dog is portrayed as Woody's favourite friend. He is a little dog with his head on side of the slinky and his bum the other. The Slinky then makes up his body. He has floppy, brown leather ears with big white eyes (where there is also a piece of string in between so you can pull him along) and a long snout which makes him look as though he is smiling. On his Bum then he has a springy tail and he is completely light brown in colour. On his feet which are a ginger sort of colour he has wheels so he can be pulled along.

              When I first got him out of the box I thought the slinky would be pulled and broken with Scarlet but his head and Bum are held together with a piece of string in the middle of the Slinky so he can only be stretched so far. I thought this was good so Scarlet wouldn't be able to break him easily. Once out of the box I noticed that he couldn't stand up very well on his own with his body leaning towards the Slinky in the middle so he looked on an angle.

              That didn't seem to bother Scarlet and as soon as he was on the floor she started to walk about with him following her all the way around the house. Once Slinky Dog is being pulled he moves very well and really does look as though he is walking behind you. My previous thoughts about him not being able to stand up is not a problem wither once he is moving. Scarlet loves him even if he is not moving and also likes carrying him around everywhere; he is not at all heavy so she can pick him up with ease.

              Flair recommend the Slinky Dog is for ages 5 plus but even though Scarlet is only 20 months she knows exactly what he does. There are no small parts on him that can be swallowed and even his ears are well made so they cannot be pulled off easy. So I think this age range is a bit extreme for what he actually does, I wouldn't hesitate in buying Scarlet this again especially as she loves him so much.

              I think this is definitely worth the £14.99 that Aunty Lucy paid for it and would recommend this to any Toy Story fan.

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