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Toy story bits and pieces are everywhere at the moment. Mr potato head, one of the favoured characters from each of the 3 films is one of the most favored and classic toys. Mr potato head appears one of the more mature toys in Andys room, who can be quite serious, but also crack a joke ar two,and in the films, is able to move body parts around, perhaps why children find him so fascinating! My son recieved his first classic potato head when he was 2, that comprises of removable eyes, nose, moustache, mouth, tongue, ears, arms, feet, hat and glasses. My son got hours of pleasure from this plastic toy whose body parts neatly sat inside his body from a removable lid in his bottom. When wandering around my local Toys r us, the normally priced Spud lightyear at £9.99 was on offer for a fabulous £4.99. I bought 2, one for my son, and another as a pressie for one of his friends! Spuds packaging is very similar to that of the classic packaging, a mixture of plastic and cardboard so that you are able to see the product inside. Inside is a classic potato head, the same size as the original but with different accessories if you like. He still has the brown hard plastic potato like body with punched out holes throught the body and underside for body parts to be attached to. Classic pieces such as the arms and eyes accompany spud lightyear (a buzz lightyear take on the original potato head) but in addition you will find headgear, a suit and different shoes to the original. These are tough plastic also, but the suit that fits around the potato head has a softer more maleable feel to it. My son began playing with it as soon as he opened it, but the arms in the eye holes and the mouth in ear holes. Until we played with him to try and teach him where the different body parts went of course. Now one area in which i found it quite a difficult concept for young children, is the buzz lightyear suit has to be fitted around the potato before you can attach the arms, a concept my son, now 3, stilll cant quite understand. That being said, he will sit for hours replacing body parts, and as he now has 2 potato heads, sometimes one may end up with 4 arms, and the other ending up with 4 eyes!! Due to the nature of the material, it is easy to clean especially when the pieces end up in little mouths all slobbered on!! All in all a very good value toy, that if played in the right context can be informative and help to teach children about facial anatomy, just be careful your children dont start pulling at your nose or ears, to change their location!!
My son was bought the Buzz Mr Potato head for Christmas. It was selling for £9.99 but toys r us had an offer for £4.99 so a neighbour bought it for him. He had previously played with Mr Potato at other children's homes and had great fun and though not particularly bothered by the Toy story films is heavily into the merchandising so this did seem a good choice. Mr Potato head is made of sturdy plastic with a flip lid in the back for storing spare parts. He already comes dressed as Buzz with a helmet with plastic visor, Wings, a space suit which is more of a collar, feet, arms and a nose. It also has a pair of ears but these do not fit in place when Helmet visor is attached. It does look very recognisable both as Mr Potato head and Buzz. My son was initially quite excited to receive this toy and proceeded to dismantle it then got bored. Since Christmas he has mostly continued to play with the toy in the same fashion. I tend to find that there is not enough variety to change. I do feel that additional items would give this toy far more playability. I have helped my son to learn to build the toy and he seems to find it quite difficult simply due to the fact most of the parts are interlinked so you need to have it mostly assembled before it becomes secure. He has also one evening after I had rebuilt Mr Potato head decided he needed something to cuddle and proceeded to dismantle during story time which meant a second rebuild once in bed. From a parents point of view the one feature that does drive me insane is to put spare parts in the back compartment you have to remove the helmet/ wing attachments it means I do need to collect all the parts together until the ears are stored in the back rather than build as I find. I rebuilt Buzz last night and am missing the helmet and one arm which will no doubt turn up but there is no way of storing all the parts without rebuilding it. My son will also put the mouth up to his lips and hold the peg in place and except me to be amused. While I do inform him that it isn't for him mouth parents should be aware that due to this kind of game it could be a choking hazard. Educationally I do think the whole Mr Potato head range is excellent for developing fine motor skills, recognition of facial parts. This Toy is recommended for children Two years plus and this is an ideal age for learning these features. Overall this is a good quality toy but it would be better as an addition to a Mr Potato head as opposed to s stand alone toy due to the lack of changes that can be made. Shockingly I checked Amazon and found that it is currently £19.89 but does remain half price at Toys r us for £4.99. I personally would chose a more traditional Mr Potato if I was going to purchase again. My Son does seem to like this toy but sure he would play more with it if it had additional accessories.