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I purchased these for my Mouse loving son after hearing him shout 'Oh TOODLES!' one too many times at our TV screen. On first glance they look fairly impressive; they are sturdy and colourful and look just like Mickeys' own ears, which encouraged my littlest to try them on. He happily ran around the house in them for a few seconds until they fell right off. (That's saying something; my son has quite a large head!) They are quite weighty and the force of this was causing them to fall down. Not only that, but you can't adjust the headband, so if they're too big or small, you're stuck and they won't fit.
My son didn't like the games; one of them is a bit like Simon Says but he found it difficult to hear and I had to keep telling him what to do; by the time I had managed to do this the time limit was up and he would have failed the task which he found quite frustrating.
I only paid £6 for our pair so we didn't lose out too much, but I would definitely not reccomend paying any more than that for them, and wouldn't suggest that you buy these for a child under 5.
My daughter is a massive Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fan - for anyone who isn't aware of what this programme is, it is a childrens show that you will find on Playhouse Disney Channel on Sky and it follows Mickey Mouse and friends on little adventures and in each episode they require the help of Toodles who holds the Mouskatools they need to aid them in their adventure. One afternoon I shopping and in a discount store (Home Bargains) I came across a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse toy called Toodles Ears.
Toodles is basically the same shape as Mickey Mouse's head and has bright red and yellow ears, and like I say, holds the mouskatools. The Toodles toy is a chunky plastic headband with the familiar shape of Mickey's ears. The headband is a striking red colour and is made of a strong durable plastic with the base of the band having a small black Mickey head on each side which provides some cushioning against the head when the band is on. On the back of one of the ears you will find the on/off switch along with the battery which you need to unscrew should you need to replace them. The on/off switch also has a try button, which is a good feature if you just wish to have a quick game with your little one.
The toy goes on the childs head just as a normal headband would do, though there is no way of altering the size so this could be a problem if your child has a small head! On each of the Toodles ears you will see a large yellow button which you press to play the game. When pressing the button on either of the ears, the first thing that was said in Mickey's voice is "Super Cheers, we've got ears" which is a popular phrase from the tv show when the Mouskatools are used. Both ears have different games:
Left Ear (as you look at the toy) - this option is where Mickey will give the child various things to do for 30 seconds eg Lets wiggle for 30 seconds - the familiar hot dog dance tune will play for the duration of the 30 seconds with Mickey telling us when we are half way there, and then counting down from 5 to 1.
Right Ear (as you look at the toy) - this option is the Mickey Says game which is exactly the same as the familiar childrens game Simon Says. For example Mickey will say - Mickey says JUMP!.....did you do it?? Great! Then he may say CLAP.....uhoh I didn't say Mickey says!
The cost of Toodles Ears was £3.99 which seemed like it would be a good price, and I have seen it available on Amazon for £6.99.
My opinion of the Toodles Ears is really not a good one. Firstly the size of the headband is ridiculous - it is huge! It is even too big for my head, so how it is supposed to be suitable for a childs head is a little beyond me. It would have been a lot better if they had made it so that you could alter the size for different size heads! The second thing is that it is very heavy for a child to wear and quite often when my daughter was wearing it, it would just fall off with the weight and size of it. The third thing wrong with this toy is that some of the time it is quite hard to hear what is being said and there is no way of rectifying this. My final gripe about this toy is that the game is far too quick for a young child to manage, the time between Mickey saying the task and then asking if they had done it is just too fast. My daughter has played with Toodles a couple of times, and not for long periods of time as she says she doesn't like wearing the headband and she can't always hear what is being said.
All in all I think this is a very flimsy toy and definately not a credit to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse range of toys and there are many ways it could have been improved. I wouldn't recommend this toy sadly, I am more likely to advise you to avoid at all costs! I will give the Toodles Ears 1 star but I would give 0 if I could!
Thank you for reading my review :)
If anyone has watched the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cartoon that is often seen on the Disney channel then you will know what I mean by these Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Toodle Ears. My son absolutely loves this programme and I can see why as it's quite addictive to be honest with you and I sometimes find myself sitting down and watching it with him. I picked up this product for around £6.99 on Amazon last Christmas. These ears are just a small part of the huge merchandising business that is associated with Mickey mouse.
In the TV show toodles is the device that Mickey and his friends call on to solve clues. Toodles contains Mouska tools that they must use throughout each episode to work out challenges they come across.
The toy is basically a head band that is red and made from durable, hard plastic so not that easy to break which is great when it's for small kids. It fits behind the ears and is quite comfortable or at least seems to be as I have had no complaints when has worn them. On the top of the head band are the two ears and each of these have large yellow buttons that you play the game with. The toy is run on batteries that are supplied when I bought the toy. There are three key switches in total. There is the on, off and try mode.
The main game is "Mickey Mouse Says" which is similar to the old game Simple Simon says that alot of us used to play when we were younger. When toodles tells you to do something you have to that which can be great fun but quite tiring.
I like the idea of this toy and it does provide some great entertainment for children. If they love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse then it's definately worth purchasing this product.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Toodle Ears.
I bought these for my 5 year old daughter and my partners 4 year old daughter for Christmas last year. I bought them as just something to add to their presents as I had already bought them loads and seeing how expensive some kids toys are, their piles didn't look big but I had spent a fortune. I picked them up in my local Home and Bargain as an impulse buy and I think that they cost me around 1.99. Currently they are on sale on Amazon for 6.99.
The concept of the Toodle Ears are based around the popular kids TV show on Playhouse Disney or the Disney Channel called Mickey Mouses Clubhouse.
Toodles Ears are the same shape as Mickey Mouses ears but in the show are actually called the Mouska Tools. The Mouska Tools in the show are called by Mickey Mouse to bring him various things needed to help him to complete certain tasks in the show. They hold usually 4 Mouska Tools on it.
The ears themselves are made of a black plastic headband with chunky Mickey Mouse shaped ends made of a softer, confortable foam and two red and yellow round Mouse ears on the top which have one large yellow plastic button on each. The ears are much too heavy for the headband and when put on, slide off very easily due to the weight of them. (I know because I have tried - I can't help myself, I'm a big kid at heart!)
The main game with the ears (although described as three games on the box, they seem to be combined as one) is Mickey Says.
Mickey says is just another version of the game Simon Says and seems to involve a lot of energetic activity which can't really be engaged in as the ears fall off or slide off quite a bit throughout it with all of the jumping and fast moving. I once heard them to tell my daughter to jump up and down for one minute which was fun to watch but impossible for her to do with ease as she had to try and jump and hold the ears on at the same time. I think that she was greatful for the next command which was sit down for one minute....I have never seen a child look so relieved!
Also, pressing the other ear you are treated to the popular song "Hot Dog" off the show which I have got to admit is a pleasure to listen to as it is a very catchy song and Mickey Mouse calling "Oh Toodles" the common phrase used on the show when calling for the Mouske Tools.
Overall I think that the two kids have only played with them a handful of times due to the effort needed to make the game work, due to the heaviness and fit of the ears.
The toy is recommended for ages 2 and over which I think is OK for just listening to but no way can a 2year old keep them on or participate in the games. In my opinion this toy would be a success if the ears weren't as heavy and also if the headband was adjustable for smaller children.
Overall a really nice toy but just doesn't really work well in what is expected of it.
Mickey Mouse Toodles ears are part of the merchandising from the TV show on the Disney channel Mickey Mouse club house. My son does love Mickey Mouse and in fact sleeps with a large Mickey Mouse.
Toodles is the same shape as Mickey Mouse but actually holds the items that Mickey and his friends need to solve the clues. They are called mouska tools.
I bought a pair for my son from Home bargains for £3.99 and was planning to save them for Christmas but my son found them in the shopping before I had hidden them away so has owned them since the end of October. They are currently £6.99 on Amazon.
This toy is a headband is red and made from a hard plastic with a black Mickey Mouse figure on the bottom to make the Ear section more comfortable as this is softer foam. It does fit behind their ears and you can still hear adequately what ever position they are in. On top of the headband are two ears and each having large round yellow buttons that activates the game. They are a little top heavy so unless they fit snugly they can fall down. When standing up the ears stand up on top of the head. My son loves the appearance and will make me lift him up to look at him reflection in the mirror.
It has three switches on, off and try me mode. The toy is battery operated which are supplied with the toy.
The box describes three play modes
Dance to music, follow instructions and learn about time and while it does do all three these do tend to be combined in the main game.
The main game appears to be "Mickey Mouse Says" which is similar but Simple Simon says. I found some of the games quite exhausting .When Toodles tells you to jump up and down for a minute although it is actually a great way to get little ones to burn off energy when stuck indoors. My son however finds sit down for a minute much more difficult. It plays music from the show with an interlude with Mickey Mouse to let you know how long you have been participating. Mickey will then ask at the end if you did it and say then great which as my son only does half the actions.It does encourage my son to listen but does require me to sit with him and remind him to listen to Mickey.
It also shouts "Oh Toodles" and plays one of the songs from the TV show.
This toy does entertain my two year old son and it is a great teaching aid but sadly what actually lets this product down is the quality. I actually broke the ears piece off by accident only 3 months after we had owned it so it now has had to go in the bin.
This toy is recommended for children two years and over. I think that this would be appropriate if the headband was a better fit.
I do like the concept of this toy and by increasing the quality of manufacturer then this would be a great toy.
Unless you've seen Mickey Mouse Clubhouse you might not know who Toodles is. He's the colourful outline of the mickey mouse face that flies in to bring the mouskatools that help Mickey and his friends. He's an important part of the show and one of the main "characters" although he/she doesn't speak just has this very recognisable song announcing his/her entrance.
This toy is one of a long line of Disney licensed products that spin off from the disney channel show.
My son was bought these for christmas. It's essentially a plastic headband with 2 electronic ears on that have a button in the centre of each. The end of the headband has a black mickey mouse face to provide some cushioning against your head. There are 2 modes 'try me' to just have the hot dog song and mickey saying some random 'let's play mickey says' instructions and let's play.
For an older child these would be an alright toy. Mickey says involves lots of movement and jumping (think the Disney version of Simon Says) but I can see that a kid would get very bored of them quite quickly, unless you could involve lots of people in the game.
My son's too young for them, he presses the button and wanders off from them straight away.
Personally I think the headband is huge it's too big for my head! There's no obvious way to make it smaller either. It's also not very comfortable I wouldn't want to wear it for long.
They retail for about a fiver, in most shops, but I think there are much better things to spend that money on. For a Disney toy it's pretty flimsey and doesn't really have much relevance to MMCH. Disappointing.