“ Brand: Ben 10 / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment - Pogo Stick „
My son tried one of these in the park and was absolutely dying to get his own afterwards, so when his 6th birthday came along, I cashed in a dooyoo voucher and bought this from Amazon. I paid £16.99 delivered.
Since my son had been able to use the same pogo stick in the park easily, we thought this would be easy enough. The recommended age for this is age 5-12. The one my son used in the park though belonged to a child of a bout 13 -14 and I have seen a number of older children / young teenagers have a go on these.
Unfortunately, when my son opened this, he found it much more difficult to use than the old beat up version he had played with in the park. My son is thin and did not quite have the weight to make this go down right. However, after 8 months, it has loosened up a little and he does find it easier to use.
I do think most pogo sticks are very much alike. The main difference is that this has more plastic than some of the dearer models. This actually does not look especially sturdy. The main pole and spring are metal, but the rest is plastic, and the plastic tube with the Ben 10 picture in the centre looks quite thin. However this has held up very well over the summer, not only with my son using it, but every bigger child we could get to take a turn. It's been thrown about and left in the garden a few times with no ill effects. Our model is all royal blue, as opposed to the one above with two turquoise plastic support bars.
Although my son is getting better on this, and it is getting looser and easier to use, this is one toy I wish I had bought second hand. It seems the more use it gets the easier it becomes to push down, but it would still work better for someone with a bit more weight. For this reason, I really don't think this would be best suited for most 5 year olds. I have noticed several other designs of pogo stick by the same maker on Amazon, such as Sponge Bob Squarepants, and many of the reviews state the same problem we have had. The spring is just too tight for a smaller child.
Although I am not very enthusiastic about this toy, my son says it is perfect and he really likes it. He is a bit too light for it, but he does still have fun with it. Even though it did not get much use from this at first, he has started using it a lot more towards the end of summer. As with all outdoor toys, it will get less use now as the weather is turning bad, but I'm sure it will get a chance to shine next spring. At the moment, while he can hop on it, the spring only partially compresses with his weight, meaning he can not get very much spring from it, or jump very high. This makes it quite difficult to keep going. Hopefully by next spring he'll have enough extra weight to get this going well. I would note though, he has spent hours and hours working on this to loosen it up and a less determined child might well have given up. I think I would have at his age. I will also note that falls are common, and I think the fact that this spring is too tight makes falls more frequent.
I am deducting one star from this because I feel the age recommendation is completely inappropriate - unless you have a 5 year old over 6 stones! I would instead recommend this for ages 8+, but I realise Ben 10 is not as popular with much older children. However, I can not fault the toy too much, as my son is still happy with it, and it will get more use as he grows older. I know the teenagers I saw with one were having a blast.
Do I recommend it? Not for younger children, but if your child is age 8 or older and still likes Ben 10 - why not? There are certainly better models, but the better models come at a price. This is a nice budget alternative for an older / heavier child. If you are considering this for a younger child though, a second hand model really would be a better bet, as hopefully some one else will have worn the springs in by then. If you can not find a second hand pogo stick, I would recommend looking for a different brand in shop and trying to compress the spring yourself.