Product Type: Hasbro Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... to get the golf ball- via his mouth! The golf clubs that come with this are green and yellow with a ball each to match. The clubs and bal... more
Santa can have this pressie back!
Member Name: juliassg71
Date: 22/03/10, updated on 22/03/10 (42 review reads)
Advantages: No batteries required. When it works properly the kids are impressed. No pen or paper needed.
Disadvantages: Didn't work all the time. You have to keep resetting it.
A quick glance at the high rates from other reviewers here tells me that I have had a very different experience with this toy and that perhaps my Gator Golf is faulty!
My children kept asking for this every time they saw it come on the television and I thought it looked good especially as it did not require batterries which seems such a rarity in toys these days and the ones they normally request usually need loads so we were all happy when Santa did indeed bring this coveted toy. (He must have got it from Argos for around £15)!
The Gator was easy to put together just snapping into place as did the two brightly coloured golf clubs which came in three parts and are he perfect size for little people, together with matching coloured balls. The clubs have a counter on them from 0-4 and the first player to have four successful putts is the winner.
The problem came when trying to keep the Gator's mouth open. We were expecting a click of some sort to signify that it was opened correctly and ready for use. However, we didn't hear any audible sound of this nature but the mouth did just about stay open although it did seem temperamental, snapping shut of its own accord or when a ball hit it without actually going inside.
The idea is that if you get the ball into the gator's mouth, the mouth snaps shut and a mechanism in his tail throws the ball back out to you. Our gator did do this but it was a bit hit and miss working maybe one time out of three. A lot seemed dependent on how hard the ball was struck as even if it went in it was not always thrown back and sometimes although thrown back not in the right direction coming out backwards instead of forwards towards the putter!! It works better on a hard or wodden floor but this still didn't guarantee 100% results.
It was also a bit of a pain having to reset the mouth each time it snapped shut especially as it did this quite often whether the ball was inside or not. For some reason I thought the mouth would somehow reset itself but perhaps was expecting too much for a product costing around £15 which didn't require batteries (there is always a trade off I guess). The fact that my children couldn't easily get it to stay in place themselves meant that I was having to do it each time which after a while got quite tedious!
Needless to say my children have had a half-hearted go of this about twice since Christmas so for us it was not worth Santa's time bringing it! You can't seem to unassemble the gator so it can't be fitted back into the box but there is a place either side of the gator's head where the clubs can be stored and the balls of course can be kept in the gator's mouth when not in use.
Also posted on Ciao under Ryanellaxx
Summary: A disappointing toy overall.
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