My son does not own this toy but it is at a soft play group that my son attends every week for pre school children. I have found it available online for between £100 and £120 so not a cheap toy.
The whole item is made of strong plastic and is of the standard I would expect from little Tikes.
It has a large red base which stops the rocket falling over. The blue rocket stands on the base so is very stable. The rocket is designed to look like two back ends of the rockets stuck together. It has two seats for two children to sit facing each other and has a wheel in the middle so the children can spin themselves very much like the spinning teacups at the fair. AS it is so stable it can be used by one person and is easy enough to spin to be able to operate alone.
The seats do not have any sides the child needs to be able to understand that they need to hold on. As it doesn't have any belt the child cane easily fall out so would strongly advise it been based on any hard surface. This isn't the greatest design of seat of the seats were more scooped it would be easier to stay on.
This is one of the popular toys at the club and whatever the age they often want parents to spin them rather than spin themselves.
My son joined this club when he was about 16 months old and loved it but was unable to spin himself and had to be turned slowly so he didn't fall off. Now he is 22 months and has a go and spinning but prefers mommy to do it and is able to hold on most of the time.
He does get off a stagger and fall over through dizziness and as he is on a soft mat area this is fine he just laughs but I would have concerns about where it would be located in terms of getting off dizzy.
I thin this is an amazing fun toy that well keep my son entertained but unless you have a huge lawned area in your garden I think generally it is not ideal as a conversion for a home product.
A great buy for the rich and famous but at £100 I would recommend that the average person on the street spends there money on something safer and smaller.
This is a great little spinning toy that is great if you have more than one child. It is a two seated ride that the children sit in and use the centre wheel to rotate the seats around.
The red base and the centre stem (yellow) with steering wheel are fixed and the carriage rotates around the centre stem.
The movement is done by the children sitting in the seats and turning themselves and the carriage around the centre stem.
It is something that there is nothing at all like on the market and does entertain the children.
The toy is aimed at 2 to 6 years old children but i have a 3 and a 5 year old and it sometimes gets a bit crowded for space and they have to be carefull were they put there hands and feet.
The circular base is just under 1 metre diameter so provides a very stable base to stop the unit from tipping up even when spun at high speeds. The centre stem is around 600mm in height and is at the perfect height for the kids to use it to spin. It is very well weighted as not to tip up. The only thing is that if there is a younger and older child the younger one better hold on tight or they might spin off. They spin and spin until they look like they are going to be sick.....
It is very easy to put together and dismantle. Mine is left outside to play with in the garden whenever they go out in the summer.
Retail price is around £130.00 but it is easier to pick on one second hand a lot cheaper on ebay in your area.
The latest innovation from Little Tikes, a spinney whirly roundabout. Designed to seat up to two children aged 2 to 6 years. Easily propelled by the rider/s and sturdy as ever. Costing £50 from all good toyshops and home shopping companies. Seeking an original present for my toddlers 2nd birthday I had seen the Whirly rocket ride some months ago in Toys’r’us ,and as my youngest children love to play together this seemed a safe bet. Our experiences of Little Tikes toys have been great with very few faults or qualms with their entire range. What does the whirly rocket ride do??? That is simple, it allows the riders to spin themselves around and around until they are quite sick (LOL). So what does it look like? Well actually, not like anything I had seen before. It is constructed of the usual blown plastic, which in my experience is pretty indestructible. The two seats which have a deep seating position and fairly low backrest, and are situated opposite each other balancing the seating unit nicely, there is an integral foot well which is contoured and non slip. The rocket design is evident at the back of the seats in the moulding and stickers. The entire seating unit sits on the base and rotates under kiddie power. The circular base is large enough (3ftdiameter) to stabilise the whole unit at high speed!!. The centre of the toy is where the child grabs a large circular wheel that is raised on a large twisted centre pole about 2ft from the toy. This wheel remains static, but the seating unit then spins. All of the rolling mechanisms are concealed well out of children’s reach, and every edge is nice and round. Large bold and bright, red yellow and blue, Little Tikes trademark. And the packaging??? ……..was diabolical. Bought as Harmony’s birthday present and ordered to be delivered to keep the element or surprise,
the delivery man and the rest of the street knew what she was having for her birthday. Lovely sturdy box, plenty of room and tonnes of scope for future projects, car, train house etc, it was completely printed with what was inside. I don’t have a problem with a few pictures but the fact that it was printed and not just a removable sticker, somewhat let the cat out of the bag, needless to say Harmony has had her birthday present a few days early. What about assembly? My husband informs me that the toy was easy but time consuming to put together. The instructions earned a 10/10 from him too.(Unusual, as he never usually bothers to read them LOL.)His reasoning being that many instructions are too complicated and contains irrelevant rubbish; these were the complete opposite, clear, concise and easy to follow. There were no pieces missing and there were even a couple of extra screws(especially useful when all 4 children are trying to help assemble it) So do they like it? Well, currently Savannah is sitting watching the tv on it. It has been spun continually, and will even take a hyperactive 10 year olds weight and vigour.(Please note that this toy is not designed for children over 6). Harmony loves it and can spin herself freely and independently. As a two seater it is fantastic, it is everything that I thought it would be. It doesn’t up too much space and is absolutely perfect indoors for wet days or outdoors anytime. So is there anything that you don’t like about the toy? It would have been nice if there were handles moulded into the seats to allow younger riders to “go along for the ride”. Slightly higher backrests would be an advantage. It does not fold up for storage. Overall this toy is a raging success and I have no hesitation in recommending it to others.
Kids can enjoy amusement park thrills in their own backyard with this spinning rocket car! It looks just like the fun rides it's modelled after, and the roomy car seats one or two children.