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Backpack...Backpack! *Dora voice*
Dora the Explorer Talking Backpack
Member Name: MsTricia
Dora the Explorer Talking Backpack
Advantages: great replica of backpack in the cartoon, durable, fun to play with
Disadvantages: inside is a bit small, can seem overpriced
Sadly for me, my daughter loves Dora the Explorer. This means lots of chanting "where are we going?" and "I'm the map!" and numerous other songs as she can literally watch episode after episode! I also took her and my niece to see Dora at the theatre and they both loved it! So it was only a matter of time before she acquired an amass of Dora related toys! This backpack is actually a hand me down (more like stolen from my mums house) toy which used to belong to one of my nieces who went through a Dora phase but now at 6 years old she keeps harping on to me about the backyardigans instead lol.
Anyway, the Backpack is an excellent replica of the backpack which Dora uses in the cartoon, which has the map inside (for directions) and other tools for whatever mischief she is facing in each episode. The backpack is made of purple plastic but is really durable purple and has the fun face of backpack on the front. It has a handle up top, and lid which opens backwards to reveal the opening to the backpack. in colour and is made from a very thick and sturdy plastic. It also has a rather chunky lid which is secured shut using a little clasp.
Inside the bag is actually rather small, but my daughter tends to use it more for her toys and putting balls (see different early learning centre playballs review!) inside. The backpack toy originally came with a a telephone, a friendship bracelet, a plastic hair brush, a friendship bracelet, and a map. Between her and my niece they already lost all these additional toys but they were good little tools, ideal for girls playing with this toy.
The main functional aspect of this backpack is that if you press the big red mouth, the backpack talks and says "Hola Amigos! I'm Backpack!" and "Let's go exploring!" It also sings the backpack song which drives me mad, but luckily with this toy the volume isn't incessantly loud and it literally only says anything once the button is pressed, which fortunately my daughter is not interested in doing anymore but more using it as a storing device lol. We have had it at least 2 years and it still speaks perfectly clearly and has the authentic voice of the backpack on the cartoon. It requires 3 x AA batteries which it comes with and it still works perfectly so these do go a long way! It opens at the bottom with a small screwdriver to change these, but we have not had to do so yet.
Overall, this is a fab toy and will be a hit with any kids who are avid Dora fans! It is a backpack more to be used as a toy rather than any practical use as a backpack but my daughter loves it. It can be bought from around £25-£30 on Amazon and other retailers which I think is actually a bit much, but if you're looking for a christmas present for a child aged around 3 then you may be onto a winner!
Summary: a winning backpack toy, that dora lovers will adore!
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