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My little boy is Mr Men crazy and so I tend to gravitate towards the Mr Men stuff everytime I go in a shop nowadays. I was looking to buy him a special treat (because we have finally overcome the potty training nightmare), and this looked really special.
Mr Tickle is just the right size for a young child to play with, and has lots of phrases, so is not too repetitive. He also has a special song, which is quite catchy! He moves by either vibrating (laughing) or by swirling his arms round and round. I was slightly worried how robust this toy would be, as my son tends to be quite rough with it and I imagine that because its arms are rigid, once they are broken you can't repair them. It is also quite hard, so if it gets thrown at you, it hurts! This is a downside, as your child can't actually cuddle the toy or take it to bed with them. It takes quite a lot of battery power and the only warning you get that the batteries are running down is that suddenly the toy starts using less phrases, although at least it doesn't talk in a demonic voice like some battery powered toys!
Another downside is that the toy is not particularly easy to clean, and also that the velcro fastening at the back has a tendency to come open, exposing the hard plastic casing inside, although the batteries are safely stored in a compartment that can only be opened with a screwdriver.
It is a bit pricey for a kids toy-I waited until it was on special offer and used vouchers. They were retailing at £30 at one point. I think that they are £22.99 on Amazon currently, and in my opinion that is still much too steep for what you get for your money.
This was one of my first reviews, and since I wrote it a couple of months ago, the unthinkable happened, and Mr Tickle's arm snapped off completely as I feared would happen. Because of the way that the toy is made, it is nigh on impossible to put it back on again, as the arms are designed to twirl and vibrate every time Mr Tickle talks. If I try to superglue the arm in place, the arm will no longer move and probably fall off again.
As a result of this, Mr Tickle and his arm have been relegated to the toy cupbord awaiting my lightbulb moment when I work out how to repair it. My son does not seem particularly bothered about this, and has forgotten Mr T completely, showing it was never a favourite toy to begin with and I should have probably saved my cash and bought a soft toy Mr Man for him instead. The trouble with this toy is that it does not fit its target audience, young kids. It is too fragile to withstand rough play, and too hard to cuddle. Incidentally, I did buy the big soft Mr Messy toy from Tesco for £10 and this gets played with lots and lots, despite the fact that it does not talk or vibrate, so I guess the moral of the tale is that simple is best. And that kids are fickle.
In the run up to Christmas I saw numerous Mr Men toys dotting the shelves in stores. I have always liked the Mr Men and Mr Tickle was one of my personal favourites. I think his ridiculously oversized arms did it for me. I used to have a Mr Tickle toy, but mine didnt speak or do things with his arms like this newer version and his fur has worn off now too!
So who would want a talking, moving Mr Tickle. Well, the toy is aimed at kids, but the Mr Men books go back years, so collectors might also see some appeal in the toy. Standing at about thirty or so centimetres, he is quite a large fellow. Fisher Price have crafted his skin from a soft squishy material, so you could snuggle up to him at night or perhaps even use him as a cushion.
A generous sized mouth is the centre point, offset with two rather small eyes and a lopsided hat. The colour scheme is accurate, though he does not stand up, so best sit him on a bed. His arms have a mechanism in them which makes them spin. You can press into his belly to make them whizz round. Powered by batteries, this feature is amusing for a few minutes, before the idea of watching him spin makes you feel giddy! Ah yes, you can also make him talk. A limited selection of phrases will annoy adults at Christmas and bedtimes!
The main stumbling block is the price. He was initially priced at twenty nine pounds, though he has just been reduced by up to ten pounds online in some stores. This makes for a very expensive toy, so parents are likely to plump for a non talking Mr Tickle, where you can pick one up for a third of the price.
Mr men mr tickle i got this years ago and now mr men are back in so daughter loves it and i am suprised to see that he has kept his value. he doesnt really do much for the price you press him and he jiggles and giggles as mr tickle does, he is around 30 cm tall and soft material. His battery has lasted along time but like i say this is because he doesnt do much so we dont normally press him it is normally the cat who sets him off by sitting on him. The good thing is if you purchase and dont like him plenty of other people do you can sell on ebay.
Good as a novelty gift for someone or a mr men fan / collector.
He has extra long arms which my daughter loves to stretch and is obviously bright orange with his blue hat :) cute but alot of money
The trouble with Christmas is that there is that little influence called television to consider. Keeping children under control at Christmas is hard enough as it is, without television continually bombarding them with images of things they didn't know they wanted until then. It was on one such occasion that Mr Tickle came into my nephew's life.
He's five years old and loves the Mr Men. He has all the books and his mum spends lots of time reading them with him. He has a very colourful wall frieze featuring the Mr Men and is often adorned in Mr Bump pyjamas. When he saw this on TV, therefore, he clearly had to have it.
"Everybody Needs a Tickle Mr Tickle" is a colourful, animated toy around the size of one of those small footballs you get as a souvenir during the world cup. He's basically round, with two floppy feet at the bottom, a little blue hat on his head and two long twisty mechanical arms attached at the sides, which, when activated, spin round at high speed. This motion is accompanied by a recorded voice that spouts various mirthful messages. In spite, however, of the enduring popularity and appeal of the Mr Men characters, this is almost entirely the least appealing toy that I have ever seen.
For a start, he's rock hard. Although he looks rounded, cuddly and soft, the mechanics inside are encased in hard plastic, so although he is covered in soft orange fabric, to hold or hug, he is like a small rounded brick. For the target age group (3 upwards) this strikes me as a problem, as this is a very tactile age and it's quite likely that a child's' affection for the character means that he/she will want to cuddle him. The hardness of the body is also in contrast to the floppy feet, which means that he has no support. As such, he is virtually impossible to stand up or display anywhere without propping him up from behind. Worse still, the weight and position of the arms out front further encourages him to topple forwards. At around 600g, he's actually reasonably heavy and so the combination of the weight and instability renders him dangerous at anything other than floor level. Don't get me wrong, if he fell off a shelf he wouldn't kill a child, but he'd give them either a nasty bump or a nasty fright or both and this seems to defeat the object on a toy that, frankly, is more likely to be displayed than continually handled.
His orange cover and large, black felt mouth are very appealing to look at; he looks like a very jolly toy. On the television commercials, groups of children are portrayed running riotously around the home with Mr Tickle in their hands, arms akimbo tickling everything in sight. The reality is perhaps a little more downbeat. The arms spin round and actually, that's about it. The fabric on the hands (as per the rest of the body) and the spinning motion isn't actually ticklish in the slightest. The hands are just too hard, and the short burst of tickling power really has no effect. It's an obvious novelty, the sort of thing that a child will love once, like a second time and then never even look at again and it's really only visiting adults who might find something remotely mirthful in this little orange fella and his long tickling arms.
But that's not the worst of it. Clearly, somebody, somewhere along the line has decided that Mr Tickle is Irish. I don't know why. Perhaps he always was in the cartoons. I really wouldn't like to say. But what this does mean is that Mr Tickle's voice makes him sound like a very high-pitched, very irritating little leprechaun. Pressing a sensor that is virtually the size of his mouth activates the voice and this means that he's extremely easy to play with. It also means that he's extremely easy to activate by mistake (that is, when picking him up to put away or whatever) and the sound of that dreadful little Irish voice is enough to send anybody loopy. He has a selection of about five or six different tickle-related messages and the joke (wait for it) is that he says something, then goes idle, then suddenly springs into life again to take you by surprise. Oh, how we laughed, well, for all of ten seconds that is, after which we were all tempted to drown the little bastard in the toilet.
Now far be it from me to criticise something that is clearly intended for a younger age group but the verdict from the children is almost entirely unanimous. The toy was quickly relegated to a dark corner, the batteries removed and a cover placed over his face in the vague hope that the nightmares would go away. The children really didn't like him. They found him difficult to handle, boring to play with and irritating to listen to, and although the manufacturers claim that he encourages interactive game play, it's really hard to see why or how. The only exception seemed to be a six-month old baby named Eleanor, who was absolutely transfixed by him and literally giggled herself to exhaustion when he did his little routine. As such, Mr Tickle has since been donated to Eleanor's parents, on the strict proviso that he is non-returnable. Eleanor's interactions with him have also proven that his cover is fairly easily wiped clean but that baby sick still stains.
Mr Tickle cost something like £25 at Christmas, which is reasonably expensive for a toy of such limited mileage. He also takes four AA batteries, but must be reasonably energy-conscious because the original four are still going strong since Christmas. For the ethical consumer, it should be noted that he is made in China and was therefore almost certainly assembled in a sweatshop. Regardless of ethics, however, he is a complete waste of the planet's resources. A soft, cuddly Mr Tickle minus the stupid "Oirish" accent would have a far longer-lasting appeal and would almost certainly be far more loved as well.
Clearly next year, the television will be switched off from the beginning of November to ensure that a similar wasted present doesn't end up being unwrapped on Christmas Day 2009.
The popular Mr. Tickle, from Mr. Men and Little Miss series, comes to life! Mr Tickle makes everyone laugh and giggle when he uses his long arms to tickle them! Squeeze Mr Tickle's belly and his arms spin making a tickling motion! When Mr Tickle's arms stop spinning he shakes and his whole body vibrates! Somebody Needs a Tickle also features awesome wacky phrases! A wonderful way to encourage imaginative play!