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My daughter owns lots of toys but for some reason she always makes a beeline for the TV remote and my mobile whenever she sees them, ignoring the mounds of toys around her! It's not so much the buttons on the remote she loves, although she does have a good press on them, but it's putting the whole item to her mouth to chew and carrying it around. Whenever she grabs it we take it straight back off her but when I came across this Fisher Price remote control in Tesco a few weeks ago, I had no hesitation in getting it to see if I could coax her to play with a toy remote instead of the proper one! It cost £9.95 and I felt it was quite expensive compared to the price of other toys she owns of a similar size, but I thought it was worth a go. It's recommended age is 6 months and upwards.
The toy is a similar colour to our Sky+ remote in a grey colour mostly so looked a good option as a replacement. It's quite a small toy measuring around 13cm x 7cm x 4cm, slightly smaller than our normal remote. This also has an array of other colours (red, blue, yellow, green and purple) on it at the top. The bright colours also make up a large smiley face in the centre that is imprinted onto the plastic - this is a great design for us as my daughter chews on every toy she has and usually these sections are paper stickers - she ends up chewing them with pieces coming off in her mouth which I always think is a very poor design for a toy. There's also a large red light at the top, representing the infra red on a proper remote. She always seems really drawn to the light when it shines - she regularly sits pressing the buttons to light it up and then puts her fingers on it pointing. There's buttons from 0 to 9 across the remote too, as well as volume and brightness control buttons. I really think it needs a loop to tie it to the pram - there's nothing to help tie it to anything, although I suppose with it being a remote control they assume we'd want to leave it at home!
The remote makes lots of noises - apart from the obvious look of a remote, they've designed it to offer help learning the numbers 0 to 9 as it repeats the number back as soon as the button is pressed. The only issue with this is that my daughter seems to always leave her finger on the zero button so all we hear when she does is zero....zero....zero....zero....zero.....over and over until she takes her finger off it. There's an on/off switch which helps when it gets a bit too much to listen to for the hundredth time in 10 minutes! It also bases some sayings on things you'd see on the TV - for example it will give a short weather forecast (obviously not a real one, although the odd time it's been correct!)
The remote also sings songs if she presses the music button it has - they aren't known songs, just fisher price's own ones and the selection is very limited. The volume button is quite good - the volume will go up and down according to the volume button, just as it would on a real one. It also makes a random noise quite often including when switched on, that reminds me so much of Super Mario games (the noise Mario makes when he eats a mushroom and grows!) I've never understood the relevance of that noise though on this.
Does it work?
Yes and No. It keeps my daughter entertained for a while which is great, but she doesn't see it as a replacement - she sees it as an extra item. Whenever she's crawling around the living room she still often stands up and makes a lunge for the proper remote so it hasn't worked brilliantly in that respect. Although she doesn't grab for it as much as she did do. It has been a good toy - she enjoys giving it a good chew and pressing the buttons on it to listen to it's sounds and see it light up. I am a little disappointed that it didn't replace her obsession with the proper remote completely as I thought it may do being very similar main colours but it's done a good job in limiting it. The funniest thing is that whenever she sits to watch the TV for ten minutes she'll have the remote in her hand, it makes her look like a proper grown up and really makes me smile.
I am struggling to decide it's rating. It does entertain her and keeps her occupied but I don't think the near £10 price tag is anywhere near justified. To me, around £6 to £7 would be a much fairer and reasonable price. I don't think it feels as good quality as other similar priced toys she has either - the plastic seems quite cheap and it doesn't feel half as sturdy as some of the other toys she has that cost a similar amount. I'm going to take two off for the price tag and the plastic not being fantastic quality - three stars it is.
Thanks for reading :o)
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