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The Hot Dog Dancer is a soft toy but he's not very cuddly because he has hard weighted feet and Mickey's body and head are quite hard even though they're stuffed. It isn't a toy I would want to give a child to take to bed because it's a fun happy joy instead of being a comforting pal to cuddle up to in bed, I think if it's a bedtime companion your child wants then you should buy a plain soft Mickey Mouse because those are more suitable and are definitely cheaper.
The Hot Dog Dancer is about 11" tall and works using 4 x AA batteries, these are inserted into the feet and I think that was good planning because it's a toy that needs to stand up to be played with properly and having the batteries in the feet instead of the body gives it weight and stability. He looks like Mickey Mouse and is dressed in exactly the outfit I'd expect with red trousers, yellow shoes and big white gloves.
You activate the Hot Dog Dancer by pressing a button on his foot, the button is very small considering how young the children are who this is designed for and really they need to be more tactile than a two year old usually is.
He dances to the Hot Dog song, repeats two jokes and makes a very loud whirring sound. I'm exceptionally disappointed with this toy because he looks so good but this is a very boring toy that doesn't hold the interest of many children for long. I don't know if mine is faulty because on the box it says that Mickey will dance to two songs but this one only plays the Hot Dog song and even that doesn't sound very good because the voice isn't as accurate to Mickey Mouse as it should be. It does sound a bit like him but that's not good enough for a character that has got such a distinctive and well loved voice, it should sound like Mickey and the fact that it doesn't spoils the whole toy in my opinion because what use is a good replica Mickey Mouse toy that doesn't sound like Mickey Mouse? I know it's not just me who thinks this as a few of the children who play with him have said the same thing to me and one even said they knew it wasn't the real Mickey Mouse because of his voice!!
The dancing is cute and it always makes me laugh because it's a bit more frantic that I thought it would be, the problem here is that the whirring gets louder and louder the longer he's dancing for.
Does exactly what it says on the tin....dancing mickey. My toddler is mickey mouse mad and loves this all singing all dancing mickey. The songs and phrases are repetitive but this does not seem to bother him as he repeatedly presses the button for more once mickey has become still and silent. Much to the annoyance of my eldest. Mickey also tells jokes and taps his foot in time with the music. It is quite expensive for what it is, but then again, it is a disney charachter, well known and loved worldwide, and I have paid more for similar toys, eg storytelling bears etc.
Overall I would say if your child is a fan then this would be a great present, if not, then i do think it is a bit expensive to be collecting dust in the corner or shoved in the toy box.
My little one loves it!
If you have read any of my previous reviews you will know that my daughter is crazy about Playhouse Disney and her favourite show is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so it seemed ideal to buy her some Mickey items for her birthday. The programme follows Mickey and his friends through various stories and they use Toodles to solve problems throughout and the show ends with the characters doing the Hot Dog dance.
I came across a Mickey Mouse Hot Dog Dancer on offer in a toy store and it seemed like the perfect toy to buy. Mickey comes in his usual "outfit" of bright red shorts and has a big smile on his face! The toy is quite a sturdy one, the body appears to be made from a strong plastic and is covered with a soft plush fabric with his hands extremely padded. Mickeys big yellow feet are plastic and on the right foot you will see the button with which you press to make the toy come to life.
There are two modes to the toy, a try me mode and the main mode. In the try me mode you will just get an example of part of the tune and it is the main mode in which you will hear the full range of jokes and song. When pressing the button you will hear one of a few different phrases:
"Come on pal, lets tap our feet to the hot dog beat!"
"Hiya pal, wanna hear a funny joke?"
When the hot dog song is playing Mickey will move his hands and feet as if he was doing the dance that is shown on the programme. One major downside with this toy is the loud annoying whirring that you will hear whenever the toy is in use and that is very very irritating and does get in the way of what you are listening to.
The toy does help younger children develop some skills, fine motor skills being the main one as they have to press the button which is relatively small and in the centre of the foot whereas many interactive toys like this usually have the button in the hand or tummy. The child can press the button again during a joke or song and Mickey will go onto the next one, this is a slightly annoying feature also as my daughter sometimes presses it over and over so it sounds as though he is rapping!
My opinion of this toy is that it is really quite awful! It does very little in comparison to many interactive toys of this kind and my daughter finds it very boring. In the time we have had the toy I would guess that she has played with it twice and only for around five minutes each time. Even with the fact that it hasn't been played with often, the toy drains batteries like no other toy I have seen, in fact in order to do this review I had to put new batteries in! I think the Hot Dog Dancer is so overpriced and I am just thankful that I got it on offer at almost half price, although I still think that is too much to pay for such a poor toy. If I had had the opportunity to try the toy without just the try mode there is no way that I would have bought it at any price.
The Mickey Mouse Hot Dog Dancer is recommended for children aged two plus and is currently on sale for £39.99 and upwards. You will need four AA batteries for this toy, and I would recommend rechargeable with how fast they drain. I would never recommend anyone to buy this toy, you are simply paying for the name and not for any quality or real fun!
This Mickey Mouse toy has entertained my 2 year old for weeks now.
The toy is not a plush toy, it is very hard and so I would not recommend it for very young children.
You press a raised button on Mickeys foot and he will start off by singing and dancing to the hot dog song as featured on the cartoon Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The toy moves the same way that Mickey does in the cartoon when performing the dance. You can then continue to press the button to hear Mickey say other phrases from the show. however I was a little disappointed at the variety of phrases, the hot dog dance is the main feature, the other phrases are things such as "Hello" and "well hot diggety dog".
It is easily cleaned with a damp cloth, but obviously cant go into the washing machine.
It takes 2 AA batteries, which are supplied.
When Mickey dances on carpet he seems to fall over more than anything, so I would recommend using on a hard surface.
Overall a good toy for avid Mickey mouse fans!