“ Brand: Sanrio / Type: Walkie Talkies „
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I have to admit that last Christmas I went totally overboard with presents for my little girl and bought her way more than she needed. In fact, in the end she got upset and overwhelmed at the amount of presents she had and gave up opening them! Everytime I was out shopping I would pick something up and then I got a good offer in a catalogue which meant I bought £60 worth of toys for £30. One of the toys I chose was a pair of Hello Kitty Walkie Talkies as I thought they would be great fun for her.
When the walkie talkies arrived I was quite impressed by the look of them, they looked great and I knew my little girl would love them. They came packaged in one of those plastic boxes which needs attacking with a knife or scissors to get in it!! The walkie talkies are mainly red, with white sides and pink buttons. On the front of the walkie talkie is a large picture of Hello Kitty riding a bike with a polka dot background. The Hello Kitty logo is just set above the picture. On the right hand side of the walkie talkie you will find the on/off switch which is a chunky pink button so ideal for little fingers. On the opposite side is another chunky pink button which is the button that needs to be pressed in order to talk through it (it says 'push to talk' just next to the button). The walkie talkies are very girly looking and have a clip on the back which means they can be attached to the childs clothes should they so wish. The large red antenna (is that even what it is called?!) sticks up quite a long way out of the walkie talkie so they really do look the real deal.
As soon as she opened this particular present she wanted to open them to play straight away, thank goodness I had a stash of batteries as the walkie talkies are not supplied with them! Each walkie talkie requires 1 x 9v battery. The batteries go in the back of the walkie talkie and have to be unscrewed to get in. Once the walkie talkies are switched on there is a red light at the top so you know they are switched on and ready to play.
My little girl went straight into the kitchen and left me in the living room so we could play. As soon as they were turned on all we heard was some very loud crackling which was not a good sign!! Inititally my little girl didn't realise she had to keep her thumb pressed on the button in order to be able to talk and she was getting very frustrated that I was unable to hear her. However, even when she got the hang of it we were still completely unable to hear one another and it was only due to the fact we were in the rooms next to eachother that we could just about hear eachother talking from there! I am not exaggerating when I say that after less than 5 minutes with these walkie talkies my little girl was sick of them and has got them out once since last Christmas, which again lasted a matter of minutes as they are just rubbish.
All in all the walkie talkies look good but they are completely rubbish. There should be some element of communication available with them even if it wasn't all that fantastic but you just can't hear anything above the constant crackling. To say I am disappointed with the Hello Kitty Walkie Talkies is a real understatement as I know my little girl would have loved them had they worked.
You can buy the Hello Kitty Walkie Talkies for £11.99 from Amazon but I would advise you to steer well clear!
Thank you for reading my review.