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My eldest daughter bought herself this toy at Home Bargains earlier in the year and it cost her £6.99, I have checked on the internet for the purpose of this review and found that they actually sell at £14.98 so all I can say is don't bother.
In the shop this looked like it would be a cute little toy, it was sat in a green cardboard box on the shelf and the front of the box was open so that you could have a little play with it before you purchased the toy.
Inside the box which was easy to open there was a little bottle white in colour with a yellow top which was cable tied into the box and then the3 actual toy also cable tied into the box although they weren't too difficult to get out. In the range there are a couple of different bit cats available, Sophie picked the lion cub but you can also get a leopard, a tiger and a white tiger.
The Lion cub looks pretty cute, it is a fawn to brown colour like you would expect but it is actually a Lioness as it has no mane so there are no long hairy bits on the toy just the fur which is pretty short and soft. The face of the Lioness looks pretty cute and then it has lovely big paws with the pads of the feet marked on.
The Lioness makes a few different noises of contentment which Sophie liked and likened to her Grandmas Cat which was of course when I had to explain that a Lioness is actually a Cat just a very big one. You can use the bottle to feed the Lioness and she makes sucking and swallowing type noises and then if you don't do anything with the toy for a while it will go to sleep and start to gently snore.
Sophie was impressed with the toy for the first couple of days and then she got bored, the toy is soft but of course has working mechanisms inside so it isn't a toy your child can cuddle. The toy is supposed to be for ages 3 and up which I would presume is due to the fact the fur may shed a little, the toy takes 2 x AA batteries and they came in the toy which is good as I hate buying toys and then having to hunt for batteries.
I wouldn't recommend this toy and neither would Sophie, it got put away in her toy box after a couple of days and never surfaced again so that shows how much entertainment the toy provides.
My 4 year old daughter received on of these for a Christmas present, I was excited when she opened this never mind her, as i had seen the television adverts and i thought they looked very cute. Yes he did look very cute but that's about it.
The only things he does is sleep eat and purr and once you have fed it a few times and its gone to sleep a few times the fun is over.
My daughter as never actually played with this toy, she watched me show her how to use it then it ended up in the bottom of her toy box until just recently when it went to the charity shop. A very disappointing toy.
I just hope whoever brought it for her didn't spend too much money. I wouldn't recommend this toy to anyone. unless ur child really wants one don't bother wasting ur money.
There's something magical about being a three year old and having bags of imagination. My daughter was beaming when she opened this little lion cub at Christmas. It's not a toy I would have chosen for her, but as it came from a family relative who loves interactive toys then I could see the attraction.
I have never heard of the Alive Mini's range of interactive toys before, but there is a range of wildlife creatures available, both in baby and large sizes. We received the baby lion cub.
The lion cub comes with a birth / adoption certificate, much like you get from Build a Bear, as well as a plastic feeding bottle.
Immediately the principle of the toy was looking to be along the same lines as the Fur Real range of animals.
As the lion came with a set of tester batteries, we didn't need to replace the two AA batteries that we had on hand just in case. The on / off switch is hidden inside the lion's fur in his tummy area. Not so easy for little fingers to find, but fairly easy for grownups to locate.
As my daughter was playing the first time with her Granny, I took the opportunity to read the book that comes with it. The little lion cub is designed to make seven different noises including snoring, squealing, whimpering, gurgling and feeding noises.
I was a little disappointed that he wasn't completely soft bodies, but more of a thick jacket on a plastic shell. Still my daughter was really enjoying stroking his fur and feeling his bottle.
There are no obvious signs that the lion is hungry by the noises he makes from what I can gather. There only seems to be one function when feeding, and that is that when the mouth is open the eyes close. That amused a three year old but not me when it was my turn to have a go.
I realised that his mouth was again a hard piece of plastic that was rigid, and the bottle supplied didn't actually fit into the contours of the lion's mouth. This was a shame as it could have been designed better to adapt to small children feeding the animal.
My daughter has to open the cub's mouth with one hand and place the bottle in the mouth with her other hand. This wouldn't be so easy for a just three year old child. Once the bottle is in the mouth, the feeding noises or gurgling starts, but as soon as the bottle falls out of the mouth area, then the noises stop.
In one respect this is a good thing from a parent's point of view, but I could see my daughter getting quite frustrated with the fact the bottle wouldn't stay in the mouth when she wanted it to.
When the lion is left alone he will start to snore and go to sleep. The noises it makes are quite loud for such a small toy, and we have wondered what the noises have been when they start off randomly in the toy box. The batteries do seem to be lasting well, but then it doesn't require a lot of power to make a few strange sounds, when compared with other toys taking the same amount of batteries.
Whilst doing my research I found the lion cub costs around £10, but the range can reach up to around £20 for the larger animals.
Personally I don't feel as though there is a lot of value for money included in this toy. There is not enough instructiveness compared to other toys.
Overall, despite myself not rating the toy very highly, my daughter does seem to love him. He comes out to play quite often which is more than can be said for other toys received around the same time.