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This was another of the little ones Baptism presents, the Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Musical Pop-Up Bus. It's suitable from age 6 months and up, just when little fingers start to be able to press and turn things.
It's ready to go straight from the box with no assembly, and no screwdriver needed (until the batteries need replacing).
This feels like a sturdy plastic toy. As the photo shows, it's bright yellow with a blue bottom, orange and purple wheels which go round and colourful characters on the top which can be popped up and pushed down again. There are two stickers on the windows with colourful smiling faces, although one sticker was a bit lop sided. Underneath the windows are the buttons which make the bus come to life. The first green lever can be turned, and this makes the dog who is driving the bus turn around and the music starts - "the wheels on the bus go round and round....". If you turn it back again, the dog will bark. The second red button can be pushed in, and the same music will play. Push it again and the cat will pop up and meow. The third is the purple lever which can be pushed down, the frog pops up and yes you guessed it the same music plays. Push it once more, the frog will "ribbit".
The front has two eyes a noise and a big smiley face, a windscreen which is not see though and a Fisher Price logo. The other side not pictured is plain yellow, with marks where the windows should be, again not see through. Some designs on this side would have been welcome. Again the back of the bus is plain with nothing to look at or play with.
I don't usually like noisy toys, as they drive you crazy after a while, so it was good to see that Fisher Price had included two different volume levels, as well as an off switch. This is small enough that little fingers might not notice it, well not at 6 months anyway. The speaker is on the bottom, so it really isn't too loud anyway. Underneath you'll also find the battery compartment, to gain access will require a small phillips screwdriver or the like. It takes 4 x AA, either re-chargable or standard alkaline will do fine. The batteries it comes with will last a few days before they need replacing. If the switch is set to off, you can still pop up the characters, but of course you will get no music or sounds.
Our little one likes this toy, although not her favourite and reacts to the music and sounds, although at her age she is still learning how to push and turn the buttons, and hasn't yet managed to roll the bus along. I expect in a few months she'll start to interact more with it.
I think Fisher Price could have made it a little more interesting in places with more variety in the songs and more to touch, feel and look at on the back and reverse of the bus, but it is called "Brilliant Basics" whic I guess means it isn't supposed to come with too many bells and whistles.
It's a relatively cheap toy, Amazon has it listed for £7.99. It should be widely available offline and online too. I'd say it's worth the price for what it does and make keep little ones entertained for a little while.