“ Brand: Fisher Price / Age: 6 months / Type: Playsets „
My son received the Fisherprice Tippin' Tiger Ball Playset as a gift for his first birthday. It is currently available from Argos at just £21.49 with batteries included. This toy is suitable for babies from 6 months onwards.
The Fisherprice Tippin' Tiger Ball Playset consists of a tiger with a purple basket in its grasp and three brightly colours balls. Situated on the basket are a rotating ball and bead and on the tiger's paw is a bird, elevated on a spring. The tiger is stabilised at the back by its tail.
The tiger's torso is jointed and tips from side to side. When tipped the tiger emits a number of various phrases and tunes as its nose flashes green.
When a ball is placed in the tiger's purple basket it disappears into the body of the tiger and then reappears at one of the tiger's feet.
The idea behind this toy is that when your child successfully places a ball into the basket they will subsequently tip the torso of the tiger and activate the light and sound display, rewarding them for their efforts. However, this is not necessarily the case. When my little boy places a ball into the basket it does not cause the torso to tip. The balls themselves are very lightweight and so the act of placing or throwing them into the basket is not sufficient to activate the light and sound display.
I personally feel that this product could have been more carefully thought out. Fisherprice themselves currently have a shape sorting toy whereby the base of the bucket activates a sound when lightly touched by the shapes being placed into it. Surely this kind of technology could have been implemented on the Tippin' Tiger.
My son however does enjoy playing with this toy. He seemed to understand the rules of the game from first sight and places the balls, amongst other objects such as the TV remote, into the basket. He also realises that tipping the tiger's torso will activate the light and sounds. He is also rather attracted to the springing bird on the tiger's paw.
In summary therefore this is an OK toy. However for niggling minds like mine it will never quite be 'right'. I believe that Fisherprice should have put a little more thought into its design and function, or failing that priced it a little lower.
This cute tiger rewards baby's physical play with music, lights and sound effects.