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Little B was bought this for her second birthday by some friends of ours who told us that apparently this is a toy that we had when we were younger. I didn't recognise it from playing with it myself but I did recognise it from the Toy Story 3 film! Since Little B has had this she hasn't played with it very often, it doesn't seem to capture her attention or imagination but when she does play with it she seems to have a lot of fun with doing so!
It is suitable from age 1 year although I cannot see why a child slightly younger cannot enjoy turning the dial or playing with it so long as they are supervised.
What is it?
It is a plastic phone which is like the old fashioned telephones that our grandparents may have had. I must admit that in our holiday home we actually still have a phone just like this (well without the bright colours and smiley face!!) It has the dial on the top of it which clicks when turned just like the old style phones would do and this clicking is what really appeals to children! It has a piece of string, very much like a shoe lace which comes out from underneath it and can be pulled along with it. At it's sides are red wheels so that it can be pulled along smoothly and easily. The phone is mainly red and white so it is quite striking with these two contrasting colours but there are some other colours too- a yellow dial, blue base and a rainbow pattern beneath the dial.
Playing with it
When Little B plays with this she mainly uses it to use her imagination and pretend that she is on the phone to someone. When we first had this she didn't recognise it as being a phone as obviously it looks nothing like a telephone that she would be used to seeing but once we had shown her how it worked she soon gathered what it was! She likes to pick up the receiver and chat away into the phone pretending she is talking to Grandma and she likes to tell her about her day. I enjoy watching this and hearing the things she comes out with. Occasionally she will use this toy as a pull along one, sometimes the lead gets stuck around the wheel though if she gives it too much slack and she is unable to get it out herself and needs an adult to help. This can get her a bit frustrated but I guess it is just one of the negatives that comes with any pull along toy of this nature. The part which she doesn't really play with is the dial. We have shown her what it does but she isn't interested in turning it and I assume this is because except for making a bit of a noise when you do so it doesn't do anything else so she isn't really bothered about it. I imagine if she had have had this when she was a bit younger this may have been the element to the toy which she played with the most so perhaps this is an age dependent part of the toy.
This toy is made by Fisher-Price which always offer good quality toys. I have never found any of their items to be of a poor quality and this one doesn't let them down. It is robust, this has been knocked into walls and actually thrown on some occasions and it's withstood that! I feel as though it is perfectly safe so am not concerned about my toddler playing with this despite it having a lead on it, the lead isn't long enough for any accidents to occur but obviously if you are concerned then do supervise your child with it. The paint hasn't chipped off it still is looking just as good as new except for the few scuff marks on the wheels. Because it is all made from plastic it can be cleaned easily.
This toy is not Little B's favourite. It does tend to stay in her toy box for a while as though forgotten but then when she does come across it and gets it out she plays with it for a good while and seems to enjoy doing so. She currently likes to run up and down the hallway pulling it along and finds it funny how she can make it chase her!
I don't think it's the most exciting of toys really but it is like it says on the box- brilliantly basic. It doesn't do loads of different things but then it doesn't need to either, as what it does do can entertain and educate children enough as it is- it can encourage them to walk, to use their imaginations, to learn their numbers, to improve their co-ordination etc.
I have seen this for various places in the shops from around £5= £8 which I think is pretty good value for money especially since this appears in the Toy Story film now. For that price i think it is worth it.
It is a shame that little B isn't as interested in it as perhaps I thought she would be but she still does enjoy playing with it when she decides she wants to. Perhaps if she had had this from a younger age she would get more use out of it.
I remember having one of these as a child so when my child opened this present on his 1st birthday i was plensantly surprised.
The phone is plastic and lightweight so easy for my child to carry around. My child is nearly 3 now and still plays with this. It is funny to hear him using his imagination when having his pretend conversations with various people.
If there is one negative thing i would say is that the cord that the child uses to pull the phone is quite short so i dont really see the point in it. I dont remember the cord being that short as a child however it has been 25 years since i had this toy so i can't say either way.
It is also funny how this phone features as one of the characters in Toy Story 3 as my child gets excited that he has one of the less obvious characters in the film (as a toy)
When we had our son's 1st Birthday Party this was one of the gifts that he received.
I remember having one of these many, many years ago when I was a child the only difference was mine was made from wood.
This toy is from the Fisher Price Brilliant Basics range which over traditional themed toys at reasonable prices.
As this was a gift I cannot be sure how much it was purchased for but I have seen them in my local B&M store for £4.99.
This toy must have the least amount of packaging for a child's toys, the phone was simply covered by tissue paper and was placed in small box so an ideal gift to get out and play with straight away.
The main body of the toy is a white square mounted onto a bright blue base with red wheels and a red telephone received with the words Fisher Price embossed on.
The top of the phone has a yellow dial that when it is turned clockwise it generates a ringing bell sound familiar of an old fashioned telephone. Underneath the dial are bright colours.
There are numbers on the telephone and these are printed onto a bright coloured background which encourages our son to look through the circles on the dialler to view the numbers and the different colours.
To the front of the phone are two eyes that when the phone is pulled along using the red thread, which isn't too long so there is no worries of your child wrapping it around and choking themselves, they roll around and make a funny little noise. My little one loves it when we pull the phone around him in a circular motion as he tries to chase it and he giggles along.
The front of the telephone has a smiley face and our son loves smiling back at it!
Our son loves this toy along with many of the brilliant basic toys and with this he lifts the receiver and places it to his ear which shows he understands what it is for. He also has learnt to spin the dial to generate the sound that it makes and we enjoy playing with this toy together pretending to phone one another and chasing the phone around the room.
The toy itself is not too bulky and is easy to take out with you when visiting friends or relatives to have a toy to keep your child occupied.
I think that this toy really is a brilliant basic toy that should be in any child's first toy box!
The phone itself is very robust, it has been lifted up and flung, stood on, kicked, and chewed and it still looks as good as new.
This is such an iconic toy and one I had when I was little and now my little girl has one of her own updated a bit for the 21st century. Ever since she began to walk she has loved toys that you can pull along and this telephone is great for that. At the front of the phone there is a cord which allows you to pull the phone along and take it on adventures with you. As you pull the sturdy plastic wheels turning making the pulling quite easy and smooth and producing squeaking noises as well as moving his eyes up and down, almost as if he is alive and enjoying the ride!
The telephone recently made its on screen debut in the fabulous Toy Story 3 movie where loads of classic old toys rebelled in the day care centre they were held hostage in. The telephone has had some of the Toy Story 3 sounds and phrases added to it to give it a modern day upgrade and to make it interactive. Obviously this is a telephone so it has a red receiver that you can pick up and put to your ear and put down on its cradle again. The receiver is attached to a bendy wire, just like an old telephone wire and this is attached to the body of the phone. My daughter loves to pick this up and put it down over and over again and pretend she is talking to Grandma. The phone features an old fashioned dial with numbers on it that you can place you finger in and dial numbers.
This dial allows you to call characters from Toy Story 3 as well which is also a nice feature. You can call 4 of the characters from the movie and pictures of these are located underneath the telephone dial to help you see who you want to call. The phone takes 3 AA batteries and these last quite a long while. We have had the phone for a number of months now and it is still going strong.
A great classic toy with a modern update.
My daughter, being a typical three year old has gone through all the phases this year, it started with lion king, the Grinch, peppa pig etc. etc., you name it and she would have had her moment this year where that would be her all-time favourite thing. As she does, with her favourite thing at the time, she also wants everything else possibly related to it. In the past we have thought we were making worthwhile purchasing decisions when we opted to buy everything peppa pig or the giant Simba teddy in her bed room. As it so happens when a phase fizzles out so does the liking of anything we have bought related to that phase. So when summer came this year and toy story was the only thing I saw being played on the television day in day out for over a month I wisely thought whilst being urged to buy a very expensive buzz light-year toy that I would resist and completely dismiss all toy story related toys.
That was however until we were on holiday in August and my daughter had a lack of toys with her. For being good during the first half of the holiday I thought I would buy her a little something to be able to play with back at the caravan. I came across a home bargains store and found this cute looking telephone which plays a small part in the 3rd toy story film. Costing only £15.00 I didn't think I would be losing out on too much when it got forgotten about when a new phase started.
This telephone is a characterised version of the classical fisher price phone. It's very similar to the original phone, the only difference being the addition of the toy story theme. The phone is quite large in size and has 4 moveable wheels. It's a very old fashioned design having a dial rather than buttons; it also has a large red receiver which has a little stand to keep it firmly in place on the main phone block. The phone is made up with a face; it has moveable eyes a nose and a little smiley face. It all looks very old fashioned but I think that is the general idea of the toy as the phone it is representing off the film is an old toy that has been placed into the day care centre.
On the top of the phone underneath the dial is four pictures, all of which are toy story characters, these are; woody, buzz, rex and then the telephone itself. The main attraction of this phone however is its ability to talk. For those who haven't watched the film, this phone gives woody and his friends the help they need to escape from Sunnyside, the day care that they are trapped in by the evil bear Lotso. As you turn each different number on the dial it gives a different phrase from that particular scene in the film. Admittedly some of the phrases on the phone I don't remember being in the film so I think they might be made up but my daughter has never noticed this. As there are 4 pictures on the dial it depends what picture the number is over as to who will be saying each phrase. Some examples include; Rex - "Woodys back; he's going to help us get out of sunny side!" Woody - "Were busting out of Sunnyside, tonight!" Buzz - "Like woody always said, we stick together!" The phone - "hey, pal I got some information for you, pick up the receiver!"
All of the voices sound (or are) exactly the same as on the film itself. There are numerous phrases on the phone, not just 10 to match the numbers, each number has several different phrases, I did try to count them all but it got a little confusing in the end. I would say however that there are plenty and the toy is never boring or tedious. The voices are loud enough, it's not overly loud but it's also definitely distinguishable, there isn't a volume button but I don't think it's necessarily needed for the majority of the noises. The disappointment of this toy and the most annoying thing you are most likely to ever hear is the noise the wheels make when moved. It's supposed to sound like a squeaky old toy (which would also be annoying) but it actually sounds like scratching nails on a blackboard whilst a broken car engine is trying to start up in the background. It really is annoying and gives me shivers most of the time. The noise is on a continuous loop as well, if the wheels are moving it won't just do it once, it will carry on and on and on. Also as the phone is on wheels, it doesn't take a lot for them to be moved, a slight nudge and this noise just carry's on going. When you are using the phone and listening to the voices and the wheels are moved it will cut out what the character was saying to make the stupid noise. I find it the most ridiculous addition to a toy.
On a plus side, my daughter did enjoy playing with this toy for the whole of two weeks. I knew she wouldn't play with it for long however and if you have a more devoted toy story fan then you may consider buying it if the annoying noise wont drive you crazy. At first I did think that my daughter might be too old for this toy at 3 years old but it's not really bought for the novelty of being a toy phone it's more liked because of the link to toy story. My daughter did really enjoy listening to the different phrases and pretending that she was on the phone to buzz and woody. She really got into the re-enactment of the scene and she would do the role play really well repeating phases she knew well of the film to answer the ones off the phone. She even had conversations with woody telling him how to escape Sunnyside.
I don't know if she enjoyed it because it was the only toy she had on holiday or because she liked it at the time but once home and surrounded by her other toys this one hasn't had a look in. It's not been played with once and I don't think she has any intention of playing with it any time soon. It's a tough one to rate as I think it's a nice toy, it looks nice and many aspects of it are good but I just can't forget about that annoying noise that it makes. If you have an avid toy story fan then I might suggest you give it a try, you have been warned about that noise though!
Another plus point is that the toy is easy to clean and maintain, it's all made of plastic and is very durable (which is a shame as I can't "accidently" stand on it!)The wheels are also very durable and easy to move on all surfaces, if you push it on a wooden floor it will continue traveling for a good while. The dial is easy to move and it can easily fit big and little fingers. I don't think little fingers would have much trouble pushing it around. I would recommend this toy is suitable from 2+ however at that age the toy story theme may not be appreciated. The phone requires 3AA batteries although mine already had some in when bought and these are yet to run out. Also I must note that the cord attaching the receiver to the phone is of a safe length, it's enough to be able to answer the phone but not to become a safety hazard. On an additional note, it does have an off button so it can be turned off when it becomes too annoying.
This Fisher Price classic telephone toy does a lot more than it did back in the day-including playing a big part in the movie "Toy Story 3" ! This cute phone has 21 different lines from the movie. Press the dial and call up your favorite toy story characters: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex & Chatter. Roll him along to see his eyes move & hear him squeak !