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      07.02.2014 22:12

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      One of the best toys I have purchased.

      I bought this for my 15 month old daughter and it was a big hit! Both her 3 year old brother and she have had endless fun from it. Downside is the very irritating music (which can't be turned down!) but the upside is so much fun for them. Encouraged my little one to crawl as when the balls pop out they roll across the floor and have to be retrieved and also coordination to put the balls back on the little slide. Big button to start the popper is easy for even the younger one to press. I would highly recommend for 1-3 year olds. I also found this is a good toy for getting the children to play together well, taking it in turns to take out the balls. My only worry is that the balls will get lost and I can't see any replacement balls on sale. They would need to be the correct size and weight for the toy to work as it should.

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      26.02.2012 19:44
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      Great toy for little boys and girls

      We bought this for my eldest daughter for Christmas, and it is still one of her favourite toys. She's scared of the sound of hoovers, so at first- due to the noise of this toy (sounds a little like the suction of a hoover), she approached this toy with caution. When she realised how much fun it was, she played with it for an hour and a half none stop. The colouring of this ball popping toy has altered slightly from this picture shown on Dooyoo- but for the better I'd day. It's colours are more neutral, with the shoot being red, green and yellow, and the bottom part being blue. It's colours instantly draw children to it, plus unlike the original design, it now has a blue smiley face on the top of the shoot, and the ball releasing button is now yellow with a smiley face. The ball shoot now comes with five different coloured balls and plays five different musical sounds when the ball releasing button is pressed. My daughter simply has to drop the ball through the shoot, and the balls pop out of the top. Each time the yellow smiley face is pressed, the toy plays a different tune. My daughter has hours of fun pushing the balls back down the shoot- and we spend hours laughing at her pushing balls back down the wrong hole and wondering why they're not popping out again. Besides the hours of fun and laughter my daughter gets from this toy, I've noticed a big improvement in her co-ordination skills. She's learning the different colours of the balls, and she even taught us that if you keep pressing the button, then the balls pop up higher and the songs play faster. The toy is recommended for 9 months and upwards, which I think is about right due to the fact that the balls can fly out at some speed. This normally retails for about £25.99 from larger shops like Argos-but we picked it up in the sale for £18.99! In my opinion, the only draw back to this toy, is that if the ground is not completely flat, then the balls have trouble going town the shoot. You end up with a back-log of balls, which you then have to push down yourselves- and they fly everywhere in the process.

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        22.12.2011 12:22

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        a great learning toy; colour, music, popping noises and encourages children to crawl after balls

        Our little boy is now 2 but having just had a good clear out and come across all these things I feel its times to review what was a great era Our son absolutely loved this product. We hated it for its battery use and the repetitive noise over and over but we couldn't bring ourselves to take it away when it brought him so much joy. We started using this at around 1 years old, although the box does say from 9 months I thought this was rather ambitionous! Complete with this toy are 5 coloured balls, light and air filled to allow the machine to be able to blow them when the big red button is pushed. I remember this toy helped encourage our son to crawl as the balls would end up all over the room and he'd have to crawl over to retrieve them (or roll as at the time he did). I would say its only negative is that children so young like to explore and not just put balls down the entrance and exit.. There were several occasions of getting cars and banana and other stuff down it which then took patience for us to try and unplug..! I would definitely recommend this, its one im planning on keeping for my next child.

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        04.04.2011 22:13
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        fantastic fun which my daughter found hilarious

        For my daughters first birthday she was bought this as a present, it retailed at £20 at the time and we got it from Argos although having looked recently for our second daughter it now seems to be around the £23 mark. The toy is suitable from 9 months old but as said above our daughter was 1 when she got it and at this age she was completely able to work the toy herself once shown what to do but I would think a 9 month old would need a little help. The toy has an enclosed bottom with a tube running through it, the tube runs up in a spiral the top of which is where the child places the balls, the balls then roll down the spiral into the enclosed tube and when the button is pressed it plays music and blows the balls back out of the top. The toy is very brightly coloured to hold a small childs attention and comes with 5 balls of different colours, there is a large push down button at the back of the toy to set off the blowing and plays music and makes other noises (popping noise etc). Our daughter really loved playing with this toy, the balls end up all over the room and we had to watch her as she kept trying to put other things in the tube which she thought was great fun until they got stuck. The toy lasted about 9 months and we were about at the point of putting the toy away for the next child when she managed to break it. She managed to get a larger ball into the tube which was hard plastic and it got stuck, no matter what was tried it could not be removed and therefore the toy was no good. If I could make a suggestion to the makers it would have to be that you could unscrew the tube to be able to get things out that to be honest most children of this age will try and put down. I would recommend this toy as it really was a favourite with our daughter, I was disappointed that we weren't able to put it away however for our second daughters birthday she will be getting one of these as I know it gave so much enjoyment.

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        25.01.2011 17:06
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        Keeps Children Entertained and Active.

        This was bought for my Daughter for her 1st Birthday and I was very pleased with it. My oldest daughter had one of the stand up ones when she was younger and I remember her having endless fun and so I hoped that this one would be the same. The toy is recommended for 18m+ although I have found no problems with my younger daughter using it. It also takes 4xD batteries. The Busy Ball Popper itself is bright and colouful (lime green, purple, blue, yellow, orange and red). It is made of strong plastic and I have found that it is very durable. The object of the Busy Ball Popper is to put the balls into the top, round spiral, for it to fall through the hole in it into the bottom one, along the ''chute and then down and around the tube until it pops out of the top in the centre of the top spiral. (Sorry for the description but I am lost for describing words!!) There is a large round button on it which you press and the music plays and wind blows which is what propells the balls through the tube and out of the top. When the balls pop they are sent quite far so alot of the time all you see is her crawling back and forth to the toy trying to retrieve them!! My daughter absolutely loves this toy but most of her play with is involves her putting her hand over the top of the hole in an attempt to catch the balls before they 'pop'! She also likes to put anytrhing she finds into it, I am looking at the toy while I am writing this and I can see two bobbles, a toy carrot, a hide 'n' squeak egg and a toy hotdog in the bottom tube!! I have only found two problems with this toy, one being the volume - there is only one setting and it is quite loud and listening to it over and over again could quite easily send anyone mad!! The only other problem is that the balls in it cannot be replaced easily if they are lost. My daughter lost two out of the five balls that it came with and I thought that I may be able to replace them with ones from her ball pond but they were too big so I ended up having to buy another toy in the range to get the missing balls. Overall though, I would recommend the toy as she seems to really enjoy playing with it so a bit of earache is worth it! As I said, this was bought as a present but I think that you could pick this up from most toystores for around £25.00.

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          31.08.2010 22:43
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          A fun toy, but perhaps bumps and drops should have been anticipated.

          Ages 9 months + When we stayed at a caravan last month my husband forgot to bring my youngest sons toys. This was for sale for £2 at a boot sale, and the oldest son (age 5) was sure his brother had to have it. Most likely because he had wanted one when he was younger. Almost age two, even the youngest seemed a bit old for it, but we decided to give it a go. For starters, it required 4 size D batteries which ended up costing me £6 for the cheap ones as we were in a small holiday town. Our model is more pastel coloured than the one shown and the five balls are a solid pastel colour. As I expected the toy was a huge hit at first, and quickly forgotten about. I do think it would be far better with younger children though. The batteries do last for ages, in spite of being very cheap and the toy does exactly what it is meant to, the balls pop up and roll back down the chute. I do think this would be a lot of fun for a one year old child. However I do have one problem with the toy. I brought this out again last night to see if they would have any interest. My son picked it up and tried walking with it, in spite of being to big for him to carry very well. He fell over and dropped it, at which point a section of the plastic guard over the fan broke off. This means a child could now poke their fingers into the fan. I do believe the fan could hurt a child's fingers so this must be put away until i can figure out a way to safely cover up the hole. Barring that, it is time for the bin as I can not give it away if it might hurt a child. I'm not to worried about it, I only paid £2, but if I had bought it new for £39.99 from Amazon I'd be raging, or even at £24.99 from Argos. My overall opinion is that this is a nice toy for babies and still provides some fun to older children. I imagine the broken guard is not a common thing so I am only knocking one star off for it, and if purchased new, I am sure Playskool would fix this. Still I think it is worth checking regularly to make sure this guard is intact and unbroken as children do tend to drop toys.

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            11.04.2010 23:00

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            maybe would buy if they took diff batteries and lasted longer!

            Reading the reviews on this product maybe I just had a bad one, I bought this for xmas for my 1 year old, reasonabley priced, easy to assable, you need a screwdriver to get into the batteries but rest easy to put together it started off as a good toy my son and dog were both very impressed trying to get the balls as they quickly popped out then slided back down the shoot. My son found it very easy to turn the toy on and off which impressed him. A very bad point about this toy is that it takes 4 'D' batteries which arent the cheapest, then the batteries very quickly died. After replacing the batteries the toy broke it wouldnt blow yet still played music, this was only around 3 weeks after buying it. I was replaced no bother by argos only for this one not to work after buying more new batteries for it. So unfortalty i decided to get a refund which was a shame as my son played with this toy but 2 broken ones was enough for me!

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            14.01.2010 09:24
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            not a great product

            when i seen this product i thought it looked greta fun so i bought it for my daughter who was 2 at the time, she loved it and had some good fun with it, that was until she started putting other items down the shoot, which you might think would be easy to remove well no there are so many screws to undo to try and remove anything stuck that it would take you at least an hour everytime, and anyone with young children does not have this amount of time spare to be doing unneccesary jobs like this, and children are all the same and will try putting random things into other toys i suppose its curiosity. and so many other toys have these little balls and when my daughter found her balls from another toy ahe tried putting it into this one and it got totally wedged and like i said it would have been a nightmare to remove hope this helps

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            10.01.2010 13:13
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            Your children will love this. You, however, won't.

            This toy is a great favourite in my house! I wish it had a volume control button though... All three of my children enjoy this toy at the moment. It seems to be fascinating because of its action of 'popping' the balls up through a tube; they pop out into a gutter, then fall through a hole and down a spiral back into the bottom of the toy. My kids will play with this for ages; although it's a simple process it seems to be quite magical for them and they giggle like mad when they're playing with it. Bad points would be that the fan is very noisy and the 'wacky' sounds are pretty annoying. I also can't really understand why it costs so much when it only has one function; it can get very repetitive for parents, if not for children! The popping action is quite erratic, I'm not sure if this is just on our toy, but the balls sometimes pop straight into the gutter and sometimes go right over and out. The kids seem to enjoy rounding up the balls and putting them back in anyway. I'm undecided on this toy; young children seem to think it's wonderful however, so I'll give it four stars since it is for them after all!

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              03.01.2010 23:39
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              great for babies and children alike

              although the playskool busy ball popper is for children aged 9months plus, we bought it for out daughter who is almost two. the reason being, she loves a similar thing at the soft play area we go to. but my son who is 3 plays with it a lot too. when removing from the box the popper is in 3 parts which is very easy to assemble. i like the fact that unlike other toys they have, the kids are unable to seperate the parts themselves. it is a very sturdy toy which is weighted well, meaning it is yet to topple over, but light enough for the kids to carry around at the same time. it is a very basic game, press the button and watch the plays fly out from the hole at the top before falling into another hole and following the track and back to the beginning to start again . occasionally, the balls fly out with such a force that they hit the floor and bouce away. for my kids this adds to the fun as they run off to get the balls, but i could see this being a problem with a younger child/baby who isnt as mobile. when the button is pressed music is played which, unlike a lot of other toys is just the right volume, not too loud nor too quiet. a nice colourful design comes with 5 different coloured bright balls. my son has tryed his hand at sticking other toys into it to see what else would fly! a little tip, ripped up bits of paper do, scooby doo figures do not! but not too much of a problem as we just tipped it up and gave it a shake and he fell right out. it does look like the whole front of teh toy can be removed with a screwdriver though. ive not tried, but handy to know in case anything does get lodged in there. a definate winner in our house, by both children!

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                25.10.2009 21:25
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                Great idea but not quite there

                My mum bought my little boy this ball popper for his first birthday. He loves balls (footballs, tennis balls etc) so we thought this would be a winner. However he is very sensitive to strange sounds and becomes quite upset (he hates the hoover), so when we turned on this toy he immediately started crying and screaming, as the blower is quite loud. We then left him to play with the toy without the batteries and he just enjoyed dropping the balls down the shoot and watching them fall down the tube. After a few months he grew out of his noise phobia and we started turning on the ball popper. However the popper is a bit too powerful and rather than the balls coming up out of the shoot and rolling down the tunnel they just fly across the room (where mum and dad have to chase after them, to my little boys amusement!). Additionally my little boy finds it great fun to drop his bricks down the shoot, which have since become jammed and we can no longer use this toy. The idea behind this popper is great, however it didn't really suit my little boy.

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                12.10.2009 09:05
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                A great toy if you have a baby who likes balls

                The Ball Popper is a simple concept, the balls go in one end and when it is switched on a fan blows sending the balls up a tube at the other end where they pop out and then fall back down the slide into the machine to go round again. I decided to buy this for my 14 month old son as he doesn't seem to be very interested in playing with toys but he does like balls ... and wind. I'd read some reviews before hand and people had mentioned that with new batteries in some of the balls pop out a bit enthusiastically and fly across the room instead of falling back onto the chute and also that it was very noisy. Neither of these were things that put me off. Yes, the balls did miss the tube as often as they landed in it but seeing as my son spends most of his time trying to catch all the balls as they come out so he can put them somewhere else, then put them all back in this is not a problem. I didn't find it hugely noisy, the fan obviously involves quite a lot of whirring and the music has to be louder than that so its certainly not quiet but as long as you're not trying to sleep or watch TV at the same time it should be fine. So, on the positive side this does keep my son's attention for quite a while and seems to have been a good buy. On the negative side, it uses a lot of batteries - 4 x D batteries which at £5.29 isn't that much less than I paid for the toy (£15, normally £25 but was reduced and I had a voucher), they haven't run out yet but we haven't had it that long. Apparently it plays 8 different tunes, but to be honest I hadn't noticed that there is more than one, the music is just arcade / video game style which is a little irritating. The toy is a very good height for pulling up on and standing but is not heavy or stable enough to be able to support this really, at 14 months old my son can stand on his own and catch himself if he falls so its not a problem for him, but it says suitable from 9 months and I would have been a bit worried about him when younger although I'm sure he would have been fine if the toy was put against something like a sofa and I was keeping an eye on him. Overall, the negatives are minor niggles and for us this is a really good toy.

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                03.07.2009 16:22

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                good fun but not worth the price tag

                My daughters god mother bought us one of these for my little ones first birthday. You have never heard a baby laugh so much in your life as we did when my baby girl played with this. The bright colors and the music makes it sooo much fun for a baby and when the ball comes flying out the squeals of delight are your lovely.It has some really fun sound affects and pays about 8 different songs too i think so enough to keep baby happy for a while. Its pretty easy to put it together if you follow the instructions(easier said than done sometimes i know but its literally a few batteries and 2 pieces of plastic which if you look at the picture on the box it explains its self anyway. Its also a good sized toy measures roughly 18 inches x 7 inches x 13 inches and doesn't weigh a lot so a good toy to take to a friends/familys house when out visiting to keep baby happy. This toy has won lots of awards from mother and baby and from nappa (gold award) too so it must tick a lot of boxes for parents and children alike. We did have a few problems getting use to it though as the balls sometimes get stuck or hover just above where they come out and you cant quiet catch it, but i think that may be down the power level in the batteries. Not a bad toy really but i wouldn't really go and buy one at the prices some of these cost and its not that well designed either. Defiantly not something i would buy for my daughter myself if im honest,but if your bought one as a gift then your baby will be more than happy to play with it :o)

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                21.05.2009 15:55

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                Great toy in premise, but doesnt quite work as well as it could have done.

                It fits together out of the box fairly simply, with clear instructions, and putting the batteries in is nice and easy, it takes several large batteries. 5 balls are included and they basically go along the tube and pop out the top. Then to fall back into the top, roll around and through the tubes again. A big red button pressed activates the ball popping good fun. It is very easy for young children to use, the big red button easy to press, and the balls easy to get back into the tubes. A very volourful product that will keep the attention of your child for a long time. Unfortunatly it does not quite work right. When the balls pop out the top they often do not fall back into the cup to roll back in the tube, and you often spend your time searching for balls that have fallen out and under the furniture. The noise that is created is also very loud and over time will drive you crazy. Finally with children and adults it is very easy to get different balls mixed up in the tubes from other toys and this ends up blocking up the tubes, it is extremely hard to get any balls back out again. I myself ended up having to throw out the toy due to this, trying to get the balls out of the tube damaged the toy.

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                15.04.2009 16:02
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                My son is only allowed to play it for short times!

                My son was given the Playskool busy ball popper as a gift for his first Christmas when he was just 8 months old, the age range is from 9 months upwards and I knew my son was a little too young for this toy at 8 months so I put it away for a while. I decided to bring the toy out when my son turned 10 months as I though he would appreciate it more. As it was a gift im not sure of what the cost was when purchased but I have looked online and it can be bought for anywhere between £15-£20. You have to assemble the toy, as it comes in 4 different pieces, this is very easy to do and you don't need any tools to do so, there are easy to follow instructions to show you how to do it. The most annoying thing which I have discovered with children's toys is that it doesn't come with the batteries that it needs, so you have to provide 4 x 1.5 v batteries, which can be a tad annoying when your son unwraps the present and you don't have any toys for him to play with it immediately!! My advice is to always have some spare batteries in your drawer for such occasions!! The toy is very brightly coloured and eye catching, it is bright green, purple, orange and blue. There are 5 balls that come with the ball popper that are also different bright colours. The toy itself is quite large, standing about 30cm from the ground and about 40cm long. To play the ball popper there is an on/off switch on the back, you then press the red plunger on the edge to start the air power and the music!! As soon as you press the plunger it makes quite a loud vacuum noise, as it is air operated so that the balls are moved around the toy, it also plays music. You then drop the balls onto the top of the chute or down the central tube. The balls then move around the toy, down the chute, into the base of the toy that has a clear see through front so that you can see the balls moving, the balls are then forced back up the toy and out of the top of the chute! They then sometimes land in the chute and start all over again, or they sometimes shoot right out so that your child then has to fetch them and put them back in! I have to say that my son absolutely loves this toy and becomes quite mesmerized and excited when it is switched on. He loves to see the balls flying out of the tube and loves to put them back in by himself. I have to say that im not a massive fan of the toy!! As I have discovered with most children's toys it is very noisy and after a while I find that it starts to really annoy me and give me ahead ache!! As the air power is so noisy, the music is too and there isnt a switch to control the volume of the songs, although there are a few different songs so at least it isnt the same song playing over and over again!! Therefore I don't allow my son to play with it for too long or I don't think I would be able to cope! As he loves it so much I don't have the heart to take it away from him, after all toys are for children and not the adults!!

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              Get silly with poppin', droppin' colored balls! Pump the plunger and drop the balls onto the spiral track. When they reach the bottom, look out - the balls pop out the top! Giggles are guaranteed with wacky sound effects and 8 lively songs to help keep the fun rolling along. The Playskool Busy Ball Popper has won numerous toy awards, including American Baby's Best Toy, Child Magazine's Best Toy, and the NAPPA Gold Award.