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My son was given this toy as a present from his Grandparents for his second birthday. It is a cute little toy that he enjoys playing with. It can currently be purchased from Amazon (February 2013) for £6.61. It is aimed at children aged between 9 months and two years, so limited age range really. The toy is brightly coloured, in primary colours and has a green bear as the pilot. It is chunky and sturdily made. It requires 2 AAA batteries that were included. It came in a box and was very well secured by those annoying plastic tags that are very difficult to remove quickly. The toy is designed to teach your child the alphabet. It has an on off switch on the body of the plane that has two volume settings, both of which are fairly loud. The bear has a British accent and says the following three phrases "lets fly to the sky in my aeroplane, neeeoooowm", "and the alphabet in full", with the correct British pronunciation of the letter "z), and "neoooooowm" by itself. The batteries are located on the underneath of the plane and you will need a tiny Phillips screw driver to be able to change them. Overall, my son enjoys playing with this toy, he is able to use the switch easily and generally tends to just use the toy as a plane without the sound effects most of the time; this is like as the sounds do come very repetitive after a while. Overall I would recommend this toy to others as it is well made, sturdy, looks good and is well priced.
Leapfrog make 2 of these musical movers toys, I have previously reviewed the Counting choo choo one and now am looking at the alphabet airlines. I was familiar with the Leapfrog name but had never bought any of their toys but they received quite a few for their birthday, they have all shown themselves to be good quality toys. The plane The pilot of this plane is the well known Leapfrog character Scout the puppy, bright green and friendly looking he is permanently waving. Leapfrog toys are normally brightly coloured and as well as Scout being green the plane has red, yellow and blue on it. Planes are loud? The only switch on the plane is the on/off volume control. There are 2 volume options which seems to be fairly standard across baby toys. We normally switch ours to the lower of the 2 which is perfectly audible depending on how many other toys are switched on at the same time and far quieter than normal planes! What does it do? To activate the sound features Scout needs to be pushed down. At a year old my little ones were able to do this by themselves and were rewarded with 3 different sounds/phrases which repeat in turn. One says 'Lets fly to the sky in my aeroplane', there is a song which is the alphabet and also the noise of a plane. This toy was popular from the start and Scout has had his head bashed many a time over the past year. The voice is that of a young boy which is friendly sounding to little ones and fits in well with the toy. Th e wheels go round but despite one of my girls loving cars she has never taken to pushing it round. Maybe that is doesn't push as easily along our carpet as some of their other toys. How old? The recommended age is 9 months+ which I think is right. Now my twins are nearly 2 they have lost interest in this for more exciting toys. Power? This train takes 2 x AAA which were included and so good to go once out of the packaging. They have lasted well and have not yet needed replacing. Price and Availability We were given the receipt with this toy in case we needed to exchange so I know it was £4.99 from Tesco, currently (August 2012) £4.97. It is also available from other toy retailers such as Amazon and Early Learning Centre for £4.99. I think this is a great price for this small toy. Would I recommend? Yes, it has proved a very popular little toy. It's a handy size and I used to pop it in my changing bag if I wanted to take something with me to keep them amused. The quality is really good and it still looks like new despite the amount of play it has had.
When Sainsbury's did their recent half price toy sale I decided to look for some Christmas presents for my son. Inevitably, I also found one or two small toys that would be suitable for him to have before Christmas, and the Leapfrog Alphabet Airlines toy was one of them. I paid £3.99 for the toy, which is a reasonable price for a baby toy - it tends to retail at around £5-6 generally (it is currently in the Mothercare sale for £3.99 Dec 2011). The toy is suitable for 9 months to 36 months. This age range was one of the appealing factors to me as toys tend to be suited for 6 months plus or 12 months plus, so I thought that this was a happy medium between too basic and too advanced for him. THE TOY The toy is quite basic and effectively a handheld toy - as you would probably expect from the price! It comes attached to a cardboard backing with wires - as seems pretty standard for children's toys - very irritating to open. Once you get the toy out, you can feel it is made of a smooth plastic and is quite lightweight. The toy is basically a white aeroplane, with some blue patches (a blue undercarriage and visor) and three yellow wheels (two at the front and one at the back). There is also a red tip to the nose. Sitting in the pilot's seat is a green bear who is waving. On the side of the plane is a yellow sliding switch that turns the toy on and selects between the two volume settings. PLAYTIME The plane sits nicely in my son's hand and he can grasp it well by the wings or wheels. He likes to explore the toy and, particularly, roll the wheels. The bear can be pushed down in it's seat and he likes to do this. When switched on, this action alternates the sounds that the toy makes. There are three different 'tracks' that play. The first one is a childlike voice that says 'let's fly to the sky in my aeroplane' and then makes a 'neeeoooww' aeroplane sound. The next time the bear is pressed, the alphabet song is played and, finally, there is another plane noise. At 9 months, my son is at the lowest end of the recommended age range. He seems quite non-fussed with the noises and songs the toy makes. He much prefers to use this as a simple hand held toy and learn to push this along the floor. I can see this changing as he gets older though and hope that this will help him to learn his alphabet. MY OPINION For the price I paid, this is a lovely handheld toy for babies. The bear in the plane has a friendly face and is brightly coloured so it is attractive and stimulating. The toy has a clear, English voice which is childlike and friendly. The alphabet song, in particular, is sung clearly so that baby is able to pick this up from the toy. The alphabet is also the English version - so 'Z' is pronounced 'zed' rather than 'zee'. My son is a little young to fully appreciate the toy, but I hope that he will gain educational benefits from it in time - helping him to learn his letters and teaching him what a 'plane' is. It is a lovely toy that can be easily carried with you in your changing bag to amuse baby when on the go. The song can get a little bit irritating for adults - with the childish voice especially grating over time but is very appealing to children. The volumes on the toy are pretty much spot on though, which is rare for children's toys that often are too loud even on the lowest settings. On the lower setting, the noise is not too intrusive. The toy has helped develop my son's manipulations skills as he works out how best to grip and hold it as well as spinning the wheels. It has also helped him to learn about the world by studying how the wheels work. For the amount we paid, this is great value for money.
Come fly with Scout whilst learning your alphabet song. Scout the dog is one of Leapfrogs learning animals that help kids to learn in a fun way. You can purchase Scout in various shapes and sizes doing different things, such as a big cuddly toy teaching you different songs and all your favourite things but in this toy Scout is a little plastic figure who sits in an airplane. My son received this toy for Christmas from someone I didn't really expect to get a present from so I was nicely surprised. It's not a very big toy and it's not very expensive either, I think it's in the £5 region but I think it was a lovely thoughful gift and the perfect item for just a token gift from someone. It's basically a small toy aeroplane with Scout sitting in the pilots seat. The toy is plastic but in my opinion very well made and quite sturdy as I can't see anything breaking off of it any time soon. The aeroplane is on wheels so you can scoot it across the floor if you wish like my older daughter likes to do or you can pretend to fly it around in the air too. On the front of the plane is the red nose and it's here where they house the speaker as you can see the holes in the nose quite clearly. When you press down on Scout he will start singing the alphabet song, that catchy tune that we all know. This, in my opinion is a great way for kids to learn their alphabet, whilst playing with a fun toy. The tune can and does get annoying after a while but there is an off switch on the front although the off switch does not fool my two year old any more who does know how to work this button quite well. The toy takes 2 AAA batteries and in my opinion is a fun, well made, educational little toy.
This year I stumbled across the Sainsbury's half price toy sale with my daughter and had a wander around. I ended up buying two things for my daughter for Christmas, a foldaway kitchen and the Leapfrog Alphabet Airlines for her stocking. I had other Leapfrog toys and thought they were good learning toys and she seemed to like it when she played at a friends house so I bought it for her. My daughter was 17 months when she got this. ---The features of the toy: The aeroplane came attached to cardboard backing but you were still able to test it in the shop as the on switch is on the side of the plane. It took a while to get the cardboard backing off because it is attached with plastic wires so I removed this before I wrapped it up as it would have taken a while on Christmas Day to get it done. The Alphabet Airline is, as the name suggests, is an aeroplane with a bear sitting in it. You can't remove the bear, but he can be pressed down. The plane is mainly white with blue and red on it and yellow wheels; the bear is green. On one side of the plane is the control to turn it on which also has two volume options. When it is on and the bear pressed down, he goes through two phrases - 'Let's fly to the sky in my aeroplane' followed by an aeroplane noise, and he sings the alphabet. The box states that it is suitable for 9 months plus. ---Our experiences: My daughter kept playing with this in the shop when I bought it and at 14 months was easily able to slide the switch on and off. She kept finding it in my bedroom before I wrapped it for her and enjoyed switching it on and pressing it to hear the sounds. When she got it at Christmas she kept dancing to the alphabet song and is still dancing now! If you start singing the alphabet song now for her, she'll go and find the plane to press as well. ---My Findings: I like this toy. It is very simple but helps teach something very important to young children. The words and noises are done by a young-sounding voice so it makes it nicer for children to listen to. The alphabet song is different to when I learnt it, but it seems to be the standard one now and usefully has the English pronounciations instead of the sometimes used American. My daughter throws things around a lot and this toy has also been thrown a few times but survives that very well so I am happy with how durable it is. My daughter seems to really enjoy playing with this and I am very pleased that I found it in the sale. We've taken this on journeys in the car and given it to her when she gets restless and we can see her bouncing to it as she plays with it. ---And Finally: I would definitely recommend this item. It seems to retail for around £5 in most places and I think this is a reasonable price to pay for a fun educational toy. It is aimed at children over 9 months but it will have good longevity as my daughter is enjoying it at 17 months and still hasn't worked out she can roll it around on its wheels as well.