My boys both enjoy watching Little Einsteins and have played with this rocket at a friends house so when looking for Christmas gift ideas this year for my two year old this seemed a good choice. That's before I saw how much it cost! I finally found at Argos for £35 which was the best price I could find at a store where it was actually in stock. I'm usually a bit dubious about buying Disney toys as I think you pay for more them than other toys and are basically paying for the name but I really thought he would like it so persuaded someone else to buy it!
The first thing I thought when I saw the rocket was how big it was. It is a good 12 inches long and 8 inches high and is really substantial. Although this is great it does mean that my wee boy struggles to lift it up for any length of time as it is quite heavy. The rocket comes with the 4 characters (Leo, June, Quincy and Annie) from the TV programme who all have their own places in the rocket and which can be removed from the rocket so you can play with them separately. It plays songs, has some of the character voices and saying, has wheels for rolling around on the ground and also does some quite cool whooshing sounds when you put the handle down and fly it through the air. I really like the variety of ways you can play with the rocket - a bit more to it than some other vehicle type toys you can buy. It also has an off button to shut the thing up!
There are a few negative points though. Being able to remove the characters is good on the one hand but does mean we will lose one - we always do and then I don't know how attractive the toy will be. So each night we have the hunt to find them so they don't go missing. Also as mentioned it is quite heavy so at the moment my wee one can't really fly it round the room using the handle as he isn't strong enough. Finally, one of things the Rocket/Leo says is 'I can't believe it' which means that me and my husband have spent the whole holidays doing very bad Victor Meldrew impressions - funny for the first few days but now really irritating! I have never heard him say it in the show.
Overall a good toy with a lot of variations of play. It's substantial and seems well built. But then for the price it should be so in the case of the Pat Pat Rocket I think you are getting what you paid for but no more than that. However if your little ones like Little Einsteins then I'm sure they would love this rocket.
My little boy is a Disney Channel Fan and Little Einsteins is a programme he loves to watch. There are four main characters: Quincy, Annie, Leo, & June. They are basically four friends who go on many different adventures in a red rocket.
When he first saw this toy advertised he jumped for joy and had to have it, constantly asking for it until eventually I caved in. I bought it out of the Argos Sale for around £26.00 which I thought was a good price. Although you can pick them up cheaper from sites like Ebay, Pre-loved etc.
The rocket is made of red plastic with a clear plastic roof in order for you to see the Einsteins inside. It also has a large grey plastic handle underneath the rocket that can be lifted out so that your child can hold it and fly the rocket through the air. There is a power button that's also located underneath that switches rocket on.
Once on the headlights flash and you get the classic Little Einsteins music and the good thing is, when you place an Einstein into their seat it recognises them and a phrase by them is spoken. Each seat inside has the characters face on it so you know where to seat them. It has a little green TV screen inside the rocket just like on the programme, but this is easily detached and lost.
The rocket is motion senseless so it picks up a movement and takes the rocket on another mission.
The only negative I have about this toy is the roof comes off too easy. I appreciate it has to be easy enough for a child to open and close but ours actually comes off in your hand when you lift it up.
Overall a great toy and gives many hours of pleasure!!
What an absolutely fantastic toy! We recently purchased this toy for our daughter who loves watching Little Einsteins on Playhouse Disney. I was a little sceptical at first because I felt the price was a little high for what it is, but I am very pleased with this toy.
The Little Einsteins consist of Leo, Annie, Quincy and June - four children who are all friends and go on adventures in their rocket. The rocket itself is around 30cm long and 20cm high and is made of bright red plastic. The top half of the rocket lifts up to reveal all four characters and a toy computer inside. When the rocket is switched on, the headlight light up and rocket says different phrases and plays a couple of pieces of classical music. The rocket is motion sensored and when it is playing the classical music it tells you if you are moving it fast or slow and also makes the music louder or quieter to correspond with this. The rocket also has a little handle underneath which can flip out enabling your child to fly rocket through the air as if on a real mission!
Another great feature is rocket is able to identify each of the little einsteins! When placing them in their correct seat, they all say something different and encourage the child to go on various missions!
One negative of this toy is that the paint on the little einstein characters is already starting to come off - this is mainly due to my daughter sucking the toys but even still I would expect them to be a bit harder wearing than they actually are. Annie's legs have also started to feel a bit wobbly so not sure how long they will stay in tact.
Overall I feel that this toy is a little overpriced but I would definitely recommend it as my daughter loves it and I must admit even I enjoy flying it through the air with her making the music go faster!
Little Einstein rocket is a toy that my son spotted in the ELC and immediately wanted to investigate. The toy features rocket from the series and the four children who are the centre of the show: Quincy, June, Leo and Annie. He loves it in the shop and when we saw the show it relates to on the TV my son shouted "shop, shop" which translated to the toy he wanted in the shop.
This toy is available on Amazon for £59.99 but this is hugely overpriced as it is available at Argos for £34.99.
He received the rocket a few months later as Christmas present and it was an instant hit.
The rocket takes 3 AA batteries which are included and have not needed to be changed despite the fact it has been played with everyday since he received it.
The rocket itself is from the Little Einstein's TV program on the Disney Channel. I have actively encouraged my son to watch this program as I read quite often when I pregnant how listening to classical music can help a babies intelligence and this show uses classical music with the rocket movements .While I have encouraged him anyone with children knows that you cannot make them like anything however my son really enjoys the show. It is a wide oval red rocket that seems to respond to classical music, and patting.The lights flash in time with the music which excites my son. The rocket has a life up roof, computer and fold down stairs for the characters to enter and leave the rocket. Each of the characters do have there own seat in the show and this is replicated on the toy. At first I thought it was very complicated as I tend to let the show wash over my head but I soon learnt who sat where. The feet are slightly different shapes and you get reinforced for putting them in the correct seat by hearing a phrase. Once seated in the correct seat the characters are very secure even when flown but can easily be removed.
Underneath is a handle that folds out to fly but my son finds it difficult to hold and fly and prefers to pick it up with both hands .The rockets recognises movement and by Flying the rocket up and down changes the rockets volume and rolling it long the floor changes the tempo.
The rocket says phrases such as we are on a mission, let's go to Australia and plays classical.
My son does love this toy. He takes the characters out to put them into other games and can often be seen in our lounge driving Postman pats van. This can also mean a hunt the Einstein at the end of the day. Annie was once found hiding in his packet of nappies. He does make them walk up and down the steps to get on and off the rocket. He does like the sounds but doesn't really understand how different actions change the tempo and volume.
If there was one thing I would complain about this toy is the roof comes off easily but then requires mommy to put it back together again.
The age recommendation for this product is over 3 years and I think this may be down to understanding how to work the rocket and also have the arm strength to hold the rocket; however my son is 2years and eight months and loves it. There are no small parts that are a choking risk.
I do think this is the only toy I can say he has played with every day since he received it, at Christmas. I am not sure how much a child who doesn't enjoy Little Einstein's would enjoy the toy but for any Little Einstein fan this is an excellent choice.
My 2 years old daughter loves the little einsteins pat pat rocket. She got it for christmas off her auntie and I dont think she has stopped playing with it since she got it.
It has a handle so that you can make rocket fly through the air, tilt it up and the volume goes up then tilt it down and the volume goes down. You can open the lid and play with the 4 characters and if you place them in the right seats they speak to you, the sounds and lights are really good. The rocket has an on/off switch on the bottom which is good because sometimes its nice to switch the sounds off and have a bit of peace and quiet (all mums and dads will know what I mean)
The age range is from 3 years+ but my daughter is 2 and she knows how to work all the bits on it, she sometimes pulls the lid off but it goes on very easy. This toy has also been dropped on the floor from the sofa a few times and it has not been damaged.
I think this toy is a little pricey but I think that may be because its off disney program, I know argos do it a bit cheaper than amazon at about £35.
As is often the case, until I had children, I had never heard of the 'Little Einsteins'. I bought this item for my daughter's birthday and I can honestly say that it is her most loved toy. There are 4 different characters featured in 'Little Einsteins' and these are Annie, June, Leo and Quincy and a small figurine of each of these is included with the rocket. It seems to me that these days you often find that necessary items for toys are often sold separately and can be difficult to purchase and the fact that all 4 characters are included is a real bonus. The rocket makes sounds which allows your child to interact it and let their imagination run wild. We've had many hours of fun with our child and she has included the entire family in her 'scenarios'. The 'Little Einsteins' teaches kids about the various types of music and instruments, they go on adventures in the rocket and sing and dance. My daughter can identify most instruments and she now has a toy piano, saxophone, drum, recorder and trumpet - so you can imagine the noise level in my house. The only negative I have experienced through purchasing this item was the actual process of buying it. I found that it was out of stock in ELC and when it did become available it quickly resold. I did price this on other sites but found that due to demand the price of the toy had increased considerably. If you are thinking of buying this then give yourself plenty of time to buy it from a reputable toystore.
In connection to one comment I received I am quite happy to let you know further information about this toy. I bought this for my daughter when she was 2 and she has played with it for the last 6 months and hasn't seemed to tire of it yet. I do have to keep an eye on the figurines as she tends to play with these with other toys and sometimes misplaces them. The rocket plays various music that features on the show and this changes as you press the button at the back of the rocket. It also features the 'little einstens' voices saying pat pat and my daughter always participates along with this - and tells the rest of us to join in too. You also here them saying that there 'mission is completed'. In addition to this there is a handle on the botton of the rocket that your child can hold on to which makes it easier for them to play with. When this is not in use you just place it back into the bottom of the rocket. The best feature is when you place the rocket on the floor and move the wheels the rocket makes the sound of 'taking off'. I do agree it was quite expensive but the toy is well made and I definitely feel well worth the money. An offer that you could look out for is that the ELC sometimes give a 20% around this time and this may be worth your while looking out for.
My 3 children all love the little einsteins so when I seen that the elc were selling the merchandise I was delighted as I know that they only really stock good quality toys and this one certainly proved that.
I had bought this and put it away for a rainy day and as our weather is so bad it didnt stay in the cupboard for long.
When I brought it out all 3 of them starting jumping up and down with excitement. With hindsight I would have taken it out of the packaging before bringing it out as it take about 10 minutes to get the figure out.
The set includes Rocket, Annie, Leo, Quincy and June. All the characters fit into Rocket and you can close the roof so they can fly off. The roof is easy to open and closed but unfortunately it pops off easily as well but is not so easy to put back on. As you begin to Pat Rocket the music starts. It has various classical music pieces which the kids really associate with the show.
You can make Rocket fly and as he takes off and ascend the music gets louder and as you start to descend it the music gets quiter. If you put the characters in the correct sets then they will take (unfortunately they talk with American accents which differs from the show).
Apart from the roof coming of the only other issue is that this is quite heavy and my daughter at 20 months find it to heavy to make it fly.
Ultimately I found this amazing. It is really high tech and good quality and has provided hours of entertainment.
If like me you have a young child that loves the Little Einsteins then I would really suggest buying this toy. The rocket is around 30cm long and is made of very tough plastic, which is great for clumsy or boisterous little ones.
The product guidelines state that the product is for age 3+, however my son was 2 when I bought him this toy and I haven't found it to be dangerous for him.
The rocket comes with all four Little Einsteins, these are made of a hard rubber and only fit into the specific seats that they use in the TV programs. As they are sat in the seats they say phrases from the TV show. I think it's clever that if one of the Little Einsteins are missing, one of the characters says 'we need all the Little Einsteins for this mission' which may hopefully encourage the child to keep them all together.
When the rocket is rolled across the floor, music from the TV series is played, quickly or slowly (allegro or adagio) depending on how fast the rocket is being rolled. Underneath the rocket is a handle that folds out for 'flying mode' in which different music is played, if the rocket is pointed upwards it plays loudly, pointed downwards it plays quietly.
My two year old doesn't have any problem using this rocket as he's very big for his age, however smaller children may find it difficult to lift for 'flying mode' as it is very well made and therefore a little bit heavier than most toys of its size.
The only problems I have with this product are as follows:
1. The top/lid of the rocket comes off far too easily in small hands. This is designed to make it less likely to break, but means that in the first couple of weeks after it was bought I spent a lot of time re-attaching it, for an upset two year old.
2. Although additional playsets for this item are available (e.g. Egypt, Alaska, and underwater mission sets), I have never seen them anywhere except for Amazon and Ebay (at a premium cost).
This toy may seem expensive but it is definately worth it, considering the quality and playability. My Son plays with this all the time and loves the fact that he can play along with the Little Einsteins when watching them on the TV.
I've seen this product at ELC, Argos, Amazon and Ebay. I personally bought it for £24 using a discount code but would have paid full price if I had to.
Plays music and makes rocket noises when in motion. All 4 characters- Leo, Annie, Quincy & June, come with Rocket. Suitable for 3 years+.