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Toy Reviews by Jane Neill

Transformers Rescue Bots
Transformers Rescue Bots

Transformers Rescue Bots Playskool Heroes Medix the Doc-Bot Figure Review

The Transformers robots were made famous by cartoons and movies where we see Autobots battling it out with the Decepticons in a world of advanced technology and ancient history. And now, your kids can play a role in this intergalactic conflict by teaming up with allies as they pursue adventure and rescue each other.

The Medix Doc-Bot Figure bots can execute several tasks such as tackle floods, put off fires, and fight crime. Furthermore, you can expect the Rescue Bots Playskool heroes to arrive with specially fitted tools that will help them deliver on their tasks. The transition from robot to vehicle mode and vice versa is easy. You can transform the Medix Doc-Bot Figure into an ambulance on rescue mode. If the mission gets too risky, you easily transform back into a robot by gently pushing your siren.

Features

  • Less than six inches tall, making it not too small or big but just the right size for your child.
  • A simplified transformation from vehicle to robot and vice versa can be performed by kids without asking for parental help.
  • Includes figure.
  • An easy to play toy.

Is The Medix the Doc-Bot Figure Worth Buying? 

If your child is a big fan of Optimus Prime and the Transformers series, he/she would love this play set. It opens up a world of imagination for your child as he/she invents various scenarios and problem solve to save the world from destruction.

Pros

  • Durable The remakes are quite impressive and a great addition for those aspiring to own a complete set. You will be surprised the incredible amount of abuse it can withstand from your kids.
  • Adjustable The transformation ability has been perfected and happens with much ease.
  • Adaptable Their adaptability is impressive as these toys do not need any batteries to run. This makes them perfect for playing whatever the weather.

Cons

  • The Medic bots are quite complicated in design.
  • The medic bots are limited in the market and might cost a lot depending on where you purchase them.

Conclusion – Most kids are familiar with Transformers and watch their movie and cartoon releases. The Rescue Bots are not an average everyday toy, though, since they bring the intergalactic transformers universe to your toddlers play space.

Even when you consider potential drawbacks, very few issues arise on the integrity of the toy. The quality is impressive and does not have unnecessary small joints or pieces that might make get lost. The Rescue Bot can be a perfect Christmas or birthday present your kid will never forget.

Paw Patrol Trackers Cruiser Jungle Rescue Vehicle and Pup
Paw Patrol Trackers Cruiser Jungle Rescue Vehicle and Pup

Paw Patrol Tracker’s Cruiser Jungle Rescue, Vehicle and Pup Review

Tracker is a brave Chihuahua pup from Nickelodeon’s acclaimed animated series “Paw Patrol”. The adorable puppy and his cruiser jeep are the most recent release of the Paw Patrol collection, and detailed and with real working wheels for speed, the toy is already a sensation among fans.

Features of The Paw Patrol Tracker’s Cruiser Jungle Rescue, Vehicle and Pup

Brought to life by Wildflower Enterprises, the action vehicle is well-constructed and high-quality materials ensure durability. Being an action toy, Tracker and his jeep can be pushed around and stand speed, bumps, mud, rocks, and water. The package includes

  • Tracker the Chihuahua pup
  • Vehicle with real working wheels

Is Tracker’s Cruiser Jungle Rescue Vehicle and Pup Worth Buying?

Tracker is a well-loved character in the series and children all around the world adore him. The vehicle has real working wheels so Tracker can race along with the rest of the Paw Patrol. The design on the vehicle is painted instead of merely using stickers, so even if the vehicle is treated roughly the paint won’t come off. This is a great feature since small children tend to toss such toys around. Just take note that this toy is not suitable for children under 3 years.

Customers who bought the toy are satisfied with the quality and price. However, some of them complained about the size of the toy compared to the rest of the characters on the Paw Patrol Collection. Other customers are ok with the size of the figure; Tracker the Chihuahua pup is indeed the smallest racer in the Paw Patrol series, so it kind of makes sense for the actual toy be smaller than the rest of the Paw Patrol members. Some buyers even say the toy should be smaller in order to be more accurate with the animated version.

Unlike other Paw Patrol character’s vehicles, apart from the wheels, the vehicle has no moving parts. The movement of Tracker the Chihuahua is also limited to the head and legs. The back of the box claims that the figure can ride in the back of the vehicle, but it doesn’t appear to fit well.

Apart from this minor detail, most customers are pleased with their purchase. The quality is great and their kids were delighted to add one of the most popular characters of the Paw Patrol series to their collection.

Conclusion –Tracker the Chihuahua and his Jungle Rescue Vehicle is the most recent release of the Paw Patrol collection, and it has seen huge success among kids who love Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol series. It is well made with high-quality materials, which ensure durability.

Bright Starts Around We Go 3in1 Activity Centre Zippity Zoo
Bright Starts Around We Go 3in1 Activity Centre Zippity Zoo

Bright Starts Around We Go 3-in-1 Activity Center Zippity Zoo Review

Babies need a lot of care and attention before they learn how to stand and walk on their own. However, parents are often overwhelmed with the amount of time and effort needed to take care of their babies during the first few months of life.

Parents rejoice when their babies take the first steps and walk. Sometimes this can take 9-12 months or even longer. During this period of child development, you can help your baby gain confidence to take those first steps by buying toys they can sit and hold on to, and gain strength.

One such toy that can support and offer a host of play activities for your baby is the Bright Starts Around We Go 3-in 1 Activity Center Zippity Zoo. This unique toy allows your baby to walk or run around an activity station. The Bright Starts 3-in-1 Zippity Zoo has a seat like a baby walker attached to a round play table with more than 15 activities to entertain and keep your baby busy. On the play table, kids can interact with an electronic toy station that plays melodies and animal sounds, a flipbook with characters and a host of other features that will keep your baby entertained throughout their toddler stages.

Features of the Bright Starts Around We Go 3-in-1 Activity Center Zippity Zoo

The Bright Starts Activity Center is much more than a baby walker. It’s also an entertainment centre and one that will keep your little one entertained. From the electronic station, flipbook, popping penguins, and to the spinning rattle beads and more, this item has numerous play options that your child might continue to enjoy even after he or she starts walking.

The Zippity Zoo measures 27.9 x 13.7 x 21.7 inches and weighs 20.1 pounds when packed. The activity centre uses 3 size C batteries that last up to 180 hours of continuous use. Features include:

  • Seat you can remove to convert to a stand-alone baby walker or connect to the play activity table.
  • Seat/baby walker that rotates 360 degrees and allows the baby to walk around the play table.
  • 15+ activities on the play table including an electronic toy station that plays melodies, animal sounds, piano notes and has 3 modes of play plus volume control.
  • A flip-book that has colourful characters and sounds.
  • The play table also has spinning ball beads, popping penguins, teeth able palm tree, popper with spinning beads and an elephant popper.

Is the Bright Starts Around We Go 3-in-1 Activity Center Zippity Zoo Worth Buying?

The 3-in 1 Activity Center not only trains and gives your toddler the confidence to stand and walk but also keeps them busy with a host of fun activities. This item is worth buying because you will also get the chance to engage in other chores while your baby is playing with the toy.

Pros

  • The activity centre will entertain your baby with the various sounds and melodies it can play.
  • The seat/walker can rotate all around the play table and give your baby access to all the play activities on the table.
  • The seat can be removed from the table when the baby can stand and walk to enable him/her to continue playing on the table.
  • The play table has a lot of entertainment delights for your baby and helps develop fine motor skills
  • It is easy to clean and the seat pad and fabric is machine washable.
  • Made of plastic and is safe for your baby to play with.

Cons

  • Care needs to be taken on the weight limit set by the manufacturer as heavier and stronger babies tend to move or overturn the play table.

Conclusion

The Bright Starts Around We Go 3-in-1 Activity Center Zippity Zoo is an award-winning product because of what it does for your baby. The Zippity Zoo will help develop fine motor skills in your baby and give him/her the confidence to stand and walk. Parents also get the chance to do other things while toddlers have fun playing with the activity centre. The play centre offers many play options to keep your baby entertained well beyond their toddler stage.