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181. Musical Hands Mat
$39.99
182. Power Rangers SPD Delta Squad
$29.99
183. Pretend & Play Calculator
$15.99
184. Barbie Fairytopia - Elina Doll
185. Classic Tinkertoy Construction
$34.99
186. Baby Playzone Kick & Whirl
187. Link-a-doos Kick & Play Piano
$59.99
188. Deluxe Cozy Convertible Car
189. The Letter Factory Game
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190. Thomas Giant Floor Puzzle (24
$29.99
191. Phonics Writing Desk
192. Barbie Aluminum Foldable Scooter
$159.99 list($199.99)
193. John Deere Power Pull Tractor
194. Sun Smart Buggy
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195. Tonka Toughest Mighty Truck
$19.99
196. Noah's Ark
$19.99
197. 2 in 1 Snug Secure Swing
$24.99
198. Barbie Collector Silver Label
$24.99
199. Little People Airport
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200. Matchbox Hero City Ice Mountain

181. Musical Hands Mat

Asin: B00005BHNP
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: I-Play
Sales Rank: 1825
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Teacher Review

Toddlers love to hear their favorite nursery rhyme songs, and of coursethey love anything with sound effects and flashing lights. This electronicmusical toy is 45 inches long and 11 inches wide, with a large, one-octavekeyboard sporting a plastic handprint on each key and a red button above thatflashes when the key is played. The keyboard can be played in five differenttones: piano, bells, doggie barks, kitty meows, or birdie tweets, and in severalmodes: complete songs, free-play mode, or preprogrammed mode. The preprogrammedmode is an interesting feature that will help preschoolers (or their parents)learn to play the eight familiar songs. The tiny red light flashes, you playthat handprint, and follow along until--hey, you're making music! The musicalmat has a wipe-clean plastic surface, and it requires two AA batteries (notincluded). --Marcie Bovetz, mother and former children's librarian ... Read more

Reviews (7)

good fun
My daughters(4year old, 2year old and 9 mos) love this toy. The keys are a little hard to hit but they seem to really enjoy it. The baby enjoys trying to play it but likes watching her sisters play it more.

A good example of a young child's keyboard
This is pretty good. It is one of those plastic - roll out type keyboard, which allows it to be both a very big toy and easily stored at the same time. The sounds are not brilliant, and as I assume they must have used samples this cuold easily have been improved (the quack only just sounds like a quack for example). The keyboard could also have been made better by including two octaves, and some black notes. If the makers want us to treat these toys as educational, then they must assume that they are a prelude to a child working with a piano type keyboard, so some sharps and flats would help. These two niggles aside, this is a fun item, and very easy for little ones to use.

GREAT FOR PRESCHOOLERS!
THIS PIANO IS EXCELLENT FOR LITTLE HANDS TO PRACTICE ON AND FOR LITTLE EARS TO LISTEN TO. MY 2 LITTLE GIRLS (17 MONTH OLD AND 4 YEAR OLD) LOVE IT. I ALSO TEACH MUSIC TO A GROUP OF 3-5 YEAR OLDS AND THEY REALLY ENJOY PLAYING IT. VERY EASY FOR THEM TO OPERATE AND GREAT FOR FAMILIARIZING THEM WITH MUSICAL SCALE AND DIFFERENT SOUNDS.

Not what I expected
This is not really a practical toy. My son gets discouraged, because you have to press on the keys really hard and in order to follow the music you have to be rough. It's like playing musical chairs with 5 bullies and a moving floor.

not worth the price
i bought this for my 2 year old son. the sounds are tinny and overly loud. and it's confusing to use for any child under age 3. he only played with it for about 15 minutes, then that was it. so not worth the...price tag in my opinion. ... Read more


182. Power Rangers SPD Delta Squad Megazord

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Asin: B0003069OI
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Bandai
Sales Rank: 1146
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

With the ever present alien menace threatening Earth, the Power Rangers SPD Delta Squad unites to become the Megazord! This set comes with five extremely durable individual vehicles that, once combined, form the Megazord. Each toy is made of tough plastic that will easily withstand even the worst of monster beatings. The Megazord itself is simple to construct and compact enough to handle easily. The instructions are clear so assembly is made easy. On top of that, with 2 AA batteries (not included) you’ll get the full effect of lights and stomping action sounds. --Chip Quinn ... Read more

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best DX Megazord ever
This DX Megazord rocks!! It includes cool sounds and light effect, and it also includes its weapons that are used in the show. And also...... surprisingly connects with my Ninja Storm zords(Dolphinzord and Lionzord's head) which is really cool!! And--ah man, I can't wait for the DX Cyclemax Megazord to come out in stores so I can combined my Delta Squad Megazord with it and creates the powerful OmegaMax Megazord!!

3-0 out of 5 stars All in all not a bad megazord
My son (4) and I (33) collect Power Rangers Zords. He has several from the first (MMPR) to now the SPD Delta Squad Megazord (newest available) and all in all it is very smooth, easy to transform, and attractive. The only draw backs are that it is a bit small for a megazord (only 10 inches tall or so), and the sword, gun and handcuffs are a bit delicate. The best thing about it is that all the accessories are able to be stowed on the zord itself. The gun and sword blade fit in the green truck (vehicle #2 - the left leg) and the sword handle is the spotlight rig on the yellow armored car. (vehicle #4 - left arm) If they had made it bigger it would be one of the best for design and looks.

4-0 out of 5 stars a little overpriced
My 8- and 7- year old daughters loved this thing.You could say they're tomboys, but what the hey...

2-0 out of 5 stars disapointing megazord
My son saved his money for quite a while for this toy and was very disapointed when we got it home. The box leads you to believe it is much bigger and does alot more things. The items that fit together are confusing to work with and the arm pieces will fit in the palm of your hand. Not what it is made out to be. There is always quite abit of extra packaging in childrens toys but this was overkill to make the toy seem larger. I do not reccomend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
My kids (5 and 3) got this from japan. They absolutely love it!First it seems so difficult to do but later they love that they joined together.They also got 2 other figures (they have not sold in the us) to mix and match.This is almost like legos.It is amazing that they come up with it. It is also so durable. ... Read more


183. Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register

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Asin: B00000DMD2
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Sales Rank: 187
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Well-designed with lots of terrific detail, Learning Resources' Calculator Cash Register completely satisfies a young child's hunger to play with bills, coins, cash drawers, and big numbers. The chiming cash register features a built-in solar calculator as its keypad, thus allowing kids to act as bankers, shopkeepers, and accountants all at once. A large cash drawer holds life-sized bills in four denominations (1, 5, 10, and 20), and four coin holders make room for embossed plastic pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. There is even a credit card slot that dings when you correctly slide the faux VISA card through it.A suggested-activities booklet is included. Requires a 1.5V button cell battery (included) to make the chiming noise. No assembly required. Winner of awards from Dr. Toy, FamilyFun Magazine, and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. ... Read more

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's the most popular toy at my house!
This cash register is a favorite at my house! We often have children from ages two to six visiting, and this is the first toy that many of them go to. The calculator makes beeping noises that the kids enjoy, and the cash drawer opens and closes with a satisfying click. I've enjoyed teaching my son the value of money and how to use a calculator with this toy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Live Without It
We were at a friends house last night and she had this toy for her 3 year old son. My 2 year old daughter could not stop playing with it. She simply loved opening the drawer and handing out the money to each person in the room. She would then collect the money and put it back. This activity kept her busy for an hour and it would have been longer except for the fact we needed to leave. I have bought her other cash register toys but none have been as realistic or kept her interest as long as this one did. I am buying one for her now and can only hope that she loves it as much as she did last night.

This is the funniest toy ever
When I got this toy i played with it for such along time and still do. You only spend $29.99 on it and it is money well spent. You make the right choice if you get this toy. The age group i would say is probably 5-whenever. Let me tell you parents what when my mom and dad got this for me i lovedit and it made me happy for so long.Three words for this toy.
MONEY WELL SPENT!!!!!!!!! FUN
so you should get this toy. KNOW dont think twice get it...NOW
dont forget get the scanner and bar codes* that go with it.
*SOLD SEPARTLEY

A preschool favorite
I'm buying this toy for my son's 3rd birthday because he makes a beeline to it everytime we go to our parent-child preschool class. He usually sets up a toy phone nearby, too. I get to be the customer and bring a basket of toy food to him which he "scans" on the notepad area. It's nice when toys leave something to the imagination. He loves the play bills and coins and pretending to make change. I believe that this toy will grow with my child and still be fun for him in a few years.

I figure that if this toy has survived daily use by multiple 2-4 year olds, it will survive around our house. If it doesn't, then I will update this posting!!!

hits money learning right on the head
I bought this for my daughter five years ago when she turned 4... it is still a household favorite. The design is good and it has held up well despite its being knocked around a fair amount.

The display is large and easy to read. The play money, which was one of my primary concerns, is realistically sized and marked. There is plenty of it to play with and make change too. The credit card is a nice touch which slides into a slot with a beep.

The sticky note space isn't as useful or cool as I thought it could have been, but I think sticky notes tend to just get ripped off of the pad and spread across the room by most children.

Now that my daughter is older, she still plays with it as well as putting it to use while running her punch & shaved ice stand in the summer. I feel like this was a good purchase and I would recommend it as a sturdy playset with high educational potential. ... Read more


184. Barbie Fairytopia - Elina Doll with Magical Light-Up Wings

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Asin: B00061I3YS
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Mattel
Sales Rank: 131
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars RE: bad rebound
UM it's NOT the 1800's anymore! And if a women doesen't wanna dress in some turtle neck and grandma pants, than whatever!!!
So you are saying that these dolls are BAD role models??? LET ME CLUE YOU IN--DOLLS AREN'T ROLE-MODELS!
You 1 star reviewing, Christian mothers are just flat out hags!

I mean, ACTORS wear stuff like this, too! (I am taking acting next year and I'LL be wearing stuff that that, and im 12!!)

My mom dresses in tank tops, short skirts, and sandles, because it is NOT THE 1800'S ANYMORE! DUH! Fashion's changed over the past 200 years!


Right now, in my school, (and I go to an Elementery school) make up, and knee high boots are the popular trends from grades 4-6! I wear dark make up, long, dangling earrings, leather bracelets, black boots, and short skirts because i dress how i feel like(my parents also think it's okay, because we are only young for a while)


Fashion for all ages has CHANGED. It is NOT like we're reacting little house on the prarie!!!!


this is a nice doll, i like it, i recomend it!!!!!

M~


4-0 out of 5 stars Kid tested and approved!
My husband and I took our 3 1/2 yr old niece to the toystore Barbie isle and let her pick any toy she wanted and this was the one. She absolutely LOVES it! She hesitated between this one and another Fairytopia doll but since pink is her favorite color I think she chose this one in particular.

I gave 5 stars simply because of how much she loves it, 1 star because it's not educational at all as far as I can see. 3 stars for durability and 4 stars overall.

5-0 out of 5 stars A big hit at my house!
One of my daughters got this from her grandma for Easter and the other HAD to have one too!We got it and they both love them.More than a month later the wings are still lighting up...amazing!

My daughter's favorite part about this Barbie was the little Bibble doll that came with it.

3-0 out of 5 stars The commercial say's "Alina"
My friend wanted to get me the barbie for my birthday because she saw it on a TV commercial, where her name was "Alina". However, on the websites, the Barbie's name is "Elina".... Why is it like that because my friend doesn't want to get it for me if her naem is Elina.

5-0 out of 5 stars Barbie is better then a long time ago
Im actullay 16 i love to collcet dolls like bratz and winxclub and my scene princess of the world searies i relly want the echantress she so beauitful and Elina and all of them of coures and buy the dvd i will probly collcet the dolls first before the dolls are sold out Mattle still hot for there barbies ... Read more


185. Classic Tinkertoy Construction Set - Jumbo (102 pieces)

Asin: B00004TFRN
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Oddzon
Sales Rank: 1505
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Tinker Toys have entertained kids for decades--ever since their 1913 invention by Charles Pajeau, who was inspired by children playing with pencils and empty spools of thread. This set features 102 versatile wooden spools, connectors, and brightly colored dowels packed in an easy-to-store keepsake canister. Simply add a child's imagination for hours of creative fun. --Jane Snyder ... Read more

Reviews (22)

2-0 out of 5 stars discouraging
I bought my 4 1/2 year old this set for Christmas. I noticed that time after time he was getting very frustrated trying to build from the diagrams that came with the tinker toys (Junior set). He always came up a few parts short to build the Space Alien and just about all the rest of the examples. At first I thought he had managed to lose a part or two during the Christmas unwrapping, playing on Christmas day. I then took the canister and took an inventory of the parts shown on it and to my amazement all the parts were there. I then started counting the parts necessary to build each of the items on the example sheet and it became apparent that no one could build these examples (or at least most of them) as the examples were showing more parts than was provided by the Junior set. It has been a totally bad experience with this toy and I don't even try to get him to play with it anymore.

Oddz On and Hasbro should be ashamed of themselves for tricking these children into thinking they can build the examples. It is these two companies that are not playing with a full deck!

I like this for my older kids :)
I bought this set when my girls were smaller (around 3), and they never played with it. It was hard for them to put the pieces together and just became another annoying toy with a thousand pieces. I was disappointed as I loved them as a kid. However, now that the older ones are 6 and 8, they are asking for them. I am sure now they will have lots of fun putting them together and will understand the concept and can clean up the toys themselves also. Just thought another review might help if you have younger children :)

An Old Toy for a New World
We love this toy. We wish we had more pieces, not because there aren't enough to follow the instructions, but because you're inspired to keep building when you're playing with it. My four- and eight-year-old kids are equally thrilled with it. In fact, the last thing we want to do is follow instructions! A great toy for the mad visionaries in your house.

Regarding Missing Parts
I just read the review saying that the diagrams included with the set couldn't be created because the set did not include all parts. Just to set the record straight, I have personally constructed EVERY one of the diagrams (including the space alien), and ALL parts were indeed included.

My only complaint would be that it is often difficult to see from the pictures which parts to use in where, but that is certainly not a complaint with the toy itself.

Anyway, it's a great toy, and again, it has all the pieces necessary to complete all of the various creations shown for this set.

This is a great toy.
We got my son this set last Christmas when he was 3 1/2y.o and he plays with this all the time still. It's great if your kid likes to build. This is the one toy of his that has sustained the test of time - it is constantly all over our family room. The only down side is that we are constantly cleaning them up. Kids seem to love to pour them all out. He can make more complicated things then we can now. ... Read more


186. Baby Playzone Kick & Whirl Carnival

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Asin: B0000DJ3FL
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Sales Rank: 1266
Average Customer Review: 2.43 out of 5 stars
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Babies will get a real physical and mental workout with this play gym. It's pretty much like all of the other models out there, but its stand-out is its versatility and diversity of features for infants at all stages. A kicking gym for infants is made of attractive objects than spin, light up, and make sounds with each tiny foot-fall. A Ferris wheel loaded with colorful balls spins overhead to create additional interest. Babies who can sit up can spin the Ferris wheel themselves, and watch it release the five balls down a tunneled ramp and out the side of the gym. This in turn sets off music and lights as the balls zip past noisy, spinning obstacles. It's not just fun and games, though: the activities are designed to develop motor skills, cognitive learning, and stimulation of the senses.Diane Beall ... Read more

Reviews (63)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good toy!
I just bought this toy 3 days ago. It wasn't very hard to assemble! I had no problem, and I'm a women. LOL! And once it was up, I put my 3 month old daughter under it. And she loved it, she started to kick her legs and arms everywhere. She can't reach the toys, but she has figured that she can kick those toys with her feet and get them moving too. THis toy I bought works great, no problems what so ever. Yes the music is annoying, and the toy does go back when she kicks, but I push it right back towards her. I don't leave her alone, and I don't leave her there for a long time either. 5 to 10 min. the most. This toy isn't a replacement for me. I bought it to stimulate her for a little while. So she can see something new. I'm sure once she's able to sit up, she'll enjoy this toy even more. Just try it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
I just bought this toy for my 3 1/2 month old and she does like it. She will play on it for as long as I would expect of a 3 month old. SHe loves kicking the hanging toys. I do not like the first setting-the one you are supposed to use when kicking. The music goes on and on and on...and I don't think it allows the baby to understand that its his or her thats setting it off. I keep it on the second setting, where the music goes off for maybe 10-15 seconds. Its less annoying and she has more fun with it. She gets really excited when there is no music/lights and kicks more in order to get it to play.<br /> I do recommend this toy, especially if your baby is a kicker! But I understadn the complaints about the music. Just use the second setting and it works great

4-0 out of 5 stars We Like It!
My 7 year old bought this for his new sister (2 1/2) months old) My newborn loves it and my older son loves to play along side. It's colorful lights and fun music keep them both entertained. Most newborns attention spans are short and they get tired of almost ANYTHING after about 20-30 minutes. This is a great first toy for baby, especially if you put them in a bouncer in front of it so that they can kick start by hitting the lower toys with their feet!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy!!
I have a two month old son and he loves this toy. He will lay down and watch it for close to 30 minutes! At first he wasn't very interested, but I think that is because he couldn't see very well as is true for all newborns. The music is different, but we have gotten used to it and our son seems to like it. It is bright and colorful which I am sure makes it fun to look at. I am thankful we got this as a gift!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good toy
I bought this looking for a toy that would keep my son's attention. He's 1 month old and this toy works like a charm. Its easy for him to kick start it. The lights and music make his eyes light up. Basically, he loves it. It keeps him busy while he's awake and bored, which is his most difficult time.



Negative - On/Off switch is the middle setting, I can never turn it off on the first try. Usually attempted one-handed with baby in other hand.

Negative - Alot of screws to screw in.



Other than those, I recommend this toy. ... Read more


187. Link-a-doos Kick & Play Piano

Asin: B0002PUCFG
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Sales Rank: 11304
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188. Deluxe Cozy Convertible Car

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Asin: B00004SCWA
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Little Tikes
Sales Rank: 3080
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

If you cross a red car with a plastic boat and combine the result withone of those big Victorian baby carriages, you get this entirely novel mode oftot transportation. This little car--32 inches long by 18 inches wide, andriding on 7-inch plastic wheels--has an integral plastic seat 9 inches off theground and can be powered by two little feet through the hole in the floor.Alternatively, raise the bandshell-style yellow nylon hood and push yourpreschooler around using the 38-inch-high metal handle that sticks up frombehind. The "cockpit" is fully equipped with steering wheel, beeping "horn," anignition key that turns, a gear shift, and various battery-powered soundeffects. Adult assembly is required. --Richard Farr ... Read more

Reviews (112)

Love!
My daughter got this on her 1st. birthday.
We both love it, and we get alot of attention and smiles as we walk around the neighborhood.
It steers nicely, like the canopy on the sunny days.
Nice buy, you'll get a big, "WWWWOOOOOOOOWWWW!!!"

Seatbelt suggestion.......
My son received this car as a first birthday present from his grandparents. It's adorable, and is a great alternative to the traditional Cozy Coupe, which is a little too big for younger toddlers. He loves the sounds, the steering wheel, and likes to pull the canopy top up. The car is narrow enough to drive all over our small ranch home -- it goes through doorways and our baby gate very well. As a taller mommy, I appreciated that the handle on the back can be height adjusted (three or four height settings, I'm not sure which)-- it makes pushing the toy much easier when you don't have to hunch over to do it!
The only concern I have about this car is the lack of a seatbelt. My son attempted to stand up and nearly fell out of the car (thankfully on carpet). Before I dared take him outside in the car, I knew that something had to be done to secure him into the seat. Not wanting to damage the toy too severely, I surfed the Little Tikes website for some kind of replacement seat belt that I could adapt for use with this toy. There is a replacement belt for the "toddler high back swing" available for just a few dollars. After a trip to Toys R Us to confirm that the belt could actually work on the Cozy Convertible, I order the belt (and a spare). I drilled two small slats on either side of the seat, carefully removed the uneven edges with a utility knife, and PRESTO! installed the seat belt. Because the belt is the type that doesn't have to loop all of the way around the back, it was very easy to install, and it looks just like it was always meant to be there. (The advantage of buying the Little Tikes belt is that it's yellow and blue, just like the trim on the car). I probably won't remove the belt later...maybe we can use it as a seat belt safety lesson ("Don't ride in the car unless your belt is fastened").
My son can now enjoy his "car rides" and mommy can enjoy them too, now that I know my little daredevil is securely fastened. Overall, this is a great toy for little ones.

MUST BE SOMETHING BETTER?!!!
We purchased the convertable car for our 2 year old and decided to put it together a little earlier than his upcomming birthday. Good for us! The first wheel we inserted was defective (was not able to secure to toy). The car wobbled as it moved. No seatbelt was another surprise. The plastic wheels are noisy, and damaged imediatly after riding over rocks (the rocks stick to the plastic; making for a much shorter life of the tire) The cute convertable shield is a HUGE blind spot for parents pushing the car. Dangerous. Should be a plastic mirror in the front for better safety. So many improvements are needed for this. Too bad. It was a cute looking little car. We're returning it for a rubber-wheeled wagon.

Missing a seat belt
I recently purchased a Deluxe Cozy ConvertibleĀ™ Car for my son and was surprised to find it did not have a seat belt. I didn't think this would be a big issue because he seemed to love it and all of the bells and whistles kept him busy. He loved it and so did all of the neighborhood kids. During our fourth walk, he started fussing. The top was up so I couldn't see him. Before I could look in to check him, I ran over the yellow bottom of the car. He was gripping the inside with his hands and feet. His butt was on the sidewalk. I can't imagine what could have happened if he wasn't hanging on for dear life. I don't know if the bottom was in right at the start of our walk, but a seat belt probably would have helped. Since our accident, I have tied a rope from one side to the other in the car and he still loves to ride in it. It is a good toy. It just needs a seat belt. He is also at the stage where he tries to climb out if he sits still for too long. If this has happened to anyone else, please e-mail Little Tikes. Honestly, this would be a perfect car if it had a seat belt.

Baby loves it--but needs a seatbelt!
My 13 1/2 month old received this for his 1st birthday abd absolutely loves being pushed around in it. The car is absolutely adorable, it is quite durable as I have taken it several times on a 3-mile walk with the baby and he has a constant smile being driven around in it.

My only concern about the vehicle is that it does not have a seat belt thus sometimes the baby leans over to touch the wheels of the car when in motion which can make any parent nervous, thus you have to stop until he sits back up, etc. ... Read more


189. The Letter Factory Game

Asin: B0000AE5YL
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: LeapFrog
Sales Rank: 2842
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190. Thomas Giant Floor Puzzle (24 Pc)
list price: $15.99
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Asin: B00004TQHS
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Sales Rank: 4152
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (4)

Nice picture making for an easier puzzle
My 2 year old daughter has this puzzle and thinks its wonderful.

Unlike many puzzles, with just one character on it, the picture is brilliant having lots of different trains, etc on it. It is easy to fit togehter, with parts of a different character or scene on every piece. She can easily put Thomas, the sheds, Harold, etc together thus eventually making the whole puzzle.

This is by far her favourite puzzle. For one, it's Thomas! And for 2, it's well-made and 'easy' to work out how to put together.

Most Beloved Toy
My son who just turned 4 years old in December received this for Christmas. I'm amazed at the beauty and durability of the pieces. He put it together about three times (with help) the first time we opened it! I never seen him so excited about a toy and to my greater surprise--a puzzle! Each time he placed a new piece in (sometimes with my assistance and sometimes not), he'd ask me to turn around and then ask me to look. When I looked I praised him for his accomplishment and he squealed with excitement. He literally jumped up and down almost after each piece was placed! He told me this was his favorite gift for Christmas and believe me he had quite a few more that were more expensive. I'll be buying more Thomas puzzles from this company in the near future as I'm very impressed.

Easy enough for young kids to solve by themselves
My son and I have been doing puzzles together since he was two, but most of the puzzles that claim to be for kids are too complicated or have pieces that are a little too small for him to work with; so he usually "helps" me by talking with me as I do the puzzle and occasionally placing a piece. He likes this big Thomas puzzle because, at age 4, he can do it all by himself. The pieces are big, which not only makes it easier to grasp and manipulate, but easier to comprehend the shape and the picture pattern as well. Of course, he likes that it is Thomas, and he even likes the "cool" box it comes in.

So this puzzle has a lot of replay value, because whenever we start a puzzle session, he will eventually move to this one to show mommy and me that he can do it all by himself, and that makes him feel good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Big, bright puzzle
My son has enjoyed this puzzle since he was 3! It features a bright picture of his favorite engines. The pieces are large and easy to handle- perfect for a younger child who loves puzzles. It has been great for spacial learning. My son would put this together, again and again. He is almost 5 now and still plays with this. The pieces have lasted for almost 2 years and still look new! (They are a heavy cardboard.) ... Read more


191. Phonics Writing Desk

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Asin: B00000JJ7S
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: LeapFrog
Sales Rank: 131
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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This electronic writing desk teaches kids the alphabet, letter sounds, letter formation,spelling, and word creation in a fun, interactive format. Kids can choose from sixgames: letters, a letters quiz, phonics, a phonics quiz, spelling, and "create-a-word."In the letters game, children push a letter to hear its name and see how it is formedon the LCD screen; players can also write their own letters on the "magic" writing screen.In the spelling game, children learn to spell simple words. In the phonics game, childrenfirst hear a letter and then are given a short word as an example. Along the way, thealways-helpful LeapFrog "coach" offers lots of cheerful hints so children won't getstuck in any of the exercises. Additional features include an automatic shut-off, anoversize pullout handle, a variety of comical sounds for incorrect answers, and atwo-position volume control. --Tami Horiuchi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a FUN FILLED phonics and alphabet toy
We bought this toy 3 Christmas's ago, for Joseph our 2 1/2 year old (He is now 5 1/2). He had personally asked for the Phonics Writing Desk and he has played with it for hours on end. I think it was an assest in his ability to read before going to Kindergarten. He now has renewed interested in it since his 3 year old brother Benjamin is constantly playing with it. Ben especailly loves it that he can write his name BEN with it and then it actually says his name. He has learned to write about 30 three letter words in the past two weeks. Some of his favorites include; Mom, Dad, jet, jam, eye, ear, hid, and bed. Ben has learned how to write a lot of his letters from watching the toy. The place to write on has been ruined for quite a while - but he tries it on paper after watching the machine show how to form each letter.

From a mother of 5 boys

great toy
My 2 year-old LOVES this toy! He's too young to write the letters, but he is learning to spell and knows the alphabet VERY well and I think this toy is part of the reason. I find it pretty loud and the repetitive phrases are annoying, but I think that it's because he plays with it so much. I would not have expected him to love this toy so much at this age, but he has really enjoyed all of his Leap Frog toys, so I'm sold on them!

only LF toy I ever returned!!!!!!
I love leap frog toys, my 3 y/o has many. I usually find them very educational. However, this toy didn't live upto my expectations. I wanted a toy to help him learn to write letters. My child learns very quickly with encouragement and correcting. At 3 he's reading at a 2nd grade level and writting somewhat legible (no thanks to this toy). This toys tells the name and phonic of each letter. The LF train, Little Leap and Leap pad do the same thing in the same way. I bought it for the writting lesson. It shows how to write them in 'computer style' not real handwritting. The reason I was so disapointed in it was that they can write anything in the spot and the toy tells them it's right. My son scribbled in the area and was told he did great. It wasn't teaching him anything. Sitting down and writting with the child, making sand letters and letting him trace with his finger and plain old letting him expierment with a pen and paper worked better than this thing. I took it back shortly after buying it.

Learning to write!
If you want to teach your kid how to write the letters and don't know where or how to start, this toy is your answer. It not only holds their interest, it makes learning fun too. It teaches both uppercase and lower case letters. Most toys teach kids how to reconize letters but this one is step ahead and also teaches them their phonics so it's definately a must have!

Boring
I think that this is a educational toy for children but is not pleasurable to look at so it would be apealing to the child considering so many toys look like this (boring). ... Read more


192. Barbie Aluminum Foldable Scooter

Asin: B00011F5IU
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Dynacraft
Sales Rank: 7837
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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It's not a Razor, but it's racy enough for a beginner. A hot pink stand-out in any public park, this manual scooter looks and rides swell, then folds up to fit into an 8-inch wide space. Unfolded and ready to go, its 31 inches high from the bottom of its clear, hard rubber wheels to the top of its easy-grip, collapsible, purple handlebars. The footboard is 20-inch long, too small for teenaged feet. All parents have to do is keep a good look out for beginner spills, or adjust the height and angle of the steering column for a different ride. Kids can take it from there. In case your kid likes to burn rubber, however, take time to teach her how to use the friction footbrake, located at the rear of the aluminum board. --Diane Beall ... Read more

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Great buy
I bought this for my 5 year-old daughter and couldn't be happier. She absolutely loves it. I was a little nervous about her being able to balance on two wheels but she got the hand of it very quickly. It also is easy to fold up and stores very well. I highly suggest this!!

Just a huge huge huge warning...
My daughter broke her arm, and needed surgery, while trying to ride this scooter.

I'm not blaming the scooter or the company...
I am just sending some advice so other parents don't have to spend 3 days in the hospital and 6 weeks of their summer with a child in a cast!

YES... it was an accident but my daughter was literally standing still and just trying to balance and she fell over on her elbow.

THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU BUY THIS FOR PRESCHOOL AGED CHILDREN!!!!

Now I know why they make scooters with 2 wheels in the back.
Young kids just can't balance on these !!!

Save these types of scooters for ages 6 and up!!!!!!!!!!

Best thing yet
I am so pleased with this scooter. You can't beat the price, and 1,2,3 to assemble. My 6yr old has so much fun on it. Even my 2 yr tries to ride. My daughter is getting the hang of it of using her foot to push. The fact that is folds is such a plus. It takes up little to no room, very easy to store. I highly recommend this to all barbie lovers. ... Read more


193. John Deere Power Pull Tractor
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B000096QOM
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Peg Perego
Sales Rank: 1327
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Ride-On Toy Tractor!!!
My husband and I purchased this tractor for our 2 year old son. He loves it, it keeps him busy for hours driving it all around our house. It was very easy for him to learn how to drive it when he first got it. Now its all he wants to do is go outside to ride his tractor!

5-0 out of 5 stars angry 3 year old
We purchase the john deer power pull for our 3 yr old son 2 months ago, and he has only been able to ride it maybe 1 month, we have already exchanged the product once and it is not running again! how disappointing for our son who loved this at first and now says "I am angry my tractor doesn't work AGAIN" when calling the company for parts it usually is an automatic 20 to 30 min. wait to talk and they wouldn't resolve an exchange so we went back to were we bought the product I do not recommend this product because all the problems (fenders, wiring harness shifter, 2 pins, weight on front, wheel, and same is happening to 2nd one) and this is all riding on an acre of level ground.

5-0 out of 5 stars One tough little tractor
We bought this for our 30 month old daugher about a month ago at Walmart. This tractor is smaller than some of the other ride on toys and my daughter fits it really well.

Assembly was straightforward. The decals are nicely done and it's worth taking the time to get them right.

I purchased a spare battery with the tractor thinking that the batteries running down would be a problem. It turns out the spare battery is much larger than the one that comes in the tractor (12Ah vs 8Ah) and I suspect is sized for the JD Gator ride on. Fortunately, the battery compartment is designed to accomodate either battery. The battery life with the large battery is great. She rides the tractor every day all over our farm, picking up sticks from the yard, following the dog, helping her mom move gravel, picking up stones in the garden, hauling strawberries up to the house, towing picnic lunches back to the hilltop, joyriding, etc. and the battery has never run down. We do put it on the charger every night. We have never used the smaller battery so I don't know how that would do. I saw in one review that it was difficult to access the battery for charging. There is a screw to hold down the battery cover but it also has plastic catches on it. I just leave the screw out and no problems.

Traction was an issue initially. We live on 25 acres of rolling hills and much of it is meadow which is much rougher than yard. The tractor initially got stuck too easy. I added traction by pop riveting "cleats" I cut from an old mudflap onto the rear tires. It is now unstoppable. If you do something like this be aware that the increased traction adds to the risk of injury and makes it even more important that the child is properly supervised.

The trailer became difficult to unhook as the catch on the plastic pin had become deformed. I made up a proper drawpin out of an old cap screw which took care of that. We also added a bicycle safety flag so the tractor is easier to see.

Low gear is perfect for tractor work. High gear is very fast. We walk around the back every night and our daughter drives the tractor. We probably walk for a mile or two. There are a couple of big hills, some rough ground and muddy puddles to cross. The only times it now gets stuck is when she tries to head off through the hay, which is several feet tall (hence the safety flag). She likes to use high gear but it's too fast for us to easily keep up with her. The trailer is used all the time. She is always finding things to put in the trailer be it toys, wild flowers, stones from the trail, even a turtle once.

Our daughter used to ride with me all the time on the big tractors. Now she always wants to take the little tractor. I'm very impressed how well it is made and how well it has worked out. Great toy!

5-0 out of 5 stars The fun doesnt last
I have triplet boys who just turned 3 and they EACH got one of these tractors for their bday. I also purchased 3 extra batteries. the day they got them the trailer pins broke. in less than a week 2 of them wouldnt work-the company sent me new switches and then another stopped working so I had to call for another switch-then one of the wheels on 1 stopped working so they are sending me a gear box. when calling the company hold times are long but they are willing to send me new parts-these toys are not even 3 weeks old yet and why should I need to fix them so much-try explaining this to a 3 year old who just wants to ride his tractor! I would really like to send all three back and get something that will work all the time instead of 1/2 the time but am not sure just how to go about it at this stage of the game. Unless you dont mind waiting for new parts and fixing the tractor almost all the time-keeping shopping for something else! It's too bad because they are fun for the kids and very cute too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Much fun while it last
GOT THE TRACTOR FOR MY 21 MONTH OLD, HE LOVES IT. NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT HE IS NOT ON IT. TOOK AN HOUR TO PUT TOGETHER. AFTER ONE MONTH THE REVERSE DOES NOT WORK, THE TRAILER PIN IS WORN SO THE TRAILER FALLS OFF AND THE TRAILER LATCH IN THE BACK DOESN'T STAY CLOSED. BOTHERS ME BECAUSE OF COST BUT DOESN'T BOTHER THE LITTLE ONE. TRACTION IS GOOD ON GRASS AND THE BATTERY LAST ALL DAY, THAT'S GETTING ON AND OFF. RECOMMENDED BECAUSE IT'S SO DARN CUTE TO SEE HIM ALONG SIDE HIS DAD WHILE DADDY CUTS THE GRASS WITH HIS JOHN DEERE. ... Read more


194. Sun Smart Buggy

Asin: B00005Q5SQ
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Aqua Leisure
Sales Rank: 23060
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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great floatie
I bought this floatie earlier this summer for my 8 month old daughter. It was the only one I could find that was suggested for her age and had a built in shade. I don't have to worry about her head getting burned. She has had a lot of fun floating in the pool using the buggy. I was very happy to find that it is very sturdy, and it does help keep her out of the sun. I definitely recommend this floatie.

DONT GO TO THE BEACH WITHOUT THIS FLOAT
MY SON HAD A BLAST IN THE CAR AT THE BEACH. HE IS 11 MONTHS AND LOVE RIDING OVER THE WAVES. HE LOVES IT IN THE POOL AS WELL. HEY MOMS THE TOP OF THIS CAR HAS A ROOF FOR SUN PROTECTION. GREAT PRODUCT. LOVE IT!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Best Shaded baby boat
I tried every baby boat with a shade out there for our 10 month old as we live in sunny AZ. This was the best one I tried, and it's very cute. Although it could be easier to get him in and out, it isn't bad if you just tilt the canopy over to the side. I would suggest velcro on the BACK supports to alleviate this. (My friend has a bulldozer boat that has velcro in the FRONT and the baby plays with the velcro a lot.) The "spring float" allows him to sit too low in the water and he keeps putting his face in the water unless you hold him upright continuously. I think the spring float would be more appropriate for about 18 months rather than 9 months as it says (and my boy is not small!). The "adjustable shade float" is okay as a boat, but the shade is horrible. It doesn't really sit over the baby's head for shade and it is so floppy that doesn't stay nice and rounded like the picture shows, even if you overinflate it. We even took the "sun smart buggy" on vacation with us, and several people at the resort wanted to know where we got it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sun Smart Buggy
I think it is wrong that this item can only be sent to the US. Is there any way it can be posted to Perth Western Australia in Australia

4-0 out of 5 stars Baby you can drive my car!
My son loves this toy. We bought it for him the summer he was almost 1 year old. Now he's close to 2 years old and still loves it. I like the shade. It makes taking him in and out a bit challenging, but it does block the sun well. Don't leave it in the hot sun too long though, ours got too hot and got a hole in it... but he loves it so much we're going to get another one. ... Read more


195. Tonka Toughest Mighty Truck
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00020LXKY
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Sales Rank: 293
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196. Noah's Ark

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Asin: B00007A1S5
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Sales Rank: 136
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Little People are great!
I bought this for my twins' first birthday. At first they really didn't know what to do with it. Now they love it and I find them fighting over it. They're really into opening and closing the doors and putting the animals (and any other toys within reach) in and dumping them out. They went through a phase of throwing their toys. I find this to be very durable and they have no problems opening it up on their own. My only complaint is that the door/ramp keeps falling off and they can't put it back on themselves. Otherwise this would have received five stars. We have Little People trucks that they also love, especially the garbage truck because of the noises. We plan on buying the farm for Christmas. I'm in my 30's and still love Little People. They've come a long way from the wooden toys that I had when I grew up!

4-0 out of 5 stars MOTHER OF ONE BUSY LITTLE BOY
MY SON'S GODPARENTS BOUGHT THIS FOR MY SON WHEN HE WAS 6 MONTHS OLD. HE STARTED SHOWING A REAL INTEREST IN IT WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 10 MONTHS OLD. NOW THAT HE IS A YEAR OLD HE LOVES THE ANIMALS AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE AND TAKES THEM EVERYWHERE WITH HIM! HE STUDIES THE ANIMALS SO INTENTLY AND TRIES TO REPEAT AFTER ME WHEN I TELL HIM WHAT TYPE OF ANIMAL IT IS. THIS TOY IS HIS FAVORITE AND KEEPS HIM BUSY FOR HOURS! HE NEVER GETS BORED OF IT AND I FIND IT VERY EDUCATIONAL NOW THAT MY SON IS LEARNING TO TALK.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very hard plastic
Love the toy - our 14 month old and 4-year-old girls fight over it constantly. Our only complaint is that the plastic is a little too hard - seeing that the animals are generally flying through the air at our heads. Maybe a protective bike helmet would be a good companion gift.

4-0 out of 5 stars Skip fancy electronics!
My son turned one and we wanted to get him a special toy from his grampa. We started with the Leap Start Musical table and found that even though he loved it, the sensor went out after two days! I took it back and got the Little Touch Leap Pad which he was also interested in but when he couldn't press the sensors (not even I could do it very easily) he became disinterested.

Finally I read some more reviews and got him this much cheaper Noah's Ark set. He LOVED it!! He couldn't even wait for me to take it out of the package he was so excited!! Right now he loves to move the pieces around and put them in and out. He even notices if one of the animals is missing and gets it from across the room!

I am beginning to realize that all the lights and whistles of these new 'educational' toys may not be the best at stimulating young minds. Toys like 'Little People' seem to stimulate creativity and don't have any bounds to where their minds can take them on their learning adventure.

Who would have thought that sticking to the simple toys would bring so much excitement to a little todler!

I highly recommend this and any Little People toys!

4-0 out of 5 stars My Grandson's favorite toy!
I babysit my 22 month old grandson 2 days a week so I try to have interesting toys for him to play with. This is a toy he plays with for hours and he keeps going back to throughout the day. He arranges the animals in different places each time he plays with this toy. Sometimes he brings the animals up the ramp, sometimes through the trap door on top, and he also likes placing the animals on the pegs on top as well. He gets so focused as he opens and closes the ark and arranges all his little people, you can just see his imagination running wild. The toy is well made and very user friendly for the child. His second favorite toy is the Fisher Price Little People Farm with Sounds. This is a great gift for your toddler. ... Read more


197. 2 in 1 Snug Secure Swing

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Asin: B00007B5EL
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Little Tikes
Sales Rank: 1562
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Young children will get the hang of hanging with this cute swing from Little Tikes. Its blue plastic body sports sturdy yellow shoulder straps and a red T-bar to keep babies and toddlers safe; the T-bar can be removed for older kids. Parents should make sure not to hang the swing above concrete or another hard surface, and they should check that the support structure is secure. (The instructions don't specify how to attach the swing to the support.) The swing holds a maximum weight of 50 pounds. --Andy Boynton ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not Entirely Crazy About This One
We've had this swing for three years and it finally broke. I've been anticipating the break from day one. One of the locks on the bar finally snapped off. They're the hardest things to get open once your child is in the swing. Both of my kids loved it though. My major complaint is the straps that attach to the swingset. They were too long and no matter how many times we adjusted them, the swing always went crooked. Looking for a DIFFERENT swing now for my almost two year old son.

Great swing!
There were 4 swings at the store to choose from so it was a hard choice! I liked the buckles on this swing though. They are hard to undo but that makes me happy beacuse there is no way the baby can undo them. The t-strap is very secure and keeps our baby in tightly! He loves swinging in it!!I would recommend this to anyone!

A Great Swing
My daughter loves this swing! She's 18mos and prefers this to a different toddler swing we had bought for her. This buckles securely and there is no worry of them falling out. Our 2.5 mo old daughter will be using this swing as well. This is very durable; we have it on the swingset and it, of course, stays outside year round. No complaints.

Excellent Swing Compared to other swings
I picked this swing out for my 20 month old daughter. I loved the fact you didn't have any thing to fall down and pinch fingers like the swings with the t- bar that slides up on the ropes. Anna likes the fact that she can climb in the swing herself. I like that feature as well, it saves my back and arms from lifting. She even likes to buckle herself in. The buckles were tight at first but have loosen up some with use. Anna is much more comfortable in this swing than the giant bucket swing down at our park. She feels like a big girl getting in and out without Mom or Dad having to pick her up. She also likes to give her bear a ride buckled in of course.

My son's giggle swing
My son is 7 months old and we tried this at a Farm that sees many kids and they had this swing. That is a good sign, and it was holding up just great there.
It was his first swing ride and his just laughed and smiled with joy. I really love how you don't have to lift them WAY above your head to get them out. The t-bar just flips down out of the way. The straps are a little hard to press in to undo, but no big deal. I love how it leans back so he's very secure and safe in it. We are getting one for our house now. ... Read more


198. Barbie Collector Silver Label - Birthday Wishes Barbie Doll - Violet Gown

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Asin: B00022H950
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Mattel
Sales Rank: 3688
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199. Little People Airport

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Asin: B00005BMX9
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Sales Rank: 327
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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The airport is a fascinating place to young children and it''s not hard to understand why: all those enormous airplanes, people coming and going, suitcases, and luggage carousels. It''s all pretty amazing. So kids are likely to love this fun airport set from Fisher-Price''s Little People collection. It sports an orange plane, helicopter, taxicab, windsock, control tower, radar dish, restaurant area, binocular stand, and more fun airport features. It''s compatible with all other Little People sets (and, frankly, it puts the ever-expanding Little People city on the map as a major metropolis). This would make a terrific present for any kid who has an actual airline trip ahead of them. --Charlie Williams ... Read more

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My Son Loves This Toy
My son has several little people toys, but this is his favorite and ours! I bought it used and it still works great! The helicopter is his favorite because it lights up and the rotor blades move! I also like it because it only has two big pieces to the airport itself which makes it easier to carry around.

Another wonderful "Little People" item!
My children have been playing with Little People for years. My youngest son got the airport for his birthday. He loves all the sounds the vehicles make when they are rolled or turned! The people are chunky for his little fingers. All the sounds are wonderful. The only complaint is that the runway is not connected to the rest of the track. Overall I would recommend this to anyone with a toddler. My older children love playing with him as well!

Great Toy!
We bought this toy for my son's 2nd birthday. He loves it! He uses the "road" for all his vehicles and trains. It is a great pretend-play toy. Very durable. Great quality.

A little help
I bought this toy for my 2 boys (both under 5 yrs) & they like it. I on the otherhand can not take the airport & car parking apart like I can with the city set. I am a disappointed in this. I even called Fisher Price & they didn't know how to take it apart. I recently went to Toys'R'Us & saw the same toy but with the Discovery video. I didn't get the video with the one I bought which is sad because both of my kids are into planes now.

Some Confusion??
From reading the prior reviews, I think there is some confusion surrounding exactly what this toy is and isn't. First off, it IS a Toys R us exclusive. It does NOT, however, have flashing runway lights or make sounds activated by the vehicles. I think the cause of confusion is that this new TRU version looks EXACTLY like the old Discovery Airport, but is not battery operated. I was not at all disappointed when I received this, though. From what I've read about Discovery Airport, parents constantly complained that the sounds never worked properly. (Perhaps the reason it was discontinued???) And Discovery Airport was very expensive; it was priced as high as [$$$] in the Fisher Price store! This new airport is certainly a less costly alternative. My only issue with the toy is that if it includes pilots for the planes, why not a driver for the taxi? ... Read more


200. Matchbox Hero City Ice Mountain
list price: $44.99
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Asin: B000099ZA0
Catlog: Toy
Manufacturer: Mattel
Sales Rank: 968
Average Customer Review: 3.23 out of 5 stars
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As kids move their Matchbox cars along this circular snowy mountain road, the cars hit the hazards along the way. This playset lets your child control the rescue mission. Easy-to-work knobs operate the motorized lift, which rescues cars that have crashed or sunken into the pool of thin ice in the center of Ice Mountain. An included rescue vehicle assists cars that have been buried under the avalanche on the lower level of the roadway. Kids can use this set on its own or combine it with other Hero City vehicles and play centers to create a bigger city. This set requires three C batteries (not included) to operate. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Must be COMPLETELY & SECURELY assembled to work
I bought this for my 3 year old for Christmas. I spent an hour putting it together with all the stickers. It didn't work. I changed the batteries to be sure. I braved the lines the day after Christmas to exchange it. The first thing I did was put batteries in the control part to see if it worked. I did NOT. I was EXTREMELY frustrated. I came online to see if others were having problems. I found I was not alone. One review said to make sure that all the connections were secure. So I put the new one together checking all the connections. Still it did not work. I then got on my knees beside the toy and put my body weight on it at each joint. I finally got it to work. My son absolutely loves playing with it. My advice is even when you have "snapped and clicked" it together and it still doesn't work, put your weight into it and make sure it's really together. I found that there was one connection that I had heard click together, but the toy didn't work until I pressed down on it REALLY HARD.

Our 4 year old loves this
Ice Mountain has been our son's favorite toy since the moment he opened it 4 months ago. He plays with it by himself, with his 2-year-old sister, with his friends, and even proudly shows it off to any visitor who happens by. We like the noises that it makes, unlike other battery operated toys, these sounds have not yet gotten under our skin.

Not Boy Proof
My 4 year old received Ice Mountain as a Christmas gift. By the next day it was already running sluggishly on a new set of batteries. The gears that run the "ice ring" slipped and made a terrible grinding noise. The problems persisted even after a change of batteries. It totally stopped working, noises and all, about a month after Christmas. Although he continues to play with it and enjoy it, as a parent I was extremely dissapointed with the durability and longivity of the toy especailly for the price.

Bummer for a 3 year old
Hero City Ice mountain was the only toy my 3 year old wanted, We got it for him,put it together with no help from the instructions because they were very hard to understand.The darn thing would not work, wish I new about the secret reset button!
I sent it back to Walmart.com. got credit because I thought I could buy another. Not. It is impossible to find one in stock or have to pay a fortune .Mattel was of no help. ...

Neat
As the other reviewers have pointed out, the instructions are very poor. The poor written instructions don't help with the not to scale diagrams. However, we got it together and it worked! Then a few hours later it wouldn't work. I took it apart with no luck. We wanted to return/replace it finding out like the other reviewers that it can't be replaced. My wife called Mattel and they revealed the secret reset button underneath the crane which solved our problem. Why isn't this in the instructions? Anyway our 3 year old likes it but not as much as his Dad. ... Read more


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