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Eco Rocket

Submitted by on September 6, 2010 – 9:34 amNo Comment

Despite struggling with a frustrating cockpit door, Flea was definitely a fan of the rocket. And with a wind-up motor it’s nice to know the batteries aren’t going to run out – worth considering.

Buy it online here (Toys To You)

Price £19.99

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First Impressions: I know it’s not cool to get excited about packaging, but since I never worried about being cool back when I had an outside chance of actually being cool, I’m not going to start worrying now. Anyway, the Eco Rocket’s packaging is 100 percent environmentally friendly. It comes in a recycled cardboard box with a paper label and no plastic whatsoever. Very unusual – and commendable.

Inside, the Eco Rocket is a bright plastic rocket that’s smaller and lighter than I expected. Rather than using batteries, the rocket has a wind-up motor that powers the rocket, which has flashing lights and a roaring engine.

We liked: I love the idea of toys that encourage kids to move and operate things rather than just turning a switch ‘on’. And Flea was definitely a fan of the rocket – the flashing lights and countdown feature really entertained her, and the ‘flames’ and rocket noise were a big hit.

We weren’t keen: At first, I couldn’t quite work out why the rocket has a compartment for a pilot – which is too small for any of Flea’s figures to fit into. This limits the potential for imaginative play – I know the similar rocket from ELC comes complete with two pilot figures. Flea was a bit disappointed but being four, she’s pretty resourceful and eventually worked out that the compartment is just the right size for a Crazy Bone toy to fit inside.

A slightly bigger problem is that the door for the cockpit (is that what it’s called on a rocket? Who knows?) isn’t hinged, and Flea didn’t have the dexterity to put it back on after opening it. Of course, this meant every time she wanted to put her pilot into the cockpit and take him out to explore, Mummy was required. While I’m sure there are parents who love this level of involvement in their child’s play, I’m one of the other sort of parents. Sorry.

Overall: This is a great toy for kids that like to play with space toys, and it’s nice to know the batteries aren’t going to run out, meaning the toy gets abandoned at the bottom of the toy box. The effects and sounds are bright and noisy, and Flea was definitely entertained. Worth considering.

[by Sally]

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