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Tomy Play to Learn Pic N Pop Walker Toy

Submitted by on October 25, 2010 – 3:38 pmNo Comment

The older children love it, but picking up the balls is impossible

Buy online: Amazon.co.uk

Price: £19.97

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Initial Thoughts: It says it is suitable from 18 months but my 3 and 5 year old love it.

We liked: It shoots balls out! What’s not to love about that? My boys think it might be one of the greatest toys ever for that alone. It is solidly made, looks like it will take some battering and they aren’t showing signs of getting bored with it yet.  There’s no batteries or ghastly electronic noises. And it shoots balls out (did I mention that already?)

We weren’t keen: You are supposed to be able to ‘hoover’ the balls up into the toy. Really? Has anyone at Tomy actually tried to do that? It is impossible. I can’t do it, my husband can’t do it and any number of other adults invited to have a go haven’t been able to do it either. It doesn’t seem to stop the enjoyment of the kids who just put the balls in and then fire them out in a different direction, but it isn’t quite how the toy was intended to be played with.

Overall thoughts: It is frustrating how difficult it is to pick up the toys, but my boys seem to have adapted to the toys limitations. They enjoy it and will probably play with it for as long as we still have some balls (current count 2 into the ether, 2 under the sofa and 1 safe and sound where it should be). I’m not sure I’d consider it value for money at nearly £20 but it is well made.

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