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  • The original 1971 Fisher Price Change-A-Record Music Box, or otherwise known as the Fisher Price Record Player, is back
  • An endearing classic
  • Features 10 songs on 5 records
  • Playable records store conveniently inside the record player
  • Handy carrying handle for tunes on the go
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 10.5 x 5.5 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B003CGVCXS
  • Item model number: 1697
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 18 months and up
  • Batteries 3 AA batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,242 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
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Fisher Price Classic Record Player

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The Fisher Price Change-A-Record Music Box, more commonly known as the Fisher Price Record Player, is a favorite among those who played with it as a child. Originally introduced in 1971, this endearing classic is now available again. Complete with "playable" records that store conveniently inside the record player and a carrying handle for tunes on the go Features 10 songs on 5 records. Ages 18 months and up.

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Customer Reviews

The sound quality is very poor, also.
hpgreen05
So it is actually a recording and not the record itself playing like the classic Record players.
marcy
I was so excited to get this toy, but it is not like the original.
Kangarific

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

658 of 662 people found the following review helpful By DT on September 8, 2010
My parents still have my 30 year old music box record player and it still works great -- so we were pleased when someone gave us this new "classic" version as a gift for our boys. It does have a similar look and feel, but if you really want the original be warned that this is not the same toy. Engineering analysis follows below. As a toy though, the kids love it and it is reasonably durable. They will need help operating it when younger but it does give them that sense of tactile control of the music that the original was renowned for.

I was perplexed as to why this needed batteries and why the discs looked different than I remembered though, so I took a closer look yesterday at it:

The original player had a real music box in the record player "head", and the bumps on the discs would strike the teeth of the music box, producing the notes, which echoed in the box chamber. The discs turned via manual wind-up. A brilliant re-imagining of the music box in a record player format, not unlike a real record player in how it worked, and a highly cherished toy.

Evidently someone realized that it was far less expensive to use a 25 cent memory chip and a speaker instead of all those mechanical parts (study though they were), so the new player works as follows:

- The record head has four pressable buttons which line up with four ridge positions on the discs
- Each disc no longer has "bumps" for notes, but instead simply has a combination of four continuous ridges
- The memory chip identifies which disc is being played by the ridges depressing the buttons
- The wind-up still turns the disc manually, but all it does is tell the speaker to play while turning.
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146 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Penelope on September 6, 2010
I was so excited to see this record player reissued as I loved this toy while growing up. Ultimately, I purchased at at a brick and mortar store after waiting for it to become available through amazon.com. Beware, it is not of the same quality as the original, nor is it as durable. Gone are the music box tines from the original, replaced with most likely a memory chip (if you have the old records, you will be unable to use them with this player). The record player has also stopped in the middle of playing multiple times despite using fresh batteries, and the machine being properly wound. For a better sense of nostalgia, you would be better served finding a vintage one at a garage sale or elsewhere online.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Richard Carreiro on December 24, 2010
There's no point in repeating what everyone's said -- they are dead on. I'm very disappointed it's not a real music box like the original. And the packaging is VERY misleading as it shows pictures of the original toy (you can tell because the records in the picture have the the little nubbins that play the actual music box).
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful By MountainHome on December 13, 2010
This toy is just a cheap knock-off of the original--though the price is anything but cheap at $30.00. It doesn't even have a music box, but instead uses a digital speaker. The buttons under the "needle head" select the tune. Th mechanical portion of the toy is not reliable--it frequently sticks so that the tunes stop and start unpredictably. The new door for the "records" feels like it will break every time it is opened, and the yellow mechanical on-off switch doesn't switch reliably. In short, the build quality is cheap. The whole thing feels like a $3 chinese imitation, which, in the end, is what it is. The kids stopped playing playing with it after a few minutes because it was so unreliable. This was a sore disappointment, since grandma has a 30-year-old original version that works perfectly, and it is always the favored toy when we visit. Fisher Price advertises this as "The original 1971 Fisher Price Change-A-Record Music Box", which is not true.
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96 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Trinity on November 20, 2010
We bought this product for our daughter for her second birthday because both my wife and I had the original as kids. The new product is far inferior to the original and here's why: 1) The new product is NOT a music box like the original. 2) Because of #1, the new product requires batteries. 3) My Aunt still has one of the original products and it has better sound! Yes, 40 years later and the music box sounds better than the cheap digital recording. 4) You still have to "wind" the new toy (I won't call it a music box because its not) just to make the "record" spin even though all sound is electronic. 5) The switch to start/stop the music has a cheap feel and sometimes doesn't work. Finally......this product costs $29.99 at Meijer so DON'T PAY $59.99 on line!!!! Bottom line, I am returning this product in favor of buying an original on e-bay. Thanks for a ruining another childhood favorite!
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Keith M. Sedor on July 19, 2012
I had this when I was 4 in 1972, and I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!!!

But...

Fisher-Price released a line of retro toys a year or two ago, including the Music Box - Record Player... and they SCREWED IT UP ROYALLY!!!

They did away with the authentic Swiss movement music box player chimes embedded in the record player arm; and the grooved records that actually played the songs have been replaced by non-grooved copies that probably have the songs digitally embedded on a chip inside the plastic records.

It requires batteries now, and EXCEPT for the exterior appearance, it is NOTHING like the original from the 70's. It looks identical at first glance, but closer inspection reveals that this is SOOOOO not the toy I loved playing with as a child.

Remember how solid & sturdy the original was? GONE! The new one is flimsy, and the build quality is schlock! The On/Off slider no longer has a positive detent anymore; and on the one I got for my daughter was actually installed UPSIDE-DOWN! The wind up handle in the front has been rendered smaller, and is uncomfortable for adults to wind up for their kids.

AND BATTERIES?! DID I MENTION THE NEW ONE REQUIRES BATTERIES??? Oh yeah... but it bore repeating. Seriously Fisher-Price??? How is this BETTER?! (Oh yeah... it's NOT!)

Don't get me wrong. This is NOT a Fisher-Price bashfest on my part. I LOVE Fisher-Price & grew up with almost every Little People(tm) toy they made, and I buy them for my 2 year old daughter to this day. She absolutely loves her Fisher-Price ZooTalkers(tm) Animal Sounds Zoo, and all of it's animals. In fact, we've already got the next wave of ZooTalkers(tm) animals put away for her for Christmas.

But I digress...
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