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Pull apart? With what the jaws of life?
on September 27, 2011
My in-laws bought this toy for my son this past weekend. I loved the idea, and even though I don't feel my 14 month old will understand this concept yet, I decided to open the toy and let him play with it. I wish I could have video taped this for you to see. Getting these shapes out of this ball was so difficult, I actually thought I was doing it wrong and went looking for instructions. First of all, it reminds me of those old fashioned exercise arm pull things. You know, with the rubber bands? Because once I got the thing pulled apart, the second I let go with one hand to get the shapes out (they are packed in there, in a little plastic bag), the stupid ball snaps back together. Also, the most I could get this thing open was about three inches or so. So I'm the only person in the house other than my 14 month old and despite every effort, I could not get this stupid ball open far enough to get that bag out of there. So basically it became about me racing the ball to see if I could get my fingers in there far enough to grab hold of the bag. But once I got a hold of it, I couldn't keep the ball open long enough to get the shapes OUT. I ended up pulling little pieces of the bag apart so I could free one of the shapes, making the bag a little less bulky. Once that was done, I had to then use my super human strength to open up the damn ball and then use my teeth, yes....my teeth to grab the bag like a bobbing apple and pull it through the stupid 3 inch opening.
Then I started thinking about what was going to happen once someone put all these colorful shapes back in the ball. Then I packaged the whole thing back up, sans little plastic bag, and will sell it to some poor soul at our garage sale this October.
Do not buy this toy.