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Playskool Musical Activity Ball and Gear Center
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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon August 15, 2010
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At first glance the Playskool Musical Activity Ball and Gear Center looks impressive. It has five gears, music, and balls that drop, but then you realize.. is that it? The gears turn and music plays, but the balls simply roll seemingly without a purpose. You can see it in the video, but the concept is pretty basic you push a button, the gears spins, and music plays. While to me it seems pretty simple, but my 11-month old-daughter enjoys playing with it. While I wouldn't call it her favorite toy she does enjoy it....almost to my amazement.

Other notes

- 2 Double AA batteries required (not included)
- Easy to assemble
- Three main activities - the ball drop, the motorized gears, the manual gears
- Seems to be well built

Final Verdict - My initial thought was that my daughter would lose interest in less than 2 minutes, however I am surprised that she is playing with it a week later.

4 Stars
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 23, 2010
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Overall, this toy is pretty fun for a baby. I've played with my friend's 14 month-old with this toy and it kept her occupied for a good 15 minutes. She had a lot of fun figuring out where to put the balls and got excited anticipating them to pop out; also she had fun taking the gears off and putting them back on and turning them. The balls are large enough that she can't fit them in her mouth and there's a little slot for the balls to stay in when you're not using them (so they don't get lost). It's pretty sturdy as she was being a bit rough with it and didn't fall apart. The music is not totally annoying, so that's a plus too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Durable and easy to assemble are the highlights of this Playskool toy. Otherwise, it's had it's 5 minutes of fame in our home, and likely will be stashed away while my young sons play with other toys they find more amusing. My boys are 8 months and 2 years old. The 2 year old likes to run around with the balls best, and finds the rest of toy less than engaging. My 8 month old has been amused with the music playing, and may become interested in turning the gears--that is if the toy even still interests him in the near future. The gears turn well and they stack easily, but they don't DO anything. Turning the gears doesn't make the music turn on, or make the balls drop. The balls must be manually dropped down, and all they do is drop. When they drop, they don't cause the music to turn on, either. Only pushing down the red smiley face on the right corner makes the music go. If pushed far enough down, the gears will also turn. If the gears played more of a role in causing the music to play or the balls to roll, I probably would have rated this toy better. As it is, the elements are not related to each other at all.

Overall, save your money for other toys which will likely get better use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2010
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My eighteen-month-old grandson and his dad tried out the 'Playskool Musical Activity Ball and Gear Center.'

My son's report reads: I'd give it 3 stars, I think Benji would give it 4 right now.

I think the detachable gears and the balls are going to get separated from the toy and the big plastic base will be a lot less interesting without them. Also, while the toy is interesting now, it might not hold his attention as he gets bigger, whereas something like a toy truck is interesting now and when he's a little older.

But now, while the parts are relatively together and he's 18 months, he likes playing with it.

I can't speak on behalf of children of other ages, but it's a bit simple for an eighteen-month-old and likely to be left in pieces (after being enjoyed for a while).

Bottom line: Three and a half stars. Not a great buy for the outlay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
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I bought this for my almost 10 months baby nephew. He has other toys that are balls and gears. He loves those so I just knew he would love this and he does. The package arrived promptly and in great condition. He is not quite ready to do the ball drop, stacking the gears, or matching the gears by himself just yet, but other than that he does it all. I believe he loves playing with the balls the best. Plays with this for quite a bit. Glad I got this for him.

Updating: It has been a little over a month of my nephew playing with this toy and it is still one of his favorite toys. I almost have to shake my head looking at many other reviews that keeps saying how it does nothing. Really? My nephew loves this toy. It is simple, but for what you pay for it do your really expect to just put batteries in it and it becomes an automatic babysitter for hours at a time to your children? Especially kids that are getting near two years old or older? Really? I bought this to amuse and maybe educate my nephew for a little while when properly supervised by an adult. I seriously do not ever believe that any toy can replace proper supervision of a child by an adult and hopefully people will not delude themselves about that fact. My nephew plays with the gears, balls, the flap, and the center itself. He has learned to drop the balls, push the button make the gears spin, running hands over the gears that you need to manually move, and pulling the balls out of the resting place on the center and putting them back in. We have even clipped some of the other ringed toys to the center that he pulls and learns to get the toys off. We also stick little toys into the slots for the balls on the center and he has learned to take them out and put them back in. He is still learning the matching of the gears. My nephew has been playing with it all for a little over a month and still loves it and he does not lack in the toy department. So basically you get your money's worth out of this toy as long you are taking the toy for what it is worth and without unrealistic expectations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
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This is major bang for the buck. So many different activities that our daughter loved for about a year. Even now, she's three, she'll have fun with it for a little while if we pull it out. The gears can be stacked, moved around. The balls (and various dolls) slid edown the chute. The gears on the side are fascinating. Learning how to pop the balls out is an activity in and of itself. Finding all the pieces at the end of the day can be annoying but having the game is totally worth the work. The sounds are rather mild, not annoying to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have to laugh at the parents fussing this toy does nothing. Yes, it is fairly simple. There is a purple flap inside the top that does nothing at all -- but flap. And my grand daughter loves to flap it! And pull off the gears, chase the balls, smash the worm's head. She plays with this all the time. I love the mechanical music it plays. Nicely different from all those toddler songs. It keeps her occupied. What more can one ask for $12.95?
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VINE VOICEon August 19, 2010
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This toy survived my five-year-old's abuse, so it's definitely durable. However, he and my toddler both kind of lost interest after a while. Every once in a while my toddler goes over to it and plays for a few minutes. It's neither very engaging nor very educational. If I had to choose again, I'd get something else, like Peek a Blocks or a Busy Ball Popper, or just some wooden blocks. Lots more play value in those.
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on January 1, 2011
My mother-in-law purchased this on a lightning deal after seeing that we had purchased this other gear toy --> Playskool - Push and Pull Activity Gears for our 7.5 month old daughter. I really wish she hadn't - there was a reason we didn't put it on our daughter's wish list ourselves! I basically view it as a waste of space, but for family politics we have to keep it.

There are three parts to this toy, and it looks like possibly the original design (I can only imagine it changed at some point) was for all three parts of the toy (the gears, the ball drop, the spinny gear face) to be integrated. Instead, they all have nothing to do with one another. There is even a little flap in the ball drop that has ZERO use - it looks like if something controlled it, it would keep the balls from dropping until some sort of mechanism was triggered. Since it has nothing controlling it, the flap just remains in the "allow balls to drop" position and is totally useless.

Basically, my daughter enjoyed pressing the one button on this for all of two minutes, and now her main interest is in chasing the balls around the room, pulling off and chewing on the gears, or trying to pull herself up to standing with the activity center (and subsequently knocking the toy over).

The gears don't even integrate well with our other Playskool gear toys, so that is extra disappointing. Add on the fact that the sound to the toy has no volume control (and is a bit loud), and I wish this never came in our house.
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First off, if I were in a store trying to find a toy to buy my one year old son, this would not be it. It just looks too simple, as though he would get bored or never play with it. As it was a free demo toy to review I went with it and I'm glad I did!

There are 6 different colored gears, and when you press the "big red button" they all spin and turn. There are three gears on the side that little fingers can spin and watch the face go round and round. There are two slots to stick the balls in (a little difficult to get out once they are in), and a tunnel to drop the balls down where they land in a little red spinner (not sure how to describe this) so when you press the "big red button" they spin around. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why there was a flap at the start of the tunnel that lifted up; but then my son reached in to pull a ball out and it made it possible for his closed fist to fit, wow!

Surprisingly my son likes it. He doesn't play with it every waking moment, but he likes it enough to come back to it everyday. I haven't even put the batteries in yet! (They are not included and I've been to lazy to put them in).

I thought my son would loose interest but so far he's still playing with it. It's strange because most adults have dismissed this toy, telling me, "He'll get bored of it." They are surprised to hear how long he's had it, and to find their kids playing with it, too!
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