133 of 138 people found the following review helpful
We purchased this toy for our son when he was learning to walk (at 9 months of age) and now he's 15 months old and still loves it. It's his favorite toy of all. He pushes it, pulls it, bangs the floor with it, chases the cats with it, gives it to me to push while he watches the "popcorn" pop and even this morning he was sliding it on the dome instead of on it's wheels. YES, it is noisy and it's not fun to have in the background while trying to talk on the phone, but it keeps a busy toddler happy! I wouldn't recommend it as a "learning to walk" toy because it's not 100% stable but for someone who is stable already, I'd highly recommend it!
79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2001
I just had to write a review after the negative comments I've read. Yes, it can be noisy (but if he's having fun, I'm happy). Yes, a child could run over your feet with it (my son did until we told him it hurt and wasn't nice). However, of all the toys my son has received, this is one he keeps going back to. It was a Christmas gift when he turned one and as soon as he perfected walking, the popper quickly became his favorite toy. He pretended it was a vaccum cleaner (complete with his own sound effects). And more recently it became a weed wacker (again with sound effects). He really uses his imagination with it. He's now 2 and he still takes it out to do a little poppin'. I believe as long as they are having fun and its safe - go with it! Also, it's inexpensive enough that if your child isn't thrilled with it, at least its not a big investment.
62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
I look for toys that grow with my child, encourage creativity and are versatile. I prefer toys that are fairly quiet, easy to use and lots of fun. I want a toy that has more than one button to push.
Let me stress that this is not a quiet toy!
However, all the other expectations in a toy are met through this toy. The child can be as imaginative and creative as he/she wants with this toy. This has been a popcorn machine, a part of our family band, a vacuum cleaner and more. My son who is two still wants to play with it.
This is not a walker- in other words, it is not to help your child walk, this is a toy for playing with while you walk.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 1999
I just gave this toy to my 1 year old daughter. I was going to save it for Christmas but I'm glad I didn't wait. This toy makes my daughter giggle like no other toy. Plus, she's just learning to walk and it has encouraged her to walk more. We also chase her around with it - making her belly laugh all over the house. Her 16 month old friend loves it too. My mother discouraged me from buying her such a 'noisey' toy. But when the popping brings so much joy and baby laughter to our home, how could we not get it for her?? It's FANTASTIC!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2003
My now 20 month old son received this as a gift on his first birthday. He played with it more often than he did with most of his other toys. He had been walking for a few months, so it wasn't much of a helpful tool, but it was fun. Then one day (about 3 months later) his babysitters played a game with him where they chased him around the apartment with it. He had so much fun that from that point on he almost never put it down. Normally I would say that the sounds wouldn't bother me. However, he ran with it so fast and constant that it was enough to trigger a headache, and it drove my husband nuts. It was worth it though. He loved it so much. About four or five months after he received it, however, the spring that made it pop actually popped up into the clear bubble and didn't work anymore. We took it apart to see if we could fix it, but there was a bar inside that had broken in half. It couldn't be fixed. I know he used it all the time and ran fast, but I really thought it was indestructable until that day. He doesn't run around with it now, but he is still attached to it somehow. If he spots it he will take it and push it around, for a few seconds, until he remembers that it doesn't make noise any more. Then he'll set it down, and when we leave the room he'll make sure to take it with him again. (It's kind of sad, actually.) All in all though, I recommend this product. I just hope yours doesn't break! (It sounds like most of them last. We must have been the exception, having one that broke.)
Case in point:
Based on my experience, this is a fun, entertaining toy for babies/toddlers who recently learned how to walk. ...Just be prepared for the popping sound (which is very loud if run with but otherwise fine), and hope yours doesn't break.
...As far as educational value goes, it can be a teaching tool for words like fast, slow, quiet, loud, go, stop, etc. It's all about how you choose to use it. :)
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2003
This torture toy is pure hell for parents, but wonderfully entertaining for kids!! There is nothing that compares to the hours of insanity-causing popping of this toy being run up and down the hallway/driveway/kitchen/study/any flat surface, which does though, tell of its all-time popularity with kids... A classic and wonderful "gift" for the OTHER kids!!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 1999
This is such a great little push toy! I have 3 daughters and they have all loved it! We have the older version which has a wooden handle instead of the newer plastic one. Personally, I think that it is easier for chubby fingers to grasp a hold on then the new one--hence the term "If it aint broke, don't fix it" My girls have gotten hours of fun out of this popper and my 14 mo. old loves to chase her older sister's with it! There is only one less than positive thing I can say about it! It is N~O~I~S~Y!! But hey if you have kids, you are already used to the noise, right? Fisher Price makes the BEST toys!!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
There is virtually no clearance for the wheels to turn. It just skids across the floor and never pops. To add insult to injury, the axle was slightly bent which further prevented the wheels from turning and activating the popper. I hope I can find a used classic version of this when it was built out of more sturdy materials. This newer model is nothing but plastic garbage.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
I received this as a gift in July 2012. The corn popper that is currently for sale is very poorly made. The wheels DO NOT ROLL, on either carpet or on hardwood. I have a hard time making it pop when I am pushing it myself, exerting considerable downward force.
My one year-old daughter is a great walker but could never get this going. She carries it around with her sometime, but I don't even think she understands what it is supposed to do.
Additionally, the older models used to have a switch on the underside that could turn off the "popping." This switch is gone. When I called my Mom to complain that ours didn't work, she told me to check to make sure it was in the "on" position. When I let her know that no such switch existed she couldn't believe how much Fisher Price has cut corners to wreck a toy that used to be such a crowd-pleaser.
Don't buy this unless you find an old used one at a tag sale.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2001
Hamilton from "Maggie and the Ferocious Beast" calls this toy his push-me-popper. My three-year-old loves it, and so does her 18-month-old brother, who likes to "vaccuum" the floor with it. He's getting one of his own for Christmas. For those who complain of the noise, there are many toys out there which produce more annoying sounds. My son tends to find the most horrible noise an electronic toy can produce and push that button until his sister lobs a stuffed toy at him. I'll take the popping balls over a police siren/fire truck/honking horn any day.
Seriously, though, we set aside quiet time in the evenings for the family, and the noisier toys are put away. Mornings are the rowdiest time in our household, and we try to wind things down when bedtime approaches so it's easier for the little ones to settle down to sleep.