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Let the good times roll,
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This review is from: Fisher-Price Barbie Grow to Pro 1-2-3 Roller-skates (Toy)
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I'll be honest - in the box these are not the most impressive looking roller skates. They're all plastic and really bulky. However, once out of the box and on my 3 and 1/2 yo daughter's feet they became a thing of beauty. All, and I do mean ALL, of her friends who have seen them immediately want a pair of their own. Weird.
Obviously, these were her first skates, but these things are great for learning, and seem to look really good to her. They are easy to adjust and have several safety features that help a child learn to skate with minimal personal damage.
Basically, the front and back halves of the skates slide apart to fit whatever shoe your kid is wearing. You then use a velcro ankle strap to lock them in. Right out of the box these things are good to go inside the house. The wheels, like the rest of the skates, are made of smooth hard plastic. They get scuffed up pretty quickly outside and, unlike polyurethane wheels on real skates, get pretty jaggedy and might scratch a wood floor.
There are three settings for the wheels, set by adjusting a small sliding switch on each skate. It's pretty easy to use, even when the skates are on, but they do occasionally slip out of the desired setting. The first setting locks the wheels and just gets your kid used to wearing and walking in the skates. Setting two only lets the wheels roll forward. Also, it rings a bell repeatedly as they roll forward. It's kind of annoying, but maybe it encourages the child to get into the third mode. The third setting lets the wheels spin freely, sans noises. These things are fast on a flat smooth floor, but on the street will never really get going too fast. That's not to say you kid won't fall or slip, but they're not going to go shooting off down the hill either. I'd still recommend a helmet outside.
In the long run I don't know how quickly she'll outgrow the functionality of these skates, but for a toddler learning to skate, or just looking for another fun physical activity, these are totally great. After a few weeks they've held up remarkably well and my daughter, while not as obsessed with them as she was originally, is still enjoying them.