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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun At First . . . Then What?, September 27, 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Fisher-Price Stand-Up Ballcano (Toy)
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If you're a parent with two kids, you probably already have a lot of toys at home. But you jump at the chance to expose them to something new. The Fisher-Price Stand-Up Ballcano sounded like something intriguing that they might like, so I took the chance and requested it for review.

I confess, when the box arrived, I was a little disappointed to find that not only did it take some assembly, but 4 double A batteries to work. Still, not that problematic. Most of the assembly is fairly basic, but putting in the screws that attache the legs to the base is a bit difficult. (They recommend putting the item down on a flat surface, but since the top of the base isn't flat, it's hard to get the screws to attach both plastic pieces without having a third hand to hold the snap on pieces together. Once it was assembled and the batteries were put in, we were ready to try it out.

Well,my son (who is almost 4) eagerly played with it for about a half hour that first day. He hasn't touched it for more than a minute since. My daughter (who is a year and half) occasionally explores the toy, but has more interest in the six colorful plastic balls that come with it. The toy itself has three large plastic legs with small pockets on the bottom. The top consists of three ramps that lead the balls to one of the legs and a middle section where you place the balls. When the spinner attached to the center is turned slightly, the "ballcano" portion lowers down slightly and then raises enough to send the balls off the center platform and onto the ramps where they make their way to the pockets on the lets. Oh, and it plays music and lights flash briefly while it does this.

Now normally, I prefer simple toys where the kids can use their imaginations to enliven the play. But . . . this thing is huge. It takes up as much room as some of the play centers, or a small baby walker might. The legs do not fold up and it's impossibly hard to store anywhere. And all it does is what I described above? Please! For a monstrosity of this size I want some more bells and whistles. Something that will keep my kids occupied for more than a few minutes. Something worth the amount of space and batteries.

Added into this is that the toy doesn't really work well. Most of the balls, when they tumble off the ramp, rather than falling into the shallow pockets on the legs, roll off onto the floor. I'm amazed I can still find four of the six balls . . . not sure where the other two have gone. And the volcano type action? meh. Folks, I hate to say it, but this is a one trick pony sort of toy that's a huge space hog. There are better, more interesting toys out there. Toys that not only interest kids more but take up less space and store easier. To be fair, the toy appears to be fairly strong and maybe a younger child would have more fun for longer with it, but I'm not sold on it.

Happy playing! ^_^ Shanshad
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2013 12:00:39 PM PST
Grace says:
TOTALLY agree..."Most of the balls, when they tumble off the ramp, rather than falling into the shallow pockets on the legs, roll off onto the floor."

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 10:23:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 3, 2013 10:23:23 AM PDT
Reader says:
I just bought one for my niece for this Christmas. She will be 9 mo old. It is intended for ages 6mo to 36mon. I think your son at 4 yrs old is too old for this and needs more of a challenge.
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