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1.0 out of 5 stars Awkward to play with, December 16, 2005
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Chatter Telephone (Toy)
I was excited when I first bought this toy for my little one, because I had one when I was a child. I'll say one thing about it, it's cute and it looks like the old one, and it's durable. Most Fisher Price toys can withstand alot of abuse. But it's not as playable as the old one.

First of all, the original was made of wood of course, and this one is plastic, but no problem with that, just thought I would mention that to anyone who thought it was exactly like the old one.

The reason it's awkward for children to play with is because the reciever cord is very very short. The child will practically have to hold the whole phone up to his ear.

Whoever said that their child had the coiled cord wrapped around their neck was either lying trying for a lawsuit, or they had an actual older version. There is no way the coiled cord is going to wrap around anyone's neck unless it was a Barbie doll's neck. I'm assuming they shortened it for safety reasons. Okay, I understand that, but they left the pull cord long on it. A child could strangle themselves with the pull cord just as well as they could the reciever cord if it was long enough. So why shorten one for safety reasons but leave the other long? That is just stupid. My 1 year old won't play with this, because he won't pick up the whole phone to put the reciever to his ear. He gets frustrated with it. So really the only purpose it served was to bring back a childhood memory for me. I will probably wind up cutting the stupid 3 inch cord off of the darn thing so my baby can hold the reciever the right way.

So I only recommend this for someone who likes replicas of their childhood toys, or for someone who just likes cute toys to display on a shelf in their child's room. But I don't recommend it as a toy to play with.
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Initial post: Jan 19, 2012 6:55:49 PM PST
O. Tackett says:
I know the previous post is pretty old but I must say that I have the older version of the phone for my babies and my little girl always wraps the pull cord around her neck. Yes the reciever cord is too short and difficult to play with but baby loves to play with it. I have to supervise her play though because of the fact that she always wraps it around her neck and then tries to crawl around and of course...you can guess...not too safe.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 6:03:48 PM PDT
C. Box says:
I agree with O. Tackett. The reason for the short cord is the strangulation risk that long cords pose. Fisher-Price is just trying to design products that are safe for babies to use...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2014 4:40:19 AM PDT
L says:
Yes, and that's what the original commenter said too...people should only use a condescending tone in their written responses if their reading comprehension skills are proficient.
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