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I don't think it would have lasted long anyway
on August 17, 2010
My umbrella came broken, so my review is a bit skewed. However, since there are no reviews and upon close inspection I think the cheap materials are a factor, I felt obliged to give a biased opinion. Because the Kidorable umbrellas received such terrible reviews I purchased this brand instead. I understand if you want to make a cheap umbrella small and light enough for a child, this is part of the inherent problem. But comparing it to my nephew's even cheaper Thomas the Train umbrellas from Target, I don't think this one would be able to stand up to the same bashing his receives and remain intact. Also the umbrella fabric is red with the black and orange printed on. The black came scratched off in places, which is from the shipping, but I'm sure it would only be a matter of time before my daughter brushed it against a tree when using it.
My daughter adored it until she realized it wouldn't open. It would have been fun and great for imaginative play rain or shine. The eyes really do pop out wonderfully, but the thin wire that keeps them up make me a little nervous. There are plastic tubes and a plastic guard for the lowest metal wires. I prefer kid umbrellas where you don't have to press your thumb on the metal tab(covered with a plastic guard for this umbrella) in order to open it. I've seen ones where you just push the middle part up or pull down without this extra thumb coordination. Inside the umbrella the seams aren't hemmed and the fabric ragged along the seams where the eyes are sown in. The back of the eyes are just white with no black eyeball. I may purchase a Melissa & Doug or iPlay umbrella instead.