139 of 150 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2008
Color Name: Yellow
Our son has been playing with his Rody since he got it when he was almost 2. He's always been particularly active and he took to it immediately. It's now more than a year and a half later and, while other toys and playthings have gone in and out of fashion, Rody is still his favorite with no sign of waning.
I can't believe how durable this thing is! Our son rides it HARD indoors and out, but Rody can certainly take a licking. It's so great to see a toy last these days.
It's also terrific for stimulating creative play--our son the cowboy has ridden his trusty horse Rody on many an exciting adventure. There was also the barn he built for Rody out of an old box, where Rody slept for a few weeks after we put him to bed each night. And during Christmastime, Rody was a reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh.
And it's incredible exercise too! He just looks like he's having so much fun on it. Our younger son is 16 months and has already started eyeballing Rody and trying to get on it. We'd better get a second one soon to avoid World War III in our house. I really can't recommend this toy enough. It's safe and fun and good for your kid. In these days when it seems that every toy is battery operated and obnoxious, nothing beats Rody for some good, old-fashioned fun. As a parent of 2 young children, and a VERY discriminating toy shopper, I'm delighted to recommend Rody whole-heartedly.
97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2009
I was actually given a Rody by a therapist, but I'm buying one for Nana's house too! My daughter (9 mo.) has Down Syndrome and this is a great toy to motivate her balance and work her legs. The ears are great for chewing on. All the kids who come over want to try Rody out, and he holds up to my 4-year-old quite well. I highly suggest it for kids of all abilities.
Hint: Light colors get dirty and don't come clean! I saw a yellow one that looked icky after very little use. I recommend the purple and red.
45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2006
The great thing about this product is it can expand to fit your child. I didn't blow it up all the way for my younger daughter who is 15 months and it is blown up to the recommended maximum for my three-year-old.
The downside is you have to use an air compressor to blow it up to a good size. If you use a foot pump it doesn't work well.
They really enjoy bouncing up and down and also bouncing them so that they go around the room on them.
I think it teaches them balance and coordination. I know that it is used for special needs children to teach them how to balance.
I think it's a good product. I tend to put them away for a while and when I bring them out they are like a new toy and the kids get all excited again.
See my picture in the images!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2011
Color Name: PurpleVerified Purchase
This product is great fun! All the kids seem to be drawn to it. They love to bounce all around on it, but every kid that has sat on it has tipped backwards and hit their head on the floor.... So beware! It seems like the children three and over learn how to not fall after a few tips. But I would advise you put to put a younger child on this, as they will likely get hurt.
I also purchased the rocking base and it works great. To turn the bouncy horse in to a rocking horse you have to partially deflate it (which is quick because as soon as you pull the plug out the air escapes VERY quickly, no valve...) Then when it is partially deflated you just tuck the feet into the hole on the base. Then you inflate again and you have a rocking horse. I would say a small hand pump would be the most convenient way to do this- something you can store near the horse. I use my vacuum and it is just a pain.
Overall I would rate this toy a five,perhaps even a six, except for the fact that it is kind of dangerous to have around some kids. Even if your kid is not the kind to fall off of this, almost certainly a friend or cousin eventually will.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2009
Color Name: Pink
I first saw Rody at my friends house. She'd moved from Germany and brought Rody with her. I was really excited to find Rody in a local shop and discover that Rody is made in Italy, and that while the material used is the rather scary PVC, Lederplastic, the parent company, does not use any of the European 'banned phthalates' which surely means it has to be a notch better than traditional vinyl.
So, we received Rody as a Christmas present for my almost-two-year-old, and it was love at first sight. And why not? This horse is ridiculously adorable. My daughter has taken to feeding Rody the felt lettuce leaves from her play kitchen. She rides him, drags him, cuddles him, and puts him in time out when he's been naughty. My 4-year old has to fight for a turn on Rody, but she seems to appreciate him a great deal as well, even if she is a little big for him and more frequently topples backwards. It may be that if we put more air in him, he'd be more appropriate for the older of our children, but since he's just right for our youngest we figured we'd leave him like he is.
One of my fears in having Rody around was that with our hardwood floors and multiple fireplaces that it would be a head-injury risk, especially for my youngest. I thought he might have to be relegated to the outdoors where the soft ground would cushion their falls. However, they both seem to have a bit more control with him than I would have expected. They seem to anticipate the fall, and go with it, and it's kind of a slow-motion type affair where the impact wouldn't be bad even if they were careless. Of course, they've been a little more low-key than I would have anticipated too, so that adds to my feeling that the toy is generally safer for indoor use than I had initially estimated.
This horse is quite durable. Rody is made of really, really thick heavy duty PVC. He seems more than adequately equipped to handle rough play indoors and out. He's easy to inflate too, we did so in a couple of minutes with a foot-operated pump. He comes with specific attachments that will work with any standard pump.
I would have easily given Rody 5 stars, but I have to say despite the 'safer' vinyl he's made of he really, really stinks. Sometimes I smell him before I see him (my daughter hides him sometimes, though not effectively because the smell gives him away). I guess I expected that safer vinyl wouldn't have that sick-sweet plasticy smell that I so loathe. I'm really hoping that the smell dissipates after a while. In the meantime I give him 'fresh air breaks' on the porch when he's not being played with, hoping this will speed up the process.
I do hope that the plastic he's made of is indeed safe(ish). I wouldn't get rid of him unless I was given a strong reason to suspect otherwise. He really is a loved toy, well-designed and a great source of indoor athletic play.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
Color Name: LimeVerified Purchase
I bought this Rody for my grandson's 2nd birthday. It took him a little bit to get the hang of it, but his 3yr old sister LOVED it instantly!! Definately worth the $40. Very fun toy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
Color Name: BlueVerified Purchase
I got this toy to take on a winter vacation. With 2 kids (4 & 17 months) who love to bounce (usually on me) I needed something I could put in my luggage, was quiet, and got pent up energy out. When I arrive at our destination Rody was easy to inflate and within minutes the kids were able to bounce away. We were also able to adjust the size of Rody to fit our youngest size by letting air in or out. It was also quiet, aside from tons of laughter, and didn't bother the people in the hotel around us. When our vacation was over, we just unplugged and repacked in seconds. If you have kids that love to bounce, and you are tired of being bounced on, this is the PERFECT toy for you.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2011
Color Name: BlueVerified Purchase
I bought this for my grandson on his 4th birthday. Even though it says it's for 3-6 year olds, don't believe it. He is a small four year old and it was woefully small for him to sit on. And forget bouncing on it. He just carries it around for a pet instead. I'm disappointed to say the least. That was an expensive mistake.
24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
Color Name: PinkVerified Purchase
I was so excited about this toy because of all the positive reviews. Here are my issues:
1. It is recommended for ages 3 and up because it has small parts that are choking hazards. My 3 year old tried to ride on Rody and when she sat down, he's so low to the ground that my daughter's knees were up to ears, making it impossible to bounce at all. Rody is VERY unstable and she kept flipping over him onto her head.
2. My 18 month old also tried to get on Rody and again he is SO unstable and wobbly that she kept tipping over to the side....luckily I was there to catch her.
I just cannot figure out why people like this toy. Once a child is coordinated and large enough to maintain balance on good old Rody, they are too big to be able to bounce at all
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2009
Color Name: YellowVerified Purchase
My almost 3-year-old granddaughters loved Rody and really enjoyed bouncing on him. They did topple over his head a few times at first, so be sure to have plenty of space to avoid accidents. After a few times of play, we noticed the tail had a defect that got worse and worse and developed a tumor-like place. We returned it and haven't gotten the replacement yet. This toy is great for developing muscle tone and balance.