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Not up to LeapFrog's usual standards,
This review is from: LeapFrog Touch Magic Rockin' Guitar (Toy)
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This was not nearly the hit with my 4-year-old that I thought it would be. She loves to play with musical instruments and recently suggested that we acquire enough to have "a real marching band," but it doesn't look like the Touch Magic Rockin' Guitar will be in the regular lineup.
It has an enticing, colorful appearance, and she couldn't wait to get it out of the package and strap it on (loves the strap!), but soon found that the flat buttons made it hard to play, so she kept laying it flat on the floor to use it. She might learn the buttons without having to look eventually, but at this point it doesn't look like she'll play with it often enough for that to happen. The instructions say to "touch" the buttons, and they do respond well to a light touch, but not as well to the heavy touch that a rockin' toddler uses, resulting in unintended repeats and skips. There is also somewhat of a lag in the response time with the buttons that momentarily makes it seem as if the button didn't do anything, creating more unintended repeats. So much for the featured "exploration of rhythm and tempo."
She was also disappointed that it does not have any strings and is not very guitar-like, really. She enjoyed singing along with the songs but didn't think accompanying them with electronic sound effects or strumming added much (the strumming, in fact, tends to drown them out), and she was disappointed that we couldn't queue up the songs to play her favorites in a specific order (you can only move "next...next..next" with the selector button).
In my opinion, LeapFrog is really pushing the definition of "educational" with this toy, as well. For example, the instructions emphasize that children will learn social skills by singing along and taking turns, which is not only pretty elementary but also pretty incidental to this toy (the songs "Having Fun Together" and "Taking Turns" are supposed to promote this; they were greeted with a few moments of listening and then ignored), and that playing "You're a Rock Star" will "strengthen children's understanding of the world." Seriously? And while we're at it, is the rock-star lifestyle actually the world view you're hoping to strengthen in your child anyway?
We have several other much-liked LeapFrog toys, but this one is a miss.