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101 of 104 found the following review helpful:
noisy fun! Sep 04, 2000
By Patricia Mejia Burke
We purchased this toy for our son when he was learning to walk (at 9 months of age) and now he's 15 months old and still loves it. It's his favorite toy of all. He pushes it, pulls it, bangs the floor with it, chases the cats with it, gives it to me to push while he watches the "popcorn" pop and even this morning he was sliding it on the dome instead of on it's wheels. YES, it is noisy and it's not fun to have in the background while trying to talk on the phone, but it keeps a busy toddler happy! I wouldn't recommend it as a "learning to walk" toy because it's not 100% stable but for someone who is stable already, I'd highly recommend it!
47 of 50 found the following review helpful:
My son's absolute favorite! Jan 04, 2001
I just had to write a review after the negative comments I've read. Yes, it can be noisy (but if he's having fun, I'm happy). Yes, a child could run over your feet with it (my son did until we told him it hurt and wasn't nice). However, of all the toys my son has received, this is one he keeps going back to. It was a Christmas gift when he turned one and as soon as he perfected walking, the popper quickly became his favorite toy. He pretended it was a vaccum cleaner (complete with his own sound effects). And more recently it became a weed wacker (again with sound effects). He really uses his imagination with it. He's now 2 and he still takes it out to do a little poppin'. I believe as long as they are having fun and its safe - go with it! Also, it's inexpensive enough that if your child isn't thrilled with it, at least its not a big investment.
36 of 40 found the following review helpful:
A true classic. Still around for a reason! It's great fun! Oct 20, 2001
I look for toys that grow with my child, encourage creativity and are versatile. I prefer toys that are fairly quiet, easy to use and lots of fun. I want a toy that has more than one button to push.
Let me stress that this is not a quiet toy!
However, all the other expectations in a toy are met through this toy. The child can be as imaginative and creative as he/she wants with this toy. This has been a popcorn machine, a part of our family band, a vacuum cleaner and more. My son who is two still wants to play with it.
This is not a walker- in other words, it is not to help your child walk, this is a toy for playing with while you walk.
18 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Noise can be annoying, but my son loves it May 13, 2002
My son received this as a gift when he was almost 10 months old, and even before he was walking, he loved to push it back and forth on the floor to make the popping noise. Now that he is nearly 14 months old, he loves to push or pull it all over the place. Most of the time, the noise isn't so annoying, but we have had to put it away at times because it's impossible to hear anything over the popping (and it certainly does nothing to help a headache!).
I rated this toy 3 stars for fun because the noise can sometimes be too much, but my son would probably rate it 5 stars!
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
An old classic still fun! Jul 02, 2001
This toy is an old classic that has held on through the years because it's plain, simple fun that still appeals to toddlers and preschoolers of the Barney generation. For imaginative toddlers and preschoolers who want to "be like mom and dad" it can be a vacuum cleaner, a lawn mower, and other grown-up toys. My toddler's eyes light up when she hears the popping noise. Yes, it's a bit loud, but it's nostalgic for me and I know she's having a good time.
Unlike some other push toys, this one requires a toddler to be somewhat steady on his or her feet because there's nothing to lean on. For this reason, this is a slightly later push toy than some of the others that have four wheels (for a good stable early push toy, try the VTech Little Smart First Steps Plus - it's very stable and solid and will give your little one something to lean on as he or she is taking those early steps).
This toy can be either pushed or pulled. It does require that the child keep the handle in the proper angle. There is a fairly wide range of angles that work, but if the handle gets too vertical (straight up and down) the toy has a tendency to start going backwards into the child, which may send the child over the top of the popper onto the ground. This was only a problem for my daughter early on as she was learning to use this toy, but it's something to watch for when an early walker starts using it.
Overall a great toy and a classic!
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