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Product: Fisher-Price My Friend Bing
Age Range: 2 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Interactive Bing is sure to be your little Bingster’s most favourite friend!
Round the corner, not far away Bing has made a new friend today! With lots of phrases, interactive games and realistic movements, My Friend Bing is sure to be your little one’s favourite friend! Just like he does on the television show, Bing loves to run and play! Bing will invite little ones to play his favourite games like standing statue still without wobbling, tip-toeing slowly, and seeing who can be the quietest! And if Bing should run too fast and fall down…it’s no big thing. Bing will recognize when he has toppled over and will ask the child to help him up again! Bing also loves to sing! As Bing talks and plays, his ears will wiggle and move up and down just like they do on the television show! Playing with new friends… it’s a Bing thing!
Review: I have to admit when we were offered one of these cute Bing toys to review, I jumped at the chance – Lydia is a huge Bing Bunny fan and this is her first Bing toy of her very own. This Bing Bunny walks and talks, much to both Georgie and Lydia’s delight. His expressive ears wiggle about too, which is a really nice touch.
To activate Bing you just press the button on his dungarees, and he launches into action. Bing sings songs, plays games, encourages your child to get moving, and generally comes across just like the Bunny on the show. The voice is Bing’s “real voice” and Lydia has been very happy getting Bing to chat away with her.
Unfortunately Bing doesn’t walk too well on carpet but instead wiggles on the spot, but Lydia doesn’t seem to mind in the slightest, and it is to be expected with this kind of toy. He looks just like the real deal, with his detailing and clothes spot on to the character on the tv show. I don’t find the voice or movement annoying, unlike some noisy toys, and you can turn him off on the underside of his foot if you want some quiet time too.
Bing uses four AA batteries which are hidden inside his feet – two batteries in each foot, and you’ll need a screwdriver to change the batteries. He does come with batteries to begin with, which is always much appreciated with toys – there is nothing worse than a child getting a new toy and not being able to turn it on because you don’t have the right batteries!
Whenever Bing falls over he asks your child “can you help me get up” and then you get the classic Bing phrase “it’s no big thing” after standing him upright – an example of how well this toy matches up to his on screen character. The games he plays and songs he sings are recognisable from the show too, including games like “who can stand statue still” and his “rainy-bow” song.
I am a big fan of Fisher-Price toys – they are always great quality and last well through kids treating them, well, like kids do. Bing hasn’t been a member of our household for long but he has already withstood his fair share of knocks, bangs, and bumps – he’s even had his ears sucked, is frequently carried around by his ears, and Georgie takes great delight in making him walk off the edge of their table. He is very sturdy, feels well-made, and the plastic components don’t feel at all cheap & flimsy like some plastic toys do.
As you can see, Lydia has fallen in love. She’s actually just as happy to cuddle Bing as she is to play with him (despite the hard torso underneath those clothes!). Since I showed her the switch, Lydia will turn him on to play for a bit, and then off for cuddle time.
You can buy My Friend Bing at Smyths Toys, along with other toys from the Bing range – I can forsee Bing Bunny featuring heavily on someone’s Christmas list this year!
Although Lydia really likes this toy, £39.99 is a lot to spend on a single kids toy this size, no matter how nice it is. For that reason I am rating this one at 4 stars.