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94 of 99 found the following review helpful:
Five Minutes of FunJun 24, 2003
By Calvn Hobbes
I bought this toy for my 3 year-old niece who can't seem to get enough of Dora. She was extremely excited for the first five minutes in the store, then pretty much forgot about it once we got home.
The items that come with the backpack are second rate. The binoculars were what she played with the most, but the eye pieces are only plastic windows (no magnifying), and a little hard to see out of. The magnifying glass is also only plastic with no magnifying, and didn't hold her interest at all. The camera has no visual window, and she couldn't look through it like a regular camera. There were also no buttons for her to push to pretend taking a picture (the red button on the top does not depress.) The little bracelet stayed on her wrist for about a second, for it has no closure; it is supposed to just slip on, but apparently her wrist is too small for the large opening. In fact, it fit my wrist better than hers.
The backpack itself is hard plastic, so fitting everything inside takes a little puzzle work, but the pack stays closed, even when dropped. The pack talks when you push the mouth, and my 10 month old had a great time playing with this. My niece, however, lost interest.
The only real plus I saw was that these pieces were dropped quite often, and no breakage or dents occurred. However, it quickly became forgotten on the floor in the back of the car. I wish we had left it in the store and bought something else.
43 of 47 found the following review helpful:
COMPLETE waste of MoneyJul 19, 2006
By T. Macy
Let me preface this with - My 2 1/2 year old daughter is a HUGE Dora fan. She loves anything Dora. We opened the "Backpack" less than 15 minutes ago, she is no longer playing with it, and she has been completely frustrated and disappointed and I wish I had never let her see this useless toy. May I also say that I have NEVER written an online review before but I just can't help but want to vent over this and warn other people not to buy this toy.
1. This is not a backpack. That's weird, there is no way to attach the "backpack" to my daughter's back.
2. Even with the tiny hands of a two year old, it is nearly impossible for her to retrieve items out of her "backpack", the opening is way too small.
3. She can't even carry the "backpack" by the top handle because the latch doesn't support the weight of "backpack" How is it that they didn't catch that glitch before they went to production??????
As I write this, here are the comments I have heard from my daughter "Mommy, we can give this to some other children", "Mommy, this is broken". "Mommy, can we get me a new backpack?" Ouch, I just asked her if she likes her new backpack and she said "I don't want it, when I walk with it, it gets broken, I want to give it to someone else, because it doesn't fit me, it keeps opening" She is actually packing it back up in the box, she wants to "send it back." Only nice thing about it is that she has enjoyed singing the backpack song.....
17 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Terribly designed product!Jul 22, 2006
By J. Ogren
I bought this for my 2-1/2 year old son who loves Dora. As with the other reviews, he became completely frustrated after 15 minutes with it. The backpack is not a backpack that fits over the shoulders and if you carry it by the handle, the latch opens. The toys are extremely difficult for a child (or an adult) to fit into the backpack. And all of the toys are cheap and uninteresting. Frankly, I expected something better from Fischer-Price.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Save your moneyJun 30, 2006
By K. Elak
I bought the "backpack" for my 2 year old daughter - it instantly turned into a source of frustration for her. 1 - the backpack opening is too small and it is hard to put items in and take out, even I had trouble. 2 - the backpack is NOT a backpack, there is only a carrying handle. My daughter wanted it on her back, like Dora wears it. I ended up tying ribbon to the bag handle and taping it on the bottom so she can wear it on her back. That being said, I really do not want her walking around with a hard plastic item on her back. I plan on purchasing a fabric backpack instead.
The only positive comment I have is that the phrases the backpack plays are cute...
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Dope. Pass on this one.Mar 03, 2005
By M. Bertolone
Another reviewer said it...5 minutes of fun and then it clutters the child's room. Also, where's the map!? Go for the Dora adventure doll dress up.
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