Tuesday 30 July 2013

Bubble Guppies Fin-tastic Guitar & Rockin' Micro-fin review

Despite only having discovered it relatively recently, Juliette and Pierre have both really taken to watching Bubble Guppies. If you're unfamiliar with the series, it features a group of mermaid pre-schoolers who have lots of fun and adventures in the underwater city of Bubbletucky. They both love the silliness and jokes, as well as the songs. Juliette made me laugh by saying it's like a cuter and not so rude version of Spongebob Squarepants !

Fisher Price have created a whole collection of Bubble Guppies products so Pierre and Juliette were very pleased when the postman dropped off two of the toys from the range. We received a Fin-tastic guitar and a Rockin Micro-Fin. The first thing I had to do was explain the names because otherwise Pierre would have thought that funtastic and microphone weren't the real words !

You can tell that Madhouse Grandad is a Beatles fan because the first thing that Juliette said when she saw the microphone was "oh, it looks like a yellow submarine" ! If you turn it on its side, she's quite right ! The bright colours and Bubble Guppy pictures were instantly appealing to the Madhouse Mini-testers, as was the flapping fish tail. As a grown-up, I was very impressed to see that the three AAA batteries were already installed - phew, no need to go rummaging in the drawer of pinching the batteries from the remote control ! 

The microphone features over 15 different extracts of songs and phrases from the show, but more exciting than that, it has voice amplification and underwater bubble sounds that you can add when you sing along ! Pierre and Juliette both had great fun with it, but I must admit it did get a bit headachey after a while. One thing to be wary of - Pierre almost threw it in the bath I was running at the end of the day because he thought it was a swimming bath toy because of the flipping tail ! I'm not sure it would have survived that !

The Fin-tastic Guitar follows the same logic. This time it plays a selection of over 20 Bubble Guppies phrases and song extracts and by pushing on the buttons showing the characters from the show (Gill, Bubble Puppy and Molly, so the Madhouse Mini-testers tell me), you can add sound effects and phrases to the songs that you play by strumming the strings. The 3 x AA batteries are again included (big bonus point to Fisher Price - I wish all toy manufacturers would follow their example).

The Madhouse Mini-testers had a great time creating a Bubble Guppy orchestra and using the guitar and microphone simultaneously while both singing along at the same time. This sounds very harmonious and lovely until you realise they're both singing totally different songs and adding voice amplification, Bubble Guppies sayings and sound effects every 30 seconds. It made me laugh for a while but the the noise got a bit too much in the end !

Luckily, I found the perfect way to restore peace and quiet. On the Nick Jr website, you can sign up to a free Bubble Guppies fan club which enables you to print out a 25 page colouring book. That was absolutely perfect for calming them down so I would advise you to sign up and print it out in advance before giving out the noisy toys !

If you want to put my theory to the test, don't go away - I'll be back in a moment with a giveaway where you can win your very own Bubble Guppy musical toys.

star rating : 4.5/5

RRP : Fin-tastic Guitar ££19.99, Microfin £14.99

Disclosure : I received the products in order to write an honest review.

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  1. these look cool! we tried out some of the other bubble guppies toys so interesting to see reviews of these ones too

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