Pros: Electronic voices sound clear, buttons are easy to push.
Cons: Do not use plastic coins with baby or toddler!
The Bottom Line: I would recommend this toy. It helps your child's eye/hand coordination, electronic voices and sounds are very clear! Do not let baby or toddler use coins to prevent airway obstruction!
My granddaughter Brooklyn loves the telephone. If she sees one in a room, she will go directly to it and pick it up! So when her mother and I was shopping at Value City, we decided to purchase this Playskool Talking Pay Phone for her. Now the picture of the one on Epinions is different than the one that we purchased, but our pay phone must be a newer version because it does not have the cord to the telephone and the colors are different. These telephones are suggested retail for $20.00 but Value City had there telephone marked down to $12.99. This was an after Christmas toy sale and we took advantage of it!
Brooklyn's talking pay phone is a bright yellow upright rectangular pay phone with a cordless green receiver. The push button numbers are purple with big white numbers on them. They are easy to see and easy to push. The phone comes with four plastic coins that are suppose to be quarters. The coins are the size of a checker and come in the colors of gray, green, purple and orange. If your little one tends to put things in his/her mouth, I would suggest that you do not let them play with these coins since they could easily get lodged in the airway! There is also a pretend credit card that you can "swipe" on the phone. The electronic voice tells you to swipe your phone card and then lets you know when the card has been approved! If you use coins, it will tell you to deposit your coin. You can watch the coins go down to the bottom of the pay phone by the five round holes on the right side of the telephone. The red colored coin slot insert is at the top of the phone on the right side. The credit card slot is located on the left side of the telephone.
There is a red button that Brooklyn can push that will return her coins at the bottom of the phone. I think that this phone has a very clear electronic voice. There are ten different electronic sounds and voice messages. These sounds allow children to role play. This phone is also helpful to teach your children the numbers and counting. This phone also helps younger children with their hand and eye coordination.
It comes with two AA batteries which can only be changed with a Phillips screwdriver! I like this safety feature and the fact that there is no cord. It is made of a durable plastic and can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent. The only thing I really do not like about the phone is that there is not a handle on the base of the pay phone for Brooklyn to carry it and it is slightly heavy.
The electronic voices are both male and female. It also makes a dialing tone, a ringing sound and a busy signal. It makes a noise when you swipe your credit card, too! If you have a child that loves to get on the telephone or just enjoys pushing buttons, I would recommend this toy! The play features on this talking pay phone will keep your child entertained for hours!
Amount Paid (US$): 12.99 Type of Toy: Playscene Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years