Award of Excellence Winner
Overall 7
Play Value 8
Cost Value 7
Design 6
Quality 7
Parent Appeal 8
Educational Value 9

Alphie

PLAYSKOOL/Hasbro, Inc.
In Stores
Age:3+
MSRP:$44.99 ca
$39.99 us
Model:Item: 39350
Batteries:
3 x AA (Not Included)
Editor's Review

Maybe it's because its a robot, but this toy has a great deal of kid-appeal. Parents like the learning factor - which gives a good grounding in basic preschool skills. A couple of complaints: confusion over which flashing button to push, and the white cartridge slot cover (not apparent purpose, but kids can remove and loose it). Also the use of cardboard cards to trigger questions: while it's nice to have paper visuals (more like a book) there is a long term durability concern (especially for well-used favourite cards), and the possibility that loosing a card(s) leaves you with no way to access the activity. But despite these concerns, the toy was well received by kids.

Manufacturer's Description Who better to explore the world with than someone who’s new to it? This ALPHIE robot figure is on a “field trip” from his home planet and, with a kooky grin and funny faces, it’s his “mission” to introduce your child to learning! There’s practically nothing this little dynamo doesn’t want to “talk about” — from letter sounds and shape sorting to patterns, cause and effect, vocabulary development and much more, your ALPHIE figure is a whole big classroom in one little portable robot buddy. As his buttons light up, and as he “sings” and plays music, your child’s brain is stretching, growing and helping turn him or her into a super-duper learner and problem-solver! Educational fun on-the-go is as easy as can be, too, with this little guy’s handled noggin and storage spot for his cards in his backpack. There