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Tuesday, December 06 2011 18:00

Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo (Toy Review)

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Fisher-Price is already a popular name here in The Rock Father™ house, so when the UPS man showed up here late one evening last week with a brown box bearing the F-P name, I'm pretty sure that the little one knew immediately that it was for her. Before she even knew what was inside, she was giving the box a hug, so that was a pretty good indicator. What was inside was the new Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo.

The little one loves Fisher-Price Little People. Not only has she received quite a few as gifts over the past two years, but we also inherited a bunch from a friend whose kids moved onto bigger things. Now, if you haven't seen Little People in awhile, these aren't the same little guys that people like myself (I'm 35) played with as kids. They're a tad bigger, much more detailed, and by far - safer. They also have a far better selection of play environments, and Zoo Talkers is the next evolution. As the name indicates, they talk!

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Inside the box there's a decent about of pieces, all crafted of the high-quality plastics that you'd expect from a Fisher-Price toy. For the assembly, three AAA batteries and a Philips head screwdriver (to tighten three very small screws) were required from my personal tool kit. The total assembly time was about 15 minutes.

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Having already visited both the Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoo here in Illinois, the little one is quite in-tune to the individual environments for the animals, which are represented here with a jungle, a Savannah, and an arctic region . Included with the set were a Lion, a Polar Bear, and a Gorilla - along with a friendly zookeeper as well. 

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What's impressive as well is that the additional animals are quite affordable, with single figures running $3-$4 (I've seen them at Toys R Us), and other sets available that include a book and an animal (I've seen those over at Target) for around $6. 

Over a week into it's playtime here at The Rock Father™ house, the little one LOVES it, and the Zoo has become a staple of daily play. While there's a lot of stuff to do from moving parts and slides, to a "squeeker" on the top, and a talking ticket booth - my one element of criticism is that the animals themselves should have more sound. Each figure will announce it's name with one press on the special red base, while it's signature "noise" will emit upon a second press.

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Overall, the Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo is a well-made, fun toy, that at under $40 makes for a great value and a great potential gift item this holiday season.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

FTC Disclosure: The Rock Father™ was provided with a Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo free of charge for review purposes by Fisher-Price. The opinions given here are 100% honest and factual per The Rock Father's experience with the product and observing his daughter's playtime with the toy.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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