Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 09-04-2014
Tags: cbeebies, dressing up, fancy dress, ranger utility belt, sapstone, toys, tree fu tom
If your child watches CBeebies you will no doubt have come across Tree Fu Tom. Its a brilliant animated series featuring Tom and his friends having adventures and saving the day. What I love about the show is that it encourages your child out of their seat whilst they are watching to take part in some Tree Fu Moves. They think they’re helping Tom, and you know their getting a bit of exercise whilst enjoying the show. Little Man is a fan of the show and is often spotted doing his Tree Fu Moves in the lounge. He gets very excited when he sees the Tree Fu Tom toys advertised on TV or in store and has been not so subtle in his requests for a belt like Tom’s for some time, so I jumped at the chance to review the “Ranger Utility Belt” when Evolution got in touch a few weeks ago.
The Utility Belt Set comes with a replica of Tom’s sapstone belt, a scarf and woggle like he also wears, a small telescope, a compass to help your little one find their way around, and a small notebook and leaf shaped tasks to complete. There’s also a small bag that you can pop onto the belt to carry the smaller bits and pieces in.
This set is aimed at children aged 3 plus and the replica belt is size adjustable so should fit children of varying ages and sizes. Apparently Little Man is a bit skinny as we can’t get it to fit him even on the smallest setting, so when he wears it its either tied round his back or worn over one shoulder. We can’t get him to wear the scarf which he assures me is “Too small…” but I don’t think it is!
I think our only disappointment with this toy is that the sapstone in the centre of the belt doesn’t glow. Watchers of the show will know that when Tom does his tree fu moves it makes this stone glow. Now I’m obviously not expecting the stone to be motion activated, but a battery and an on off button would have been nice. The sapstone on this belt is a giant reflector and not something my Little Man really understands, but with a retail price of £19.99 you get what you pay for. I’d be happy to pay a little more for a working sapstone, but I’m sure this version will still provide hours of fun for Little Man and any other young Tree Fu fans.