I had the Melissa and Doug version of this toy clock for baby number one, so I assume the M&D clock was the original and this is a close copy. However, I think this one is better! A few of the number blocks have gone missing from our first clock so I was looking to replace it for baby number two, but I read the reviews for the M&D one and decided to buy the Toys of Wood Oxford version instead. I've had a few items from this brand and they have all been excellent, plus you get the added entertainment of reading the Chinese translations on the box!
But back to the clock itself: the clock sits on a slanted base so it is easy to see the whole clock face. It is made of solid wood with a very sturdy lacquer-type paint finish. In one of the product photos of the little boy playing with the clock you can see that the insides of the holes that the blocks sit in (if you see what I mean) are also painted, which is one of the reasons I think this is better than the original. The colours are lovely and bright and the writing and numbers are clear. The hour and minute hand move round easily, but stay where they are put.
I have knocked a mark off for educational value as I think both M&D and this copy have missed an opportunity: if you look at the photo you can see that block number 3 is a triangle, 4 is a square and 8 is an octagon. But inexplicably block 5 is a hexagon and 6 is a pentagon. With a tiny bit of thought they could have made the shape of more of the blocks match the numbers. But despite this, the clock is an excellent toy with masses of play value and learning opportunities, ranging from the tinies putting the blocks into the correct holes, to teaching complicated clock times.
It is better than any of the plastic shape sorter toys we've had, not only because it's more robust and has several different functions, but also because baby doesn't need your help to get the blocks from inside the toy.