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Original idea, but could be better implemented
on 25 October 2011
The Munchkin Mozart cube seems like a great idea as a baby/young toddler toy at first glance. It's brightly coloured, has buttons/sides to push, and plays music. That ticks three child friendly boxes just to start with, but unfortunately after that the novelty starts to fade.
The cube is quite large and cumbersome - more suited to an adult's hands than a small child's - in fact, I think a small child would struggle to pick this up. It's too heavy and too awkward, with no projecting parts that can be easily grabbed by small fingers. That brings in a second problem - the cube is mostly made of plastic. Although the corners have a rubberised feel, if this was dropped on a table or a hard surface, particularly the edge of a table, it seems like it could easily be damaged (I admit I haven't tested it, but only because I don't want to damage the cube, and I don't have enough faith that it would survive intact!).
On the plus side, the music it plays is distinctive, and makes a change from the tinny sounding noises most musical toys make. The idea of allowing the child to add instruments to the mix one by one is a good one, and the range of tunes it plays is good too. The instruments are probably midi based, rather than original, but it's the very digital nature of midi that makes this product possible, so that you can add and remove instruments without distorting the overall sound. I did think they were distinctive enough to enable a child to learn to identify the instrument - which is probably the main thing after all.
On balance then, an innovative toy somewhat let down by problems with the way the physical product has been designed. An updated version of this toy could really improve it. It's probably best used when your child is in a soft furnished environment (perhaps a play area?) where it's not likely to get damaged, or when your child is capable of turning it, and pressing buttons, but not actually picking it up and throwing it. Either that or you need to supervise the child using it fairly closely!