Little Tikes My Buddy Review (MGA Entertainment)

Little Tikes My Buddy
What It Is

Your new favorite buddy is here. It's the Little Tikes My Buddy, a soft and cuddly elephant toy that has three stages of play for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. My Buddy comes in two versions: a blue elephant named Triumphant and a pink elephant named Lalaphant. Each is sold separately.

But both elephants have the same play features. There are three stages of play: infant (6 months+), toddler (18 months+), and preschool (24 months+). Choose the stage you want based on the child's age. Then, press the elephant's "power" symbol ear to start playing in learning mode. The content will change depending upon the stage you're playing in, but in learning mode, when the elephant's numbers hand is pressed, kids will hear songs and phrases about numbers and counting. When the elephant's letters hand is pressed, they'll hear phrases and songs about the letters of the alphabet. When the music foot is pressed, kids will hear phrases and music that introduces them to musical instruments. And when the elephant's paw print foot is pressed, they'll hear different animal sounds.

Press the "power" ear again to enter game mode and play one of four games: Music Maker, where kids squeeze the elephant's hand or foot to play the melody of a song; Laughter Builder, where kids squeeze the elephant's hand, foot, or tummy to make the elephant laugh; Following Directions, where kids do what the elephant asks them to do; and Lala/Buddy Says, which is the elephant version of Simon Says.

Kids can also tickle the elephant and press the light-up heart to hear a song.

And after 15 seconds of not playing with the elephant, it will go into idle mode by saying a phrase or singing a song. There are more than 240 songs, sounds, and phrases built into My Buddy.

Is It Fun?

There is a lot of play with this cute toy. Not only are you getting three different stages so that the toy grows with your child, but you're also getting a lot of different learning and play within each stage to keep your baby, child, and preschooler engaged. And this elephant is really soft, so kids will like giving it lots of hugs when they're not singing, dancing, and playing with it.

Who It’s For

Little Tikes My Buddy is for ages 6 months to 36 months. It's a grow-with-me toy that engages kids in a lot of different play.

What To Be Aware Of

Three AAA batteries are included for the in-store try-me features, so we recommend replacing them before you play for best results.

There are two levels of volume.

My Buddy comes in a blue version named Triumphant and a pink version named Lalaphant. Each is sold separately.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    3 AAA batteries required