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Mimic Mees Talk Back Zoo is a soft toy puppet that is highly interactive and mimics or says exactly what you or your child says aloud. This helps your child build their interaction and pupetry skills while having loads of fun playing with a toy that seems to come to life with dynamic, life-like personality put into every puppet character. They’re especially good at encouraging toddlers to enjoy talking to and communicating with their parents.
The cost of Mimic Mees Talk Back Zoo is $29.99 plus $8.99 shipping, for a total price of $38.98. This price was obtained from the As Seen on TV commercial page found at talkbackzoo.com; however, the company has since ceased selling Mimic Mees Talk Back Zoo and has taken down the website. Mimic Mees Talk Back Zoo may still be found for sale on Amazon or Ebay.
This toy is built for pure entertainment and to help kids learn while having fun. It allows one to insert one’s hand into the toy from below and straight into the head of the toy from where one can control the whole toy including its mouth. While moving the puppet about if one says anything loud enough for the toy to be able to pick-up then the toy repeats all of that exactly the way it’s said.
How this works is, when you or someone nearby ( say, your child ) says something into the direction of the toy, there’s a recording device within the toy that records and plays back all of it. This recording device has to firstly be turned on by pressing down a switch on the top of the puppet’s head once one is ready to start playing. The toy then starts recording everything being said and stores it in its memory once you have done speaking.
Once the recording is complete, the puppet is then ready to say it out loud back to you for that moment you and your child or the people you are entertaining were waiting for. A red light turns on behind the puppet’s head indicating that the puppet is ready to start speaking. While this red light stays on, the puppet repeats all of what was recorded, back to you for that moment of laughter and enjoyment. Once the puppet finishes saying everything it remembered, the red light will turn off and you can then start speaking all over again.
Since the device cannot function when one speaks while the device is already speaking. It’s only good manners, after all, to let the other finish speaking first! Jokes aside, this device cannot record what you are saying while it is already repeating what you said previously. The toy is geared to perform just one activity at a time – either record or repeat back to you what you had just said earlier.
For this reason, the device has a red light on the back of its head that remains on while the toy is still speaking. This helps in determining when one can start speaking for the puppet to be able to comprehend what is being said in order to be able to reproduce and repeat those words back to you.
There is absolutely no need to constantly be on the watch for the device to be turned off when not in use in order to prevent the batteries in the device to run dry. The device has a unique piece of auto-stop technology that automatically shuts down the device as soon as it remains unused and idle. This helps save you the trouble of constantly having to change batteries simply because you yourself or someone else accidentally forgot to put the toy off.
A lot of such devices might only have the option of plugging the device to the household’s alternating current power supply. However, this sort of puts a major restriction on the portability of this product, whose main attraction involves being able to perhaps move the puppet around the house entertaining your child or the people around.
With Talk Back Zoo, there’s no need to worry about where you want to take this toy while performing your spell of entertainment for the people around you. It is completely portable and can be carried around easily wherever you go, as it can easily be powered by simply using 2 AAA alkaline batteries that can easily be installed and replaced whenever needed.
When doing puppetry with a toy like this, it is essential to be able to have something unique up your sleeve to able to engage the attention of your child or while just entertaining guests. Puppetry has been around for a while already. No longer is it sufficient to just able to stand around opening and closing the puppets mouth while trying to make it appear as if it were actually speaking to its audience. Of course, this particular toy puppet does repeat everything you say, but nonetheless, it is still important to have that x-factor for added spice.
What the manufacturers of Mimic Mees Talk Back Zoo did was they gave their puppets special extendable necks which any puppeteer could easily elongate whenever needed, just like a jack-in-the-box toy. It is so easy, that you might even get addicted to watching your audience’s reaction to its charm.
If by now you thought you wanted more than just one of these interesting toy puppets, then your wish might just have come true. As part of a unique deal, you can get for yourself an entire set of four puppet characters instead of having to choose just one. Within this set of 4 toy puppets, are the lion, the monkey, the bird and the giraffe.
Learning can always be fun. In fact, the best kind of learning actually happens when one is having fun and enjoying what is being done. Learning is most effective when it does not come across as a task or chore, especially with little children. Talk Back Zoo toy puppets can really engage children’s learning faculties into an experience that is not only conducive to the child’s growth and development, but also a rewarding experience for the parents involved.
It can be used not only at home, but also in crèches ( perhaps, along with other kids around ), at playschools, as an aid in baby-sitting, or at a local play park along with other kids.
This device is not suitable for children below three years of age, as it can act as a suffocating hazard to child with less than needed cognitive ability.
The toy works best there is only one dominant voice at any given time, and when it is not too noisy in the background.
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