First, ask yourself a question. Do the parents of the child for whom you’re shopping dislike clacking? Because there is be a great deal of clacking involved with this toy. It’s not overly loud, but it’s clacky.
It’s also a great toy for a first birthday gift. This guy can be enjoyed for years as it turns from a basic walking helper, into a just fun to run around the house toy.
NOTE: We’ve heard a couple reports of quality control issues regarding this particular toy from three to six months ago. Melissa & Doug have stated that they’ve brought the Alligator issues under control. Melissa & Doug have a fairly unique Customer Service and Warranty statement:
“At Melissa & Doug, great products are only the beginning – it’s our customer service that really sets us apart. From the start, we’ve strived to provide you with the same wonderful service we’d want someone to provide us with. No rules to follow, no policies to guide us; instead, we like to do whatever it takes to make you happy! Our goal is to make sure that every experience you have with Melissa & Doug is a GREAT experience, it’s as simple as that!”
We still highly recommend this toy. If you have ANY issues, Melissa & Doug is a company with a great reputation and they will certainly do whatever it takes to make you happy.