Did you have a rocking horse when you were growing up? I know I did! It was made out of hard plastic and we had to be careful not to pinch ourselves in the metal springs. But boy did we have fun on it! Thanks to Tek Nek, my girls will also grow up with fond memories of an updated classic toy.
We received “Lucky” the Deluxe Talking Plush Spring Horse ($120) from Tek Nek to review and it looks like Kaila has found a brand new best friend.
When the box first arrived I was a little intimidated with how heavy it was. I’m not very good at putting bigger toys together but with DH out of town I knew I had to give it a shot. To my surprise, I had it completed in about 30 minutes.
I would suggest you have someone around who can help hold pieces together while you attach them or get items that you need because once you start it’s hard to let the horse go. Luckily, I had Kaila and even though she didn’t really understand me she tried really hard to help.
Basically, I started with the base by attaching the four bars together using the included screws. They were pretty easy to attach together but again it would have helped to have someone hold them together for me.
Then I inserted the wooden dowels into the horse and screwed them in place. These dowels will serve at foot rests.
I then slipped the Spring Root over each post. Next, I was supposed to attach the spring to the white plastic anchor on each of the red posts but I just couldn’t see where the hook was supposed to go. I never received a response to my inquiries so I ended up just hooking it to the inside of each white anchor. It seemed pretty secure even when I pulled on the spring with all my might.
The other end of the spring was attached to each end of the Wooden Dowels and Stirrups. This part was a little harder to do because not only do the screws have to go into a piece of wood but you also have to hold the horse up a little while twisting the screw in. Using a pair of pliers really helped.
Lastly, I moved the Spring Boot up and flushed to the footrest (front) and horse (back).
Now I know it sounds like I struggled a bit . . . which I did . . . but the finished product was definitely worth it. Just look at how in love Kaila is with Lucky!
But wait . . . not only is Lucky a galloping friend but he also talks and makes sounds! Yup, there’s a little black box on the left side of his neck with an on/off switch as well as a volume button.
Every time Kaila rides Lucky she hears a galloping sound. Press his left ear and he’ll talk and sing . . . and his mouth even moves! This really took Kaila by surprise!
The kids absolutely LOVE Lucky! No more hard plastic body and dangerous springs. Lucky has comfortable fur and a faux leather saddle. The stirrups has 3 different positions to grow with your child up to 65 pounds. And the springs are safely covered by a plastic tube. The only thing is that it is a little on the larger side so you need to have somewhere to put him. Unfortunately, our living room is on the smaller side so . . . um, Grandpa . . . are you reading this? *hint hint*
This post was written for Tek Nek who provided the complimentary product in exchange for our honest review.
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