Despite the other holiday gifts that were around, my 2-year-old nephew kept coming back to this. He was walking around the house babbling into it, with it up to his ear. He needed no help pushing buttons to elicit noises. And his parents didn't hate the ring, they thought it was very mild. I can't speak to the battery life or durability, but it was really nice to see the immediate engagement.
I got this item on sale for Christmas for my little grandson. they were out of stock so had to wait for it to be sent ( got here with everything else anyway. I especially called to ask for a new toy , because I was told they had a" few"in the warehouse.well I thought maybe those few had been laying around the warehouse for a while. so I asked for them to wait until the new shipment came in. the lady assured me they would send a brand new toy.but, then they did just what I asked them not to do. the very day I talked to a manager they put the toy in the mail. she promised me I would get a new toy from the new shipment in maybe a week. somehow a toy magically appeared and off it was sent. strange how it appeared like that when the web site stated they were out of stock.OLD TOY? I think so. my whole order has taken so long and I have been told so many stories about it all. I am so frustrated at this point . poor quality items. not like overstock.:(