We have two dogs. The interactive-toy kind, that is.
What do you do when you end up with two of the same kind of toy from two different toy companies? The answer is obvious:
FIGHT TO THE DEATH!
In this corner: He’s big, he’s colorful! Every part of his body is labeled! Iiiiiit’s the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy!
(FYI, pictured boy not included.)
In the other corner: He’s smaller, he’s greener! He’s the high-tech puppy! Iiiiit’s the LeapFrog My Pal Scout!
Let’s hear it for both fighters!
OK, fighters, let’s do this. Ready, set, COMPARE AND CONTRAST!
Scout: You can go online and plug in your kid’s name, so when you press the On/Off button on Scout’s left foot, he says, “Hi, [Ham]!” You can also put in your kid’s favorite food, color and animal, which Scout will refer to during play.
Fisher-Price Puppy: No customizable features. His left foot has On/Off, Music and Learning Time options. When you press the On button, he says, “It’s music time!” or “It’s learning time!”
Scout: His voice is a real kid’s voice.
FPP: His voice is done by a woman trying to sound like a child.
Scout: When you press the On/Off to shut him off, there is no sound; it just quietly turns off.
FPP: When you press the On/Off to shut him off, he says a chipper “Bye-bye!”
Scout: When you press his left hand, you get a small selection of songs. If you press his right hand, he tries to get you to practice counting, animals, colors. If you press his right foot, he’ll give you a choice of 10, 5 or 2 minutes of lullaby music. If you press his chest, he yawns, asks for hugs or says a variety of phrases mostly having to do with feelings. Whatever option you choose, Scout will incorporate the name you downloaded. “Good night, Ham,” “I love you, Ham,” etc.
FPP: When you press his left hand, he either identifies a color and/or body part or plays a song, depending on the mode you’ve chosen. When you press his right hand, he plays one of many songs or says one of several phrases such as “Hug me!” or “You’re my friend.” If you press his tummy, he makes sounds, says phrases or sings songs. If you press his heart, he says phrases such as “Hug me!” or “You’re wonderful!” or “You’re my friend” again.
Scout: When he is on but left alone for a while, he barks softly, as if to say, “ahem.”
FPP: When you leave him alone for a while, he says, “I loooove you!”
Scout: In general, he’s a gentle, mellow guy. Hidden volume control gives you the choice of Soft and Softer. When Ham plays with him, I think it’s adorable and sweet.
FPP: In general, he’s an enthusiastic, affirming guy. Hidden volume control gives you the choice of Loud or Are You Deaf? No? Let Me Get You There! When you’re cleaning up and move him, sometimes he’ll suddenly exclaim “You’re wonderful!” or “Can I have a hug?” or some other needy phrase and scare the bejeezus out of you. When Ham plays with him, which thankfully is not often, I wish he’d do so in a different room or different house.