Perfect timing: The day, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Vacuum($19.50) arrived, my two year old son was dragging around our realcanister vacuum. My son takes his cleaning chores quite seriously, andas always he was very concentrated, making "wrooh-wrooh" sounds, tryingto get the hose underneath the TV unit.
When I unpacked the toy, I predicted my son’s reaction: a machinethat makes the noise itself when you push a button, but doesn’tactually suck dirt. Instead,colored glittering confetti swirls aroundin the canister’s see-through plastic body, and lights flash. Not tomention that the device is pink and decorated with birds and flowers.That’s not a vacuum, I thought with disgust, that’s an ersatz electricChihuahua. My son will never buy into that!
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