The National Parenting Center

SEAL OF APPROVAL WINNER

Holiday 2019

Demo Duke

Demo Duke was a hit in our testing centers…Literally. The crashing and breaking of Demo Duke became a familiar sound, along with the laughter and giggles afterward. This is a play toy with no educational value, and that’s fine! Not everything needs to be packed with STEM learning, which parent testers said was OK with them as long as they know about it upfront. What Demo Duke is, is a whole lot of interactive, silly fun. What do you expect from a monster truck that is designed to crash, break and make farting/burping noises? Saying it breaks is misleading, let us clear that up. It doesn’t actually break into pieces, though it appears to. With a push of a button, it magically transforms back into its original form. There are 3 buttons on the top, which make “hilarious” sounds that tigger the laughter mentioned earlier. In a nod to parents, Spin Master has included a “Mute” button with options to silence either the farting/burping or the crashing sounds or both. There is a red lever on the back which kids pump back and forth to make Demo Duke move until it crashes into something. This lever is very easy to push and proved to be very durable. Parents liked that the bumper is made with soft pieces that prevent the toy from damaging walls or furniture. They also liked that it doesnt break apart into pieces that would inevitably go missing. Instead, it is one whole unit designed to smash apart and reconfigure itself with the aforementioned touch of a button.

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Recommended Age: 4 and Up
Price: $ 49.99

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Parents and children, experience and review submitted products and services either already released or coming to market.

Participants fill out questionnaires for each product or service they test. They score based on 13 levels of criteria including quality, appeal, design, price, packaging, directions, desirability, stimulation, replay factor and more. Results are based on both statistical averaging and comments received by testers.

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