Both of my kids had this so I decided to buy it for my niece as well. It's amazing for car rides because it plays fun songs, talks, has bed time music and lights up on the collar. My favorite thing about it is that you are able to program it to say your child's name! Then it even teaches your child to spell their own name. It's not one of the toys that you get really tired of the songs because there are so many to choose from, and it's simple to change the songs, games and favorites up so it's not boring for my kids.
I bought a Scout for my nephew 6 years ago for his very first birthday. My sister-in-law loved it so much, because she could customize it to exactly what she wanted it to say. When My nephews favorite food would change, scouts would too...In fact, My nephew came to me one day and said "Aunty! Scout just said his favorite food is Peanut butter and Jelly! Mine is too! How did he know!?" It was the cutest thing. And so, it became a kind of thing of ours. My husband and I would buy the kids a scout or violet when they turned one. Through the years we've bought a total of five of them and each kid ( with the exception of my son, and now I've found out my youngest niece) has loved their pal. My daughter loves her violet. She drags that poor pup everywhere and it's seen better days. My husband and I decided that we would be replacing hers. However, My son turned one on Monday...So he got his Scout first. I was SO SO SO disappointed when I hooked up the new version of Scout to the computer and found out that there are so many less options available. Just like my SIL I loved being able to change my daughters pal to match her likes...and with my Son's I feel like it won't be as interesting. My sister-in-law agrees, she mentioned that she noticed her daughters was different from the rest. I can't change the songs, you don't have the options for food or animals that fit what my son likes right now... I don't like that my daughter's Violet can say that peanut butter and Jelly is her favorite food, but my son's scout can't when they both love PB&J. When I programmed my Son's name I realized the scout is saying it funny. His name is "Dylan." Pronounced like "Dillon." Scout pronounces it in a strange way. It's not quite right, and so I typed in Dillon instead, and on my computer it sounds right, but when the toy says it, it's still wrong. I know that's a small problem and there isn't a whole lot that can be done about it. It's just another reason that I'm disappointed. I am so upset. I will be returning the unopened Violet and My daughter will be keeping her old one. It's so sad, because this was such a fun toy. It was my go to for first birthdays and whenever friends asked what a good gift would be for youngsters, I would say without a doubt Scout or Violet. I was even willing to replace the one I have because my daughter likes it so much. Bad move Leap Frog. I will no longer be buying these pals for any future kids that come into our lives, and I won't recommend them anymore either. If i could give this thing a half of a star I would...
Very confusing directions for customization - LeapFrog technical support section of website neglects to articulate requirement to access different website for My Pals 2 "headphone jack only" toy.
The product is also falsely marketed/advertised (on the box and in online stores) with the ability to download new songs, "30+", from the internet. Apparently, this feature was possible in the old version of the toy. As a result, Violet only plays a bunch of pre-loaded CLIPS from songs. How about only 15s of "Old McDonald" or "The Wheels on the Bus," as examples? Well this is the product for you and your child. I will be checking back for My Pal 3 - Attention Deficit Disorder Doggy soon.