|09-12-2008, 11:01 AM||#11|
Join Date: Jul 2008
If they're over 5, I think they should be able to enjoy them. They're old enough to figure out what might break/destroy them, and are past the stage where they'e likely to eat parts.
|09-12-2008, 09:54 PM||#12|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Appleton, WI
Obviously quite a few of you don't have three year olds, do you? At 3 years old, which my son just turned, most kids have outgrown putting things in their mouths. My son was bad with this 6 months ago, but at 3 years he is old enough to know not to put things in his mouth. That's why you'll see choking hazards labeled as 3+ years. Three years old is considered the safe age where kids won't choke because they know better.
Now, as for giving these figures to a 3 year old, I wouldn't do it personally but that has more to do with the cost and the subject matter. My son thinks the guns on daddy's GI Joe's are "swords" and he thinks the guns on the vehicles are "telescopes" or "hoses" (like on his fire trucks). Three year olds don't understand war and guns and violence (or at least I'd hope they don't).
To get around the cost issue, I've found some of the Valor vs. Venom figures for my son (Family Dollar sometimes has them for $2-3, some Big Lots have 2 figure packs for $6). Also, if I buy any of the generic army vehicles at Toys R Us or Wal Mart, I'll give the figures to my son (Elite Force, The Corps, etc.). There are also quite a few action figures like firemen, construction workers, etc. that you an find at Wal Mart, Toys R Us, Kmart, etc.
|09-13-2008, 06:55 AM||#13|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY.
My 3-1/2 year old son and I play all the time and nothing bad has happened yet. I have been "teaching" him from before he was 1 to be gentle with all his toys especially the Joe's. Plus he has been out of the "put things in mouth" stage for a very long time now.
I too was worried in the beginning about them holding up. I thought they felt much more fragile then the old 80’s figures but they are actually very tough.
Hope this helps.
|09-13-2008, 12:21 PM||#14|
Snake Eyes' Daddy
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Athens/UGA campus, GA
Here is my suggestion for you, do the VvV series for cheap along with the bass pro shop vehicles(there is like a dump truck, trucks, fishing boats, four wheelers, and other non war related stuff.) then you should be in the clear no violence no loss of investment. I hate watching kids carry the CORPS figures around with them I want to slap the parent and be like "What the freak did you not see the Joes?!"
also, just so you know I actually "play" with my joes and I go through the hip joints of a 25th style figure in like a week. In no time at all with a 3 year old the hips are going to be very loose so expect to have to drop some super glue down in the joint and move it until it has dried to make it tighter, that is if you give em 25th style stuff.
hope this helps.
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|09-13-2008, 01:07 PM||#15|
Join Date: Aug 2007
i let my 3yr old play with them. he was always supervised as well. sure they have tiny peices but as long as you don't plop them down with joes and leave and use your personal judgment and prudence as to what is and isn't approriate regarding your childs abilities i think your ok. fyi, i kept all the accessories away for a couple months and slowly introduced them to him. it was a good opportunity to teach my kids what NOT to put in their mouths as well, so in a way, it was educational play seriously, i've only had one instance where i caught him sticking a toy in his mouth. parenting plays a large role in what your kids are and are not capable of. now that he's 4, i trust him with his joes. he still takes them apart much to my complaints but then again, they are his. i'm not going to tell him he has to keep them mint condition... they are toys and ment to be played with. so long as there isn't a dilibrate ramage of destruction, he's good. he knows if he breaks things on purpose i take them away until he can demonstrate the ability to play responsibly. again it boils down to parenting.
our toy room has tile flooring so joes get worn good. the paint scrubs off etc, from being pushed, run over by tanks, etc. on tile floor. on carpet your bound to loose lost of weapons.
not to discount others advice but it really is a matter of individual ability vs. blanket rule on age range for toys, those with kids will understand.
|09-13-2008, 01:21 PM||#16|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Western New York
Dude, right on the package...It says 5+ and this big word WARNING!
Don't let your 3 year old play with them. People smarter than you and I have determined that 3 year olds 1,2,4 year olds are not the intended market for these items.
Buy him the Heros set, those are for toddlers.
|09-13-2008, 01:34 PM||#17|
Join Date: Jun 2008
|09-13-2008, 01:42 PM||#18|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cobra Island
I wouldn’t recommend giving them to a three year old, but the new figures seem sturdier than what they’re put out to be.
First, most of the joints WILL stay tight as they’re ratcheted. Only the legs seem to get loose in time, whereas with old Joes they could get pretty floppy.
Second, as mentioned, the soft plastic won’t snap on you like the older figures made from brittle plastic.
Third, some parts in the general design are just made better. Stuff like the crotch, ect.
The heads seem fragile though, so that’s the only problem. They’d probably be safe when a kid turns four? Maybe five.
I think my understanding of guns came from two places though, the first being that I was taught what they did, that they were dangerous, and that I needed to avoid them. The second being that I couldn’t visit my grandfather without watching a Western, usually with gun violence.
But I suppose not every three year old was like me, in fact, I doubt many are, especially one’s of today’s world.
|09-13-2008, 01:49 PM||#19|
AKA Shipwreck Jr.
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Temecula, CA
good thread. my twins are one month old today, so i am sucking up all this info and hopefully i retain some of it.
my wife asked me a few days ago "are you going to share your joes with andrew?" i said sure, but not for a while. i'll probably start him off with combat heroes when he is about 2 (and the marvel and star wars versions of course!), then move him up to my neglected sigma six figures, then when i think he's mature enough he can get his own 3 3/4" stuff... if they still make these by then? i would let him have mine, but not until he is way older to appreciate toys that cant be replaced anymore (like 10?)
again, great thread here. lots of good advice from dads who've been doing it for a while. ; ) i appreciate it.
oh and to echo what everyone said about the actual durability, i agree the softer plastic is more impact resistant, no more broken croches and thumbs! but they are easy to remove/disassemble. also, for those saying the legs are getting loose on you, there is a thread in the modern figures section on how to fix that. ups and downs to both designs, i suppose. hey that's an idea... you could start them off with cheap incomplete vintage joes? its way cheap on ebay to get a lot of incomplete figures just for your kids to get used to them. give it a shot? i might.
(on a side note, i sat down with andrew in front of my laptop and watched the pilot episode of the new transformers cartoon. GLUED!!! he loves it! im sure at this point its just lights and colors but woooo!!! i cant wait! hahaha)
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|09-13-2008, 01:56 PM||#20|
Join Date: Jul 2008
I've wondered this myself. these certainly are not the Joes we grew up on. I highly doubt the 25th figures will withstand and hold up to some serious rough play. Too many moving parts and small pieces. The plastic is cheaper and softer and the figures as a whole are just way too fragile. Good for display bad for play.
The current batch of Star Wars figures are in the same boat. I plan on handing my collection down to my kids as well...but not until they are at least six years old.
I don't mind of they get beat up and burried in the sandbox but I at least want to wait until they can enjoy them.
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