JJ jumped for joy when he opened his latest toy to review. We had been sent a Paper Jamz guitar, something I had never heard of before, ever the old fogey but JJ knew exactly what it was and apparently some of the kids in his class have one too. It is marketed for 8 years plus but JJ is 7 and I have to say that my girls who are nearly 4 also had a ball!
I wanted to test the wider appeal of the Paper Jamz (which incidentally has been voted top toy of the year in 6 different countries already) and as such I took it to youth club with me on Friday night. It was put through its paces by thirty 11 - 14 year olds and they also all loved it. Much more a boys toy was what I learnt, there was even one of the 50 year old male leaders rocking it in a corner!
Watch this demo, it perfectly explains what this string less guitar toy does!
Pretty fabulous, don't you think? JJ is just getting the hang of it now and is enjoying using the Rhythm mode and pretending he is a real rock star. The girls just use it on demo or in the perfect play mode where they can rock around like crazy. I may or may not have had a little bounce around our living room when the kids were at school, singing 'schools out' but that would be telling!
The guitar we were sent is from series 2 which is newly released and each of the 6 guitars in the series has 3 different tunes for you to choose from and each has its own unique styling. They are retailing currently at ToysRus for £19.97 and they have a great deal at the moment, whereby you get a free guitar strap when you purchase any of the guitars. You can even buy an amp for these guitars too! There is a built in speaker but don't worry you can control the volume. I did think the noise of this would drive me crazy but honestly it has been OK. Once you master the guitar you can then invest in a set of paper jamz drums too!
The guitar needs 3 AAA batteries, which come with the guitar, so no extras to pay for, which is always a bonus.
In short this was a really good toy with wide age appeal, it is sturdy plastic and the sound quality is excellent. I think the price is superb value for money and I am really struggling to try and think of a downside.
Family Rating 5/5 on all counts!
This is a review post. We were sent a Paper Jamz guitar free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not instructed what to write and I remain honest.