What It Is
First there was Dance Star Mickey and Rock Star Mickey. Now there is M3: Master Moves Mickey. This interactive Mickey is dressed in his hip-hop dance gear and features 15 break-dancing moves, including a signature handstand. Master Moves Mickey has eight original songs, interactive dances, and lots of humor. Press Mickey's nose to start the dancing. After showing a few moves, the toy will ask kids to press Mickey's nose again to start a new dance sequence. Mickey also says several different phrases, such as "I'm so cool my ice cream doesn't melt."
Why It’s Fun
Normally what we find with animatronic plush is that it is a one-trick pony: you press a button, it does a move, and then it's over. However, as we played with Master Moves Mickey, we were pleasantly surprised at how well it engages a child to play with it and how many moves it has. One of the great things about this Mickey is its dexterity with all the dance moves. Kids will love watching Mickey dance and say funny phrases, but this toy also encourages kids to get up and dance right along with Mickey.
Who It’s For
M3: Master Moves Mickey is for ages 2 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
Six AA batteries are included.
For best performance, use Master Moves Mickey on a hard, flat surface.
Our Special Needs contributor Emily Vanek shares her thoughts on how this product might be a good choice for a Special Needs child.
There is a constant need for toys that help isolate and develop gross motor skills. What makes this Mickey terrific for special needs applications are the 15 different dance moves your child can learn, while working on their large muscle groups and coordination. While there are many interactive character toys kids can move along with, many of them give kids only one or two different moves. The volume of moves offers variety, different things for kids to work on—and humor. For parents or therapists working with kids, they can create routines that combine Mickey’s moves into various combinations, which gives this toy even more versatility and value. This is also a great way to get both typical and developmentally delayed kids to be able to enjoy an activity together.