Fisher-Price Barbie Tough Trike Princess Ride-On Reviewed

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From the moment they start perceiving the world around them, kids have a voracious need to explore as much of it as possible. Seeing how their young minds are amazingly efficient at absorbing information, it is our job as parents to expose them to as much novelty as possible.

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2 to 5 years

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Entertainment, exercise, development of fine and gross motor skills, promotes socialization, encourages exploration

That’s why getting a Fisher Price Barbie Tough Trike for your girl isn’t the same as buying just another toy, but instead helps her make the entire world her playground.

Barbie Tough Trike: The Basics

As one of the most popular ride on toys for girls, Fisher-Price Barbie Tough Trike Princess ride-on will help your daughter discover an entirely new way of locomotion, leading to a drastic improvement in her motor skills.

This charmingly pink trike has been designed with the child’s safety and comfort as the primary concerns. Low center of gravity, large pedals and a wide wheel base work together to ensure that the tricycle is at the same time very stable and highly maneuverable.  

Despite the fact that the trike is made almost entirely of plastic, it can stand years of heavy use, as confirmed by numerous reviewers. This is perhaps even more impressive when you consider the fact that the Barbie Tough Trike can be used on just about any kind of terrain imaginable, from hardwood floors or tiles to lawns and pavement.

Even if your daughter is very active and you can’t stop her from running around all day, exposing her muscles, as well as her mind, to this new kind of exercise will help immensely with her general coordination, not to mention the other benefits.

What You See and What You Get

The trike needs to be assembled by an adult upon arrival. It weighs 7.94 pounds and comes in a package that measures 29 x 18.5 x 20 inches. Aside from the basic parts, you will also find a sheet with stickers that you can use to make the trike even cuter.

The tricycle sports a 10-inch wheel, with a wide base to ensure stability and adequate grip regardless of the surface traversed. The axels are the only metal component of the trike and are more than sturdy enough to take on any challenge they might be presented with.

Large pedals, combined with the fact that the seat of Barbie Tough Trike by Fisher-Price is positioned very close to the ground, ensure that your little princess won’t be in any risk of toppling over, even during briskier rides. The wheels on the back of the tricycle are following the same design guidelines, i.e. ensuring maximum stability, and as such have an even wider base that the front wheel. 

The seat is very comfortable and reasonably long, so that your little one can reposition herself further or closer to the pedals, depending on how tall she is. The seat can be lifted to reveal a secret compartment that your daughter can use to store toys and trinkets she would like to have with her on her journeys.

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How to Use

Before your little one gets to have her first ride on her Fisher Price Barbie Tough Trike, first you need to assemble it. While the manual that comes with the tricycle explains the process in sufficient detail, some parents have had issues with one particular step, and we thought it best to spare you the grief and explain it here.

Namely, while trying to attach the wheels, some people made the mistake of laying the trike on the side and then trying to hammer the cap on. Since this makes the axel slide out of position, you should instead keep the trike upright, with all three wheels on the ground, and only then attach the cap.

Once the tricycle is assembled, it’s time to help your daughter apply the Barbie stickers (if she wants to, of course) and take her first ride. However, there is one more thing to do before she actually gets to try the trike out, and that is getting her to put a helmet on. Even though it is difficult to imagine a situation where a child could develop enough speed for the helmet to actually be necessary, your little one is going to grow up fast, and when she moves up to larger and faster tricycles and eventually bicycles, the habit of wearing a helmet will do her much good.

It goes without saying that you should never let your little one ride unsupervised anywhere outside of your house and backyard, and in the beginning, not even there. It might take them a while before they are comfortable enough with the trike to earn some independence, until then, you should leave nothing to chance. 

Once they know to avoid sloping surfaces, how the trike handles on different terrains, and have earned your trust as a responsible driver, it’s time to really have some fun. You can plot safe itineraries for you and your little one to explore; create a fun obstacle course in the backyard; get your daughter’s friends over and organize a mini race, and so on.

Sturdy as it is, the trike has a weight limit of 55 pounds, which means that, even though you want your daughter to learn how to share, you’ll have to do your best to stop kids from trying to get onto it two at a time. Apart from that, make sure to occasionally check if all the parts are firmly in their place, and you should be all set.

Buyer's Guide

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PROS

  • Very entertaining
  • Great exercise
  • Extremely stable and safe
  • Suitable for all terrains
  • Promotes socialization
  • Aids the development of motor skills
  • Doesn’t make too much noise

CONS

  • The seat can get dislodged
  • Some kids within the age group cannot reach the pedals

Advantages

While safety is just as important a consideration with, for instance, musical toys for kids as it is with tricycles, for obvious reasons, in this case it seems like more of a concern. Aware of the somewhat increased risks associated with this and similar ride-on toys, Fisher-Price ensured that their Barbie Tough Trike is as safe as possible. Large pedals, low center of mass, wide base of the wheels and easy-grip handles provide for a smooth comfortable ride, with minimal chances of the trike tipping over.

Aside from increasing the stability of the tricycle, the design of the wheels has other benefits as well. For one, it allows your little one to ride the bike on a number of different surfaces. That is not to say that she won’t have a bit more trouble on lawns or carpets than she would on pavement, but they won’t be an insurmountable obstacle. Likewise, the way that the wheels are made ensures that they won’t clatter around as is sometimes the case with tricycles.

Naturally, aside from being safe, a toy also has to help the child learn something about the world, and Fisher-Price Barbie Tough Trike Princess ride-on does not disappoint in this regard. It gives your daughter an entirely new perspective on getting around, improves her balance, exercises groups of muscles that don’t activate while walking, and helps the development of motor skills.

Disadvantages

While the large majority of the reviewers of this product had nothing but good things to say about it, there were two objections that kept cropping up here and there. Luckily, both of them can be easily addressed and shouldn’t prevent your daughter from enjoying her new trike.

The first of these complaints has to do with the seat of the tricycle. We have already mentioned that the seat can be flipped over to reveal a storage compartment below it. Apparently, if the seat is lifted too forcefully, it is not uncommon for it to slip off of the hinges. Even though it ends up completely detached from the trike, it is not broken off, and can easily be reattached by an adult, if not by the child herself.  

The other concern shared by some reviewers is that the child has to be at least 38-40 inches tall to be able to reach the pedals comfortably. While this is true, don’t worry, this trike would still make a great gift for a 2-year-old girl, you just need to make a little adjustment. 

Even though some reviewers have reported that their kid is having plenty of fun simply by scooting around on the tricycle with their feet on the floor, if you want your little one to be able to use the pedals as intended, all you need to do is purchase and install pedal blocks, and they will help close the gap.

To Conclude

While no one wants their kids to grow up too fast, it is also impossible not to be proud when you see them conquering new frontiers. Their insatiable craving for exploration provides them with the motivation to do this, all you need to do is provide them with the opportunities.

Safe, sturdy and charming, Barbie Tough Trike by Fisher-Price seems to be one of those opportunities, at least according to those who already gave it a chance.

Author: Catherine Evans
Author: Catherine Evans

Catherine is a writer from Canada who simply loves toys, collectibles and superhero figurines. Writing is her passion, but she also loves reading, enjoying her “me time” and finding new ways to improve her work and ways to entertain the readers.

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