Giddy Up & Go

We’re committed to trying out all of our products at The Grommet—and if that means hopping on a riding horse toy, then we’re happy to oblige. In truth, we couldn’t resist taking the plush animals from Ponycyle for several spins around the office. Even though we did, we have to ask you other grown-ups not to. They’re only made to handle up to 88 pounds. So we had children test them out to confirm our findings—that these plush ride-ons are easy to operate and endlessly fun. Kid-power makes the animals move. It’s easy to get the hang of the gentle galloping motion, and is a great way for little riders to work on balance and get a bit of exercise, too. Other kids in the neighborhood will definitely want a turn. And though the grown-ups will, too, we must admonish them with the adage, “Do as we say, not as we do.”

PonyCycle

Ride-On Plush Animals

Giddy Up & Go

We’re committed to trying out all of our products at The Grommet—and if that means hopping on a riding horse toy, then we’re happy to oblige. In truth, we couldn’t resist taking the plush animals from Ponycyle for several spins around the office. Even though we did, we have to ask you other grown-ups not to. They’re only made to handle up to 88 pounds. So we had children test them out to confirm our findings—that these plush ride-ons are easy to operate and endlessly fun. Kid-power makes the animals move. It’s easy to get the hang of the gentle galloping motion, and is a great way for little riders to work on balance and get a bit of exercise, too. Other kids in the neighborhood will definitely want a turn. And though the grown-ups will, too, we must admonish them with the adage, “Do as we say, not as we do.”
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kelly
    Kelly

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce PonyCycle to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 9:44 AM

    How does one operate a PonyCycle?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    11/15/2017 9:47 AM

    PonyCycle works by the child stands or sits as if riding an actual. They propel themselves forward with a rocking motion using the handles and pedals.

    It turns left and right slightly via the handles on the neck. Similar to how they would steer a tricycle.

    Also like a tricycle, there is no brake. Kids should ride on flat ground for safety. When they stop rocking on the horse it will stop automatically.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 9:48 AM

    Does this work on carpet? And will it damage hardwood floors?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    11/15/2017 9:50 AM

    It will depend on the type of carpet. A thin indoor/outdoor carpet will work fine, but if it is a thicker carpet it will be difficult to maneuver. PonyCycle works best on tile, wood, or outside.

    We have not had any customer feedback describing problems with scratching up hardwood. The wheels are coated and without sharp turns or a lot of weight, there should be little stress on the floors.

  • randall
    randall
    11/15/2017 10:43 AM

    Can you tell me the lower end of the weight range for kids riding these toys?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 2:39 PM

    Hi Randall, there is no defined low end. What you would have to be mindful of is their feet reaching the pedals.

  • Carol
    Carol
    11/15/2017 10:50 AM

    Love that it is plush. Growing up (1950's and 1960's) we had a metal pedal horse. Can't remember its name but I still have it in storage.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 2:41 PM

    This is the next-gen version, Carol. It is an absolute blast!

  • robin
    robin
    11/15/2017 11:22 AM

    what are the height limits to this.... my granddaughter is very tall and it might be very uncomfortable ... like a grasshopper on a tricycle

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 2:45 PM

    Hi Robin, I think the weight limit is the only thing you need to be conscious of. There were a few of us in the office approaching 6' who had no trouble fitting on it, we were just afraid it would break beneath us ;)

  • Lawrence
    Lawrence
    11/15/2017 1:01 PM

    Kelly - I saw these and had to comment. “Welcome to the days of yesteryear”! I remember such toys from my childhood-at least I think I do (I’m 55)! I never had one myself, but I remember the moving horse toys. Though they never looked this good, or in a Zebra or Unicorn! And that they move by a child’s own power is a truly welcome change in a gis overly-powered world!

    Now, aside from the compliments (very well deserved) I wanted to suggest 2 design ideas. Well really one idea and a couple of “tweaks” for future consideration. First the new idea - how about a Dragon for boys! You have 2 geared more toward girls and one uni-sex, maybe one that’s more masculine from the start. And of course with wings!

    Which brings me to the first “tweak”. Unicorns aren’t just for girls. As a man, it often grieves me when unicorns are portrayed so prominently as feminine. Yes we all know the “unicorn and the virgin” stories, but unicorns are proud animals that belong to all. My thought was to make a less-feminine version for boys. Or a Pegasus, both which could be stylized for boys and girls.

    The other “tweak” I thought was to perhaps branch into the accessories line. Your animals are so well made, with such excellent materials, that it will be hard to find accessories to equal them without spending an inordinate amount on them. I’m thinking cowboy hats, indian brave or chief headresses, prince/princess crowns, fairy wands, Greek/Roman crowns, and matching clothing and weapons. For what’s a cowboy without his trusty six-shooter, or Perseus without his sword and mirrored shield? Possibly a bit of a reach if your very early in, but accessories would further fuel the child’s imagination, and most likely break or wear out sooner, requiring earlier replacement.

    Just a few thoughts I felt compelled to share. You see, your product inspired me, and I can’t even play with them (damn shame there). Best of luck with your products! Thank you for listening.

    Lawrence Kovacs

    Spring City, Pennsylvania

    [email protected]

  • Terry
    Terry
    11/15/2017 2:36 PM

    @Lawrence - I love your ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 2:51 PM

    Those are some great ideas, Lawrence. Especially the thought about the accessories. I can envision the home videos of an army of steeds storming a castle.

    While there is a girl riding the unicorn in the photo, by no means is it intended solely for girls. All of the PonyCycles are unisex as far as we are concerned.

    Thanks so much for your kind words and comments, we appreciate you taking the time!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

PonyCycle

Ride-On Plush Animals

Giddy Up & Go

We’re committed to trying out all of our products at The Grommet—and if that means hopping on a riding horse toy, then we’re happy to oblige.

In truth, we couldn’t resist taking the plush animals from Ponycyle for several spins around the office. Even though we did, we have to ask you other grown-ups not to. They’re only made to
handle up to 88 pounds. So we had children test them out to confirm our findings—that these plush ride-ons are easy to operate and endlessly fun.

Kid-power makes the animals move. It’s easy to get the hang of the gentle galloping motion, and is a great way for little riders to work on balance and get a bit of exercise, too. Other kids in the neighborhood will definitely want a turn. And though the grown-ups will, too, we must admonish them with the adage, “Do as we say, not as we do.”
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Kelly
    Kelly

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce PonyCycle to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 9:44 AM

    How does one operate a PonyCycle?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    11/15/2017 9:47 AM

    PonyCycle works by the child stands or sits as if riding an actual. They propel themselves forward with a rocking motion using the handles and pedals.

    It turns left and right slightly via the handles on the neck. Similar to how they would steer a tricycle.

    Also like a tricycle, there is no brake. Kids should ride on flat ground for safety. When they stop rocking on the horse it will stop automatically.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 9:48 AM

    Does this work on carpet? And will it damage hardwood floors?

  • Kelly
    Kelly – Special Guest
    11/15/2017 9:50 AM

    It will depend on the type of carpet. A thin indoor/outdoor carpet will work fine, but if it is a thicker carpet it will be difficult to maneuver. PonyCycle works best on tile, wood, or outside.

    We have not had any customer feedback describing problems with scratching up hardwood. The wheels are coated and without sharp turns or a lot of weight, there should be little stress on the floors.

  • randall
    randall
    11/15/2017 10:43 AM

    Can you tell me the lower end of the weight range for kids riding these toys?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 2:39 PM

    Hi Randall, there is no defined low end. What you would have to be mindful of is their feet reaching the pedals.

  • Carol
    Carol
    11/15/2017 10:50 AM

    Love that it is plush. Growing up (1950's and 1960's) we had a metal pedal horse. Can't remember its name but I still have it in storage.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 2:41 PM

    This is the next-gen version, Carol. It is an absolute blast!

  • robin
    robin
    11/15/2017 11:22 AM

    what are the height limits to this.... my granddaughter is very tall and it might be very uncomfortable ... like a grasshopper on a tricycle

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 2:45 PM

    Hi Robin, I think the weight limit is the only thing you need to be conscious of. There were a few of us in the office approaching 6' who had no trouble fitting on it, we were just afraid it would break beneath us ;)

  • Lawrence
    Lawrence
    11/15/2017 1:01 PM

    Kelly - I saw these and had to comment. “Welcome to the days of yesteryear”! I remember such toys from my childhood-at least I think I do (I’m 55)! I never had one myself, but I remember the moving horse toys. Though they never looked this good, or in a Zebra or Unicorn! And that they move by a child’s own power is a truly welcome change in a gis overly-powered world!

    Now, aside from the compliments (very well deserved) I wanted to suggest 2 design ideas. Well really one idea and a couple of “tweaks” for future consideration. First the new idea - how about a Dragon for boys! You have 2 geared more toward girls and one uni-sex, maybe one that’s more masculine from the start. And of course with wings!

    Which brings me to the first “tweak”. Unicorns aren’t just for girls. As a man, it often grieves me when unicorns are portrayed so prominently as feminine. Yes we all know the “unicorn and the virgin” stories, but unicorns are proud animals that belong to all. My thought was to make a less-feminine version for boys. Or a Pegasus, both which could be stylized for boys and girls.

    The other “tweak” I thought was to perhaps branch into the accessories line. Your animals are so well made, with such excellent materials, that it will be hard to find accessories to equal them without spending an inordinate amount on them. I’m thinking cowboy hats, indian brave or chief headresses, prince/princess crowns, fairy wands, Greek/Roman crowns, and matching clothing and weapons. For what’s a cowboy without his trusty six-shooter, or Perseus without his sword and mirrored shield? Possibly a bit of a reach if your very early in, but accessories would further fuel the child’s imagination, and most likely break or wear out sooner, requiring earlier replacement.

    Just a few thoughts I felt compelled to share. You see, your product inspired me, and I can’t even play with them (damn shame there). Best of luck with your products! Thank you for listening.

    Lawrence Kovacs

    Spring City, Pennsylvania

    [email protected]

  • Terry
    Terry
    11/15/2017 2:36 PM

    @Lawrence - I love your ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/15/2017 2:51 PM

    Those are some great ideas, Lawrence. Especially the thought about the accessories. I can envision the home videos of an army of steeds storming a castle.

    While there is a girl riding the unicorn in the photo, by no means is it intended solely for girls. All of the PonyCycles are unisex as far as we are concerned.

    Thanks so much for your kind words and comments, we appreciate you taking the time!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.