I remember going to visit my grandmother's house once or twice a year where she kept only a few toys for us kids. The Fisher Price Cash Register was one of these toys and even then, this toy was a classic they didn't make anymore. I'm sure if you are over 35 most of you have seen these.
The idea of the toy was to place the coins 5, 10 & 25 cents in the slots at the top of the register matching the color to the button you push down. The coin would fall into a little storage area inside the register. From there you can press SALE and the coin falls into the register drawer or select CHANGE and it slides down the side to be returned to the "customer". On the side of the register is a crank that when turned will ring the bell and open the drawer.
The register, created exclusively for Toys R Us, comes with two each of the 5, 10 & 25 cent coins. I recommend buying extra sets from Mattel's replacement parts. These will get lost, roll under furniture, and just plain disappear. They are only about $7 a set compared to the crazy prices people will charge at Amazon. You will find the registers sold at Amazon as well from people charging way too much who probably purchased them at ToysRus themselves.
I have to be completely honest when my now 5-year-old turned 3 I scoured every garage sale, Craigslist ad, and flea market in my area looking for a good cash register. I either wanted the originals of one of these or a Parents cash register that had been made years earlier for Target. I was disappointed time after time I couldn't find one. Then just before Christmas I received a ToysRus mailer with this in it and I about ran out the door to get it.
My girls 5 & 2 absolutely adore this toy. They are constantly playing store (we purchased a little shopping cart as well) and attempt to take turns as the cashier and customer. It is also fun to play with on its own. My youngest loves to put the coins in and press the different buttons to see what happens. I couldn't be more thrilled with this toy and would recommend it for anyone with young children.
As my 5-year-old gets older it will also be a good teaching tool about money, the denominations & adding.
I only have one very minor complaint about this toy that may or may not affect anyone else. Ever since we took this toy out of the box our little Jack Russell Terrier has hated it. He's a great dog, the kids attack him constantly, dress him up, and play with him and he's extremely tolerant. The bell on this toy however sends him for a loop. He barks, jumps at it, and has even nipped my oldest as she was playing with it. We don't know what it is but as long as he's out of the room while they are playing with it he doesn't seemed bothered by it.
Bottom line: Great classic renewed in all its original glory. Recommend to anyone with children ages 2-6.