This alligator is going to live in Finland, so the only review I have at the moment is from an adult perspective. I played with it a relatively long time; don't know yet about the real recipient. It is winsome with great action when pulled, doesn't look fierce. Colorful. Good clacking sound. I expect it to bring a little "Louisiana" to Helsinki, and be a rather unique toy for a 14-month-old practicing walking around.
I bought this as a gift for a 1 1/2 yr old. I actually liked the look of another very similar toy with bulging eyes better, but decided to buy this one because I didn't want any chance of the toddler pulling the bulging eyes off and ending up a choking hazard. But I am so happy with this purchase. This alligator is so incredibly adorable; even cuter than the picture! It is extremely well made, very smooth all over, no detectable rough spots. Even the manufacturer's box it came in was creatively designed, holding the toy in place securely so it doesn't rattle around during shipping. And watching the alligator move, whether on level ground or up and down small mounds, is so much fun for all ages, not just the little ones!
My 1 and a half year old loves this toy. She loves the sound it makes when it trails behind her. She loves to bring it everywhere. When we have company, it is always a hit among the toddlers (and even bigger kids). Kids are happy to trail and chase behind it so it doesn't cause conflicts. The design and movement are brilliant. No need for another piece of plastic for your kid to play with when you can have a well designed interactive toy that keeps your kid moving!