Can you help Kira find a mixer?

This is our friend Kira, she is 20 and lives in Wiltshire.
 
Kira has a profound learning disability, severe autism, unmanaged epilepsy, is non-verbal and has extremely challenging behaviours. Kira tries to use PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) but likes to walk around with the pictures rather than use them for communicating. She attempts to use Makaton, but because she doesn’t watch the signs and has poor motor skills, her attempts usually don’t work, meaning her anxieties rise rapidly.
 
The mixer in the picture is her favourite toy ever, and they seem almost impossible to find as they must be at least 15 years old now. There is also a generic version floating around, the sounds are identical, and it’s this that is important, not the colour. However, it does need to be the exact shape, size etc.
 
Kira is extremely violent when her anxieties kick in, and this toy, along with her mp3 player, helps to keep her calm and enables her to moderate her behaviour. It is especially useful for medical appointments as a distraction aid and, well, basically this toy is about as important as things get for this family. Some context for you – Kira is down to her last mixer now. Unfortunately, it went wrong a few months ago, and she just couldn’t cope with it, resulting in her assaulting her Dad quite badly.
 
So the mixer was branded as ‘Bang on the Door’, but we don’t know who the actual manufacturer was. It could be that it’s branded as something completely different, and the colour isn’t important, it’s the noises it makes and the shape and design that are important – it has to be identical to the one in the pictures other than the colour and stickers.
 
So guys, let’s do what we do best and get sharing, you might not have a Bang on the Door Mixer but somebody will have, and by SHARING we will reach them.
 
Let’s help Kira and her family by sharing this as far and wide as we possibly can. We have thousands of new friends to help spread the message, if you are here to help this is your chance, it’s not about ‘Oh I have one of those in the cupboard’, it’s about sharing the searches.
 
Please like or love the post (love is nicer, isn’t it), leave a comment as that makes Facebook share it with more people, and share with every one of your friends and family, then tell THEM to share, like and comment, and so on.
 
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  1. Rowland on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Found the manufacturer http://www.bangonthedoor.com

    contacted them about avalibility

  2. Ryan shannon on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 8:21 am

    Does her’s make the same sounds as this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md3Dep5U_AU

    If so, then this type seems much more common. Same exact layout but different colors. The guts could be swapped into her old pink case.

    This one might be available: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.tutti.ch/graubuenden/spielzeuge-basteln/spielzeuge/angebote/mix-me-dj_18527158.htm&prev=search

    Here’s another: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=pl&u=https://www.olx.pl/oferta/mix-me-dj-CID88-IDmgElE.html&prev=search

    It does appear that these (girls and guys versions) go up for sale every few months or so for around $20. Keeping a diligent watch could get you a bunch of spares for not too much money.

    Are the cases braking or do the buttons/electronics stop working?

    • Marc Carter on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 10:21 am

      Hi Ryan, thank you for all your help. Please email searchcrew@littlebluecup.org if you find anything or have any ideas as the comments are harder to have a conversation in. Many thanks

      • Ryan Shannon on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 10:36 am

        I’m confused. Should I resubmit all that I have found to that email address?

        I gave my email address when submitting each reply. Should I restate that to the email address you indicate?

        Thanks,
        Ryan

        • Marc Carter on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 6:58 pm

          We are looking into each comment Ryan, but we are a teeny team and as per the ‘I’ve found an item’ page the best way to talk to us is via email really as we might miss these messages. Thank you for all your links, we will be looking into them one by one. Thank you again.

  3. Ryan shannon on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 8:34 am

    A bing.com reverse image search of your pictures of it are what lead me to find more info.

    For reference, the “boys” version was sold by RadioShack as: Radio Shack MIX ME DJ 60-2785

    You can find the owner’s manual here: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/137546/Radio-Shack-Mix-Me-Dj-60-2785.html

  4. Ryan Shannon on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 9:21 am
  5. Ryan Shannon on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 9:27 am

    Perhaps most importantly would be to find the original manufacturers of this toy. Bang on the Door seems to have only licensed a version of it for sale.

    Circuit boards of electronics of this era usually contain much information about who designed and produced them. I could help find that info if sent detailed pictures of the inside components.

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