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As with most children these days my daughters went gogo or zhu zhu pet mad. (Same thing different names, confused, yes so was I) they have been collecting these and the various bits and pieces that go with them for around two years now, since they first came out and this is just one of many piece they have.
In this set you get exactly what you see above in the picture but as well as this you also get a blue pizza delivery car to go with it, but as always with these add ons there are no hamsters included.
These sets don't tend to be motorised in any way so don't normally need batteries but this one does as it needs 2 batteries to operate it which are also not included. There use is to light up the [pizza oven so that your child can pretend to be cooking the pizzas.
As with all of these sets it does have to be put together when you get it out the box which may cause a few difficulties for a young child but my older daughters, aged 8 and 9 managed easily on there own.
If you already own these hamsters you will already know that the batteries don't last long in them but for this piece you do need a hamster with a fairly good battery as it needs the hamster to be at the gate whirling away to move the pizza conveyor belt.
So to conclude, all little children like to pretend to be cooking and all like animal play sets, this combines the two in one and is a great way for your child to enjoy pretend play. As always I think they are rather over priced for what they are but my daughters love them and have endless fun so it is worth it. This set could be used with just a hamster and enjoyed by a child but it is a lot more fun with the other sets to go with it so would recommend buying a few of them.
If your children already own any Zhu Zhu pet accessories (the furry little motorised hamsters previously called go go pets and made by Character Options), then your expectations will probably already be set to "low" as far as they are concerned, but you'll know that bad points notwithstanding, they are a winner with children. In the words of one ebay seller, "they are the most overpriced bit of plastic you can buy" - true but they can be great fun for a while. This pizza set is the exception that proves the rule, and provided you can buy it for under £10 or so, it's not actually too bad, on the scale of overpriced Zhu Zhu sets.
The pizza shop is pretty well as pictured - though like all these sets it doesn't actually come with a hamster, but it does come with a rather fancy blue pizza delivery motor delivery vehicle (not pictured but visible on the amazon link) and 5 mini plastic pizzas. The two LR4 batteries required to run the set - they light up the pizza oven- are included. There's a bit of minimal set up when you get it out of the box - the tunnel in front of the parlour has to be slotted onto the front of the shop and the pizza sign put on top. To give you some idea of size the actual shop itself is about 20cm long and 18cm high. The set could be used as a stand alone item but is, clearly going to be more entertaining if incorporated into a run of hamster track and tunnels.
In use for play it's quite good fun - even if the idea of pizzas being delivered by hamsters seems a bit strange to an adult, my kids, aged 5 and 8 seem to love it, it's probably their favourite part of their track and was bought new to go with various pieces picked up second hand. When a hamster goes into the tunnel, a little track triggers them to make a noise, depending on which hamster it is, from a "go!" to cheesy Italian music. The hamsters will then go further on along the track and power a conveyor belt which comes out of the pizza oven and will deliver pizzas into the delivery motorbike side car, assuming the child has put the pizzas into the oven via a slot at the back before play. When the child turns a lever the hamster will go on to get into the motorbike and "deliver" the pizzas around the room. This really is as amusing as it sounds.
Though the set isn't of the best construction - it's hard to slot together and the stickers are pretty shabby quality (this is zhu zhu after all), overall it works well and there's no denying its play value. The hamsters don't seem to get stuck in the set too often and more often than not everything works as intended, though we have had a pizza blockage before now, and sometimes the delivery boy will fail to start the bike - which is hamster powered. Yes, the plastic is of a quality you'd expect to find being used to package mushrooms, and you can't help but feel that the designers wanted to torture parents who will find they have to put the set together as there's no way a child could, but it's still a good toy.
Overall I, or more importantly my children, would recommend this set for any zhu zhu fan, at the £29 I've seen it for at its most expensive it's undeniably overpriced, but if you can pick it up for the £9.99 it cost from toysrus at time of writing, then it's worth buying just because it's fun.