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      15.12.2011 16:58
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      In The Night Garden Characters

      In the night garden is a children's television show on the BBC that is aimed at 1 to 4 year olds. It is an interesting show and weird at the same time and after reading about the philosophy surrounding its creation I can see why. In the Night Garden... is intended to help children relax and achieve calming relationships with parents. It is produced by the same people who did the Tellytubbies and I can see lots of similarities.

      According to an article I read, "The programme is said by its creators to be designed to relax and entertain. The programme features a large cast of colourful characters with unusual names who live in an area of sparsely wooded grassland scattered with large daisies and brightly-coloured balls of flowers. The characters mostly speak short, repetitive phrases. The garden is a sunny, colourful environment. Producer Anne Wood said:

      We wanted to explore the difference between being asleep and being awake from a child's point of view: the difference between closing your eyes and pretending to be asleep and closing your eyes and sleeping."

      Watching this show as an adult is an interesting experience, its very mellow and chilled out and you almost feel like you are on a weird mind trip but all kids I know seem to love it. Whilst it is not my little girls favourite show we still watch it as all her little friends watch it so I wants her to be in the loop too and know who Igglepiggle and the like are.

      This box set of characters is great for when she plays In the Night Garden with her friends. It features all the important characters and they are all well made. Each figure is made of tough plastic so it can withstand heavy play, being chewed, thrown around etc. The colours are bright and vibrant, just like the characters on the television are and they are fun to play with.

      The set contains Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and The Tombliboos. Igglepiggle is the main character on the show and he is a blue doll with a sideways red mohikan. He always carries his red blanket with him and tends to fall flat on his back when surprised. Upsy Daisy looks a bit like a rag doll and has a brown complexion and brightly coloured clothes Makka Pakka, my favourite is a cream colour and looks a bit like a funny alien to me. He is quite round and has three horn like growths on his head which are meant to represent stones that he uses to make into piles. He lives in a little cave and likes cleaning things, such as his collection of stacking stones. The Tombliboos are weird little fellows. They look like like dolls all dressed up in colourful clothes with spots and stripes on. They are called Unn, Ooo and Eee. Unn is red and free, Ooo is brown and purple and Eee is pink and yellow. According to an article I read, The names Unn, Ooo, and Eee reflect phonetically how a young child might say the numbers One, Two, Three. So you see this show is about learning too and not just weird phrases.

      The set cost me about £10 on Amazon and in my opinion is a nice way to bring In the Night Garden into your home.

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        21.09.2011 07:24
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        Imaginary Play with In The Night Garden Friends

        My little boy loves In The Night Garden which is a TV Programme on Cbeebies, but he is only 1 year old and only just really starting to develop a sense of character recognition where his toys are concerned. For this reason, it is difficult to find In The Night Garden toys that will actually appeal to him since he himself won't realise they are In The Night Garden!

        When deciding which In The Night Garden toy to buy for him first, I thought I'd go back to basics and start by buying the complete collection of the Night Garden Characters. I bought the collection in Toys 'r' Us for £18 which is quite expensive for a set of little plastic toys and now I wish I'd had a look online first for a better price because they aren't worth £18!

        The set is made by Playskool and includes Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka & the 3 Tombliboos - these are all the main characters in the TV programme. They are only small figures, they vary in height depending on the character, for example Makka Pakka is the smallest just as he is in the TV Show. At tallest, is Iggle Piggle who is about 10cm tall. They aren't so small that I would have to be concerned about my son choking on them.

        They are made from quite a tough plastic which is heavy rather than being light and hollow, this does help stand the figures upright a lot better and make them easier to play with I think. But since they don't do anything for themselves, it is all up to your childs own imagination to have fun with these characters. They do look just like the real TV Characters which is great for older toddlers or children who can understand who the characters actually are and I'd also imagine that at this age there will be a lot of little In The Night Garden games they can imagine up and have fun playing with the characters.

        But at the moment my 1 year old son doesn't have much use for these as he isn't yet at the stage of playing imaginary games with figures and characters. He will pick them up and look at them for a little bit and maybe have a bit of a nibble on them, but that's about it at the moment. They are really cute looking figures and I am certainly going to hang onto them until he is a bit older and can perhaps start playing with them properly. I actually used them all as cake toppers on his 1st Birthday Cake which was In The Night Garden themed and they looked wonderful!

        For all they are nice and look just like the real characters themselves, they aren't worth £18 so if you are going to buy them then do have a look around as I've seen them for £10 or less on some online sites, or even have a look on Ebay for some cheap second hand.

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          08.02.2011 15:57
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          A great set of figures though on the expensive side

          In The Night Garden Complete Character Collection


          Although not watched very much now, a year ago my little one was really into 'In the Night Garden' which is a television programme for the very young found on the CBeebies channel. We therefore bought this set of Night Garden characters for her birthday, and even though the television programme is not enjoyed any more, my youngster still loves playing with the little character figures.

          There are six characters in this set which include;

          Iggle Piggle complete with his red blanket
          Upsy daisy
          Makka Pakka
          Three tombliboos

          The figures are between two to three inches and most stand well, though we do have some problems with upsy daisy standing up without falling down! All the characters are identical in appearance to those seen on the programme. The characters are very durable and a perfect size for little hands. They are made of a strong, yet slightly soft, plastic and so whilst withstanding bumps, is safe enough for young children to play with. Even after all this time, the figures still look brand new (minus a couple of pen marks which I have not managed to wipe off!) and that is after many many hours of playing.

          Although the age recommendation is 18 months plus, my little one had these at a year old and loved them. The great thing with these characters is that they last many years both in durability and the fact that they are in effect, little people, which can be played later in dolls houses and so forth.

          We were able to pick this set up, to best of my memory, for around £6 when Woolworths were closing though now I can find them between £8.00 to £15.00 top from Amazon. It seems that the average price is the latter one.

          These little characters are really sweet, though very expensive at the top price for what they are as they are simply figures that do not bend or move in any way. Saying this, though, they provide hours of fun for my little one and so I would say that if you can find this set at a lower price, then I would recommend it for certain.

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          23.08.2010 09:28
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          We purchased this set for my daughter for Christmas about 2 years ago now. She was really into In The Night Garden and she loved to play with figures so these were perfect for her. At the time they cost £10.00 for the set from Tesco but they were on special offer.

          The set comprises of all the main characters from the TV show so if your child is an avid watcher then they will know who they are just by looking at them. The characters included in the set (for those who don't know) are:

          Iggle Piggle
          Upsy Daisy
          Makka Pakka
          3 Tomliboos (all of who are different)

          The figures are all made of sturdy and durable plastic. They have no little bits which can come off and be put into mouths which is a nice relief. They have been very well made and are of a high quality. Each one looks exactly like the character from the show. Their colours are absolutely perfect and they are perfect replicas. They are nice and bright in colour too which is good for little ones.

          The presentation box is quite nice and is typical of In The Night Garden with the forest on it and the figures all standing up nicely so you can see them when you are purchasing them. The front of the box has the In The Night Garden font on it.

          My daughter loved these figures and she still plays with them now, 2 years down the line. These figures have done lots with her - standing with her whilst she has been eating (and been flicked off on to the floor with much laughter), stood on her bedside table when sleeping, made friends with Peppa Pig and Fifi from the Flowertots and as of late have become the prisoners of the evil emperor Zurg (my daughter has developed a little bit of an obsession with Toy Story!).

          These figures are great fun for kids though a little bit on the expensive side. They have lasted though as 2 years down the line they are still in good condition and do not show any signs of wear.

          Definately recommended though probably only for a In The Night Garden fan.

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          14.07.2010 16:03
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          Not something that Jack played with much

          In The Night Garden Complete Character Collection.....


          Jack used to be really into this a couple of years ago now and so me being me, decided it would be a nice idea to get him a fair few items that are sold as the merchandise. There really is so much to choose from and I can easily say that Jack ended up with far more than he really should have got.


          This set appealed to me as the little figures of all the main characters were contained in the set and they all looked hard wearing and perfect for small hands. They are available to buy from a whole load of different places including rather cheaply on line. I saw them on a slight special offer in the Early Learning Centre. For the whole set, the RRP is around £12 but I paid £7 which works out to a little over a pound for each figure.


          The figures come housed within a cardboard outer box and a clear plastic container to hold them nicely on display although I feel, as with most toys these days this is quite a lot of excess packaging.


          There are six different In the Night Garden Characters all together in this set and this includes, Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy, Tumbleboo Un, Tumbleboo Oo and Tumbleboo Ee.


          The characters are all slightly different sizes as they are in the programme itself and the largest one is Igglepiggle and the smallest is Makka Pakka. Generally the figures are all of an easy to hold good size of about 3 or so inches. They are rather heavy plastic which is also nice and chunky and you can see that they are made to a high quality.


          You are not able to move the figures limbs at all and other than stand up they really don't do much else. Jack did play with them slightly by looking at them and taking them about places but because the programme is aimed at younger children and the age range on these toys is 18 months +, this is still too young to have much imagination to fully be able to appreciate the figures. Jack is more of the age now at 3 where he would be able to make up little games and scenarios with the characters but he is now not interested in the In the Night Garden show or anything to do with it as he sees it as being for babies.


          Overall I feel that these were not the best thing I could have bought Jack. They are however good quality and could be great fun if they were given to the right child who was a little bit older and still enjoyed the show.


          All in all I have to say with our experience of the toy figures not being a great success, I will award a 3 out of 5 star rating and only a recommendation to real fans of the show.


          Many thanks for taking the time to read.


          I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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            09.07.2010 20:31
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            Sure to be a hit with any Night Garden fans

            My daughter received this Night Garden set as a gift about 2 years ago, when she was at the height of her Night Garden craze.

            The set comes if a plastic packet which is surrounded by cardboard. The cardboard has the Night Garden logo on the front and pictures of leafy green trees, to make it look like the characters are stepping straight out of the garden.

            The set comprises of 6 character - Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka, Tombliboo Unn, Ooo and Eee.

            Each character is made from one piece of moulded plastic. They are fairly weighty, so appear to be solid plastic rather than hollow. They have no moveable parts and are not at all flexible, so you can't pose or adjust them.

            The characters vary in size, but Makka Pakka is the smallest at around 2 inches tall, 1 inch deep and 2 inches wide (he has outstretched arms). Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy are the biggest at approx 3.5 inches tall, 1 inch deep and 2.5 inches wide.

            All of the characters are in their trademark colours. Igglepiggle is light blue and holding his red blanket, Upsy Daisy is orange, yellow, white and red - with the same crazy hair that she sports on the tv show. Makka Pakka is a dusk beige colour.

            The tombliboos are all standing next to a pile of blocks and are wearing spotty trousers and stripey tops. Unn is red and green, Ooo is brown and pink and Eee is pink and yellow.

            The box states that the figures are for ages 3 plus, but I think even the most adventurous of babies would struggle to come to any harm with these. Possibly Makka Pakka is a little small and could present a choking hazard if you have a child who is really keen on putting things in their mouth, but the other figures are really too big to present any kind of problem.

            My daughter still plays with these figures now (she's 4) and her younger siblings also enjoy playing with them. Despite the extensive use that they've had, they still look like new.

            I should also mention that they wash well if needed. A bowl of soap water does a great job on them.

            I've seen these sets priced between £4.99 and £9.99. For a fiver, they are a bargain if you've got a Night Garden fan in the house and guaranteed to give hours of pleasure.

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            08.06.2010 01:00
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            Durable and Chunky

            I bought my eldest son the In the Night Garden Complete Character Collection for his first birthday, which was nearly two and a half years ago now.

            The Packaging

            The box was fronted by clear plastic, so all the toys could be seen clearly. Each of the toys was well spaced out and held in place by a moulded clear plastic to prevent them moving and spoiling the display. The cardboard behind the figures was a scene from The Night Garden. As usual I found myself wondering when purchasing it why manufacturers feel like they have to use so much packaging. Granted the moulded packaging made it easier to get the characters out when asked to by my son on his Birthday, instead of making him wait with fiddly wires or screws etc. but it's not very environmentally friendly.

            Cost and Availability

            It can cost anything from £5 up to about £15, I paid £12 from John Smiths but I think it was a very new product then and now you have more chance of finding it cheaper. It's easy to find online. In the Night Garden, while still being popular, isn't the current favourite amongst tots, Waybuloo has stolen this title. Because of this it's harder to locate in the high street.

            The Product

            The set comprises of six of the main characters: Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and the three Tombliboos. Sadly missing are the Pontipines, the Wottingers and the Haa Hoos. Some of the characters may be seen as being too small to put in this set but as none of the other characters correspond with their sizes in the show for example the Tombliboos are half the size of Iggle Piggle and Makka Pakka is smaller still, the figures in the set don't reflect this.

            This aside the figures are accurate representations of the characters from the show. They are set in the posed positions shown in the picture with no moveable parts. They are made of very durable plastic and are still going strong to this day having been drooled on, thrown dropped, shoved in tiny holes and much worse besides. My eldest son has played with them regularly, most recently magically transformed into the Hobbits from Middle Earth. I generally prefer to buy toys that don't do anything, like talking, automated moving etc, as this gives children more chance to use their imaginations and also they keep their entertainment value for longer. My 16 month old now fights my three year old for possession of the Night Garden toys. Despite the fact that my eldest would rather watch anything except the Night Garden he still loves to play with the toys. These are great for younger children as they are chunky and easy to handle, they have no small parts and being made out of one solid piece of plastic they are incredibly unlikely to break.

            Conclusion

            A good investment, I think they'll last forever and look as good as the day they were made. My kids fight over who gets custody of the Night Garden characters.

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              29.03.2010 23:24
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              A nice little gift or treat.

              On a recent shopping trip, my son spotted these from his buggy and his little eyes lit up. I bought them for him, and am very glad I did.

              For anyone who isn't aware - In The Night Garden is a television show aimed at very young children (under 5's) which is shown daily on CBeebies.
              The show's characters are:
              IGGLE PIGGLE: A blue, big headed creature (?) who lives on a boat and carries around a red blanket all of the time. I can't work out if he is supposed to be a person or animal - and why he goes to sleep on a boat is anyones guess!
              UPSY DAISY: Is Iggle Piggles best friend. A little girl who loves singing and dancing and is very annoying.
              MAKKA PAKKA: Again, I'm not sure what he is supposed to be - a small creature maybe - but he rides a bike and carries a sponge around with him everywhere.
              TOMBLEBOOS: These three little things are a bit like little babies who all wear matching trousers - triplet babies maybe.

              As you can tell, it is very strange and does not really make much sense to me - my son seems to get it though ha ha.

              This character collection was on sale at a local store which sells all sorts of bits and bobs, for only £7.99 - a price which seemed fair to me. On checking out the online prices , it seems I've got a bargain as they cost around £13 on Amazon etc.

              The pack includes small (but not so small a baby could choke on them) plastic toy character of each of the above. The are very colourful and look just like the real thing.

              They don't actually do anything, but my son seems to like them and just enjoys holding them and throwing them around the house (he is only 20 months bless him).

              It advises on the pack, that these are suitable for children over 18 months old, but they seem quite safe to me as there are no small parts that can come away, and are too big to get lodged anywhere they shouldn't be.

              A lovely little gift or treat, however at £13 I'm not sure I would have made the purchase - if you can find a bargain as I did, then your little cherub will be very happy.

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                12.03.2010 21:46
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                A lovely detailed set of all the main characters in durable plastic for limitless fun

                I had previously shunned this sweet little set because the price is very steep. I had only ever seen it on sale for between £12-16 which I thought was too much to pay. However, after Christmas Boots had a 75% off sale and they had quite a few of these marked down to £3 so I thought I would treat my 2 year old daughter and I'm SO glad I did.

                In the set you get all the main characters - Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and all three Tombliboos. They are all moulded in hard plastic and are not poseable - you cannot move arms or legs or remove accessories. My little girl isn't phased by this one jot though ...

                These little guys have stood on the table while she eats, swum in the bath, visited Peppa Pig in her house, taken a ride in Lego cars, ridden the Thomas Tank train, been held onto in bed or the pram ... you name it and these little figures have done it. I'm sure in the summer they will also play in the garden and live in sandcastles at the seaside. They are so simple and therefore so versatile - the only limit is the child's imagination.

                I think this is a lovely set that any In The Night Garden true fan would adore. The only thing negative thing I can possibly say is that they are a bit expensive if you pay the full price, but otherwise you can't go wrong with these.

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                A great toy for imaginative play

                In the Night garden has become the Teletubbies for this generation of toddlers. I'm pretty sure that there is no parent of a toddler age child who has not heard of Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and the crew and both my girls fell under their magical spell. It was the first program on Cbeebies that either of them showed any interest in and with a couple of watches they were completely spellbound by the magical and enchanting goings on.

                I have to admit that I also find it completely charming, it had a really sweet and gentle premise and I often find myself completely sucked in when Iggle Piggle has lost his red blanket or the Makka Pakka is washing faces.... yes really!

                I have always steered away from buying them the merchandise from television programs, I have realised how one week something can be absolutely adored only to be cruely replaced by something else the following week. A couple of years ago however my older daugther (who was about 2 at the time) received this set of In The Night Garden character collection. The set comprised of figurines of the following characters: Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and all three of the Tombliboos - Unn, Ooo and Eee. Each little plastic figure has been well made and look exactly as the shoulod do with the same vibrant colours etc.

                As I said this isn't something I would have bought for her but maybe would have made a mistake because these little figures have been played with consistantly for the last couple of years. Now my elders has grown out of Night Garden but my younger one loves it and she plays with these little figures all the time. They come away with us if we are going away for the weekend and she spends hours in her own little Night Garden world acting out various scenes.

                They have also been introduced to all her Thomas engines and also make regular visits to her ELC farm set. Miraculously we have retained all 6 figures but be warned I suspect their could be tears if one happened to go walkabouts.

                I have just price checked these and they are currently available at approx £15 - I found them on the Tesco Direct site.

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                  05.01.2010 21:43
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                  Nice toy but not for our house.

                  My daughter was mad on the night garden so I decided to stock up on christmas presants 4 months before the actual date. Now we all know how difficult children and they can change their mind at the last minuite. I didn't think this was going to happen in my case because my daughter is only 2, how wrong was I. Two months before christmas she decided she didn't like it anymore, refused to watch it and all her in the night garden toys got thrown under her bed. At least I only paid £7 from amazon for these I thought.

                  This box is quite small to what it looks like on the computer screen so I was a bit dissapointed when it was delivered, all the figures looked small but it was cheap and couldn't expect too much from it.

                  It had 6 figures inside securely held by moulded plastic with the night garden background on card. It looked quite sweet and thought my daughter may change her mind when she saw them. There was Iggle Piggle with his red blanket, Upsiy daisy, maka paka and the 3 tomlibu's.

                  When I got the figures out of the box they felt as if they were made from solid hardwearing plastic so they are vertually indestructable which is good. They were the right colours of the charactors and they had the right features of the charactors. I think this is good because in some circumstances this is not the case they can look very weird and a waste of money. They were quite heavy which is a downfall in my opinion because this program is aimed at younger children who have tendancies to throw toys and these would hurt or break things if they are thrown. The other down side is that they are small and are able to be put into a childs mouth, I wouldn't say that they could be swallowed but it wouldn't be safe for them to put them in their mouths.

                  The problem we had mostly with these is that they are a bit pointless to be played with on their own. If you had the big ninky nonk then they would be able to be put inside so they would be worth it for a play toy, unfortuantly we do not own this and is probably a good job we didn't buy it because my daughter has put all these in a draw on christmas day and they have never been seen since.

                  I would advise to not buy these until the last minuite so you know if your child will play with these and they wouldn't be a waste of money. They are not suitable for children under the age of 3 which it does state on the box but most 3 year olds are not interested in them anyway so they wouldn't be worth buying. They are cheap and well made. They are good quality and are good value if they are going to be played with. These are widley available from Asda, Toys r us and amazon and I am sure that other stores and catalogues will have them too such as argos and littlewoods. The prices may vary but not by much. They were good for a stocking filler and may come in for my other daughter yet so I won't feel as if I have wasted money.

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                    great fun item for toddlers

                    These are a fab set of mini figures from playschool, tough in design but safe in little hands, the figures are based on a childs programme on bbc which has taken off like no tomorrow my son had these as a gift from his older brother there are many add ons to the series from dvds to cutlery and crockery clothes books etc, these only cost a few pound and have the six main characters the tombliboos upsy daisy iggle piggle and upsydaisy yes mumbo jumbo to a lot of people but trust me most people with toddlers will know them and their songs word for word lol i like this little set as it helps my little ones coordination and he sits and chats to them readily as he flicks through his books a great buy at full price even better reduced as they are in most places at the moment. Great buy!

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                      A lovely toy for half price, not worth the full ammount though

                      Our 20 month old son loves In The Night Garden. He has a night garden themed bedroom,and always picks out a night garden book from his shelf for his bedtime story. This sudden love however came about after I had purchased his main Christmas presents, and so leftme with a bit of a dilema. I wanted to get him a couple of night garden items, but nothing too expensive. So after some quick internet browsing (how did we ever do Christmas without theinternet?!) I found this collection of figure half price at ToysRus. These seemed ideal as he loves little figures (such as the fisher price "Little People") and I thought these would be sure to delight him. I looked quite carefully at the item and realised they would be fairly small and basic,but felt that for the price I was paying (£7.50) they would be a good choice.
                      Well I was right! They were greeted with squeels of delight from our son as he ripped the wrapping paper off on Christmas morning and he couldn't wait for me to get them out of the box!


                      **What you get**
                      The set comprises 6 small plastic figures from the popular children's TV programme In The Night Graden. There is of course a MakaPakka, an Upsy Daisy and an Iggle Piggle,and then there are also three Tombliboos which my son seems to particularly love.They come nicely packaged in a Night Garden themed box , and seemd to immediately capture my sons attention. They are colourful and nicely in proportion to one and other. They would be great for encouraging story telling and imaginagitve play in slightly older children,but work just as well for randomly waving around in an excited way by our 20 month old!These definitely were a bigger hit than the rather dissappointing Push Along Iggle Piggle which we also purchased (seperately reviewed)

                      **Summary**
                      These were nice colourful characters, ideal for all young Night Garden fans.
                      I don't think they are really worth £14/£15 , but for what we paid they made a welcome addition to Christmas morning as far as our son was concerned!

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                      02.11.2009 16:02
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                      a nice collection of figurines from the ever so popular tv show

                      After seeing and finding out for myself how popular the in the night garden TV show on cbeebies had become and how addicted my 2 year old daughter had become with watching the show, at the time I thought it would be a good idea to buy her the character figurines from eBay for around £11.50. When the characters finally come by royal mail my daughter was so excited that she even started singing some of the songs from the show.

                      In the box are 6 popular character figurines from the main TV programme such as Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka, and all 3 of the tombliboos, -Un, Oo and Ee. They are made from idestructive plastic that is quite strong and versatile and sure is made to last for a good few years. My daughter loves imaginative play as this was the perfect buy for her and has spent many good hours playing with the figurines such as playing with them in the bath, outside like at the park, visiting family/friends.

                      I personally think that children younger than 18+ months could play with this such as 12+ months as they are no sharp pieces or edges and it's very safe, soft, and secure to play with.

                      The figurines have become one of my daughter's favourite toys to play over time but, I feel as she gets a bit older she will soon get quite bored of playing when them as there is only so much they can do. Especially as they do not take batteries which is a shame as most kids rather prefer to play with battery operated toys for longer time.

                      On this final note the characters are quite nice for little children and with prices ranging from £8 to £16 I think it's a worthy buy. I would highly recommend this toy particularly for all the in the night garden fans.

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                      02.10.2009 15:14
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                      Great for any fan of In The Night Garden

                      I've been seeing my little cousin, Daniel, a lot lately due to his new little sister arriving into the world and, having been officially designated the titles 'godmother' as well as 'babysitter' it's been me who's been playing with him, bathing him, changing dirty nappies and dealing with lots of kicks and punches in the face throughout the night. Seeing him so much recently, I've noticed that out of all the CBeebies' shows, In The Night Garden is the one he enjoys the most, like so many other toddlers seem to.

                      Daniel doesn't usually play with small toys like this and prefers being a typical boy - riding his trike around the garden, whizzing cars across the floor or generally smashing things, but, knowing that he loves the TV show and some In The Night Garden books he's got, I bought him this In The Night Garden Character Collection for his second birthday a couple of weeks ago, hoping it might bring some calm to him.

                      The toys come in a cardboard box with a plastic front so that you can see what's inside. Inside, the background is full of trees and grass and this can be taken out and used to play with the toys as well. The box contains six individual figurines, all characters from the show - Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy and three Tombliboos. They are all made of fairly hard plastic which makes them perfect for playing with anywhere including in the bath and they look and feel like they'd last a long time. All of the characters are very bright and colourful which makes them look lots of fun to play with. They are all fairly small but not small enough to be a hazard to a child of any age, ranging around 2-3 inches in height.

                      As soon as he opened up his present and saw what it was his big eyes widened and a huge smile came across his face and he looked at me in surprise as if he wasn't sure if he was allowed to touch it! As soon as I gave the box to him, he immediately started to wave it around in the air and bash it on the table trying, but failing, to get the figurines out. At first he wouldn't let me help him open it but when I told him that I was going to get the characters for him he reluctantly handed the box over. It was like he was really in awe of the toys as I stood them on the table in front of him, taking him a while at first to realise that he could play with them. They did bring him calm but only for a few minutes when he got up again, picked up as many as he could into his little hands, and carried them around with him. Because they're fairly small, I wouldn't recommend taking them out of the house as he lost one within literally a few minutes of having got them. Luckily we found it again though!

                      They all stand up by themselves, although we did have a bit of trouble getting Makka Pakka and Upsy Daisy to stand up - Makka Pakka seems to only be able to stand if he's leaning on one leg.

                      Obviously at such a young age, he doesn't have the imagination yet to make the characters interact so he does get a little tired of them after a while as they don't do anything. But they manage to keep him calm and entertained for a little while and that's all anyone can ask for when they've got such a cheeky little boy to deal with! Although it can get a little bit tedious for me or any other adult when we're made to repeatedly make them interact with other and Daniel for his entertainment!

                      The age range is 18 months + but, if they manage to get into the hands of younger children, there's no harm as they're too big to get into your mouth and there are no little pieces which could be swallowed. This can be bought from Asda for £7 which, although a tad expensive, they are a great little toy for any fans of the show.

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