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This was actually one of the first Peppa pig toys we brought and it was around 2 years ago from Argos although I can see they no longer sell it and perhaps that is why we were able to pick it up for half price £7 for my sons second birthday. The Peppa pig products do seem to have got better over the years and between this and the rocket I was nearly put off purchasing them ever again.
The helicopter is yellow in colour and modelled on the TV show itself in one episode Mrs. Rabbit takes the children for a ride in her helicopter. With the helicopter you get 2 figures peppa pig and miss rabbit I believe miss rabbit is actually exclusive to this set. Both of the figures having moving arms and legs and can be used with other peppa pig play sets.
On the top of the helicopter the propellers move around although not battery operated my children like to push them round all the same and it's nice they actually move. There are opening and closing doors but this is where our problems began the doors simply fall off within the first day off use you can re add them back on but to be honest then each time you touch the helicopter they just fall off.
Inside the helicopter there are 2 seats one for peppa and one for miss rabbit although there are spaces molded for them in the seats when it comes to putting them in it is just hard work. My children have all tried but failed and that results in every 5 minutes mum, mum can you please put these in. Even when I attempt to put the figures in it is very awkward and can take some time and to try and put them in the seat belts are just impossible.
They are very silly simple black rubber bands that stretch around the figures but this seems like another impossible task and if I do get them over the figures then when my children want them back out again they shout mummy because they become stuck. My children have now given up and since the doors fell off it has become a little easier but they no longer try to sit them properly they just shove the characters in and hope they do not fall out.
On the side of the helicopter is a small square button and when you press it there are around 5 sayings up, up and away, snort, snort and my children's favourite the flying high song which I always find myself singing as I move around doing the house work as it is one of them annoying songs that gets stuck in your head. It is rather loud and can become annoying but this is actually the main attraction with the toy.
There is a wince handle on the side of the helicopter and when you turn this round a wince on the bottom of the helicopter slowly winds up and if you turn it the other way it lets back down. My children love to use this and try and pick stuff up sometimes it becomes stuck but it is very easy to sort out and then is in full working order again.
It is recommended from 3 years plus but apart from the figures there are no small parts and my son got on ok with it when he was 2. You also need to buy 3 AAA batteries as these make the phrases work but are not included when you buy it. I am not sure if I would recommend this toy as it is well loved by my children and has had a lot of use but please if you do decide to purchase it do not expect the doors to stay on or to be able to use the seat belts in the helicopter as this just does not happen.
This toy was a gift for my eldest daughter for her 3rd birthday and I am certainly glad I didn't pay for it. The toy can be bought from Tesco and Toys r Us for about £17 which seems about the right price for this sort of toy.
The helicopter is mainly red in colour with yellow accents such as the headlights, the rotor blades and the winch handle. Inside the open cab there are two seats and two black rubber seat belts which are a nightmare, the seat belt attatch over little knobs of plastic through a slit in the black rubber at the top and the bottom of the belt and when my daughter used to play with this I was constantly tortured to fasten and unfasten these as she just couldn't manage it and they would continually come open. The toy is made of quite hard plastic so I have to watch when my younger daughter has it as she tends to manage to hit herself over the head with it although thats just my daughter not an actual fault with the toy.
The helicopter has working doors but to be honest you can't really call them working as these also continually fall off and it isn't as if this toy has been played with alot to loosen the doors they are just of rubbish quality. The helicopter has a winch and handle and this does actually work, the little piece of thin rope comes from under the helicopter with a little hook on the bottom asnd then there is a handle to wind it back up again, this has never got tangled or now wound up so this part of the toy is fine.
Witht he toy you get two figures from the show, Miss Rabbit and Richard Rabbit, both figures have workable arms and legs and these figures sit in the helicopter seats very well. The firgures are great and just like the characters on the show although the figures with the toy are wearing flying goggles which i did have to explain to my daughter as she had never come across flying goggles before.
I would not recommed this toy and my daughter got sick of it very quickly, the seat belts are useless and the doors constatly fall off, this isn't a toy that a young child can play with on their own and if I am going to be playing with my daughter i would prefer to play a game or something with some educational value. The figures are very detailed which is a good thing as my daughterf does like to find faults with character things where she will compare the character to what she has seen on TV. I must say I have found the majority of the Peppa Pig toys my daughter has owned such as this one and two different caqrs quite poor in quality and I will not be buying anything else from this range even though my daughter still loves Peppa Pig.