“ Manufacturer: Vivid Imaginations / Age 3 Years+ „
My mum bought these for my 18 month old daughter without knowing that she loved Timmy Time. They appealed to my mum as she thought it was Shaun the Sheep (who my mum has loved for years) and she was very pleased when my daughter squealed with delight when she gave them to her. Timmy is a little lamb who goes to nursery with his friends mittens the cat and ruffles the dog. These are lovely little figures with moveable arms, legs and head. They are made of very durable plastic and are around 3 inches tall - they perfect for little hands to hold. Whenever we go round to my mums house now my daughter is straight in the toy box rummaging round to find timmy and his friends and she never wants to put them back in the box when its time to go home! A definite must for Timmy Time fans and Shaun the Sheep fans alike!
(I have published part of this review on Amazon).
My daughter received these figures from relatives for Christmas. They represent characters from Cbeebies' Timmy Time which is a spin off from Shaun the Sheep, in turn a spin off from Wallace and Gromit. My daughter has occasionally watched it, but was more interested in the cat figure than anything else as she has a cat obsession at the moment.
The three characters come tied into a cardboard box with a clear plastic window. They are: Mittens the cat, Ruffy the dog and Timmy, the lamb of the title. They are made, (and smell), of plastic and stand at approximately 3.5 inches high. They have posable legs, 'arms' (legs), heads and tails. They resemble the tv characters very closely in appearance. At first glance they seem bright, fun and reasonally priced. The box states that these are not for under 3's.
They're not brilliant at standing up, which causes frustration for little'uns. Like a lot of these type of figures they manage to stand okay on tables but not so much on carpets. The sheep in particular has rather a heavy tail which means it nearly always falls backwards when it is stood up. The cat tends to fall over when it is sat down and needs the help of its tail to balance. Still, I suppose the makers would tell us that these things help young children develop their co-ordination skills.
A few days after receiving this my daughter presented me with one of the dogs ears and I realised that they come out quite easily with not much of a tug - shoddy and a choking hazard. The dog has since been binned and I've checked the others and discovered they have ears that are part of the mold rather than being stuck in and so are not able to be pulled out. I don't know why the dog was made this way, it seems rather an oversight, the lamb has similar long ears too but is better made.
As mentioned, the cat is my daughters favourite, so while Timmy looks as good as new and Ruffy is out of play, how is Mittens doing on such short aquaintance I hear you ask. The answer is not that well. On close inspection there are several surface cracks all over the plastic, particularly on the head, they don't look too serious, but I can feel them if I run my fingertips over it and I'm surprised at how soon these cracks have appeared. The cat is still in play as my daughter likes it a lot, but I will update the review if I deem it necessary to bin it...
March update: The cats pupils have now been almost cuddled away and so Mittens looks rather zombie like and scary, (to me anyway).
I've seen these for sale on Amazon at £5.36, but due to the shoddy features I've mentioned I would say if you want to get your child Timmy Time toys have a look for something else.