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I picked this up for £5 when they appeared in Home Bargains and thought with it being from the Crayola Brand I had found myself a bargain and with it being arty my daughter would love it, however I was wrong. You can currently buy this product from Amazon for £10.51 with free delivery however the RRP is stated as £24.99 so as with most items on Amazon it is likely to fluctuate.
The set came in a funny shaped box it was like a half octagon shape with a flat back, the front of the box was see through so you could see the little character inside. We found getting into the box was a little difficult and the top of it ended up ripped in the process and then as the box was a funny shape it was a bit of a pain to stack on the shelf.
Inside the box you find a cute little penguin character, he is made of hard plastic and is blue in colour, he has a white chest and is wearing red earmuffs, Sophie commented that he was cute when we first took him out of the box. The penguin is for ages 4 and up and we gave this to Sophie at Christmas when she was 5 so we expected it to be pretty simple for her to use by that point.
The penguin works on 4 x AA batteries which were not included, he comes with pens and paper so once you insert the batteries he is ready to go. We inserted the pen into the penguin as instructed on the instruction sheet and set him off by pressing his tummy, the penguin moved around the paper but nothing happened. We realised we didn't have the pen in properly so after repositioning a couple of times we finally got the penguin to draw.
We found that the penguin would draw on some parts of the page and not others so we thought that the surface wasn't level enough and moved onto the kitchen bench with him but he still did the same. The penguin was still the same and we couldn't get a full drawing off him at all, Sophie was totally fed up by this point and when the penguin is drawing he takes ages to produce anything.
To select what you would like the penguin to draw you move his flippers, we did this and set the penguin off on a number of different designs yet everyone of them had parts missing so basically he didn't actually work to do what he was supposed to not even once. Sophie was not in the slightest bit amused by this toy and as we couldn't produce anything for her to colour from him we can't rate him more than 1 star, I got a bargain but now I know why he was a bargain.