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The Hasbro Play Doh Fun Factory retails for around £5.99 depending on where you buy it from. The pack we got came with a bonus which wasn't clear from the packaging, and it included the contents pictured above plus an extra three pots of Play Doh cellophane wrapped to the top of the box. We assumed that was the 3 pots of Play Doh that the contents listed, so were obviously quite pleasantly surprised to find we'd actually got 6 pots for our money.
The Play Doh Fun Factory is basically a Play Doh press that can be used to create shapes. Children can get a lump of Play Doh, or a combination of a few different colours, and place it in the press under the handle. Then they press down and the Play Doh is squeezed through the shape templates on the front of the machine.
There are two shape strips included (not sure why four are pictured - cheeky Play Doh!), and these strips include a variety of popular shapes like a star etc. There's a little tool included which is useful for getting out any jams in the machine, or for cutting the Playdoh strips up so that you get lots of shapes, rather than just a long shaped line.
This is suggested for ages three years and over, and it's definitely one for slightly older children. I'd say that four to seven years is about right for this one. Any younger and the kids won't be able to change the shape strips themselves, or effectively use the handle to force the Play Doh through the machine. The well defined shapes that this results in are good for the slightly older child anyway, as they can make better use of the variety of models that you can create with them.
The grandson really loves this toy, and uses it to create all kinds of messes. He does have a few problems with the handle getting stuck from time to time, and it took him a while to master changing the shape strips too. But over all this is a nice little toy that was good value for money for us considering the extra pots of Doh. I don't think it's a five star toy, but it just about deserves the four I'm going to give it.