“ Manufacturer: Universe of Imagination / Type: Clay / Age: 3 Years+ „
Universe of Dough seems to be a Toys R Us brand. This pack of ten tubs of play dough retails in their stores, or online, for £7.99 though I think we paid around £5 or £6 for it in store not so long ago. Either it was on offer, or they've recently hiked the price up.
To be totally honest, I'm not sure why we got this. The grandson needed some more play doh, and we bought this before we spotted the fun factory play set we got him later on. But looking on the site right now for a price comparison, I see we could have bought the Play Doh Mountain of Colour set for only £2 more than this presently retails for, and the Mountain set not only includes brand named Play Doh, but 15 tubs of the stuff (some small) and a variety of cutting tools. In retrospect, I think we made a misjudgement buying this set over that one!
I didn't expect top of the range stuff here, but I was quite disappointed to find that the tubs were really difficult open and made of extremely thin and cheap plastic. A couple have broken already, and the grandson requires help to get the lids on properly. It's annoying because really this is the kind of simple tidying up task that he should be able to undertake independantly.
The quality of the doh isn't great, and is akin to what you'd expect from Wilkinson's or Tesco's own brands (but for about half the price). It has a really weak smell, which surprised me as original Play Doh is always really strong. Perhaps that says something about the quality of the mixture that's been used?
This isn't very good for moulding because it easily gets stuck in the moulds. It clogged up the Play Doh Fun Factory press we got, and it's generally been a waste of time and money. We've shoved this in the back of a drawer in case we run out at any time, but I don't think this is likely to ever get used again. It's way over priced, poor quality and not much fun at all.