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Early Learning Centre Pretty Polly's Pirate Ship

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Brand: ELC / Age: 18 months+ / Type: Learning Toy

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      11.12.2011 20:53
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      Another rubbish ELC toy; do not bother!

      I am a childmnder, therefore am always scouring the shelves for new and interesting toys for the children. I invested in this pirate ship as the children I care for are very keen on Small World Play. This ship seemed sturdy and robust enough in the store, so I brought one home to the setting.

      Why did I bother?

      I think I paid about £40 for this ship.

      It is very basic; made from cheap plastic with two flags and a couple of secret hideaways with flimsy trap doors that snap off at every opportunity. There is a lookout tower with a telescope, which has also broken. The ship is on wheels which makes it very tempting to little people to use as a ride on toy; of course when they do, the ship doesn't go anywhere which makes the wheels stick, so my husband has to take apart the ship to fix them.

      The ship does come with some extras; little pirate people, a treasure chest and a table. These, at present, haven't broken. The little people are actually pretty robust, and you can buy additional Happy Land people if you want the ship to have a few more inhabitants.

      I personally wouldn't recommend this ship. I find the ship and its gadgets themselves too flimsy and when they split/shatter, they become sharp which of course is dangerous to small fingers. This may be a more suitable toy for an older child, but I would hazard a guess that an older child would probably find this a little 'baby- ish!'

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        10.11.2010 23:37
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        A product recommended to toddlers everywhere!

        I first seen this product in my local Mothercare which was selling Early Learning Centre toys and after the first viewing I decided to Dooyoo it and see what others had said. As it had a 5 star rating I went ahead and purchased it for £25 however it came with the additional accessory pack free which should have cost another £15 so a bit of a bargain. My son received it for his second birthday so well within the recommended 18 months to 4 years age range. I do however feel that they have been a little over ambitious with the age range of the ship. After my son turned around 3 he was no longer so interested in this toy, he would bring it out and play with it occasionally but it was no-where near as popular as it had been when he had just received it or in the proceeding year.

        The pirate ship itself is a good size and has varies little pieces attached such as a balcony with 2 opening doors, a basement with an opening door, a lookout point with a telescope and a point for steering with a movable wheel. There are 2 sails with yellow and blue stripes. Included with the ship is around 7 pirates, a treasure chest and a table with a map which can all be placed on the various levels.

        As with the majority of ELC toys this ship is made with plastic and is exceptionally strong and sturdy and even with my little one throwing it around and dropping it nothing had broken or snapped off. The only little problem I have with the design is that the door from the inside of the boat to the balcony comes off really easily but it's simple enough to click it back in. The wheels on the bottom of the ship mean that it can be moved around with ease without scratching the floor, I did however find that when playing on the rug it was very hard to shift even for me but on the wooden floor it glided easily and left no marks at all. The ship was big enough to fit all the accessories inside and move them around although you really did need some imagination for this ship, although it was a ship and had some pirates you really did have to make up some games or it would have got a pretty monotonous toy to find entertainment with. Luckily enough my son was happy enough to play with this for bursts of time.

        There was not a scratch, bump or any other mark on this ship by the time I got rid of it, the only problem I did find was that when not in use this clung onto dust like no other toy I've seen, the worst of it is it got into little bits of the balcony and in the grooves of the beige coloured plastic making it look a bit dirty, it was easy enough to wipe off but if something got spilled on this and left to dry I can't imagine how tough it would be to get into the little nooks and crannies to clean it out.

        Overall I was very pleased with this purchase, I do think the RRP of £40 is too expensive for what it is, as I say you need a lot of imagination to get any joy out of it. The toy is however well constructed and comes with good accessories that are also durable and brightly coloured appealing to children, the design is well thought out although the little door that pops off is annoying at the best of times but I have found with a few of the Happyland toys that parts like doors seem to easily come off, whether this is to prevent them being snapped off I'm not sure but it is something to be wary of. At the price I paid I was happy, my son had lots of fun with it but by 3 he was no longer interested, I think it suits 18 months to 3 much better and encourages imaginative play as well as hand and eye co-ordination. I also feel it is good as a toy for playing solo or for paying together as it's something you can talk about and encourage speech which is another good point of the toy. All things considered I would say this toy deserves 3 stars out of 5.

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        10.07.2010 20:13
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        A brilliant toy for any little pirate

        ==Early Learning Centre Pretty Polly's Pirate Ship==

        Jack received this toy Pirate Ship from his Nana, my mum, Christmas 2009/2010 and it is still a much loved and played with toy even 7 months on!

        The recommended age range for this toy is from 18 months + and even though jack was 2 ½ when he received it he still gets great enjoyment from playing with it as the games are far more in depth than they would have been when he was 18 months.

        The pirate ship on its own retails at £25 but there was a special offer on which meant a separate toy, Pirate Island, could be purchased alongside for an extra £5 and I believe there was around a £7 saving on doing this so of course Mum was happy to get him another part of the toy.

        The Pirate Ship itself is of a good size and has a good few sections which can be moved, opened or a little man can stand. There is a variety of 5 pirates that accompany the ship and they are all nice chunky figures make from tough and durable plastic.
        There is also a small boat, a treasure chest which can be opened to reveal gold and a table which has a treasure map on.

        The telescope which is positioned at the front of the boat (for obvious look out reasons) can be moved about in search of other pirates at sea and the crows nest which it stands by is a perfect place to put a bearded pirate! The cabin, which is purely for the use of the Captain has a set of large open out windows which allows the inside of the ship to be reached and thus played with easily.

        If one of the other pirates gets rowdy there is always the option of throwing them bellow deck as a caged door swings open to allow this to happen.
        The small rowing boat which accompanies the pirate ship has a magnet hidden inside that means it can be attached to the main ship for easy boarding.

        The whole set is a real joy to play with and has been hours of fun for both myself and Jack. The only downsides that we have found is that there is no "plank" to walk but this has been easily fashioned out of some cardboard, brown crayons and some sticky tape.
        Also none of the toys from the collection can be taken into the bath or paddling pool and they have too many holes in and are not able to float. WE did take some of the pirates into the bath but because they have air holes in the bottom they took on a bit of water and it took ages for me to get it all out.

        Other than those two minor factors, the Pirate Ship from the Early Learning Centre is brilliant. It is strong and durable whilst being cute and lots of fun.
        Jack really enjoys it and we have found so many playing opportunities for it. I also got out some torn paper and some old tea bags to make a rather realistic looking map which Jack thought was great!

        This really was well worth the money paid and I would say it is a toy that will be played with for a good while to come by jack and then still be neat enough to keep for any other little ones!

        A score of 5 stars out of 5 even with the two downsides due to the fact it is so much fun and such good quality.


        Many thanks for taking the time to read.


        I do hope that this has been of some help to you scurvy bunch!

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          05.07.2010 11:39
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          elc pretty polly pirate ship with 5 pirates, table with map on it and treasure chest

          My two year old son got this as a christmas present from his auntie and it was a great buy. It comes with 5 different pirates which can all be placed on the ship and a table with a treasure map on it. There is a level on the ship which has a wheel for the pirates to steer and there is also a crews nest with a telescope for the pirates to watch for enemys! At the rear of the ship there is two windows which open to put the table and pirates in. Also once the windows are open it enable you to access another door which opens to the ships deck. On the deck there is stairs, a compartment which opens and you can hide the treasure chest or pirates in it and the door which takes you into the area with the table. My son has managed to get the door and windows off but they go back on easily so there is no need to worry about breaking them. The ship is very sturdy and durable and easy for children to move around as there is small wheels on the bottom so that it can be moved along the floor. All the pirates are of a good size and do not have any removable parts.

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            19.06.2010 17:41
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            Another great product from ELC to recommend highly.

            My 2 year old son recieved this for Christmas and what a fantastic present it is. On boxing day I caught his Grandad sat on the fall playing with it, but my son was in the other room! My 9 month old loves holding the pirates in his hands. It is well used by both my sons and can see it will be for a good few years to come.

            With the boat you get 5 pirates, a treasure chest which has gold inside, a table with a treasure map on, a dinghy that magnetically attaches to the underneath of the ship. We were also bought the island cove that you can get to go with it which comes with another dinghy and a couple of pirates. The whole set is fantastic and great fun for a toddler.

            The ship itself has a hatch that you can lift up and hide you treasure in and pirates if you like. The back doors can be opened up and there is another door to the captains quarters. The doors do come off but can be put back on quite easily. At one end of the ship is a crow nest which has a telescope that swivels round so the pirates can look out. At the other end is the wheel so the ship can be steered. The ship itself does have small wheels on underneath so your little one can move it around quite freely.

            The ship is very sturdy and made from strong plastic that with stands my 2 year old sitting on it! The ship is very brightly coloured which would attract any little one. I think it is reasonable priced and will give many hours of good fun.

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            11.05.2010 14:19
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            a great toy to capture the imagination

            My son got this from us for christmas and i dont know if i bought it for him or for me as its fab !! Its from the Early learning centre and is priced at £35.They often have reductions throughout the year with 20% off vouchers being available so you may be able to purchase at a reduced price.

            The boat comes with 5 pirates, a treasure chest and a table with a treasure map on.The doors on the boat open up and the steeting wheel moves giving little ones lots of bits to have a play around with.My son likes to put the pirates in the crows nest then loudly shout ahoy !! I love the fact that the pirates all look different as my son can distuguish between them and my younger little boy also gets to play then which is ideal.

            The boat is brightly coloured and very sturdy.The doors and other parts are all in excellent condition and this has been a very well played with toy believe me !! They loved it soo much we got the pirates cove that goes with it that i would highly reccommend.

            Excellent toy for little ones with lots of adventures to be had.If you dont have the pirates cove then i would say to go get one as it adds to the play factor for the kids and will definitely make them very happy ship mates !!

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            16.01.2010 20:52
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            good fun, sturdy ship.

            My 2 year old son received the Pretty Polly Pirate Ship for Christmas. He is at the age where he and his sister, who is three are starting to play nicely (sometimes) together. This pirate ship is one of the toys they like to play with, and as there are five pirates, there are plenty to share.

            There is also a table, and a treasure chest that can be moved about. They like to put the treasure chest into the bottom of the ship as there is a hatch that opens. There is a crow's nest, with a telescope so that the pirates can keep a look out. The ships wheel moves, and there are doors that can be opened and shut.

            A dinghy attaches underneath of the ship, it has two magnets that hold it on. The 2 year old hasn't been able to work that out yet, but now that I have showed the 3 year old she is able to do it herself.
            The toy is made out of plastic, and is very sturdy. It has been played with quite a bit over the last few weeks and none of the doors or pieces has fallen off yet - this is a record in our house as we find ELC toys always lose doors within a day. The colours of the ship are lovely, and the pirates are all different and are quite detailed.

            The children can play with this toy on their own or together when I am busy. When I play with them we are able to chat about the ship. There are lots of things to discuss and we have talked about why the pirate wears an eye patch, which way to look through the telescope and what a telescope is for.

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            16.11.2009 12:48
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            Brilliant quality and hours of fun.

            With our daughters second birthday coming up, my husband and I started to think of things we thought she might like. We went into the ELC while we were in a shopping centre and had a look at some of the little play sets they do in there. I was immediately drawn to a fairy play set, I was really set on getting her that and was having a look at all the accessories that you can buy to go with it. My husband however was having a look round the store and came across Pretty Polly's pirate ship for £25. When he came to find me to tell me what he thought we should get her, I was under whelmed by his choice - I mean, what would a 2 year old girl want with a pirates ship play set? When I went to have a look, I was actually pleasantly surprised with the chunky quality of the ship. The set that I had been looking at seemed poor quality in comparison. Better still, there was a pirates cove play set that went with it for £15 but the 2 sets were on star buy so instead of £40 for both, it only cost £30 for the two sets and they both came with plenty of figures and accessories. We made our purchase and came home.

            The ship is very chunky plastic with doors that open and little compartments where you can put the pirates and accessories. The ship has 2 big blue and yellow sails, a look out point with telescope, and a bit where the captain steers the ship from with a wheel that turns round. There is a room at the front where big red windows open out so you can play inside the room and a door that leads back on to the ship. As with all these kinds of play sets from ELC, the door does come off easily but it also fixes back on easily - that is probably the only negative thing I can think of with this play set and it doesn't affect play at all, so not really a big deal. The ship comes with 5 pirate figures, a treasure chest that opens to reveal 'gold' treasure inside, a little table with a treasure map on and a small boat. The ship also has little wheels on the bottom so that it can be moved around easily.

            Our daughters birthday came and we gave her the parcel containing the pirate ship. It was in quite a big box and she loved unwrapping it. As soon as she saw the picture of the ship on the box, she was very excited and wanted to play with it straight away. We opened the box and to be honest, as far as these play sets go, it wasn't too over the top with those horrible plastic ties - I think there were only a couple so it was fairly easy to get straight out of the box and set up play straight away the only annoying thing with the packaging was that each pirate was in a separate little plastic bag so they all took a bit of time to unwrap - but not too much of a problem.

            This toy has been played with everyday since our daughter received it. She really loves it and it is compatible with her ELC Happyland play sets. The good thing about the pirate ship is that it doesn't have any sounds or lights or electronic bits on it. While my daughter does enjoy things that do something, it is also nice for her to have things that rely on her imagination and she doesn't seem to mind either. I would definitely recommend this for any little boy or girl, it provides hours of fun and is excellent quality and value for money.

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              04.11.2009 16:52
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              Great for encouraging imaginative play in under 5s

              My now three year old has been going through two main obsessions at the moment - the first is dinosaurs (an infatuation which shows no sign of ending anytime soon) and the second is pirates. For his birthday, he received the ELC Pretty Polly Pirate Ship which is proving to be a popular toy.

              The pirate ship is a sturdy ship made of a thick plastic, typical of many of the ELC toys. It is brightly coloured, with two blue and gold plastic sales, a lookout point with a telescope, a wheel, a room with doors that open and shut and a hatch down to the bottom of the ship. It also comes with five pirates and a rowing boat. The pirate figures are chunky and easy for younger children to hold, but have sufficient detail in them to make them appeal to older children as well. For example, the pirate captain has a traditional pirate hat and carries a scroll which my son says is a treasure map while another pirate has a green parrot on his shoulder and carries a cutlass. The rowing boat connects magnetically to the ship and the telescope moves from side to side. There is also a table and a treasure chest with this set.

              The suggested age range for this product is 18 months to 4 years which I think is about right. Children of different ages will play with this product differently. For the younger ones, it is more about opening and shutting the doors or putting the figures in and out of the ship. My three year old plays with it in a much more imaginative way - the pirates are always sailing off in search of islands with buried treasure, looking for land through the telescope, setting off for shore in the rowing boat and returning with the chest or taking each other prisoner and holding them hostage in the 'dungeon' at the base of the ship. The ship definitely encourages this type of imaginative play without the worry of them losing small pieces that you have with a toy designed for slightly older children.

              It is a very durable product which I can see my next baby playing with once my son has finished with it. The only issue I have with it is the one I have with so many of the ELC toys - the doors come off far too easily and I'm always being asked to put them back on. This is also true of the space rocket, the moon base and the garage, all of which are popular toys in our house, so it's an issue that I am rapidly learning to ignore. After all, what is the point of stressing about the few seconds it takes to clip a door back into place, when your child is having a lot of fun with the toy? At least it's not permanently broken!

              The Pretty Polly Pirate ship currently costs £25. You can also buy it with the Fantasy Pirate Cove (priced at £15) and save £10 if you buy the two together. I think we may well get the Pirate Cove at some point so that the pirates really do have somewhere to sail in search of that elusive treasure, but if you're buying it for younger children then it probably isn't really necessary.

              Overall, I would recommend the Pretty Polly Pirate ship for all pirate-obsessed two and three year olds. It is a well-made toy which definitely sparks their imagination and encourages imaginative play and would be particularly good for those with younger siblings as there are no small bits. One day we will graduate to the objection of my childhood desire, the Playmobil pirate ship (the one toy that I really wanted but never had), but for now my son is loving creating his own pirate stories with this one.

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