Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC HappyLand Camper Set
Member Name: bush1
ELC HappyLand Camper Set
Advantages: Good imaginative play, co-ordination, makes noises
Disadvantages: Car and caravan come apart very easily, no volume control
For my daughter's second birthday, we were asked what she might like and so we suggested amongst other things something from the Early Learning Centre HappyLand range. She was lucky enough to receive the Camper set as a present.
---About the range:
The HappyLand range is created for the ELC and is designed for children aged 18 months and over. It consists of people, animals, buildings and vehicles and are supposed to help with 'stimulating imagination, improving social skills and inspiring your child to explore and enjoy the world around them.' The sets all fit together and can therefore be played with on their own or mixing them together. They range in price from £6 for a set of figures to £60 for a full set such as a village or zoo.
---About the product:
The Camper Set is a low to mid range set at £16. When we received this, it was quite hard to get out of it's box as there were lots of little twisty ties to hold it all in. When you finally get it all out, it consists of a car, caravan, tent, cooker and 3 people. The car is an open top car with space for two people to sit one in front of the other. It is green with brown wheels and blue tinted windows and no back to make it easier to put the people in. The caravan hooks onto the back of the car and is cream and blue with matching brown wheels. It has no roof and inside is a bed which fits two of the people side by side. There are two people designed to go with the caravan - a male and a female. The male has black hair, red clothes and walking shoes. He also has a map pouch round his neck. The female also has black hair with a hat, pink and yellow top and green shoes. She also has binoculars round her neck.
The tent is a brown ridge tent which is open at both ends. It has a little blue stove that comes with it which has a kettle on one side and a frying pan with an egg in it on the other. You can push down either of these to get either a kettle whistling or a frying noise. The person who is camping is male with a baseball cap and white and blue top. The stove requires two button cell batteries but these come with the set.
I expected my daughter to really like this set as we were away in our caravan when she recieved the present. However, she was more interested in her dolls house that she got at the same time than this toy. We did take it out with us several times though and she did try to play with it but the main problem was that she couldn't get the people to stay in the car. There are two person-shaped holes in the base of the car with a small point in the middle which fits into the small holes on the bottom of the people presumably to make them stay in better. However this is not the case. The holes in the people are too small and they will not fit onto the pegs very easily and especially not when my daughter tries. Instead she just gets very frustrated and throws it away. The other issue is that the caravan doesn't fit very securely on the back of the car so when she pulls them alon together it falls off easily and again she gets frustrated.
Those two points aside, she has tried to play with this item and really likes the people that come with it and enjoys playing with them with her other toys. The car gets played with on its own, but not as a set. I can also sometimes hear the stove being played with and the sound of the kettle confuses people who don't realise it's her toy!
Although this set has some big flaws, it also has some lovely touches to it as well. The tent has a pair of red socks hanging over the top of it and the detail on the people is beautiful like the fish slice held by the camper. There are deatils like the red curtains in the caravan and the egg in the frying pan. Thesounds on the stove are realistic but they are actually quite loud and there is no volume setting so can be quite annoying.
There are however some good points of this toy as it allows good imaginative play and hand-eye co-ordination putting the people in the caravan, car or tent. It can be played with on its own or as part of the Happyland range. The car can be pushed around and makes a fun toy to be played with on its own even without the people. The stove is fun to press the buttons to get the noises and they teach the correct noises which is good.
I was excited to get this present for my daughter and I expected it to get a lot of play, but I have to say it has not been a hit. At full price it costs £16 which I do think is a bit overpriced for the amount you get, but as ELC often do this at half price, I would wait for that as £8 is a decent price for this. The flaws with this toy for me outweighed the positive play that can be got from it and I would only recommend it to compliment other Happyland sets, but not as a standalone set as I don't think it is worth the money.
Summary: A nice little set, but the flaws mean it is not worth the money
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