Product Type: ELC baby toys
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ELC HappyLand Dino Playset
Member Name: kat1234
ELC HappyLand Dino Playset
Advantages: lots to do, great for imaginative play
Disadvantages: Expensive at full price
As I have said in previous reviews, my son has a few items from the Happyland collection and I really do think that it is a lovely collection of toys from ELC. This dinosaur set retailed at the time at £32, but I managed to pick it up at half price (£16). It currently is priced at £35, but again there is a half price offer running. I really recommend you wait for a sale event in ELC before purchasing any happyland stuff as I do think they are overpriced at full price. There are regular deals on happyland so you shouldn't have to wait long! Happyland items are suitable from 18 months of age.
The set include a large 'roaring' dinosaur (this requires batteries but comes with them provided), a mountain/volcano house with a swing attachment, a baby dinosaur in an egg and happyland characters. Now, my set contained three - a caveman, cavewoman and a baby - and a prehistoric vehicle (which looks like a tree trunk with wheels) that has space to fit two characters in. However, looking on the website it seems the set now does not contain the vehicle and contains just two characters. I suspect that this is something to do with the 'top up' dinosaur set that the ELC now sell, but it definitely means that it is less good value for money.
The large dinosaur has moveable arms and legs. When you move one arm down, it's mouth opens and it roars. My son was a little wary of the large dinosaur at first but after a little encouragement he began to explore it and now loves to play with it. It is very sturdy and the arms and legs stand up to rough pulling by toddlers hands well. My son's favourite part of the whole set is the 'dino buggy' though and he loves pushing this around the floor. He also loves the small dinosaur and the egg it hatches from. He loves to put the dinosaur in and out of the egg and open and close this. The volcano/mountain (I'm not sure what it is) comes in three parts that stack on top of one another. This is both good and bad for us. My son loves to stack, so he loves to build this up. However, when playing he frequently knock it over and he cannot carry this around the room with him as he likes to with his toys. Therefore it causes him frustration too!
At 20 months, my son doesn't really understand dinosaurs yet or have a specific interest him. He does still love this set though and he always loves the little happyland characters anyway - these are well made in a soft plastic and fit neatly in a toddler's hand. As he gets older, I hope this set will enable him to play imaginatively and that he will get further value from this set. I know that his older cousins love to play with this when they visit him and they are quite a bit older at 3 and 4. They play with it in a totally different way and it is nice to see that this toy should have some longevity. Recommended, but at the sale price.
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