Product Type: ELC baby toys
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A (fun) fair toy that's lots of fun
ELC HappyLand Funfair
Member Name: Lools_24
ELC HappyLand Funfair
Advantages: Bright, well made, fun, lots of parts and figures to play with
Disadvantages: Expensive at full price
***HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set***
The HappyLand range from ELC is aimed at toddlers and within the collection are various sets to make up an imaginary town, consisting of different buildings, vehicles and characters to help children explore their imagination.
ELC offer two versions of the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set. The older set costs £60.00 and includes a Ferris Wheel. The newer set (which we bought in November 2011 and a staff member explained this was the "new") does not include the Ferris wheel and costs £48.00 and you have to purchase the Ferris Wheel separately although all of the other parts in the set are identical and have not changed. My review will be based on the "new" HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set.
The HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair includes:
A spinning musical carousel. This is made from mainly red and orange plastic and has space for 4 characters to sit on the carousel horses. When a button is pressed on the base the carousel spins and plays fairground music.
A spinning rocket ride- This is made from blue and green plastic and the two rocket cars with space for two characters spin on an axel when a child turns it around.
A swinging pirate boat ride- This is a green and blue plastic swinging boat with space for two characters inside.
Train- A plastic train with space for a driver and two further carriages which hold one person per carriage.
The set also comes with 5 different figures which include a clown, fairground workers and children.
The set requires 3 AAA size batteries which go into the carousel.
ELC state that the set is suitable for children over 18 months old.
The set is available from ELC stores and also online. As explained earlier in the review there are two "versions" of this set however the "new" set which my review is about does not include a Ferris Wheel and is priced at £48.00. At this price this is one of the more expensive HappyLand sets and although I think this is one of the best HappyLand sets I do think this is a lot of money for this toy. We purchased during a half price event during November 2011 for £24.00 which I feel was very good value and personally I would not recommend paying more than £30.00 for this set.
Like all of the other Happyland sets the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set comes with a lot of packaging. Because this is a large set with many parts you are required to remove the individual rides from the cardboard packaging and each of the rides are held in with five or six ties so this does take some time, in fact probably at least 10 minutes. Once the pieces of the set are removed from the packaging they are ready to be played with because the carousel comes with batteries included.
The HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set is basically made up of 3 rides, a train and five different characters. When set out all together this is a really fun attractive looking set because of all of the brightly coloured pieces. For one child this is a really fun set with lots of parts to keep them entertained but because of the larger size of the set is great for encouraging children to share and play together and interact. There are enough rides for more than one child to play with, without too many squabbles and because there are five figures that come with the set these can very easily be shared out. I have found that with many of the smaller Happyland sets although there are enough parts or pieces of the set for both my boys to play with there are not enough figures which causes many arguments.
The carousel is in my opinion probably the "main" part in the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set. There are four horses on the carousel each with a "seat" in which a figure can be placed into therefore four of the figures can ride on the carousel. The seats on the carousel are very easy even for a young toddler to place the figures into. My boys were 23 months old when we bought this set for them and they easily could place the figures into the carousel as they could with the other parts of the set. There is a button to press on the base of the carousel which when pressed spins the carousel around. There is an on switch on the base of the carousel (with a half and full volume button) which when turned on plays fairground music. This adds to the fun and my boys enjoy and giggle as the carousel spins and plays music but you do not need to have the on button on for the carousel to spin. Even when this is switched off the carousel still spins although the music does not play. I was surprised how quickly the batteries needed replacing and after 2 months of a reasonable amount of play I had to change the batteries.
The swinging pirate boat and spinning rocket ride are the other two "rides" as part of this funfair set. These have no buttons to press and do not play music so it depends on a child to make them move. The pirate boat swings by rocking it however I do feel it is quite stiff and means a child constantly needs to push it back and forwards to make it move rather than just set it off swinging and allowing momentum to continue its movement. This is also the case with the rocket ride that spins. A child needs to constantly turn it rather than just set it off spinning around. Both of these rides fit two figures inside of them which are very easy for even very young children to put inside.
The train that comes with the set is also very easy to push around the floor and has space for three figures to fit inside; one in the driver's seat and a seat in each of the two carriages. These are also very easy for a young child to put a figure inside and push the train about without the figures falling out. I do think the wheels on the train are slightly stiff however. This is fine when my boys are pushing on wooden flooring but when they push the train over our short pile rug they have to use a reasonable amount of effort to keep it moving therefore on carpet the train will not move around so easily which may frustrate a child.
We bought the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set for Christmas 2011 so my boys were 23 months old when they started playing with this toy, obviously older than the 18months and over age guide. My boys have been playing with different HappyLand toys since they were around 12 months old and I would have been comfortable to let them play with the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set from this young age. There are no small parts and even for a child under 18 months old I feel because of all of the different coloured rides that move and the music played by the carousel this would be a very fun and entertaining toy. The figures that come with the set are very easy for small hands to hold and I feel for younger children there are many developmental benefits as by placing the figures in and out of the various rides and moving the rides around can help with motor skills and hand to eye coordination.
I do think from 18 months old toddlers and children will get the most benefits out of this toy from a developmental perspective and this will help with encouraging them to be imaginative whilst they play. The set has so many parts to it a child can really enjoy and focus on placing the figures into the different rides and acting out a fairground scenario. Watching my boys play who are just over 2 years old is very enjoyable as they talk out their different make believe scenarios which encourages their speech and when they are playing with the set together they also interact and talk to each other so I feel this set encourages interaction more so than some of the other HappyLand sets do.
For older toddlers and children their interest in this toy will be very much dependent on their personal play preferences so will vary between children but I do think that the HappyLand Musical Ferris Wheel would interest children up to the age of around 3 and a half. I think the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set is one of the HappyLand sets that would interest older children more so than some of the others because of all the moving parts and the attraction of placing the figures inside of the rides and spinning them around fast. I know when my friends little boy comes to visit who is 3 and a half he seems to really enjoy placing the figures on the carousel and spinning them around fast by pressing the button repeatedly whereas with some of the other HappyLand toys we own he doesn't seem to bother with at all.
Durability wise all pieces of the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set are well made. My boys play rough with most toys and this Happyland set is no exception to that. Each of the individual rides and characters have been thrown on the wooden flooring on a number of occasions and have suffered no damage. My boys have regularly attempted to pick up a number of pieces at once and have dropped them and all moving parts of the rides are still in full working order. Like most ELC toys the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set is made from a hard durable plastic which is not only robust it also can easily be wiped clean. The characters that come with this set have all been gnawed on and none of the detail on these characters has scratched off and there are no tooth marks left in these figures from my boys repeatedly biting them.
My boys love the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair set and I would definitely say it is one of the best purchases from the HappyLand range. The set is a lot of fun and because there are different rides which makes sounds and have different moveable parts and a train to play with my boys are entertained for a long time giving the many characters rides on the different parts of the funfair. I also find that because this is a larger set it is perfect to encourage sharing and playing together and you can definitely have more than one child playing with it at one time, which you can't do with a number of the smaller HappyLand sets.
My main criticism of the set is it is very expensive when sold at full price. The quality of the different pieces of the set are very good and my boys get a lot of enjoyment out of the set but I do think £48.00 is excessive, especially if you also purchase the HappyLand Ferris Wheel separately like we did to add onto the set. We did purchase the HappyLand Ready to Play Funfair during a half-price sale and I think for £24.00 this is much more reasonable and I would say the price for this set should be no more than £30.00.
Another (fun) fair toy from ELC.
Summary: A larger fun fair themed set from the HappyLand range