Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Fire in The House
ELC HappyLand Village Fire Station
Member Name: newby2
ELC HappyLand Village Fire Station
Advantages: great toy great price
Disadvantages: dodgy doors
Early Learning Centre Happy Village Fire Station.........
Now I just could not help myself this weekend in the Early Learning Centre and had to buy yet another pre-Christmas present for Jack. Jack's always had a little passion for dolls houses, I guess it is all the little rooms and doors, I really wanted to get him something like a dolls house but of course without all the pink and flowery bits that go along with it.
We were looking in the Argos book but nothing much looked like what we really wanted for Jack. There was a small Fisher Price Little People house but this still looked slightly girl aimed and anyway it was an Argos Extra item and our Argos itself and Extra one so I decided to have a little look in the Early Learning Centre and see what they had on offer.
Luckily, for us, there was a ton of new things in our small local store and they were just what we wanted. The Happy Village is the Early Learning Centres version of the Fisher Price Little People but I do think it has a better look and feel than the more expensive Fisher Price range. There was also a good 20% reduction on all the Happy Village items, which was an even better deal for us.
There were lots of different types of buildings that we could of chose for Jack such as an Airport, shops, a Police station, a School or we could of bough a whole ready to go village (for a fair bit more money than we wanted to be paying out.). In the end, we thought the best buy for Jack was to get the Fire Station.
The Fire station itself comes with quite a few added extras rather than just a fire station building. Included in the box was:
The good size fire Station with three opening doors and two levels,
4 Fire Fighters including the Chief,
A small black cat (which I assume can be used for the main fire-fighter job of retrieving cats out of trees),
A Fire officer car,
A road closed sign,
A Fire engine complete with rescue ladder,
And a warning fire fighters at work sign.
For £22, I think a lot of pieces come with the Fire Station and you are certainly getting you monies worth. Along the top of the fire station roof there are 5 separate buttons each giving off a different noise such as the fire bell, the fire engine starting up and water spraying. These are good sounds although fairly quiet.
Jack loves playing with the toy and we have had trouble tearing him away from it at dinner times. The little people that come with the toy are chunky and easy to pick up for small hands. The age range of the toy is for children aged 18 months and over (which Jack nearly is).
The only problem that we have encountered when playing with this product is the fire doors are not regulation! The doors are easily pinged off and we have been forever putting them in only for them to be knocked out, as it really doesn't take much for them to come off. All in all though this is only a small problem and I think the toy is overall a brilliant one. Jack enjoys playing with it and it was a good price for what you are getting. I may also think of investing in different buildings from the Early learning Centre Happy Village range and expand on Jack collection, as he loves it so much.
A 5 star rating is awarded for a great toy which cost a reasonable price. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
I hope this has been of help to you, especially so near Christmas as this would make a great gift!
Thanks for reading x
Summary: a great toy