Product Type: ELC baby toys
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5,4,3,2,1,.....We have lift off!
ELC Lift Off Rocket
Member Name: Bunnyhop2
ELC Lift Off Rocket
Advantages: Good lights and sound, great detail and quality
This Lift off rocket is part of the Early Learning Centre Happyland range. For those of you not familiar with Happyland it is a range of plastic toys suitable for children aged 18 months +. There are several sub ranges and this one being from the space collection was the first non princess/fairy purchase that we made. It was chosen by the twins Daddy who felt that as they approached their 2nd birthday they needed to learn about rockets and space.
What do you get?
The main part of this toy is the bright red rocket complete with 3 grey thrusters which double as sturdy feet these have red lights in the bottom of them. There is a chunky grey handle on the side which is great for little hands to grab hold of.
The rocket has 3 opening doors which have a hole in to pull them open with. I have always found the doors to be flimsy on the princess castle and fairy boot which we have but these are much sturdier, designed with boys in mind maybe. They do come off but nowhere near as often as on their other Happyland pieces and they are much easier to replace.
The top door opens to reveal the cockpit where the 2 included astronauts can lay side by side. The middle section is kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The fixed furnishings include a microwave, toaster and even toilet roll! The astronaut dog which is included in the set normally travels in here and he can look out the hole in the door as he flies off into space. Finally is the lower section which is home to the space buggy. This is bright green with blue rubber wheels, it easily travels across carpet and laminate with an astronaut driving.
When your rocket has landed and the astronauts disembark they are confronted by a cute green alien lurking in a crater. I think this set is great in terms of what is included and I was instantly impressed before my husband had even finished removing all the plastic coated wire so we could get it out of the box.
Playing with the toy
Both my girls were instantly attracted to the bright red rocket and got very excited when Daddy pressed the red button on the handle (because after all this toy was bought for Daddy!) The countdown began 5,4,3,2,1...we have lift off and the rocket was lifted and swirled around their heads as they excitingly watched it. When it came to land they opened all the doors and quickly removed the contents, the buggy was an instant hit and has continued to be their favourite.
After discovering the alien in his crater he became another teether which he has stood up to well as have all the Happyland characters with no teeth marks or loss of colour on them.
My girls are both small for their age but are able to lift the rocket themselves and they quickly learnt where the button to activate the countdown and lights was. If the repeated pressing of the countdown button becomes too much for your ears this toy has an off switch on the back. There is also a choice of 2 volumes.
They have had this rocket for a few months now and it has proved the most popular of their Happyland toys. It is easy to create scenarios with and is a great introduction to the world of space.
The 3 x AA batteries required are included and a screwdriver is required to open the childproof battery compartment.
Price and availability
We bought our rocket when the Early Learning Centre had it on sale with 50% off. It currently retails at £30 with free delivery online but it is worth waiting for it to be included in one of the frequent Happyland sales. I wouldn't have been happy to pay full price for this item but it is well worth the sale price. There are also other smaller sets available to expand on the opportunities for exploring space.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a great toy for both boys and girls. It hasn't marked or scratched despite being flown into other toys on more than one occasion. I'm sure it will be continue to be played with for a good while yet as the girls start to invent their own adventures. I think my girls understood that Felix Baumgartner was up in the sky on a rocket like theirs last week with one repeating 'jump no, no jump' at the tv. If it's taught them that skydiving from space isn't a good idea then I'm happy!
Summary: A space adventure in Happyland
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