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At Christmas time my sons were bought many gifts from various friends and family members. One gift that got mixed reception in our house was a pair of knights on horseback. The knight sets looked hugely appealing in the box. Both of my children have been very interested in knights with owning a playmobil castle set. The horse and rider were presented well in a box, where it was attached with ties in a reared position with the horse standing on his hind legs.
The horse is chestnut in colour, and wearing full armour and a rug in red to match the Knights cape. Both have a fantastic amount of detailing in their attire. The knight is even wearing chainmail, which has a texture to it on his legs and arms, and around the shirt tails. The knight looks really fierce with a full face helmet, and he is holding a sword in his hand. Luckily the sword is a bit bendy, as I think otherwise it would get a bit broken in rough play.
The horse has been designed fantastically well as it will balance on two legs using the tail for extra balance, but it can also stand on 4 legs and not look weird. I think it looks really realistic. My only negative in the design is there is a hole in the knights left hand, but no accessory to put in it and I think this is a bit pointless myself.
The toy is designed for 3-8 year olds. My eldest son is 7 and not expressed much interest at all in the toy, but my 5 year old son is very enamoured with it. He created a jousting game which he played with my 3 year old niece, so to me it seems very well suited to the younger end of the age range. I think what stops it appealing to my older son is that the pieces are quite chunky and in a rigid shape. So you can't for example stand the knight up straight and get him to fight with someone. The knight will stand up just about in a bent legged position but he is a bit wobbly. He is much more stable sat on the horse's back.
For me, this toy will suit children who have an interest in the theme and are 5 and below. I think the design is great, but it is a bit too childish for children who are used to more sophisticated figures with more movement. I think it is a great display piece when not in use, and it is incredibly well designed. In spite of the two sets of soldiers being banged into each other, there is only minimal damage to the horns on the soldiers helmet.
This toy will help encourage imaginative play in a child who engages with it, and I think £8 is a reasonable price for an attractive and safe toy.
At a Glance Battle armies and monsters or conquer walled cities with this brave knight. Features and benefits for ELC Red Knight on Horseback Battle armies and monsters or conquer walled cities with this brave knight.Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.