Product Type: ELC baby toys
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Whizz your cars around this garage
ELC Whizz Around Garage
Member Name: cornishchic
ELC Whizz Around Garage
Advantages: Chunky, lights and sounds, fab quality
Disadvantages: Heavy, lift shaft lifts off easily
My daughter took a keen interest in cars and garages at the local play group so for her second birthday last year her nan bought her this whizz around garage from Early Learning Centre. The garage is available in primary colours or pink, my daughter received the pink version.
The garage comes packaged nicely in a fairly large cardboard box, upon opening this box you are greeted with a few large pieces of garage that simply slot into place. There is also a sheet of paper holding lots of yellow and blue arrow stickers, these stick onto the garage to show which way the traffic should go.
There are lots of different dimensions to this garage. The main shaft on the garage is the lift, there is a barrier at the bottom of the lift that can be lifted up to allow cars to drive onto the lift. To the side of the lift there is a handle where you can make the lift go up, this also makes the lights on the side light up and make a whizzing sound. Once the lift is at the top of the shaft there is an opening on the other side that allows the car to be taken out onto the top of the garage. There are two different ways off the garage, a spiral slope on one side, and a basic ramp on the other.
The base of the garage contains lots of other things, a petrol pump which makes noises, a drive through carwash made from dangly pieces of felt and a mechanics car ramp which moves up and down. On top of the lift shaft there is a helipad marked with a big, white H.
As the whizz around garage makes sounds and lights up, it of course needs batteries. 3 x AA batteries are required, these are placed inside the helipad by unscrewing one screw. There are two different sound settings, low and loud, I can't really tell the difference between both settings and even on the loud setting, it is of a nice volume.
There are two cars contains in the box that go with this garage. Each car has magnets on the front and back allowing them to be stuck together so that they can be pushed around with one another. I've personally gone on to purchase a pack of cars from ELC that are also compatible with this garage.
As I said, my daughter received this for her second birthday and she's loved playing with it ever since. Even now, eight months on, it is still a well loved toy. It has the babyish chunky style build quality so I think it would have still been used had she received this when she was a little younger. The cars are chunky to hold and her friend who is a little over one year old can grasp them well.
I think an additional set of cars is essential if you have more than one child playing with it, quite often my friends children come to play and before having extra cars, there was often scraps over who was playing with it. Now there is harmony with them each having their own car to play with. It also means when my daughter is playing with the garage on her own, she can stick more cars together with the magnets to have one long train of cars going around.
The garage itself is quite heavy, my daughter attempts to pick it up now but can't quite manage it and ends up pulling the lift shaft away from the base, this annoys her to no end! Maybe if it was more secure on the base then it would be a little better, but that really is the only negative I can find with the garage.
The whizz around garage from ELC has a retail price of £40, ELC often have 20% off on this toy so it would be worth waiting around to find it on offer. ELC state that the recommended age for this toy is 1-3 years.
I'd definitely recommend this ELC whizz around garage to children, it's more suited to the younger of the recommended age but my daughter being 2 years and 8 months still loves playing with this garage, despite being quite babyish.
Summary: Lovely first garage
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