Product Type: Fisher Price baby toys
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A big part of "the best Christmas ever".
Fisher Price Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Clubhouse Playset
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Fisher Price Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Clubhouse Playset
Advantages: Encourages imagination, gets the kids away from video and pc games, great indoor fun.
Disadvantages: no major problems.
This has been another firm favourite since Christmas with both of my sons (ages 2 and 5).
WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
The main item is of course the Clubhouse. This closes up to hold all the bits and pieces of this set or opens up to create a lovely play area. The front door is in the shoe, the ears swivel open to create small stands, there is a fold out observation deck, and the bed even swivels around so Mickey can slide from his bed downstairs. There is also a lift which slides out and a built in kitchen, complete with a fully stocked fridge and a pie baking in the oven. You also get Mickey and Minnie figures, a couch, a footstool, a Mousekadoer (which I mistakenly thought was toodles before being corrected by my son) with three magic disks which show the mouseketools only when placed behind the Mousekadoer's red lense, a telescope, and the glove balloon.
Both of my sons have absolutely loved this toy. Although it was ought for the younger child, as the older one was mostly getting video games and his bicycle, he cited this and a golf set as what made this the best Christmas ever, and both boys spent hours and hours playing with this. I do think play value was greatly increased by the addition of extra characters though. We were very fortunate to find a clubhouse car, complete with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Daisy and Donald for only £10 and ended up buying Goofy separately for £5. I really think this would have been difficult for two boys to play alongside each other for so long without the extra characters, and because Amazon did have a set with the car and extra figures included at one time, I would really recommend choosing this option if possible. If not I would expect to purchase extra pieces.
I do think this is a brilliant toy though as it gets the children playing creatively and using their imaginations for hours on end. Not to mention the fact that I get quite a lot of peace and quiet with this toy out!
For the most part, I have found this toy very well made and easily able to withstand all the bumps and knocks of being played with by young children. This has already been dropped several times, trailed about the house and even fallen on top of once. Of course I would expect nothing less from Fisher Price, who are known for well made toys for very young children. However, depending on which site you look at, you will see this alternately listed as manufactured by Fisher Price or Mattel. As Mattel is the parent company of Fisher Price, I doubt these discrepancies make much difference. The only flaw I can find in the construction is that the slide comes off and on snapping into place. This would not be a problem except that it does not snap in very well, and does fall off periodically, requiring an adult too line it up right and snap it back in. For most adults this would be quite easy, but is made more difficult by the fact that I have problems with my hands.
As mentioned earlier, I do think this needs the addition of other characters to get it's full value, allowing the children to act out Mickey Mouse Clubhouse stories, or just make up their own adventures for the gang. By the time you add other bits, this does get a bit expensive, but I think it is a very high quality toy, made to last, and certainly one the children will choose time and time again. As such I do not find the price unfair. I would rather pay more for toys that last, then get a bargain on something that falls apart in a few days. The only other flaw I could think of is the slide mentioned earlier.
The price of this toy varies widely. I think I paid £22 on special at Smyths, but it now sells for £29.99. It is only £22.49 at the Disney Store now, but can sell for as high as £76 on ebay, and I have seen it on other sites in the £60 range. Amazon Market place currently offers it at £ 49.93 delivered, but has sold for higher and lower prices, obviously it pays to shop around if you are looking to buy one of these. The set with extra figures is not currently available, but was £50 - £70 when offered.
I asked my 5 year old what rating he would give this out of 5 - he replied 5 because this is "The best". I don't think my two year old could give a rating, but if he could I am sure he would also choose 5, as he clearly loves this toy. This has really seen hours and hours of play as he has not been as active as normal due to a broken foot, but he has never gotten bored with it. As for me, this fits all my requirements for a good toy, it's well made, encourages imagination and really brings a great deal of joy to my sons, so 5 stars all around.
Summary: Expensive, but worth it.
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