“ Brand: HappyLand / Type: Playsets „
This was yet another present gratefully received by my son for Christmas. He already owned the HappyLand Lift Off Rocket and this is an addition to that set. I got the set at half price in an Early Learning Centre sale event, so it cost me £7.50 rather than the RRP of £15. To be honest, I have rarely seen this priced at full price and it always seems to be 'on offer' at £7.50! It is certainly still at that price at the moment (Jan 2013). HappyLand is aimed at toddlers from 18 months of age and there are all sorts of sets in the range - we own quite a few and my son is a big fan (as am I).
The set is quite simple and comes neatly displayed in the box it is packaged in so you can see exactly what you are getting in the set - and what sort of value for money it is. I think that it is great that this is transparent like this as I have often bought toys on the basis of the picture on the box only to later find that some of the bits pictured aren't actually part of the set. In this set you get two astronauts - these are just like the two in the rocket set (but in different coloured outfits) so go nicely with that - a moon base, a robot and a digger type vehicle.
I get this out for my son whenever we get the rocket out to play with and he loves that he has a new addition to the set. The moon base is cylindrical in shape and opens up to give some stairs for the astronauts to climb up into the base on. Inside, there is a computer and on the outside a blue satellite dish so this is great for imaginative play - at 22 months my son is starting to utilise his imagination more and does make the astronauts climb the stairs into the base, which is lovely to see. He interested in the robot figure and knows that this isn't a person but his imagination doesn't quite stretch to robots just yet - so this is helping to increase his understanding and develop his vocabulary. The digger vehicle has solid, rubber wheels (as does the moon base) and the digger mechanism moves up and down. My son loves to push these round the room as he is really developing a fascination with vehicles.
The little people in the HappyLand sets are made of a rubber like plastic and are solid but lightweight so are lovely for a toddler to grip. My son loves these figures and mixes and matches from all his sets - so we get astronauts driving cars and pre-historic men on the moon! I think the sets are all really well made and this moonbase is no exception. I see no real reason why this set wouldn't be suitable for children of 12 months plus rather than 18 though - there are no small parts and all openings are safe from trapping fingers etc. I really think this toy will hold great value as it will grow with the child - at the moment, my son simply explores the toy and pushes it around. As he gets older and understands the concept of the moon and astronauts etc, this will be great for imaginative play.
One thing to note, and I have found this to be true for a lot of HappyLand items, is that the doors are pulled off their hinges very easily - my son removed this the first time he played with it. Whilst they are easy to put back in place, once loosened they will come away again and again - which is very frustrating (for child & parent!).
Overall though, this is a nice little set to encourage imaginative play - especially if you own the HappyLand rocket as this really completes the set. I would say that the £7.50 I paid was about right for this and the £15 it is supposed to retail at is a bit ambitious. It is great for toddler and does offer lots of learning benefits as well as being good fun - a lovely toy.
At a Glance Mobile moon space station with two spacemen, a detachable moon rock digger and your own robot. Features and benefits for HappyLand Mobile Moon Base Explore the moon with this mobile space station. It opens to reveal a room for scientific experiments ? or a cup of tea and a nap.Includes two spacemen, a detachable moon rock digger and your own robot. What's in the box: 1 x Moon mobile 1 x Trailer 1 x Robot 2 x Spacemen