Product Type: Happyland baby toys
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My dream cottage!
HappyLand Rose Cottage
Member Name: cornishchic
HappyLand Rose Cottage
Advantages: Realistic, sounds, tv lights up, can be used on its own or part of a collection
Disadvantages: Door falls off
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The Happyland rose cottage retails for £30 and is available to purchase from Early Learning Centre and places that sell Early Learning Centre toys such as Mothercare and Boots. If you are planning on purchasing it I would look around as it can, quite often, be found on some kind of offer.
The cottage requires 2 x AA batteries and some are found already inside. The recommended age for this set is 18 months.
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The cottage itself is quite large, I would say it's one of the biggest buildings my daughter has in her collection. The dimensions are approximately 45cm wide x 30cm high x 15cm deep. The front of the building looks exactly how you would imagine a two storey cottage; it has a thatched roof, cute window boxes and climbing ivy up the side. There are quite a lot of windows with four on the front and four in total on the sides keeping the inside of the cottage nice and light and airy. The back of the cottage has been cut out so children can play with the figures inside without any problems. The main building is made from a good quality, strong plastic; the only flaw I've come across is the door likes to fall off. This isn't really a major problem as it is quite simple to slide back into place and some of my daughters other sets do this too but it would be nice to be able to play with it without having to worry about the door falling off.
The attention to detail inside the cottage is fantastic. There are two floors; the ground floor is home to the lounge and kitchen whilst upstairs there is a bathroom and bedroom. Upstairs there is a double bed and bunk beds, complete with a bedside table and even a laptop! In the bathroom upstairs there are all of the usual appliances, toilet, sink and bath. Downstairs there is a flat screen television, armchair, telephone, vase of flowers and in the kitchen is everything you would ever need. Nothing is left out and the detail is of the high quality you would expect from an Early Learning Centre toy.
Of course, as there are batteries included in the house, it makes noises. There are four noises in total, three inside the house and one outside. Two noises are quite short and to the point, these are the doorbell outside (simple ding dong noise) and the telephone inside (quick 2 second ringing noise). The other two noises are the cooker hob which makes boiling noises for around 10 seconds, and the arm chair which when pushed makes a jingle noise and also makes the television starts flashing an orange colour for around 10 seconds again. The longer of the noises are really quite annoying, although they do add a lot to the toy, for the parent they are agony. Thankfully if you push another sound button it stops the previous one. It's worth noting that there isn't a volume button, but the volume isn't deafening anyway.
No Happyland set is complete without a few accessories to use alongside it, this one comes with six additional pieces in total. The Barley family, as Early Learning Centre have called them, has a mum, dad, boy, girl and dog and they even have their own car. Each figure is made from the soft to the touch plastic as the rest of the collection are made from. The parents are around 5cm tall and the children are slightly shorter, each one is made differently with different features. The dad, for example, looks like he is ready for work wearing a shirt, tie and waistcoat, carrying his jacket over his arm with a newspaper and briefcase, whilst the daughter has pretty bunches in her hair, has a floral top and is carrying her favourite teddy bear. Nothing is left out when it comes to detail on the figures.
My daughter instantly loved this set when she received it for her third birthday, I thought it may have been a little too babyish for her, but if anything it has rekindled her love of her Happyland toys as she did stop playing with them for a while. For the first couple of weeks after she got it, she would play with this set on its own but then started to incorporate some of her other Happyland toys into her imaginative play. She now often has her own routine when playing with it, by pretending its morning and her school bus from the school set comes to pick up the children to take them to school, it is so cute!
At three years old she is at the higher end of the recommended age limit, with a recommended age of 18 months, I still believe this is too high. None of the figures or accessories pose a choking hazard and the soft nature of the figures couldn't harm younger toddlers. I would say 12 months, or even nine months as the lower age limit would be more appropriate.
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This is my favourite Happyland set out of my daughters collection. The old cottage style house is great and looks like a cartoon like version of my dream home! It's one of the more realistic pieces of Happyland toys, much more realistic than the moon base and toadstool for example. I would definitely recommend this Happyland rose cottage, it can be used on its own or it could be a great addition to an already growing Happyland collection of toys.
Summary: My favourite of my daughters collection :-)
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