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Since my daughter's second birthday, her Happyland collection has grown. One item that we actually purchased last year was this Happyland Take and Go Police Station which at the time was part of the 2 for £10 deal on argos. Happyland toys are not cheap as anyone who has ever bought them will attest to, and when you see a deal or a reduction, it is very tempting to build on a collection, however at the time of purchasing this my daughter didn't really have any Happyland.
What I like about this Take and Go Police Station is given in the name of the toy. The fact that you can take it with you as you go is appealing as it therefore becomes a toy that can be put in the car on trips, taken on holiday, taken to grandparents etc etc.
This set contain two people - a policeman and a robber, as well as a police car with a siren that is turned on (rather some difficulty) by pressing near the back of the police car. There is also the main carry part of the toy which is the police station, though my daughter tends to call it the jail, to put the 'bad boy' in. The police station is big enough to fit the people and car in which is useful. The door of the police station can be opened with a little easy to work latch that my daughter is able to manage herself.
Like most of the Happyland stuff, this is bright and colourful and my daughter particularly loves the siren as it really adds a touch of reality to this toy. Although the addition of the siren noise is a benefit and attraction for a child, it is also a negative as I think it is pretty poorly designed. Initially I didn't even think it worked and then after pushing it round, it suddenly came on. Even now, my daughter (and me!) finds it hard to consistently get the siren on first time round when you press near the back of the car. It is not enough to simply press the policeman down on the seat of the police car - well it didn't work for us. YOu need to press down the boot of the car and most times it will start, but this is not consistent, nor easy for a child.
All in all, for what I paid at the time with the deal at Argos, I think it is good for its money. However, I wouldn;t have liked to have paid a lot more for this product as the siren part of the car I think is poorly designed.
I bought this set for my son when he was about 18 months as he had other things from Happyland that he loved and it was on sale at Argos for £4.99. Since then, I have seen it on almost permanent sale at Argos for this price (or less) and very rarely at the full price of £9.99! To be honest, I think £4.99 is a fair price for this and would not have paid the £9.99 RRP.
The set is part of the Happyland range from ELC. This is a lovely range of little figure and vehicles from different settings - for example, my son also owns a rocket with astronauts, a castle with a king and a London bus. There are also other sets available such as fairgrounds and schools. This set is a 'take and play' set designed to be small enough for the child to pack up and take with them when they go out. This consists of the carry case, which is the police station, that opens right up and inside you can pack the police car, policeman and burglar.
The set is for children aged 18 months plus but I would happily have given this to my son at 12 months as there are no small parts. The little people are a lovely size for a toddler's grasp and made of a soft rubber so, if they are placed in the toddlers mouth, they are not dangerous. The police car is quite small but big enough for the policeman to sit in and drive. It also makes a siren noise when pushed - much to the enjoyment of my son. The set is well made and the police station is durable and the doors have remained in place (we have had other Happyland stuff where the doors have come off their hinges). There is not a lot to the set though and it doesn't capture my son's imagination for long. He will push the car around for a bit but this is no different really to other cars that he owns. The real benefit to the set is that he can take it with him to play with but he really enjoys the set most when playing with his other Happyland toys.
Overall, this is not really one of our favourites and we certainly have better Happyland sets. It is not worth the full RRP in my opinion but the £4.99 I paid was fair. It is well made and small enough in size to take on holiday or to friends houses which is the main benefit.
This was one of the first HappyLand sets that my little boy received, I think fairly soon after he was born and its a really nice addition to our HappyLand village and a nice first little set to own as its small and portable and perfect for little hands to explore.
The take and go police station consists of a little barn looking house that is a police station. There are two barn like doors on the front which open outwards on each side and then they shut and "lock" with the help of o hook that closes onto the other side. Its quite easy for little fingers to open and shut this lock and doors and it was something my son loved to do with this police station when he first got it. The station is small but its big enough to drive the police car in and out of it and to park the police car inside if you wish too. There is a handle at the top of the police station which enables you to carry it around which my little boy likes to do too.
The fun part of this police station is the police car as it makes police car noises and has flashing lights as well. When you sit one of the HappyLand people in the car and press down it will start to make a noise and flash its lights so it works when you zoom the car around yourself which is fun. The nice thing about all HappyLand toys and cars is that the people are interchangeable so you can either have the Policeman drive this car or you can have the baddie steal the car and take it for a joyride! The police siren sounds quite realistic and its fun to do. I can always tell when my little boy is playing with this car, even if I'm in the other room!
This set also comes with two characters, a police man and a baddie. My favourite character by far is The Baddie! He is dressed in stereotypical baddie clothes. He is wearing a bandit mask and has a bag of loot swung over his shoulder, he looks very funny and is fun to play with.
This set costs just £5 from The Early Learning Centre which is a good price for this well made, good quality set.
This police station was Oscar's first Happyland toy, along with a similar fire station. We don't have a huge amount of space for toys, so I wanted something a bit smaller and portable.
I got the carry along police station from Early Learning Centre for £12. It comes boxed, with the station, police car, policeman figure and robber figure. The police car takes 2 cell batteries, which are included (though didn't last long). When you press the car down, the lights on top flash and the police siren is sounded, which is very loud!
Oscar loves opening and closing the door, which has a little lock catch. At a year, he couldn't unlock it himself, but he's now 21 months and can do this very easily.
As with all Happyland toys, the police station and car are very brightly coloured, and nice and chunky, great for little hands. The figures are greatly detailed, and the perfect size for toddlers to play with.
At £12, I think this is a great bargain, though I have just looked on the ELC website and cannot see it on there, so it may have been discontinued.
At a Glance Your child can carry the station with them, then zoom out the vehicle and figures. Features and benefits for HappyLand Take and Go Police Station Requires 2 x Button Cell Batteries batteries (included) Your child can carry the station with them, then zoom out the vehicle and figures for imaginative fun whenever they like.Suitable from 18 months. What's in the box: 1 x Police staion 1 x Police car 2 x Characters