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I have read reviews here on Dooyoo about this Happyland Queen's Jubilee Set previously but it wasn't until recently that I came across this little set in pristine condition in my local charity shop, which I was incredibly surprised at given that I always assumed that nobody would want to get rid of this set as it was a bit of a collectable. This little set cost me £1.50 and I thought it would be a nice addition to the Happyland toys that my daughter already owns, not that she knows much about the queen (I wouldn't say I am a royalist). She understand the concept however of a queen being someone important, who wears a crown. My daughter has a reasonable amount of Happyland toys from the Early Learning Centre and although she gets enjoyment from them, they are probably not her favourite toy within her collection and in fact I still think she has got more enjoyment from the Fisher Price Little People toys. However, given the price that I paid I thought it would be a good addition for my daughter and any future children we have. This little set contains three items. Firstly the Queen figure which is designed to resemble the real Queen with a crown on her head and a sash around her. In all credit to the Early Learning Centre they have done a great job at making a very good resemblance. Secondly, there was a little corgi dog which is sitting down and therefore has slightly less play versatility, though it shouldn't stop the imagination. My little girl knew nothing about corgi dogs so this was a little new information for her. The third item in this set is a celebratory cake sitting on a table clothed table. Since getting this set my daughter has played a little with these items, all separately - using the dog in her little castle and town. Having the Queen visit the church and post office, and ride in the little carriage my daughter has from her other Happyland sets, and the cake gets used in the little bakery shop that is part of the Happyland range as well. In other words, as a set standing alone, I don't think this has much appeal to my daughter, as it means nothing to her, particularly now that the Jubilee is well past. However in the context of the Happyland set as a whole then these items work well separately as they can be fitted in and played with as part of other sets. If my daughter hadn't any other Happyland sets I really don't think I would have bought this even if it is a collectable. All in all, this is a nice little set but only as part of a wider Happyland collection and not on its own.
I brought this last Christmas for my little boy to go along with a selection of other happyland sets I got him! At fist when he was 20 months old he wasn't bothered about playing with them, he wasn't really in to imaginative play but when he got to just over 2 he loved them and they are by far his favourite thing to play with! The queens jubilee set gets played with exactly the same as all the others which he has lots of fun with. The only downside would be the price, I think they are very much over priced even though they are great! I brought this set when it was half price and I can say its defiantly worth that. I think this set is more for the adults but it is a great keep sake to put away for the children to say they were around for the queens jubilee!
I have to confess that initially i only bought this set because it was on sale. I was looking for stocking fillers for my daughter last year and when I came across this set in mothercare reduced from £5 to £2 I snapped it up. I had no interest in the jubilee theme but my daughter has come to love this little set so it turned out to be a good but. The set has three pieces in it - a queen figure, a corgi figure and a three tier cake on a table. They are the usual good quality that you expect from happyland, they are sturdy and chunky and perfect for toddler hands. Again while the suggested age range is 18 months plus I had no qualms about giving to my daughter at 16 months. I think the play value of these figures in their own is very good unlike some of the other little sets which are best used in conjunction with other bigger sets. My daughter likes to put the cake on her head and pretend its a crown. She then walks around with it on her head and the queen figure in her hand shouting 'I'm the queen'. Perhaps not how the set was intended to be used but that is the joy of the role playing sets, you just never know what your children are going to do with it. The corgi fgure isn't played with as much as he other two, he seems to be permanently sleeping in One of the beds in her happyland rose cottage. I like this set because the queen and cake are quite original features and unlikely to be duplicated in other sets. In hindsight I would have bought this set at the full price of £5 as my daughter has more than got her money's worth through playing with it over the last 9 months.
Having seen the Queen's jubilee come and go and not really marked the occasion, you could say that I'm not exactly an avid Royal fan. Therefore, this jubilee set from Happyland was not really a must have for my son's collection. However, when looking for stocking fillers at Christmas, I came across the set for £1.50 (a bargain price for anything Happyland!) and, knowing that he was to receive the Happyland Castle from his grandparents, I thought this would be a nice little extra for him. For those unfamiliar, Happyland is a collection of toys from the Early Learning Centre aimed at toddlers from 18 months to 3 years of age. The collection consists of small plastic figures and different settings - as mentioned the castle, prehistoric, fairground, rockets.... This jubilee set is an addition to any main set and contains the small figures - in this case the Queen, a jubilee cake on a table and a Corgi. At full price, this would have been around £5 (pretty pricey for what you get) so £1.50 was a great price to pay. There is not much to the set and I certainly wouldn't have paid much more for it - perhaps this was aimed more at collectors looking for different memorabilia to mark the occasion. What is contained is, however, well made and, as always with Happyland, a good quality. The figures are a good size for a toddler's grip and my son particularly took to the dog in this set (being obsessed with all things animal). The dog is a little smaller than most figures but still of a decent size for toddlers so as not to be worried about choke hazards. It is easily lost though, being so small in size, and we are often finding it under furniture or in other toys. The cake has zero appeal to my son and he doesn't really play with this or have any interest in it at all. The Queen he has alongside the King and Princess in his other set and, as he gets older, I hope that this set will be used increasingly for imaginative play. Overall, not a set I would especially recommend but a nice addition to other Happyland sets for the price I paid.
As The Early Learning Centre is one of my favourite shops, I tend to browse through their website at least a couple of times a week. Well after one session of browsing I discovered that they were selling these "Happyland Queens Diamond Jubilee" sets. Not really into the royal family ( although I really did enjoy the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on the telly!!) I would normally have just flicked past this toy, but it was selling for half price at £2.50 a set, so I ordered 2 one for each grandson. I have been looking for some figures for sometime to go with the some other Happyland figures that we have collected over the last few months. This Diamond Jubilee set comes with the Queen ( of course!!) all dressed up with a crown on her head, pearls around her neck and a large sash over her shoulder. The dog is as we all know is a Corgi in a sitting postion, with a very large celebration cake sitting on a blue tablecloth on a table. The Queen is approx 2 inches high, with the cake slightly smaller and the dog is the smallest of the three. Made from a firm qood quality plastic these little figures are really lovely and my youngest grandson loves playing with these completely unaware of what they actually are yet. So hopefully he should learn more from these as he gets older. These are very colourful and fit in nicely with the other Happyland figures. I'm sure the Queen will be introduced to quite a few different characters over the next few months, as she has already sat upside down in a fire engine, while the cake and Corgi have been on a tractor with some cows!!! A really lovely little set to remind children as they get older about the Diamond Jubilee and the history behind the Queen and how many years she has reigned for!!! This toy is recommended from the age of 18 months upwards.
My son doesn't play with the ELC Happyland figures, for no other reason than that I've never really seen the point of them when he has so many other toys that are a little more 'exciting'. He ended up with this special Jubilee set thanks only to his five year old sisters pester power when, back in May, we found ourselves in ELC and (royalty expert that she is) Hollie decided that David needed something to commemorate the Jubilee. There were only two sets left on the shelf and when the girl working in ELC mentioned that they were incredibly popular and flying off the shelves within hours of each delivery I decided to buy both, so that Hollie and David could both have a set. Happyland sets, as basic as they are, are quite expensive so I was surprised that this one cost only £5 - admittedly there are only three pieces in the set, but for such a topical plaything I don't think that's bad value at all. They come well packaged so you can see at a glance what you're buying; for your money you get a Queen figure, a corgi and a table holding a rather grand looking wedding-style cake. The three figures are made of a rubbery plastic/PVC material, I was a little concerned to find that the figures are painted as David is a little terror for putting things in his mouth at the moment - an inferior set of toys made from a similar painted soft plastic led to him ending up with tiny flakes of paint on his teeth, which in turn led to Mummy getting very shouty at Tesco customer services desk! I'm pleased to report that there have been no such issues with this Happyland set, which is testament to the quality really considering they've been used as teething toys more than they've been played with! Incidentally, David's favourite figure to chew on is the corgi as the head fits in his mouth perfectly! I do think this is a very sweet little set of toys, they're not huge figures (the Queen bring the tallest at a shade under 10cm) but have been perfectly designed for little hands to hold onto as the shaping of each character is so good. Of them all I'd say the Queen is my personal favourite as she has been rendered so beautifully; silvery hair, the Garter Riband and beautifully stylish dress means she's instantly recognisable - not to mention the beautiful crown that's sitting on her head, it might not look very much like her actual crown but I'd say most children over a certain age will realise they're looking at the Queen of England when they pick up this figure. The corgi, on the other hand, really irritates me. It's completely out of scale and because the dog reaches almost to the Queens shoulder it makes it appear more like a Husky! Obviously making the figures to scale would have been an exercise in futility as the corgi would have ended up far too small to be played with by such small children as the set is designed for, but it annoys me probably more than it should! It is a very sweet little dog, although for me I wish he had been made in standing position rather than lying down as I feel he'd be a much more versatile character if standing. The cake, well, I'm not quite sure of the relevance of the cake to be honest as I'm sure the Queen had something far more special than a wedding cake for her Diamond Jubilee! The cake itself is red and it's sitting on a bright blue table - ELC missed a trick there, they should have made this a red, white and blue addition to the set to really give it a royal theme! Actually, I wish they'd left the cake out completely as it doesn't gel with the rest of the set - a figure depicting Prince Phillip would have made much more sense in my opinion, I know they'd have had problems moulding the plastic to the angular proportions of the Duke but he'd have been a fabulous choice wearing his wonderful ceremonial uniform. Obviously at eighteen months David does little more than toss the characters around the floor and bite them in a frenzied tooth-growing way - Hollie, however, puts her set to much better use alongside other (non-Happyland) figures of a similar size. They're good for promoting role play, but that's about it really - this set is particularly good in this respect as Hollie learned a 'Queenly voice' (her phrase, not mine!) during her school Jubilee celebrations and makes full use of it while bopping the Queen along to various engagements. The last time I noticed Hollie playing with this set of toys was when she gave the Queen the exceedingly important job of opening her toy garage, even draping a piece of ribbon across the front of the garage for the Queen to 'cut'! She uses the cake when she holds tea parties for her small toys, although rarely in conjunction with the Queen or corgi so obviously her five year old brain can see the cake doesn't quite fit with the set either. Despite my few minor niggles I'm pleased with this Jubilee inspired Happyland set - you need to remember that it's designed for little people who won't notice that the corgi is too big or that the Queen is wearing the wrong crown. For a fiver I feel this was an excellent purchase, both of our sets have been played with more regularly than I thought they would be and the important thing is that the kids (well, Hollie) loves the figures. The minimum recommended age of eighteen months is a little optimistic as far as play value goes in my opinion, but also I think the eighteen month limit is too high considering younger babies will enjoy the feel of the soft characters in their hands. There's nothing that could pose a hazard to smaller babies, so as long as they're well supervised (which they always should be!) they're probably not at risk of Death by Happyland. Obviously this is your call as the parent but I'd have absolutely no qualms about giving any of these characters to, say, a twelve month old teething baby to munch on - they're too big to be swallowed and too small/soft to even do any damage if the child drops a figure onto themselves. 100% recommended, a fabulous Happyland set that is not only fun to play with but commemorates an historical event in your child's life - whether they were Jubilee obsessed (Hollie) or completely oblivious (David).
I'm sure most people will know that the queen celebrated her jubilee earlier this year. A lot of people joined in on the jubilee wagon and tried milking it for all it's worth with lots of different merchandise. When I realised Early Learning Centre had a special Happyland Jubilee set on sale I had to get it for my daughter. Happyland is a range of toys sold by Early Learning Centre. They help develop toddlers imaginations with a range of play sets varying from cottages and windmills to fairy boots and moon houses. The sets vary in size and price, with the lower price sets being around the £8 for a pack of figures, up to the highest being a fully fledged town at £60. The sets can be played with alone or collected so that the children have a big set to play with. This Happyland jubilee set is the cheapest set we have ever bought at only £5. This is because there are only three figures included in the set, the queen, her corgi and a celebration cake. A pack of eight figures normally costs £8, so this jubilee set is quite expensive for what you get. The quality of the figures is the same as the other pieces found in the Happyland range, being the same scale as other pieces also. The detailing on the queen is fantastic, she is wearing a sash, earrings and a necklace and even has a crown on the top of her head, she is stood very regally with her hands inside the other. The corgi is fantastic also, he looks like a dog and not some random animal, he's lying down which is different from the other dog my daughter has from a different range which is nice for a little variety. The cake however, is a little disappointing. As it's the diamond jubilee celebration cake I would expect it to be something quite spectacular but it's not. It's just a basic red cake on a tablecloth covered table with yellow circles around the edge, I would have like to see a bit more detailing on this. As my daughter has quite a large collection of Happyland toys now, she played with this jubilee set along with her others. The queen often stands high on my daughters windmill while the other figures stand around the windmill looking up. The cake table often has lots of figures around it with them all having a piece and the corgi often visits the vets building but falls asleep on the vet table! I don't think my daughter would be interested in this set in the slightest had she not had other sets to play with alongside it. So I wouldn't recommend this set as a first Happyland purchase. However, to add to an already growing collection I think it is alright. Not a lot of things disappoint me with the Happyland range but the lack of detailing on the cake definitely lets this set down a little.
As the majority of you out there must have noticed, this year was the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and so the shops were quite literally flooded with tacky merchandise for the gullible general public to spend their hard-earned cash on as manufacturers put Union Jacks on everything that moved or could be bought in a bid to make some kind of profit out of these worst of times! Early Learning Centre of course were no exception, releasing this notoriously hard to get hold of limited edition set of Happyland characters to coincide with the big event. Priced at just £5, or upwards to £20-£25 if you tried to get it on Ebay as stocks rapidly diminished, the set consisted of three playable figures ~ the Queen, a Corgi and of course a Celebration cake! Of course, my favourite part of the Jubilee Celebrations, and in paticular the Diamond Jubilee concert, was when Will.I.Am (runner-up for the prize of most stupid name ever) confused the Queen's Jubilee with her birthday but let's just forget about that shal we? Ahem, anyway..... I love Happyland characters and so does my daughter because they fit right in with her Little People characters and can be played with alongside. I don't see why you have to have one or the other and cannot mix the two and so she has some Little People stuff and some Happyland stuff that she plays with together! My daughter was obsessed with the Jubilee, even if she did not quite understand what it was about, simply because there were Union Jacks everywhere! In fact, even after the Jubilee was long over she still thought it was Jubilee becaudse the flags wre still up for the Euros! Anyway, I digress.... With this in kind, I made sure I got a set of these early before stocks ran low as we did not have anything like this yet. I had refused to buy the Royal Wedding set because I thought it was a bit of a cash-in but thought it might be nice for my daughter to have this set so that we could explain to her just who the Queen is and to have her visit all her Little People and Happyland characters, thus ensuring that bthey could have their own little Jubilee street party in our back garden! The set is small, only consisting of the three pieces, but real attention has been paid to detail. The Corgi is cute even though I would have preferred him standing up to sitting down so that you could take him for a walk but te Queen is spot-on! She is that realistic that for a minute I thought The vMaster from Doctor Who might have shrunk down the real Queen into a little doll like he used to do in the original television series! And the cake looks very yummy scrummy. Unfortunately the cake does not come loose from the table which might have been nice but I suppose this is probably for Health And Safety reasons as the manufacturers didn't want too many small choking pieces! This set, like all Happyland toys, is aimed at age ranges from 18 months-4 years which is quite a big gap and I am not sure I would've let Emilie have them to play with at 18 months! Some people have commented that the Queen is exactly the same as the one in the Royal Wedding set. I cannot comment as we did not buy that but I do think thast is a bit naughty as they probably just recyled the Queen figurines from any Wedding sets that didn't sell, thus eliminating the need to make any more! But apart from that, this set is great value for £5 and a lot of fun! The Queen now spends more time at our homes Happyland and Little People set than she probably does at Windsor castle so it was well worth the money. I might have liked a Prince Phillip character though as it might have been fun to have him come along and insult the ethnic and disabled Happyland/ Little People characters we have in our posession. Still, maybe next time eh?
I was very excited when I saw this Diamond Jubilee figurine set in The Early Learning Centre and had to get it for my little girl. I think The Early Learning Centre are really good at producing very topical toys, of course for them its a great money maker but I think it adds to the spirit of the time and the celebration and is a really nice way of including your kids in this country's history and a great way of teaching them about being patriotic and proud to be British. We purchased a Royal Wedding Happyland set last year and also a Great Britain set for the Olympics and so this Diamond Jubilee little set is a great addition to our collection. We collect Happyland figures and sets in our house anyway. I really like them as they are well made toys, lots of fun to play with and very imaginative and provide my little girl with lots of fun things to play with and make up stories with. The Happyland figures are quite a bit bigger than say Lego figures and are meant for very young children, I would say aged 1 and above. THe figures are chunky and hardwearing and perfect for kids who still put toys in their mouths. In truth we actually already have a few Queen figures now as one came with The Royal Wedding set and also the Great Britain set and we have a corgi dog too so in reality all we got was this lovely looking cake. It was actually the box I was after that the toys came in as although I do let my little girl play with these toys I also keep the boxes, thinking that they might be a collectors item in a number of years, who knows. Anyway, like I've said above the set is only small but thats why the price tag of just £5 is very fitting. There is a Queen of course, its her party this year, 60 years in the making. The Queen is looking very regal and red, white and blue in her blue sash and red crown. Its actually frightening how much this little plastic figure actually looks like HRH Elizabeth 2nd. They've even got the curve of her grey hair correct underneath the crown!! The corgi is very cute looking and is in a sitting down position with his shaggy hair falling down over his legs. The cake is the only item we didn't have before. This is a three tiered cake sitting on a cake stand with a tablecloth sitting on the stand. This is again in the theme colours of blue and red and looks very yummy. This set is fun to play with by walking the dog with the queen or serving up some of the cake at tea and cake time. It's a wonderful little toy perfect for this years celebrations!
Just is case it's passed you by, this June the Queen will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee and to celebrate the Early Learning Centre have released a special edition Happyland set imaginatively titled The Queen's Jubilee Set. At £5 this is one of the cheapest Happyland sets available but it is also one of the hardest to get hold of. My nearest, physical ELC shop has had it in stock several times but sold out within days, while the website has also sold out on more than one occasion. Checking on Ebay, they are available there, but at highly inflated prices of up to £15, which in my opinion is simply ridiculous. After a lot of searching and finding that neither the ELC website nor my local store had any of the sets in stock, I discovered that the ELC was now a seller on Amazon and this particular outlet had five sets in stock (with free super saver delivery), so I ordered two, one to play with and one to put away. Even though I had read the product description and knew that there were very few pieces in this set, I still couldn't help but wonder "is that it?" as I opened the packaging to reveal a small box with a transparent window to reveal the three pieces inside. Although I must say that the interior of the box is quite decorative, with its cardboard stage and curtain, it was difficult to remove the pieces without damaging the backdrop. Rather than using plastic ties to hold the pieces in place, pegs and elastic bands are utilised, which while making a nice change doesn't actually make it easier to remove them (and the very thin elastic bands are a safety hazard in themselves). As I've said there are a total of three pieces in this set, the Queen, herself, a corgi and a table laden with a celebration cake. All three pieces are formed of the same rubberised material used to make all of the Happyland characters, with the detail painted on. The Queen herself is instantly recognisable with her silver grey hair, crown and very particular dress sense and she is nicely detailed, I especially like her white elbow length gloves and gold necklace. But, and this is a big but, she is identical to the Queen character in the Royal Wedding set and I do mean identical, the clothes are the same and so is the jewellery. Personally I think this is a little slipshod and a bit of a cop out on the Early Learning Centre's part, especially when you add to this the fact that while the corgi is very cute and identifiable in a cartoon-like sort of way, it is also identical to the one in the Royal Wedding set. The final piece in the set is actually one that we didn't already own, and is a blue table topped with a three tier cake, again I'm a little disappointed with this piece, I don't know why but I thought it would look just a little more special and maybe it would have been better if the cake could be removed from the table. With the pieces being between five and ten centimetres in height they are the perfect size for little hands and are far too large to cause a choking hazard. The packaging itself recommends this set for children aged between 18 months and 4 years, and while I'd say the upper limit was about right, I would have been perfectly happy for Freddy to play with these before he was 18months, in fact he's been playing with Happyland toys since he was about ten months old. At two years old, Freddy is just starting to develop his role play skills and I must say he was pretty keen to get hold of this set as soon as he saw it. After exploring each of the pieces and asking me what they were he immediately incorporated them into playing with his other sets, which involved the Queen going to the funfair, which was probably a lot more fun than anything she's actually got planned on her itinerary. There's no way I would say that this is a favourite set, but the pieces do get played with on a regular basis, especially in conjunction with one of his many other Happyland sets. I do appreciate that as the Queen follows the same format as those in other sets (including the hole in the base) it can be used in conjunction with the other sets, which adds an enormous amount of play value. As well as allowing Freddy to play with this set on his own, I also spend a little time using the pieces as props to help talk about the upcoming celebrations (that we'll be attending). We've taken the Queen on visits to the Happyland Sunflower School, where she's eaten cake and let her dog be stroked, she's had a ride on the Country Train, and of course she's visited the Funfair. This is something I love about all the Happyland sets, the way they can be used to help introduce a child to everyday and even special occasions. And this set is fantastic for talking about the upcoming Jubilee celebrations, which are likely to be something completely out of their experience. All in all I am fairly disappointed in this set, which is a shame as I'm normally very vocal in recommending Happyland sets. While I would possibly recommend purchasing this if your child doesn't already own the Royal Wedding Set, the fact that two out of the three pieces have simply been recycled unchanged, means that I am unwilling to do so if they do own the Royal Wedding. In fact the only reason that I would recommend this for those that already own the Royal Wedding set is to put it away as an investment that is likely to increase in value over the years. So I'm giving the Happyland Queen's Jubilee set a disappointing two stars out of five and will finish by saying "Shame on you ELC for not even attempting to disguise the fact you're simply using up left-overs from the Royal Wedding set".