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Hollie's had the soft Pinky Ponk since she was one, she's four now and in all that time I think it's been played with half a dozen times and has been an ever bigger waste of money than I thought it was when I paid 20 quid for it!
The Pinky Ponk is a character from the fabulous In the Night Garden show, a colourful space ship that transports all the other characters around the garden. As a toy it's a strange mix of a soft cuddly toy and a harder action-type figure, the airship itself being the soft part and the 'carriage' underneath is a hard smooth moulded plastic. It doesn't do much (anything?) and despite the original 'interactive' label even this aspect is very disappointing.
Interactive in this case means the toy makes a disappointingly quiet robotically musical sound, so quiet it's practically inaudible in anything other than a silent room - so completely unsuitable for including in a raucous toddler game! To activate this 'music' you just press on the door of the spaceship, it took a long time until Hollie could do this herself as although the button presses quite easily it's in a pretty recessed position so awkward for small chubby hands! Also on the side of the basket is a strip of stiff felt which you pull out of it's slot to reveal the tiny Pontipine family - in theory at least, in reality this felt only pulls out by a couple of centimetres and is too short for toddlers to grip hold of properly anyway. Hollie showed absolutely zero interest in this from the day she received it and since we passed it on to David a month ago he doesn't seem to care about it either (or the entire Pinky Ponk actually).
It's just a very dull toy, it's no good to use as a cuddly because of the hard plastic - but the soft balloon section is too bulky for it to be played with comfortably as an action figure. It's one of the very few toys in Hollie's toybox which doesn't even come out occasionally as part of a role play game, that girl has an amazingly active imagination and everything gets used for one purpose or another - apart from the Pinky Ponk as she just doesn't seem to know what to do with it!
I handed it to David yesterday and he hardly looked at it; he gave the soft part a squeeze, threw it down and crawled off looking for something a bit more exciting! To be fair, he doesn't watch In the Night Garden so couldn't be expected to 'know' the character but for a toy designed for babies of twelve months and over I think it's very dull - and unfortunately so does David...
It looks great, just like the character on tele. This was a redeeming feature when Hollie first received the toy as she'd point from it to the tele whenever In the Night Garden was on, once she got over the excitement of that though she didn't really bother with it again. I did see her about a year ago use it to rescue some of her other toys from some disaster or another, but the Pinky Ponk itself needs two hands to manoeuvre it around so it ended up being a bit of a daft prop as the rescued toys needed to wait until Hollie had put the airship down!
Running on three AA batteries (definitely overkill based on the tiny sound the toy makes!), even pound shop batteries will last forever. In the three and a half years that we've owned it I've replaced the batteries once, these were Duracell which lasted for three years and now much cheaper ones seem to be doing the same job.
However good on batteries it is, I can't recommend the Pinky Ponk for all the reasons I mentioned above. This is the kind of toy that a mum wants to make up the set; a complete lack of play value and interesting features means the child will quickly discard the toy, for a fiver it'd be worth the buy but definitely not for £20!
A couple of years ago a relative bought the Soft and Cosy World Pinky Ponk for my youngest son for Christmas. My son was about 13 months old at the time which is quite a difficult age to buy for I think and as he is one of three there wasn't a lot that we didn't already have.
The Pinky Ponk is a soft balloon shaped piece with a hard plastic capsule underneath. The balloon is made of soft silky parachute type material that is stuffed like a pillow. It has the propeller piece attached on the back and other bits the stick out all over it just like the one in the television show. The capsule is made of hard plastic and is moulded to look just like the pinky ponk on television. When you press the door it makes sounds and you can play hide and seek with the pontipines by pulling them out of the capsule and then watching them ping back in.
The manufacturers recommended age range for this toy is over 18 months which I would say is reasonable but a younger child could still enjoy the toy even if they weren't interested in the programme. I think this toy has a fairly short life span as it doesn't do very much and won't hold the interest of an older toddler.
As I said my son was only 13 months old but he found very little to amuse him with this toy. He only played with it a couple of times and then it was largely ignored. He was an early walker and so could easily get things out of his toy box and rarely chose this toy.
I have two older children who unfortunately were too old for this toy so after a few months I put it on ebay as it was in such good condition.
I think the idea of character based toys is good but there are very few that are interesting for children especially very young children and babies. I find on the whole that the character based toys are overpriced and very disappointing.
I don't know how much my Sister in Law paid for the Pinky Ponk but they are currently (Sept 2010) available on www.amazon.co.uk for £23 which is just far too expensive in my opinion. When I sold our Pinky Ponk on ebay I made over £11 which seemed ridiculous to me at the time but makes sense if a new one is so expensive.
I wouldn't recommend this toy as it is uninteresting and overpriced. I would rather spend the money on a hammering bench or sorting box or something that will get played with and is amusing, interesting and educational to my child.
Throughout my daughters in the night garden phase this Hasbro in the night garden pinky ponk airship was one of the many toys she had. It was bought as a Christmas present from my auntie. I had seen it previously and decided I didn't want to buy it as I didn't think it looked that good.
It is packaged in a way where you can see and feel all of the airship. My first impression was that it is a reasonable size which I liked as with some of the in the night garden toys they can come in a tiny size for the price you pay.
The airship its self replicas the pinky ponk of the well know children's TV programme "in the night garden". It has a plastic base and then a soft and squishy top. The top is a bluish kind of colour with different coloured spots and what you may call funny looking fins? The bottom is yellow and had the large window at the front like on the actual pinky ponk, however this is made from white plastic and it doesn't show inside the pinky ponk. It then has a door and a pull out tab.
So the reason I didn't buy it because it really doesn't do much! The door is well not really a door, it is a button that you press and it plays the noise the pinky ponk makes on the TV programme. Unfortunately if you are not familiar with the TV series it is almost impossible for me to describe this noise produced by the pinky ponk! You could almost say it sounds like a depleting spaceship. Then the only other function of the airship is a little tab that you pull out. Doing this achieves you nothing; it doesn't play any sounds or well do anything! It's quite difficult to pull, difficult for a child anyway, and it has the pontipines on the fabric. Very pointless and somewhat tacky looking.
So to what my daughter thought!
As all children do, she got very excited when she opened it on Christmas morning. She was quick to hand it to me to open the box. She enjoyed pressing the button and giggled a lot. She also liked the fact that it was a in the night garden product, as a in the night garden fan though I'm sure she would have been happy with anything that came from this brand. After opening her other, more exiting Christmas presents she never gave this one a second thought. After showing it her on several occasions she just doesn't want to play with it, but I don't blame her its not the most fun toy. For almost a year now this has been living at the bottom of a toy box in her bedroom.
This isn't something i would recommend from my experience and at £20.00 it's almost like throwing your money away. Some children might like this, especially those who like in the night garden. But I have to say for me and my daughter it didn't do the job for us.
My daughter is In The Night Garden crazy so when i saw this , it had to be bought, she has most of the Upsy Daisy, Iggle piggle and Makka toys so i thought this would make a change. I am to be honest, disappointed, it was very over priced for what it does and i dont think the sound quality is as good as some of the other toys from In The Night Garden range. If you were adding hours of play together, i think shes probably played with it for 3 hours and thats pushing it, rest of the time it has been at the bottom of the toy box. It does look exactly the same from the program, and is brightly coloured with nice soft material. i just dont think making the wusshhhing noise is enough to keep a childs imagination long enough. There is a tab at the bottom with the ponitpines for the game of hide and seek but i struggle to pull the tab so my daughter certainly at the age of 2 years would be unable to play that intended game. Maybe Hasbro should have added the Pontipines voices to the Pinky Ponk when you pressed the button. We have numberous In the Night garden toys at our house and this is one i wish we had passed on.
As a mother of a 2 year old I am very familiar with In the night garden, a childrens programme that toddlers seem to love. So last christmas my house was invaded with all sorts of in the night garden products and toys one of which was this, the Hasbro Pinky Ponk.
The pinky ponk has a plastic base and a soft plush top. It makes pinky ponk noises when you press one of the doors in and has a pull out tab with the 10 pontipines on it, having the pontipines is a nice idea but the tab is quite difficult to pull especially for young children.
My son was easily bored of the pinky ponk however because it doesn't really do much, other than the pontipines it has no moving parts and it only makes the same noises again and again, overall not very stimulating for toddlers. Because of this I found it disappointing, I thought it would do more.
I wouldn't recommend this and I feel it is poor value for what it is.
My baby sister is obsessed with young children's program, In the Night Garden. She got another of the characters at Christmas, the Pinky Ponk.
The appearance of the Pinky Ponk is a yellow bottom with a pink section outlined in red. The bottom also has pink, orange and green polka dots on. Also the bottom has a button in the shape of a door which you can press and it will make a couple of noises that the Pinky Ponk makes. On the main part of the Pinky Ponk it is dark-ish green in colour and has pink, yellow, green and orange polka dots. It has a pink nose on the front and a pink propeller. There are also a few small orange wings.
The green part of the Pinky Ponk is a soft, squishy material. The nose and propeller are made from a silky cottony type material and the bottom of it is quite hard. The wings are made from a felt material. There are no sharp edges or corners as everything is rounded off.
My baby sister loves the Pinky Ponk, she plays with it with her Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka and Upsy Daisy talking toys. It's ideal for her as there's no sharp edges because she's at that stage where she wants to put everything in her mouth. When she is playing with it on her own it keeps her occupied and she has a lot of fun with it.
The Pinky Ponk takes two pencil batteries which has not run out yet and she plays with it quite a lot. The bottom (where the batteries go) is screwed on so she can't get them out. It costs about £8.00 - £10.00
My eighteen month old granddaughter is an In The Night Garden fanatic so all the family decided to buy her characters from the TV series for Christmas, the talking Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka were soon snapped up (she already has Iggle Piggle) so I had to look around for something else. In Debenhams a few days before Christmas I was looking around the toy section and came across a familiar looking green and blue In The Night Garden box, closer inspection revealed that it wasn't one of the usual sweet and cuddly characters but a good sized Pinky Ponk toy which I hadn't seen before.
For those of you who don't know, the Pinky Ponk is a sweet bumbling airship which floats around the In The Night Garden garden. He will collect Iggle Piggle, the Tombliboos or the Pontipines and give them a calming ride round to where the Haahoos live and back again. The Pinky Ponk doesn't appear in all of the episodes, it's usually the Ninky Nonk, and I wasn't aware that you could even buy a toy of this so I snapped it up as I had already bought her the Ninky Nonk and thought this would make a nice companion for it.
I like that the Pinky Ponk is more or less a soft toy, balanced out by the basket at the bottom being a chunky plastic which makes it a much more substantial toy than if were simply a plush toy. The soft part of the toy is made of a lovely silky fabric which is printed to look exactly like the Pinky Ponk that you will recognise from the tele, he is very bright and cheerful and looks perfect to me.
The harder basket looks great and again is decorated how the real Pinky Ponk would be, one of the doors is cleverly designed to be pressed and this is how your child will make the Pinky Ponk make noises. I personally found the sounds to be much too quiet and was disappointed that there is no way to make them any louder, I like those toys that have a switch so you can have the volume quieter or louder. With this toy however it simply makes very quiet airship sounds along with various 'parp' and 'scrunch' noises, it's very sweet and my granddaughter loves the fact that she can press the button herself to activate it.
There is also a little strip of fabric coming out of the side of the basket which can be pulled out slightly to reveal the tiny family of Pontipines, this is nice as these very small characters do not feature on many of the In The Night Garden toys. Mind you the strip doesn't pull out very far so the Pontipines are all crowded in together, it would be nice if they had made the strip a little longer to allow the characters to be seen individually but then I suppose you are running the risk of damaging the fabric.
My granddaughter loves her new Pinky Ponk and will now play with all of her In The Night Garden characters together, it's very comical to watch her lifting this toy into the air and then swooping it down towards Makka Pakka and back into the air again to buzz away into the kitchen.
In all I'd say this is an excellent addition to my granddaughters toy box. It doesn't really DO much compared to the talking characters, but then anyone who has seen In The Night Garden wouldn't really expect it to as all it does in the programme is drift about making the same noises as the toy! I paid £13 for it, which I don't think is too bad for a present I was sure no-one else had got her although some people may be astounded at the price for a toy which has so few features. The toy is suitable for children aged 18 months and above, I cannot imagine why babies younger than this shouldn't play with the Pinky Ponk though as it's a safe and well made toy which I don't think would cause any harm to anyone. He takes 2 x AA batteries which are included so the toy is ready to go, I should imagine they will last quite a while too as not much power is needed for the quiet sounds.
Let your toddler explore their imagination with this soft and colorful Pinky Ponk plush toy! Watch your little one giggle with delight during a game of hide 'n seek with the pull-out Pontipines display! Or go on an exciting ride with the Pontipines characters - just press on the door to discover fun sounds that will keep your baby on the go!