Product Type: Hasbro baby toys
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Hasbro In The Night Garden Pinky Ponk Airship
Member Name: i_am_joy
Hasbro In The Night Garden Pinky Ponk Airship
Advantages: Lovely design, true to the 'real' Pinky Ponk,
Disadvantages: Very quiet, needs some kind of volume switch
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.
Summary: Oh look, it's the Pinky Ponk!
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