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      24.07.2012 12:18
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      Talking Makka Pakka

      Mikka Makka Moo

      In the Night Garden is one of my little girls favourite television shows. The characters are all fun and interesting and the content itself is entertaining as well as educational. The show has an interesting philosophy behind it. According to an article I read, "In the Night Garden... is intended to help children relax and achieve calming relationships with parents. Producer Anne Wood stated "We became very aware of the anxiety surrounding the care of young children which manifested itself in all kind of directions; but the one big subject that came up again and again was bedtime. It's the classic time for tension between children who want to stay up and parents who want them to go to bed... so this is a programme about calming things down whereas most children's TV is about gee-ing everything up."

      Makka Pakka is the little brown character that looks a little bit like a mix of a bear/monster and a robot in my opinion, its a bit hard to describe him. He is one of the smallest characters in the garden and his favourite thing to do is collect and wash little stones. He has little stone like things on the side of his head to where his ears would be and a little pile of stones on his head so I guess this is why its his favourite thing. He also enjoys washing and drying the faces of the other toys and he sleeps in his little cave, on a little stone bed which is covered with colourful bedding.

      My little girls loves cuddly toys and so we thought this cuddly Makka Pakka toy would make a nice gift for her. She really likes him and carries him round quite a bit and loves that he is a toy that interacts. Well, I say interacts somewhat, he has a few phrases that he will say but he's not as good as say a toy that sings numbers and the alphabet, he's quite limited but still fun.

      Makka Pakka is quite a cuddly toy and is made of a nice light brown plush material. He is about 12 inches in height so he's fairly big but small enough that my little two year old can give him a big cuddle. In order to make him talk you press his tummy in and this is quite easy for my little girl to do although you need to make sure that you really press the middle of the tummy to make him work. The battery pack to make him work is located at the back of the toy and this is covered with his fur so you can't really see it and its not that easy for little fingers to get into which is nice.

      Makka Pakka will say his famous phrases from the television show which really don't make that much sense but if you watch the show you will be familiar with them. He will say things like Agga Pang and Mikka Makka Moo and will sing his song from the show so it really doesn't make sense but its perfect for Makka Pakka.

      The toy requires 2 x AA batteries and these initially came with the doll and I think these are still the same batteries we are using today so they have lasted us well. Makka Pakka cost us about £20 and is perfect if you have a little one who loves Makka Pakka too!

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        22.12.2011 14:31
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        only good if you can buy it cheap!

        In The Night Garden (ITNG) is a Cbeebies show aimed at pre-school children. It features various, colourful characters who live together in a garden. Makka Pakka is one of the main characters who lives in a cave. He has an obsession with washing the other characters faces and likes to ride around on his Ogg Pog (scooter).

        ~~Talking Makka Pakka~~

        The INTG toy range includes talking plush teddies of a few of the characters. The Talking Makka Pakka is presented in an open front box. This plush is suitable for children over the age of 18months and requires 2 x AA batteries (included). This plush stands at 12inches tall.

        Makka Pakka is brown in colour and features short legs, arms and a big round tummy and head. He has little triangle shaped "bits" around his head and as his tail. His battery pack is stored within his back and pressing his tummy activates it. Makka Pakka was made with polyester fibers and is surface wash only. There is no on/off switch on this toy.

        ~~Price~~

        Talking Makka Pakka can be bought from Tesco stores for around £14.00. He is priced at £23.99 on Amazon.

        ~~Our Thoughts~~

        My son loves In The Night Garden and has many of the plush toys. Makka Pakka never appealed to him when he was younger but after receiving a Makka Pakka DVD, he gave him the benefit of the doubt. I can see why Iggle and Upsy may be more appealing to a child though - they are bright and colourful whereas Makka is a dull and boring colour.

        Until earlier this year, my son had a small (non talking) plush Makka Pakka. It was lost whilst we were out and about and he was distraught. I ended up buying this talking Makka Pakka from Tesco a week later as I felt guilty about him losing the other one. He already had a talking Upsy and Iggle so a Makka Pakka would complete his collection and increase the role play activities!

        ~~Appearance and Quality~~

        This plush is very well made in my opinion. It may not be the brightest of toys but it looks exactly how Makka Pakka does in the show - small, brown and a little bit weird! He has soft, spongy feet but cannot stand unaided. His body has a soft, smooth texture to it and the stitching is excellent. Makka Pakka can be cuddled within reason - he is plump around the tummy though the battery pack can be felt if he is squeezed hard. There are no hard or sharp parts to him so he could be given to a young child with supervision. My son is 3 and he is perfectly safe with Makka Pakka.

        The material on his body does tend to get a little grubby and despite giving it a regular wipe over with a damp cloth, Makka has a dark mark on his back which I cannot seem to remove. Other than that, he is in perfect condition and has been well looked after by my son for the past 8months or so.

        ~~Makka Pakka Moo~~

        My son likes talking plush toys and this one is no exception. The batteries we initially received with this toy are still going strong and Makka Pakkas voice can be heard clearly but not too loudly through the material. The phrases included in this toy are very limited - there are 5 in total which run on a loop and are really short and snappy. My son likes that it does actually sound like Makka Pakka and he can identify his familiar voice.

        The phrases said include "Makka Pakka Moo", "Hum Dum" and his horn. His character tune is also played and this is the longest phrase. It always has my son singing along as he knows the tune off by heart. The phrases reflect what Makka does say in the show but there simply isn't enough to entertain a toddler for long. The tummy can only be pressed after each phrase has finished. So there really isn't much to hold my sons attention for long.

        My son adores this plush mainly because it is Makka Pakka. He sits proudly beside Iggle and Upsy and my son often brings the plush toys out to use in role play. My nephew (also 3) will often play with the toys with my son and they have fun creating their own In The Night Garden scenes. Makka Pakkas arms, leg and head offer some amount of flexibilty so Makka can dance a little to his own tune. He does this in the show and my son thinks this is fun so he sort of acts like a puppet!

        ~~Conclusion~~

        My son cherishes this teddy moreso for who he is than what he does so it is difficult to give a balanced rating on him. I believe he is extremely overpriced for what he does and there is no real educational benefits from this toy. He is simply a basic teddy which speaks a few phrases. Really you are paying for the branding (like with many toys) so we will go for 4 stars as my son would give it 5 but I think it is worth 3.

        Ok if you can find it cheap at a carboot or something!

        Thanks for reading x

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          26.10.2010 07:07

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          Well worth the money for the smile on my son's face

          Makka Pakka is a character from In The Night Garden and when I saw him I knew I had to get him for my son.

          The Price of £18.00 is expensive for this toy as really it is just a cuddly toy with a sound box inside that says a couple of phrases. I paid £10.00 for it when it was on offer which is a much better price. I bought it for my son's first Christmas and he was 7 months old at the time. It does say 18 months on it but I didn't see anything that would harm him on it and he loved In the Night Garden so happily gave it to him. When he first saw it his eyes lit up and when he heard it talk it made him giggle straight away and I definately think it was one of his favourite christmas presents. When you squeeze it's stomach it says 5 phrases which you hear it say on the tv show which include mikka makka moo and it also sings its little song from the show.

          One of the things that I like about it is that it is really soft and cuddly and is really easy for my son to hold. The phrases are cute and it is not too loud and brash like some talking toys can be. It is a beige colour so thought it might get dirty easily but my son has been playing with it for 10 months and he still looks like new. I do think it is worth buying the talking version rather than just a Makka Pakka cuddly toy as they get so much more out of it and keeps them entertained for longer.

          It is an expensive toy for what you get but the smile on my son's face was totally worth the price. I would definately recommend Makka Pakka to any In The Night Garden fans.

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          18.06.2010 14:04
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          In The Night Garden....Talking Makka Pakka

          If you have a child or know someone that does then the likelihood of you having to watch In The Night Garden when you are around them is quite high because babies and toddlers seem to be addicted to it. My little brother Alfie is only 4 and 1/2 months but he is no exception and he will sit there for hours watching this on TV so with that in ind me and my mom decided to buy him the talking characters to play with starting with this "Talking Makka Pakka" who is a character from the show. I had originally planned to buy him an ordinary none talking Makka Pakka but as I couldnt find any I thought this would be just as good if not better - the only thing is that this is designed for children of 18 months an upwards but now Ive bought it and Alfie has used it I think it is suitable for babies of any age.

          This toy is actually a lot smaller than some people will imagine but Alfie manages to grab hold of him fine and he is made of really soft light brown material making it perfect to cuddle up to which is what Alfie does with him at the moment. I honestly dont know how to describe what the toy looks like as in all honesty I have no idea what it is supposed to be but it does look exactly like the character from the TV show and if your child is an In The Night Garden fan - which every baby seems to be they will absolutely love this. The sound box is inside Makka Pakka's stomach but it is well padded so even if your child is throwing this about I dont think it can be damaged easily. Now although this is quite small I consider that to be an advantage as it can be taken out in a pushchair or a car seat with ease so this toy travels really well. I havent found anything on this toy which can be considered as hazardous and there are no small parts which is why I think this toy is suitable for any age - until they grow out of it anyway.

          The sound box has 5 different sounds overall which are "memorable" quotes from Makka Pakka's character in the show like: Mikka Makka Moo, Agga Pang & Hun Dum which I have to say do sound like total gibberish but Alfie thinks they are so funny which I guess is the main thing. To make this toy talk you do need to press down quite firmly on the stomach which Alfie hasnt grasped yet so we have to do it but my friends little girl also has one of these (she is nearly 1) and she can do it easily so maybe that is why this toy is recommended for older children as younger ones will find it harder to press the sound box. The only issue I have with this toy is that there is no off button so sometimes the toy will be gibbering away by itself at the bottom of the toy box but the noises arent too loud so it shouldnt be a major problem.

          This toy does require 2 x AA batteries which came with the toy when I bought it and we have had it about a month so far with no need to change the batteries. I have had a look at some other reviews on Dooyoo for this toy regarding the battery life and it seems that they last quite a long time even if your child plays with this a lot so you wont have to change the batteries very often. Another slight problem with this is that obviously you cant wash it in the washing machine as it will damage the sound. Alfie hasnt got his toy very dirty yet so that hasnt been a problem for us but I reckon the material will make it quite hard to clean by hand when he does get a bit filthy.

          Overall Alfie really likes this toy and I think his interest in it will grow even more when he can actually press the sound button himself. This is quite a basic toy that this good for cuddles and the occasional noise but that really is it - this isnt going to be very educational I dont think but then again thats not why I bought it. I think this toy is suitable for babies of any age but you will need to press the toy for the noises if your baby is quite young. Im going to give it 4 out of 5 stars overall because it is very cute, Alfie loves cuddling it and as he loves the TV show he absolutely adores the noises that this makes BUT its going to be hard to clean and it is very expensive for what it is - in this case I think you are paying for the brand name more than anything.

          This toy cost me around £18 from amazon but I do highly recommend you buy it for any child that loves the show because I can guarantee they will love this - the only question is how long will the appeal last?

          Thanks For Reading

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            18.02.2010 12:21
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            Great for young fans of In the Night Garden but don't be suprised if the novelty wears off quickly

            My 7 month old received this for Christmas although the recommended age is 18 months.

            Standing at about 20cm tall, this Makka Pakka is very tactile and my son loves to grab and cuddle it. As he is so little, he can't get the talking bit to work on his own but when I press the button to play the talking, he loves it. It is also the only bit of tv merchandise he has so does a double take of it when In the Night Garden is on which is fun to watch!

            Plus points:
            * Looks exactly like Makka Pakka - not cheap imitation looking
            * Well concealed battery pack
            * Very soft and well made
            * Seven different noises including the little Makka Pakka rhyme
            * Easy to press noise maker

            Disadvantages:
            * Price - £18 seems quite steep for what you get but guess that is typical of merchandise from tv programmes
            * All stitched except plastic eyes and nose which is fine for 18 month olds as is recommended but mums might want to be a bit cautious if giving to younger babies
            * Although 7 sounds, most are very quick so you have to keep pressing the noise maker to maintain little ones interest

            A nice item to give/receive as a gift for fans of In the Night Garden but a bit pricey to go out and buy yourself.

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            18.12.2009 15:24
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            A Gorgeous In The Night Garden Toy

            If you're looking for something to buy a toddler for Xmas then you should consider one of these talking Makka Pakka toys, my 2 year old sister had hers for Xmas last year and she still loves it.

            It looks just like the Makka Pakka in the tv programme In The Night Garden and is lovely and soft for kids to hold and cuddle up to in bed. You have to press his tummy to hear him speak and that's very easy to do, my sister didn't have any problems learning where to press and even though Makka Pakkas tummy is quite fat she can still press it correct the first time.

            He says things from the tv programme like Agga Pang and Mikka Makka Moo, I know that looks like gibberish but that's just how Makka Pakka talks! lol

            He's very safe and neither of the eyes or the nose have come loose or anything since my sister has had Makka Pakka. You can only surface wash the toy and that's a bit stupid because he's a light beige colour and gets dirty quick. I don't recommend you put it in the washing machine though because we did that with Upsy Daisy last month when my sister was sick on it and now she doesn't talk at all. The best thing to do I reckon is give him a quick wipe every few days with a baby wipe and that will help you keep on top of the cleaning.

            I remember I paid £18.00 for this Makka Pakka last year but I think they've gone up a bit in price this year, on Amazon it's currently priced at £22.00 and because Makka Pakka isn't that big I think that's a bit expensive for what it is.

            My little sister loves it though and I don't mind spending the money on something she's going to like as much. It's still in brill condition even though she plays with Makka Pakka every day and even sleeps with it at night.

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            07.09.2009 03:04
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            Great toy for little ITNG fans

            Anyone who hasn't heard of in the night garden before and is planning on having children they soon will do but a quick insight into the background of where this toy came from. In the night garden is a children's programme on BBC 2 aimed at children from 6 months to four years but in my experience 4 years is a bit optimistic. It is a magical place somewhere between being awake and asleep (dozing) which all children seem to love, Makka Pakka is the smallest of all the characters and sleeps on a little stone bed covered with colourful bedding in a small little cave. Makka pakka loves nothing more than collecting and washing stones and will often be seen washing the faces of the other characters with his soap and sponge.

            Like many children my little boy went through a faze of being mad about anything associated with in the night garden, with Makka Pakka being his favourite character by far we knew this was going to be a certain hit on Christmas day, and we were so right his face on Christmas day once he had opened this toy was a picture of pure delight.

            so what is all the fuss about well to answer that I really would need to be under 3 years of age but Makka Pakka is certainly a very cute character. If I had to take a guess as to why I thought in the night garden merchandise was so popular I would say that I think it would be because all of the merchandise resembles the television programme so well, the toys are easily recognisable, they sound just as they do on the television, the toys and books are brightly coloured and appeal to children, and for adults I would say that it was because the children get so much enjoyment from all of the merchandise, ok it isn't cheap but I have found that it lasts well and withstands the torture of inquisitive children, All products that I have purchased including books are all easy wipe clean products and entertaining for young children.

            The toy itself

            Makka pakka is made a lovely soft light brown material and looks identical to the character on the television programme and resembles him in every way. My son has all three of these talking plush characters and true to form Makka Pakka is considerably smaller than the other characters but still a nice size for a small child to carry. Measuring 12" high and being a tubby little chap Makka Pakka is a great toy for children to cuddle up with. He has a very cheery looking face and is thought to be very adorable by children and adults alike.

            Makka pakka has a mechanism where his belly button should be that when pressed will real off one of four pre programmed sayings that your child will instantly recognise from the programme, the sayings consist of Makka pakkas name, His theme song, and a couple of quite cute little sayings that your child will hear several times during each episode. Now with Makka Pakka being quite a plump little chap it was quite difficult for my little boy to get his small little hands around the toys waist in order to press the button, but this did not stop him instead he would give makka pakka a big hug and this managed remarkably to activate the sayings in this way, as he got older the pressing of the button was achievable but giving him a hug to activate the sounds just added to the fun of the toy.

            Now as with many of children's toys this one is battery operated, great your thinking another large expense with the 101 other battery operated toys your little one has got they seem to get through batteries as quick as anything, but and there is a but I found that this toy has a great battery life. Having had this toy nearly a year now it still has the same batteries as the ones it came with. The toy was used all the time at the beginning and throughout the first four months or so, moderate play for the following 3 months and now occasional play for the last 3 months I can't complain at all as the novelty has stared to wear off although he still brings much joy when he is out being played with.

            The toy itself is recommended for 18 months + I believe this is purely down to the fact that you have to push the mechanism in the tummy to activate the phrases. I found at 23 months my little one had problems activating it with his little hands as I mentioned earlier, and my friends little girl also had the same problem as im sure many other people have found but this doesn't spoil the excitement at all if you can get them to activate the phrases by hugging the toy as my little one did they will not know any different. If your child is much older than this the probability of them getting board with it within a couple of months is probably inevitable as a lot of reviews on other in the night garden products have commented on how after 2 years of age in the night garden is no longer a favourite of their Childs although this is not the case with all merchandise the books seem to have a longer life span. For children under the age of 18 months I do not think that this toy poses any danger to little ones as I said before I believe that it is just down to the workings of the toy and not the fact that it has any small parts as far as I can see, In fact if I am lucky enough to have another little one in the future I would not hesitate to give this to them at a much younger age as a teddy with me pushing the tummy on occasion, activating this themselves will be another feature they can learn and explore as they get older, but this is just my opinion and it is up to the individual parents to make their own decision.

            The toy encourages roll play very well in my opinion and I have found helps develop my little boys memory, Hayden would often recreate scenarios that he has seen on television with his three figures and would remember all the dances that each little character has. I found this amazing and a real I've been framed moment as every time Makka Pakkas song came on he would remember all moves and tapping his bum and his legs like makka pakka it was truly hilarious and used to entertain everyone for hours.

            so my opinion, This toy was bought as a gift for my little boy last Christmas while on sale at Argos for £18.00 reduced from £20.00, (they can now be bought in many stores prices may vary as I have seen them on Amazon for £18.00, Argos for £16.99, and £9.99 in toys r us just to name a few so may pay to shop around if you are considering buying one). It is defiantly worth the £18.00 his Nan paid and I would have even paid the £20.00 retail price if the offer hadn't been on purely because it was what my little boy wanted for Christmas. So after he has played with it for the last 9/10 months has my opinion changed? No my opinion hasn't changed. It is a very cute little toy it still looks as good today as it did the when the toy was first opened, it provides many hours of fun, encourages roll play and imagination and wears very well. The toy itself isn't machine washable but don't think that it would hurt to sponge it down with a damp cloth if needed (touch wood I have not needed to yet).

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              03.07.2009 16:30

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              excellent toy, well worth buying

              ahh makka pakka is so lovely.
              he's a big squishy toy from in the night garden, if you dont watch the programme,he's the one with ocd that wash's peoples face's with the same sponge and soap that he washes rocks with,he sleeps in a cave and cuddles a rock a bed time.
              He's well just a bit weird really but i suppose that why kids like him.
              This lovely little toys really is so soft and squishy makes some very cute noises and sings his own little song too like upsy daisy and iggle piggle do.
              There very good quality toys, the voices are very clear and sounds just like the tv show(unlike alot of other toys),there very well stitched.my little girl has had her's over a year and no signs of wear and tear anywhere as of yet.
              He's just very cute ,and its amazing how long there batteries last too even when they get laid on at bed time and sing to you at 4am :)

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              Cute but for how long?

              Makka Pakka is a character from the popular childrens programme 'In The Night Garden'. He's a funny looking fella and I'm not actually sure what he's supposed to be.. I wouldn't really know how to describe him if there wasn't a picture included in the description!

              I brought the talking Makka Pakka toy for my daughter on her 1st birthday as she was a die hard 'In The Night Garden' fan at the time. It came packaged it an open fronted carboard box and we brought it from Argos for £14.99.

              The toy looks almost identical to the real Makka Pakka and is made from a light brown, soft and huggable material. There is a soundbox inside and when the toy is squeezed comes out with a number of noises and phrases from the programme including "Hum Dum, "Mikka Makka Moo", "Aga Pang". My daughters favourite part is Makka Pakkas theme tune which comes with the tune aswell as the words. The soundbox is very well padded (Makka Pakka has quite a belly on him) but the sound can be activated quite easily by little hands. There are 5 sounds in total.

              It is around 10 inches tall and is a good size to take out and about (car, pushchair etc). It's also a nice bedtime toy.. so long as they don't set the sound off in the middle of the night! There is no 'off' button.

              The toy requires 2 x AA batteries which are included. We haven't needed to change the batteries yet which isn't bad seeing as we've had it for around 15 months. The battery compartment can be found inside a slit in the back of Makka Pakka and requires a screwdriver. There are no visible small parts or health hazards and the toy is suitable for children 18 months onwards.

              The toy cannot be machine washed (because of the sound box/batteries I assume) and instead is only surface washable.

              The positives of this toy are that it looks like the character and is nice for fans of 'In The Night Garden'. It's also very soft, squishy and great for hugs. It makes real quotes from the programmes which aren't too long, loud or annoying.

              The negatives of this toy are that it is very basic and won't hold a childs attention for very long. There is nothing much more to it than cuddles and noises. It's also very much overpriced and you are paying for the name of the brand rather than the toy. (I won't bother mentioning the fact that it isn't exactly educational either! ..or did I just do that!?)

              My daughter has slightly gone off 'In The Night Garden' since her 1st birthday but every now and again she'll find this toy in the bottom of her toy box and will happily play with it.

              It's a nice little toy but like many soft toys it wont get played with much and is quite overpriced.

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                14.06.2009 20:50

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                amazing worthwhile toy

                Makka pakka - what a wonderful toy to get any child. This icon of cbeebies certainly will provide hours of enjoyment for any child surely.

                Makka pakka is of course widely available for a reasonalbe price around £12 - even in tesco.

                Soft and safe for even the youngest of children makka pakka is a simple toy which still manages to keep my con amused. And yet it only actually plays the makka pakka theme and makes the few other toots that he akes.

                However, it must be emphasised that the quality of the noises are remarkable with the expact same quality, pitch and accent as those heard on the tv show your child easily can identify with this makka pakka.

                However, despite it's somewhat limited features compared to all singing all dancing crinkly shiny competitors it is still a favourite. Purely because of the recognition factor with such a toy it is worth the price for a toy which continues to provide much amusement to my child.

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                A wonderful addition to my granddaughter's In The Night Garden collection.

                Makka Pakka is one of my favourite kids' television characters at the moment, he is such a sweet little thing as he goes around with his sponge washing the faces of all his friends and putting his stones into neat little piles. So of course, when Christmas rolled around my granddaughter had to have him for her collection of In The Night Garden toys. I only actually intended to buy her the plush toy but while shopping in Woolworths during December I found a talking Makka Pakka, the last Makka Pakka in fact and it had obviously been hidden in the store by some other person who intended to come back and buy it as he was half stuffed behind a large display of over sized teddy bears! I nabbed him anyway, paid my £20.75 for the toy and walked away happy that my little granddaughter would have the delightful Makka Pakka to open on Christmas morning.

                Makka Pakka stands about 12" high and is a rotund little chap, beige in colour with a lovely cheerful face. He says various phrases, sings his 'Makka Pakka, Akka Wakka, Ikka Akka Ooooh' song and makes the same kind of sweet noises you hear on the tele. I love my granddaughter's Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy but there's something about Makka Pakka that makes him appeal to me so much more than these other two.

                There's a small problem though. Makka Pakka's speech is activated by pressing his tummy in the same way as the other talking toys in the range, the problem being that Makka Pakka is a little fatter around the middle than his In The Night Garden friends and I find my granddaughter's small hands sometimes have trouble gripping him properly in order to squeeze him and make him talk. She knows she can do it by hugging him to her and has also discovered that if she lays him on the floor she can stand on his tummy and he'll talk that way. This isn't really the point though, the makers of this toy should have ensured that the pack for making him talk could be easier pressed even through his rather thick padding.

                Makka Pakka is a very soft toy, he's well padded and very squeezable. My granddaughter has so many toys that she can't possibly fit them all into her cot at night so has to rotate them, but Makka Pakka very often finds his way into the cot and sometimes scares my daughter when she hears him speak through the baby monitor as my granddaughter accidentally rolls on him in her sleep!

                The battery life seems good, my granddaughter plays with Makka Pakka everyday (as do her big sisters!) and the batteries that were included in the toy are still going strong. His phrases are said with real cuteness and are recognisable as those you'll hear him uttering on the tele, I think Makka Pakka has a wonderfully sweet voice that you cannot fail to fall in love with if you're a fan of In The Night Garden. This lovely voice combined with a fantastic soft appearance makes him appealing to adults and children alike, he is identical in looks to his television counterpart unlike Upsy Daisy who really bears little resemblance to her character on the show.

                As with most of the In The Night Garden toys Makka Pakka is suitable from eighteen months which I cannot understand at all. He is so soft and cuddly that I would recommend him as a 'from birth' toy, he's extremely well made and there is nothing at all that I can see which would cause a danger to a younger baby. It was only chance that my granddaughter happened to be eighteen months when Christmas rolled around, but myself and my daughter are in agreement that we would have been happy for her to have the toy even if it had been bought the Christmas before when she was just six months.

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                  21.12.2008 21:25
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                  In The Night Garden - Talking Makka Pakka.....

                  Jack was in a phase of loving the children's programme In The Night Garden a short while ago and because of this I was suckered into the hype and bought a lot of the merchandise that went along with the show. Jack already had the talking Iggle Piggle soft toy but because I thought the Makka Pakka toy looked far cuter, I decided he should have that one as well (I am not doing too good on the not spoiling him idea!).

                  For those who are not in the know, In the Night Garden is a programme for pre-school children and is shown on the CBeebies channel a couple of times a day. The same people who made Teletubbies make it and it has the same incoherent language spoken by all the characters. The show is cute and can be highly addictive for small minds! (And mine).

                  The toy itself is very soft to touch and is made of fleece type material. It measures around 30cm in length and is a light brown colour. It has a small mechanism inside its tummy that when squeezed it will play a short little phrase of the character. The sound is easily activated but not overly sensitive so basically it will only activated if you meant it to be!

                  There are only four different phrases that are programmed into the Makka Pakka soft toy and this doesn't seem like many but because the character really doesn't say that much in the programme it is really all the phrases that could be programmed in!

                  The says that the soft toy will say are things such as his song "Makka Pakka, Akka Wakka"..... "Hum, dum, Agga Pang..". And other sayings such as his name" Makka Pakka". The sayings do get tiring after a while of being said but they are not done in an overly annoying voice so it doesn't really annoy me that much.

                  The toy is not suitable for being washed in a machine but it does come up nice and c lean even when washed with a damp cloth. The age range on the toy is from 18 months plus though I am sure a small child would like it too but they may not be able to activate the noises. Jack is only just 18 months and he has had it for a few weeks and we have encountered no problems with it as yet.

                  It does take two batteries but these came with the toy and so far, we have not had to replace them. We have the Igglepiggle talking soft toy and found the batteries easily to replace on that so doing the same with this toy should be no problem. Inside a Velcro, sealed slit in the back of the soft toy is where you will find a small on off switch and there is also the compartment where the batteries are housed. The Velcro is very strong and since having it Jack has not got this section open at all.

                  Even though this toy has a mechanical part inside its stomach, it still is a very soft and cuddly toy. This is one reason why I decided to buy it for Jack because it is really a soft toy with a little difference. However, it was also on sale in the Early Learning Centre and this was probably the main reason for me buying it. There was a 20% sale on all In the Night Garden merchandise and I thought I would grab myself one of those wonderful bargains that I never really should be buying (in reality no bargain at all). Usually these soft toys costs around £20 but I managed to get this one for just under £18.


                  This is an okay price but looking back now I do think it was a silly purchase. These toys are very expensive for what is basically a soft toy but what you are paying for is the name and the fact that it is from a hit children's show. I think because we already have the one soft toy from this range I should of left it at that. Unfortunately, I did not leave it at that, now Jack is not really that bothered about In the Night Garden so much, and he does not really even pick this toy up.

                  The toy itself is a nice one and although on the expensive side, I would think it would make a fan of the show very happy to own. Because Jack has now lost interest in the show I do not think he is that bothered about the toy. It does not really do much and definitely does not teach him anything. I would say with the money you would save on NOT buying this toy you could get your child a lot of lovely books that can be enjoyed over and over again rather than something which is ever so faddy and ever so dull such as this toy.

                  On that basis, I am awarding a two star rating for this Talking Makka Pakka Soft toy. It is a lot of money for not much fun. You are just spending a large amount of money on a deluxe soft toy. If that is what you want then so be it but I would not really recommend it at all.

                  I hope this has been of some help/interest to you.

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                  In the Night Garden is best described as an interpretation of a nursery rhyme picture book and features lots of characters based loosely on toys, living together within a happy and caring community. Like all good stories, In the Night Garden takes children on an imaginative journey and during each episode children will encounter a variety of interesting and unique spaces and characters and will be encouraged to make their own connections amongst them. In the Night Garden is set in a real woodland setting to create a compelling and fully immersive experience for young viewers. With this 12 (30cm) talking plush Makka Pakka, kids can have a large version of their favourite character with fun music and sounds from the show!