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Don't Expect Much Conversation From This Makka Pakka!
Hasbro In The Night Garden Talking Makka Pakka
Member Name: angelboouk
Hasbro In The Night Garden Talking Makka Pakka
Advantages: my son adores him, cuddly, role play, soft material
Disadvantages: limited phrases, expensive, gets grubby
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.
Talking Makka Pakka can be bought from Tesco stores for around £14.00. He is priced at £23.99 on Amazon.
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!
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
Summary: only good if you can buy it cheap!
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