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I recently picked up this pack of In The Night Garden figures for £5 in the toy sale from Tesco. I had previously bought a toy Ninky Nonk train for my son (see earlier review) and when I saw these I thought that they would complete the set nicely. I had seen the figures with the ninky nonk for £24.99 in Toys R Us, which I had thought to be grossly overpriced, so I thought £5 was a bit of a bargain price to pay!
The figures come in a cardboard box with a plastic covering, so you can see each of the figures in the box. Contained in the set are all the main characters - Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle, Makka Pakka and the Tomliboos (un, oo and ee!). The characters are made of a soft plastic so, whilst hard, solid figures they have a slightly soft, rubber like feel to them. Each character is quite small - around 5-7cm (character dependent) so fits neatly into a toddler's grasp. The set is aimed at children from 18 months - probably because they are so small, so is definitely designed with toddlers in mind.
The characters have an excellent resemblance to those from the TV programme - my son instantly recognised them and made a beeline for his favourite character - Igglepiggle. They are lightweight but still quite resilient to rough play and dropping! Oddly, as these are also available in a set with the ninky nonk train, the characters are bigger than the train itself - but I don't suppose many toddlers have a great sense of scale so this doesn't matter too much.
Despite not owning these too long, they are already showing some wear and tear. The characters are the same bright, vibrant colours that they are on the show so are very appealing to toddlers but the colour does chip and rub off from one character to another. So we have various stripes of colour from the tomliboos on Igglepiggle and Makka Pakka. This doesn't bother my son in the slightest but I would have hoped that they would remain in better condition (especially had I purchased at full price) and now I worry about what else the colour may rub onto.
The figures are moulded so do not do anything - it may have been nice to have more 'action' type figures or at least have their arms move or something. As they are, they hold my son's attention for very little time and, short of carrying them around the room (and placing them in obscure places for me to find at a later point) there is not much for him to do with these. They do not even go in the ninky nonk for him to push them around in as this has no opening doors (and they would be too big anyway).
Overall, a disappointing purchase. Just glad I picked them up in the sale rather than at full price.
My sister got this for Christmas and today when we were moving the furniture round in the living room we found 3 of the toys and still don't know where the others are. This toy is so rubbish that nobody had even noticed that it had even been lost and even my baby sister didn't ask where any of the toys were.
In the box you get figures of the 6 main characters from In The Night Garden and when my sister first saw the set she loved it but it's v. uninteresting and so she didn't play with it much. The figures are so tiny and even though they're chunky so little hands can hold them they don't do much and this is why my sister got bored.
The figures look nice and look like how the characters look on TV. They were a bit too shiny when they were brand new and look loads better now they have been played with a bit and got duller because they looked too perfect when they were shiny new. I like how Iggle is holding his blanket and the Tombeboos have got there trousers over their arms because thats what they look like on TV but I wish they had made a little Ogpog for Makka Pakka or even a sponge because he is always cleaning.
Today it was Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle and one of the Tombeboos we found behind the settee and we played with them for a bit. It was good when my sister got them lined up to go and search for the rest of the figures even though me and my mum think they have probably fell to the bottom of her toy drawer and I will check later for her because she is having a bit of a phase for them since we found these ones.
I think these are good for imagination play because my sister plays tea parties and things like that with them. She was getting stressed out today because she couldn't make Upsy Daisy sit down and I just think these toys are much too basic to be played with very often because they are not poseable or anything like that. There sturdy little toys because they are made of solid plastic and my dad said today that when she's bored of them again put them upstairs in her toy net by the bath and at least they would be used and all kept in one place.
I would say to buy these if your baby is into In The Night Garden but don't expect too much from it and remember that the toys don't do much so if your baby is more adventurous than normal like my sister was then they might be bored of them quicker than other toys. They are very little as well and are easy to lose like we have proved today. For what they are they are proper expensive, I remember when we brought this set it was about £10.00 but they are about £7.00 now in most places and that's a lot of money for something that doesn't do anything and will probably be lost.
I'm sure you're now all aware of my 20 month old granddaughters obsession with In The Night Garden, she has so many of the toys that the entire house is becoming overrun with Iggle Piggles, Upsy Daisys and Makka Pakkas! So what does any thoughtful Nanny do when she sees yet more toys in the sales? She buys them, of course!
I was due to have all three of my granddaughters' over the half term break but the baby came down with a nasty cold on Friday so it was decided that she'll join her older sisters here on Wednesday when hopefully she's feeling a little better. When I picked the girls' up yesterday I decided to take Hollie's new In The Night Garden figures with me so she would have something to take her mind off being poorly.
These are basically six plastic figures; Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and the three Tombliboos. The figures seem to be very durable and made of the kind of thick plastic which almost seems rubberised, although these are actually solid plastic with a nice glossy finish.
The figures don't move and put me in mind of the small Care Bear plastic collectible figures that my own daughters' used to play with when they were young, only these modern ones are certainly more expensive than those ever were! The idea of them is to help your child use their imagination and create a story to correspond with the character and it's pose, my granddaughter is rather too young to do this but she does like to line them up and make them 'talk' to one another.
The figures stand between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 inches tall and are very good representations of the characters in the show, the sizes all seem fairly accurate in that Makka Pakka stands quite a bit smaller than Iggle Piggle and this is good because it helps even very young children to notice about differences in height and makes it seem all that more realistic.
They are suitable for children from 18 months, presumably because of the small size of the figures although they would in no way cause a choking hazard for younger babies. My granddaughter finds them easy to grip and because they are stable figures she has no problems with standing them up herself, they don't fall over at the first breath of wind either which is good as my older granddaughter plays with some horse figures and these are so frustrating as you only have to open the lounge door and they all drop onto their sides!
These In The Night Garden figures are suitable for all kinds of play; in the house, outside in the garden and even in the bath! They are the perfect size to take out with you as they are so small they fit into my pocket, although be careful if you do take them out as they would be easily lost.
I paid £7 for them in the sale which I think is reasonable, although I have seen the pack of figures in Toys R Us costing up to £15 which is disgracefully overpriced considering these are tiny toys which do nothing at all other than guide your child's imagination!
In The Night Garden Figure Pack Story In A Box.....
When Jack was going through his short In the Night Garden phase, i thought i would get him some toys to play with from the rather large collection of merchandise for sale from this programme. I got him far too many things to be honest and this set of smal plastic figurines was just one of many.
The pack itself was fairly good value as it was on a sale from the Early Learning Centre, costing around £11. Included in the pack are all the main characters from the programme. There is Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka and all three of the Tombliboos, Un, Oo and Ee.
Each figure stands at about two inches high and is made from a rather tough and somewhat indestructable plastic. The figures are good becuase they can be used in all sorts of game play. They are suitable for use outdoors, in the bath and play nicly alongside Jack's other figures.
Even though Jacks love of the programme itself has dissapeared these figures are good in as much as Jack loves to play with any smal figurines and I don't think he is really too fussed who they are.
The age range is from 18 months plus but I would see no harm in a child of 12 months old playing with them. For the price I think it was a fair purchase. They are played with on a fairly regular basis and I can see them surviving Jacks play for many years to come. I wished I had bought them a little cheaper but all in all I am quite satisfied with the deal I got.
I would say a 3 star rating and a slight recomendation would be in order for these small figures. I would think if Jack was still a real fan then he might like them even more than he does.
I hope this has been of some help/interest to you. Thanks for taking the time to read.
(updated review - April 2011)
I bought this set of 'In The Night Garden', (ITNG), figures in 2008 for my daughter who was 14 months old at the time of purchase. We were on holiday and had to stop at the toy shop we passed every day while she shouted and banged on the window at them. As a toddler she adored the Cbeebies show, so I forked out for these six hard plastic characters which cost me £15 from 'Funtastic' - a toy shop at Whinfell Center Parcs. I've seen various price fluctuations since then. At the moment the set is available from Amazon marketplace at an average of between £15 and £20. I think it should be cheaper than that though and I did see it somewhere for under £7 a while back, so it's obviously worth having a good search around if you want it.
The characters are a good size for little hands to get to grips with; Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle are approximately 10cm tall with the Tombliboos somewhat smaller and Makka Pakka the smallest, maybe a bit too small, at around 5cm, small enough to fit into a little gob although not quite a swallowable size. They're quite chunky. The stated age range is 18 months up but young children do need to be supervised with them, the top colour layer comes off, so if they get chewed that will mean yucky bits in mouths.
One of the first things I noticed was that the Makka Pakka character doesn't stand up properly. It only stands on one leg which is easy enough for an older child or adult to deal with, but for a toddler it's quite a feat just to get the other characters to stand up. My daughter would get quite frustrated at not being able to make this character stand up like the others and I do think it is a design oversight. I emailed the makers, Hasbro, to comment about it but received a fairly dismissive reply stating that it did not say on the box that the characters could all stand up. It may not sound like much of an issue, but for a toddler it is, and when something is an issue for a toddler, it becomes an issue for everyone within hearing distance.
Although the toys have very basic facial characteristics the resemblance to the tv characters is good enough. The tv characters are all quite simple in appearance so that shouldn't have been too difficult an accomplishment on the part of the manufacturers. One notable difference however, is that the Upsy Daisy character is somewhat whiter than the televised version. I discovered that the BBC and Hasbro came under attack for 'whiting up' the character. Apparently Hasbro were asked to make a new version with darker skin after complaints from parents and a darker skinned Upsy Daisy was scheduled for later versions of the toy.
The characters were much loved by my little one, and before long they showed signs of wear. Within three months of purchase Upsy Daisy in particular was looking rather haggard. She was pretty much grafted to my daughter's right hand during this time so it's not surprising that she didn't come out of it too well. The original mould of this character was purple and as her face began to peel away she soon had a purple nose, followed by purple spots and then her pupils wore off and I had to re-do them with a black pen because she looked like a scary zombie Daisy.
The other characters also began to look worn, Makka Pakka the least so due to the fact that it's made from a beige plastic which means that the only painted bits are it's eyes, and those strange ear, head and tail bits. Iggle Piggle wasn't too bad either as it's made from blue plastic but Un, Oo and Ee, (the Tombliboos), soon developed purple spot syndrome.
Once the initial excitement wore off it was clear that the two larger characters of Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle were the favourites and I think my child would have been happy with just these two characters to play with. I've seen variations of this character set available with a smaller set of three, (Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle and Makka Pakka), and a larger set with the addition of the Ninky Nonk, (a kind of colourful train - for anyone who doesn't know). There's a huge range of ITNG toys around, so it might be worth checking to see if single characters can be bought.
Other than the peeling problem, which wasn't extensive, they've actually turned out to be rather hardy, although they tend to grace the bottom of the toy box these days, long since shunned in favour of a burgeoning toy cat population. They were played with intensively for several months but I'd say they were tired of by my daughter's second birthday. She will still play with them now and again if she happens across them but she's beginning to see the night garden as 'for babies' now that she's 'a big girl'. The only other problem I can recall with these is that there was rarely a full set to be found, one of them always managed to escape, occasionally resulting in a full full scale search party for Iggle Piggle or one of the others.
Whilst I don't regret this purchase, (the grafting of Upsy Daisy was fascinating), I don't think it's especially great value for money. There must be surely be toys of better quality and value out there amongst the multitude of ITNG merchandise. They did last as long as they were needed, but they didn't look good for long.
Set of six colourful In The Night Garden figures based on characters from the children's television series! Includes Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy and 3 Tombliboos figures. Get ready for some colourful adventures with this set of 6 In The Night Garden character figures! In The Night Garden Figure Pack Story In A Box Features: Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy are sized just right for acting out your own storylines Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka, Upsy Daisy easily slip into a purse or backpack for take-along garden-friend fun!