Product Type: Hasbro baby toys
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Not so magical in reality!
In The Night Garden Ninky Nonk Vehicle
Member Name: catsholiday
In The Night Garden Ninky Nonk Vehicle
Advantages: Looks nice, good sturdy safe toy
Disadvantages: Doesn't really do much and falls apart when pulled along
As I said I was somewhat stupidly expecting something that might be in the same scale as the charcters and that maybe they would be able to ride in or on it.
This was far smaller than I thought it would be and is in fact just shy of a foot long. It is a perfect replica of the Ninky Nonk on the show but far, far smaller as there is no way any of the characters could get in it as the three sections are solid plastic and the doors do not open.
The toy is solid and I would imagine almost indestructible. It is exactly the same colours and the three carriages are all the same unusual shapes as the ones in the programme. As this is solid and quite a heavy item I would say this was perfectly chewable with no danger of harm coming to any young child still intent on putting everything in the mouth. So it is colourful and chewable so an attractive toy to a young child without a doubt. I would suggest that if it was thrown in a temper that it could cause some damage as each carriage is hard and pretty heavy for its size and there are some sticky out bits that might hurt if it hit another child's head . The website advertises it suitable for children over 1months but in my view there is nothing dangerous on here for a child of 2 months either but I suggest they are just covering themselves legally.
How does it move about? Well, there are no batteries as the child makes it move it by pulling or pushing it around. So it is cheap to run and there is no danger of any parts coming off or the battery coming out as there are none. In the show this little train belts around rushing up and down trees and giving the passengers a ride akin to a roller coaster. There is no way that a child could whizz this around on the floor never mind up walls and furniture as the train individual bits come apart as soon as you start pulling the front one even slowly along a very flat floor surface.
I suppose had I read the description a bit more carefully I would have realized that there was no way the characters would fit in this. There is a bigger version that runs on batteries but the price tag is considerable higher , about £75 so it would have to be 'THE' Ninky Nonk at that price in my view.
The Ninky Nonk has five carriages. . The front carriage is red and orange and is a strange sort of banana shape with a ball like object in the centre. I think this could be the engine car as it doesn't appear to have anywhere for anyone tosit. The next carriage is a green and yellow, round one rather like a ball or Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, and you often see the Tombliboos and other characters sitting strapped in to seats in here. The next carriage is the tiny house which is where the minute Pontipine characters ride, often Mum and Dad strapped in while the kids end up on the roof! The next looks rather like a tall thin beach hut in blue and purple stripes and finally then very thin cigar shaped swirly coloured thing sits at the end of the train.
The idea is that this is a pull along toy for young children but sadly there is a design fault with the connections between the three main pieces and every time you pull the front car or 'engine' the other carriages come apart very quickly and you are left with three main parts un-joined. This is very frustrating for little ones and they will quickly get fed up with something that doesn't pull along properly. I got fed up very quickly as I was playing with my granddaughter, every time I showed her how to pull the Ninky Nonk I was left only pulling the red and orange crescent banana shaped thing and the others dropped off behind.
This set I have seen on Amazon priced for about £7 used and there is different version that looks pretty similar on Amazon for about £19. If you are really a keen 'Night Garden' enthusiast you could even go for the battery powered £75 version However if they are all as rubbish at sticking together I would think that less than £10 is more than enough to spend. Fortunately I bought mine used from Ebay and paid about £5 which I fell is about the right price for something that does so little.
Having said that it doesn't do much and falls apart as a train when pulled I would still say if you can get it cheaply and your child or grandchild is a fan of the programme then I wouldn't discount it completely. It is a nice looking, pretty toy and is certainly one that will last as it is solid and sturdy. It will give years of service and will not break when dropped or thrown into the toy box, the paint is carefully applied and has considerable detail it also seems to be fairly firmly stuck on to toy and doesn't appear to chip off easily.
So Good points:
It is a pretty looking toy which is a true replica of the Ninky Nonk in the programme.
It is solid and sturdy so will last sometime.
Totally suckable./chewable with no dangerous bits to fall off and cause choking
It doesn't really do much. No doors to open and shut.
It is too small for the characters so out of scale.
The individual carriages come apart from each other as the connection link is poor.
The wheels are not really free flowing so you can't push it to roll by itself, it has to be pushed or pulled at all times you want it to move.
It works slightly better on laminate than on carpet.
In order for the carriages to connect they have to be in the correct order which requires a skill that the age group the toy is aimed at would not necessarily have.
My suggestions to Hasbro for improvement would be to sell the Ninky Nonk as one unit rather than three separate parts. It would also be more sensible to have the train made to the same scale as the plastic charcters. It would be good to have doors that allow a child to put a character in the train. The door need not be an opening door, just allow the carriage to have an opening to slot the characters in.
So all in all this is a toy that looks nice but in reality is not actually that exciting. It allows for limited imaginative play as it will not stay together when pulled and the characters do not fit in it. If you can get it cheaply then it will probably please a young 'Night Garden' fan but don't xpect it to be played with for hours.
Thanks for reading. There are several more Night Garden toys that I am enjoying at the present time and I will have to see if I have the inspiration to write about them.
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Summary: One for fans of the Night Garden
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