Product Type: Hasbro baby toys
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Ninky No No
In The Night Garden Ninky Nonk Vehicle
Member Name: kat1234
In The Night Garden Ninky Nonk Vehicle
Advantages: good replica of the ninky nonk
Disadvantages: falls apart easily, very small
My son has very recently decided to become a big fan of the program 'In The Night Garden' on CBeebies. I am not a fan and much prefer the programs that feel like my son can learn from them (rather than those where nonsense language is so prevalent), but there is no accounting for taste and I have had to succumb to his love of the show.
Having decided that he would love some toys of the characters, I was surprised after searching online to learn that there was not much that could be bought - a lot was out of stock if there was anything at all. I realise that this is not the peak of it's popularity, that was a few years ago, but as it is still on the TV and I know a lot of toddlers that like it, it still surprised me. So, I took my search to ebay, where I found this ninky nonk train set with a few of the characters for a reasonable £3.50. The same train set is available in Argos priced at £9.99, but was out of stock in my 10 most local stores.
When the train came, I was surprised by it's size - it was really quite small. I could not believe that this could price at £9.99 new and was very glad I had paid much less for it (and, even better, it was in very good condition). The reviews on the Argos website had indicated that people were disappointed with it's size and I totally understand that! It is probably just shy of 30cm long and not much taller than 5 or 6 cm at it's highest points. The Ninky Nonk is the train set that the characters ride on in the night garden but no characters would actually fit in here as a) it is so small and b) it is made of solid plastic with no opening doors.
The train set does, however, replicate the bizarre appearance of the Ninky Nonk from the program perfectly. It comes in three parts - the front which is a boat shaped orange and red piece with a white light (this flashes in the program but does not on this toy), a green and yellow dome carriage with a very small house shaped compartment next to it and a blue and pink striped taller house shaped carriage which is interconnected with a coloured tower. It is certainly unique in appearance and the toy was instantly recognisable to my son as the Ninky Nonk. The three carriages fit together with red plastic hole and hook fittings. These seem to be common on toddler train type toys and, as with others I have experienced, these really do not hold at all well. This leads to great frustration from my son as he always ends up just pulling the first carriage around the room, leaving all the others behind. Equally, this is frustrating for me as I seem to spend more time putting this back together than my son does playing with it.
The toy is quite solid and, although it is recommended for ages 3 plus, I am happy to let my son who is not yet 2 play with this. The most damage he can do my chewing is to chip some of the colour off and there are no small parts. The wheels are very secure too.
Overall, this is a very small toy that retails at a price that I consider to be far too high. I am pleased with what I paid for this together with the characters as I think that represents much better value - even if it was second hand. This is particularly true as it is probably a fad for my son until he outgrows the show or another favourite show comes along. It is a perfect replica of the train though and my son does love it. However, I can't help feeling that it could do more - even if it were a little bigger and the characters could fit in to ride it my son would probably get more from it. As it is, it holds his attention for small lengths of time and he does enjoy pushing it around the floor (even if it does fall apart!)
Summary: not a great toy