Product Type: Hasbro baby toys
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Perfect for any In The Night Garden fan
In The Night Garden Soft Friends Toy Pack
Member Name: i_am_joy
In The Night Garden Soft Friends Toy Pack
Advantages: Gorgeous characters, soft, well made and safe
Disadvantages: Why is Iggle Piggles blanket on velcro?
She looked so lost without him that I decided to give her one of the gifts I had bought her for Christmas, a set of three In The Night Garden soft toys to take her mind off Iggle Piggle.
In the set you get Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka although when I was in Woolworths yesterday I noticed a similar set of the three Tombliboo characters which is very sweet but probably not quite such good value for money as one Tombliboo is very much like another!
Anyway, my granddaughter loves this set of characters and the toys have become firm favourites already. The toys stand around 6 inches tall, Makka Pakka is slightly smaller as he is in the programme, and are nicely substantial unlike the Teletubby beanies I bought her for her birthday which are terribly flat now. These In The Night Garden toys are bulky enough for my granddaughter to hold comfortably in her chubby little hands, and the three of them look so wonderful placed in her cot when she's sleeping (you can't put them in her cot before she goes to sleep as she'll just sit up all night playing with them!).
They are all very sturdy toys and look identical to the larger In The Night Garden toys, which in turn are true to the character you see on the TV. They are very safely made because these are suitable for babies from 12 months old, whenever I give my granddaughter a new toy I always have a tug on the eyes and things but there really is nothing on here that could cause any harm to your little one.
Everything about these three toys is soft; the bodies are beautifully soft and fluffy feeling, even the eyes are soft and securely stitched into the toy so your baby is certainly not going to choke on anything contained in this lovely set of toys. Funnily enough my granddaughter adores Makka Pakka from this set and the little Iggle Piggle was left in her cot while she shared her breakfast with Makka Pakka - this is really unusual for her as she is an Iggle Piggle nut but I can only think that perhaps Iggle disappointed her as she is used to her larger talking character? I must say the small size of these toys does make Makka Pakka look lovely and rotund so he is very sweet in this set!
Upsy Daisy is wearing her bright colourful clothing as she does in the TV series, the clothes are soft and silky and attached securely to the body of the toy. My granddaughter kept trying to take off her skirt but to no avail, the sewing machine used to stitch this toy is much stronger than an average 18 month old hand!
I think they are all a lovely addition to her toybox though and I'm sure they will give her months of entertainment yet, we have a theme going for her at Christmas and almost all of her presents relate to In The Night Garden so come the Big Day (note the capitals, I LOVE Christmas!) she will have so many characters that this set will I'm sure join in with the odd games she seems to play!
If I had to moan about something, and these toys are so sweet that this is a tall order, it would be that Iggle Piggles blanket is only attached to his hand with velcro. This is a problem with the larger toy too, I cannot understand why they didn't sew the blanket to his hand as it's easily lost and the fact that it's removable doesn't add anything to the toy itself. In fact within minutes my granddaughter noticed she'd lost the blanket so the four of us spent a long time searching for it, only to discover it had attached itself to my cats velcro mouse and was hidden behind other things. I shall probably put a stitch in it myself next time she visits me (providing it isn't completely lost by then) because Iggle looks really sweet carrying his blanket and I'd hate to see her lose it.
I paid around £12 for this In The Night Garden set and I think this is an absolute bargain price considering the small beanies in this range cost £4.99 in Sainsbury's. This set came from Boots when I did my big shop in there a couple of weeks ago, but I'd suggest having a look in Woolworths too as their range of In The Night Garden items is brilliant and also on special offer at the moment so you may find it a little bit cheaper.
Summary: A Christmas present any pre-school child (and even post-school adult!) will love.
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