Product Type: Hasbro baby toys
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Yes his name is Iggle Piggle
In The Night Garden Talking Iggle Piggle
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In The Night Garden Talking Iggle Piggle
Advantages: Cute toy
Talking Iggle Piggle-
Iggle Piggle is the shows main character, a delightful blue chap with a jaunty red hair do who carries around his red security blanket but has a habit of falling over whenever he's shocked or surprised. Iggle Piggle says very little relying on squeaks and the occasional "Iggle Piggle" to get him through "conversations"
Hasbro's Iggle Piggle is a 12 inch plush toy, made of soft fleece like fabric, when you press his tummy he makes a series of noises, words and sings the famous Iggle Piggle song, there are roughly 6 different reactions to his tummy being pressed which include a rattle sound, Iggle Piggles laugh and a squeak, the noises come in random order though so you can never predict which reaction you'll get.
Iggle Piggle has button style eyes and nose (rather than embroidered)and comes with a separate red security blanket which is attached with a small square of velcro. His battery compartment is kept within an opening in his back which is kept closed by a strip of strong velcro, he takes 2AA batteries which come supplied. Iggle Piggle is suitable for 18 months plus and is surface clean only.
Price & Availability-
Iggle Piggle was bought as a gift but can be found in all good toys stores and online, prices vary from £14.99 to £25 obviously depending on where you purchase the toy, however - http://www.the-night-garden.co.uk/iggle-piggle-tal king-1.aspx will take you to a Night Garden specific site where it is possible to pick up some bargains
Other talking toys include Upsey Daisy and the newly released Makka Pakka.
Iggle Piggle was one of those toys that we would try and sneak the kids by whenever we were out shopping as we knew it would be impossible to tear them away from the toys. I'm sure most parents will understand that certain skill perfected by all young children, that ability to pester and nag until mummy and daddy have gone insane. Fortunately, while Iggle Piggle is Christophers favourite Night Garden character, he's at an age where you can easily distract him with another toy further down the line of shelving (and closer to the exit door!) It was when my sister was looking for some gift ideas that we finally caved in to the lure of the characters and suggested she get Iggle Piggle & Upsey Daisy.
Christopher took to Iggle Piggle straight away, happily carrying him around, setting off his noises and generally driving us half nuts with the sound effects, fortunately the toy isn't too loud making it bearable to be around. Initially Iggle Piggle also went up to bed with Christopher (and the vast collection of soft toys he has in there) but after a few nights of Iggle Piggle & Upsey Daisy trying to out sing each other we banned them from the bedrooms, now restricted to day time use only the toys are likely to stay in better condition for longer and maintain a little battery life.
I'm all for imaginative toys alongside educational toys but for Christopher there just doesn't seem to be enough to keep his attention, yes he adores the toy and really gets a kick out of setting him off, but for over £15 you would hope for something a little extra. Whereas Elsa will play dollies with the toys, feeding them and caring for them Christopher is a bit more restricted in the way he'll play with it, although a recent "tea party" did see both Iggle Piggle & Upsey Daisy get an invite.
The toy seems to be really well made, only this morning Christopher was throwing the poor thing around like he was in a WWE wrestling match and Iggle has seen many a tug of war between Christopher and Elsa (who's not so great at sharing right now) yet he's still perfectly intact with no wear to his stitching or seams. The battery compartment is great with the section that holds the batteries not only screwed shut but also attached to the main working within the body, it doesn't come loose in any way and there are no loose wires so there's no risk of little fingers pulling on wires or playing with batteries.
Other than the price the only real complaint I have about the toy is the blanket, yes I can understand that by making the blanket detachable it prevents it from being broken off but now it is easily lost as it comes completely away from the rest of the toy. Other than that it's not a bad toy, it's well made, with a good crisp sound, secure battery compartment (after all who wants wires and batteries easy accessible to toddlers) and the kids enjoy playing with it, yes I'd like to see it challenge Christopher a bit more but for the younger age groups it's far more entertaining and amusing.
If you have die hard Night Garden fan and are happy to spend the money then it's a nice toy to add to the collection however don't expect miracles from it because you'll be disappointed, it's a nice but incredibly simple toy.
(go to- http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/inthenightgarden for the official website)
Review can also be seen on Ciao (piggypine)
Summary: The kids love it