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Talking Iggle Piggle - my daughter can't leave the house without him!
In The Night Garden Talking Iggle Piggle
Member Name: karlsm93
In The Night Garden Talking Iggle Piggle
Advantages: Makes the noises from the show, appealing to children
Disadvantages: Small velcro square to attach blanket, pricey
Over the last handful of months, my daughter has become a huge fan of the program 'In the Night Garden' aired on CBeebies, and anyone with young children or young nieces or nephews, is probably already familiar with the program. Like all children's programs there are a handful of main characters which appear regularly in the programs and my daughter has her favourites which change every so often. At present, she has taken a real liking to Iggle Piggle, having been mad about Makka Pakka for a while, and now everytime Iggle Piggle appears on the program, she giggles and smiles and is glued to the screen. I have to say I wouldn't be a fan of buying tv character related merchandise for my daughter in general, but my sister passed on this toy plus a couple of others that her little boy had outgrown.
This talking Iggle Piggle, is not cheap and I have seen it costing upwards of £15, but thankfully I didn't pay a penny for it. Iggle Piggle, if you are not already familiar, is a bright blue character who carries his red blanket around with him, and this is a feature of this toy that my daughter loves. Iggle Piggle's red blanket is attached to the main toy with a small velcro square, and when I say small, I really do mean it is small. My daughter just loves pulling the blanket off and saying to me 'oh no' and getting me to fix it back on. Thankfully she is slowly trying to do it herself, but given the size, this makes it harder for her to do it herself at her age. It is a nice feature however and my daughter can use the blanket to wrap up Iggle Piggle or tuck him in.
THe other big feature of this toy is that it is a talking Iggle Piggle. Anyone who has seen the program will know that Iggle Piggle doesn't really talk as such, none of the characters do, but he makes certain noises that are unique to him and there is also a little song and dance that is played on the program when he first appears, and it is a selection of these squeaky noises and song that can be heard when you press the tummy of this toy. At 17 months old my daughter still finds it quite difficult to get the noise out of the toy when she presses the tummy and I very often have to do it for her, and I wouldn't say that she is uncoordinated or lacking the motor skills to do so, but she just seems to find it difficult.
WIth Iggle Piggle being the favourite at the moment, he gets taken everywhere...in the car, in the buggy and even to the supermarket. He obviously can't be washed in the machine given that the talking element is powered by battery, but he can be sponged clean. Amazingly my daughters Iggle Piggle hasn't ever been too dirty that a little wipe with a damp cloth hasn't been able to fix.
All in all, this is a good toy. I'm not sure I would like to have paid the full amount and I wouldn't have bought my daughter this at its price tag, as I know she will move on to other programs and characters and these kind of toys will date. In saying that, she loves it and I'm glad that she received it as it does bring her a lot of fun and she loves carrying him with her, and has become another little comforter. There are a few slight niggles about the toy including the blanket that could be lost very easily and sometimes I don't always think the sound quality is great, although this could be because this toy is essentially second hand, but in general it is a good toy.
Summary: A nice toy but pricey
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