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The Upsy Daisy talking plush is soft toy version of the character from the In The Night Garden children's TV series. This was my daughter's favourite of the characters and so we bought her this toy. It is a soft toy which, when you squeeze the tummy, repeats four of Upsy Daisy's phrases from the show and plays her tune. My daughter took to this immediately. It is a good size, not too big for her to hold and it is easy enough, even for a really little one, to activate the sounds. Despite much cuddling, it has fared well except for the skirt which has begun to fray. Every child who comes to play loves this doll and I was so pleased with it that I went to purchase one for her cousin. However, be careful when you buy it as there is a smaller version available too and I ended up buying this by mistake. This is a lovely toy for around 9 months plus when the show becomes appealing to some babies.
In the Night Garden is a show that my little girl adores. She can sing all the songs, recognise all the characters and overall it keeps her still and quiet for 25 minutes while its on in the evening on the Cbeebies channel. The show has spawned many toys, clothing, general items for sale that tempts both children and parents alike. Hence why I bought this one from Argos for £9.99.
Why did I buy this?
My daughter already has Iggle Piggle ( although a plush version ), and I wanted her to have another character. She loves the show and felt this would be great for her to play with and enjoy. The toy was discounted which pushed me more into purchasing.
What is it?
This is a soft limbed toy of the character Upsy Daisy from the childrens show In The Night Garden. She stands at 12 inches tall and 3.5 inches ( waist area ). Very true likeness to the character, hair is multi coloured and made of material ( 1 cm in thickness ), face and hands are a rich chocolate brown colour. Face has eyebrows and mouth which are stitched onto the face, cute hard round nose and the eyes are made of plastic, open and quite big.
Arms are spread out wide and are pretty much stuck in that position, same with the legs. Shes wearing bright multi coloured and patterned clothing. Her skirt is made of fabric and attached to the doll (non removable ). The rest of her outfit is a part of the doll.
A part of the dolls chest is hard. This is where the batteries are placed ( can access by opening the back of her clothes which fastens up by Velcro ). When pressed the doll has various sounds/phrases that comes out of it e.g ' Upsy Daisy! ', sings the Upsy Daisy song, makes the sounds of blowing kisses etc.
Surface washable only.
Suitable for ages 18months plus.
Comes with batteries, but takes 2 AAs.
What do we think?
It's a lovely looking doll. It stays true to the original character in regards to looks, and the vocals/sound effects that the toy makes are exactly the same as on the show.
Brightly coloured and very eye catching, just the right height and size for small children. Great in regards to proportions overall. Sometimes when soft toys are too big they can swamp the child, make it difficult to play with and slightly intimidated. Not the case with this one. My daughter plays with this with ease.
Shes well made and good quality. Very robust considering my kids can be quite cruel to her and she holds her shape very well. Despite being soft, and filled with some form of material, possibly foam, she is soft in all areas apart from where the batteries are housed, she still has some form of stiffness to her so theres definitely something solid to hold onto rather than a soft and shapeless toy.
When I bought this I didn't realise that it actual had sound effects/says phrases, so when my son started pressing it I thought it was a lovely surprise. The sounds/phrases are loud enough to hear but not too loud its annoying. Easy to press. Something that both children can and have done with ease. Phrases that the character says through the toy are the same on the show, very catchy and slightly child like.
Both children like this toy. Was surprised how much my son has played with it as its not his favourite show, so it just proves that this can be a good toy for very young children and slightly older children ( 3 plus ).
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. Price was good and still available at this price in Argos, well made, true to the character in looks and sounds, great companion for small children and absolutely adorable. My children have enjoyed this toy immensely especially my daughter. Nothing cuter than watching her sat in front of the TV watching the show with this soft toy in her arms.
In the Night Garden was one of my daughters favourite programmes and this Upsy Daisy doll was bought as a Christmas gift.
My daughter loved and still loves this item. it is a slightly chunky version of Daisy with its battery enclosure hidden behind velcro. When Daisy's stomach is pressed the child can hear a selection of well known 'Daisy' phrases, kisses and of course the Upsy Daisy song.
The batteries are easy to install but it is not possible to completely remove the battery section as it is sewn in. This is obviously good from a safety perspective but it does mean the Daisy is not machine washable. If you have a very clean/tidy child this would not be a problem but my daughter seems to get Daisy quite grubby!
We have had Daisy for about 12 months and apart from the frequent spongings it has been a faultless product. All In The Night Garden products are expensive really for what they actually are so i would recommend trying to get on on ebay if possible. That said it has been a faithful friend to my daughter and you can@t put a price on that ;0)
My daughter, along with a lot of toddlers, is mad on In The Night Garden. In The Night Garden is a popular television program shown on Cbeebies, usually during the bed time hour. It is full of weird characters and funny story lines. One of the main characters is Upsy Daisy, as my daughter loves her so much, I bought her this Upsy Daisy for her second birthday.
I paid around £16 for Upsy Daisy from Wilkinson, she is widely available to purchase from anywhere that sells In The Night Garden merchandise.
~*~* Upsy Daisy! *~*~
Upsy Daisy is around 12 inches high, she is made from plush material and is soft all over, apart from her skirt which is made from a silk like material. Her tummy holds the sound box so behind the soft exterior she does feel a little hard around this area.
This Upsy Daisy is a talking one, when you push the stomach Upsy Daisy will make a sound. There are a few different sounds, mainly short ones with one long song. Upsy Daisy blows a kiss, says 'ohhhh Daisy doo', 'Upsy Daisy' and jingles a bell. The long song is the same song as on the In The Night Garden television program that introduces Upsy Daisy and goes along the lines of 'Upsy Daisy here I come, I'm the only Upsy one, I'm the only daisy too, Ipsy Upsy Daisy doo'.
As she makes sounds, Upsy Daisy obvious needs batteries and she takes 2xAA, the battery compartment is reachable by a velcro tab on Upsy Daisy's back, it requires a screwdriver to change the batteries. The sounds that Upsy Daisy makes are at a nice volume, not so loud that it will drive parents loopy, but not too quiet so you strain to hear her.
~*~* Our experience *~*~
The noises are easy to activate and my daughter had no trouble at all trying to get the sounds to work. The toy is recommended for toddlers aged above 18 months, I think this is about the right age for children to press the belly themselves.
As Upsy Daisy is a soft toy it's quite hard to keep her clean as she isn't machine washable due to the battery and sound compartment. A sponge wash will clean her adequately, but this doesn't work well on the silky material of her skirt.
My daughter hasn't been very taken with the Upsy Daisy. She does enjoy playing with her but she doesn't play with her often, she likes lining up her In The Night Garden toys when she watches it on television. We've also bought the talking Iggle Piggle and Makka Pakka toys, since buying these my daughter has been playing with Upsy Daisy a little more, making each toy talk to each other and using them in role play with tea parties. Upsy Daisy is the perfect size for my daughters play pushchair and will sometimes take her for a stroll in there. Other than that, Upsy Daisy spends the rest of her time in the toy box. She definitely isn't a well played with toy.
After just six months, Upsy Daisy is showing signs of wear around her eyes. The black pupils are slowly rubbing away and there are only tiny bits of her pupils left. The skirt is starting the fray too, I don't think it will be long before it is very frayed. This wear and tear is a little disappointing as my daughter doesn't play with Upsy Daisy often, I dread to think what kind of condition she would be in if she was played with often.
~*~* Overall *~*~
I would recommend Upsy Daisy based on the fact that my daughter does like playing with her. However, I don't think she is worth as much as I paid, but for an In The Night Garden toy, you know they are going to be expensive. The wear and tear isn't great and Upsy Daisy is quite boring.
In The Night Garden (ITNG) is a show from Cbeebies which is aimed at pre-schoolers. One of the characters is Upsy Daisy who appears in the show with her runaway bed and is best mates with Iggle Piggle. She loves to sing and dance.
~~Plush and Chatty~~
Upsy Daisy can be seen in many forms from small pram teddies to plush, cuddly teddies.One plush available is the Talking Upsy Daisy which is made by Hasbro. This plush is suitable from 18mths upwards. It is 30 x 9 x 18cm and weighs 322g. It requires 2 x AA batteries which are included. Upsy Daisy offers your child the
chance to hear tunes and noises from the show that make Upsy Daisy who she is!
Upsy Daisy stands quite tall and chunky to accommodate her battery reserved (hidden behind a velcro fastening on her back). She has a large, spongy head with multi coloured hair sticking out and a cute button nose and white eyes. She wears a flowery orange top with strippy sleeves and a silky skirt concealing knickers that match her top, strippy tights and pink shoes.
Pressing her tummy reveals the music/noises. Repeatedly pressing her tummy won't allow the noise to change to the next one. Your child must have patience and wait for the noise to finish before pressing again for another noise. As she has a battery pack, Upsy Daisy cannot be thrown into the machine or the bath..she needs sponge cleaned. She is made of new materials and polyester fibres and should be treated with respect.
~~Availability and Price~~
Talking Plush Upsy Daisy is available from Amazon priced at £18.49. You can pick one up cheaper on ebay.
My son adores ITNG and is favourite character is Iggle Piggle followed by Makka Pakka and the Tomliboos. Being a boyish kinda boy, he doesn't tend to pay much attention to Upsy Daisy. So how did we come to have this talking plush in our household? Well visiting his cousin last year, he had spotted it in her toy cupboard and recognised her. Sophie told him to keep her as she was too old for it now so he did and she has sat proudly next to his plush Iggle Piggle ever since. He knows his own mind though and never takes her out with us..he isn't like his little cousin who takes hair bands out in his handbag thankfully!
~~Mummy..Meet Upsy Daisy~~
The batteries are hidden quite well away from prying fingers and the plush outer feels soft and spongey with no bits that are likely to come loose and be swallowed or lost. She is the perfect size to be cuddled in bed and cosy. She is very bright with various bold colours being used and making her attractive and very much a replica of Upsy Daisy herself. Overall I think she looks cute and not at all freaky!
~~Ryan and Iggle Piggle..Meet Upsy Daisy!~~
Ryan had already grown attatched to Upsy Daisy before we got home that night and proudly introduced her to Iggle Piggle and unfortuantely they did share a bed on the first meeting..nothing new with this Upsy Daisy then! Anyways introductions were made and it was time to let them chat with Ryan being the mediator to avoid any funny business between them. As in the show, the words that Upsy Daisy actually speaks are limited to her name and "Daisy Doo" so this plush sticks with this scenario whilst also offering a few others.
Iggle and Upsy had a rather short conversation with Upsy stating her name a few times in various tones, singing her name, giving a little jingle and finishing off with the Upsy Daisy song which carries a male voice as in the show. This song lasts a matter of 7seconds and that is all she has to say on the matter. Ryan became obessed with pressing her tummy and then pressing Iggles to engage in some light conversation and to this day, this still happens. He finds it quite engaging to use the toys in roleplay and adds his own conversational bits it for good measure. Upsy even blows a kiss which encourages him to do the same!
The voice and music come through quite loud and we haven't had to change the batteries despite this being a preloved toy. There is no crackling and she sounds as if she is shouting through her tanoy!
~~Daisy Doo Get Dirty~~
Due to the light coloured material that Upsy Daisys dress is made off, it does get rather grubby and a tad manky. I find her top and legs easy to wipe down with a damp cloth but the skirt is so fine that the dirt just doesn't come off and she looks a little worse for wear. Her skirt is fraying at the bottom and the black pupils on her eyes are fading away making her look a tad scary!
Talking Plush Upsy Daisy is quite expensive for what she is. She is a cuddly toy with limited talking and singing capabilities and doesn't manage to hold Ryans attention for long. Perhaps a girl could appreciate it more but Ryan holds little conversational parties with her and Iggle then she is tossed to the side in favour of Iggle Piggle.
I feel for the price, the material used could have been improved as her skirt looks very frayed now. I know this has been used by a little girl for a year and Ryan for a good few months but the quality should be better. Certainly not worth £18.00 but if have an Upsy Daisy obsessed child and you spot this for a few quid at a carboot then snap it up.
Thanks for reading :)
My 2 daughter is Upsy Daisy mad so I had to buy her a talking daisy and im so glad i did, the quality of the doll is very good, its not too big for her to hold or heavy. The voice is nice and clear and she loves it when upsy daisy makes the blow a kiss noise ,she says upsy daisy,thankyou, it plays her theme music, ,jingles, and says daisy doo. The only problem i found at the begining was my daughter struggled to press the button on her own but as shes getting bigger, she can now sit and make daisy talk by herself. ( oh and that we have to take it everywhere with us! :) ) The doll comes up clean with a damp cloth but I would imagine if daisy fell out of the pram ( god forbid lol ) and became really grubby, i would have a hard job getting her back to stand., I was suprised how the skin colour of the doll has changed, as Daisy is dark skinned in the program but as my daughter is only 2 this isnt an issue for her, she doesnt seem to notice the difference. All in all, if you have an UpsY Daisy mad ,daughter or son, i would reccomend this toy to anyone.
Upsy Daisy is a character from the popular childrens programme In The Night Garden.
I brought the talking Upsy Daisy toy for my daughter on her very 1st easter. I knew she would enjoy it because she really liked In The Night Garden at the time.
It came packaged it an open fronted cardboard box and we brought it from Boots for around £14.99.
The toy looks almost identical to the real Upsy Daisy and is made from a soft, plush, huggable material. She wears her trademark colourful dress (her skirt is made from a silky material) and has multicoloured hair.
There is a soundbox inside and when the toy is squeezed comes out with a number of different noises and phrases from the programme including "Upsy Daisy", "Oh Daisy Doo" and "Upsy Daisy Upsy Daisy". My daughters favourite part is Upsy Daisy's theme tune which comes with the tune aswell as the words. The soundbox is very well padded but the sound can be activated quite easily by little hands. There are 6 sounds in total.
It is around 12 inches tall and is a good size to take out and about (car, pushchair etc). It also makes a nice bedtime toy (so long as they don't set the sound off in the middle of the night!). There is no 'off' button.
The toy requires 2 x AA batteries which are included. We haven't needed to change the batteries yet which isn't bad seeing as we've had it for nearly 2 years! The battery compartment can be found inside a slit in the back of Upsy Daisy and requires a screwdriver. There are no visible small parts or health hazards and the toy is suitable for children 18 months onwards.
The toy cannot be machine washed (because of the sound box/batteries I assume) and instead is only surface washable.
The positives of this toy are that it looks just like the character and is nice for fans of In The Night Garden. It's also very soft and great for cuddles. It makes real quotes from the programme which aren't too long, loud or annoying.
The negatives of this toy are that it is very basic and won't hold a childs attention for very long. There is nothing much more to it than cuddles and noises. It's also very much overpriced and you are paying for the name of the brand rather than the toy. There aren't any educational aspects to this toy either.
We also have the Makka Pakka version of this toy which has the same positives and negatives. Although I must say I think my daughter has played with Upsy Daisy slightly more often than Makka Pakka.
My daughter has slightly gone off In The Night Garden since her 1st birthday but every now and again she'll find this toy in the bottom of her toy box and will happily play with it for a little while.
It's a nice little toy but like many soft toys it wont get played with much and is quite overpriced.
The In The Night Garden Talking Upsy Daisy toy is fantastic value for money and is guaranteed to keep any In The Night Garden or Upsy Daisy fan entertained for hours.
Upsy Daisy has become on of my daughter's favourite toys. She loves the programme and now she loves the toys. Upsy Daisy provide hours of endless entertainment and fun, as well as being lightweight, great value for money and easy on the battery usage.
Upsy Daisy stands at appox 30 cm high, and a fleece like material adorns her body. She wears the same multicolour striped, polka dot and patterned dress as in the programme. To activate Upsy Daisy, you hve to press her stomach, my daughter found this a porblem at first, as it wsn't easily pressed.
This toy is a must for young children and is excellent value for money. This toy is almost guaranteed to become a favourite - much like the programme it originates from.
My 2 year old son is In the Night Garden mad! His favourite character is Upsy Daisy. This is our second time around with In the Night Garden as my 6 year old daughter was little when this first started. However, I foolishly gave away or sold most of the toys in connection with the programme. By some miracle I missed some and there was Talking Plush Upsy Daisy! Having been 'retired' for 4 years she was back in play!
What is In the Night Garden?
In the Night Garden is a BBC children's show that is only shown in the Bedtime Hour (show is currently on at 6:20pm every night). It is aimed at toddlers (1-3 years of age I would say but officially it's till 5 years old). The programme features several characters who live in a magical land between dreams (you can only go there when you are going to sleep). You are taken to the magical land by Iggle Piggle on his boat and then the adventure begins. The main characters are Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and The Tombliboos. They don't really speak but have specific repeated noises of sounds (although Upsy Daisy does say a few words).
Back to the Product
Having found Upsy Daisy we were keen to make sure that she was still usuable. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised that she was still in excellent condition - no stains, marks and she still talked.
Upsy Daisy is 12inches tall. She is well stuffed but still soft to touch. She is in a 'frozen' stance with her arms outstretched and her legs straight. She has material, colourful hair that remain upright most of the time. Her dress is made of different fabric to the rest of the toy and is a silky material. Her eyes are made of plastic with painted on pupils.
The main thing with this doll is that she talks. By pressing her tummy just where the yellow skirt band is you can hear Upsy Daisies key phrases which are:
'Upsy Daisy, Upsy Daisy'
'MMMMMMMMMM (a kissing noise!)
Singing - 'Upsy Daisy here I come, I'm the only Upsy one, I'm the only Daisy doo, Ipsy, upsy Daisy doo.'
Gerally I believe that the doll is made very well. Like any soft toy she is not really that interactive other than that she can 'talk'. We have had no issues with any seems coming undone, stains have been easily removed with a damp cloth, stuffing has kept in place and the batteries have lasted a long time. The doll is attractive and very colourful. She is very similar to the actual Upsy Daisy from the show and the voice used is exactly the same as well.
The batteries are very easy to change and they do last a long time. The doll is very realistic and looks like the character. Easy for little hands to hold and manipulate. Very easy to press the tummy to activate the voice. Well made and durable.
Not many really as I truly believe that this is a very good product. My main criticism would be that the paint on the eyes chips quite easily as this is the only area of the doll that has any damage.
As I've mentioned we've not had any issues with ours and despite being 6 years old she looks almost like new. She is very rigourously played with by my son - she is taken everywhere and thrown around, cuddles, put in the mouth, pressed and generally well plyed with. Having looked at other reviews I have to say that none of them are true to what we have encountered. At the end of the day this is a fabric doll that makes some noise - it is not a full blown interactive toy and I cannot see how people could expect the doll to be played with hours for a time. My son plays with her the same way he plays with all his other soft toys and is very, very happy with his Upsy Daisy.
Upsy Daisy retails at £9.99 - £19.99 in most places that sell toys. I probably would not pay the top price for her as it is a bit steep but I do think £9.99 is fairly reasonable.
Would I recommend
I would definately recommend this Upsy Daisy as we have had her for 6 years and apart from the eyes chipping a little she has stood the test of time. My son loves cuddlying her, listening to her phrases and pushing her around in his toy buggy. Upsy Daisy has to go to bed with him every night and she is very well loved.
My sister was madly in love with In The Night Garden last year and had shedloads of stuff for Xmas from the tv programme, I'm reviewing some of them today because I reckon they're ideal if you've got any toddlers or little kids to buy for this Xmas.
This Upsy Daisy isn't the best one of the lot because the hair on it is a bit naff and doesn't look as cool as on the tv. The rest of the toy looks the same though so I don't think that matters much and anyway my sister hasn't noticed the difference! lol
All Upsy Daisys clothes are sewn to the toy and that's both a good and a bad thing actually. Good because it means my sister hasn't lost her silky skirt, but bad because the toy can't be washed in the washing machine and it would be handy if I could take the skirt and tights off Upsy Daisy to wash them because they get proper grubby.
The hair is the main problem for me because it's like it's not been thought out properly. On the tv Upsy Daisy has got what looks like multi coloured dredlocks but this toy has just got a few rolls of different coloured felt attacted to her head and I reckon they could have done better than that.
When you press Upsy Daisys tummy she says some of the phrases she uses, she sometimes makes a jingly bell noise and also says Daisy Doo and things like that. It's all gibberish really, lol, but that's how these characters talk on the tv!
I paid about £16.00 for this in Boots and I remember not being very impressed with it for the price at the time, the main thing though is that my little sister loves this toy and has for nearly a year now because she got it for a pressie last Xmas.
She plays with it most days but it still looks in wicked condition, the only thing wrong is that it doesn't talk any more because when my sister was ill a couple of months ago she puked all over Upsy Daisy and we had no choice but to put it in the washing machine. Even though we dried it carefully before putting the batteries back in she just makes a buzzing sound when you press the tummy now. My sister was annoyed about that to start with but isn't bothered now and just uses Upsy to take to bed at night.
Stupid how they make toys for babies that can't be put in the washing machines because toddlers are obviously going to get their toys filthy dragging them round the floor all day!!!
My first son loved In the Night Garden, and of course my second son's tastes followed that of his older brother, so he became an avid fan.
My older child's favourite character was Makka Pakka, the small brownish one. Yet my younger son seemed to be fairly enthralled by Upsy Daisy. So when it came to Christmas what would be more apt to get him than the Upsy Daisy Talking Plush toy.
The toy is designed very well - it stands about a foot high and is the perfect size for little hands. She is wearing the same outfit she does on the television programme - a brightly coloured skirt, stripy tights, a spotty top and wild bright hair!
When you press her tummy she talks. She says around 4 or 5 different phrases one after the other, all which are taken from the show. She also sings her "Upsy Daisy" song which my son can now sing word for word!
The toy is described as for children of 18 months plus yet my son had this when he was 6 months old and I think this was perfectly fine. I obviously had to press her tummy to activate her, but it was very useful in calming him down if he got upset and was fantastic bribery for putting him in the pushchair!
I have subsequently bought all the characters for my son and he loves them, but Upsy Daisy is still his favourite. At £25ish I do think they are slightly overpriced but you are obviously paying for the In the Night Garden name and I believe the price is worth paying to see the smile on your child's face.
Warning to all parents though - you will find yourself singing along when the kids are in bed - not good lol!!!!
This was a Christmas gift for my eldest daughter when she was 11 months old. At the time she was not particularly interested in In The Night Garden, but we knew that it was a popular show and she would probably like it as she got older, and this is what her Nanna bought her in anticipation of her becoming a fan (which of course she did).
It's currently on Amazon for £18 but I'm not sure it was that expensive when it was purchased, but then again everything labelled In the Night Garden is pretty pricey, so it probably wasn't far off that price.
The actual toy is about 30cm high so is about average in teddy sizes, about the right size for a cuddle. It's quite soft (apart from the hard battery case (it requires 2 x AA batteries) in the middle where she also talks from) and it's very well made because there are no bits that can fall off and no loose stitching, it is also a good likeness to her character from the show.
It's actually labelled as a 'plush' toy, now I take this to mean it's soft & furry like a teddy. The only soft part is her face; the rest of her body is made from clothing so it isn't actually 'plush' but is still soft nonetheless.
It also talks...if you press her tummy.
She sings the Upsy Daisy song:
Upsy Daisy here I come
I'm the only Upsy one
I'm the only Daisy too
Ipsy Upsy Daisy Doo.
It's quite a catchy tune and I do love singing along to it, even after all this time. Upsy Daisy's song is definitely my favourite from the show.
Other sounds include her saying 'upsy daisy', 'ooh daisy doo' (I think, I still haven't actually properly worked out what she says here), blowing a kiss, and a jingly bell. These come in a random order so you never know what's coming next - how exciting!
It's quite easy for an adult to press her tummy but it was a good few months before my daughter could actually do it herself, she was probably getting on for 18 months before she had the strength to do it on her own, which is quite frustrating for her (and me when she is having a tantrum because it won't work), but then the toy is recommended for 18 months and upwards so I really can't complain.
When my daughter actually realised who she was, probably 3 or 4 months after she received the toy, she would make sure she had her by her side when she was watching In The Night Garden, and she also went through a stage of taking her out in the buggy when we went to the shops. But it has not been one of her favourite 'must play with everyday' type toys. It was more of a toy that was there and she would have a quick fiddle every now and then.
I've just extracted it from the pile to see what state it is in 1 ½ years down the line and it's still in good condition. There is slight bobbling on the sleeves, her colours have faded a little bit, and her skirt is fraying slightly at the bottom, but there is no major damage and her face is still 'plush'. So I suppose you could say it wears well, but it all depends on usage and my daughter hasn't over used it.
The box that activates the sound has seen better days though because it started going faulty probably about 6 months ago, sometimes it just makes a sound like she is doing a little burp. To me this isn't very good because my daughter is not violent with her toys and she has definitely not been violent with this one so there is obviously not a high quality voice box in there. (And she did start getting violent with it when it was clearly going faulty!!!)
I think these types of toys are more of a gimmick because although the noises it makes are a good idea, that's all they do and the kids do get bored of it after 3 or 4 goes. And my daughter has never been a child to have a favourite teddy that goes everywhere with her, so she has never been particularly attached to this, it has now just become part of the ever growing teddy mountain at the bottom of her bed.
So in conclusion, it was nice as a gift, but I wouldn't waste my money on one (and you can't even put it through the washing machine because of the battery compartment).
My daughter has the talking Upsy Daisy and has had her for around six months. She went through a phase of being addicted to In The Night Garden and eventually collected the set of Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle and Makka Pakka (seriously who thinks of these names!?)
The Upsy Daisy talking plush stands just over a foot tall and is in the distinctive Upsy Daisy outfit of petal design skirt and flowery top. When you press her tummy she says her trademark phrases of 'Upsey Daisy', 'Oh Daisy Doo', 'Upsy Daisy Upsy Daisy', ringing bells and the Upsy Daisy song.
As I said my daughter has had Upsy Daisy for a long time now and she still looks in pretty good condition, the sound box is removeable so you could pop her in the washing machine if she got too filthy. She is just the right size for bedtime cuddles and out of the three talking toys my daughter has from the show she is a definite favourite.
The toy retails at £16.99 in Argos and from what I have seen the price is about the same wherever you go. It is for 18months plus although I think the only reason for this age recommendation is the batteries as there are no loose parts.
Again my friend bought this upsy daisy doll for my daughter last xmas.
shes a very friendly looking dolly and very soft and squishy which is very important,shes just the right size for bed time cuddles.
I think upsy daisy only says 3 or 4 different things then repeats herself but she is very good and sounds just like she does on the tv show.
she does look a bit funny though,her skin tone is totally different to the program which really is noticeable even to a child.
the batteries seem to last a long time in these toys(we have the full set)
daisy is nearly a year old now and her batteries are just starting to go but then i thik she gets played with more than makka pakka and iggle piggle do and she has been squashed a few times in the night too( can be a bit scary hearing upsy daisy singing at 4am)
but shes a good toy, well made and really good for any in the night garden fan.
While deciding what to buy for my granddaughter for Christmas the whole family ended up going for an In The Night Garden theme as she's obsessed with the programme and all it's sweet characters. She already had the talking Iggle Piggle so I bought her the talking Upsy Daisy, while my daughter got her a talking Makka Pakka to complete the set.
Upsy Daisy is my favourite character in the programme and this is such a pretty little doll with a lovely tinkling voice, you can't fail to like her. She is wearing the clothes she wears in the In The Night Garden episodes including her very pretty silk skirt which is securely attached to the body of the doll, unlike the silly design of Iggle Piggles blanket which is attached only with a small piece of velcro and often gets lost. She looks quite like the television character she was based on, although for some reason the manufacturers of this toy have given her a light brown skin whereas in In The Night Garden Upsy Daisy has much darker skin tones.
The doll is very soft indeed with no sharp edges or rough work whatsoever, my granddaughter takes Upsy Daisy to bed with her and loves cuddling up to her favourite dolly. The only irritating thing with this is that sometimes she'll roll over onto Upsy Daisy and accidentally make her start singing in the middle of the night, it rarely wakes her as she sleeps like a log but the first time it happened it was quite spooky to hear a disembodied voice coming through the baby monitor.
To make Upsy Daisy talk you need to apply some pressure on her tummy, this is easy to do and my granddaughter learned just where to press very quickly which is possibly because her Iggle Piggle works in exactly the same way. Upsy Daisy says phrases from the television programme, makes kissing noises and also sings her own special 'Upsy Daisy, here I come' song which most children under the age of four will know. My granddaughter laughs her socks off when her doll says Daisy Doo, which is the most common phrase when on tele, but I like the song as it's so sweet and innocent.
The only moan I have about Upsy Daisy is that the neck on this toy is overly long in my opinion and this leaves the head slightly floppy. It looked fine in the packaging, but now a month since she received this the head is looking floppier and floppier. I will sort this out soon with some invisible stitching but considering this toy cost me almost £18 from Boots I shouldn't really have to make my own repairs and adjustments to it.
Also the hair is a little strange looking, my younger daughter (who is a 27 year old rock chick) laughed when she saw it and said it made Upsy Daisy look like a punk! I wouldn't quite agree with this but the transition from animation to plush character hasn't been kind to the multi coloured stick up hair this character has and is known for.
This is quite an expensive toy for what it is and I can well understand why some parents refuse to pay through the nose for toys such as this, but my granddaughter is an In The Night Garden fanatic so I don't begrudge her this expense. The doll is a substantial toy standing around 12" high with a chunky body and limbs, my granddaughter can hold it comfortably either by one of the dolls hands or by snuggling the whole toy to her body. The doll is completely safe as there is nothing that can be detached or pulled off by eager little hands, there are no hard edges either so why this doll was given a recommended age of 18 months+ I don't know as I would feel comfortable giving this to a baby from birth even though they would not get the benefit of being able to make the doll talk until they are a little older.