Product Type: Hasbro baby toys
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Upsey Daisy here she comes!
In The Night Garden Talking Plush Upsy Daisy
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In The Night Garden Talking Plush Upsy Daisy
Advantages: Cute toy, Elsa loves it
Disadvantages: More prone to damage then Iggle Piggle, pricey
In The Night Garden is a popular CBeebies TV series aimed at younger children and starring some adorable characters, stories and songs. There's a strange magical pull from the show and you find yourself watching it curiously for the first few times then suddenly enjoying it and looking forward to it's next showing, both my kids adore the show and naturally fell in love with the subsequent range of themed toys.
Talking Upsey Daisy-
Upsey Daisy is the main female character from the show and is Iggle Piggles best friend. She is a cute character that loves dancing, flowers and kisses, her brightly coloured hair is even more expressive then her vocals and moves around whenever she's excited/happy/sad etc...Whenever Upsey Daisy dances she inflates her flower petal tutu style skirt. Like Iggle Piggle, Upsey Daisy doesn't talk, instead she is more likely to squeak and squeal, with the extent of her vocabulary being her own name and her favourite phrase "ooooooohhhhh!"
Hasbro's Upsey Daisy is a 12 inch plush toy, made of soft fabric, when you press her tummy she makes a series of noises, words and sings her Upsey Daisy song. The phrases come in a random order and she has a total of 6 different reactions including a blown kiss, twinkling bell and the previously mentioned "ooohhhh"
Upsey Daisy has button style eyes and nose (rather than embroidered) she doesn't have any detachable features like Iggle Piggle does however she is portrayed just as she is on the TV with her flower petal skirt and her lovely multi coloured hair. Her battery compartment is kept within an opening in her back which is kept closed by a strip of strong Velcro, she takes 2AA batteries which come supplied. Upsey Daisy is suitable for 18 months plus and is surface clean, but not machine washable.
Price & Availability-
Upsey Daisy was another gift for my little girl but she 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 will take you to a Night Garden specific site where it is possible to pick up some bargains
Other talking toys include Iggle Piggle and the newly released Makka Pakka.
Just as with Iggle Piggle we tried to avoid letting the kids see Upsey Daisy as we knew it would be a nightmare tearing them away. Upsey Daisy is Elsa's favourite character and unfortunately for us she's at an age where if she sees something she wants she'll pick it up and not let it go. It's all very cute when she rushes over to the shelf in store and hugs and kisses the toy but it's not so fun trying to take her away from it, so it was lucky that my sister was looking for a gift idea for the kids and we suggested getting the Night Garden talking figures.
Once opened Daisy was an instant hit and swiftly became one of those toys Elsa became inseparable from, this did briefly include bed times but there's only so many nights you can handle hearing Upsey Daisy and Iggle Piggle singing at 1, 3, 5, 6am before you decide better of it and stop the toys going up into the bedroom. Elsa is amazingly cute singing and dancing to the Upsey Daisy song but not in the middle of the night when all I want to do is sleep!
The sound on Daisy is very clear and crisp, it's at a good volume level although it would be good if there were some on/off option so you could save on batteries as well as stop the toy singing whenever accidentally knocked. The toy is designed from 18 months but the section that needs pressing on her tummy is quite awkward and Elsa often struggles to get the toy to react.
Elsa absolutely loves Daisy and its delightful watching her play with the toy, singing the song and dancing. Daisy even finds herself in Elsa's toy pram being fed imaginary milk and juice, so while the educational value is near zero you can certainly see how the toy can be used for imaginative play.
My only real complaints with Daisy are the price, we were lucky to receive it as a gift but £15 is a lot for a toy that actually does so little. Daisy is a very popular toy with my kids and she sees a fair bit of use but £15 (and above) is a lot to pay for any family. Also, she is made of more different fabrics than Iggle Piggle, while this is essential in making her look right it seems to make her more prone to damage and dirt, her satin feel skirt has a few frays around the hem and she's got grubby a lot quicker than Iggle Piggle did, of course this could have a lot to do with her owner being 20 months old while Iggle Piggle is looked after by a more gentle handed 3 year old, who knows?
Overall she's a must have for any serious Night Garden fan and will undoubtedly prove popular with most young children.
( got to- http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/inthenightgarden for the official website)
Summary: A very cute Night Garden toy, pricey but popular.
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