Product Type: Tomy board games
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We're going this way, that way, forwards and backwards over the Irish Sea...
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Member Name: Diane3
Tomy Pop Up Pirate
Advantages: Funny, quick rounds
Disadvantages: The pirate is not as handsome as Johnny Depp
I banged my drum
The day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship,
And the captain said to me.
We're going, this way, that way,
Forwards and backwards,
Over the Irish Sea.
A bottle of rum, to warm my tum,
And that's the life for me..."
A good little song, isn't it? When it comes to pirates the first thing that comes into my mind is Johnny Depp's performance in the Pirate's of the Caribbean. The next one is the Tomy Pop-Up Pirate toy. It's not a recently marketed toy so probably most of you have already seen it.
I was looking for a fun family game for a long time when I saw this little gem. I read lots of reviews about the game before I decided to buy it. Finally I ordered it from Toys 'R' us online. The toy is available on Amazon as well. It is about 12-13 pounds depending on where you buy it.
The toy comes in a yellow cardboard box and there are huge pictures about the pirate, the barrel and happy kids all around the box. After I opened the box I found a barrel which is brown and needs no assembly, a blue base, a pack of swards (6 red, 6 yellow, 6 blue and 6 green) and a paper with stickers on it. One of the stickers goes to the barrel while the others on the base. The sticker on the barrel contains the logo of the toy. The stickers on the base present a desert island scene with pictures of a map, a sword, a crab, starfish, a bag of gold, a treasure chest and a further animal I couldn't recognise. On the side of the base you can put the sticker of two sharks and an octopus.
The toy is made of durable plastic; we had no problem when any of the parts fell from the table. The barrel is quite heavy so it stays stably on its base. There are two rows of slots around the barrel, twelve slots in both rows. The swards are about 6 cm long and their end is blunt so the kids can not hurt themselves.
How to play?
The game can be played by 2-4 players. When two players play the swards have to be shared: 12-12 for both players. When there are 3 players all of them should have 8 swards. In case of 4 players each player chooses a set of 6 swords.
The barrel should be placed on its base and the pirate twisted into his barrel. The first time you may wonder whether the pirate is well placed into the barrel as it moves easily forward and backwards over the Irish Sea, sorry, I mean it is not fixed into the barrel. It is very important to twist the pirate within the barrel because this twist changes the position of the pop up slot.
We play it the following way: The youngest player starts the game then we take turns. The swords have to be slid in the slots of the barrel. There is only one slot where the pirate pops up high. The first time is always a surprise as the funny pirate pops up really high. Take care not to lean over the toy!
When two players play the game the one who made the pirate pop up is the loser. In case of three or four players the rest of the players can continue the game. They have to set up the game again and start the game from the beginning. Don't forget to twist the pirate!
This game is recommended from the age of 4. My elder son is only 3 and he enjoys playing with this toy. The first time we played I thought he will be afraid so we showed him what will happen and since then he enjoys playing with it.
With a little fantasy this game is suitable for frisky adults as well. When there are no kids around the player who pops up the pirate has to take off a piece of clothing. The rest is up to your fantasy! Don't play it in the garden unless you invite the neighbours too!
While playing this game the kids learn to take rounds and sliding the swords into the slots develop the eye-hand coordination. The game is quite quick and exciting so kids don't even realise that they learn something new again. You can teach them the words barrel, pirate, shark, etc. and tell stories about pirates. This is a really funny game all kids enjoy it.
I think this toy well worth the 12 pounds I spent on it as we enjoy playing with it. The rounds are quick and you never know who will make the pirate pop up. My only problem with this toy is that the pirate doesn't resemble to Johnny Depp at all...
Summary: Family game :p