“ Brand: Megabloks / Type: Pirate Ship „
My Mum bought the Mega Bloks Pirate Ship for my 2 year old for Christmas, it was on special offer in Tesco for £15, it is currently retailing on Amazon for £24.12, though can sometimes be £29.99.
The toy itself is about 50cms long, 17cm in width and 29cms to the tip of the pirate flag. It is a sturdy toy, very brightly coloured and is interesting to play with. There was not need for fixing together, which is always a bonus and it comes with round 20 different features.
The ship comes with 2 pirates, a shark, a working cannon and cannon ball, a treasure chest and a trap door with treasure at the bottom. It has a pull cord, which in my opinion is far too short for my little one to pull along, but I suppose that is to stop any accidents occurring.
The base of the ship is brown and has a window where you can see treasure hidden. On top of the ship is a small red and blue cabin that is detachable and underneath is where the treasure is hiding. On top of the cabin is the ships wheel. There is a pirate flag and mast that all come apart, with a little basket at the top for the pirates to use as a look out area, and then there is the cannon, which you use by hitting a small lever and the cannon ball shoots across the living room, the cannon itself does not detach from the ship.
My son also has some other Mega Blok items and they can be interchanged, so the pirates and shark are often in the Mega bloc zoo. On the ship is also a little monkey, which when pressed plays a few tunes, like a pirate jig, overall they are not too annoying for adults. I must say that I am disappointed that there is not a parrot included, as this is what people generally associate pirates with and also there is no plank to walk off, though this has not bothered my son in the slightest.
My son played with this toy loads when he first got it and enjoyed pulling it around, but for the last month or so it has started to gather dust. I expect that it will come back into its own once he becomes a little older and starts to plays more imaginatively.
Overall, for the price paid it is a lovely toy that should last a long time.
We got our son a few Mega Bloks sets for Christmas and my favourite by far is this Pull Along Musical Pirate Ship. The ship is for aged 1 year plus and I purchased it in the Tesco Toy Sale for £15, it usually retails at £20-£25.
The ship is mainly made from solid plastic but the sail mast is built from rounded mega bloks. Mega bloks, for those unfamiliar, work on the same principle as lego and stack together. They come in various shapes and sizes and are large and safe for baby to use. There are also a few loose blocks contained within the ship that can be removed and built with. The ship is basic and nice to look at, it is about 30-40 cm in length and has a red cord attached to the front that can be used to pull it along - a handy feature for toddlers learning to walk. The bottom of the ship has four small wheels built in to aid the movement of this along the floor. There are lots of different little features on the ship that can be easily explored by little hands. There is a blue cannon on the front of the ship which comes complete with a hollow black plastic ball (much the size of a ping pong ball). There is a small lever on the back of the cannon so, once loaded with the ball, this can be flicked and the cannon fires. The ball is catapulted from the cannon and goes a little distance - it does not go too far or travel too fast so not to cause injures, but means the ball can get lost easily!!
On the deck there is a plastic monkey which acts as a push button which baby can press to make various sounds play. These include a monkey noise, a noise of the cannon firing, sounds of waves and some pirate type music. There is also a steering wheel which can be spun by baby and a couple of trap doors to open too. The mast and the back of the ship can be removed (which makes it a slightly more convenient shape to pack away!). With the ship, there are also two pirates and a shark model to play with. The pirates are a lovely size to fit is baby's hand and are a smooth plastic. They are hollow too so can fix onto the top of the mega bloks and steer the ship or sit on top of the mast.
The ship is suitable for one year plus but my son, who is 9 months plays with this and really enjoys it. The only thing that we need to watch him with is the cord to pull it by, although this isn't very long. He loves to push the monkey and dances to the music as it plays. He uses the various features such as the monkey and cannon to practice and improve his manipulation skills. The ball included also teaches him about movement and actions and consequences as he throws it and watches as it rolls. Some of the doors on the ship are a little stiff at the moment and he is unable to open them, but he is not really aware of them at the moment so they don't cause too much frustration. His older friends also love this toy, especially the treasure chest and hidden gold in the ship. They use this it as a great prop for imaginative play, hiding the treasure and making the pirates discover it. Therefore, this toy has a great appeal to a broad range of ages (I would say from just under 1 to about 3 1/2).
The toy is well made and there are enough things to do on it to keep baby challenged and amused. For the £15 I paid, I am really pleased with the ship and think my son will get a lot of use from it. I love the fact that it is part of the Mega Bloks series and, as my son has a bag of the bricks too, it will be great for imaginative play as he grows and develops. For example, he can use the bricks to build islands to explore for treasure or a plank to walk. I would struggle to justify the price tag of £25 though as that would, for me, make it too expensive for what it is. Therefore, in summary, if you can find this for a good price it is definitely worth purchasing.