My little girl loves peppa pig and we have a number of the toys in our house. When Peppa pig first began releasing toys we found them to be terrible quality, but of late we have been rather impressed with the newer sets. This was something my little girl had asked Santa for as she already owns the granddad dog pickup truck and this garage is the matching accessory, but of course is sold separately. It retails at around £15 which for the size of the toy does seem a lot but my daughter was desperate for it so we decided we would get it for her. In the set you receive a plastic garage, some tyres, some petrol pumps and a garage sign.
The set is based on granddad Dog's garage from the TV show. It was easily recognisable to my daughter who was very excited to take it out of a set. She loves playing with her brothers cars so to have a garage of her very own was amazing. You do need to assemble this when you receive it which I thought was a bit daft. It is not large, and I don't personally understand why they could have not made it in one piece so it is more durable. Putting it together only takes a few minutes and all you have to do is slide a few pieces into place. I noticed straight away that parts of the garage are made out of cardboard rather than plastic which is misleading as the description online had said it was a plastic toy.
The set offers unique figurines in the form of course Granddad dog, but also George too. They are both wearing mechanics' out fits so fit the scene perfectly. They can be used with other peppa pig set, and are just standard figurines with moving hands and legs. The gas pumps are small piece of plastic and a little more durable that the rest of play set. They can be moved around wherever little one likes. The thing is they have small parts on them that are easily lost. You can remove the pumps to fill up cars as they come to the garage, but these are detachable and tiny so are easy lost. Also my children are unable to place them back their selves so mummy has to replace them every time they come away which is a lot.
My little girl was excited to begin playing. All of the pieces are easily portable so she can move the garage wherever she likes. The pumps and the wheels can be placed on flat surfaces easily and they are perfect for small hands to move. The garage is just a bit of plastic that is open at the back for easy access, but it is brightly toy coloured and detailed to aid little ones imagination. In the advert it shows the pickup truck driving into the garage and parking. My little girl tried to do this but found there was minimal room for manoeuvre, so she just parks it outside now. As the pumps can be placed wherever it means they are more accessible and you can drive a car up next to them to fill the tank up. There isn't really any interactive feature other than the arms on the pump, and even with these it relies on little ones imagination to play.
The removable pump arms seem a good idea as it means little one can fill up the cars easily, but I do think they should be permanently attached to the pump itself as they are so easily lost. The thing with this set is everything seems so flimsy. The pieces of the pump to fill the cars are removable, but this means every time little one goes near them they just come off. Then as my children are unable to put them back on theme selves I need to help them. As parts of the set are made from cardboard it just isn't compatible with my children. At first this toy was played with many times, but as time went on and we had to remove the top of the garage because the cardboard is becoming warn it has received less use. The garage now sits in the toy box missing the roof, but the other accessories are put to good use. The tyres are often stacked up along with the pumps for when Granddad Dog is at work in his pickup truck so they are good value, but the main garage itself is terrible. The accessories are really the best part of the set as they are made with durable plastic and are easy for little hands to move. They have received a fair amount of use, but this is not worth the retail price.
We would not recommend this set in the slightest as it is just such poor quality. Cardboard no matter how strong it is will not last the use of my three children for anytime at all. The small pieces are a choking hazard and extremely annoying to have to put back on every two seconds. For the price you would pay for this you could purchase an all singing all dancing large play garage, and so you are just paying for the Peppa pig branding. At around £15 it is an overpriced piece of plastic (and cardboard) which will not last five minutes with any real play. It is very disappointing as the pickup truck is fantastic quality, so to make an accessory to this that is such poor quality is very annoying.
My son is a big George Pig fan and this was one of the toys he had asked for for his birthday.
We purchased it at half price from Argos (£10.00) I am glad that we did not buy it a full price as it is certainley not worth £20.00.
We had not see the item prior to the purchase and I thought that all parts of the garage were plastic. In fact the main body of the garage and the roof are cardboard only the supports and joining clips are plastic. The cardboard parts are not very strong and the garage is contantly coming apart. The little one gets fed up of having to keep asking for it to be repaired.
The other parts to the set are all plastic and do seem strong. There are two figures included, George and Grandpa dog, these are quite good and do have a good likness to the cartoon.
Overall the accessories in the pack are ok and are the bits that are most played with. The garage comes apart and would have been much better if it had been made completely from plastic and I do not feel that it is good value for money.
My 2 and a half year old daughter is a big Peppa fan and if I am honest its one of the programmes she watches that I don't mind myself. We already had a few peppa products including puzzles, a tent and a car which she seemed to enjoy so when this was on offer a few months back at The Hut we thought it would be worth a purchase. I think we payed around £12.00 for it with free delivery which seemed quite reasonable at the time.
The set is recommended for children aged 3 and up. My daughter has out grown the toys recommended for her age gap so we have started purchasing some more.
The set includes:
A plastic garage (needs to be put together at home)
Grandad Dog figurine
3 plastic pumps/tanks (1 fuel, air and cleaning machine)
Just looking at the toy I was immediately disappointed. The garage itself is very flimsy and of poor quality material. It is made out of thin plastic which you need to fold and fix together using the supplied plastic fastenings. Although simple to assemble which is always a positive I don't think it will stand the test of time very well. The 3 pumps/stations that are provided are ok although I was very concerned that the plastic pump attachments are so tiny and completely detach from the pump body. My daughter soon realised they come away and developed a fascination for taking them on and off. We have promptly removed these from the play-set as we felt these posed a severe choking hazard if she was to put them in her mouth. I know that she is below the age recommendation for this product at 2 and a half but as a concerned parent I believe them to be far too small for children of pre-school age to play with. The 3 spare tyres were quite a thoughtful addition to this play set but my daughter quickly dis-guarded these as I don't think she thought they were of excitement. An older child may like these more when engaging in imaginative play.
The figurines are of an ok quality in my opinion. George is one of my daughters favourite characters but in this playset the 'George' figurine is far too small and could pose a choking hazard for young children. We do allow her to play with this but only when being fully supervised. She quite likes him and is happy to play imaginativley with him so this is a positive for the set. The Grandad dog is also quite nice but his arms are made of very thin plastic which are already starting to show signs of bending and potential snapping after limited use.
All in all we are very disappointed with this set and I was immensley shocked to find that it is currently selling for £19 at amazon and nearly £20 at tesco. As I said earlier we bought this at a reduced price which I now begrudge paying but there is no way that it is worth nearlly £20.
Yet another Peppa Pig toy for me to review! I rthink my daughter is obsessed! Made by Character Options, the Peppa Pig range is branching out a little bit further into the episodes and we have now been given Grandad Dog toys to go with it. The toy I am reviewing is Grandad Dog's Garage. This is one of the more expensive toys in the range and costs a whopping £19.99! I purchased our daughter's one from Amazon (thank God for vouchers!).
The toy comes in a largish Peppa Pig box - the usual blue and white with the Peppa Pig logo and transparent plastic for you to see the toy inside. The first thing I noticed when this arrived was that Grandad Dog's garage has to be assembled. The set coems with the garage for you to assemble, Grandad Dog figure (dressed in mechanic's clothing), George (dressed in mechanic's clothing), petrol pump, power washer, air pump, garage sign and a stack of tyres.
Firstly it is the struggle of getting it out of the box, armed with my trusty scisscors this did not take as long as it used to and I had all the pieces out in a few minutes. The garage has to be put together completely and it is lucky it is pretty simple as this set did not have any instructions with it. I don't know if this is standard or someone just missed them out of my box. To put the garage together it is just simply a case of slotting the roof into place, adding its suppors and then building the little garage shop underneath. To be honest, this playset felt really flimsy and I have told my daughter on numerous occassions to be careful with it as I can picture the roof and the supports just snapping. The garage doesn't hold together particularly well and if you try to move it around, it usually disintgrates into a pile of plastic and has to be put together again.
The set comes with a little garage sign which clips on to the top of the roof - I suggest if you are attaching this to do it before you connect the roof to anything else as you have to put a little bit of pressure on it to make it clip into place. If you do it once the roof is on the supports everything will just collapse and you have to start all over again.
The other pieces the playset come with are quite nice and look like they do on the show. The pumps are brightly coloured in yellow, red and blue and are free standing. The little free standing pieces are the most durable of the set.
Grandad Dog and George again look just like their onscreen counterparts though I don't recall ever having seen George helping Grandad Dog in the garage and neither does my daughter. To go with this set which you have to purchase seperately is Grandad Dog's Pick Up truck which is a nice addition to the set and allows more effective play as you can send Grandad dog out to pick up the cars and "fix" them.
This is an okay playset. I don't find it has been particularly well made and it could definately be better. It is not something I would consider to be durable and my daughter doesn't play with it much through fear of it falling apart again. It is a huge let down to see it constantly fall apart and I don't really understand why the playset couldn't have been made up completely anyway.
This is definately not worth it's £19.99 price tag and I would seriously suggest looking about before spending the full price on it.