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I Decided after reading a review on here there was no way I was paying silly amount of money for this as it was reviewed as rubbish. Come Christmas morning my little girl was opening presents from Grandad and he had got her this palace as he knew she was a major fan of Peppa pig.For £35 regular retail price you receive a castle King & Queen thrones, beds, table and chairs, oven cauldron and an exclusive guardsman. You also get stairs that are attachable.
The palace itself is made up of a middle section with two doors hinged on either side that also make up the palace but make it possible to shut it all up to a closed palace and easy to put away. It all came assembles and it a very simple design it has pictures of a banquet room bedroom etc all printed of the inside of the palace to represent rooms. The rooms themselves are very small they have little pieces of plastic slotted in for the floors and these maybe give the child a few cm of plastic to play with.
The play area is that small that the accessories you get with the palace actually have to sit outside the Palace of the floor in front of it. The Palace itself is very very limited it is more like a background for play than a dolls house. All of the accessories that came with the house are made of plastic and have lasted well so far.
Also the plastic pieces that slot in for floors have been very unreliable. Every time you close the palace to carry it when you reopen it the floors have fallen out. Can get very frustrating especially when my daughter likes to set up home in many different places while playing with it.The flagpoles are only small and again need to be reinserted over and over as they seem to slide out too easy meaning these have fell casualty to the bottom of the toy box and are no longer used.
It is suitable for 3 years up and my daughter is only two but as the flag pieces are the only small parts she can play fine with it without me having to worry. She loves peppa pig and loved this when we first opened it. She does play with it often but for small amounts of time as I think she gets annoyed as just having it as a back ground. There is no way I would recommend buying this at full retail price.
My daughter has been a massive Peppa Pig fan for some time now and so we were delighted when her grandparents bought her the Peppa Pig Princess Palace for Christmas this year. We already have a few smaller Peppa Pig sets and figures and have always found them to be a little overpriced for what you get but this one really is the worst value for money I have come across so far!
The Peppa Palace retails at £39.99 so you would expect for that price to be getting quite a good little playset. This is certainly not the case and we were shocked to find how little was inside the box when we opened it! The palace itself is nice and has a good little hook on the front so that you can store everything away inside it without losing any bits but the problems is you hardly get any extra bit with it. It basically comes with 2 beds, 2 thrones, a dining table and chairs, a stove and a cauldron! There is just enough furniture to kit out the palace but looks a bit bare, but the thing we found most disappointing was the lack of figures. My daughter already has the Peppa house which she keeps at her grandparents house and that came with the entire family included, however this set only includes Princess Peppa and Richard Rabbit - I find it very odd that you don't even get her little brother George!
I believe that the reason for lack of figures and furniture in the playset is because there are lots of different add on sets that you can buy separately (all of which in my opinion are overpriced for what you get!). Luckily we also bought her the Princess Peppa Royal Family (which retails at £18.99 for 6 figures!) and the Princess Peppa carriage (which retails at around £14.99) so the palace didn't look to empty on Christmas day. We were also lucky enough to find both of these sets for half price which I think is a fairer price for what you get. If you paid full price for all of the sets that are available then you would probably be looking at over £100 which is an awful lot of money for a rather small set of toys!
On a positive note though, one thing I will say about Peppa Pig playsets are that I do find them to be very good quality and my daughter loves playing with them. The recommended age is 3 and up but my daughter is nearly 2 and half and I have found them chunky and durable enough for my daughter to play with for the last year (although you do need to keep an eye on the George and Richard figures as they are quite small).
Overall, my daughter loves the palace and I'm glad that she has it but I would have begrudged paying so much for such a little playset. I did notice just after Christmas that it was on sale in Next for £20 which I think would definitely have been a more realistic price for the toy.
My daughter really wanted the Peppa Pig Princess Peppa's Castle playset for her birthday. Each time she was asked what she wanted she would always say the castle so after having a search around and not finding it any cheaper we paid £39.99 for it from Argos.
There is a whole range of Princess Peppa toys now available from Character Options which tie in with the Princess Peppa episode. You can purchase the royal horse and carriage, the Royal Family figure set, Grandpa Pig's Royal Train and so on.
The castle comes in the usual box which has the Peppa Pig logo on the front and a picture of what the toy is. The box isn't overly big which tells you that for £39.99 you are getting a toy which is alot smaller than it should be.
When you get it out of the box you are greeted with the castle. If you have the Peppa Pig house, think two of those together and then open them both and that is pretty much how big the castle is. The whole castle is pretty much based on the design for Peppa's house. At this point, I was already starting to feel a little ripped off.
The castle is bright yellow and has 10 blue rimmed windows and a wood effect door which cannot be opened. The front of the castle has a little hook which holds the castle shut when not in use. When closed you can only see 8 of the 10 windows and 4 of the windows have flags hanging from below them which are stickers. The roof of the castle is purple and has two flags which you can remove.
When you open Peppa's castle you really see how little there is to do and how basic the toy is. There are 7 rooms with very thin platforms so you cannot move characters around easily. The rooms are George the Knight's bedroom, Princess Peppa's bedroom, the kitchen, the banquet hall, a potions room for Grandpa Wizard (purchased seperately), a play room and a treasure room. Each room has a stickered background and a small platform for your child to do some role play games with figures. There is a set of stairs which you have to clip into place and these are the exact same stairs that come with the Peppa Pig House. There are accessories which come with the castle to add to each room but there are not many.
The accessories which come with it are: Peppa's bed, George's bed, a stove, a dining table and 4 chairs (again, the same as the ones which come with the House playset), a cauldron, two thrones for Mummy & Daddy pig and that is officially your lot in terms of the accessories. The playset also comes with a Princess Peppa figure and Richard Rabbit as a Palace Guardsman so you are left having to purchase the Royal Family figure set.
Whilst the playset is very well made out of sturdy and durable plastic, I have found whilst my daughter has been playing with it that the platforms for the upstairs of the palace do easily fall out of place and you have to fit them back in. The stairs are also awkward to attach as if you do not position them just right they are suspended in the air. The stairs are also very narrow so you cannot even stand one of the figures on them without the figure falling off.
I was very disappointed with the amount of accessories this product comes with as there just are not enough and I find it cheap and lazy of the company to be using the exact same dining table and chairs as well as the stairs for this item as they do for the house playset. There isn't alot to do in the castle, the lack of accessories make it quite boring to be honest though my daughter has never complained and she loves it. But for £39.99 I was definately expecting much more than this.
Also anyone with children knows that children want to be able to act out their favourite bits of programmes etc and Character Options knows this too as I believe that is the reason why you have to purchase all the other figures to go with this playset in a collection pack. In this pack you get Queen Mummy, King Daddy, Princess Peppa, George the Knight, Grandma Pig the Cook and Grandpa Pig the Wizard. You can also purchase a further two packs of figures containing Peppa's Ladies In Waiting which are £6.99 each. The whole thing in my opinion is an overpriced rip off.
Unfortunately I do not recommend this item (though I am in no doubt my daughter would) as it is just a glorified version of the Peppa House. I am in no doubt that alot of parent's will still buy it if it is on a birthday or Chirstmas list as I know I would because it would still be something my daughter would want regardless of my disgust with all the things it lacks. I give this product 2 Doo Yoo stars as it is just not worth the money, is playing on the fact that children will want it as well as just cashing in on the brand and to make the whole thing even remotely worthwhile you have to buy additional items.