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My daughter received this as a Christmas present when she was two. The playset is packaged nicely in the box, as soon as she opened the wrapping paper she was excited!
The tower itself is smaller than I expected but this is still a well loved and well played with toy nearly a year later. It is very sturdy, the flag on the top has come out and got lost, and the door (which spins around) has come off a few time but easily goes back on. The set only come with one figure of 'Princess' Peppa, but comes with a four poster bed, a wardrobe and a freestanding mirror. Easy item to 'fold away' at tidying up time, a bonus with young children! Since receiving the secret tower playset, we have gone on to buy the kitchen play set which fits in nicely. Also popular when other children come over to play and comes in very handy having the spare figures to play with too.
I think full price this item is expensive for what it is, however there do seem to be a few places with them on offer every now and again. Overall a well loved toy which seems to appeal to all ages, regardless of gender, and due to the size easy to pack up and take to Granny's house for the day.
Character Options Character Peppa Pig Secret Tower
My daughter, although only three years old, absolutely loves little people and little houses and, combined with her love for Peppa Pig, it seemed a perfect choice to buy her the Peppa Pig Secret Tower for Christmas. As we researched into the Peppa Pig range of houses, we found that there are a few different ones ranging from this smaller secret tower house coming in at £15.00-£20.00 depending on where you go (Amazon and Argos have it for the lower price) right up to over double the amount for the large Peppa Pig house which to be honest, looks pretty much the same as the smaller tower just that little bit bigger.
For those of you who do not know, Peppa Pig is a programme found on Nick Junior and Channel Five's Milkshake and follows Peppa Pig and her family and friends as they go through their every day lives in cartoon with some very funny moments.
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PRINCESS PEPPA'S TOWER
Peppa Pig's secret tower is seen in a few different episodes via her story telling. In these stories, Peppa Pig is usually dressed as a Lady in Waiting or a Princess. This toy tower is designed perfectly to match the tower as seen in these episodes, and so young children are able to recognise them straight away.
The secret tower stands approximately 1ft (31cm) tall and is approximately 15cm wide when closed, and obviously double this when in the open position. The roof space inside, though, does not offer any real extra space for playing making the two floors approximately 12cm (top floor) and 13.5cm (bottom floor). The roof is mealy for decoration purposes which is a shame as a small attic floor could have easily been added to this tower toy. The depth of the dower when closed is approximately 12cm, creating a small 6cm area of depth per inside room. The whole tower is made of a firm plastic. The outside of the tower is rather plain and, although looks very much like the tower of the television series, it lacks in colour and creativity. The main colour is a bold yellow with the roof in a purple colour and dark blue trimming around the windows. On the yellow walls there is a few raised patterns which are made to look like bricks and leaf vines though these are unfortunately in the same yellow colour and do not add much excitement to the appearance. It would have made all the difference to add a little colour to these, though maybe the makers ran out of paint! There are two windows to the back, and the same to the front, each in a castle triangular shape with a banner hanging down from them. The banners are all identical in a light blue and pink checked appearance with two small golden crowns. Although this added colour does help the appearance slightly, it is lost among all the yellow. On the front area there is a large door which is large enough for the adult Peppa Pig figures (such as mummy pig) to fit through height wise, though as it is a door which turns in the middle to open, these characters can not unfortunately fit through width ways. The children figures, though, are able to go through easily. When turned the right way, the door acts like a secret door, blending in with the yellow of the walls, though when flipped around, it reveals a wooden effect with a door knocker and keyhole in a very cartoon style. There is a small flag which slots into the roof, though this is so small and within a couple of days has been lost somewhere in our living room! This is unfortunate that it is not a secured flag as I see no reason as to why this would need to come out!
The hinges to the tower are on the side and are safely situated underneath securely fitted yellow plastic. As far as I can see, these hinges are well made and will not break easily. On the opposite side, the tower secures in a shut position via a small plastic unbreakable hook, which again, is perfectly safe with no sharp edges.
When opened, the tower reveals two floors, split between the two halves of the tower, creating four separate rooms. As already mentioned above, the measurements of the tower make the rooms extremely small and there is barely enough room for the characters to 'play' in, though my daughter still manages to cram a number of the little figures in and through her imagination, is able to make the space seem bigger than what it is. There is no ladder or stairway to link the two floors so my daughter takes the ladder from her Fifi play-set and hooks that neatly onto the top floor which works really well! The first downstairs room features the doorway mentioned above. It is difficult to put many things in this room as if you want the door to open then it will knock everything out. This room is decorated in a pale pink with little picture frames on the wall of Peppa's family all dressed in their secret tower outfits. Unfortunately these actual figures do not all come with this toy! The rest of the rooms are decorated in a similar fashion, two others with pink walls and another in a blue colouring. The floor space in each room is also nicely decorated and includes little rugs and a couple of added extras such as slippers or a violin. These are all drawing decoration, though, none of which are 3D or interactive. The top floors seem like they are made of a thinner plastic than the rest of the tower, and when pushed on do bow slightly. I have put a little pressure on the floors and they have not broken off, though I would not put too much weight on them otherwise they may bend out of shape and stay like that.
One other disappointment is the fact that this tower would have been perfect with a carry handle when closed, although carrying it around with items inside would only work on the upstairs floor as items will easily fall out of the door. Unfortunately there is no handle what so ever and is rather bulky for my daughter to carry far.
The tower comes with only one character and three accessories which is a little disappointing, though I guess that this is one way that companies make money by selling extra characters and accessories in different sets! I did originally call the Peppa Pig figure; Princess Peppa, but my three year old has informed me that this is actually Lady Peppa! The character is made exactly like other characters in the Peppa Pig range with durable plastic and arms and legs which move. It also has the flimsy point at the arms which can easily be broken if trodden on as we found out with another of my daughters little characters! This Peppa has a bold pink dress on and matching pink shoes and pointed lady in waiting hat with lilac plastic tassel like part at the top. This Peppa does have a slight problem standing up, though as long as you bend her forward a little then she does stand on her own. The three accessories include a bed, wardrobe and mirror. The bed is quite large and probably the best accessory in the set. It is very durable with a light pink base and bold pink canopy which spreads across the whole bed. This is all made of the durable plastic, as are the other accessories, and comes complete with a removable lilac pillow. The mirror is in a white colour and flips around to reveal normal Peppa in her red dress on one side and Pricess Peppa on the other. This is actually Princess Peppa in her crown rather than a mirror image of the Lady Peppa character which comes with the set which is a little bit weird though my daughter doesn't seem to mind. The mirror comes in two parts and snaps together easily, and is too stiff for my daughter to break apart which is good. The last accessory is a white wardrobe which is very plain with no other colours and the doors do not even open which is a pity.
My daughter absolutely loves this secret tower play-set and loves playing with it alongside her other Peppa Pig characters. She also has a Fifi cottage play-set which she plays more with, so I would not say that she loves this as completely as her other houses, mainly because there is a lack of interaction with the tower itself, though it is still used in her every day play quite often.
This is the main thing, really, whether the child likes the toy or not, though in my opinion, like with all named brands of toy, you are paying for the name rather than the quality of the toy itself. Yes, the material and design is very safe and durable, yet it is unattractive on the outside and very limited on the inside. The £15.00 we paid is about average, and cheaper than the other Peppa Pig house sets, though personally I would prefer to have paid a little more for something much more substantial.
If you are looking for a character house for your little one, please do see my review on Fifi Forget Me Not Cottage as this is a much better choice for a house and a design which I wish this tower had have been like.
Of course, not everything is bad with this toy. As mentioned, my daughter loves it and everything is reasonably durable and the inside decoration is above average, though certainly not a five star quality toy.
Peppa Pig Secret Castle
My little one absolutely loves Peppa Pig as many of you may know from previous reviews. Just before Christmas, the Peppa Pig range was being advertised over and over on the television which is something I hate! It is not fair to advertise such expensive toys on children's channels just before Christmas especially as it makes those of us on a lower wage feel cruel when our children ask for something. Rant over, though! In the case of my little one, it was the large Peppa Pig Palace which was being asked for which was over twice the amount of the secret castle (though also perhaps twice as big which explains the cost). Instead, we looked around and found that the 'houses' of Peppa Pig came in many different shapes and sizes, and so we decided to go with the smaller secret castle which cost about £15.00 from Amazon. I have also seen this at prices up to £20.00 from in store shops. It is now down to just under £10.00 on Amazon.
The castle is quite small and looks like a house shaped carry case though minus a handle (which would have been handy as our little one loves carrying it around!). The outside is yellow with purple roof turrets as it is seen on the programme. It folds in half with safety hinges and secures shut with a safe, plastic, thick hook on the side. This is a little stiff to begin with though loosens up after a while. Inside the castle is two levels split in the two halves of the castle. The inside is really quite tiny and the only accessories that come with the castle is a small mirror which flips over to show normal Peppa on one side and Princess Peppa on the other, a purple four poster bed with pillow, and a small wardrobe with opening doors. These are all made of strong plastic and quite durable. These accessories are really what make the inside, even though they are minimal, as the inside is very small with tiny floor space. Each quarter is decorated as a different room and looks lovely, though the play space is terrible. My little one expands the floor space onto the table to make any real use out of the castle. There is also one revolving door which is quite large and securely fitted.
This castle also comes with one sole Peppa Pig figure, in this case, in the shape of Peppa Pig herself dressed in a lady in waiting outfit. My little one informs me she is called Lady Peppa as she is wearing different clothes to the figure of Princess Peppa she has from a different play set. This figure, like all the Peppa Pig figures, is very durable except for the small movable arms which can break off if trodden on as we have found out with Danny Dog!
For the price, in my opinion, this play set is just not worth it. Yes, my youngster loves it and I guess that is what matters in the end, though I do wonder if I could have put together something similar with a bit of plastic and lick of paint!
Knowing that my dad was buying my daughter the princess Palace when I seen the princess tower for £6 I thought I would buy it to go with her palace. With the secret tower also comes a princess Peppa figure and some accessories. You receive a bed a bath some wardrobes and a double sided mirror which has normal Peppa ones side and princess Peppa the other side. All of these accessories are made of plastic they seem of good quality and have so far held up with my two year old daughter.
The princess tower is yellow and has purple towers just like the main tower and I could not find a way to attach the two together but daddy cleverly found if you clasp the hook that closes the tower on to the handle of the open up Palace they can be attached.The tower has two parts hinged together in the middle making the tower able to open and close for storage when need. It can be clasped close at the front of the the tower. On the front of the tower there is a door and 2 windows you then open up the tower to reveal two floors of printed rooms for a background.
The background are bright and colourful and very detailed great for helping along little ones imaginations.On the top floor a bathroom and bedroom on the lower the entrance and a play room. There are floors slotted in witch is a bit of plastic but these are very minimal for space. It just about fits the accessories you get with the tower in but then you are unable to move the characters around much. I would say it is more like a background setter than a dolls house type role play.
It is suitable for ages 3 plus sating that my daughter is only two and gets on very well with it. The normal retail price is £19.99 but Amazon always seem to have it on offer. Although it does not seem like your getting a lot for your money my daughter has loved this toy. She plays with this more than she plays with the main castle and is well loved by a major Peppa pig fan.