“ Brand: Corinthian / Type: Doll House „
The 'Jungle in My Pocket' Kangaroo Hut is another in the line of mini-playhouses designed for your inch-long 'Jungle in my Pocket' collectible animal figures. As I've mentioned in my dooyoo review of the very similar 'Bear Hut,' the great advantage I think of these toys is their clever design: from a smallish, squarish package about three to four inches long, the walls and roof of the hut fold out and back to give an enlarged 'inside of the house' area for the kids to put their toys in. This interior comes with (this being the really neat part) attached furniture and accessories - in this case little 'wall pouches' for the kangaroos to be placed in, beds, a fireplace etc.- which I think is great because while this still works to some extent as a mini dolls'-house type toy, it means that you - the adult - don't end with loads and loads of dolls'-house removable furniture from your kid's toy falling onto the floor and plaguing your life.
The Kangaroo Hut is a pale yellow plastic 'adobe-style' dwelling that comes complete with pink exterior roof beams, door frames and see-saw, and a blue base to sit on. It even has miniature bright green Saguaro cactuses that slot into points in the roof and 'garden'. Being so colourful, it is a much more attractive toy than others I've seen in the J in my P 'Hut' range - such as the Bear Cottage we've also got, that comes with breeze-block grey coloured walls inside and out, and which looks pretty grim as a result.
The figures that come with the Hut are a Mother Kangaroo and three minute babies - each about the size of your thumbnail - ours of which, since sadly (unlike the furniture) they are not attached to their Kangaroo Hut environment, have gotten lost somewhere on the living room floor. The toy generally costs about £11 to £12 quid - but given that the animal figures for a J in my P 'mother and babies' set tend to cost around the £6 mark alone, I suppose an extra £6 for the little house isn't too bad really. It's currently available at eg. Amazon.co.uk, and from high-street branches of Argos. In the Argos catalogue however, it's listed with another 'Hut' (for koala bears, or possibly orang utans if I remember right) - so basically you get whichever hut they happen to pull off the shelf for you with your order (unless you specifically ask for the kangaroo one, of course).
Although the 'Jungle in my Pocket' figures and accessories aren't cheap considering what you get for the money (ie - a small amount of plastic), they are quite well made generally. For various reasons I'm very keen that my daughter gets to know a lot about animals in general, and I do think these figures (as well as of course, what she sees on the telly) have helped with this to some extent. The J in my P animals while presented in a fairly cute slightly 'cartoon' style are all pretty realistic: they don't for example stand up on their hind legs or carry combs in their claws / hooves, they aren't styled with ridiculously over-large eyes / eyelashes, neither do they show any tendency to want to wear tiaras / ball-gowns etc. So I think as toys for a little girl, these are definitely superior to a lot of the pink-spangled guff that's currently on the market.
All the J in my P toys come with (or are in effect) parts that are practically microscopic: obviously as a choking hazard, they're not designed for very young children. Our sprog has had them since about the time she turned four, and as far as I know has not swallowed any parts of them yet.