“ Brand: Corinthian / Type: Doll House „
The Jungle In My Pocket Tree House Playset is a bespoke multi-level home / activity centre for your various Jungle in my Pocket (J in my P) miniature animal toys. These, for the as-yet uninitiated, are little, approximately inch-long collectable animal figures - slightly stylized and yet not overly cartoony - made of plastic and yet coated with a thin 'skin' of a weird, synthetic-fabric-based material, that makes them feel a bit warm and almost-furry to the touch. Given the tiny size of the animals, needless to say, these toys are intended only for children aged more than three years.
What I like about the J in my P range in general is that a lot of fairly zoologically obscure creatures (e.g. spotted hyaenas, red foxes, gazelles, black bears etc.) are included in the collection; so they're not by any means all your cute bunny rabbits, pandas, and so on. All of them are approximately (apart from the 'baby' ones you get in 'Mother and Baby' four-packs) the same size (about an inch long / high) so they can all be used interchangeably in this Tree House. (It also comes with a family of bright orange orang utans, a larger adult and two slightly smaller babies - in case you haven't any J in my P miniatures already.)
The tree house is a largeish structure, with a footprint about the size of an A4 sheet of paper and about as tall as the shorter edge of one; it's a two storey structure. It's coloured a jolly sunflower yellow on the walls, with a deep green base; some of the J in my P accessories (such as the black bear hut) totally miss the mark regarding their colour schemes so this is nice to see. There are a stack of swivel-out portions on one side that are brown, each large enough to seat at least one of the animal figures (these are supposed to be sections of tree trunk) and on top, a little tower structure that has a wind-up seat on a string that travels from the base of the treehouse to the upper level, two floors up. There's also a little wheeled wagon but we lost that component somewhere in the morass of discarded toys that is our living floor almost immediately.
The tree house cost us about the £20 mark from Argos over a year ago when we bought it. The RRP is £30 which is, I'd say, too much for a toy like this, and it's currently available via amazon.co.uk for £27.
This is quite a nicely made, attractive dolls' house type toy for J in my P enthusiasts; not amazing in its range of 'activities' for the toy creatures, but certainly likely to be appreciated by your kids.
I was at a car boot browsing a stall who was selling everything off for 50p as it was cold and windy and when I noticed a jungle in my pocket tree house I showed it to my son who was delighted at the idea of owning his own tree house and at 50p if he didn't like it I wasn't bothered for 50p.
We returned home and this was pretty much assembled the only assembly required was simply to fit the lift into place. Although I did have to wipe it over as it was covered in dust.
What is the tree house?
It is a toy from the Jungle in my pocket range and combines a tree house with an animal cafe and is made from hard plastic.. It is Dimensions are:
Height: 28.5 cm
Width 22.5 cm
It has a smooth green base which I suspect is meant to look like grass and a tree house which is on vaguely representative of tree trunk. To reach the top of the tree your animals can travel on the lift which is on a pulley and can be wound up by little hands .It is easy enough for my son to operate. As the pulley reaches the bottom if you continue to wind this then continues then once it reaches the bottom it will return to the top. The string is slightly short for it to completely reach the base. You can also take the three stair cases. Each take you to a higher level with a landing area which I think looks a little like a sleep area so have told my son that is what it is and as he is three believes every word I say. There is a double roundabout which is two leaves which not only can be spun in a circular motion but also up and down which is an added twist. It can be just about described as there levels. The second level is more a balcony than anything else but also has a rained area which is defined as the cafe although has nothing other than a simple floor. The top level that houses the lift has a couple of green walkways for the animals to survey the land. In the set are included three animals Gina the Giraffe, Archie Orang-utan and Chi Chi the Cheetah. The animals are tiny, furry yet hard like rock. It also does come with a fruit cart but this was missing from the toy I purchased. The cart does have a track in which to park directly under the cafe.
So does my three year old son like it?
My son was excited all the way home from the car boot that this was the one toy he wanted to open. It was quite dusty so we gave it a good clean with anti bacterial spray and wipes. It did have stickers already attached which suggest these were included in the set up but this meant it didn't have a soak. My son is most taken with the lift and the fact it can be wound up either clockwise or anticlockwise meant he didn't get confused and was able wind it up and down without the need for constant help. He also particularly loves the roundabout. The roundabout is his favourite ride at the park so it does follow logic he would love it. Initially he was unable to work out how to get the roundabout to go up and down but only had to be shown once. This does spin freely but it would be better despite the fact the animals are tiny they do tend to spin off from time to time.
There are a few things in particular that I like about this product.
The first is that it doesn't take batteries and unlike many of my son's toys doesn't have to make a noise with everything that he does.
I also do like the fact that there is not a huge an amount spelt out for the child so it is reliant upon the imagination to make it an enjoyable experience. My son will spend about 30 minutes at a time playing with this uninterrupted which is unheard of with most of his toys. Like all toys it has lost its initial love but it is still a toy he regularly played with
I found this toy available on the Sainsbury's website for £24.99 which is more than I think the product is worth however it is worth looking out for this on offer. You can also buy other Jungle in my pocket animals to go with this which is available for £9.99 at Argos and individual animals if there are particular ones you want then it is worth looking on eBay.
This toy is recommended for children aged four and over .I do think you have to be aware that some of the animals are small and so can be a choking hazard but my three year old loves this toy and is able to gain full benefit from it. I am delighted with our purchase and feel we have truly got value for money.
My daughter has had the Jungle in my Pocket Treehouse for about 6 months now. She loves it and it's one of the most played with toys in our house - even after Christmas and all the new toys she is still going back to it so it muct be good!
I think its excellent value for £9.99 (at Argos) although I think it is doubel this in other places. It is quite large if you bear in mind that the animals are really small. You do only get 3 animals included with this set, a cheetah, orang-utang and giraffe - Personally I think more are needed as they are so small and there isn;t much you can do with 3 tiny animals! Luckily my daughter has almost all of the others so they all live happily in the Tree house together.
As well as the 3 animals there is also a fruit trolley and working lift and 3 rotating bedrooms. There are also some rotaing leaves for your animals to ride in
It is a very basic idea but well made and its quite sturdy. I think it offeres excellent value for money at the price I paid. It would be nice if it folded down a bit for storage as its one of those awkward doesn't fit in the toy box kind of shape/size but I guess if they did that then it may be a bit flimsier and weaker.
Hours of fun for your little one. My daughter is at the funny stage where she's outgrown her baby toys but is not quite ready to have big girls toys. A friend recommended this to me as she had bought it for her daughter. I'm not a great fan of plastic toys like this but I was surprised at the good quality of this product. The jungle comes with 3 little animals. These animals are just great - really tactile for small hands.
The minute I took this out of the book my daughter was hooked. She loves it. Infact it is one of the only toys that amuses her for long sustained periods of time.
The jungle has a lift, a trolley and stairs that swing out. Due to the hardy nature of the product these have received quite a battering but are still going strong.
A real must have to keep your children playing happily - for hours!
As an addition to the puppy in my pocket set and kitty in my pocket set we brought this for my daughters for christmas from amazon for £12
It is made out of a good quality plastic that wont break easily and comes with a little monkey family that is exclusive to this tree house and cannot be brought seperately.
The top of the tree house has a flower on the front of it which has a handle for you to turn that lifts up a basket for the animals to travel up in to the second floor or to the look out point at the top, this turns very easily and is simple for young children to do, you dont have to turn it different ways to go up and down as it will go up once it reaches the bottom and down no matter which way you turn it.
the second floor is just a small platform for the animals to get out of the basket lift and get onto a look out point.
the ground floor has a spiral tube on it with a flower attached with large leaves for the animals to sit on which spirals down as a fun ride for them, aswell as this there is a pole with three balconys attached that rotate out wards so that the animals can climb the steps from one to the other and it rotates back in for storage also on the bottom level there are two tracks for the little cart to run along that comes with it, it has a fruit basket on the back and space for the animals to sit at the front.
This is my least favorite of them all and the one that does the least out of the in my pocket range but my daughters love it, they have so much fun with it playing with the animals and after all that is what realy matters, i think it was worth what i payed for it but i wouldnt have been very pleased if i had paid the full £25 that some toy shops were asking for this last christmas.
The Jungle in My Pocket gang is having a swinging great time hanging out at the Treehouse Playset. When they arent playing on the spiral leaf roundabout ride, Chi Chi the Cheetah and Gina the Giraffe are chillin out in the Munch-Munch Café.