“ Brand: ELC / Type: Doll House / Age: 3 Years+ „
I seen the snow queen palace a month or so ago before Christmas last year and it had been reduced to about £30.00. The display model in the store looked fantastic and I thought this was something my little girl would be over the moon with, only problem was there was no more to be found. The lady in store advised me to order the product online and have it delivered but I explained I would rather do so and have it delivered to store. After a long confusing conversation I was told this wasn't possible, I left the store in the metro centre and went straight to the one at the team valley.
The lady at the team valley also advised that this product was out of stock and had been for some time now and according to their records it was going back to full price soon. I decided to order the product and it was delivered very quickly and I went to visit the store that same day to see they had shelves full still at the discounted price. I could have saved the delivery charge, however I had the item and I was happy I managed to get one before the price went back up to 65.00.
The snow queen castle is made out of wood and every piece is carefully shaped so that it can be slotted in or attached to another piece without the use of screws or bolts. Each piece is smoothed too so there is no risk of spelks when assembling or more importantly when the children are playing.
The castle is pink in colour and rather striking once built, it is very girly and big enough for a few children to play with as it has lots of openings and floors including an opening roof compartment, there are plenty of places to play. The actual assembley of this item was easy as the instructions were very informative and easy to read.
Height - 62.3cm
Width - 32.4cm
Depth - 8.6cm
The castle is advertised as being suitable for ages 3 and up
Overall this castle looks fantastic with its gorgeous pink design and detailing plus glittering effects that really add to the overall product. The only thing that I have had problems with has been the base as it is very big and the main structure of the castle fits into this part. The castle isn't very secure and keeps popping out of the base a fair few times when it is being played with. This can be a bit worrying in case it comes toppling down however even after the numerous times it has come off the castle structure has never collapsed as it is very sturdy.
Another issue can be the moving of the castle as due to its size it can be complicated so I would advise to keep it where it is once you have decided on a place for it. The castle has a figure collection that goes with it compromising of fairies, godmothers, kings and queens and these can be purchased separately for 10.00 I personally think that when paying the full 65.00 for this castle that you should get a pack of characters to go with it. Overall the castle really looks great and I would certainly recommend for any princess.
This product can still be purcased from the elc website under the new name of wonderland palace.
Father Christmas was very kind to both my daughters this year and for my eldest he brought this rather spectacular pink ice palace courtesy of the Early Learning Centre. Once assembled, it really is very impressive and actually is as tall as my six year old herself! My husband was a bit concerned as to where we would put it but the base is not too huge and it does fit very nicely next to my daughter's bed. The dimensions are actually Height: 112 cm, Width: 68 cm, Depth: 59 cm.
When my daughter saw the ice palace on Christmas Day she was over the moon and ever since it has brought a lot of fun to both her and her younger sister. However, from a parent's point of view it is slightly disappointing which I will explain a bit later!
Firstly though let me tell you what my daughter loves about it. It is a beautiful looking palace and of course it is pink which is absolutely perfect. It has four floors with three tall turrets. It also has glittery blue ivy, and a doves and bows motif. We also bought some extra figures and bits of furniture which go with the palace so she can arrange these in lots of different places. A lot of the spaces are quite open so it is very easy for small hands to reach in and move everything about. I often find her playing with the ice palace making up lots of imaginary games about princes and princesses. It's also a great hit with all her friends and there is enough space for two children to play together very sociably.
I did order the ice palace well before Christmas to make sure that it arrived in time and also to take advantage of a 20% off offer. It arrived in good time in a flat packed box so we knew we would have to assemble it before the big day. However, as I did not want my daughter to catch sight of it and ruin the whole Father Christmas illusion, after checking it was the correct order, I kept it in it's delivery packaging well out of the way.
On Christmas Eve morning with the girls well out of the way visiting a friend, my husband started to assemble it. There were tons of small and large pink wooden pieces to slot together. This was not a problem though as it was easy to tell which parts were which and also the instructions were very easy to follow. It actually did not take too long to assemble which is surprising when you look at the picture because it does look quite complicated. We did encounter one small proiblem though as we discovered that one small piece was damaged. It was not actually broken but it had a large crack running all the way through it! My husband rang customer services who said that there was nothing they could do before Christmas and anyway we could not just replace the one piece but we would have to send the entire palace back! Obviously, as Father Christmas was meant to be bringing it the next day, this was not an option and then also, if we had to pack it uyp after Christmas to send it back and then wait for another, my daughter was likely to be quite upset. In the end we decided that we would just put up with it and to be honest it took about three weeks for my daughter to even notice the crack.
My biggest gripe is that the whole structure is very flimsy once it is assembled. The worst part is the three turrets at the top of the palace. There are circular rods which are supposed to hold up the turrets and these have round holes to fit into at the top and the bottom. The problem is that they just don't fit very well and even the slightest knock has them tumbling down. I find this very annoying but I have to say that my daughter really does not seem to mind. I don't know why it is not supplied with glue to fix it and I think that that is what we will be using with it soon to try and make it more stable.
I did read some reviews after Christmas on the ELC site and this seems to be a common complaint. Some parents said they had returned the palace with no problems, but how do you explain to a five year old that Father Christmas is taking his present back??
Anyway, as I said earlier, my daughter absolutely loves the palace and is not worried about its faults and I guess it's her opinion that really counts. However, if I had known better I really don't think that I would bought it because it really is not worth the money. It's usual selling price is £75 but with our discount I paid £60.
As a parent I would probably only give this one star but my daughter would give it five which is why in the en d I have settled for a three star rating!
This beautiful tall palace has a large ground floor, two main levels upstairs and three towers at the top.