Product Type: ELC Doll
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ELC Tower of Doom
Member Name: helican
ELC Tower of Doom
Advantages: big & tough, with lots of levels & access points
Disadvantages: £75 still makes me twitch
This review is for the old style Tower of Doom as pictured - on the website the style has changed to less of a castle & more two big towers with connecting bridge. Possibly they're still selling off the old ones in the shops; they're certainly the most common second-hand.
My son begged me for a Tower of Doom for years but I couldn't bring myself to pay £75 so in the end he saved like a man possessed until he could buy a second-hand one from ebay. Unfortunately he was eleven by this time & his childhood was nearly a fond memory, but it's a mark of what a good toy this is that he's neverthless getting a huge amount of playing done with it.
It comes flatpacked, & although ours came without instructions we managed to assemble it without too much trouble by looking at a picture. I should think that although it looks impressively complicated when finished it's a piece of cake with the instructions.
The finished article is about a metre high, & stands freely on a 68 x 60cm base which is useful for sliding it across the floor when necessary.
There's a ramp at the front leading to a drawbridge that can be raised & is overlooked by as guard's post.
The main courtyard within has roughly the equivalent floorspace of a shoebox so you can get a fair few knights in it, & it has two towers, one with two floors, one with three, joined by a walkway.
Under the castle is more playing space accessible by various arches, a portcullis & a secret entrance. Pedants like myself who always hated dolls houses without stairs will notice that defending soldiers under the castle can't get up to the other levels without coming out of the castle & up the ramp which rather spoils the continuity, but my son (nitpicker extraordinaire) says that's the only bad point.
It's a lovely big sturdy thing: surprisingly tough & unwobbly, even the highest tower. There's all kinds of balconies, doorways & windows so that there's new things to see from every angle.
I'm so impressed, acually, now that we've got it, that I wish I'd listened to the nitpicker & spent the £75 when he first asked, because it's a really well-made, generous-sized toy that's inspired hours of contented play.
Summary: pricey but well worth the extra - a quality toy
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