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My youngest daughter is a big fan of the My Little Pony range of toys and therefore was highly delighted when she received the Hasbro My Little Pony Ponyville StarSong's Stageshow Bus for her last birthday. Although this is part of the My Little Pony range the pony figure that comes with the bus is quite tiny in comparison with the normal figures that she plays with. Therefore it is not a toy that is suitable for very small children in my opinion as everything is a bit small and fiddly and quite easy to use. My daughter is five and it is just right for her.
This lovely little toy set contains a mini tour bus that has a front that opens up to reveal a stage, a pony figure called Star Song and five small accessories that any rock star would need such as keyboard, guitar, microphone, lights and drums. The bus seems to be very thoughtfully put together with stairs going up to the main stage area. I should also mention that the bus is very pink and that went down a storm with my daughter! It looks very exciting and glamorous - especially through the eyes of a five year old girl!
As usual with this type of toy, the bus came with far too much packaging and far too many twiddly bits to unravel. Once opened though, there was no setting up to do and my daughter was able to instantly start playing and creating rock concerts with her brand new superstar! It's a wonderful toy for creative play. My daughter likes to pack everything up inside and then drive the bus off to a new location where a whole new show can very quickly be set up. This also calls for lots of lovely singing on her part!
Everything is made out of plastic and it all seems pretty sturdy and durable. We have had the bus over a year and nothing has been broken although I have to admit that a couple of the small items seem to be lost. However, if you have tidier children than mine this shouldn't happen as everything can easily be stored inside the bus! The hinged side works very well too. Other similar toys have seen the sides come off but not this one which is most pleasing.
The recommended age for this toy is for four years and over and I think that is just right. My little girl loves it and she is very good at making up her own stories to go with it which has resulted in hours of fun for her either playing on her own or with her older sister. There are other toys in the ponyville range too so you could build up quite a collection if you wanted.
As this was a present we did not pay for it but I notice on www.thetoyshop.com/toyshop that it was being sold for £15 but at the moment they have a half price offer on and you could buy it for only £7.50 (October 2010) which is fabulous value. We definitely recommend it!
Jump onboard the fabulous pink Stageshow Bus with StarSong! Drive the double decker bus to a nice spot for a music concert! Open out the fabulous stary bus and it converts into an awesome stage! Take StarSong up the stairs and position the lights on the raised stage! With microphone and instrument she is ready to perform to her audience below! This Ponyville playset comes with cool instrument accessories and StarSong Pony! My Little Pony - Ponyville StarSong's Stageshow Bus is a wonderful way to encourage imaginative play! Please note: accessory colours may vary.