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While looking in my local toy shop in the summer last year I spotted this castle. It is the most beautiful looking girls castle ever and after some deliberation I decided to put in an order for one for my daughters main Christmas present, she was 5 at the time. The castle set me back the best part of £60 which my local toy shop let me pay in installments, each time I went to pay some more to it I picked up some characters for it which ranged from £2.50-£5.00.
Upon picking up the castle I realised it was flat packed, however assembly was easy despite it taking me nearly two hours. Please beware though, its not the kind of toy you would want to make a mistake on while assembling as things are slotted in and held together purely by the tension of other pieces.
Despite this the quality of the castle is lovely, it has features such as moving drawbridge, rope ladder, dungeon with moving trap door, and stable for your unicorn (or more often the dragon in our case). Hence upon the grand unveiling on Christmas Morning the castle had exactly the desired effect on my daughter and she has since enjoyed many happy hours of play.
My only gripe with the castle is that some parts of it, ie the roofs, fences and trees are just slotted in place. This can be quite frustrating for a child who once has knocked a piece off sees the whole thing start to fall to bits. It is also quite tempting for them to destroy it, and once this has happened all the pieces become loose and its never quite the same again. We remedied this with the simple application of wood glue, which has prolonged the life of the toy considerably.
Overall I think this is a beautiful, traditional toy which has definately aided the development of my daughter, it looks lovely in her room and I am happy that it was worth the money we paid for it. However, if your child is particularly destructive or you are hoping it to last for more than one child you may need to reconsider a sturdier model.