“ Brand: Corinthian / Age: 4 Years+ / Type: Collectible dolls „
If ever there was proof that for putting a few bits of very cheaply made plastic in a blister packet and then advertising it on commercial tv is a sure-fire money making scheme, this toy is it.
Priced at £6, for 4 very small dolphins, a mum and 3 babies, this toy is undoubtedly very expensive for what it is. I'd love to be able to say "don't buy it", only if my three year old daughter ever found out she would never forgive me. She loves this toy, and actually bought it herself with her carefully saved up piggy bank money, to add to her collection of pocket animals who are lovingly cared for, stored in a big box and often played with.
This particular "in my Pocket" set is part of the newest range of these toys, previously there have been puppy and kitten ranges. Along with other sea creatures there are 4 mother and baby sets and this is the one that she chose. Apparently, according to the leaflet it came with (all the sets comes with a leaflet full of pictures of all the other toys in the range you can collect), the mum dolphin is called Nina, all her babies have names too which are too tedious to list.
On a plus, the mum and babies are made of a nice soft and furry-finished plastic. They are pretty cute to look at, and we do find the fuzzy bits don't wear off in play. Two of the babies stand up quite nicely, my daughter was a bit disappointed on opening the pack (or more accurately on having it hacked open by me), to find that the hoop on one of the babies, Siren or Grace maybe, is glued to her body. This probably does limit imaginative play and is a bit of a shame.
That aside my daughter loves adding these dolphins to her beach scenes (she can spend a surprising amount of time playing with a blue and yellow towel) and taking them with her when out and about. They are pretty small, the babies are only about 2cm long and the mum about 6cm, but so far they haven't got lost and are just as cherished as the rest of her collection.
Overall I would say that these are, actually, a nice little toy. If it weren't for the £6 or so these cost I would have no hesitation giving them 5 stars but the "In My Pocket" range is very highly priced in my opinion. Some of the other collections can sometimes be found for a more reasonable £3 at Asda or "The Entertainer", but the Ocean range is so new it seems to be full priced everywhere. This would make a nice party present - I'm not a huge fan, but my daughter loves her dolphins and other children seem to like these toys too, so on that basis I do recommend it, just begrudgingly!