Product Type: Mattel Doll
Newest Review: ... toy basically is. The toy shows the octopod just how it is on television so is immediately a huge hit with my children, especially my 3 yea... more
*Explore* *Rescue* *Protect*
Member Name: novagirl291
Date: 17/01/13, updated on 13/10/13 (81 review reads)
Advantages: Enjoyed by children, great for play, lots of accessories.
Disadvantages: Parts are flimsy plastic, Very annoying noise
For those that have never seen Octonauts, you just don't know what you are missing. It is an educational programme on Cbeebies and involves a team of 8 explorers whose missions involve them either "exploring, rescuing or protecting" their undersea world. The Octopod is their ship which looks like a giant octopus and inside is where they all sleep and store their other mini-ships or GUPs. Who knew there was so much to learn?
==== Can it be played with straight from the box? ====
I wish! When you take it out of the box it seems like there are a million pieces. There is the main large centre part of the octopod and then small packets containing the explorers, orange mini pods and the accessories. It is simple to push on the orange pods on the sides. When being played with however, these do occassionally come off and my son has now worked out how to get them back on himself. I do have to watch this though as with not very much force the blue slides that these are attached to do start to bend. I am worried that with moreplay this could become a problem and start to weaken them but we shall see.
This was bought by an auntie and it was her task to attach all the stickers to the various parts around the Octopod. The stickers are very detailed and feature things like the kitchen utensils, dials and graphs. I was very impressed with this and I've even heard my son say about them when he is making up stories with it. They have stayed stuck to the plastic really well and show no signs of peeling off as of yet after nearly a months play.
I have abandoned the box to the loft and let him keep it out fully made up. He carries it about for fear that someone else may play with it or just because he loves it so much. (Told you he was bizarre)
===== What play pieces are included? ====
There are many play pieces included with this set. You get your own little Captain Barnacles, which is the white polar bear wearing a blue suit if you aren't quite up on your Octonauts knowledge yet. You also get a Kwazii who is an orange pirate kitten. (Who dreamt up with these things I ask you?) Each piece is jointed so that you can move each individual arm and swivel the heads side to side. The legs move together which was a disappointment to my son when he said he needed them to hop. He's a bizarre child at times though so i'm sure you won't ever encounter that problem.
There are some little creatures accessories included too. A hard-plastic blue turtle, a purple squishy whale, a green eel and a rather odd-looking red octopus. These are all well detailed and all have a smiling face which is a lovely touch.
The anchor, basket and plank have fine-woven cord attached to them so they can hang from the smaller pods. This is very clever as your child can place one of the animals in the basket for example and then pull the other end of the cord to raise it up. There is also a little slot so that it can be secured at the top. My son was amazed by this and has not stopped raising and lowered objects.
====== I'm intrigued! Where can I get one from?========
It can be bought from a variety of places like John Lewis, Asdao, Wilkinsons and even Hamleys. Prices range from around the £23 mark right up to £40 so definitely make sure you research the best place if you decide to purchase it. I personally feel that anything around £25 is value for money but no more than that.
You wouldn't be able to miss it on a shelf as it comes in a wide yet thin box featuring a huge picture of the Octopod sitting on the sea bed.
When it is fully made up it measures about 45 cm wide,20 cm deep and 32 cm tall.
===== Is it just for children? =====
Yes, yes it is. No normal 28 year old woman should be pretending they are part of the octonauts team and making up missions. (That never happened *cough cough*) It states it is for children of 3 years plus which I agree with. Some of the parts are small and the cords on some of the items could be dangerous for children any younger.
==== Where can i get more information from about Octonauts? ====
The official websites for Octonauts can be found here www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/shows/octonauts and here www.octonauts.com . I really do suggest you take a peek if you get chance and learn as much as you can as there is nothing worse than being out-smarted by a 3 year old.
I hope my review has been of some help to you but,before i finish, I have just one last piece of advice.
There is a "try me" hole when you buy this which you can press to hear the "octo-alert"button. Make sure you try it as that noise will be what you will hear constantly each and everytime your child plays with it. It's fantastic the first few times as it's clear and loud and just like the one on the TV series. After the hundreth time though, well, you just want to bury it in a very, very, deep hole. If you can stand it, you are a better person than me. I have confiscated it for a while because that's the type of horrible parent I can be but you could just take out the 3 x 1.5V included if you wanted and "pretend" it's sleeping.
I have only knocked off 1 star due to the price, the flimsy plastic on the tunnel slides and that annoying noise.
(can now be found over on my ciao account under my username novagirl2911)
Summary: A lovely playset for any octonaut fan
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