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This was one of my daughters "extra" presents that she got for Xmas on a Three-For-Two deal, hers being the freebie. (At least, that's what she told ME!). My wife decided to get it because Emilie is a big fan of Peppa Pig and even went to Peppa Pig World with us last year.
Priced on Amazon at £22, (I cannot comment on where my wife purchased this but I think nit was Asda) the playset consists of six houses and buildings that all slot into each other Russian doll style for easy travel and storage. The set also comes with ONE small Peppa Pig figure. Great, thanks for that!
The six buildings include Peppa's house, a Vets Surgery, a Cafe, a Toy Shop, A play den and a Dolls house. All of the buildings, excluding the house, are just shells or empty boxes styled to look like what they are supposed to be. Peppa's house has a door that opens and a handle on the roof to carry the set around with. All in all, without spending lots of money on other accessories to go with this playset, you don't really get a lot for your money!
In order to get full value out of this playset, you will need to invest in more Peppa Pig figures and sets to accompany this as, on its own, it is pretty pointless. This set, to me, feels like a bit of an incentive merely to get you to spend more money and would be better served losing one or two of the buildings and giving you one or two extra figures; maybe one of the rarer characters from the show perhaps. If you already have one of the other sets, chances are pretty high that you already have a Peppa Pig figure anyway!
Where this IS good value is that it is durable and won't break easily. Every part of this toy playset is well constructed for what it is. That said, the majority of the boxes are just empty boxes with no extra features or fittings- it doesn't even make any noises or sounds! Actually, in hindsight remembering how loud the Peppa Pig rocket is, maybe that's a good thing!
This is an okay playset but I wouldn't pay full price for it by any means! Look for it on Ebay instead!
This set is sold as a 6 in one playset- where you get 6 different buildings to recreate peppa pig's village.
The set briefly comprises the house, 3 shops/services, a den and a dollshouse. It also comes with a peppa pig figure. Unfortunately, every single one of these buildings are empty- there is no furniture for the house, no vehicles, not even any seating- they are literally 6 empty shells, with 1 (at most) opening doors for figures to go through (the doors are only big enough for peppa and george figures though- not mummy and daddy pig)
While I could appreciate this would be a nice starter set, if you could buy accessories for these sets elsewhere, you can't. The only way you can get furniture is if you buy a different house or set- which kind of makes you question whats the point.
The other disappointment is that you only get one peppa pig figure rather than a whole family- this is made perfectly clear, but it's not really much of a playset with just peppa.
The other problem with this set is the price- generally £29.99, although it's frequently reduced to £19.99- there are plenty of other sets which offer better value for money. And the final issue is with the scale. We also have the camper van, and this is bigger than the shops...not very believable!
When I saw this set I thought my daughter would love it as she is a major Peppa pig fan. The idea is you get six different buildings all related to Peppa pig so you can build a Peppa pig world to play in providing hours of fun but for us this is not the case.
When we first received this it seemed like a fair size box and I was excited wrapping it for my little girl as I was sure she would love it. Once it came to opening the present and taking the contents from the box I was really disappointed as the house was tiny and I did wonder how it would manage to fit five different buildings inside and it was really small in width and although it has an ok height to it we were really disappointed. My daughter was still really happy and hurriedly opened up the house to reveal the other buildings hiding inside. What we did like was there is a carry handle at the top of the main house meaning it can be packed away taking up little space and can be carried around wherever little one wants to go and play with ease.
**The main house**
This has a catch on the front that holds all the buildings in place so to open it up you unhook the lock to reveal the other buildings hiding inside. The main house is on hinges and does have a front and back of course to enclose the play set inside. The door opens and closes and there are some windows but that is about it. The door itself is tiny and although all the children characters from the range can just about fit through it my daughter was very distressed that mummy and daddy pig could not enter their own house using the door and had to be brought round the back and through the open side left from opening the house up.
There is a small platform on the second floor to act as a play area but you can just about get two characters standing side by side on this ledge and you cannot move them around or they will take a plunge from the very small platform which has happened a few times so my daughter has given up trying to use this although she does place the bath from her peppa pig palace on here for show.
There are stickers to illustrate the different parts of the house but other than that there is nothing interactive or even interesting about it, really it is just a plastic shell with a few stickers stuck to it and I found after a small time my daughter became very bored of it and it has sat in her toy box.
I am unsure if this is supposed to be a doctor's surgery or the Vets as my daughter uses it to make believe for both options so I suppose that is a positive. This again is a hinged house that has 2 sides to it but again no real space to play and she tends to play in front of the building as the slightest knock sends the building toppling over. Inside are stickers suggesting a waiting room and cabinets but that is about it.
**Cafe, toys shop, play den and dolls house**
The reason I put these all together although they are four different pieces is they are fairly useless. As each house decreases in size and the first house that holds them all is small itself it means these pieces really are just for looking at rather than playing in which I thought when I purchased them. They all have stickers to illustrate what they are supposed to be but that is it as they are so small when my daughters tries to play in the small space provided inside the house she just ends up knocking them over so she has now decided she will use them as props and just play at the front of the buildings pretending they are inside. She was really disappointed and did not understand why they were so small and to be honest they receive little play now as she just becomes frustrated with them. The doll's house is just a block of plastic there is n room to play inside but my daughter did like it fitted inside the play den as this is where it is supposed to be like the program I was told. This did leave no room for playing but as she tends to play in front of the buildings she really did not mind.
**Durability and accessories**
The buildings are each made out of plastic that is hard wearing but very thin meaning they are light which is great when they are all put together and little one is carrying the set around but in terms of playing with them means they can be knocked over very easily and half the time is spent putting them back in place. The 2 buildings with working doors and hinges are still intact but to be honest they have not receive much play to really test them.
With this set other than the houses you get the grand total of one figure and this is Peppa pigs that if your child owns any of the other Peppa pig play sets you probably have a number of. To make this set a little more interesting and to build a base for little one to use their imagination you really would have to buy other accessories like figures and vehicles to make it a little more interesting. Of course this comes at a price and with a set of figures costing anything from £6-£9 for three it can become pricey. We were lucky we have a number of accessories from other sets including a vehicle which my daughter uses to travel to each building and more characters to use in each of the locations.
My daughter did play with this set on occasions but it has mainly sat in her toy box. When she did attempt to play with it she enjoyed the fact she could nest them all together and carry the set around but once she laid out the pieces within five minutes they were forgotten about and she had moved on.
We were really disappointed with this set the box is misleading and the whole idea of building a peppa pig world really is a marketing scheme at getting you to purchase more toys from the range. The buildings act as good decoration pieces for children to play but there really is no room for them to use inside these buildings at all and when my daughter does try to use them they simply fall over.
You can buy this set from any leading retailer including supermarkets and toy stores and it retails at £29.99. I really would not recommend this set if I knew just how poor it was I would have avoided this set completely. We managed to get it for a reduced price of £15 at Tesco but I honestly do not even think it was worth that and would have been even more disappointed if I paid full price. This is a big let down from the Peppa pig range.
When I was shopping for Christmas presents last year for my 3 year old daughter, I was not really sure what to buy, but whilst browsing the Boots website on their 3 for 2 offers I saw this Peppa Pig World of Playsets - boasting a 6 in 1 playset that also stacks together, with 1 Peppa figure included. Priced at £29.99 I thought it would be an impressive set and with my daughter being a Peppa fan I decided to buy it.
When it arrived I was disappointed to say the least at the size of it; the box was quite big but once inside, the house seemed positively tiny and I was wondering how big the other 'houses' were that were stacked inside the main house! Well I can tell you, for £29.99, you really do not get a lot for your money.
The main house I presume is Peppa's family home, it is yellow and stands at approximately 33cm tall. The front section is hinged and opens out to reveal the other houses/shops inside; once you take these out you are left with an empty shell of a house - the depth is 4cm so there is not a lot of room for a child to actually 'play' with Peppa and any other Peppa figures they may have. There are no levels in the house apart from a flap midway up on each side of the opening parts which form some sort of second floor, but again these are only 4cm in depth (and only about 10cm wide) so it is difficult for a child to get any real play out of it. There are stickers on the inside of the house to show where the kitchen would be and the bedrooms etc, but apart from that there is not a lot to go on. The door also opens, but this is only just wide enough for a Peppa figure to fit through and I think if you have a Mummy Pig or a Daddy Pig there is no way they will fit through this door.
I think this house is the Doctors surgery; it house stands at approximately 22cm tall, so over 10cm smaller than the main house; the front section also opens out to reveal another empty shell of a house. Inside are stickers showing some cabinets, a waiting room and some boxes of toys; the door also opens (as narrow as the previous door). The depth once opened is 3cm, so even less space to play.
*Houses Three, Four and Five*
These 3 houses are the cafe, toy shop, and playroom and are different to the two main houses - these do not have hinged parts which open out, they are just as if you have taken a building and sliced it down the middle. They all have stickers inside to show what they are but the decor is very minimalistic and as they are all quite small I struggle to see how a child can get any real fun or pleasure from them. The cafe is 15cm tall, the toy shop 12cm and the playroom 9.5cm tall. And because they are not very deep they are not very stable when you stand them all up, so if a child is heavy handed with their Peppa figures then they may end up knocking these houses over, which does happen when my kids play with it.
This is Peppa's doll's house and it is tiny and useless. At 6cm tall and a solid block, there is nothing a child can do with this apart from look at it.
***My Daughter's Reaction***
She has never been thrilled with this playset, and as much as I try I cannot really get to her to play with it as much as I would have liked. Don't get me wrong she has played with it on occasion, but it is mainly if I thrust it in her face and order her to play. I think the problem she has is that, as I said above, the houses are unstable and there is not a lot of room inside each building for her to play with her Peppa characters effectively. Also I feel that they don't really provide a lot to go on, they are just empty plastic shells which don't really spark off her imagination. Even my 5 year old who will create imaginative play out of almost anything, does not get a great deal from this toy. She gets frustrated with the houses falling over and struggles to find anything interesting to do with them. The most I have seen her do is place a different character in each building and then move onto something else. It does help if you have other Peppa Pig toys, and then this playset adds to the whole play experience, but to be honest these buildings are often left empty when my kids are playing. Over the years my children have acquired the train, car, campervan, school and the park playsets, and they also have numerous characters, but they have never had a Peppa house, so I thought this would be a welcome addition. However, they much prefer these other items to the house playset, and despite me getting everything out this morning and setting all the buildings out in a row, they still went straight for the train, school and parks, but the houses and buildings were left untouched.
Disappointing is a bit of an understatement when trying to describe this toy. I feel completely let down by the toy manufacturers; they seem to have come up with a great idea and then really not tried hard enough to create a great toy that kids will love. As usual, if it's got the Peppa Pig brand on it, it's guaranteed to sell regardless of what's in the box. They also only provided one figure with the playset which is a bit tight if you ask me, they could have at least provided two figures, Peppa & George perhaps so they child would at least have 2 figures to play with. But no, they expect you to buy the figure sets separately which are also extortionately priced! I think if the entire set had been a lot bigger with more features then it might have been more successful with my daughters, but as it is, it's pretty useless.
***Are There Are Good Things About The Toy***
The only positive thing I can think of with this toy is that it all stacks inside the main house, and as the main house is quite small, it does not take up a lot of room inside the toy box.
I do not recommend this Peppa Pig World Of Playsets, even if you have the biggest Peppa Pig fan in your house, I don't think they will get a lot of enjoyment from these plastic empty shell houses. But if after everything you have read, you still think your child might like it, then try to get the set on offer and do not pay £29.99 for it. It is currently on offer on Amazon for £21.25 and Tesco for £20, which is a much more reasonable price in my opinion (prices correct on 10/03/2012).
My daughter got this gift from her grandparents for Christmas this year and what a present it is!. She loves Peppa Pig and the brilliant TV series has captured the attention of nearly all children aged 6months plus for the last few years.
THE PLAY SET:
The play set is 6 different buildings.
**Peppa Pigs house
**Mrs' hamster's vets surgery
**The Toy shop
**The play den
**Peppa's dolls house.
Peppa pigs house and the vets surgery both have hinged doors which open and close so the children can open and close them for the figures which go with the set.
The set comes with 1 figure of Peppa Pig so my grandparents had to pay for more figures as they felt 1 figure wasn't good enough to play with. The figures are very expensive to buy as they are mechanical. Their arms and lets move up and down and stand rather well.
The buildings are kind of like a russian doll when you are putting it away to store, as you put the smallest into the next size up and so on. We have been playing with it since we got in 2 days ago, and as my daughter Hollie is just coming up to 3, she found it very exciting. When opening other presents, my dad has ended up getting her Madame Gazelle's school house too which is an extra to the house. You can pick up lots of different items online or in supermarkets, argos, large toy stores and also in boots which go with this play set. The buildings are decorated with stickers which have already been stuck on for you, so no need to sit there sticking them on whilst your child whittles at you to hurry up!. The house and vets are hinged with extra walls so they can open and close then the 4 remaining are just open plan with 3 walls and slot inside each other.
I would highly recommend this play set for any child who loves peppa pig!. It is so compact and easy to put away that it is definitely worth the money!. The only problem I found with this set is the fact their is only one figure inside. To buy in a pack of two, the cheapest I have found them was in Morrisons for £4. Doesn't sound too bad, but when you want to buy Peppa's friends, George, Mummy pig and Daddy pig, it does add up to a large lump. My grandparents bought a pack of 6 which included:
We had bought a newspaper (The Sun) one day a few months back which came with a free George toy. So we already had George and Peppa as it came with the set, so we have 2 spares for if some go missing! Good job too!.
The set is made from all plastic and stickers. The front of the house closes then stays together with a hook and is quite slim and ours is currently packed away neatly. I much prefer this toy to any other toy we had this christmas as there isn't any fuss with it. Hollie gets to use her imagination and the stickers have pictures of furniture etc so there isn't a house full of little bits and bobs. Just characters!
This House is recommended for children aged 3 plus, but as our daughter is 3 in a few months, we all felt she is old enough to play with toys for that age. She has loved playing with it so far, and I hope she carries on playing with it!.
This was bought from Argos for £19.99 in their half price sale before Christmas, and is available to purchase online or in stores too.
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My daughter wanted peppa pig houses for Christmas, I thought maybe she was a bit old for it having started school but she insisted this is what she wanted. So we asked Father Christmas and he managed to get it for her as one of her presents.
This is a bit like a Matryoshka Doll, there are 6 buildings that are packed inside each other. The biggest one is the house and has a handle to carry them all in so it is a handy toy for taking on holiday and doesn't take up too much room when packed away.
As said before the biggest building is the pigs house, (and in order of size) vets which both have hinged doors (the only ones that do) then the cafe, toy store Den and Dolls house (not a clue) have an open front. The last building is a little closed in one that I don't have a clue what it is. The set also has a peppa figure.
These cost around £25 - £30 new, which I think is a little expensive for what they are.
Most buildings have little windows and have detailed stickers like flowers and toys etc.
I think there should be more figures in the set as peppa on her own isn't much fun with a vets and cafe etc; who is she supposed to vistit the cafe with?
Luckily my daughter also got a camper van which had daddy pig, mummy pig, peppa and george figures with it.
My daughter does enjoy setting up a little town with these buildings and it does help imaginative play, I love to watch her play with things like this and listen to the conversations her toys have.
All the buildings are plastic and cheap looking and not really very big and wide for buildings. The vets and cafe have flaps on the roof which are shop signs. These have come off quite a few times but are quite easy to fix back on.
I think this should have more figures with it as a lone peppa can't have much fun in her world without others. I haven't seen any figures to buy separately but they must exist.
My daughter does have lots of fun playing with this and enjoys adding extra little dolls to the game. I like the fact that it can be tidied away nice and compact.
Is it worth the money? - hmmm difficult because my daughter enjoys playing with it. I would say it should be cheaper but it's all about supply and demand.