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I was recently working on our blog (Enough on our Plates) and was doing a bit of mooching around looking at other blogs and I came across the blog for John Crane Limited which is really interesting. The Marketing Manager there writes the blog as though it is written by Jenny Wooden mum who is part of their Pintoy Doll Family.
On the blog there is a competition to win £200 worth of John Crane toys by taking photographs of your own Jenny in various different holiday locations. They have based it on the Harry Hill - Where in the World is the Knitted Character? - and it is Where in the World is Jenny Wooden Mum?
Since the prize looked so good I thought I would get myself a 'Jenny' and take some photographs as I have plenty of nephews and nieces to make use of the Doll Family when I have finished and the prizes should I manage to win.
The Pintoy Doll Family is available in white, black or Chinese / Asian and I decided to buy the white on as I and my family are all white and the children will be able to identify with them. The family is available on various websites and I got mine from Treasure Island Toys at a cost of £17.99 for four dolls. They are suitable for children from aged three years old and over.
The dolls are all made from solid sustainable wood and wire and can be bent into a variety of different poses - actually there are some good examples of this on the John Crane blog if you fancy a look http://thejohncraneblog.blogspot.com/ and of course you can also access the competition from here too, if you fancy a go. Mom and dad are both about five inches / thirteen centimetres tall and the two children are slightly shorter at about four inches / ten centimetres tall.
The dolls are dressed in basic clothes made from colourful felt and cotton. The dad is wearing a checked shirt and beige trousers and has short brown hair, Jenny is wearing a pink jumper and blue denim skirt and has long blonde hair, the boy is wearing a brightly striped top with short blue trousers and has short brown hair and the girl is wearing a lemon top with a red heart motif, a red spotted pinafore dress and has long blonde hair tied in bunches.
The dolls were initially marketed to fit into one of the range of Pintoy Dolls' Houses but they can also be played with separately either individually or as a family.
All the dolls are robust and made to a very high quality as you would expect from Pintoy. There are no sharp edges and no risk of splinters getting into little fingers. The dolls are easy to pose and feel solid, by which I mean they don't feel at all flimsy as though they may break with play. The clothes, as I said, are basic but they are well made and don't look as though they will fray at all.
I have had great fun playing with Jenny (and I am 55!) and taking her photo in various places and poses so that I can enter the competition and I am sure that my niece will love her and her family when I pass them on. I will pass them on - honestly! I have enough with all my teddy bears without having a family of dolls moving in even if they are only little ones!
By the way the competition is open until 1st October 2010 and I will let you know if I win anything!