“ Brand: Hasbro / Type: Castle „
We bought this for my daughter when she was about 18 months old. She loved it from day one and it has been played with virtually every day since.
It arrives in several pieces and has to be clipped together. It's easy enough to do though and takes around 20 minutes to set up initially. It takes 3 C batteries, which do seem to last a long time even when it's played with a lot. The batteries power the moat which revolves and plays music when a button inside the castle is pressed. If you place the weebles on the moat whilst revolving they are carried round and disapper in and out of the castle.
The castle has a working drawbridge, a slide and a secret passageway. It comes with 3 weeble figures, a horse, chair and table. The weeble figures are a great size for little hands and too big for a baby or child to put in their mouth. The weeble design doesn't seem to have changed in 30 years, so if you had these as a kid they are probably just as you remember them!
Lots of play value in this set. My 8 month old son is now also playing with them, so it looks like we'll be using this for several years to come.
Let me start by saying I am so happy to see this on here. I knew it might be a long shot.
Having grown up in the 70's and 80's I got to play with some pretty cool toys and when my parents were feeling very nice I even got to own them. Weebles were one of the toys that I got to own. I had the Weeble Tree House and like 6 Weebles. Way to many Weebles for my little tree house.
Any ways a few years ago now I dont remember how many exactly my husband and I were going thru the store looking for a toy for my daughter that she didnt already have and that no one was getting her for her birthday. We came across this little castle. I was so sure that my daughter would love to play with it as much as I wanted to and as much as I loved playing with my own weebles. So we got it for her.
As the big day came I waited for her to open our present she had gotten so many and ours was the very last thing she opened. I thought for sure that would be the clencher the last one to open is usually the best at least thats how it was when I was a kid.
So she gets it opened takes it out of the box and we clip on the few things that need to be put on and let her have at it. 5 minutes later she has pushed it aside and moved on to something else. I tried to get her to play with it but for her it did not hold much sway. She really had no intrest in it. I thought that just maybe it was that she wanted to play with all her toys but as I was cleaning out her closet I came across this toy buried at the bottom and thats where it has been since she put it there a long time ago.
So then I have to ask my self was I that daft that it would amuse me but not my daughter? Or where my expectations lower not having a computer, mp3 player, or video games. Perhaps the days of the weeble have gone? I hope not but it seems that the days of the Weebles in my home were over before they began.
* Back when I was a kid, we had these plastic toys called Weebles; little round characters, they even had their own slogan- weebles wobble but they don't fall down. This was chiefly because of a ball-bearing situated in their base but when we were younger, this seemed almost like magic. No matter how hard you pushed them, they refused to topple over. As we grew up, the Weebles vanished but their slogan would remain ensconced in our heads for years to come....
So imagine my surprise then last xmas when, whilst walking through our branch of TOYSRUS, I happened to see that the Weebles had made a return. There on the shelf, reduced in price, was a castle featuring a new, improved generation of Weebles. There was Princess Weebelina, dashing Sir Weeb-a-lot, a dragon and Sir Weeb-a-lot's mighty steed!! Also included in the set was a board book with a little fairy-tale and some story ideas to inspire your child's playing. All for as little as £19.99!
The Weebles themselves don't do a lot. As mentioned, you can push them and they simply rock instead of falling over. The castle itself is the main attraction here with some fun features that make this a family favourite for more than just daddy's nostalgic reasons. It has a drawbridge that comes down when you push the flag-pole; a moat that moves around the outside; a rotating dance floor for the Weebles to rock around and several musical tunes that play whenever the draw-bridge descends. My daughter's favourite game is to put some of her other toys, including her set of Little People cars and their passengers, on the moat and watch them go around and around. Push the flag-pole once and, as the draw-bridge comes down, one of several tunes or sound effects is played. Press it again and the music stops. There is also a button near the Weebles rotating dance-floor that can activate the music. The castle comes with several items of furniture too that include a table, a chair and a bed. In one of the turrents there is a slide and letting your Weebles loose on this can lead them down a secret passage located under the throne. It takes 3 c-size batteries and as you can plainly see, there is plenty of scope here for children to let their vivid imaginations run riot and it is good that it is the right size so that Emilie can also use it for her Little People toys too!!
Overall, this probably isn't the greatest toy we have bought our daughter but it does have sentimental value for myself -having played with Weebles when I was small- and Emilie seems to enjoy it even if only because she take one of the turrents off the top of the castle (it just pops back on!!) and because she can remove the furniture and either hide it or toss it around the room. It also has enough features and entertainment value to keep her amused for awhile and hopefully will have plenty of fun for her in the future as she gets older and begins to develop her imagination. I have sen this for as much as £40 odd pounds (like I say it was half price in TOYSRUS though this was the last one our local branch had in stock) so it pays to shop around but I do know it is available on Amazon. Extra Weebles can be bought as well on Ebay and we have bought a couple of limited edition ones (the milky bar kid and his horse) ourselves for a very cheap price. I do not know if there are any other sets in this series, I have not seen any, but think this fairy-tale castle concept is a very good idea. I would say that this, then, is £20 that was very well spent!!
Children will have lots of fun with the Weebalot castle, an interactive castle playset with electronic features and comes with plenty of wobbly weeble characters, a working drawbridge, revolving tower, and a spinning dance floor! Includes a board book full of ideas for fun, interactive castle play. You can act out the story using the Weebles figures and accessories, or try making up fairy tales of your own!