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A Tiny Little Hospital
Puppy In My Pocket Pocketville Hospital
Member Name: arleek
Puppy In My Pocket Pocketville Hospital
Advantages: Simple but sturdy
Both my kids are huge Puppy In My Pocket fans, owning a vast range of the puppies, plus some of the smaller more affordable sets. So when I had some spare cash a few months back I decided to have a browse on Ebay for toys, and I came across this Pocketville Hospital, and while it was second hand it looked to be in excellent condition, so I put in my highest bid and won the item. I think I paid about £11 for it, and it retails for over £20 I think so I was pleased with my purchase. When it arrived, I gave it a quick onceover and then stored it away in the back of my wardrobe for Christmas...However; my kids started using my wardrobe as a hiding place, and uncovered my stash! So Christmas came early this year.
When you buy things from the internet, they are never quite what you expect, and this hospital is no exception. I expected something a bit larger, especially when you consider the size of the box it came in. However, this is not a problem because my kids love it despite the size. The hospital is about 28cm high and approximately the same in width, but it opens out so once opened it will be double that - about 55cm wide.
Inside the hospital are three different levels/platforms, plus a moving lift and a moveable flight of stairs. There are also a few smaller sections down both edges of the hospital, the perfect size for the little puppies. Included with the set are a Dalmatian family of dogs - Mum and 3 babies (with colour changing nappies, but they need to be dipped into ice cold water before any change happens); also included are hospital beds, cots and something which looks like a table, a drip and a sofa. These are all fairly small but fit perfectly with the style of the unit. You also get a piece of cardboard which is intended to be the hospital floor when you open the unit, but this is rather flimsy, and whilst it was in good condition when we received the toy, it is now bent and creased, and does not get used with the hospital, it is easier to use the hospital without this item.
My initial thoughts on the hospital were that it was smaller than expected and it looked quite basic and flimsy, but I liked that it came with decent accessories, and of course a dog family. My fears about it being flimsy were quashed once my kids started playing with it, because it does get a lot of regular use and nothing has been broken off, or come apart, everything is still intact, and to say that it was second hand when we received it, says a lot about the quality of the toy. Obviously there is a large hinged section in the middle of the hospital to enable it to be opened and closed, and this is a very secure hinge, there is no worry about this coming apart, it is not one of those hinges that are just a couple of plastic locating pegs - this has a metal pin running right through the centre of the hinge, so I don't think even I could prize it apart.
With both my girls already being big fans of Puppy In My Pocket, they had no issues with getting straight to play with this set. There is plenty of space within the hospital for them to put their dogs in various positions (depending on how poorly they are). The stairs and the lift add another dimension to the amount of play they can have, enabling them to transport their patients from one area of the hospital to the other, the possibilities are endless.
To look at the hospital you would think it was quite basic, but if your children are into this sort of thing then they can really enjoy themselves with it. My children love role playing with their little dogs and it is this type of toy that they really thrive on, and it also encourages them to play together. They both have their own dogs, but when they play with this hospital, all the dogs (and my two children) come together to play and get themselves better! I think it requires a good imagination to able to enjoy this toy, but it will also encourage a child to become more imaginative if they are lacking in that department. The fact that it is a no frills type of toy, leaves the rest up to the child, and it is this type of thing that I like the best, it lets the child do all the work and lets their imagination run wild.
I think this toy is a winner, but it will depend on whether your children are into little dogs and similar toys. I think it is great for boys or girls, but the box is bright pink and hospital is mainly pink so it's a shame that it is clearly directed towards girls, when a boy could get just as much enjoyment from it. If you were interested in buying this for your children, I would recommend buying some extra dogs to go with it, you can usually pick up packs of the dogs from toy shops such as Toys R Us, or The Entertainer, and I have also seen them in place like B&M Bargains. I would say it is suitable for children from ages 3 up to about 8 or 9 (although my youngest got a lot of enjoyment from it when she was still 2), so it really depends on what type of child you have!
You will find the hospital on Amazon for £23.99, and you will also find many other items from the same range on there. If you want to get it cheaper, have a look on Ebay, there are usually a few on there going for varying prices. I wouldn't want to pay any more than £25 for the set.
Summary: Fun toy for Puppy In My Pocket fans
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