Product Type: Casdon Fancy Dress
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Keeps the Kids Quiet..or that's the Adults Reason Anyway!
Casdon 476 Toy Hotpoint Electronic Washer
Member Name: BrookieFan99
Casdon 476 Toy Hotpoint Electronic Washer
Advantages: Good Build Quality, Is a good role model for kids!, Wash Basket, Rotating Drum, Powder Carton
Disadvantages: Can't Put Water in the machine unlike some other toy washers, uses C Batteries
==Hotpoint Electronic Toy Washing Machine==
In the world of toy's today (different to when even I was young! Only about 10 years ago!) there are many role play toys designed to introduce the world of household at a very young age to kids. Many iimitation toys such as toy washing machines, cookers, vacuum cleaners & even fridges & dishwashers are available, along with other items like cash registers, shopping trolleys & post offices you can buy too. When I was little I had a toy washing machine, a cooker, plenty of toy vacuum cleaners & several cash registers! Bearing in mind I had loads of toys to play with, I did spend several hours a day playing them. As I grew up I gave some of my toys away & sold most on the Car Boot (& made money too!) I was also just old enough to have a toy Henry Vacuum Cleaner (when they were first launched in 2007) & I still have it! It is one of my collectors items & I will never give it away!
==How I got it==
I still remember the lovely sunny day in 2003 when me & my mum went into Index (an old retailer, like Argos but smaller) & started to order some items for our newly converted family room. We ordered some furniture, but we only had a few things as we went to Argos down the road afterwards, but the new Casdon range was new at the time & Argos did'nt have any of it so I persuaded my Mum to buy this Casdon Hotpoint Electronic Washing Machine, for me. I loved the washing machine we had in the house at the time before the LG came along, so I said this would let me have fun for hours aswell as learning what to do with a washing machine! Reluctantly my Mum brought it as it was only around £9 for an introductory offer, plus, it had flashing lights, a pull open powder drawer, rotating drum, wash basket, powder carton & plenty of buttons to press! I thought it was perfect! I got it home & immediately asked Dad to put in 3 x C Batteries (which are not required but needed) & used the machine for the first time. My experience of the machine could not have gone better! I loved the fact that you were able to pretend powder (a mini Persil Non-Bio box at the time, different now though) in to the drawer & put the clothes in. The 'Power' button glowed red when turned on & the 'Fill', 'Wash', 'Eco Wash' & 'Spin' buttons glowed green across the bottom. It was really nice to see this & it sounded exactly like my nans Hotpoint Aquarius washing machine when tested with each other! Me, (like most people) just loved the clothes spinning around & the noises it made! It sounded like some proper washer, with more realisitc sounds than any other toy washer of it's time!
==About the company behind it (Casdon)==
Casdon (formerly CB Casdon) was a company run by a man called Tom Cassidy, which started in 1944. They started off during the war as a toolmaker, only repairing vacuum cleaners in his spare time. The company originated from Blackpool. The company was named 'Cassidy Bro's' in 1946. They brought several premises in Blackpool in 1949 & hired 12 employees. Soon after in 1950 they introduced their first toy which was a clockwork speedboat, & carried on until the mid 1980's selling & making boys toys such as cars & snooker tables. They also sold girls toys like dolls, prams & the all famous Hypertills. In the 1980's Casdon started to make imitations of toys from famous brands such as Hoover, Beldray, Rowenta, Creda & Hotpoint. In 1998 they lauched the child version of the Dyson DC01 vacuum cleaner & still make Dyson vacuums today, even the ones with a ball! It's pretty much the same these days but they continue to make toys & they even now trade in countrys like Africa & Japan!
Well, this toy keeps the kids quiet, has plenty of features, with the flashing lights, opening drawer, the spinning drum, the washing powder carton, the wash basket & the brilliant build quality. Oh, that's another thing I forgot to mention, the build quality. It is brilliant! I've used this on a regular basis (well, not so much as I got older anyway, but, you know what I mean!) & it has lasted well. Hardly any visible damage to the machine, like no scratches or marks. It has a nice finish, a lovely Silver & Graphite finish. which does stand out. Kids can copy Mum (or Dad!) & pretend to do their own washing, & then hang it out, or re-wash it again!
There are a few disadvantages to this product as their is with any product really! The toy washer needs 3 x C Batteries to operate, but a good side to this they do take a long time to run out. Also you cannot put water in the toy washer, unlike some Miele or AEG toy washing machines. This does make a safer & more fun play too, as the clothes get spun around faster than the machine, which is better fun for the kids!
This machine has lasted over a brilliant part of 9 & something years because of it's usage & minimal damage, along with still keeping the original bits & bobs that came with it too! The Persil washing powdfer carton does not come with it now, as it is a cheaper version which is just as nice! For all the price of about £14.99, this machine is well worth the fact your kids might get years worth of play from it. It's just litterally worth it's weight in gold!
==Thanks for Reading==
Summary: A good toy washing machine that is more realistic than others
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