Product Type: Casdon Fancy Dress
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Casdon Pick & Mix Sweet Shop
Member Name: azana
Casdon Pick & Mix Sweet Shop
Date: 19/07/10, updated on 19/07/10 (111 review reads)
Advantages: nice idea
Disadvantages: poorly made, cheap looking
Most, nay all kids, love sweets - even my freaky chocolate hating children (not down to me - honest) will do practically anything for a jelly sweet or two. On the face of it then, this should be a pretty perfect toy, being a sweet shop that comes with its own sweeties and most of the things you need to play shop. The reality is that this toy is, at best, average and sadly not quite as alluring as its picture would make it seem.
This was one of the things that my eldest bought just after Christmas - to be fair she had £15 in argos vouchers that she "had" to spend, and as part of a 2 for £15 offer at the time, she was lured by its picture in the catalogue. In reality it is a pretty small toy.
What you actually get is a small yellow tray, as pictured, that is 26cm long by 20cm at its widest point, with two green plastic side bits that slot onto it in a fairly half-hearted manner and extend it by a paltry 5cm on each side. There are a couple of sweetie jars, a little plastic scoop and some money (as pictured) that goes in the "till". The weighing scales have a moving needle that goes from 1-5 and the bowl of the scales is removable. It did come with some sweets but they didn't seem to have a date on, and seeing as I had no idea how long they had languished in Argos I replaced them with our own sweets, though I did generously let the kids loose with the four lollies provided.
In terms of build quality, everything is made of plastic, and the overall look, in reality, is cheap, and a little disappointing. I find that the little holes for the sweets are pretty hard to clean, if you do clean them properly the sticker on the front of the unit come off, and if you don't, well your shop certainly wouldn't pass any hygiene controls.
Play wise - it's OK - though deeply lacking little bags to put sweets in, though you *can*play role play with it before your offspring go into a sugar induced frenzy. We've found, however, the reality is that when we do fill the shop with sweets the children are more likely to sit and eat all the produce than indulge in any meaningful play. This is possibly because frankly no one wants to be the shop keeper, for obvious reasons.
This is a nice idea, but it's fairly poorly executed, the tray for the money doesn't pull out very well and the lids on the jars aren't easily removed by small kids, and also not many sweets will actually fit in the jars. The money is pretty small and miserable looking really, it's alright, but nothing special. The scale is pretty uninspiring too, it does work but it doesn't actually measure anything meaningful.
Personally I wouldn't pay more than about £5 for this and think that you would be better off buying a few sweets of your own and providing the kids with some bags, an empty icecream tub, some scales and a few pennies or alternatively buying some play food from ELC or the like.
This has been played with a few times in the six months we have had it, but to be honest it gets very little use and I couldn't in all honesty recommend it.
Summary: not as good as it seems from the picture frankly
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