“ Brand: Fisher Price / Type: Costume „
When my son was about 3 he loved the CBeebies Lazytown show, his favourite character was Sportacus. This was so well known within the family that he got this set twice for his birthday from different Grandparents. I didn't take it back because he loved Sportacus so much I thought he could have one outfit at home and one at Nannies house. The set consists of a sleeveless vest that Velcro's onto a music station at the front, a hat, armbands, belt buckle, glasses and a set of sticky moustaches.
The sleeveless vest was made of a very poor quality felt type material, after a couple of outings it has started to tear where it holds the music console. I think this is may be because the music console is quite heavy. The weight of the console also causes a problem when jumping around imitating the TV show character because it tends to bounce around a lot and has come close to his face a few times. The hat was an ideal size to fit his head but the same cannot be said of the armbands, they are huge, so big that they fit on my forearm perfectly but they just fell off of his so they were never been worn again. The glasses are a cheap plastic and the arms do have a tendency to come off every so often. The set of moustaches come as a set of stickers on a sheet, probably about twenty in total. These are okay, they will stick to your skin but they won't stay on when moving like the character.
We've had this about 3 years now and although in the last year he wouldn't be seen dead in a CBeebies character costume, it wasn't worn much before that. I think this was probably because my son couldn't wear half of the outfit and the bits that did fit weren't great quality and didn't stand up to being played with. Thinking about it, I don't know why I have kept this in the drawer, maybe it's time for a clearout.
The set currently retails for £19.99 and is recommended for ages 3 to 5 years. I would say this is over priced because there isn't a lot for your money and what you do get isn't made from good quality material.
We must have one of the biggest dressing up boxes there is. Having 2 boys that are into two different things all the time can work out a bit of a challenge.
My son loved this program and it taught him to be healthy and active so I didnt mind buying him this outfit. It was bought as a birthday presant about 2 years ago and still now it is used every weekend when they are in pretend mode and it will usually end up in an argument.
The pack contains the sportacus hat glasses that are usually worn ontop of the hat, to arm bands, a badge that slips ontop of the t-shirt that is worn by the child and a jacket that has a press button in the middle that plays the theme tune music to the program. It also has stick on mastouches to give it that extra effect and make them feel and look more like the charactor that they are aiming to be. These do not stay on for very long and I have found them stuck to everything so far.
This cost me £20 from argos and has been good value it came with batteries and still has the same batteries in it. The children love dressing up in it and trying to jump around like the charator that keeps them active.
This must be one of the most used costumes in our dressing up box.
We bought it as we have lots of boys who come to visit and hate dressing up as fairies and princesses but we had a limited selection of boys outfits.
I have to say that our outfit differs from that in this picture, as the picture is of the older version.
The new one that we have is a one piece suit with muscles in the chest and velcro up the back so it is easy to get off and on. It is made of a clingy material that is not to flattering on a larger child as it is a fitting suit. It comes in 2 sizes, 3 -5 and 5 - 7 and I would recommend getting the bigger size to anyone whos child has a little tummy as our friends 4 year old who is of average size stuggles to get this fastened.
The set includes a cool Sportacus hat with googles that can be worn over the hat or on there eye and they are adjustable in size. The elastic on these are very stretchy and can even fit an adults head. My son thinks his Daddy looks so cool in them that he should get his own costume (thats something I would like to see haha).
There are cuff guard which are not so flexible but very authentic and you also get a set or stick on mustaches which caused hours of hilarity in our house. Children are so easily amused.
Overall I have to say I think this was a great purchase and would not hesitate in buying it as a gift or recommending it to a friend.
Go go go in Lazytown - the one song you just cant get out of your head as much as you want to. Yes here we have the sportacus fancy dress set. Sportacus, I hear you ask, is the main character in a very annoying kids programme called lazy town. Its a rather bizarre programme about a little girl who is real called stephanie and a load of friends which are all puppet characters. There is then the villian Robbie Rotten and the hero Sportacus which are both real characters.
I dont know who was more desperate to have this my son who was 2 at the time or my 31 year old partner. At £19.99 I refused to buy it but when it dropped to £9.99 in the sale I grabbed one, knowing it would make 2 boys very happy.
It comes in a rather large box to say how small it actually is and getting the pieces out is so annoying as each is sewn in then taped over and then got a cover over. Eventualy we got in and my littles boy face lit up.
Included in the hat, the waistcoat with the magic crystal in the middle which has a variety of phrases and songs at the touch of a button, the goggles, arm pads, belt buckle and 20 stick on moustaches.
Within seconds my son is in it, dancing around like mad and the happiest he has been, pretending to be sportacus and rolling across the floor singing and dancing.
The entire set is actually quite good and woth the £9.99 but probally would not pay £19.99. (He also has the robbie rotten costume but the quality is a lot poorer). The only problem we had was getting the costume back off him, for weeks he lived in it and everywhere he went he had to have it on. Even a year down the line he probally still dresses in it a couple of times a week and loves it.
A great buy and must have for any sportacus fan
On our recent trip to Chapel St Leonard's we, (myself and my husband), decided to help our children on their way to spending the copious amounts of money they seem to have accumulated.
(My kids have this amazing trick of making their money last them twice as long as the money lasts for anyone else, I keep trying to get them to do the weekly shop for me but they are having none of it!)
After getting up to Wednesday with Saturday being the last day of our holiday, and not a single penny of their spending money had actually been spent, we frog marched them to the Skegness branch of Woolworths to spend a little!
The first thing that caught my son's eye was the one thing he'd been asking for, for quite sometime, but I had been refusing saying how it was a waste of money, unfortunately I had no choice this time, hence the review I will now write!
The product I will review is the "Sportacus fancy dress costume".
For anyone not familiar with this name thank your lucky stars! The afore mentioned character is from the hit children's tv show "Lazytown", this is truly bizarre programme where out of all the characters in the programme only three of the characters are actually human, the rest are played by extremely disturbing looking rubber puppets! The programme is written by the man who plays Sportacus, hence the reason he is the main character!
Firstly may I say how big the box is considering the contents, the box has a clear front to it displaying the entire costume, there is a "Sportacus" cardboard head and face, to which is attached the hat, the blue glasses, the waistcoat and belt badge. Under the "head" part is a sheet of sticky moustaches as worn by the afore mentioned character.
Upon opening the box you will soon come to realise how bloody difficult it is to remove the costume! Every piece of clothing is attached to the box with plastic clothing tags, then sell taped through the back of the box with larger plastic tabs!
It took me in total almost 20 minutes just to remove the costume from the box and then in turn from the tags!
Once removed you will find that the only interactive part of the costume is the large plastic panel that sits on the chest on the waistcoat.
This takes two AA batteries which are very easy to install, just pull off the back and insert!
There are two different modes of play, music play which does exactly what it sounds like it would do, playing the theme tunes from the tv programme, then the second mode of play is the motion sensor, which triggers off and plays Sportacus phrases and songs when you move about wearing the costume.
Also included are soft rubber wrist plates, a pair of blue thick rimmed plastic glasses, a hat in the matching material to the waistcoat, which may I add is cheap, itchy and nasty velour type material! There is a plastic Sportacus belt badge and the sheet of moustache stickers, which stick to almost everything, apart from the top lip!!
At the original price I felt this set was extortionate, it was first priced at £24.99, coming down soon after to £19.99. We managed to purchase the set from Woolworths for the sum f £12.99, still not a really bargain price, but compare it to the costumes I have bought for my daughter it works out around the same price.
Would I recommend it........ As much as I thought it was a bit pricey the thought completely disappeared upon seeing my three year old dressed as his hero, complete with spiky moustache, even it was on his chin, very cute!!
Also available as costumes are the two other "human" actors from the show, Stephanie and Robbie Rotten, both quite over priced but funny to see the kids dressed up as them, especially Robbie, due to the over the top bouffant Elvis wig that comes with the costume!
For more information on the products available in the rang.... And there are a few! Visit -
www.woolworths.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
In the charity shop yesterday I noticed someone had obviously had a clear out of their Lazy Town collection because there was a whole wall rack filled with DVD's, figures, books and all sorts of things. I immediately thought of my friends 2 grandchildren who love this programme and rummaged through to see what I could get for them.
There was a bag labelled as containing a full Sportacus costume and it was priced at only £1.79 so I bought it because my friends grandson is obsessed with this strange looking super hero. When I got home and checked inside the bag it turned out it was not the full costume but the accessory set pictured above, BUT inside the bag was also a complete Lazy Town Stephanie costume which I knew his little sister would love.
In this set you get a hat, goggles, vest, magic crystal, armbands, belt buckle and mustache. It had obviously not been used because they were all in pristine condition and even the mustache (which is just a sticker) was unused.
The whole costume is not terribly good quality I'm afraid, but I think perfectly OK for the price I paid. If bought brand new from Amazon it would have cost me £13.50 and I would have been extremely upset if I had paid this amount of money for something which I do not think is going to last my friends grandson very long. In fact I gave him his Sportacus set yesterday evening and he has already broken the goggles and given his sister a black eye with the magic crystal!
The problem with the crystal is that it attaches to the front of the vest, but the vest is made of a very thin and flimsy material while the crystal is extremely heavy for it's size, so as Jacob was leaping around pretending to be Sportacus the crystal has a mind of it's own and the weight of it causes the vest to be pulled in all directions. Unfortunately in the direction of his sisters eye.
The crystal plays the Lazy Town song, which is great for the average four year old but very irritating for us adults so I think my friend will probably put this part of the costume in a drawer to be forgotten!
The armbands are not very good either and they dug quite badly into Jacobs forearms before falling off altogether which caused a few tears as it was the armbands he was most looking forward to wearing. The belt buckle simply clips to the front of his normal trousers, as luck would have it he was wearing a blue pair of tracksuit trousers yesterday and these are very similar to what Sportacus wears so he was very pleased. I think the belt would be a problem to fit onto thicker trousers or jeans though because the fastening clip at the back does not seem to have very much flexability.
The hat is great and I think could probably be used as an outdoor hat even when he is bored of the dressing up costume. The goggles fit nicely on the hat in exactly the same way as Sportacus wears his, now Jacob has broken the arm on the goggles this is the only way he will be able to use them so my friend is going to find a way of permanently fixing them to the hat to avoid losing them.
The mustache went straight in the bin as my friend does not like bits of paper around her house, which is really all this mustache is. She is going to use an eye pencil to draw him a mustache on because the one provided in this set looks as though it would fall off quickly and I do not see how the sticky would last enough to keep taking it on and off every time Jacob wants to be Sportacus!
Jacob is an average sized four year old and this costume fits him perfectly at the moment with a little bit of room for him to grow, but I do not think it will hold his attention for so long that he needs any growing room. It is a shame, but children are fickle and this costume is (dare I say it) a little boring so he will soon lose interest I think.
For the price I paid I am happy with the costume but do not forget that I paid a fraction of the price you will pay if you buy it from the shop or online. If I had paid full price it would be parceled back up now with a returns label attached to it because it is really not worth paying more than £10 for but I still believe I got a bargain because the Stephanie costume which came with this is of much better quality and Jacobs sister loves it - now just to sort that black eye out because I have never seen anyone on Lazy Town with that sort of injury!
There comes a time in every child's life when they become interested in role-play and dressing up. This usually happens at around the age of three. Generic costumes, like doctor, fireman, policeman and cowboy outfits are good fun, but for a little person they are nothing compared to the excitement of dressing up as their favourite superheroes: Spiderman, Superman, The Power Rangers, and of course, the popular Lazy Town character, Sportacus.
I bought this product back in the summer for my then soon-to-be three-year-old, because Sportacus was his favourite at the time, but I'm afraid to say it was a complete waste of money. The costume is so badly designed, it's unbelievable! Surely, the manufacturers could have tested this product before it went into mass production? Or were they just too LAZY to do so?
This set is manufactured by Fisher Price and it consists of the following articles:
The Hat: the only item that is somewhat usable, although it's still a bit too large to fit a three-year-old. It should be adjustable or made out of a material that is more stretchy.
The vest: Made of the same thin, flimsy, polyester material as the hat, it has velcro straps for the magic crystal to hold it together in the middle. It's a bit of a struggle to figure out what goes where, especially when you have a wriggly child to contend with.
The magic crystal: It's a battery-operated unit which plays music and sound effects. It's supposed to be attached to the front of the vest, but it's quite fiddly to put on, though that's not the worst thing about it. The worst thing is its size and weight. It's too bulky and heavy and it literally just hangs from the flimsy vest. When your child is jumping up and down, like they're supposed to when they're playing Sportacus, there's a good chance this heavy object will hit their face and cause injury.
The goggles: You can slot these in the hat to wear them Sportacus-style, or you can put them on like glasses. Either way, they won't stay on. Well, to us it doesn't matter now, because one of the earpieces broke off and we lost it, so we can't use the goggles anyway, which is actually good, as it saves some frustration.
The armbands: Now, these are completely useless. They're made of some type of hard plastic, and when you put them on, they dig into the flesh of your arms. Seriously, it looks rather painful. But not to worry, as they won't stay on for longer than a minute anyway, before falling off altogether. Whoever designed these should be made to wear them as a punishment.
The moustaches: These are just some stickers used as a moustache. Again, they're useless, as they come off within a minute or so. You're better off if you just paint a moustache using face paints.
The belt buckle: A piece of plastic with the Sportacus logo on it that you're supposed to clip on the waistband of your child's trousers. This accessory is somewhat unnecessary, in my opinion, and chances are you will lose it within days anyway. I know, we did.
The packaging: Such a waste! There have been some TV programmes about wasteful packaging lately, specifically calling attention to bad practices by toy manufacturers. This item is packed in a huge box, full of polystyrene, wires, and other bits to 'beef it up' and make it look more substantial than it really is, otherwise consumers wouldn't be willing to pay the rather hefty £19.99 RRP. I've made a promise to myself never to buy another product with this kind of wasteful packaging, and I'll definitely take this into consideration from now on when choosing toys.
I paid close to £20 for this item last summer. Since then, the prices have come down considerably. I saw it in Woolworths for £14.99 the other day and Amazon is currently selling it for just £6.99, but frankly, I don't think it's worth even that much. I wish I could turn back time and get my money back so I could buy something more useful than this.
Dress up and pretend to be Sportcus with a cap, goggles, mustache, armbands, belt buckle and magic crystal which lights up, play songs, sound effects and phrases when you move! Batteries included.