I Brought my Timmy time pop up in the 2 for £15 toys at Argos for my sons third birthday. It is similar to the popular Buckaroo game apart from this uses a well knows children character to grab any Timmy time fans attention.
With the toy comes a figure of Timmy for adding everything to a base for him to stand on and little items such as a football, apron, paintbrush etc to add to Timmy until he pops up.As soon as we got it out the box I was a little disappointed as it does not look very well made. Small assembly is required to set the game up but nothing too hard my 3 year old boy can actually do it.
To start the game you have to push Timmy down into his base and this is where the problems begin.He just does not want to stay down my children are lucky to get 1 thing on and he goes pop sometimes without even touching him he will jump up. I thought maybe it was a faulty product so I returned it for a replacement as my children really wanted to play but unfortunately the second was even worse it would not stay down at all.I took it back as not fit for purpose and purchased a buckaroo for my children but my little boy was still unhappy being a Timmy time fan.
It retails at around £10 and is recommended for ages 3 + but i would not recommend this product it just does not work. If i could i would give it 0 stars!
The 'Timmy Time' pop-up game is a Buckaroo-like toy based on the popular animated kids' series of the same made by the ever-excellent Aardman Studios. The cartoons are currently showing on TV on CBeebies in the morning and feature the pre-school adventures of a Timmy, a little lamb who may or may not be some sort of relation of / associate to 'Shaun the Sheep' - a slightly larger lamb who also has his own TV show, and who first came to our screens in the Wallace & Gromit short adventure 'A Close Shave'.
At our house we're all - young and old alike - great fans of the 'Timmy Time' TV series. I've noticed that in general, the spin-off toys that have resulted from the various Aardman Studios animations seem to be of uniformly higher quality (especially considering some of the abject tie-in tat they try to sell you from based on other kids' shows) - and the Timmy pop-up game is no exception in that respect as it's nicely made and decorated. The model Timmy, which on its own stands about eight inches high is made of hollow plastic, yet its quite nicely study hollow plastic, and it's painted neatly and to a high standard to. The same goes for the various accessories that accompany Timmy - his plastic bib, bucket & spade, paint pot & brush, football, school-bag, etc. - all are quite nicely made items, as is the pop-up based that Timmy balances on.
This is one of those games where you take it in turns to hang / position various detachable items onto a toy character, until the weight of them all / lack of balance tips a spring mechanism (or something) and makes the whole lot spill off. It's just like the prospector's mule-based game 'Buckaroo' in this respect - and we had a very similar Bob-the-Builder one, where you had to fill his spring-base-loaded wheelbarrow with a variety of plastic tools.
Unfortunately, I don't find that any of these games are especially much cop as the 'things spilling off' aspect is always a bit of an anticlimax, no matter how much everyone exaggeratedly tries to shriek in feigned 'surprise' when it finally happens. This Timmy Time figure works particularly poorly as a pop-up game because frankly, although whoever designed this has done their best, on a woolly lamb, there aren't all that many places you can hang / put things. Added to that is the fact that the spring in this one's base appears to be an especially weakly-springing one and we found it really doesn't do all that much in practice.
The toy costs about £10 and is available in (I presume) motorway service stations (as I think that's the only place my other half, who bought this, went shopping for one) and on Amazon.co.uk etc. (currently with a quid off the RRP). It's for kids aged three and up because of the smallish, swallowable components.
My other gripe with the pop-up Timmy is that presumably to keep the costs of the item down, the toy comes in a non-reusable cardboard box - a sturdy but glued-shut carton that you have to rip open at one end, and once you've done that it can't ever be closed properly again. And then where do you put all your associated bits of Timmy-kits after the game's been played with, eh? All over the living room floor getting trodden on and lost, in our case, I'm afraid. What this toy really needs is to come with a cheap draw-string bag to put the bits in, or to be supplied at least in a lidded / recloseable box, so that it can be stored properly away afterwards - otherwise, chances are nobody's going to be able to play with it more than once.
As a little statuette of Timmy the sheep, this is quite nice - if a bit pricey, but as an entertaining kids' game, much as I like the character, I'm afraid this isn't all that much fun.