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I bought this on a whim from Amazon with some of my Dooyoo miles (at £4.49 a pop, a very small portion of my miles...). The reason I added this to my basket was because it looked cute, and I thought it would be good for my daughter to have a proper night light in her bedroom, instead of, or as well as the ladybird torch she has (see previous review).
I'd already read a brief review on Amazon and to be honest it was not dazzling, but I wanted to see for myself, and with it being cheap I just had to get one.
When it arrived, it was probably the smallest thing in my big box of treats, definitely a lot smaller than I imagined. I don't know what it is about buying things online, they always appear bigger on the screen than they do in reality. The dimensions are actually on the Amazon website and these are Height 9cm and Width 8cm which to me sounds quite sizeable, but in reality....it's about the size of a large mushroom!
What I also noticed was that it is extremely lightweight; it almost feels like it doesn't weigh anything. It is made from some sort of soft plastic material, the only thing I can compare it to at the moment is one of those squeezy bath toys (of which we have many), and it has a red top and white stalk. The red top is decorated with a few white spots so it is made to look like those cartoon toadstools we all know and love. The actual picture on Amazon shows a lovely toadstool adorned with many white spots...my toadstool has a total of 11 white spots, and about 20 uncoloured-in spots. It's as if they forgot (or couldn't be bothered) to finish it off. So the image is quite misleading, but ultimately I don't suppose this really matters.
The light is activated using a switch on the bottom and it does give off a nice soft glow. The main 'beam' is emitted from the white stalk, and the red top just sort of glows red. I think the idea of the light is just stop the room from being pitch black. I don't think you could actually use this as a light for reading with, it's just nice to sit in the corner of a room to give off a nice glow. It's actually a lot brighter than I expected, and the 'glow' does seem to travel quite far. What I'm trying to say is that it doesn't just light up the area in very close proximity to the toadstool; it does have quite a wide glow range. My daughter really seems to like it, and we tend to leave it on in her room until she has fallen asleep, and then switch it off.
It runs off 3 LR44 batteries (the watch type which are provided with the unit), but I wouldn't actually know this myself unless I read it on the Amazon website because I cannot for the life of me get into the battery compartment. It is located on the bottom of the light and is fixed into position with a small screw. I have managed to unscrew the screw which comes out easily, but this does not in any way aid the removal of the battery compartment. I have tried all sorts to prize it out, but it is stuck in there like glue. I am hoping that the fact that the light is LED means that it will last forever and I will never actually have to replace the batteries...
Despite the Toadstool's flaws, I am really happy with it. It is cheap (in price and build), it's ideal for children because it is small, easy to switch on and off, doesn't get hot so they can use it as an aid for them to get to the toilet in the night, or to find mum and dad's bedroom in the dark...
It's just perfect for what we need it for, and I'm pleased I bought it. It was either that or one of those In The Night Garden/Peppa Pig/Thomas the Tank/Disney Princess...etc lights that are way too expensive and annoyingly tagged with TV characters.
Cheap and cheerful.
Available on Amazon for £4.49.