“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Playhouse / Tents „
My nephew is a huge Ben 10 fan, and so for his birthday I bought him one of these Ben 10 Alien Force pop up tents from Argos, and paid £19.99 for it. To be honest, I thought that was a bit much, but I knew he'd love it, and I was struggling to find other Ben 10 things for him that he didn't already have!
The tent is a deep blue colour, and covered with Ben 10 imagery, from Ben himself, to his helpers and various creatures. Visually, it looks very nice, and my nephew was very excited when he saw the tent, and made me put it up in the living room for him.
It's very easy to put the tent up, infact once out of the box, a quick twist will have the tent popping up into a cuboid shape. There is a white pole which can be fitted into the roof of the tent to give it extra support, but we found this a bit fiddly to put it, plus it didn't give that much extra sturdiness to the tent, so I don't think the pole is used very often! The tent officially measures 85cm on each dimension, so has plenty of room for my nephew and some toys or a playmate to fit inside.
Once you're done playing with it, you have to twist the plastic seams which keep the tent popped open around and onto themselves (instructions in box!), and although it took his mum and myself a few attempts to get this right, once we got the knack of it, we found it was easy to pop back down and store away.
Though my nephew was pleased with his pop-up tent (I'm told he plays in it a least a few times a week, turning it into a 'den' when inside, and taking it outside when the weather is nice), I think there is a negative to this product...
The main negative is there's no bottom to the tent! I mustn't have looked at the picture closely enough because I just assumed the tent would have a bottom to it, but it doesn't. This means that, although it's find for use in the house, when he takes it outside, his mum has to put something on the ground beneath it if the grass is damp or a bit muddy. Personally, I think it would be much better with a base in.
Although there are a few changes I'd make to this tent, in general, I feel it's worked relatively well as a present for my nephew. He likes it and his friends like it, so I think it was a good present and I can recommend it, particularly for indoor use.
Friends and family were asking me for ideas of what to buy my son for his birthday and after thinking for a while I suggested to his grandparents that maybe they could get him a Ben 10 tent. I wasn't specific in which they should get and the one they chose was the Ben 10 pop up tent which I believe they purchased from Argos for £19.99.
When my son opened the gift he was quite excited and wanted it up right away. With it being a pop up tent this wasn't a problem at all as it quite literally does what it says and pops up! There is a white tent pole which folds in half for storage, but when the tent is in play you just need to slot it in the holes inside the tent roof. Initially I couldn't find the slots where it went for quite a while and seemingly no one else could so we left it off the first time. The tent was still functional like this, but the next time we used it I spent time trying to find the slots and found once the pole was in the tent did feel a little bit more secure.
The tent is the Ben 10 Alien force brand and as such has the more grown up Ben printed on the tent, along with shadow versions of Kevin Levin and Gwen Tennyson on the lift up door. On the roof of the tent there are some of the aliens from the show including swamp fire, jet ray, spider monkey, echo echo and chromastone. It is blue primarily with a lime green trim in keeping with the Ben 10 costume colours. The tent comes in a box with a carry handle.
The tent measures 85x85x86cm and I find it is a decent enough size. It has two entrances. The first is the "door" and that is printed with Ben 10. The second is just a hole in the side of the tent. My son is fine with this as he sometimes turns the tent so the hole is facing the TV and can watch TV from the tent...however I feel it would be better if it wasn't a gaping hole. Perhaps a flap with Velcro attached so you could roll it up would be better? The same goes for the door as if there was Velcro attached it would be easier to roll the door up and communicate with my son when we need to!
We have recently been taking the tent outside with it being quite warm. Here I have another bit of an issue with the tent. It doesn't have a bottom! Whilst we are inside this doesn't really cause any issues though I would prefer it to have a bottom. However when we are outside I am having to take blankets and things out so he isn't sitting on the paved floor so the tent having a base would be useful.
Apparently the tent is easy to fold back up for storage. Well...erm...I have managed to get it back in to its tidy circular form just once! I do still store it in the box but it just sticks out a bit! We slide it behind the sofa anyway so it doesn't look unsightly like this! The instructions in the box do apparently show you how to do it but I must be folding it wrong or something!
In summary this is a decent versatile tent which children will enjoy playing in but I think it could do with a few improvements which would make it much better!