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When my daughter was around 18 months she received this mickey mouse trolley for christmas, she has loved playing with it and amongst the gazillion toys she has this one has seen a lof of her attention.
*** Features ***
It is a four wheeled red and blue shopping trolley with a handle bar and has mickey mouse on the front of it.
*** Extras ***
It comes with lovely little shopping items like a plastic courgette, egg, a few plastic tins of beans and loose cardboard cartons of milk and the like. They are all printed with mickey mouse on it (except the plastic fruit and veg) on the label so she associates these toys with the shopping trolley.
*** Assembly ***
It was in a relative flat packed box so when she ripped it open on christmas day my initial thought was "this is going to take ages to build"! As someone who is useless at DIY (except for painting my own nails haha!) I was reluctant to accept the challenge, but in the end I did and it was surprisingly easy! The instructions were easy, step by step to understand and probably took about 10 mins to fully piece together.
*** Durability ***
It is on the cheap side so don't expect a strong sturdy product. My daughter being only 18 months obviously was not fully aware of the concept of a shopping trolley yet so she liked to climb in and sit in it, and of course the bottom piece of plastic would fall through and she would look surprised as to what happened! In addition the wheels are a little flimsy and although they roll there is no great deal of control in maneouvring it left and right it is pretty much designed to go inna straight line!
Although this trolley cannot hold a great deal of weight, now she is older, she likes to pretend to do her little shopping and throws all sorts of soft toys and play food in it and strolls around the place saying "mummy I go shopping!" which I find adorable!
*** Other points ***
Should be noted this toy is for aged 3+ so my daughter received it far too early as she isn't actually 3 until next month! It costs around £10-£15 from my spying around the internet so doesn't break the bank but you do pay for what you get which is a cheap little shopping trolley with few groceries to expand the little one's imagination!
I picked up the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Shopping Trolley in the Disney Shop sale for £10 just after Easter. With Little Man's mobility problems I am always on the lookout for new toys that he can walk around with, and from looking at the display model it seemed quite sturdy so I thought it was worth a try for that price.
The trolley itself comes flat packed in about 10 pieces made entirely of plastic, that all slots together in less than 5 minutes without screws or glue. Once assembled it stands just over 50cm high, and is bright red, blue and green with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse logo's on each side and a plastic model of Mickey Mouse's head on the front. It comes with a couple of cardboard milk cartons, which ended up flattened and in the recycling with a couple of weeks, and some plastic cans and vegetables which still look as good as they did when they were first bought.
Although it is quite lightweight it is quite well balanced and Little Man walks about with him supporting his weight very easily. It has tipped a couple of times when he is pushing it empty with no shoes on, but that is more due to his inability to walk than a fault with the toy. He loves to walk around the living room chucking various bits in it pretending he is at the supermarket.
I had looked at a few shopping trolleys for him, and this definitely seems to be the most robust of all the ones I saw. I think this is due to the chunky plastic wheels. However because the wheels are plastic they are quite susceptible to wear, especially if you take the trolley out in the garden - ours are now a bit bumpy and this means it is not quite as smooth to push around, but still absolutely fine to play with. I have also found that if he overloads the basket the back part of the trolley starts to unclip on one side, although it clips back in easily enough.
One of the huge plus points of the shopping trolley for me is when it is not being played with it makes great storage for Little Man's soft toys and books - however he does chuck everything out and over the floor when he wants to go on one of his imaginary shopping expeditions!!
I would definitely recommend the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Shopping Trolley, especially if you can get it in the sale like we did. I still think it is worthwhile at the full price of £20. Yes there are cheaper models out there, but if Disney Junior and Mickey Mouse is a huge feature in your house (like it is in mine) then chances are your toddler will love this!
Available from the Disney Store or www.disneystore.co.uk