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Early Learning's Happyland Fairy Castle - Fit for your little princess (or prince!)....
ELC HappyLand Fairy Castle
Member Name: daisy_jean
ELC HappyLand Fairy Castle
Advantages: Easy to carry around (handle on roof), closes for easy storage
Disadvantages: Flimsy doors.
My daughter has had this Castle now for almost 15months - she received it at Christmas 2011, when she was aged 18 months (the start of the recommended age for the Castle).
Initially, it proved to be of little interest to her. Despite it's bright appealing colour and lovely little figures, she simply didn't care for it, preferring to play with cars and trains instead. So it was put away, as we simply thought she was a little young for it.
A couple of months later though, her interest peeked (she had started to attend Toddler sessions, which provided a range of Happyland to explore) - she became interested in it, and that interest has continued ever since. Yes, it wanes every now and again when a new toy appears, but generally it is something that she always goes back too. She enjoys role-playing the little figures, along with the chairs and bed that came with it.
I have a couple of gripes with it however - whilst the castle is generally very sturdy and well made, the doors continuously come off with the slightest touch. At first, I wondered if my daughter was being heavy-handed (which wouldn't be that unusual), but no, they simply aren't very well fitted. They attach again very easily, but the problem reoccurs frequently. Another, is when the castle is clipped closed, my daughter has difficulty opening it - that can sometimes be a little stiff - maybe ELC can get a happy medium between that and the useless falling-off door problem?
Overall however - it is a lovely toy. It comes with 4 figures - a King, Queen, Princess and Jester. Ours also came with two throne chairs and a bed. Later on, we added the Queen's Jubilee set, and the Fairy Godmother carriage to it, for further role-play development. It is (generally) built to last, and at £25 is reasonably good value - but keep a look out for ELC offers - Happyland is often on sale for 20% off or sometimes even 50% off, making them an absolute bargain.
Summary: A very good Happyland roleplay castle, for all those little princes and princesses out there!
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