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If you're reading this review, you probably know all about Club Penguin already. It's an online interactive community-style game from Disney, where kids can pretend to be penguins, waddle around and play a variety of games online. There are lots of popular characters that most players will easily recognise, and the Fire Sensei is one of them.
On Club Penguin island, you'll find the Fire Sensei in the Fire Dojo - an extra game area in the main Dojo Courtyard. After unlocking it, penguins can waddle on in and earn their fire suits to dress their own penguin up to look like the Fire Sensei himself.
Alternatively, you can just go and buy yourself a penguin already dressed up to be a Fire Sensei - like this one here! He stands at about 6.5 inches tall and wears the same outfit as the computer game character does. The penguin is soft, cuddly and very well made. The little outfit is highly detailed, and I especially like the little hat he's wearing. Unlike some of the other penguins from the series, the outfit doesn't totally come off though.
You can't mix and match the clothing from this penguin with others, which I think detracts from some of the play value. I suspect Disney did this deliberately to encourage people to buy lots of penguins and to avoid having to release cheaper individual outfits and risk people only buying their kids one or two actual penguin toys!
I got this penguin at a bargain price of £4.99 when Sainsburys had 50% off their toys back at Christmas time. The full retail price of £9.99 seems a little high, but still acceptable considering the quality. Unfortunately, as with most of the penguins, this has fast become a collectors item though and it's hard to get hold of. With that in mind, some sites are selling it for £20 - £40! Availability has become a real problem with these penguins, especially for little fans too young to understand marketing ploys. The Disney Store doesn't sell them directly, Sainsburys and Toys R Us only carry selected stock, and Amazon is very hit and miss where both availability and prices are concerned.
This is a great little toy for Club Penguin fans, especially those who enjoy playing Card-Jitsu in the Dojo. I have to bring the stars right down due to the availability and pricing issues though. I recommend picking this up for a fan if you see it in the shops for an acceptable price, but I really don't recommend paying over the odds for it. It's a cute novelty, but the play value is limited when you consider you can't even change his outfit.