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When my son was a lot younger, although he loved toys and would enjoy the look of them when we entered shops, he could quite easily leave without something being purchased by me. But on one trip to Home Bargains, just to do a top up grocery shop and have a quick nosy on what special goodies they had in the store, this particular soft toy caught his eye. It was bought for £1.99. Why did I buy it? He wasn't even two at the time, and it was probably the first ( and definitely not the last! ) toy he had asked me to buy him. Although not something I was a huge fan of myself as a child, the Mr Men series is something we all have come across as children at some point, especially where the books were concerned, so I assumed this would be a decent quality toy. It looked very cute and tactile, and at the time he didn't have too many soft toys so considering the price, I thought it wouldn't be a bad purchase. Who and what is Mr Men? This is a soft toy from the Mr Men series. This series started off in 1971 in the form of children's books, which later developed into an animated series. The books when they first came out centered solely around male characters such as Mr Happy, and their stories reflected their personality which was indicated in their actual name. From 1981, the female characters were introduced to the Mr Men family. Mr Bump was the 6th book in the Mr Men series. As you can imagine from his name, Mr Bump is very accident prone to the extreme level, which is highlighted in both book form and tv series. How does he look? Firstly, hes a decent size for any young child-12 inches high and 8 inches wide ( 15 inches with his arms spread out ). His colouring is true to his character which is mainly blue, with a white section around his head and just above his legs. This section has black stitching running around it, to create a bandage type look. His face is made up of small black oval shaped eyes (this is created by stitching ) and a large oddly shaped and wide mouth, back in colouring with a small pink section representing a tongue ( this area looks and feel quite felt like which I think has been stitched on in some way ). His overall shape is quite circular, so his head pretty much is his body also. He has arms and legs, and on the back his name is stitched in dark blue saying ' Mr Bump '. He has been stuffed with polyester, which gives him a soft and squeezable feel to him. No mention on his label what hes made out of on the outside, but possibly the same. As you can imagine he is quite worn because we've had him for some time now, but he still feels quite soft to touch and reminds me of a mix between fleece and cotton. Surface washable only. What do we think? My son loves this. We do from time to time watch the show on tv if it's on, but it's not our favourite. I don't think he likes this toy because of the actual character, but because of how it looks in general and its shape. This isn't a toy he plays with, but since we've had it he has to sleep with it every night. More specifically ON it as he uses it as a pillow. I guess in a way its his comforter at night time. So on his bed he will have his pillow, this toy ( which his head rests on both ), Spiderman Glo Pal in the corner and one if not more of his sisters random dolls or teddies thrown on the bed for good measure! What do I think? This isn't one of those toys that excites me, but its sweet, lovely shape and has a nice feel to it. Its very cartoon like which will appeal to most children. For the price I paid I think it was a good buy, as these characters from Mr Men have been around for such a long period of time, and will continue to do so regardless of all the other programmes that are aimed at kids and the usual overpriced merchandise that will follow straight away. But the most important thing is my son loves it, even if it is for a specific reason ( his very own ' pillow pet ' ) and used at a specific time of the day. Despite the fact its says surface wash, Ive thrown this in the washing machine many times. As you can imagine, if this is being used as a pillow, the usual deposits of snot and spit will make its way on it, so much more hygienic just to throw it in the machine! Its washed absolutely fine. But with the age it is, how its been used and washing it by machine means his stuffing isn't very full anymore, more like flat. And he has bobbled quite abit. But to be fair hes older than my daughter and hes had her brother's huge and heavy head on it every night since purchase, so I think Mr Bump has done very well! All of his stitching is perfect, his colours have stayed true which is amazing as the white ' bandaged ' section is still very crisp and clean looking. Overall Im very happy with this. Would I buy this again? Yes I would. Good and simple representation of the original series ( books and tv ). Good quality, lovely to look at and was bought at a great price. Still can be bought from a variety of different toy shops, but sizes and actual material may vary.
Whilst looking for ideas for my friends sons 3rd birthday I spotted this in the Argos clearance store in our local town for just £3.99 and its original retail price should have been £19.99 so he was very well discounted so I thought I would get one for my friends son and one for my youngest daughter. He comes in an open fronted box that is easy to get him out of unlike other children's toys that are a nightmare to get out of the boxes so he isn't too frustrating at this point. He requires two a batteries, which he comes supplied with, and they lasted a good few months before I had to replace them of daily play, which I think is really good. The age range on this toy is age 3 and over but jess was just over 12months when I brought it for her and she could use it without any trouble It is a soft-bodied toy that has a Velcro fastening back to access the battery compartment. The idea with mr bump is that you throw him around and bash him about and the more you do this the more he shouts at you and laughs, jess is quite capable of doing this and really enjoys playing with him but then so do my older children aged 6 and 8 as they like to throw and catch him between the two of them and laugh at things he says like, ouch that will teach me to wrestle with elephants. As I said I got him at a great price but have since paid full price for others in the range, as they are that good. Unfortunately they cant be machine washed but a quick wipe over with a damp cloth and he looks as good as new again.
A few monthsago, whilst in my local Tesco, they had a number of these Mr.Men characters on offer at half price and for only a tenner. Being a b ig fan of the Mr.Men and knowing my daughter loves the books, I decided to purchase Mr.Bump because he was the best of the characters on the half-price offer. Mr.Bump is the accident prone member of the cast as mighht be guessed by his name. Unlike many of the characters who have undergone transformations for the new updated version of the show, Mr.Bump's apearance has hardly changed and he is still spherically-shaped, blue and covered in bandages! This toy is relatively soft with the only hard bit being the battery pack inside that gives him the power of speech. He says a number of amusing phrases such as "That'll teach me to wrestle with elephants!" and "Oooh ooh ooh I don't think I like this!" and these are activated by shaking the toy and throwing him around. But you need to be careful because if he hits anybody then the hard battery pack is hardly softened and he could hurt someone. Also if he hits something, he could easily break it and I am not sure how hard he would have to be thrown to break the battery pack but obviously if that gets bust then you will be left with a mute toy and his speech is one of the things that makes him so fun! I am not so sure about him using the phrase "Oh Poopity-Poo!" and am not sure I would like my daughter coming out with that even if it isn't paticulary rude but otherwise, I find this an amusing toy to play with. I would say though that Daddy has more fun with it than his daughter who soon lost interest! Thank goodness I didn't pay full-price then! I like this as it has nostalgia for my own childhood and it is fun to pick Mr.Bump and give him a shake every now and then and occassionally, if we are playing quite heavily, me and my daughter often set him off by mistake which can be quite funny! Overall though, I would look for him on offer on sites such as Amazon or Ebay as I don't think it is worth paying full-price for something which, though fun, may not hold your child's attention for too long!
Mr Bump is without a doubt one of the clumsiest chaps you could ever hope to meet. The success of the books by Roger Hargreaves has to led to lots of merchandise, including t-shirts, mugs and cuddly toys. There are several cuddly Mr Men on the market, including the talking range. Yes, you can now buy Mr Men who talk back at you! Mr Bump is made from a plush material and is lovely and squishy to the touch. His soft furry coat means you can snuggle up to him, use him as a cushion or maybe even a pillow. The design work is tight and accurate. A beautiful blue colour all over is eye grabbing and this is offset with his bandages, suggesting he has been in the wars. Little perky eyes are stitched on above a huge gaping mouth which looks like it might just swallow you whole. The mouth does not move, but just undeneath here is where you will hear him speak from. Inside the toy is a battery pack, this is the speech mechanism system. He has a small selection of phrases, which will either thrill you or cause you to get very irritated very quickly! It is possible to chuck him around to make him talk, though be careful because you don't want to break him! The toy is suitable for children and adults alike and will also delight Mr Men collectors. He stands at about twenty five centimetres in height, though you will have a job getting him to stand up straight. Now available online for just under fifteen pounds, he is not bad value, but the novelty of the toy could soon wear off with kids..so reserve judgement!