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Just over 2 years ago, my son was really enjoying the programme In The Night Garden. In a sale that Sainsburys were doing, I found this particular soft toy at a reduced price around the £6.00 mark, and thought it would be a great toy for him to have.
Why did I buy it?
I thought because it was character based and a character he loved at the time he would enjoy it. The price was great and I felt it was good for him to have something soft and cuddly rather than the typical toys he already had such as electronic based toys, games, general toys that made noise. I also thought it would be nice to buy him something that was completely soft with no parts to it that he could swallow or harm himself with/on.
Who is Igglepiggle?
Igglepiggle is a larger than life fictional character on the childrens show called ' In The Night Garden '. A programme shown on the Cbeebies channel and aimed at children between the ages between 1 and 4 years old. It's a mix of costume wearing characters, puppets and animation. All episodes are based in a magical forest where all the character lives and play, Igglepiggle being one of them. Bright, colourful, very exaggerated. A more up to date and more creative version of the Teletubies.
What is this toy/What does it look like?
Igglepiggle soft toy is 12 inches tall, 4 inches wide ( without his arms being spread out ). He is completely soft from head to toe, and contains some form of stuffing.
He is blue, with the bottom of his feet being read and a slight mow hawk styled red ' hair ' being red also. His blue body is made of different textured/looking material e.g ribbed, stripped etc. All of which ties in with how he looks in the programme.
His eyes are big, and along with his small nose and mouth are all stitching on his face.
Igglepiggle comes with his beloved red blanket which velcro's to his hand.
Machine wash, cold water, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low.
So what do I think?
This is a lovely soft toy that looks very much like he does on the programme. Its just the right size for young children, so easy to hold. Hes very soft which makes him tactile. For any young child that loves watching ' In the Night Garden ' they would enjoy this toy because of how it looks.
He can get alittle grubby as you can imagine, but easily washed and has been done many times.He has bobbled quite abit but he is over 2 years old and has been played with by both of my children now.
Hes not heavy at all, very light weight, so if needed very easy to carry around either with child or in a changing bag/handbag ( I have had him squeezedin my messenger bag once when my little girl decided she couldn't leave him at home ).
This soft toy is still in great condition. No holes, rips, colour is still quite bright and true to when he was first bought. All the stuffing still in the right places.
My son is too old to really like this toy anymore, but his sister absolutely loves the show and this soft toy has been rehoused with her. She treats him like a doll, very affectionate, feeds him biscuits, throws him around and sleeps with him. Despite the fact this toy doesn't actually do anything, she seems to be very imaginative with him and does a lot of role playing with the poor thing!
A very simple look with a very simple and basic purpose but it truly keeps my daughter very happy.
This type of toy is going to have a shelf life in my opinion. My son is now into Spiderman, Iron Man and computers so doesn't get much out of this particular piece and 4. My daughter who is nearly 2 adores this, so feel I could squeeze in another year with her which means money well spent.
Would I buy this again?Yes I would. For me sometimes simple is best. If this wasn't character based I don't know how much he would be loved, but because he is and I have now one very obsessed little girl who cries if she cant watch the show, for me this purchase is priceless. Especially since Ive been able to buy it and it has been passed down successfully between two children.
It also helps there are different variations of this toy where some talk, you can dress them up, different sizes etc, so something to suit any In The Night Garden fan. Different variations are sold in many places, such as Amazon, Argos etc.