My daughter is a bit obsessed with the Octonauts at the moment. It is her favourite TV programme and everytime we go to toy shops she always makes straight for the Octonauts toys. We recently got her the Kwazii soft toy after her dad had been away for a few nights.
The Octonauts are a series of cartoon characters created by Meomi (Vicky Wong and Michael Murphy) who have undersea adventures in their Octopod. Their mission is to explore, rescue and protect which they do while having lots of adventures. Their leader is Captain Barnacles and their are several other characters based loosely around other animals, most of them land mammals! The programmes can be seen on CBeebies or you can buy the DVDs.
---About the Kwazii soft toy:
The Kwazzi soft toy is based on the character from the Octonauts books and TV shows. Kwazii is meant to be a kitten and used to be a pirate before joining the Octonauts hence the eye patch. The toy comes in a half box where he is secured in so needs a pair of scissors to get him out. Once out, he is about 8 inches in height but is unable to stand up. The Octonauts all have oversized heads and the toys are no exception. This explains the inability of the toy to be able to stand up!
He is able to be surface washed although we haven't had the need to try this out yet. He hasn't managed to get that dirty yet and most dirt is able to be wiped off easily anyway.
My daughter was very excited when we got this and as soon as it was out of the box she was playing with it. She likes to imagine different situations and stories using Kwazii and also the Captain Barnacles toy we got her as well. She still takes him to bed with her and seems to enjoy cuddling him a lot. The toy is easy to hold and her only frustration is that you can't stand him up or sit him down properly, he only lies around. He would well as a toy on his own although it has been nice for my daughter to have two of the different characters to play with. You can also get other charcters from the show including Peso.
This toy has been a great buy for us especially as I got it with a third off! It costs around £10 and can be bought from lots of different retailers. This toy has been great for my daughter to do imaginative play and its a nice easy to cuddle toy. The recommended age is 3+ but I would have been happy with my daughter playing with it from younger. I would recommend it to any young fans of the Octonauts especially if they like Kwazii!