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Hollie loves The Backyardigans, she watches them on Nick Jnr most days and one of her favourite toys for a while has been a small 6" Uniqua beanie. Unlike the Tubbies, IgglePiggle and co, unless you have a child who actively watches this show you'll probably never have heard of Uniqua so let me introduce her to you. Uniqua is an unspecified creature, unlike her Backyardigans friends she isn't actually modelled on a real species and instead the designers have given her a unique (Uniqua, unique - see what they did there?) look that is very appealing. I actually thought she was either a pink ladybird or an alien, but a quick look on Wiki earlier tells me she's neither.
This beanie looks EXACTLY as Uniqua looks on tele, completely pink and very sweet. She's very soft and cuddly, the few beans stitched into her bottom don't affect the snuggliness of the toy - last week when Hollie was poorly with a throat infection nothing would soothe her apart from lying under the duvet with Uniqua.
The beanie is very well made; two years of near constant play hasn't loosened any stitches or caused rips/nicks in the soft fabric. The material of Uniqua's dungarees is starting to bobble a bit now but that's down to the felt-like texture of it so not really a fault with the toy itself. Well, I suppose it is but they couldn't have used any other fabric and kept the dungarees looking the part. The dungarees are non-removable by the way so no worries about your child deciding to undress Uniqua and losing the clothes - as happened recently with a very badly designed George Pig. Who is now a naked chilly looking little piggy!
Uniqua can easily be placed into a sitting position and her overall shape means she's quite stable once seated. She fits perfectly onto some tiny chairs Hollie has, I think they were originally Barbie chairs but are perfect for this style of beanie to sit on when Hollie is playing schools or tea parties.
This beanie is suitable for children aged three and above, I assume this is in case any of the beans come out as they could constitute a choking hazard. I let Hollie have hers two years ago when she was two as she's never been the kind of child to put things in her mouth, and anyway the beanie is so strongly stitched that I think it would take extremely rough play to break through the fabric and release them.
I paid £5 for this gorgeous little Uniqua beanie and it was definitely money well spent as Hollie loved it from the moment she clapped eyes on it and has played with it practically on a daily basis ever since.