Product Type: Character Options Toy Car
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Going on a (dull) adventure with Peppa!
Character Option Peppa Pig's Adventure Buggy
Member Name: chrisandmark
Character Option Peppa Pig's Adventure Buggy
Advantages: Easy to work and manoeuvre, fab characters (apart from Mummy Pig going for the whore-eyed look)
Disadvantages: Very basic, too-loud sound effects, ridiculously expensive for what it is
This is a very basic toy car, despite the fact that it looks so good. You have Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, Peppa and George sitting in their open top buggy - this is a simple push along toy but does require batteries for the sound effects. Hollie's is the pink car you can see above but the toy is also available in a washed out blue colour, which honestly is not half as attractive as the pink, although to be fair having the blue option makes the toy more suitable for little boys who are fans of Peppa.
The characters are fixed into the car which is equally pleasing and irritating; pleasing because it means they're not going to get lost, irritating because I remember the day Hollie was given this car and the tantrums invoked when she realised she couldn't remove Peppa to play her usual games with her. Actually I'm happy they can't be removed, I spend most of my time picking up tiny toys so it's a relief that these can't be scattered around the house! They all look great and identical to the way the characters are depicted on the television; Mummy Pig looks like she's gone a little bit overboard with the mascara (in fact she appears to have two large spiders on each eye) but apart from that they're all wearing instantly recognisable clothing and are seated in the traditional family manner of adults at the front and children in the back seat. As Hollie pointed out quite recently, none of them are wearing a seatbelt but her dad explained this away by muttering something about not needing to wear a seatbelt on quad bikes or (erm) adventure buggies. Which sounds daft but is slightly better than my answer of 'For god's sake! I don't KNOW, Hollie'.
When you press down on Mummy Pigs head you have the pleasure of the sound effects, there's no up and down volume but thankfully they can be switched off using a small slider switch on the underside of the car. The sound effects are extremely repetitive and very loud, gratingly loud at times and this isn't helped by the fact that these sounds are also ever so slightly distorted and don't really sound all that much like the Pig characters in the car. The batteries seem to last forever, ours have just recently failed after three years - although this isn't really an indication of how power effective the car is, more that it's never been a favourite toy of Hollies so hasn't been used as much or as frequently as other battery operated toys in her toy-box.
The car works well, pushing along smoothly without and skill needed to direct it in whatever direction you want it to go it. The wheels are fairly free wheeling and you can give it a little shove and watch the buggy travel a short distance before coming to a stop, this is best done on a wooden floor as carpet slows it down - this is true of any push along toy car, although to be fair this one does cope surprisingly well when pushed on our thick shaggy rug due to the relatively tall wheels. This is actually a very smooth car and I'm always pretty impressed by the fact that it travels in a reasonably straight line when pushed, it's heavy though so if you have the kind of stroppy toddler that I seem to have this time around (David, not Hollie) you might want to think about putting it away until the 'throwing' stage has passed.
This might not be the worlds most exciting Peppa Pig toy (actually, in my experience Peppa Pig toys are rarely exciting) but it's very well made. The plastic is chunky and all 'bits' are securely attached to the toy, there's nothing that looks likely to break off and Hollie's Adventure Buggy doesn't have so much as a scratch or scuff on it despite being played with and bundled under a mountain of other toys in her toy-box. I've just given the wheels a little wiggle and can confirm they are as solid to the underside of the car as they were the day we bought it - in fact the only thing that spoils the looks of this toy is Mummy Pig's mascara!
The price of this makes me hopping mad, as do the prices of anything even remotely connected with the Peppa Pig franchise. I think ours cost around £15, which is bad enough for a basic (if attractive) car, but it now costs a whopping £20 on Amazon - this is scandalous in my opinion considering for this price you could purchase a veritable fleet of cars from Argos or any toy shop. The Adventure Buggy is recommended for children from eighteen months to four years and this seems about right, Hollie is five now and between her and her twenty month old brother they do still play with the car occasionally - although to be honest they both have much more exciting toys so this doesn't get a look in too often.
Summary: A nice enough toy but nowhere near worth it's £20 price tag!
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