“ Brand: Corgi / Type: Buses „
Over the Christmas period we ended up with not just one, but three of these little diecast Corgi buses with Moshi Monster theming. I had picked this up back in June knowing I would put it away for later in the year. The price fluctuated a little over the year around the five pounds mark which is a reasonable sort of price for themed corgi vehicles.
The bus is a replica bus of the Moshi bus, and although a tiny bit smaller than I expected, I knew my son would love it as soon as he saw it. The bus is on the miniature size - 9.7 x 5.3 x 3.8 cm. The same sort of size as a toy car but a little taller. The colours on this are lovely with a light blue background like the sky, and a green scenery painted onto the bus. It also shows the treehouse from the website. The paintwork is quite tough, and in spite of being put in the toy box and rammed around a bit, the paint has no signs of wear as yet but I will update if and when this happens.
The vehicle feels pretty light compared to other die cast toy vehicles we have had. This one is only 77g. However, I don't think this is a bad thing as it sits nicely in the hand.
My sons like the attention to detail. It has two sets of doors on the bus (which don't open) and on every single window of the lower deck there is a Moshi character painted onto the window to look like they are riding on the bus. These are the main characters like Zommer, Diavlo and Katsuma. There are a couple of other Moshlings shown in the scenery painted on the outside of the bus, but there are pretty small and the only one I can recognise at this scale is Iggy.
Something that bugs me a little is that the main 6 Moshi characters are repeated on both sides and the front windscreen - now to me, I think this would appeal more if there was more variety and my kids could pick out other Moshis on some of the windows.
The bus has wheels that move, so it can be pushed along quite nicely. Due to the small size, this has ended up being more of a display item or something to be played with alone rather than playing with it when the other Moshlings are got out. My youngest son quite likes it, but my eldest son finds it a bit dull at 7 years old.
Overall, although it is a nice toy to look at and well made, it hasn't proved anywhere near as popular as I thought and is perhaps designed more for children who are really into toy vehicles. My children have never been the sort who are car mad, so perhaps this is part of why it is not a success in our house. They only get cars out sporadically if they play with their toy garage, and they have always preferred figures more than vehicles.
I think this one is perhaps best for a younger fan.