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Peppa Pig Campervan Playset
Member Name: arleek
Peppa Pig Campervan Playset
Advantages: Good value, 4 characters included.
Disadvantages: Accessories are a bit naff
My 3 year old daughter received this for Christmas last year, as she is a 'mild' Peppa Pig fan, and she was getting the World of Playsets (see review) so I thought this would go with it all very nicely. It was on sale in Home Bargains I think for about £15 so I thought that was a good price, especially since Peppa Pig toys seem ridiculously expensive.
In the set you get the campervan with removable lid/roof, a BBQ, fridge, picnic table, shower, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Peppa Pig and George. The seats also come out of the campervan so you can use them as picnic benches.
The set all looks pretty good and it's amazing that you receive the whole pig family with this set because usually with Peppa Pig playsets you are limited to one Peppa character and have to buy the rest separately. The result of this little scam is that we have numerous Peppa Pigs and only a few other characters. Anyway, I digress...
The campervan is a nice size and there is plenty of room inside to fit your Peppa Pig characters plus some of the other accessories. The lid lifts off very easily, so easily in fact that ours never goes back on because getting it to fit back on properly is quite a task and even I cannot figure it out, so my kids have got no chance. But they prefer the roof off anyway so they can play with it better. The roof also has a retractable awning which comes in and out when you turn a wheel on the back - this is a pointless feature because the roof is never on so this never gets used, and when it has been used it has been broken anyway because it is quite flimsy. The problem with this set up is that it would have been nice to have another entry point into the campervan without having to lift the entire roof off - I mean who has ever seen a real campervan where the entire top section lifts off?! They could have included an opening side or rear door.
The accessories such as the BBQ, fridge and shower, although very fitting with the whole campervan scene, are also pretty useless - these are usually left at the bottom of the toy box when my kids are playing with this toy. The picnic table however, does get some use, although my children never take the seats out of the campervan to use them as seats to go around the table.
Overall I would say for the money (currently priced at £24.99 on the Toys R Us website) it's quite good value, especially since you receive 4 characters with the set, and the campervan is quite good for taking the characters for a ride around the living room. However, if I persuade my children to play with the mountain of Peppa Pig toys they have, this is not one of the preferred choices - they much prefer the swings, roundabout and slide that we have in our possession.
Summary: Another average Peppa Pig toy
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