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Peppa Pig Campervan Playset
Member Name: pootlegirl
Peppa Pig Campervan Playset
Advantages: Comes with the whole family so no more purchase required
Disadvantages: The roof doesn't fit on very well
Last summer our lovely neighbour handed down a whole box full of Peppa Pig toys. My 4 year old daughter loves Peppa Pig so needless to say I had a very peaceful afternoon whilst she explored her new toys!
I am not one to buy my children TV related toys - or clothes. I kind of hate they watch as much as they do anyway....but I love (and need!) the peace it gives me! In fact, the double bill of Peppa Pig at 8.15am on Milkshake is when I used to know I could leave them and nip upstairs uninterrupted to get dressed and ready for the day ahead! Unfortunately we now have to leave for school before Peppa even starts! However, I don't want to extend TV into their play away from the TV. I also know how quickly their favourite programmes change, last year it was Show Me, Show Me and Same Smile, this year it's Octonauts and Tree Fu Tom (sorry non Cbeebies viewers!) so I have always felt that TV themed toys will soon be rejected very quickly. That said both her and her younger brother have played with the Peppa Pig toys a LOT! And the Camper Van is without doubt the favourite part of the kit for both of them!
The Camper Van comes in two halves. The whole top half comes off (from above the yellow doors) allowing good access to the main part of the van. In the main part of the van are two purple seats with different sized indentations in which you can securely sit Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig, Peppa and George - all of whom are included in the set. These seem pretty solid and have moveable arms and legs. The seats can be taken out and used with the table and barbeque for al fresco dining. Looking at the image above it looks like there are other parts to the set, but these must have been long gone before we got the set. In the roof of the campervan is a blue veranda which can either be pulled out manually, or there is a dial which can be turned to extend it. The dial is very small and fiddley even for me so my daughter tends to pull it out manually. The danger here is that it gets pulled out completely, but it slots back in easily enough so this isn't a major problem.
As I said, this was handed down to us. It has obviously been played with, there are a few scuffs of paint missing, but other than cosmetic damage everything is in working order and standing up to the battering my now 2 year old son is giving it!
The only problem with this set is that the roof does not fit on the base very securely so when the van is being pushed around it tends to fall off. This isn't too much of a problem for my 4 year old as she can put it back on, but it used to cause a lot of stress for my then 18 month old. Both of them now tend to not bother with the roof too much and seem quite happy to do so.
Although they have both loved playing with the Peppa Pig Camper Van, it hasn't changed my mind about TV themed toys. They would have loved this toy even if it wasn't related to Peppa Pig, this set costs around £20 which I don't think is such a bad price considering it comes with all 4 characters and a few other accessories. However, I certainly would not have paid this price for it! I have looked online and you can buy other non themed campervan toys for a similar price, and considerably better ones for not much more! Plan Toys do a fantastic wooden one for around £35, which I know is a whole £15 more but I am sure a time will come when the Peppa Pig toys are 'babyish', but I think this will come quite a long time before they outgrow 'small world' play.
Summary: A hit with my two....but I wouldn't have chosen it myself!
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