Product Type: Plan Toys Toy Car
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Plan Toys 6105 Pirate Ship
Member Name: historywitch
Plan Toys 6105 Pirate Ship
Date: 18/05/12, updated on 20/05/12 (57 review reads)
Advantages: Solid, durable, well made, simple, fun, imaginative
Disadvantages: The initial price
Amusingly the product picture for this listing is a coffee machine, I've contacted Dooyoo to get it changed to the correct product picture.
I am a big fan of wooden toys for children, I love the tactile quality of wood and the fact that its much harder to damage. However it is clear from the last seven years of child ownership that my children vehemently disagree and would go for the plastic everytime (especially if it beeps, flashes or whirrs). So when we received this pirate ship as a gift I groaned a little, expecting it to be examined briefly and then abandoned, leaving me the job of storage or disposal. However both of my children (then 6 and 2 years old) played with it, even more surprisingly they played with it nicely together and then again the next day. Its pricey at RRP £37.99 (on Amazon at the moment for slightly less) but worth it.
For the money you get a very solid feeling ship, its very well made and would be very difficult to break or damage. We received this second hand and despite regular demanding play it was in excellent condition with no damage at all. Despite its obvious quality it is also quite light and easy to carry around, that would be the 'non toxic, chemically treated' rubberwood its made of I suppose. There are no sharp edges or rough bits and it has a lovely curved quality that invites you to touch it. At the stern is a little flap down door, on the bow is an attached anchor and on the side is a gangplank. All of these are attached with elastic so the gangplank swivels around, the anchor can be stretched slightly towards the sea and the door can flap down and stay down. Again, even though this toy is three years old there is no damage to these components.
The mast is removable so you can take it down to put the ship away to store it without the danger of it being broken. However it is only a long piece of dowel so in the event of breakage a relatively handy person would be able to fashion a new one. At the top is a birds nest into which the little wooden figures fit. The sails have not become tangled over time but the mast has become wobbly for some reason, its currently listing badly to one side - or would do were it not for the blue tack anchoring it in place.
The upper deck is also removable, so the space underneath can be revealed for extra play. It only rests on three pieces of doweling and has another piece of dowel to hold the steering wheel in place. Over time this has become quite unbalanced and the merest touch is enough to tilt the whole thing forward, which of course brings down the wheel as well. Superglue would fix this no doubt, so its on the list of things to do at some point when I am less busy! Even though this is a weakness I love the fact it is so easy to fix, a major advantage of this sort of toy.
As well as the basic ship you get several little crewmembers including a captain, a boat with sweet little oars that move (elastic again), a crocodile, a treasure chest with lid, a rope ladder, a wooden ladder, a barrel of rum and two cannons. All of these are similarly well made and look as good as new. I'm not sure about the abstractness of the people and the crocodile but my children don't seem to mind and have used these pieces to come up with some very exciting scenarios (no-one has escaped the crocodile yet!).
So in conclusion I would say that this is an excellent, well made and durable toy with plenty of appeal to children aged between 2 and 7 years old. Any little problems are easy to fix, it comes with lots of great bits and pieces that allow children to really use their imagination. It is quite pricey but for the quality this is very good. It would be an excellent toy to buy for a first child knowing that you could pass it down for any subsequent children. The information that came with it says for children over 36 months (or three years old), but my son has been happily and safely playing with it since he was 28 months old under my supervision. This toy has the added benefit of fitting in with other toys from the Plan Toys range. As a parent the best bit about this toy are the magic words 'No assembly required' and 'No batteries'!
Summary: Shiver me timbers
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