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Casdon 580 Toy Little Henry Vacuum

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      29.08.2011 16:33
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      not bad!

      My grandchildren like to copy me and are always more than interested when I am cleaning. My 2 year old granddaughter likes to follow me around when I'm hoovering and wants to do it herself so when I saw this pretend Henry Vacuum I couldn't resist it especially as it 'works' insofar as it picks up small items so it makes children feel as though it's actually a real vacuum and not just a toy! I'm really glad I bought it for them as they get so much fun out of this vacuum and considering it cost £25 it was quite pricey.

      It is a scaled down version of the well known Henry Vacuum cleaner, it has the big eyes and smile with the long nozzle looking like a trunk/nose. it comes with a dustpan and brush too so you can really get your children running around after you cleaning up!

      It is powered by batteries ( 4 x C) but it does had a lead which is made to look real. The lead is a little odd, it's designed so that safety comes first which is important with children. Children may be tempted to pull the lead out and wrap it around their necks and so it is made in sections which are just joined together by magnets so if your child pulls on this too hard or twists it into an awkward shape it will fall apart. This is a great idea but it does mean that it is frequently coming apart and this seems to frustrate my grandchildren who don't want to spend time messing around fixing it back together but want to get playing. The lead pulls out and can be reeled back in by winding it using a winding handle on the top of the vacuum. This is quite fiddly to do and my grandchildren do struggle with it, again it is a safety feature used with magnets, I presume it's so that children can't suddenly reel it in too quickly if it's caught around something so it will come apart again. This is really frustrating and the worst feature this item has, it would be nice to just not have a plug.

      The vacuum comes apart with the lid coming off and the hose pulling apart so you can fit an attachment. You can see what you have picked up through the hose when you take the lid off. It picks up small items like sawdust and the odd bit of paper and what not, anything much bigger then it doesn't even attempt to pick it up bu that's fine, I don't expect this product to actually be cleaning and vacuuming up 'properly' this is a toy afterall! I think it's quite enjoyable for the children to be able to feel as though they have actually sucked up items though so it's nice that it will pick up some very light, small bits. Everything is stored in the drawer which is easy to access. My grandson likes taking this apart and then putting it back together whilst my granddaughters prefer to get on with the cleaning! It's amusing to see their roles splitting!

      The hose bends around corners and things but it is fairly flimsy and it has actually split in one place so it is a bit poor in terms of quality. The actual hoover itself- the body and lid- is very robust though as it's a strong plastic so when the grandchildren carry this around and bash it into things it will withstand it and is still looking in fairly good condition. It is just a shame that the hose isn't very good quality and also that the lead is poor.

      This doesn't create a lot of noise which is a good thing- you can actually hear yourself think as your little one hoovers! It is, however, not good for my grandchildren who seem to want it to be noisier "like a real vacuum!" so it would be nice to have a volume control so it could sound louder like a real machine or you could alter it to be quiet if you're wanting to do something.

      My grandchildren get a lot of joy out of this. They like dragging it around with them and pretending to be busy which is really amusing to watch and it's nice to see them engaged in using their imaginations. The fact it comes apart and goes back together easily is another bonus as it means that children are able to enjoy doing this instead of it being an adult job, it just provides children with another entertainment option! One of my grandchildren loves this toy so much she is always carrying it around and it's fairly light so practical for little children like this.

      I know that some people won't like this because of the few low quality features it has which concerns the poor lead, the winding mechanism and the nozzle but I personally think it's great for my grandchildren as they seem to really enjoy playing with this and it's really nice to see a product which reflects the real thing- so many pretend vacuums don't have the sucking mechanism that this one does so it's nice to see one which does actually work to an extent. It cost me £25 which is quite pricey for a child's toy but it's worked out well for us as it provides lots of entertainment. At the moment you can buy it on Amazon for £20 which I think is quite a good price. If you're looking for something that's high quality though this may not be the right item for you and you may find yourself disappointed.

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        28.11.2010 16:59

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        Good product, cute design, encourages independent play and good habits. Would recommend to a friend

        I bought this Little miniature Henry for my two year old as he's always using my vacuum cleaner. The Henry design is cute and looks just like the real thing which is great and I was definitely impressed with the precision. Included in a little store away is a miniature dustpan with brush, some additional nozzles and pieces. All great and got more than expected for the price. What I was less impressed with was the fact that the product didn't fulfil my expectations. The product description and specification given state that the vacuum cleaner would be able to suck up dirt/mess as a regular vacuum cleaner does. Well, I am yet to see my sons Henry vacuum any dirt (even a very small amount) so he often gets frustrated and leaves it alone to play with mine which completely defeated the whole purpose of me purchasing it in the first place!!!!

        Advantages:
        - resembles an actual Henry Hoover
        - includes a lot of pieces for the price
        - stimulating and encourages good practice for tidy-up time

        Disadvantages:
        - Smaller than expected
        - does not have a powerful suction and therefore does not pick up contrary to what the description states

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        Good product, cute design, encourages independent play and good habits. Would recommend to a friend if not particularly fussed about the vacuum not being powerful enough to pick up anything!

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        06.07.2010 01:34
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        Not worth the money at all!

        Having 2 year old, domesticated twin boys who absolutely love it when I 'umber' the place, that's toddler lingo for hoover by the way I decided Santa should bring them their very own hoover.

        I have my very own Hetty, she's a good friend of mine and my boys recognised both Hetty and Henry thanks to my mum owning him so I knew what I was going to look for, for Santa to give them Christmas day last year.

        Yes people you can now buy your very own TOY Henry hoover, for roughly £20 online on Amazon, or even in Argos.

        I'm sure you've all seen him, and his pink sister, Henry, the dumpy red hoover which you drag along by his piped nose to suck up all the messy bits around your home, well now your kids can do the same with their very own scaled down replica toy of Henry the Hoover himself.

        The toy version of Henry, is a Casdon product, which I seem to find a lot of in the Toys and Games section on the amazon website.

        The toy's details on the website advertises the fact that this toy Henry can in fact pick up small pieces of paper of poly beads and it collects it in it's very own removable drawer. It comes with it's own Cord, Plug Reel, T shaped nozzle and even a Dust Pan and brush. The accesories fit neatly, and sometimes securely inside. Looking online I can see that the measurements for the toy henry are approximately 22cm high x 20cm across, in case anybody was wonderiny for storage purposes etc.

        This toy actual resembles a Henry hoover almost perfectly, for it to be perfect though it has to make noise like a proper hoover though right? Well seeing as the hoover is powered by 4 'C' type batteries, it does provide a hoover'ish sound to humour children somewhat. The batteries may need replacing of course, and to do this you do need a small screwdriver to unlock the battery 'door' at the bottom.

        The toy Henry has, as you'd expect a bright red, smiley faced body, with a black top section to it which you can take off, the way you can with the real thing. Only this one is nowhere near as weighty as the real thing which is good as this leaves no frustration for your child as it won't be too heavy or bulky for them to drag around to do their 'umbering'. The black top has 'clips' on either side which clip onto the red body of the hoover to allow it to be secure and hide all the accesories inside.

        Now my review seems to carry a slight buzz about it doesn't it? Well yes I was pretty buzzing when I bought these for my twins as I thought they would be fantastic toys, resembling what mummy and nanny had for them to do their own hoovering. However this has not been the case. Although the actual body of the hoover is a strong and sturdy plastic, the clips on the side are flimsy, along with the rest of the hoover. In fact the overall quality of the hoover is low in my eyes. The clips can be easily broken on the sides, meaning straightaway the hoover is no good to use for it's actual play purpose of hoovering as it keeps coming apart. This again causes more trouble as then the accessories inside create mess and more drama for children when they are not hidng secretly within their hoover in their allocated holes like they are meant to.

        The realistic pipe, is thin, cheap plastic which doesn't allow much 'play' at all. A few slight pulls and bends and yanks and the pipes were breaking, far too easy in my opinion. Not only were the pipes weak and breaking but they were actually coming apart from Henry himself, which caused a lot of frustration and upset for the twins. On top of this, instead of just having the bendy plastic pipe it attaches to transparent, plastic poles, the way a real Henry hoover has the hard, metal poles. These keep coming loose, breaking off resulting in them snapping, breaking, and me having to put them back togther only for the same thing to happen again.

        The 'lead and plug' attached are not that long, so shouldn't really cause any accidents, so I suppose you could call the toy safe, and the plug part is actually a 'sucker' like on a bath toy bag that sticks onto the wall, which again is safe for a young child.

        The noise it makes is not all that powerful or loud, in fact it's a poor excuse for a hoover sound, even for a child's toy. As for it's sucking action, I think it sucks!! It doesn't pick up hardly anything not even crumbs, which disapointed my boys even more, they are not stupid they've seen me hoover enough times they know it's to pick up bits and clean up and that is exactly what they wanted to do with their very own hoovers.

        To be honest I wouldn't reccomend this hoover to anybody. The idea behind it is fab! But it needs to be better quality and more thought out. The best part about them was the dust pan and brush inside, we still use them now lol. They are poorly made, weak, and don't allow enough actual play as they break too easy. A total disapointment!

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          18.06.2010 14:09
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          So cute. Don't you want to take him home?

          I bought this toy a couple of years ago when I saw his little smiling face looking out at me from the window of the local hardware store. We had just come back from holiday to Center Parcs, where the kids were fascinated with the big Henry Vacuum cleaner in our lodge, so it seemed a fun buy at the time.


          The toy cost £20, which I thought was a bit expensive for what it was. The toy is a scaled down replica of the real thing, complete with a pretend plug and a simulated cable, which winds up by turning a handle, just like the real thing. Henry has a removable hat which reveals a storage compartment inside, where you can store the toy dustpan and brush which are included with the toy.


          Henry also has a little dust box that slots in the back of the main body of the toy, and is battery powered, creating a very gentle suction which is just about stong enough to suck up bits of paper from the carpet, although the on/off switch is quite fiddly, requiring the child to get the switch dead centre, rather than just pushing it to the left or the right, which I think would have been easier for a child to do.


          As I have said, we have had this toy for a couple of years, and in that time, Henry has been thoroughly tried and tested, which has led to a few changes in his appearance:

          The fake cord and plug broke off relatively soon after we bought him.

          The clear parts of the vacuum hose got pulled off, trod on, and snapped, ending up in the bin.

          The battery ran out very quickly, and we didn't bother replacing it, because nobody bothered using the toy to suck things up anyway.


          So basically, Henry now consists of just a basic body and a hat, which suits my kids fine. Occasionaly, they pretend he is a vacuum cleaner, but they find it much more fun to pull his hat off and put it on their heads, and put their toys in the body of Henry and race him around the floor on his wheels like a motor car. Henry is a perfect size for carrying dolls and teddies as passengers, and of course, you can pull him along the floor by the long plastic hose on his nose!


          Henry, the "car" is always in the toybox in the living room, and gets played with regularly, stimulating the childrens' imagination, as he becomes a car, boat, rocket or even a vacuum cleaner! In my opinion, the makers of this toy should have made it simpler, with less add ons, that end up lost or broken, and just kept it as a more basic, wheel along toy.


          My pet hate is toys that have bits that get lost or broken, because usually, this means that you can't play with the toy anymore. Henry just about gets away with this, because although he is a bit battered and incomplete, he is still a good basic toy with lots of life in him yet. I have no clue why he costs £20. I would think that £10 would be a more reasonable price to pay for this toy.


          If you have a Henry hoover at home, this is a really cute and fun toy for the kids, and it may even encourage them to help you out with the real thing when they are older. Don't bank on it though!

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            26.11.2009 14:38

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            Cute little hoover will help with children who are scared of your hoover

            Great little hoover for kids. I bought my 18 month old son this and he loves it. He used to be scared of the hoover but now he has one just like mine he joins in when I am hoovering. Quite durable although one of the pipes has cracked after the dog chewed it but that is more my fault than the products.
            Comes with a nice little set of Dust pan and brush accessories which are easily stored inside the hoover itself.
            Has a plug extension just like the real one which is able to be suctioned onto a flat wall or something similar and child is also able to wing the wire up the same way you do with a real Henry.
            It does suck up bits when it has batteries in although it doesn't produce alot of suction but still great for kids.
            Would definately recommend to a friend for xmas or birthday pressies.
            Great toy for under £20.

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            08.06.2009 21:52

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            great little toy

            I bought this for my little boys 2nd birthday and i year on its still working fine after been bashed about and thrown down the stairs. Not that powerful so doesn't actually pick up many bits, although he still thinks its great. He loves to get it out when i do and he has so much fun playing with it. Its nice and light so they can pull it around easy enough. The only thing is the plug, which is a sucker that you have to lick to put on the wall doesn't stay on very well and they can't go as far as you can and the top where you wind the wire back in often falls off. My little boy gets very frustrated with this but i guess thats just an age thing! I really do recommend this not only is it fun it teaches them to be tidy!

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            24.05.2009 00:40
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            A good idea, great imitation, just like the real thing only smaller!

            I am always spoiling my niece with all the toys you impulse buy in various toy shops and when I saw an aisle with household replicas for kids I knew I would be buying yet more for her! There were a few hoovers to choose from but as she has always been used to seeing the real Henry used I figured it would be better if I got her the same. I also wanted to make sure I got a hoover that actually picked up when used rather than just the making the whirring noise and seeing the trademark beads going round a clear cylinder. I paid around £25.00 for the henry and when it was given to her on my return she loved it from the start. The 'plug' is great as it is a sucker that can be pushed onto the floor or wall to imitate it being plugged in. The henry comes apart like the real thing, although to empty it there is a tiny compartment at the back on the base. My niece really loved seeing what she had picked up with her hoover! The suction is so minimal though and only very tiny pieces of paper are picked up which is a shame. The noise that comes with this is so quiet (very pleasing to many!). The lead for the hoover works like the real thing aswell, winding round the handle on the top. The batteries don't seem to last long mainly due to the fact that the On/Off button in hard to turn off for a young child and so runs itself down. All in all a good buy which has lasted and kept in good condition.

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            12.01.2009 22:00
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            Scaled down version of the household numatic Henry hoover...

            INTRODUCTION

            I wrote a review a few months ago on the casdon 616 Hetty hoover after buying it for my niece for a Christmas present, as it turns out I managed to buy her the best gift and on Christmas day Hetty was the only thing she played with, since giving her the Hetty my sister's cleaning duties have declined as my five year old niece doe's all of the hovering around the house.

            Anyway I also have a three year old nephew who has taken a liking to the hoover and plays with it at every opportunity, He turned four last week so I thought it would be fitting to buy him the same hoover but as Hetty is bright pink in colour I opted for the Casdon 580 Henry as he is bright red and black and in my opinion much better for a little boy.

            THE CASDON 580 HENRY VACUUM

            The casdon 580 is identical to the real numatic Henry hoover you can buy the only difference being it is aimed at children to play with, this scaled down replica is best suited to children aged three and over due to the smaller parts that can be detached from Henry himself.

            The smaller parts consist of an assortment of attachments, for example the main t-bar attachment, the hose, extending pole attachments and lastly smaller brushes in different shapes and sizes to allow the kids to get into every nook and cranny, all of the smaller attachments are concealed underneath the hoover's little black hat.

            Some maybe wondering if this will be suitable for a three year old but the smaller components are rather large and will not harm the kids in any way, all of the attachments are very easy to ensemble on and off of the hoover so this will not be a problem for the kids and they will be able to do it themselves.

            What made this very appealing to both me and my nephew is the fact that he looks exactly like a regular Henry, he is bright red with a black hat and has a very greeting face with a huge smile and big white eyes.

            This little Henry is powered by 4 x C batteries which do last a long time, this powers the hoover so it makes the humming noise when it is turned on and it also generates the suction which allows the toy to actually pick up any dirt, dust and crumbs.

            With this actually picking up dirt you can get the little ones to do your cleaning, for the hard to reach areas the kids can use one of the many attachments and even the little red dust pan and brush that comes with this Henry.

            For this being a toy the suction is rather good as it even picks up dog hair that has stuck itself to the carpet, but as the batteries died out this got a little bit sluggish and didn't pick up the same but the kids didn't seem to notice it at all as they had been hovering the carpet all day so it was clean already.

            As this actually picks up dirt you may be wondering where it goes, well inside it has a removable dust bag that collects the dirt. When the bag is full it can be emptied easily although adult supervision is recommended.

            The overall weight of this toy is 1.6 kilos so it is very easy for a child to pull it around and the casters on the bottom also help, if this kids want to carry it they may struggle as it is rather bulky for a three year old to carry but my five year old niece picks it up with no problems, so I am sure it is down it the age of the child if they can manage it.

            PRICE / AVAILABILITY

            Well I got this from www.amazon.co.uk for the bargain price of 17.50 this included free saver delivery, this was cheaper than the Hetty I purchased for my niece at Christmas but in my opinion even at the full price of 20.00 I found this to be money well spent.

            After ordering this Henry it was delivered within four working days, this was very fast as I was expecting it to arrive after seven days so I was very impressed with the very quick turnaround.

            For the 17.50 I not only got the Henry hoover toy, 4 x C batteries and a three year Manufacturers warranty, so if my nephew has any problems within this three year period the company will replace the unit for a brand new one.

            MY OPINION

            This is a novelty toy that really cleans up and underneath his hat you can store other toys so the kids can keep their cars and logo safe in Henrys hat, this also works well as storage for the smaller toys that seem to always be lying around the house.

            When I first set eyes on this hoover I was a little bit miffed as it had a fully retractable power cord with a plug, at this point I was beginning to worry as I didn't want the kids having anything to do with the power sockets but this is just imitation as the hover is powered by the batteries.

            This has been the perfect forth birthday gift for my nephew and I am assured by my brother that it has been put to good use as my nephew cleans the living room and a daily basis, my brother even jokes that he does not mind replacing the batteries as it really works and saves him the job of vacuuming.

            So if you are a lose end at what to buy a child aged between three and I would say seven, then this is a very inexpensive gift that will keep them entertained for hours, so I would recommend it to any parent.

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            A replica of the much loved multi-purpose vacuum. Supplied with dust pan and brush, hose and 'T' shaped nozzle. All accessories pack away neatly inside. Simulated cord is reeled in by turning a handle, like the real thing.