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If you have ever shopped in either mothercare or ELC then it's highly likely you've happened upon the Happyland brand of toys. The designs are meant to be simple and imaginative - whilst being durable. We were actually given this rocket as a gift but they sell for around £30/£40 full price.
What's in the box?
1 x Rocket, 1 x Moon crater, 1 x Alien, 1 x Dog, 1 x Space buggy, 2 x Spacemen. Requires 2 AA batteries which are also included.
The first thing I noticed when we got this out of the box was its funky retro look. The rocket is bright red plastic, and is a stylised rocket shape rather than an actual space rocket. There are three compartments, the top one being a little section where the astronauts lie next to each other for take off. The second section down is the living area which has a kitchen area and bedroom/toilet area. The bed flips up to reveal the toilet which I thought was a good idea! The last section of the rocket has a flip down door which houses the space buggy.
The figurines are made of a durable rubbery plastic, and I think it would take a great deal to break one.
In previous reviews you may have heard about our toddler tornado who really gives his toys a run for their money. Having not used any happy land toys I was dubious about the quality and build of the items seeing as they are so expensive. Our little boy enjoys using the "count down" button on the handle then throwing the rocket into the air, he's also known to "crash" the rocket too - so far after a years use there is still no broken parts or cracks despite his best efforts. The doors are made so they can easily be put back on again, but I find they fall of quite easily. I'm sure this frustrates me more than him though.
I actually really like this toy, and so do the children. We've found it has outlasted many other toys we've had since. I think if you have young toddlers (or indeed children who don't play conventionally) then the happy land brand of toys will be perfect for you, I do however recommend that you buy using a discount code, as full price they are expensive. We have since bought a cottage from the range and have been equally as impressed!
I bought this last christmas for my then 2 year old son who has autism.
The rocket is a lot larger than I was expecting which was very good as it wasn't a cheap purchase. It came with an alien, a space dog, an astronaut, a car and a pod for alien to hide in. It had 3 doors which came off very easily but were also re-attached with no difficulty.
The 3 doors had 3 rooms in so was perfect for role play. The toy had a button which made 2 sounds. One was a countdown and then a blast off and the other was music. Both which my son enjoyed very much and he got alot of fun out of pressing the button and laughing.
Aside from the doors coming off with ease the toy is very robust and it survived many a throw from my son and didn't get damaged. The quality is fantastic and the little people are the perfect size for little hands.
The look of the toy is also very aesthetically pleasing and appeals to both young toddlers and older toddlers.
I would say this toy is appropriate from 12m rather than 18m as babies can still play with the car and figurines and this a toy that can grow with the child.
If you have young children, then it's highly likely that you have heard about Happyland. The genius range from the Early Learning Centre that creates pre-school versions of classic town landscapes-houses, shops etc. It also has the odd spin off range for example a few pirate themed pieces and space themed pieces. Happyland was such a big hit in our home we had pretty much everything that was available at one time, sadly now my son has outgrown it but I still highly regard the range and recommend it to all my friends when their children reach the right age.
A particular favorite was this Lift Off Rocket from the space range.We bought this as our first non-town themed piece of Happyland play and I couldn't have been more pleased with it, I mean, my son couldn't have been more pleased with, of course...
The packaging for the rocket has the simple Happyland design, green grass and blue sky with logo. It's very visually appealing to pre-schoolers who come to recognise the packaging and want it immediately! Unlike most Happyland toys the rocket comes in a fully enclosed box with a plastic window to see inside. It's been a bug bear of mine about the Happyland toys that the majority of the ranges come in the style of only half a box with the toy being able to be touched fully through the front. This is a nightmare for posting as gifts to friends etc unless re-boxed. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find with our Rocket that wasn't the case and the toy had been fully protected from little fingers in the shop prior to our purchase.
No assembly is required for this, the only thing that you do need to do is add the two batteries (sold separately) and it's good to go! Ours was bought a few years ago so was completely red in colour, with less white detailing than is shown in the above picture. I believe the current one in stock is mostly white with a slight amount of red, all still exactly the same design though. It's also a good size for a pre-school toy, when standing straight my son didn't need to slouch or twist to access it's parts which helped encourage him to get stuck in with playing considering younger children have less fine motor skills, so therefore size does matter with toys like these.
The Rocket itself has three compartments inside, all of which are accessed by individual doors. At the very top is the section where the astronauts go and there are two seperate spaces for them when they are taking off and landing. There is a nicely decorated area which is supposed to be the flight deck which is quite cute for detail. This area is accessed by a lift up door and has a cut out window to allow you to see inside.
The middle floor of the rocket is the living quarters for the astronauts. Opening the large door reveals on the inside of the door to be a bedroom with a bed with an indented pillow which allows the astronauts to lay on the bed without falling off. Inside is a kitchen area with cute details like microwave and cooker etc, nothing is removable, it's all fixed but it's nice for little ones to explore and further encourage their imaginative play.
The bottom floor of the rocket is the storage bay for the moon buggy, and the door opens downwards to act as a ramp for the buggy to come in and out. The moon buggy is included with the rocket which I thought was great, as usually you are expected to buy the extra pieces separately but not on this occassion. The buggy has space for one astronaut and has large rubber type wheels so it grips flooring of all sorts really well. My son really enjoyed playing with the buggy, even when he wasn't playing with the rocket. You also get including a little moon crater style holding pot and friendly alien to sit inside. Another great way to encourage imaginative play as the astronauts can leave the rocket in search of life-and find it! As well as these pieces you also get an astronaut dog to accompany the two included figures. All who are 'dressed' in space attire.
The rocket itself also has a useful carry handle, and when you are ready to finish playing with it, all the included extra pieces fit perfectly inside so you can carry it around in full. The storage it provided was a great addition and made it easy to pick up and take with us when we were hurrying out the door to go and visit family and friends.
Also on the handle is a button which activates the sound affects and simultaneous lights. There are various sounds, mostly a voice saying things like 'Blast off' etc and the lights are on the bottom three stands which flash. My son loved this feature of the rocket, I however wasn't so keen! It's VERY loud and there isn't a volume option, so you have to suffer it while your child enjoys it! The battery life is great, considering how often my son played with it we never once had to change the batteries, another good point for it being value for money.
We bought this for my son when he was about 18 months and we kept it until he was three. Throughout this time it had a lot of play. At first my son didn't understand the imaginative side of it actually being a rocket but he loved the characters, which are perfectly made to fit little hands-chunky, simple and lightweight. They also withstand chewing etc well which is quite important with younger children. So at first he just liked to explore with his hands (and mouth) but as he got older he appreciated it's use more and loved to play with it and his other Happyland pieces. Because all the characters are generic with Happyland you can mix and match, which he enjoyed and meant it had greater value as he used other pieces with this set while playing.
By the time my son had turned 3, he still loved this but just didn't play with it as much as it is designed to suit younger children, particularly now as the entire Happyland range has been redesigned to suit an even younger age than when we purchased it. The design wasn't as stimulating or detailed for him but for the 18 months we had it, he played with it almost daily.
Over the course of us having this I noticed how durable it was. My son can be over enthusiastic when playing and I would sometimes worry about the force he used when the rocket would 'land'. Never once did it chip, crack etc and the only wear and tear I noticed was that some of the white detailing on the outside began to rub off-but this I expect with most toys that are actually played with and not left on the shelf.
We purchased our rocket for £35 and the price is now £30 (non sale) which for the amount of play we had from it, and all the pieces you get-it's a very justified and good price. The Early Learning Centra has regular sales on their Happyland so you can sometimes get it cheaper, but be quick as it flies off the shelves!
Another great parenting thought for this is that it retains a good amount of value when sold. I'm sure some people don't agree with selling toys but we sell all of ours which are in good condition on ebay when we don't use them anymore, and it helps to go towards the toys for the next stage. Happyland is such a highly regarded range that it retains a good amount of value and I pleasantly surprised when we sold ours.
Overall we were absolutely thrilled with ours, and we highly recommend it for little boys of pre-school age.
My oldest son got some vouchers for ELC (early learning centre) from his grandma for Christmas. We got them just before Christmas so thought it would be nice to get him something from her and wrap it and give it to him on Christmas morning.
We went to our local ELC and at the time my son was 21 months old so not really old enough to pick something himself. We had a look around and decided on the happyland lift off rocket and also the moon buggy set (which cannot be bought anymore at ELC) for £30, £20 for the rocket and £10 for the moon buggy. The rocket we bought is slightly different from the one pictured as it doesn't have the sliver squares on the door but apart from that they are identical. ELC have also changed to look of the rocket a few times since we bought ours so there are different versions of it out there.
It came in a concealed box and I couldn't see through the packaging but had a quick peek in the box to make sure everything was there. It comes with 2 astronauts, an astronaut dog, a little moon buggy, a green alien and a crater.
It wasn't immediately played with on Christmas day but was opened soon after. We set everything up and thankfully unlike some toys didn't take any assembly (apart from the doors, I will explain more later). Taylor set about playing with it but it didn't take long for him to get bored, he enjoyed the red lights at the bottom of the rocket and the countdown sounds when he pressed the button but at just 21 months he didn't really have an imagination so there wasn't much else he could do with it. It was a good size for his age thought and he didn't struggle with the figures but the rocket was a little heavy for him.
The rocket has 3 "rooms" the top one is like a cockpit which can fit the 2 astronauts. The middle one is like little home with a bed which lifts up and has a toilet underneath and also a little kitchen at the back. The bottom one is where the moon buggy fits. The doors all open and this is where the huge problem is for me. They come off very easily, i think they are made so they can be clipped back on but they just come off all the time during play and both my boys get frustrated with this as they cannot put them back on themselves so i get asked A LOT to fix these doors back on.
Now Taylor and his little brother (Ashton) are now older at 4 and 2 (and a half) the toy gets played with a lot more than when they were younger. The toy is still going although it does have a few scratches it isn't one of their favourites but will get the half an hour's fun rooming it round the front room.
Overall a good toy from a good brand but the doors really let it down.
"At a Glance Fully-equipped rocket with opening compartments, plus lights and sounds at the touch of a button Features and benefits for HappyLand Light and Sound Lift Off Rocket Requires 2 x AA Batteries batteries (included) Fully-equipped rocket with opening compartments, plus lights and sounds at the touch of a button.All manner of adventures are possible with this bright, retro HappyLand Lift-Off Rocket. Two astronauts, a space dog, moon buggy, alien and crater are included in the set ? your child could have them go on a space mission, or land on the moon. The carry handle makes it easy to play at lift-off and have the rocket fly through space. Press the button on the handle for lights and sounds that make take-off extra realistic.Quick facts:??Three opening compartments??Astronauts and other extras included??Press the button for lights and two different sounds??Carry-handle for easy lift-offGreat for your child's development:The cool HappyLand Lift-Off Rocket encourages your child in their first steps towards pretend play. It's full of inspiring details like the coffee machine and microwave used by the hungry crew. A ramp comes down so the moon buggy can zoom out to explore alien terrain. As your child plays with the rocket's fun features, they'll enjoy using their imagination, and handling the rocket and its crew improves your child's fine motor skills. ELC star quality:We love the attention to detail in the HappyLand Lift-Off Rocket, which really brings to life the excitement of going into space. It's a toy with all the benefits of imaginative play, but it also fosters your child's sense of curiosity about the world ? so they can boldly go where no toddler has gone before.What you need to know:Pack contents: 1 rocket, 2 astronauts, 1 space dog, 1 moon buggy, 1 alien and 1 crater.Batteries: Needs 2 x AA batteries.Playing tips:Get ready to goLet's get ready for take-off. Stow away the moon buggy; make sure everyone's safely in position. Now, who needs to go to the toilet before we take off? 5:..4:..3:.2:..1Lift-OffHere we goThe astronaut's counted down and we're off to the moon. What adventures await us? Will we find alien life? The engine roars as we blast off.Touch DownLet's land the rocket on the surface of the planet. Unload the buggy and explore. What's that, hiding in the crater? Wow! A lovely friendly alien. Wait 'til they hear about this back on earth!Great for:Imaginative playCounting down with the astronautVisiting other planets in peaceLearning the Apollo space music from Gran What's in the box: 1 x Rocket 1 x Moon crater 1 x Alien 1 x Dog 1 x Space mobile 2 x Spacemen."