Review of "Elefun"

published 16/09/2006 | welshwickedone
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Pro Good Fun for younger children
Cons Noisy and messy.
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"Not so Elefunny after a short while..."

Elefun game

Elefun game


I recently purchased this for my six-year-old son for his birthday as he had been nagging me for it for about 5 months. Eventually I gave in and subjected myself to the obsession they call Elefun the Elephant, a decision that I now regret.

I bought Elefun from Argos for convenience, as I was able to have it delivered along with a few other items I need to order so I did not really have to pay extra for delivery.

About Elefun.
Elefun is a game aimed at children four years of age and over and is suitable for 2-4 players. It retails in the Argos Catalogue for £12.99 and requires four C Batteries, which are not included. The idea of the game is that when Elefun the Elephant blows through its trunk, it blows butterflies in the air. The children playing are to try to catch as many of the butterflies as they can from mid-air in the coloured nets provided. The child that catches the most butterflies wins.

My Opinion.
The Elefun game is a blue plastic Elephant that is in a sitting position. It stands about 8 inches tall on the floor and has a large battery powered fan on the inside to blow the butterflies in the air. The trunk then clicks onto the upward facing face of the plastic elephant and has a solid plastic ring on the bottom enabling easy attachment.

The trunk itself is a blue flexible plastic tube that measures approximately four foot in length. The trunk is flat until the fan of the base of the game is turned on, this causes the tube to inflate upright and blow the butterflies into the air.

There are 30 butterflies included in the game, which are very disappointing to be totally honest. They are made from multicoloured tissue type paper and are basically oval shaped paper twisted in the centre to enable them to be slightly more aero-dynamic. They come in red, yellow and green coloured paper.

There are four different coloured nets included in the game to allow up to four players. They have to be assembled, but are very easy to do, you simply thread the net bag onto the plastic bar style handle and then click it together to make it round like a net. The net handles are coloured red, yellow, blue and green and are not that sturdy to be totally honest and very poor in quality.

The Base is a very sturdy blue plastic but in my opinion the fan makes a lot of noise and batteries soon loose there power making the fan too weak to blow out the paper butterflies. The Picture on the box clearly shows that Elefun has a clear plastic trunk, which enables you to see the butterflies coming up the trunk, but this is incorrect as it is actually blue plastic and you cannot see anything through it.

I actually tried rechargeable batteries in there as they ran down so quick, but the Elefun game would not work on rechargeable, so to be totally honest I ended up cutting about 12 inches off the trunk to make the batteries appear to last longer.

In the end, I could not take any more of the noise and as soon as my son appeared to be bored of it, which did not take long, I put it away in the cupboard in its box until I can decide what to do with it.

Since doing that though I still seam to be finding the odd stray butterfly lying around in my son's toy box over 1 month later, they get everywhere and become annoying.

The fan is inside the actual elephant plastic base and securely sealed behind a solid blue plastic mess, to ensure your childrens safety, especially as the toy is suitable for children of only four years and over.

From switching the game on until all the butterflies have come out the trunk takes about two and a half minutes, then that is it, game over and load it up again.

In my opinion, this game is neither good value for money; entertaining or good quality and therefore I give this game a very poor rating of only 3/10 and recommend you do not waste your money on this game.

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  • rachdwriter published 10/12/2011
    just bought this for my kids, I did wonder how it was not a short game, it obviously is. Great review x
  • ice_pink published 22/09/2006
    Aww, I actually love this game, I always encourage my nieces/nephews/cousins to drag it out when I come over!! xx
  • GWJ270967 published 22/09/2006
    Not one for Nia's christmas stocking then !!!
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Manufacturer's product description

Board Game, Modelling Clay - Children's Board Game

Product Details

Type: Board Game, Modelling Clay

Sub Type: Children's Board Game

MPN: 40838, 24093

EAN: 5023117723360, 5010994432416

Manufacturer: Play-Doh


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