Advantages Durable, Fun, Lots of pieces, The sounds, encourages imagination
Disadvantages Caves aren't very stable when stacked
When The Early Learning Centre recently held a sale, we took advantage of the much lower prices to build up Freddy’s Happyland collection. While the majority of the Happyland sets are based around a village theme, there are a couple of slightly more unusual sets, including this, the Dino Playset. While I wouldn’t have even considered buying this set at the full price of £35, I couldn’t help but snap it up when I saw that it was half price.
There are a fair few pieces in this set, but the most impressive has to be the dinosaur. This bright red T-Rex is made of durable plastic and stands approximately 30cm high. His large feet mean that he is very stable and can stand on his own without any need for a stand. Both of the dinosaur’s arms move, with on of them making a satisfying clicking sound, while pushing on the other will make the dinosaur’s mouth open and close. The dinosaur’s legs are also poseable, meaning that he can be made to walk. There’s a seat on the dinosaur’s back that can firmly hold a Happyland character, but I’ve still not covered the best bit of the dinosaur.On the dinosaur’s belly is an enclosed battery compartment (securely closed with a tiny screw) and an on/off switch. After switching the dinosaur on, he makes a variety of different sounds. Firstly when his arm is pushed down, he makes one of two different roars as he opens and closes his mouth. This roar is actually pretty realistic and very similar to the roars that dinosaurs make in documentaries. Another sound this dinosaur makes is a ‘clumping’ as it’s foot hit’s the floor, although I must say it does need to be stamped quite hard to make the noise. The final set of sounds are triggered by placing a character into the seat and then pressing down, this will set off one of three different caveman ‘ugs’ all of which sound quite comical. While all of the sounds are fairly loud, they’re not too annoying unless one particular sound is repeated over and over again and I particularly like that I can switch the sounds off. Although we’ve only had this set a couple of weeks now, so far we’ve not had to change the batteries from the supplied demonstration set, with regular daily play.
As well as the actual dinosaur there are a good number of other pieces in this set, all of which add to the play value.
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