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The Big Castle

Submitted by on March 12, 2010 – 12:52 pmNo Comment

“With the Big Castle from Toys to You, not only do you get a brilliantly built and beautiful Castle, but you get to feel good about helping families in third world countries earn a fair wage too”.

Buy online from Toys to You
Price £55


Initial thoughts: My girls were thrilled when they first set eyes on their new wooden Castle and immediately re-named it “Windy Castle”, after the very similar looking one which recently appeared in their favourite TV programme Peppa Pig.  This impressive castle comes with a working drawbridge, portcullis, turrets, two ladders and 14 wooden characters, each hand painted including knights and soldiers, with four of them on horseback.

We liked: The castle comes flat packed in a lovely large wooden box which has a coat of arms painted on the lid (a great extra to keep all the little figures together and stop them getting lost) and instructions for putting the castle together are inscribed on the underside so you can never lose them!  Also the fact that the castle is ethically made is a double bonus – not only do you get a brilliantly built and beautiful castle you get to feel good about helping families in third world countries earn a fair wage too.

Sofia and Mia enjoyed hours of imaginative fun being “king and queen” of the castle and it was spacious enough for the two of them and their entourage of extra figures (mostly Peppa Pig related) to play happily alongside one another.

We weren’t keen on: For the amount the castle costs I thought that it could have been a little more colourful as there is hardly any detail to it at all, and the wooden figures constantly kept toppling over which was a bit of a pain.  I think they could have been made them a little wider at the base to prevent them from falling over all the time.

Although the Castle was easy enough to assemble it did take quite a while as I was busy unwrapping all the extra plastic packaging which every single piece of the castle was covered in  – a bit unnecessary really considering it is already packaged in such a lovely wooden box.

Overall: This Castle has provided me with some unexpected “alone” time and has kept my girls’ imaginations running wild for hours at a time.  It is terrific for both individual and group play and has everything your little ones need to rule their very own playroom.  Although a little pricey it is very well made and I feel it will stand the test of time, unlike many plastic versions that are currently on the market.

[by Laura G – Wife of Bold]

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