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This lovely toy was purchased for my 9 month old. Although the recommended age is 18 months plus, there are no small pieces so as long as your baby sits up and plays, I would say it is suitable. I purchased mine from the Early a Learning Centre during a half price sale, so I paid £20 instead of the original price of £40. The Moonhouse is made of bright, chunky plastic in eye catching orange, red, yellow, blue and green. It is very robust and sturdy and comes in just one piece so there is no assembly required. The back of the Moonhouse contains separate rooms, including a bedroom with 3 beds, a kitchen with its own TV that makes alien noises, a garage and a pod. There is a curvy slide connecting the bedroom to the garage which my son loves putting the aliens down. There is a landing station on the top, a spinning wheel on the side (another favourite part) and even a dog kennel with revolving door. 3 small alien blobs on the front make different alien noises when pressed, something my children find highly amusing and try to copy. There is also a small space shuttle, a dog and a family of 3 aliens included. With lots of different noises to explore and lots of things to press and turn, this is a favourite toy of my Son's. It's easy to clean as it is all plastic so a quick wipe down gets rid of any dust and marks. Even though I paid £20, I would happily pay the full price of £49 as it is a very well loved you in our house and after almost a year of daily play still looks brand new. No flimsy plastic here, it is all strong and sturdy. Very happy with this Happyland purchase!
My mother in law bought the Happyland Martian Moon House for my daughter when she was about 17 months old. She paid about £30 from ELC as she wanted to invest in something that her granddaughter would play with for long periods of time/for years to come. Personally I didn't and still don't like the look of this toy. It is completely plastic which feels unnatural in our household as we mostly go for wooden toys and books, with a focus on chemical-free toys where possible. U won't deny, though, that the Moon House is well designed, with inventive rooms including a bedroom, kitchen, and even an area for the dog to inhabit. Instead of stairs there is a slide and there are buttons that little fingers can easily press to make fun noises. My daughter presses these constantly which can be quite annoying but the batteries have not needed replacing yet and she has had this toy for a few months now. The Martian Moon House is also bright and eye-catching in colour which although is attractive to children can also encourage them to be hyperactive. I have seen my daughter play more gently with a few spoons and saucepans that she has dragged out of the cupboard than with this Happyland toy. In fact, sometimes she gets stressed out by the house quickly because she likes to move toys around but this one is too bulky and heavy, and again I think the bright colours have a strong impact on her. The loud noises don't help either, and we don't allow this toy to be played with at all in the few hours preceding bedtime as they contribute to difficulty falling asleep for my daughter. There are small parts with this toy which is why it is not recommended for children under a year and a half. My daughter doesn't play with this toy unaided and she has never put any of the pieces in her mouth, so it's up to mum or dad to decide whether this is a suitable toy or not. The small parts are actually the funnest part of the toy for my daughter as she will play with them and carry them around the house, and although I have shown her how to use them with the house she prefers not to do so. To her, the small toys and the large one are for completely separate types of play. The little pieces do often get lost because of this and I have stepped on a few pieces lying around the house on more that one occasion, which was really painful as they are made of hard plastic! She seems to like the plastic dog and alien figures more than the vehicles, and although she has the correct dexterity/hand-eye coordination to put the figures into their accompanying parts of the toy, she is just not interested in doing this. Maybe an older child would be. But my issue with this toy is that it is too rigid, both physically and conceptually, ie it does not leave room for imaginative play. Frankly if this wasn't a gift from mum in law we would oust it from the house, but she would be sure to notice. The plastic is easy to clean although bits of food have gotten into difficult areas, mashed banana being the worst one. There are also a few scratches on it from my daughter trying to fit other toys into the compartments, as this is how she likes to play and I don't play to stop her from doing things her away so that she does them 'properly'. When mum in law comes over she does do the latter which I think is a shame but it's nice that they have the alien Moon House to bond over. Personally I'd save your money for a day out as kids don't need overly stimulative and rigidly designed toys to teach them life's lessons or to entertain them.
We bought this toy for our son, who at the time was 8 months. We have several happyland play sets that my daughter played with and my son also enjoyed playing with these but there was nothing really 'boyish' hence the Martian House purchase! We bought this from the Early Learning Centre while the half price deal we on so we only paid £20 for it. The set comes with the house, three aliens and their pet, a spaceship and martian buggy. The house itself includes a landing pad, with a chute down to the garage, a kitchen type area, a bedroom complete with beds and a slide leading from the bedroom to the base of the house. There is even a kennel for the alien pet. There is a windmill/wheel on the side of the house that can be spun by the children (this is what my son spent most of his time doing), there is a large red button on the top which makes martiany type sounds. below this there is the kitchen area that includes a television which if pressed makes its own sounds, there are some three alien type blobs in the kitchen which all come with their own sounds too. The chute that leads from the landing pad to the garage can be opened from the backside and makes a 'whoosh' sound, i always likened it to a transporter type sound. With the sounds this makes it obviously needs batteries. We have had this for 6 months so far though and have never had to replace them. The garage door opens with a slide so the martian buggy can be driven out. The alien pet kennel has a swivel which is accessed from the top, one side is completely open while the other has a window. As i've said already we have a lot of the happyland play sets and this is definitely one of the best built, its chunky and sturdy and the moving parts havent weakened with time as with other happyland sets. Even though my son is still so young he loves playing with this because of the moving parts and the sounds...not forgetting the curly slide. As i've said we paid half price for this, i think the price we paid was about right for the toy itself, i've always thought happyland is a little overpriced but seeing as the ELC tend to have offers on often it counters the prices overall. This is a lasting toy proven by the fact that this hasn't yet broken and my almost 3 year old daughter loves to play with it alongside her brother. I would recommend this toy for parents to buy, but would suggest they look out for an offer as happyland tends to be a little expensive.
The Happyland Martian Moon House is sold by the Early Learning Centre, it costs £40 (plus £4.95 delivery if ordering online) and can be bought from Amazon for the same price but with the added bonus of free delivery. The Moon House is recommended as suitable for age 18 months plus and requires 2 x AA batteries. The Moon House is made entirely of bright chunky plastic, as you will see from the image it is very colourful, including colours such as yellow, orange, blue and green. The Moon House is very good quality, it's very sturdy due to it's chunkiness and it has a wide base making it difficult for a child to accidentally knock over while playing. The Moon House consists of several compartments, including a garage, dog kennel, kitchen type area, bedroom, landing pad (with shute down to garage) and a twisting slide leading from the bedroom to base of the Moon House. There is a red kind of satellite on top of the house which makes alien noises when pressed and a radio and three small alien type blobby buttons in the kitchen which all do the same (hence the need for batteries). Included with the Moon House are also a red space ship (which fits nicely on the landing pad), a moon buggy (fits in the garage), a small, blue, three-eyed dog (whose home is the dog kennel of course) and three chunky plastic figures which make up the alien family, Daddy (green), Mommy (pink) and Child (orange). The figures fit nicely into the spaceship and moon buggy. My son really enjoys playing with the Moon House, he uses all parts of the house and likes to put the family to bed, put them on the slide and in the vehicles. It definitely seems a good toy for toddlers starting out with imaginative play. It's very child friendly and also seems very safe. The Moon Houses's bright colours and interesting alien noises help catch a toddlers attention. Safety wise I think this toy would be fine for a child younger than 18 months to play with and it would depend more on their developmental stage as to whether it's appropriate, 18 months is probably about right. We have had this toy for over 6 months now and it still looks brand new, and my son has played with it a lot! As it's all plastic it's very easy to wipe over to clean. The battery life seems good as we have not had to change the batteries as of yet. I only paid £20 for the Moon House as it was on half price offer, at the time I probably wouldn't have paid the full price of £40 but knowing now how good quality the Moon House is, and how much my son loves playing with it, I would definitely recommend it even at the full £40, in my opinion it's worth every penny.