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My son was given the In The Night Garden Ninky Nonk vehicle for Christmas by some friends. He occasionally used to enjoy watching the TV programme but wasn't a huge fan.
This brightly coloured toy is on sale on Amazon and in most toy shops for £12.99. Don't be fooled into thinking this toy is good value for money as it is very small the whole vehicle is no longer than 25cm.
When my son received this he was 17 months old (the recommended age for this toy is 18 months +) He enjoyed pushing it along the floor but as he did the sections would detach and it was too small and fiddly for him to reattach together so he would often bring it to me to reattach.
Each section is nicely painted and is exactly like it is on TV I just feel it should have been 5 times larger and have a better attachment to allow it to be pushed around in one section.
I personally wouldn't have brought this for my son as I think it is poor quality for the money. As with any TV programme merchandise it has a premium price attached.
I would not recommend this toy to anyone as I think you're hard earned cash could be spent on a million things of better design, more enjoyment and better value for money.
This toy would not be missed in the toy box.
Before the age of one, my son was never really into to watching television so thankfully I had control over the remote in the house. That soon changed when we both discovered Cbeebies, and he became hooked on some of the childrens programmes and unfortunately I was grabbed along for the ride. One of the programmes he loved was In The Night Garden which he doesn't mind watching now, but unless Spiderman decides he wants to rescue Upsy Daisy, or Doctor Who makes Iggle Piggle his latest companion, its not his first choice of programme. But it is one of his sisters. Shes grown to love it, and with her being the age she is ( 2 ), this programme really fires her imagination and keeps her in a trance til its finished. That's why I bought her this from Argos for her birthday. It was £9.99 on its own, or in conjunction with a selection of other toys 2 for £15.00.
Why did I buy it?
She loves the show and is familiar with the Ninky Nonk. She has afew In The Night Garden books and plush toys, but nothing like this. I just knew she would love it, and I didn't feel the price was expensive.
What is it?
In The Night Garden is a television show, shown on the Cbeebies channel which is aimed for children between the ages of 1 to 4 years old. It features a combination of live action, puppets, actors in costume and animation.
The Ninky Nonk is basically a train, which carries the different characters in the show. It can move forwards, backwards, up and down trees etc. At the beginning of each episode there is always an introduction which features either the Ninky Nonk or the Pinky Ponk ( an airship ).
So this toy resembles the Ninky Nonk in the show. It comes in three pieces, each ' carriage ' can be connected to each other by hooking one on top of the other. Brightly coloured and very true to what it looks like in the show. Tallest part of this toy is just over 10 cm, and when connected the length is just under 28cm.
No batteries, all you can really do with it is either play with each component separately, or hook them up and together and push them around.
Suitable for ages 18 months and over.
How was it packaged
In a small rectangular cardboard box. Very eye catching and fun to look at as the box depicted a landscape from the show and on the back it showed what the Ninky Nonk looks like ( the toy that is ), and also lets you know you can collect characters from the show but these are sold separately.
What does my daughter think
I gave this to my son to give his sister as a birthday gift from him. As soon as she opened it she knew what it was and instantly fell in love with it. She finds it easy and fun to play with, and the fact it comes apart means sometimes when she doesn't want to leave it home when we go out, she can take one piece of it with her and play with it in the pram. If she gets bored with it or falls asleep, I simply throw it in my bag for safe keeping. She enjoys playing with it because she loves the show so much and the different characters.
What do I think
Lets start with when I first bought it. Maybe its my fault and I should have checked the dimensions online before purchasing, but when I picked it up and saw it in the box I thought ' is that it? '. It just looked so small, and in my mind expecting something bigger. Ive watched her play with it, and its not too small that she cant play with it, but even with tiny hands and fingers this toy still could have easily been held and played with if the size was increased abit.
The look and colouring is great. Very eye catching and true to the television version. I love the fact that its completely unisex in colouring and doesn't sway more to typical girl or boy colours. The detail is fantastic, the toy is sturdy and well made.
The ninky Nonk is split in three, and to join them you have to hook them together. Problem with this is they easily come apart which for my little girl isn't great because every few seconds shes calling for me or her brother to put it back together for her. So not only do they come apart all the time, its awkward for someone her age to hook them back together all by herself. Why they didn't have them magnetised I don't know!
One good thing to note about this toy is there are no small pieces that can be lost or create harm to a child, no assembly required or batteries and because its so small takes up very little room.
Would I buy this again? Probably not. It's a nice idea but poorly executed and doesn't give the fans of this show a good deal. Should have been bigger. But saying that, my daughter loves it and plays with is so thats the main thing.
My son has very recently decided to become a big fan of the program 'In The Night Garden' on CBeebies. I am not a fan and much prefer the programs that feel like my son can learn from them (rather than those where nonsense language is so prevalent), but there is no accounting for taste and I have had to succumb to his love of the show.
Having decided that he would love some toys of the characters, I was surprised after searching online to learn that there was not much that could be bought - a lot was out of stock if there was anything at all. I realise that this is not the peak of it's popularity, that was a few years ago, but as it is still on the TV and I know a lot of toddlers that like it, it still surprised me. So, I took my search to ebay, where I found this ninky nonk train set with a few of the characters for a reasonable £3.50. The same train set is available in Argos priced at £9.99, but was out of stock in my 10 most local stores.
When the train came, I was surprised by it's size - it was really quite small. I could not believe that this could price at £9.99 new and was very glad I had paid much less for it (and, even better, it was in very good condition). The reviews on the Argos website had indicated that people were disappointed with it's size and I totally understand that! It is probably just shy of 30cm long and not much taller than 5 or 6 cm at it's highest points. The Ninky Nonk is the train set that the characters ride on in the night garden but no characters would actually fit in here as a) it is so small and b) it is made of solid plastic with no opening doors.
The train set does, however, replicate the bizarre appearance of the Ninky Nonk from the program perfectly. It comes in three parts - the front which is a boat shaped orange and red piece with a white light (this flashes in the program but does not on this toy), a green and yellow dome carriage with a very small house shaped compartment next to it and a blue and pink striped taller house shaped carriage which is interconnected with a coloured tower. It is certainly unique in appearance and the toy was instantly recognisable to my son as the Ninky Nonk. The three carriages fit together with red plastic hole and hook fittings. These seem to be common on toddler train type toys and, as with others I have experienced, these really do not hold at all well. This leads to great frustration from my son as he always ends up just pulling the first carriage around the room, leaving all the others behind. Equally, this is frustrating for me as I seem to spend more time putting this back together than my son does playing with it.
The toy is quite solid and, although it is recommended for ages 3 plus, I am happy to let my son who is not yet 2 play with this. The most damage he can do my chewing is to chip some of the colour off and there are no small parts. The wheels are very secure too.
Overall, this is a very small toy that retails at a price that I consider to be far too high. I am pleased with what I paid for this together with the characters as I think that represents much better value - even if it was second hand. This is particularly true as it is probably a fad for my son until he outgrows the show or another favourite show comes along. It is a perfect replica of the train though and my son does love it. However, I can't help feeling that it could do more - even if it were a little bigger and the characters could fit in to ride it my son would probably get more from it. As it is, it holds his attention for small lengths of time and he does enjoy pushing it around the floor (even if it does fall apart!)
As I was purchasing a toy from the two toys for £15 from Argos, I decided to buy this Ninky Nonk to go with it. My daughter is a huge fan of the Cbeebies show In The Night Garden so I knew this Ninky Nonk would go down well, until I received it and seen the size of it!
The Ninky Nonk is a train that zooms around the night garden carrying the characters from one place to another, up trees, down trees, along logs, everywhere! It is decorated beautifully, in all the same colours and decorations as the Ninky Nonk on the program, it's almost like a scale version of it.
The toy is around 11 inches long and 2 inches in height. Although the Ninky Nonk has five different carriages it only has three pieces to it. Each of these pieces are connected to each other through a hook and eye. The three pieces all have small wheels on the underside so that it can be pushed along.
My daughter was excited when she first received this toy, she loves the program and anything to do with it. However, it was short lived and now it lives in the bottom of the toy box and I can't remember the last time she played with it as it is quite boring. At the start she used to like pushing the different compartments along the kitchen floor but it was quite difficult to get much movement out of the after she let go as they are quite heavy. After a couple of weeks, the toy was deemed useless.
There are no doors or windows or anything for the little In The Night Garden figurines my daughter also has to ride in the Ninky Nonk so it can only really be played with by itself. Even then, the compartments don't stay together very well with the two hook and eyes keeping the three sections together often falling apart as the hooks fall out easy as anything with a little movement.
As I purchased the Ninky Nonk from the two for £15 Argos range it cost me £7.50 instead of £9.99. I feel £7.50 is too expensive for this toy and I definitely would have been disappointed had I paid full price.
I wouldn't recommend this Ninky Nonk, even for the biggest In The Night Garden fans as it is a massive let down. The lack of features and the carriages falling apart all of the time does make this toy pretty useless. I know my daughter got very frustrated with hers and now doesn't touch it anymore.
In The Night Garden is an animated show on Cbeebies. It shows various cartoon like characters in a garden. The garden has two modes of transport - The Pinky Ponk and the Ninky Nonk.
*~*Ninky Nonk Train Set*~*
The Ninky Nonk is a train like vehicle which runs around the garden. It can go up and down trees and in the show, the characters can hop aboard to be taken on a scenic tour of the garden.
The train set is a small toy which is approximately 11inches in length. It is made up of 3 sections which join together with small pegs. The Ninky Nonk is identical to the one on the show. It is bright and made up of various colours to attract a small child. It is suitable for children over the age of 18months and doesn't require any batteries.
The Ninky Nonk Train Set features 5 different "cars". The front car is red and orange and as far as I know, none of the characters can ride in this car. There is a green and yellow, round car which the characters are often seen going in too. The next car is in the shape of a house which is where the teeny tiny Pontipine characters ride. We then have a stripy house with windows and doors and a multi coloured finger shaped car! I suppose the different cars could refer to 1st class etc!
The train set features moveable wheels on the 3 main cars to allow the child to move it along the floor.
This set can be bought new from Amazon priced at £8.64.
My son is a big fan of In the Night Garden and has been for a while now. He received this Ninky Nonk Train Set for his 2nd birthday and still has it (he is 3 and a half now). It does look attractive and at first, it often caught his attention from his toy box but now it is barely touched.
Each car is well made and feels sturdy but not too heavy. The bright colours are engaging and there is good detail to resemble the actual Ninky Nonk but after 18months of owning and been thrown about, the paint work has started to become flawed. This set I feel would have been more enjoyable if it was bigger with more options. There is no option to put characters inside any of the cars as it is all sealed up and far too small to consider this anyway. A bigger version with opening doors would increase roll play I feel.
The wheels aren't brilliant on the bottom of the cars. There is 4 on each car and they do not turn very well. Moving the train along a carpet is fairly easy for my son but he prefers to use it on a surface or laminate flooring for a much smoother play! The train does sound quite "scratchy" during play - almost as if it needs a good oiling! The cars connect together and have to be in the correct order in order to do so.
Unfortuantely game play is limited with this toy. Whilst the train can move along the floor fine, the carriages seem to disappear in a different direction from where Boo wants them to go! He attempted to run the train up our table and sofa and found it annoying that he couldn't do this. The pegs connecting the cars are simply not strong enough or secure enough to support the cars travelling up the way. This is very disappointing and I think if they had sold the set fully clipped together (without removalable bits), children would be more happy to play with it.
For the price I would have expected something a bit more appealing as this is quite an average toy which isn't enthusiastically recommended by my toddler or his Mummy.
Thanks for reading x
I bought this train set for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday because she was very keen on the the programme "In The Night Garden" shown on CBeebies. I bought a few of the characters in the set too so she would have then to play with alongside this train. I haven't seen one of the flying snorting Pinky Ponks but this, Ninky Nonk is a kind of train that belts around the garden throwing its passengers around with gay abandon. I had naively thought that this would be something that my granddaughter could pull or push around on the floor and that the characters might be able to sit in or ride on it.
As I said I was somewhat stupidly expecting something that might be in the same scale as the charcters and that maybe they would be able to ride in or on it.
This was far smaller than I thought it would be and is in fact just shy of a foot long. It is a perfect replica of the Ninky Nonk on the show but far, far smaller as there is no way any of the characters could get in it as the three sections are solid plastic and the doors do not open.
The toy is solid and I would imagine almost indestructible. It is exactly the same colours and the three carriages are all the same unusual shapes as the ones in the programme. As this is solid and quite a heavy item I would say this was perfectly chewable with no danger of harm coming to any young child still intent on putting everything in the mouth. So it is colourful and chewable so an attractive toy to a young child without a doubt. I would suggest that if it was thrown in a temper that it could cause some damage as each carriage is hard and pretty heavy for its size and there are some sticky out bits that might hurt if it hit another child's head . The website advertises it suitable for children over 1months but in my view there is nothing dangerous on here for a child of 2 months either but I suggest they are just covering themselves legally.
How does it move about? Well, there are no batteries as the child makes it move it by pulling or pushing it around. So it is cheap to run and there is no danger of any parts coming off or the battery coming out as there are none. In the show this little train belts around rushing up and down trees and giving the passengers a ride akin to a roller coaster. There is no way that a child could whizz this around on the floor never mind up walls and furniture as the train individual bits come apart as soon as you start pulling the front one even slowly along a very flat floor surface.
I suppose had I read the description a bit more carefully I would have realized that there was no way the characters would fit in this. There is a bigger version that runs on batteries but the price tag is considerable higher , about £75 so it would have to be 'THE' Ninky Nonk at that price in my view.
The Ninky Nonk has five carriages. . The front carriage is red and orange and is a strange sort of banana shape with a ball like object in the centre. I think this could be the engine car as it doesn't appear to have anywhere for anyone tosit. The next carriage is a green and yellow, round one rather like a ball or Cinderella's pumpkin carriage, and you often see the Tombliboos and other characters sitting strapped in to seats in here. The next carriage is the tiny house which is where the minute Pontipine characters ride, often Mum and Dad strapped in while the kids end up on the roof! The next looks rather like a tall thin beach hut in blue and purple stripes and finally then very thin cigar shaped swirly coloured thing sits at the end of the train.
The idea is that this is a pull along toy for young children but sadly there is a design fault with the connections between the three main pieces and every time you pull the front car or 'engine' the other carriages come apart very quickly and you are left with three main parts un-joined. This is very frustrating for little ones and they will quickly get fed up with something that doesn't pull along properly. I got fed up very quickly as I was playing with my granddaughter, every time I showed her how to pull the Ninky Nonk I was left only pulling the red and orange crescent banana shaped thing and the others dropped off behind.
This set I have seen on Amazon priced for about £7 used and there is different version that looks pretty similar on Amazon for about £19. If you are really a keen 'Night Garden' enthusiast you could even go for the battery powered £75 version However if they are all as rubbish at sticking together I would think that less than £10 is more than enough to spend. Fortunately I bought mine used from Ebay and paid about £5 which I fell is about the right price for something that does so little.
Having said that it doesn't do much and falls apart as a train when pulled I would still say if you can get it cheaply and your child or grandchild is a fan of the programme then I wouldn't discount it completely. It is a nice looking, pretty toy and is certainly one that will last as it is solid and sturdy. It will give years of service and will not break when dropped or thrown into the toy box, the paint is carefully applied and has considerable detail it also seems to be fairly firmly stuck on to toy and doesn't appear to chip off easily.
So Good points:
It is a pretty looking toy which is a true replica of the Ninky Nonk in the programme.
It is solid and sturdy so will last sometime.
Totally suckable./chewable with no dangerous bits to fall off and cause choking
It doesn't really do much. No doors to open and shut.
It is too small for the characters so out of scale.
The individual carriages come apart from each other as the connection link is poor.
The wheels are not really free flowing so you can't push it to roll by itself, it has to be pushed or pulled at all times you want it to move.
It works slightly better on laminate than on carpet.
In order for the carriages to connect they have to be in the correct order which requires a skill that the age group the toy is aimed at would not necessarily have.
My suggestions to Hasbro for improvement would be to sell the Ninky Nonk as one unit rather than three separate parts. It would also be more sensible to have the train made to the same scale as the plastic charcters. It would be good to have doors that allow a child to put a character in the train. The door need not be an opening door, just allow the carriage to have an opening to slot the characters in.
So all in all this is a toy that looks nice but in reality is not actually that exciting. It allows for limited imaginative play as it will not stay together when pulled and the characters do not fit in it. If you can get it cheaply then it will probably please a young 'Night Garden' fan but don't xpect it to be played with for hours.
Thanks for reading. There are several more Night Garden toys that I am enjoying at the present time and I will have to see if I have the inspiration to write about them.
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My boys, like a lot of small toddlers, went through a phase of adoring the characters from the children's TV programme, In The Night Garden. My sister bought a number of little figures from the show for my son's 2nd Christmas, and this Ninky Nonk toy was one of them.
This looks absolutely lovely with really bright and vibrant colours, and identical to the Ninky Nonk from the show. It was a toy with limited appeal though compared to the figures of the characters from the show, as it just does not stay together well when pushed, and was a source of frustration to a small clumsy toddler, and then no longer popular when they get big enough for it not to fall apart.
This is currently not available to buy as new but you can find these second hand as children grow out of them. Our own is a little chipped in the paintwork, but otherwise still fully functioning as the only bit that moves is the wheels on parts of the vehicle, and when this has been rammed into furniture, the paint was a bit the worse for wear, but the vehicle faired really well.
The vehicle comes in 3 sections, which are attached by a small peg on one part going through a round hole in the back of the next piece. These are quite easy to do, though small children find it a bit harder without help. These stay together well unless your child is trying to recreate how the Ninky Nonk moves in the programme. I can guarantee if you try to take it up walls and down table legs, it can come apart due to gravity.
A slight disappointment was that some of the smaller pieces are raised off the ground, so they don't run along on the floor like the main 3 carriages, and the wheels don't turn round. My kids also disliked that it wasn't big enough to sit the bigger figures of the characters in it, and they were absolutely dwarfing the Ninky Nonk.
It is a pretty toy definitely, but not overly interesting and practical for the age group it is aimed for. It will have limited appeal to fans of the programme for a short while, so I personally would not recommend buying this new for the children in your life. Second hand though at a boot sale, you might not mind paying a reduced price for a short amount of entertainment.
The children's programme 'In the Night Garden' first came out when my daughter was a toddler and she loved it instantly. However, the merchandise was very limited at that point and due to my location it was very difficult to get hold of it. By the time it was widely available my daughter had grown out of the series. So once my son started showing an interest in the programme I suggested to grandparents that they get him some bits and pieces for his birthday. They duly presented him with this toy Ninky Nonk which retails in Argos for £10.19 (as of September 2011).
For those who are not parents or students 'In the Night Garden' is a whimsical children's programme designed to help infants and toddlers develop their language and wind down for bed. With simple storylines, gentle music and repetition it has become part of my children's bedtime routine for years now. It has an almost hypnotic effect on both of my children (2 and 6) and even I find myself sitting down and watching it with them. The Ninky Nonk is one of the modes of transport that the characters use to get around the Night Garden.
The first thing that you notice with this toy is the size. It is much smaller than it looks in the picture, around ten centimetres from the highest point to the ground. The whole train is about 30-40 centimetres long. Like most toys nowadays it was firmly fixed into its box (although thankfully not screwed in) and we had to go through the usual rigmarole of extricating whilst the child wails -took about five minutes to get it out.
The designers have taken the original five carriages of the Ninky Nonk and divided them into three separate pieces, that then hook together to make a complete train to drive along. Due to the disparity in size between some of the carriages the smaller ones do not have wheels that turn and are raised slightly off the ground. Good for safety reasons, but slightly disappointing to my boy who likes to lie on the floor and watch wheels go around. The connections between the carriages are surprisingly easy to put together which was refreshing, we are used to repeated requests to put these sort of toys back together again. The simple loop and stick arrangement has been mastered quickly by my 2 year old and he can manage it alone and the pieces seem better designed to stay in place than other toys we own.
It's a very sturdy toy, as you would expect from a toy designed for the under-2s, but the finish isn't fabulous. Where the larger carriages have been split in half to allow the fixings and connections there is an ugly line down the middle of the carriage that gets wider toward the hole. The two edges don't quite meet smoothly either so there are several ridges, which from a practical point of view are where food/detritus will get wedged. The paint job is also not very good, there is some bleeding of colour, little bits missing and lumps.
My son was very happy to receive this toy and put it together and played with it for most of the afternoon. However due to the size of the pieces they have quickly become separated and its now rare that we can find all of the pieces in the toy car box to make a complete train. The pieces are just the right size to roll underneath things and to be hidden in things (like Daddy's shoes) so I don't think this is going to change! In my opinion I would have preferred to have a preschool toy that can't separate, with a flexible joint perhaps between the carriages. I don't think it would detract from the play value and would mean that there wouldn't have to be ten minutes of searching before play can commence.
I don't think this toy will have a huge amount of longevity, especially as it doesn't do anything other than roll along the floor. My daughter at 6 is happy to play with a lot of my son's toys, but this one left her cold and she ignores it. I suspect we will get no more than a year of play out of it (if we can find all of the pieces!), which is great for a present, but not so good if I was spending money on toys for my children myself. I prefer toys which have a longer lifespan and are more flexible. The fact that my son likes it redeems it and its probably good value if you buy it as part of the 2 for £15 promotion at Argos - £7.50 is closer to its true value in my eyes, than £10.19.
My son loves watching In The Night Garden on Cbeebies and I've started buying a few different Night Garden toys for him and I thought a Ninky Nonk toy would be great for him! The Ninky Nonk is a little train that is regularly featured in the show, it is bright and colourful and all of the Night Garden characters ride inside of it. The toy was on Amazon for £9.99 and from the picture it looked Bright and Colourful and identical to the one from the TV Show, it also looked like it was a decent size and I actually thought to myself that £9.99 wasn't bad at all.
I did not hesitate to buy this for my son who was 7 Months old at the time, the toy was actually reccomended for 18 Months + but my son was enjoying holding onto little toy cars so I thought why not buy him it now, he will get lots of use out of it over the coming year or so too. A Parcel arrived a few days later with Amazon stamped on the front, the parcel was small and I thought they must have sent out the wrong toy. I opened up to check only to find the smallest Ninky Nonk I've ever seen packaged up inside, yes it was the same as the one from the show and it was very Colourful, but it was Tiny! I thought Ahhhh that is the reason it was £9.99, never mind I thought, it is at least small enough for my son to pass from hand to hand so it may still be good.
Each compartment of the Ninky Nonk can be unattached and played with seperately, then to attach them back together they hook onto each other. The main point in this toy is to be able to pull it along the floor like the real Ninky Nonk but I've found that when you do that, the train comes apart and the compartments don't stay attached. So it is pretty much impossible to manouevre the Ninky Nonk around with all of the compartments fixed together.
I really think that this is a Poorly made and badly designed toy, I wish I'd been buying it in person at a Shop so that I could of seen the size and quality of it and therefore wouldn't have bothered. You are basically paying for the fact that it is "In The Night Garden" Merchandise, I've now put my sons Ninky Nonk on display on his bedroom Book shelf where it looks nice and decorative, and that is where it will probably remain as it is useless as a toy!
I bought In The Night Garden Ninky Nonk for my daughter for Christmas, it was advertised as being 18m+ on the box, she was 16 months at the time and is obsessed with In The Night Garden so I thought that I would get it for her anyway. i ordered it from Toys R Us and I think that I payed £14.99 for it.
When it arrived I was a tad disappointed with it as it was rather small compared what I thought from the picture. Nevertheless, she has had hours of fun with it.
The Ninky Nonk itself is made of strong plastic and is very bright and colourful with reds, oranges, greens blues etc, a real mish-mash of colours.
It has 5 different carriages but only splits into three pieces. Each of the pieces can be hooked back together when taken apart but can only be put back together in one particular order and I find even though you try to firmly hook them, during play they come apart very easily, so most of the play session consists of me taking the pieces off my daughter and hooking them back together. It is one of them toys that you have to play with very carefully - Not much fun for small children!!
Personally I wouldn't recommend it as I haven't really got anything positive to say about it, but my daughter seems to be fascinated with it, weather its just the face that its from In The Night Garden or that she actually likes the toy, I don't know.
Overall not worth the money, more like something that you would find in a poundshop!!!
We originally brought my son the wooden Ninky Nonk from Woolworths but soon realised that as each compartment came apart in 3 different pieces it was too awkward for him to play with. As he did try to play with it we found this plastic version in the 2 for £15 at Argos and decided on buying it for Christmas.
We were disappointed when we received our toy as it was a lot smaller than we expected but the colors were bright and it was modelled exactly like the Ninky Nonk on the famous in the night garden programme. There are 5 carriages to the Ninky Nonk but this toy is split into 3 different parts with the smaller carriages molded together which is an advantage as if they were separate id fear they would get lost easily.
The test came Christmas morning when my son opened his presents one of the first things he played was with was this. After 10 minuets of getting into the toy as it had a lot of packaging ( which annoys me with a lot of toys) after 5 minutes of playing with it he put it to the side and that was it left until about 3 weeks later.
When the Ninky Nonk was then noticed he loved it.As my son likes to tell me the 3 parts couple up to each other and then can be pulled across the floor. He played with it all the time even wanting to take it to bed at night time. Now I'm not sure if it was because it was to do with in the night garden or if it was because it had wheels and could move across the floor but after the initial rejection it became one of my sons favorite toys.I was also glad it was smaller than i had expected as it made it easier for little hands to play with and actually seemed the right size for my son at 20 months old.
However i believe there are a few downsides. The linking up of the vehicles can be a little tricky as its so awkward and it was not until my son was just over 2 before he could do it for himself. This would not be such a problem had it been the parts stayed together well but i found even the slightest movement across our carpet made each compartment come away from each other. So while the child is young expect to spend a lot of time putting the toy back together.
Also the paint work seems to scratch really easily. Within the first few days of play i found there to be at least day large scratches to to the paint work of the toy which does not harm its playability but it does make it look cheap and tacky.
I would recommend this for an in the night garden fan as with it retailing at £10 it is worth it. Recommended age is 18 months+. Even with the problems the toy has it is sturdy as its made of strong plastic and i have no doubt it will last all 3 of my children.
I picked this up for my daughters second Christmas, at the time she was a huge in the night garden fan so I thought this would be something that she would really like. The main reason for buying this however was the price because at the time it was part of the 2 for £15 on toys in Argos. I'm not sure if this offer is still on but the original price is £10. My first thoughts were that it was a great price for something that my daughter would love. The box states it's for 18 months + but I didn't see any harm in getting for my 2 year old.
Unfortunately when they handed me the box over the counter I was very disappointed, the picture in the catalogue made it look a lot bigger than it was, I was literally tiny. Despite my disappointment I thought my daughter may still like it but again I was wrong. Come Christmas she didn't want to play with it, she gave it a try but she just found it so boring.
The in the night garden ninky nonk is the same as the one that features on the television programme and even though my daughter loves this she has never found any of the toys they produce very fun.
The ninky nonk is made out of plastic and consists of a fun range of colours that will appeal to younger children. The main colours are; orange, red, green, yellow and blue. Despite the picture looking like one long train it is actually 3 different parts that have to be put together. Due to it being so small my daughter could never put the pieces together and still can't now. So after me putting the pieces together in the hopes that she would play with it, one push along the floor and the carriages detach again.
The carriages also have to be attached in a specific order; they can't be changed to create more fun so really it is pointless and rather annoying the fact that they are detachable. The catalogue states that there are "5 detachable carriages that can be put together for endless fun!" this must be the biggest over statement I have ever heard. There are actually only 3 carriages that are detachable and my daughter has never found it fun, judging by other reviews I have read she is not alone with that either.
There is nothing more that it does, it rolls along the floor for a short period of time before falling to pieces. I would have expected from the let down in size that it would at least have some other functions, but unfortunately there is nothing else to it. This is one of those toys that resides at the bottom of a toy box somewhere with some of her other in the night garden toys.
Despite what may seem a good price, for what you get it really isn't. It's not worth wasting your money and I can't recommend this toy which is a shame as they could have made it so much better if they had just added some fun features. This pointless toy only gets 1 star from me!
I got this for my sister for Xmas because she loves In The Night Garden and has got most of the toys already. She was getting to the age where she would play with all the toys together and when I saw the Ninky Nonk on Amazon for £8.00 I thought it would go perfect with the rest of the toys she's got.
It looks just like the Ninky Nonk off the tv programme and in the packet it looked wicked, all shiney with the different parts of the train all together in the right order.
As soon as my sister started playing with the Ninky Nonk I knew this was a proper bad present because all the different parts of the train come apart and they go back together with a hook that goes through a loop of plastic. That would be a good idea except it doesn't work and the different parts keep falling off, even just standing the Ninky Nonk up and leaving it doesn't work because the front part (the long curly red and orange bit you can see in the photo Dooyoo have got up) weighs it all down and that will fall forward sometimes and pull all the rest out.
It's a proper bad design and means that this toy is no good because as soon as my sister pulls it along the whole thing just falls apart. My dad tried fixing the loops to make the Ninky Nonk stay together but they are made out of that brittle hard plastic so his idea of using wire to keep the bits together didn't work out.
Another bad thing is that the wheels aren't very good on this train, if you're wheeling it on a majorly flat and shiny surface then it will be fine but even if there is a bit of bumpiness to the floor the wheels won't go round properly and then all the bits fall off even faster!!!
I was going to send the Ninky Nonk back because it's a rip off because of how bad quality it is. I only ended keeping it because my sister loves the Ninky Nonk and even though she finds it frustrating that it keeps coming apart, at least she's getting to play with it..... it bits!!!
As my daughter is a big fan of In The Night Garden, I couldn't resist picking up this little toy for her recently when it was on the 2 for £10 toy offer in Argos.
For those of you who are familiar with the BBC programme, it centres around a surreal dream world and is aimed at very young children. There is a massive amount of merchandise available on the back of the programme as the makers cash-in now, before its popularity is no doubt replaced with something new!
The toy itself is in three parts which clip onto each other. Each section has wheels so can be wheeled around either on its own or with one or both of the other sections. It is plastic and very light, but seems to be very durable. Each section is small enough to be just the right size for a small hand to grip and push along. It also looks exactly like the one you see on the telly, so it's a very good likeness and will be instantly familiar to all young In The Night Garden fans.
The downfall for me (and my daughter) is that the toy doesn't really do anything. The doors don't open, there are no sounds ... other than the fact it can be pushed around thanks to the little wheels, it isn't a very interactive toy at all. But the toy does look very bright and colourful, and my daughter likes to shout "Nonk!" at it and push individual sections around the room - but she gets bored of it quickly, especially after she tries to open the doors and has no joy!
If your little one is an In The Night Garden fanatic, then there may be better, more interactive toys out there for them. As for the Ninky Nonk, I think it's more suited for display purposes only - it certainly looks cute on MissD's bedroom shelf!
My son has just turned 15 months and absolutely loves In The Night Garden.
The programme, shown on Cbeebies, is based on imagination just before sleep. There are a lot of bright colours and music, sounds etc.
As I was shopping for a full 'In The Night Garden' theme for presents I came across this Ninky Nonk vehicle in Toys R Us for only £7.99 which from other prices seems to be a bit of a bargain.
It comes in 3 pieces which all link to give the same effect as the character in the programme which seems to be a bit scatty, bumping around tree branches and the like.
The first piece is red and orange and a strange shape (this seems to be my sons favourite piece!). The second a large round green and yellow and finally the third has two carridges a purple rectangular shape with a red top and the second a purple and yellow stripy piece.
They all have wheels so is able to go along like a car. It is very sturdily made, my son is a bit wild with his toys sometimes and has threw it against the wall a few times and it is still going strong.
My son loves this toy and I think he will enjoy it for much longer. He is only 15months old and was younger when he recieved it although it has been advised for 18 months plus.
I would strongly recommend this toy for both boys and girls who enjoy cars and In The Night Garden at the same time, it does seem to be the perfect balance.
The only disadvantage I have found to this toy is that the pieces go together and come apart easily which isn't brilliant but aside from that fact it's a brilliant toy at a great price.
This colourful train has four different carriage sizes and an engine that all connect together so baby can roll-along for hours!Its a funny kind of train, the like of which youve never seen before!