“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
The Tesco Funny Faces Bouncy Castle has been reduced instore to only £12.97 at our local branch, and online at Tesco Direct it's now £19.97. Don't ask my the price differences, they often do this I've noticed. The full retail price is £24.99, and whatever you do don't pay that much for this item!
At face value you're getting a real bargain here. It's a proper little inflatable bouncy castle for children aged 2yrs and over. Quite a few problems with it though unfortunately, hence the low price.
Firstly, getting it out the box is easy. Getting blown up is not. This is really deep, despite being very small (1.5 x 1.5m) so it takes an awful lot of foot, hand or lung power to get inflated. You can use a car pump, but only if you're able to transport the castle round to your back garden from your car after inflating. Otherwise, really and truthfully you need an electric pump for this - which I don't have. It took me about an hour to get this inflated using a combination of a foot pump, a hand pump and my lung power. I kept alternating just to give each aching body part a break. Once inflated, this has an easy-out valve to deflate it with. Not that I have deflated it - mainly because I wouldn't want to face re-inflating it at a later date.
Once fully inflated this is nicely shaped and has a little bit of a bounce to it. Not like a proper bouncy castle does of course, but then this is an inflatible rather than a proper bouncy castle. And cheap too of course. To bounce in it, you can fit just one child aged under six years old. Any older and they won't fit. They have to duck under the inflated banners and slip in between the towers, which lean inwards, to have a bounce. They've clearly used very thin children in the photo above and positioned them perfectly to make it appear as though there is more space to bounce than there is.
My biggest issue with this is that after just one small party featuring six under six year olds, this is broken. One of the banners already tore a bit when I inflated it, and at the end of the party, it had ripped right off. It didn't deflate, it ripped at the joining hinge rather than burst open. The four towers were all slightly deflated as well by the end of the party, despite there not being any obvious signs of punctures.
For less than £15 I'm not complaining as this served the purpose of looking fun for a small kid's garden party. But this would never do for regular use, and it's made unecessarily small on the inside by the towers which tend to lean inwards and the low hung banners across the top. I'm going to go with three stars to reflect the price, but make no mistake that you'll get what you pay for if you decide to buy this.