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I really do wish I could have taken this back and got a refund for it! Unfortunately, the grandson insisted he needed to keep it and I didn't feel it was fair to take this away from him, no matter how cheated I felt.
This play set costs a whopping £40, and for that price you get cheap, inexpensive plastic tat. The toy boasts that it lights up for the Big Zing, that it includes an interactive Coconut clock (features from the show) and that it plays real music. "Wow!" you're thinking. Think again - read on.
When you first get this play set, it comes in quite a large box but feels incredibly light. Inside, the play set comes requiring assembly and includes some slightly vague instructions for you to use to do this. To start with, you need to put the back onto the yellow island - and the back is made of glossy cardboard. Yes really, a £40 play set, and the backdrop is made of card.
Then you stick in a few trees, all of which have hollow backs to keep the costs down, then stick a loads of stickers on to finish the tat off. The coconut clock is just a little plastic case with a lever in it, so you can pick up one coconut, lift it up (this is actually quite tricky to do as it gets stuck easily) then send it down the very short slope. When it hits the bottom, it triggers the theme tune. Okay, nice idea, but this could have (and should have) been made to a much higher standard than it has been. No way should a toy aimed at 3-6yr olds be this tricky and sticky to use! I'm also disappointed that there is only one coconut in the clock, as the show uses four coconuts and it's an important part of the show.
The instruments included are also made of thin, cheap plastic, and they don't stay together terribly well. The drum set and keyboard remind me of the toys you get out of Kinder Surprise Eggs actually. They lack detail and they're not heavy enough to stay standing up during play either.
As for the stage lighting up, well there are a few coloured bulbs beneath the stage which turn on yes, but I wouldn't say that the 'whole stage lights up'. I'd say that a few coloured light bulbs turn on under the stage and can just about be seen if you look hard enough.
And the icing on the cake, the set plays just ONE song. The Zingzillas theme tune from the television series. That's it, just that same old song over and over and over and over... You get the point. The only variations are that you only trigger each band member's addition to the song by standing them in their foot holes which are on the stage. But honestly, there is very little difference between the different characters parts.
The grandson reckons he likes this, but he's only played it with ONCE. The first day it came home he played with it for about ten minutes, then just took the trees and back drop off and shoved it in a cupboard. He's not touched it since. To add insult to injury, I didn't just pay £40 for this set - I also had to buy both of the girl posable characters seperately for nearly £5 each!! This set only includes Zac and Tang.
What an absolute rip off. I very rarely give anything one star, but this deserves it for it's blatant cheek. They didn't even make the darn thing properly!