We all love Little Charley Bear here at The Madhouse. The kids love the funny stories and the "Are you there, Charley Bear?" catchphrase and I love the fact that Pierre always snuggles up on the settee to watch it calmly when he's tired, avoiding many a grumpy tantrum ! When we were asked if we'd like to check out the new Ready Teddy Blast Off toy, that was a total no-brainer - of course we would ! Shortly afterwards, this rather fabulous looking rocket arrived. The Madhouse Mini-testers were extremely excited because they recognised it from one of the Little Charley Bear episodes they have seen.
In the cockpit sits a little Charley Bear figure, that you can take out when he decides he wants to keep his feet on the ground for a while ! I was worried about this getting separated from the rest of the toy and lost but they have thought about it and created a "secret compartment" in one of the orange rocket launcher capsules that he can be stored in.
The whole front of the rocket opens up so that it is just like a playhouse, revealing lots of interesting nooks and crannies for Little Charley Bear to explore and have adventures in. Pierre loved making him look out of the window.
There is also a lift that you can sit Little Charley Bear in to push him up and down between the two levels.
It's a lovely toy that is visually appealing and that leads to much imaginative play and role play. My one little criticism is that the plastic could have done with being a bit thicker. Opening and closing the front flap is a slightly delicate progress and I'm not sure how well it will resist Pierre's rather rough handling over time.
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £24.99
Disclosure : We received a Little Charley Bear Ready Teddy Blast Off toy in order to write an honest review.
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