Thursday, 26 March 2020

44 Cats and Their Pawsome New Range of Toys - A Review

My youngest son Riley absolutely loves animations and he would happily sit all day watching them on repeat if he was allowed. Like most children he has his favourite shows and one of those is the kids television series of 44 Cats, which became a ratings success following its UK launch last year.

The pawsome CGI animated series of 44 Cats can be found on the UK's leading free-to-air children's channel Pop, as well as on the digital network, Nick Jr, with each episode telling the story of four adorable feline friends, with super cute names that are Lampo, Milady, Pilou and Meatball. They all absolutely love to sing and dance in their fabulous music band called "The Buffycats" in addition to enjoying their clubhouse and helping their friends!

As well as being a great source of entertainment and music, 44 Cats also has a wonderful educational element, that teaches children about diversity, tolerances, helpfulness and being friendly to others throughout their storylines.

We were therefore really excited to learn about the new 44 Cats range of toys that have recently launched at both Argos and The Entertainer. They are available to purchase both in store and online, with further playsets due to be available from the Summer. This pawsome new range will include:
  • 12 Collectible Characters from the series, who are hidden inside a dustbin (RRP £3.99 each)
  • Twin packs of colour-change figures of the four hero characters (RRP £14.99)
  • An 8" Musical Plush Toy
  • Playset with figures assortments (RRP £16.99)
  • 44 Cats Treehouse (RRP £49.99)
  • Auto Garage (RRP £44.99)
  • Vehicles with characters assortments (RRP £14.99)
  • Lampo's Light-Up Musical Microphone featuring four pre-programmed songs from the series and recordable ability (RRP £14.99)

We have recently been sent The Clubhouse Lampo's Place playset from this cat-tastic new range to review, which immediately caught Riley's attention from the moment it arrived, due to its brightly coloured and appealing packaging.

The front of the box has a clear plastic window, which means that you can see inside the box and gain a clear understanding of exactly what is included with your toy. It also features a cute image of Lampo on the bottom left hand side, along with the 44 Cats logo on the right.

The rear of the box provides more images and also shows you what you can do with the toy. For example with this playset, you can slide the fish up and down and see the chair move. There are three clubhouse playsets to collect, which when combined together are sure to provide plenty of 44 Cats fun!

The aim of this playset is to bring Lampo's place to life and it features his trusty guitar and favourite food. It also includes a three inch figure with moveable arms and legs, wearing a brightly coloured purple and green top, with blue cap. This outfit design is also exclusive to this set.

I really liked the size of this toy as it is small enough to carry around in my bag, or pack away to take with us on a journey. The pieces all seem to be of a really good quality and very sturdy, so they are perfect for little ones hands, but not too small that they will get lost easily.

Riley really liked the bright and vibrant colours of the toy and also loved the fact that you could move Lampo's arms, legs and tail to adjust his positioning. This meant that Riley could create a number of scenarios and move him around with ease, which I felt helped to inspire some imaginative play.

At the top of the guitar is a chair, which can be moved up and down by simply sliding the fish that is placed on the side of the instrument. It took Riley a little bit of maneuvering to get Lampo to sit in the chair without falling out because of his tail, but he realised that he could adjust his position by moving his tail and legs to make him more secure.

Riley enjoyed this playset as a standalone toy, but said that he would also like the other two character sets that are available in the range to make it a larger and even more enjoyable set. I believe that this would expand the imaginative play opportunities and allow him to recreate scenes from the show, which I think would be a great idea.

Overall this is a nice little playset for any 44 Cats fan and with an RRP of £16.99 it won't break the bank either. We found the toy to be good quality and simple to use, which is always a huge bonus. The vibrant colours and attention to detail make the product stand out and it appealed to Riley from the moment he saw the box. We both liked the fact that the toy is very easy to carry around, but is also small enough to tidy away neatly too. It is recommended on the box as being suitable for ages 3+ and I think it is a lovely toy that would be ideal for the 3 to 7 age group.

You can currently purchase this toy and others from the 44 Cats range at The Entertainer and Argos, with even more playsets due to launch this summer!

*Disclaimer - This is a collaborative post. We received the product featured in this review free of charge, for the purpose of writing an honest review of our experience with the product. All opinions and thoughts are my own unless stated otherwise.

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