This week we’ve been lucky enough to review something SO fitting that I was tempted to play with it by myself…. The Mickey Mouse Fly ‘n’ Slide Clubhouse.
As a parent I have great confidence in Fisher Price as a toy manufacturer, having spent many of my own childhood years playing with their durable, beautiful products. In fact, when the boys visit either set of grandparents, the toys they play with are Fisher Price toys from my own or their Dadda’s past.
The Mickey Mouse Fly ‘n’ Slide Clubhouse arrived at the perfect time, being days away from leaving to visit the big cheese himself! Our postman delivered the parcel whilst we were still in our pyjamas and so after unpacking, I managed to wrangle Baby Dragon out of his, but Our Little Adventurer was far too busy apparently.
The set is comprised of a clubhouse, a table, two chairs, a see saw and a little airplane. Mickey and Minnie are also included. It was very simple to assemble with a few snap-on parts. Opening and assembly time was around three minutes.
The “Fly”part of the clubhouse was far and away Lyoto’s favourite part. A little plane with Minnie Mouse in to push around? Yes please.
To use the “slide” part, Mickey and the gang pop through the trapdoor on top of the Clubhouse…
….and out of the Toodles door, down the slide, which actually works. So many slide toys aren’t actually slides, but Minnie zipped down the green chute very well.
The little purple see saw was sweet.
This toy is perfect for playing side by side….although naturally there was the inevitable power-struggle for the Big Cheese himself.
Baby Dragon looks wistfully on…
Our verdict? Obviously we loved it. It’s been played with non stop, especially by Baby Dragon. As a purchasing Momma however, there were a few points I felt were worth raising.
Firstly, I wish that for the price, there was a little more detail in the toy. For example, the little table that came with the set was sweet, but entirely yellow, including the items which were on the table. Even the stickers that our parents took seemingly hours to apply on Christmas mornings are preferable to plain moulded plastic. The table was thus deemed uninteresting and put to the side by the boys. This point extends to the interior of the Clubhouse too. Details lead to much longer engagement times with my boys; and even if it’s stickers that I have to apply myself and complain about it profusely as I’m doing so, ultimately as a buyer I feel as though I’m getting more kapow for my pound. I’d also love to see other sets in the range such as the Clubhouse garden for example so that the collection could be built upon.
Secondly, the parts disconnect very easily; the slide has been off on its travels a few times. I prefer chunky, difficult to destroy toys that are built in one piece…that way it saves heartache when one of them has decided to squirrel an essential piece away somewhere.
The toy has been played with non-stop in our house by our little Mouseketeers, most notably by Baby Dragon (20 months). I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to friends.