Price: £14.99 RRP
Age Range: 18m+
Manufacturer’s Description: Weebles Wobble, but they don’t fall down! Push Peppa’s classic car to see the wibble wobble action! Includes exclusive Peppa Weebles figure (1 figure supplied).
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: When I heard about the new Peppa Pig Weebles range, I was delighted. The characters in Peppa Pig are the perfect style and shape to be transformed into Weebles, and what could be better than these two great brands, both loved by so many, coming together?
Happily, not much. Georgie has been really enjoying her new Weebles car, and in particular the Peppa Pig Weeble has been a huge hit.
This is the first Weeble that Georgie has come across, and she was amazed at the way that Peppa kept bouncing back upright when she got knocked over. The only time this caused any concern was when Georgie was valiantly trying to tuck Peppa into bed to “chill out” and the Weeble kept bouncing up out of bed and wide awake!
In the box, you get the Pig family car, and a single Peppa Pig Weeble. There is space in the car for two Weebles to sit; one in the front, and one in the back.
Character Online have produced a whole range of characters, so that you can buy another Weeble to join Peppa in the car. The characters available are: Danny Dog, Emily Elephant, George Pig, Pedro Pony, Peppa Pig, Rebecca Rabbit, Suzy Sheep, and Zoe Zebra.
It is a shame that none of the adults are available, as Georgie is particularly concerned that she doesn’t have a Mummy Pig or Daddy Pig to drive Peppa Pig around! She almost always puts Peppa sat in the back of the car, as she is on the tv show, and so the small pig has either an invisible chauffeur, or a toy fairy is called into service to sit in the other seat.
The car rather cleverly has wonky wheels that make the car wobble as it drives along. This “wibble wobble action” is just violent enough to make the Weebles sitting inside wiggle about as they drive around, whilst not being so wobbly that it alarms Georgie as she pushes it about.
It would be nice if the steering wheel span, or the car was slightly easier to steer around corners – as it is, the steering wheel is a fixed piece of black plastic, and the wheels are so rigidly straight that you have to force it to skid around corners. The rigidity of the wheel direction means that Georgie crashes the car a lot, but to be honest she thinks that is great fun.
I think the translation from screen to toy is excellent, and the toy car and character really do look like they do in the tv show – Georgie certainly recognised the car instantly as being Daddy Pig’s car. The car itself has some sweet little detailing to match its cartoon counterpart, with a small clear windscreen, round wing mirrors, and a stubby exhaust pipe sticking out the middle of the rear bumper.
Georgie is a huge fan of the Peppa Pig tv show, and it is great to see a tv show toy done so well; she really has enjoyed playing with this car, and considering it is such a simple toy she has played with it quite a lot. She has lots of fun driving Peppa around to different activities; popping the Weeble into the car and driving it along, while announcing that “she’s going to playgroup!” or other similar proclamations.
Physically, these toys feel great. They are of solid construction and don’t feel at all cheap. I think the car will be able to stand up to a lot of abuse, and the Weeble feels virtually indestructible. Lydia has already tried chomping away on Peppa, with no visible results. The car is a generous size, nice and chunky for small children to push about.
I think that £14.99 is quite reasonable for a Peppa Pig branded toy, and although it would be nice if the car came with a second Weeble, £4.99 isn’t too steep to buy Peppa a companion. Georgie would prefer it if we could buy a responsible adult to drive the young pig about, but she will have to live without!