Octonauts Octopod Playset by Mattel

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The Octonauts Octopod playset is a brand new Octonauts toy recently released from well known toy manufacturer Mattel and it is definitely going to be a hit with Octonauts fans everywhere this Christmas.

Who Are the Octonauts?

Firstly, for all those adults out there who are wondering who the Octonauts are here is a quick rundown: the Octonauts are a children's pre-school  television programme which features a crew of eight cute little animals who spend their time exploring the ocean and having lots of fun adventures on the way!

They live in their ocean home which is called the 'Octopod' and they include a polar bear, a kitten and a penguin. All of the animals have their own unique and loveable characters and they are always ready to take part in exciting new adventures.

What are the main features of the Octonauts Octopod Playset?

Here is a list of the main features of the Octonauts Octopod playset: 

  • Playset comes with over 10 pieces which include 2 articulated figures (Kwazii and Barnacles), Mini Gup-A, 3 sea creatures including a lobster and a turtle which both have colour change bandages,  4 rescue tools, a net, a stretcher, a barrel and an anchor
  • Children can press the OctoAlert for fun sounds and phrases
  • The OctoAlert can be removed from the playset so children can take it on their own adventures and enjoy fun sounds and phrases whilst they are out and about
  • The whole playset can be rotated 360 degrees 
  • Children can get to the hanging rescue tools on any side by rotating the Octopod head 
  • Children can learn to put a figure on the opening of the main deck, pull the little lever and watch the figures fall through
  • Children can move the hanging rescue tools up and down to rescue injured animals from the ocean and return them to the safety of the Octopad
  • Children can push figures down the slides from their pods to the Launch Bay
  • Children can load figures in GUP-A (the Octonauts rescue mission vehicle)
  • Gup-A launches from the base of the Octopod 
  • This is a solid and durable toy
  • Playset includes lots of moving parts which are easily accessible for small hands
  • Toy is colourful with lots of great detail 
  • Requires 3 x LR44 batteries (please note that these are included)
  • This toy is not suitable for children under 3 years of age
  • The manufacturer recommended age is 3- 8 years
  • Adult assembly is recommended

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What is the Octonauts Octopod Playset?

This playset is a must have for all little Octonauts fans! There are so many different parts for children to explore in this toy and so much for children to have fun with including the following:

  • Children can sound the OctoAlert to alert their figures that it is time for action!
  • Children can push their figures down the slides from their pods to the land on the main deck
  • Children can place their figures on the opening in the main deck, pull the little lever and see the figures fall down all ready to board GUP A on their next adventure
  • Children can load their figures into GUP-A, the Octonauts mission vehicle
  • Children can lower their rescue tools to pick up the injured sea creatures from the ocean and bring them back to the Octopod where they will be safe and cared for

Is the Octonauts Octopod Playset a good toy for my child?

If you know of a little Octonauts fan then you can rest assured that they will happily spend many hours playing with this new Octonauts Octopod playset. 

This a great toy for encouraging imaginative and creative play in little children. Children will love re-enacting stories from their favourite television programme and will probably be encouraging their parents, brothers and sisters and friends to join in with their imaginative stories!

We think that children will be over the moon to see their favourite television programme come to life in their own home! This toy is above all a great source of entertainment and interactive fun for little children, especially all those who are big fans the Octonauts television programme.

What do other customers think?

The Octonauts  Octopod playset has already received a lot of positive feedback from happy customers and these reviews are all readily available on the internet. Here is one review from a satisfied customer:

"This toy is a definite hit with both my boys who are different ages! My older child loves to re-enact the stories, while the younger one seems to enjoy pressing the Octoalert button and pulling the little strings! The characters both bend nicely and the boys really love sliding them down the slides. I would highly recommend this toy to other parents with small children who love the Octonauts" Cathy

On the downside a few customers appear to be rather unhappy that one of the important and most popular Octonauts characters called Peso (the penguin character) is missing from the play set.

We agree that Peso should have been added in especially as has such an important role in the television programme. We hope that Mattel will decide to include him in the playset in the future or at least bring him out separately to enable those who don't have him to add him in.

Some families have take the Peso free gift from a recent CBeebies magazines and added him in for the time being!

In Summary

We feel that the Octonauts Octopad play set will make a great gift for Octonaut fans everywhere this Christmas 2012. With the huge popularity of the Octonauts television programme amongst pre-schoolers we feel sure that play set is guaranteed to be a Christmas best seller.

This playset is tipped to be a big hit this Christmas by some of the leading retailers including Tesco's. If you know of a little Octonauts fan then it might be wise to order the Octopod play set early so you are guaranteed a happy Octonauts fan on Christmas day!

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