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NOW CLOSED My Little Pony Review thread

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 25-Apr-12 13:42:30

This thread is for the 100 MNers and their child(ren) who are reviewing one of four new My Little Pony toys.

They are reviewing:
Friendship Express Train set - "Children will love this cute motorised playset to take all of their pony friends to their favourite Ponyville locations. Train set comes with an engine, caboose, Pinkie Pie pony and 6 train track pieces" SRP: £23.00.

My Little Pony Princess Celestia is "the most beautiful, magical unicorn a child has ever seen! Princess Celestia has pretty light-up wings that move and she "really" talks! Pony figure comes with a crown, necklace, 4 barrettes, and comb" SRP: £20.00

Vehicle Asst "These sweet My Little Pony vehicles allow children to transport their ponies around Equestria. Each "vehicle" will come with one pony, a train cart and accessories. Children can play with this vehicle on its own or can attach it to the train set - allowing more ponies to join her friends on the magical journey" SRP: £13

And Fashion Ponies "These stylish ponies come with everything you needs to dress her up and make her look as fabulous as can be. Pack comes with brush, saddle, 4 shoes, 5 hair barrettes, necklace and bracelet!" SRP: £12.99

If you are a reviewer please respond to the questions below.
We'd also love you to add a review on the MN toy review pages .

Everyone who adds feedback will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky winner will get a £100 Argos voucher

So please say:
The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
What did your child think about it? What was good?
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Any other comments

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express Train Set.
Dd1 is 5 and dd2 is 2

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it would appeal more to my 2 year old than my 5 year old but they've both played with it quite a bit.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
I think they both liked it. Dd1 would have like more carriages and more ponies in the set. They liked the track and have been pretending to be tunnels by standing over it. Dd2 liked that there were a couple of different ways of joining the track together but would probably have preferred more options and for the track to be easier for her to put together herself.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
I think they've both looked at it in toy shops but haven't really known what My Little Pony is.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, probably. Like I say, I didn't expect it to appeal to the 5 year old as much as it did.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, but I'd have been tempted to buy it for a 2-3 year old rather than a 5 year old as it's quite basic looking. The track is wider than, for example, the Thomas & Friends stuff and so looks like it is aimed more at younger children.

Any other comments
One of the big plusses for me was how easy it was to get out of the packaging. I liked that it wasn't tied in with tons of ties. It meant my kids didn't get frustrated waiting for me to get it out.

I would have liked to see the train do a bit more. For example it doesn't make a noise - perhaps a tooting could be added.

inzidoodle Wed 25-Apr-12 14:14:13

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is:
My DD (4) was sent my little pony princess celestia.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?:
We received the toy on Friday and she has played a little with it each day, day 1 for a good hour, not so long since. She loved the hairclips but lost them very quickly and the flapping wings/talking excitement soon wore off (She wanted it too actually fly and was soon bored of flying it around the room!!). I think DD would have had more play time with a larger selection of different types of hairclips/accessories.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She was extremely excited when she saw it and initially loved the talking and flapping wings. A button to allow the wings to flap for a minute or so without holding down the button would have been good. She enjoyed styling her hair the most (but quickly lost the clips).

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Not really and it's not something I have really brought her attention to.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, but I might try her with it to see if she likes it.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, it's a nice toy and well made, although it depends on the price. Anything over £15 would be too much for it I would say.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes depending on price and what it did.

Thanks so much for allowing us the opportunity to try it.

TheEpilator Wed 25-Apr-12 14:35:59

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
"Vehicle" assortment
DD is 5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

I expected it to be a vehicle in its own right, although looking at the description now I see it is referred to as a "vehicle" implying that it isn't really! It was in fact a carriage for the train, so without an engine to pull it, it seemed a bit like half a toy. DD was looking for the track in the box and the bunny which is shown sitting on the back, but neither of those were included, despite being shown on the packaging.

I wasn't too impressed (well, for free, it was great, but for £13 RRP it was a bit of colourful plastic with a not-very-equine pony!) I was also disappointed that it was so 'girly'. I thought a vehicle assortment would be a good toy for her to play with DS, but he was not impressed!

What did your child think about it? What was good?

DD enjoyed playing with the ice creams, pony selling them to the squirrel for about 10 minutes, then just carried the squirrel round for the rest of the evening. I imagine with the engine and other carriages it could be a nice little set, but on its own it was a bit limited.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes she has several of the old-skool ponies and some cheap MLP copies which she loves. She didn't like the look of this little version of MLP and said it looked like a cat.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No we don't generally watch Boomerang but will keep an eye out for it.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Not this toy on its own, unless the child had the rest of the set.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Again, not this particular toy, but in general I like(d) them. I have bought them in the past as gifts, but wouldn't buy the new shape as they're a bit ugly!

Any other comments

The packaging was easy to open and I like the paper ties rather than wire & plastic - easier to recycle. Shame that many of the things pictured on the box were not included though. DD can't read the miniscule writing saying "other sets sold separately" so its just frustrating to have to explain it to her. She then of course asked me to buy the other sets smile

I asked for the vehicles because I thought they would be less stereotypically girly than the princess or fashion ponies, but the carriage is twiddly and pink and extremely girly, so I may as well have gone the whole hog and requested the sparkly unicorn!

pepperrabbit Wed 25-Apr-12 14:36:59

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Sweetie Belle pony and train carriage.
DD 3, DS 6 and DS 7
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
Individually, the boys liked that it had wheels and both pushed it around (at a high speed), my daughter was enchanted by the pony "it's so beautiful!" and she liked the carriage and the fact that the door opens and closes.
The picture on the packaging meant the kids were looking for track to run it on. But as a carriage it was lovely - I like the fact that all the little bits have somewhere to live so nothing has got lost. I was a bit puzzled by the carefully wrapped cardboard picture with the little cards attached? I didn't really know what they were for and there was no clue on the packaging (but that could just be us!). The pony fired her imagination more than the carriage.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
The boys lost interest quite quickly but they are a little old for this. My daughter has played with it everyday, and "trots" the pony around it, feeds it and arranges the accessories - but her absolutely most favourite thing is the "pet". She adores this, has kept it in her pocket. She likes the fact you can anchor the pet in the window or on the roof and also that you can attach the pony so it doesn't fall over - she can do this herself as well which is a bonus - lots of toys she needs me to help stick bits together.
She would have liked it to have some lights or music (I asked her if she thought it needed to do anything else)
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes, she has some second hand ones we were given and has made up names for them all, this is our first accessory.
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I like the brand, it's ideal for younger kids, you know what you are getting and you know it will be good quality.
I would not have bought a carriage as a stand-alone toy - it needs to be part of a train, so I would only recommend buying as an extra if you have the train itself.
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes i would, I think they have a fairly universal appeal, but it's unlikely I would buy it for a boy.
Any other comments
I'm not sure i would pay £13 for this. My personal price point to buy it would probably be around £9.99

Nixea Wed 25-Apr-12 14:41:14

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is:
My Little Pony Princess Celestia and my daughter is 4.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?:
I thought this would end up being one of those toys that she would play with constantly for about half an hour and then it would be set aside, but I was pleasantly surprised. She’s played with it daily since it arrives and even chose it to take on holiday with us. She started off grooming it and playing with the hair accessories but once the novelty off those wore off it’s been played with in a more imaginative way. She takes it on walks, uses glitter to make up “food” for it and spends time reading stories to it!

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She was extremely excited when it came out of the box and her eyes lit up when she realised you could make it talk as well. The hair clips were easy enough for little fingers but the crown was slightly fiddly for her to place properly which frustrated her a little bit. Her favourite aspect was definitely that fact that it talked, and there was a fairly decent selection of phrases so it didn’t get too repetitive too quickly.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She’s not really come across it much but loves horses in general so I imagine it would appeal to her.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, we don’t receive this channel in our house.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I was impressed with the quality of the toy and would recommend it. The hair didn’t matt up as I was expecting it to and it’s stood up to a week of fairly intense play without looking worse for wear. At £20 it seems about right for the money.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
It wouldn’t have been a brand I would have looked for before testing this product, but it’s made a very favourable impression and yes, I would certainly consider purchasing from the range for a gift. The packaging is attractive and the toys seem to be sturdy and fun.

Any other comments?
I would have liked a few more accessories included, and would be willing to pay more for them. Props like food bowls might encourage further role-play as my daughter wanted to take care of it like a “proper” horse.

It was a sure fire success in our house though and is being carried about in a basket with a stuffed hippo as I type this!! Thanks for the opportunity to test this.

medjool Wed 25-Apr-12 14:44:33

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Vehicle asst
DD1 is almost 5, DD2 is 2

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
DD1 hasn't played with it as much as DD2 although she was very enthusiastic and would definitely appreciate a MLP gift in the future.
DD2 loves it, she gets that it's part of a train and she loved putting the pony in and pushing her round 'choo chooing'. The accessories were a bit fiddly for both girls, they are very small and we've already lost a couple of pieces under the sofa!
I can see the bigger picture, that this would be fabulous as one of a number of train carriages with lots of little ponies to play with. On its own, I think the toy has limited play value for my 5 year old, but accessories aside, it makes a great carry-around toy for my 2 year old.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
They liked the pony and putting her in and out of the carriage and playing with the ice cream themed accessories, as I said, especially my 2 year old. I imagine they would enjoy playing together with it if they each had a pony or 2, I think this would appeal more to DD1 who was very enthusiastic about the toy but didn't play as much because she's used to more sophisticated role play with her toys.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Not really aware of MLP yet, although as a toy I played with as a child, it's something I am more likely to introduce them to.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
We don't watch Boomerang.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, but I'd recommend not buying a standalone toy as I think children need more than 1 pony to play whether this or the fashion ponies. More likely to buy having had a product for the children to trial and seeing that the ponies are as much fun as they were in my childhood!

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes for my children or niece. Slightly too expensive for e.g. school party presents where Barbie dolls are more cost efficient.

Any other comments
The design of the actual ponies has changed since the 1980s - I think I prefer the old look... but of course my children don't know the difference.
Thank you for the product, appreciate the opportunity to play with it before investing in a toy - you can never tell if something will be played with or not - this was, so now we can consider it.

AlmaMartyr Wed 25-Apr-12 14:56:36

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Friendship Express Train set. I have DD (3y10m) and DS (23m)

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

I was quite impressed with it really. They liked playing with it, the motorised train has been all over the house and they like fiddling with the traintracks. Their favourite bit is putting the pony in the two carriages, hooking the carriages up to each other, filling the truck with other stuff etc.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

DD loves it, she says it's very colourful.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

They haven't really come across it before but seem to quite like this set.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No, we don't get Boomerang here (in a valley and pretty much only get the BBC channels)

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

It seems fairly reasonably priced so that's good. It is a bit garish and pink for my tastes, but I probably would recommend it to someone that's into it. I like the idea of the trainset.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes probably, especially since the prices seem relatively reasonable.

Any other comments

It is a bit annoying with ours that the train gets stuck on the curves. I've tried fiddling with it but it does it every time. It takes away some of the joy of watching it go round and round when you keep having to give it a helping nudge.

BornToFolk Wed 25-Apr-12 15:14:55

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Vehicle. DS is 4.5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

DS loved it when he first opened it and said it was "cool!" He was keen to get it out of the packaging (which took blooming ages, are all those twisty ties really necessary?!) He liked the pony and put it and out of the carriage and put the little squirrel in all the places it could go (I liked the fact there were several places for it and that it was easy for DS to do - I get asked so often to put people in and out of cars as they are hard to fit where they are supposed to go!) We were both a bit confused about what the little bits of cardboard were for but DS decided that they are maps and tickets for the train.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

Since opening it, he hasn't really played with it again. I think the play value of this is a bit limited, especially as it's just a carriage! There's nothing even to pull it around. I was also surprised that there were no brushes or hair accessories in the pack. I thought the point of all MLPs was to play with their hair? My mum has a rip off MLP (sorry!) that DS loves to play with as it's bigger and has longer hair and a variety of hair accessories. In retrospect, maybe I should have selected the Fashion Pony but I thought DS was prefer the train one.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

See above.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Not this particular toy, unless the child already had the train set and wanted to add to it. As a standalone toy, it's not great. My Little Ponies are fine but they used to be better when they were bigger, with more hair. <nostalgia emoticon>

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Maybe, for a close friend or family member if I knew the child in question was particularly into MLPs. They are a bit too expensive for school-friend type party gifts.

Any other comments

I'll try and direct DS to the toy again and see if he wants to play with it some more and will add any additional feedback.

Thanks for the opportunity to test this!

IllegitimateGruffaloChild Wed 25-Apr-12 15:37:20

Thank-you for letting us test this.

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

We had the express train set. DD is 4, DS is 2.5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

At first I was really disappointed. I felt there wasn't enough train track. I also thought it had to be turned upside down to start and stop (We then realised it'd start and stop by pressing the chimney thing). I also thought that if my children had received it as a gift I'd be cross about trying to scrape around for batteries and a screwdriver. I also thought it was very tricky to position properly on the track.

Once they got going, I really warmed to it. The 'pony'ness appealed to DD, and the 'train' side appealed to DS. It was small enough to take with us to a family BBQ on Saturday. All the children had a go. The colours definitely appealed to the younger ones. Again, the other little boy there liked it as a train.

I liked how easy it was to fit the track pieces together.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

DD is a very 'princessey' girl. Loves pink/pretty things. She liked pretending the pony was on a picnic stopping off at each end of the track. DS was just really transfixed with it going round and round.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes - we have some fake ones. She loves plaiting their hair, lining them up (X-factor style) and generally using them for imaginative play.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No - we don't have that channel

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Yes - having seen how much they've enjoyed it (and for the RRP), I did think it was a good bit of kit.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes I would. However, the pony we got was not what I remembered them to be when I was a child.

It was much more 'feminine' with a pointy nose. Not very horse like! I think i'd be very mindful of the connotations to such a gift. By this, I mean it is very girly. Suits my DD fine, but others might find it a bit OTT.

I would add to the collection for DD's birthday in the future though.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Wed 25-Apr-12 16:01:21

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

We were sent the vehicle assorted, and my dd is 4.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
My daughter was very, very excited to receive her parcel. She couldn't wait for me to open it for her, and once it was opened she played with it all afternoon and since then for about an hour a day. It prompted her to find all her other my little ponies and she had a lot of fun pushing the cart around the floor.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
My daughter liked pushing it around and pretending the ponies were going visiting. She specifically liked the colours, and the little cradle inside to carry the small bunny that was included in the set. However, she was disappointed - as was I - that it was only a carriage and not a train in its own right. The inclusion in the packaging of the cardboard animals was a little misleading too....my dd was asking where her extra animals and also the shown track had gone.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes, she has a few genuine my little ponies, and some supermarket copies.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, we do not watch this channel.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I would not recommend this toy unless the family already had parts of the set....a carriage on its own with no train/tracks is a little pointless. However, considering this as a stand alone toy, the quality seems good, it is very girly though which I thought might put off my little tomboy and others like her.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Perhaps....but I think the price is a little too high for me to consider as a gift for nursery/school parties. I would buy it for children in my family though, as I would be willing to spend a little more.

Any other comments
The plastic packaging was difficult to get into, but once it was opened it was a pleasant surprise to find cardboard ties instead of the awful plastic ones. This made the toy quite easy and quick to get out for an impatient child. I thought the pack design was misleading with all the cardboard animals etc on display with only one actual creature in the pack along with the pony. Like other posters, I preferred the older style of ponies that I recall from my own childhood, the new ones are a bit odd.

The toy is still sitting in my lounge, ready to play with which is nice that it's not been tidied up and forgotten about which shows my dd does enjoy it. Thank you for sending us this toy to test, much appreciated.

cityangel Wed 25-Apr-12 16:27:59

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express Train set - I have 3 & 1 year old boys.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
It is marked for 3+ on the box presumably for small parts, but my initial impressions was that its more suited to a 2 year old. Sure enough the 20 month old likes it even though all the train does is go round and round. There is nothing to keep my exploring 3 year old entertained except imaginary play with the horse and building the track once. Once the track was built once it wasn't easy enough (too stiff) for the 3 year old to rebuild without assistance. With Brio and Duplo he can re-build the track again and again on his own.
- It doesn't make proper train sounds.
- There's no station, signs or signals
- There's nothing included to put in the green carriage
- There's nothing to do to the pony, all the bags, brushes, little things are in the other sets you have to buy separately.
The horse looked more like a deer in the face and the hair got matted. I am sure the my little ponies were bigger when I was a child?

What did your child think about it? What was good?
The 3 year old looked at the box and asked 'is this for girls?' I explained it was for everyone. They enjoyed trying to build the track and helping Mummy put the batteries in. His favourite colour is pink so he liked the train. They like helping to put the stickers on, but this was a one off activity.

They didn't like that you had to pick up the train and turn of the switch to stop the train so they took to knocking it off the track to stop it instead. The eldest asked where the station was. Within 2 days it had been disgarded except the little one kept the small green carriage and put a duplo man in it.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Until now my children had never heard of it.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
No. Myself and most of my friends try to look for educational value, imaginary play elements and future proofing and this toy/brand seems to be lacking those.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
No even if asked for and particularly not this one. I think they are overpriced for what they are. I think its very deceptive to show a large picture on the back of the box with two carriages and 4 pony's + bits that aren't included in the set with the buyer needing to look on the side to see that they're not included. Especially as you'd need to spend another £33 on Amazon to get them and can only buy them assorted so might not be able to get hold of one of them anyway.

For that reason I wouldn't give it as a gift, because the pester power element of the packaging could annoy the other Mum.
Likewise giving one of the carriages in their own right is no use without including the whole train.

There's nothing in the packaging to suggest it would be suitable to give to boys. First I would choose Brio. If I was looking at plastic options then I would choose the Thomas and Friends TrackMaster Thomas Busy Day Playset.

tudorrose Wed 25-Apr-12 17:09:54

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express Train - DD2 is 6 and DD3 is 4

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
Both girls were very excited when the parcel arrived and were thrilled when they saw what it was. I initially thought it wouldn't hold their interest for long but I was wrong. Once they had put it together and changed the track a couple of times I thought they would be bored, but they have played with it a lot. Having said that, they both agreed that it needed more track and extra ponies. They have added on Duplo people, trees etc to make it more fun.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
They liked the bright colours and they way the train will still move on the floor away from the track. They also liked the way the track could be rebuilt in different ways. DD3 loves it.
DD2 was a little bit too old for it I think and just enjoyed playing with her younger sister. Her thoughts were that it was a great toy for younger children but when you are six it's a bit boring.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes they both have some and play with them often. But they much prefer the old style ones.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I would, but only for a 3-5 year old. It doesn't really hold the interest of older girls for long.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, I have bought some and they are always popular.

Any other comments
Thankyou very much for letting us have the chance to test it. It has become a much loved toy.

BoysWillGrow Wed 25-Apr-12 17:11:51

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship express train set, DS1 is 4 & DS2 is 20months

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
For the rrp value of the toy I think it represents good value for money compared to similar toys out there. Both boys Liked it, the first thing ds1 said was "but it's girls" it's very pink and purple. He loved putting the stickers on & it was easy for him to put the track together. Although no mention that you can press the funnel down once on the track to get it moving, we were forever taking it on and off to turn the engine on then placing it on the track with the wheels going round. When carriage was placed on the train it kept getting stuck going round the bends. Both sons preferred to play with the train on the carpet, rather than the track. So maybe not enough track was provided.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
They both liked to take turns pressing the funnel to make it stop & go, preferred it off the track though. They liked putting track together and pulling the pony around.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
He had heard of the show and toys before so I suppose so.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
Sometimes not often though.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, because for value for money you get a full toy (despite small amount of track) that doesn't necessarily need anything added to it to enjoy it.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, for a child under the age of four, for the exact reason above.

Any other comments?
Perhaps a small animal or suitcase could be included to have something to put in the carriage. Packaging inside was great, made it easy to open, with the kids eager to play. Not so pink and purple, perhaps a unisex set with more greens, yellows, reds or blues. My son likes trains but at first simply dismissed it as a girls toy, which I then had to convince him it was ok to play with. Younger DS 20 months likes it still, however ds4 is not too bothered by it anymore.
And of course thank you for sending it to us!!!
smile

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

We have a vehicle and DD1 is 3.5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

My DD loved it, initially she found it tricky to get the pony on it's peg in the trailer. She used it to transport her pony (and sylvanians, little people and happyland creatures) from one room to another, she also used it for sleepovers for little creatures.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She likes it and the little creatures/ice creams that came with it. The best things are her hair and the little squirrel!

Does your child like My Little Pony generally? She has a few od the older 'heart on the foot' ponies and loves them too.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No it seems a little too grown up for her and her TV time is limited so given the choice she would rather watch programmes she prefers.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why? Yes, it is a simple 'use your imagination' toy.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift? Yes.

Any other comments

The ponies are very different to the traditional ones DD1 normally plays with - a bit more sassy and she noticed the differences, she preferred the magnetic heart version because the ponies actually do something. The carriage on it's own would be a great addition to the trainset but I wouldn't buy it unless we already had the trainset.

tethersend Wed 25-Apr-12 17:40:58

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Vehicle Asst- Ice cream carriage. DD is 3.6
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
It was opened with a shriek of delight and played with constantly for about two days. Imaginative play. Then the incredibly tiny little pieces got lost and she went off it very quickly.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
She liked the imaginative play possibilities, but these were limited and the logistics of ponies, squirrels and ice creams falling out of the carriage every 5 minutes made it difficult for her to sustain her initial interest. She is still playing with the pony.
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She has not been aware of them until now
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No.
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
No. The pieces are too small and fiddly to play with and get lost very quickly. The functions of the vehicle are not clearly explained on the packaging.
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Only if it was requested by the child.
Any other comments
No

vnmum Wed 25-Apr-12 18:05:51

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express Train - DD is 4 and DS is 6

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
DD was very excited when it arrived and couldn't wait to get it out of the box. I liked the fact there wasn't loads of those wire tie things in the box so unpacking was quite quick although we then had to try and find some batteries. I think the play value is quite limited. The train doesn't really do much, no noises or anything and just goes around the track. The carriage kept getting stuck on corners which frustrated DD and she also thought it needed more ponies or carriages in the set. DD played with it alot once it was first opened and brought her other MLP toys and some barbie dogs to play with aswell. DS played with it for a short time before going to do more boy things. DD played with it again for a short while the next day but since then hasn't really bothered with it much.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
DD liked it but I think got bored with it quite quickly. She liked the pony and putting it in the engine or the carriage and also that she could change the layout of the track although it was sometimes hard for her to fit the peices together herself. I think more track would make it a better experience. She was also disappointed that it didn't come with all the ponies and carriages shown on the box.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes, she has some of the older ones and also princess celestia.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
sometimes, if she sees it advertised she asks to watch it but if she doesn't then she's not too bothered

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I think I would recommend this toy for a younger child due to it's limited play and the MLP brand is good for girls

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, and the smaller ponies on their own are ok for school birthday parties due to being reasonably priced
Any other comments
Thanks for letting us try this. If DD plays with it further I will update

Katz Wed 25-Apr-12 18:32:47

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is?
My Little Pony Vehicles Assorted. DD2 is 6

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
DD was vey excited to see the box and get it out to play with, the fcat it was a unicorn rather than a pony seemed to excite her even more. I loved the packaged, so easy to remove the pony, carriage and bits in a couple of mins rather than the normal battle with ties and elastic. DD2, once the pony and carriage had been freed, dived straight into inventing a story for the pony and she was selling icecreams to me DH and her older sister.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She says its brilliant and wants to put more on her birthday list. Its brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant apparently! She's thinks it cute, small - so can be lugged around the house, she likes that its a unicorn which is more special.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Is is quite 'pink' although i do like that the ponies come in a variety of colours to pander to each child's different colour preference, DD2 is not really a 'pink' girl but quite likes Ponies to play with.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, it seems quite good value for money. The little icecreams i can see getting lost. The pony and carriage both seem pretty robust and that they will stand up to lots of play.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Definitely, its a toy i played with as a child and am so pleased that they have stood the test of time.

Any other comments
Just to mention again how great the packaging once - please can all toy manufacturers take note!

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
My little pony princess celestia dd2 is 6 (although dd1 keeps nicking it and she is 8)

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
It has actually been played with loads, it has been flown round the house and twinkled at people had its hair done a million times, it has also been taken to show and tell which is a huge honour indeed. I was a little put out though as surely a horse should either have a horn and be a unicorn or wings and be a pegasus not both, although dd2 says it is a horse so I guess it is dressing up.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
she loved the light up wings and the voice.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
not really she has loads but they have never been played with like this has.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, it has been played with loads, we have had it for a week and it still getting taken everywhere.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, I love my little pony (happy memories)

OracleInaCoracle Wed 25-Apr-12 18:48:09

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Friendship trainset with pinky pie. DS, 6 and my niece, 4

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

I was a bit disappointed with the amount of track, it would be great to be able to add to it like the tomy thomas the tank engine sets. but DS built it easily (he is dyspaxic, so it needs to be easy) and had the pony driving his moshlings around. however, he wasnt keen on the pinkness.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

Ds liked it, he liked the fact that you only have to press the funnel to get it started. My niece adored it though.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

DS doesn't. he was put off by the pony being pink.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

no

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

yes, it is fun to put together and good value. also quite sturdy.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

yes, niece's birthday is next month and she has asked for more.

Any other comments

I second the comments about not enough hair/accessories. and the pony looking a bit girlier than I liked/remember. but, its lovely to see my niece (who is my favourite girl in the world) playing with the same toys I used to, and DS playing with something other than lego.

Dolcegusto Wed 25-Apr-12 21:02:05

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Princess Celestia, my daughters are 5 and 3

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
Eyes lit up, mouths dropped open when they first saw it! They were amazed by the sparkling wings and the talking. Initially they both enjoyed brushing its hair and flying it round the room. They liked taking the necklace and crown off and then dressing it up again. They made a stable for it out of some boxes and got it some pretend food. But they were bored of it after a day, once the novelty had worn off and it's been ignored ever since. I expect they'll come back to it soon though as they tend to with toys.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
Loved it to begin with, fought over who was taking it to bed that night. They tell me it's a really good pony and they really like it but at the moment they like Barbie better (Sorry!)

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
They have a few my little ponies, but hardly ever play with them

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No but I'll try them on it.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes - it's a cool toy, it's got all the things my daughters normally love, ponies, wings and sparkles, so I'm really surprised they lost interest so quickly.
Would recommed the my little pony brand - My little ponies always seem more 'innocent' than barbies/bratz/etc

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes

Any other comments
Easy to get out of packaging
Has prompted me to find my old my little pony stable in my parents attic for them to play with!

crecheout Wed 25-Apr-12 21:46:30

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Princess Celestia, DS(6) and DS(4)
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
The boys were entranced by the lights and moving wings. They liked the talking aspect, but the "I'm a princess, are you a princess?" had them in fits of giggles. There was also one bit that had DH and me stifling laughter - I think it's supposed to be "my dress is so pretty" but it does sound like "my breast is so pretty", so we had a bit of a fnar fnar. Passed over the kids' heads though.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
DS2 liked it more than DS1. They wanted to take it to bed with them - DS2 won that battle, and I kept on hearing Celestia talking during the night. They gave her lots of attention for a while, and then left her on the shelf for a bit. She has been included in some of their other games, with a toy fort and dragons, since. And DS2 does like combing her hair. (We've lost all the hair clips though)
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
They hadn't heard of MLP
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
We don't have TV
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I would recommend to parents of 3/4 yos if their child liked that sort of thing.
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
It's not that likely - I tend to buy gender-neutral toys for children's birthday parties, as girls tend to get loaded with pink sparkly plastic and boys get cars and alien space zappers, so tend to give art and craft gifts or lego or books.
Any other comments
I found the packaging really tricky, but I don't often open this kind of thing. The boys do like the toy, and although DS1 realises it's a "girl toy", DS2 has no idea. The boys don't have anything quite like it, and I hadn't considered this sort of thing before, but DS2 has taken a shine to her, so it's opened my eyes to a different world of toys I hadn't considered.

Sandalwood Wed 25-Apr-12 22:22:06

That unicorn one looks to be nearer to £30 than £20 in the link.

vixo Thu 26-Apr-12 08:35:18

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

We got the friendship train. My daughter is 4

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
She was initially very excited but didn't like the delay to get some batteries in it as I was in the middle of doing something else at the time. I don't think the track goes together very easily, and I'm not sure she can get it together every time she tries. We have loads of wooden track and some Thomas track, which is much more user friendly. It's also quite hard to get the wheels positioned correctly on the track which I think is frustrating. I think it will have limited play value as the track is short and boring compared to the other train options we have. She did send it all over the house the first few days, but since it got tidied away I'm not sure she's chosen to get it out again. My immediate reaction to it was that it's utterly vile, and nothing like the mlp I used to have as a child.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
Oops, see some of the above. She liked it at first but hasn't played with it too much recently. She liked putting the stickers on it, and likes the train aspect of it. It didn't come with any kind of brush for the ponies hair, so now looks like a tangled mess - she would have loved a little plastic brush for it..

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She's never seen them before

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, I've never heard of 'boomerang' - we have freesat, no cable.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Probably not to be honest. I don't like the change in the ponies since I last saw them (probably 26 years ago!), and it was just too sickly pink and purple. I try and avoid having too much of this sort of girly plastic.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
No

Any other comments
I wish I had my collection of innocent little ponies from when I was young. I'm sure this will appeal to some people, but it just wasn't for us I'm afraid. I hadn't seen any 'modern' ponies before I signed up for this, so was hoping for something a bit more like I remember!

vincenta Thu 26-Apr-12 09:04:59

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Friendship Express Train set and my DS is 3

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

Before we received Friendship Express Train set I was worried that my little one wouldn't like it because couple of days before he started to tell that pink things are for girls and he is a boy.But when I opened box my son just told"wow! It's train!" No worries that train set was pink and purple, he didn't even mentioned that this train set is for girls. He played with it for two days, non stop and first question on the morning after we received our little pony train set was.mummy where is my train? smile He rally loved it!
I think it is well made,good quality toy, nothing broke after my sons play and this is good sign.My son just recently turned 3 and one of the gifts was parking garage from toys are us, box was impressive but garage inside rubbish hard to assemble, made from cheap plastic and my husband glued every piece with super glue because everything started to broke down and I am sure it will not last long(was quite expensive too)
After such awful toy this train set was so great toy in bright ,lovely colours.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

My son really loved this train set, he told me "mummy this little pink horse is lovely!
-It's pony.sweetie!
Pony.That's right little ponysmile)
He loved the train and carriage, empty carriage wasn't problem for him, he put there his Timmy then replaced it with his toy cars and put in carriage every small toy which he have at home.I liked that track was sturdy and pieces slot together quite easily however it was hard for him build track on his own but disassembled track wasn't problem at all. Also my son loved stickers!
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes! My son loved My little pony! As other mums mentioned that train set box is misleading with lot of ponies and carriages.my son was little bit disappointed and checked by himself where are other ponies and carriages but box was empty."mummy look.There are lot of ponies.where are my ponies?
I want more!

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No. we didn't watch "My little pony Friendship is magic) TV series because we don't have boomerang channel!

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Yes! Definitely! Toys are brilliant! Good quality, interesting to play with, I liked that train can go even on floor(on hard floor and on carpets too)

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes I would, because it is great quality toy in lovely colours but I would never buy it for boys because some mums are obsessed with pink only for girls and blue for boys! I also think that this train set would be suitable from 2 years.It is great with no small details.

Any other comments

My hubby also liked this train set, especially that it wasn't noisy like lot of toys. It is quite enough and they was perfectly happy(my son and his daddy) to be in one room, no one disturbed another.daddy was watching "To Gear" and my son was playing with his train set.Also my husband liked quality of this toy and added that we can buy toys from these series four our friends daughter.Only thing which a little bit put my hubby of oh.its so girly pink and purple.Bright colours like green, orange, yellow and neon blue would be perfect for boys, pony can stay pink.It is lovelysmile)
P.S. Thanks for great opportunity to test such amazing toy I'm not sure that I would buy it for my son for that reason that this is pink and we never look in pinky girl toys shelves!
But train set is very good, excellent quality.Now in my son's wish list are more ponies and carriages....

essjay81 Thu 26-Apr-12 09:31:53

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

My Little Pony Princess Celestia, DD age 5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

Initially very excited and played with it for about an hour hasn't really played with it much since, she enjoyed brushing and styling the hair but as there weren't many clips it was quite limited in what she could do. She also played with her little sister (2) and some of her other horse and pony toys.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She thought it was very pretty and likes the sparkly/shiny wings.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes she has many other ponies.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

She does occasionally.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

I would, it is a very sturdy toy and would probably entertain a younger child for longer. They are also reasonably priced.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes and I have done previously.

Any other comments

I feel this should have more accessories to give the child more to do.

AvocadoAndFitch Thu 26-Apr-12 11:07:55

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

We had the train set arrive. DD1 is 4, DD2 is 2 and DNephew 4 also tested for the boys opinion.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

I was disappointed that the box showed extras not included as this was misleading for the target age group. Although having it in our home I would now be happy to spend £23 on it (especially for DD2) I think if I saw it in the shop, as its over £20 I wouldn't take a chance on it. Over £20 has to be something DD's have specifically asked for but under I may buy it as a special reward (hospital/dentist appointment or first day at school). I think a more appropriate price would be £19.99. Play value is really dependent on the child, its an all or nothing toy.

How did your child play with it? see below

What did your child think about it? What was good?

DD1 was initially impressed but the repetitiveness of the track, lack of noise and lights meant it was a use once, put away and never think about again toy. she also didn't realise MLP was a pony and I can see where she's coming from.

DD2 loved the repetition of the track, the fact the ponds could become a platform for passengers and the muted train. She struggles with noise and flashy lights so this was perfect for her. The track was predicable so she enjoyed watching the train go round. The fact the train always goes the same way around the loops was great. This toy really helped trigger her imagination, we had special guests on our train carriage including Noah, postman pat, Jess, Penny and Fireman sam. She suffers from co-ordination issues so the sensitive funnel on/off was manageable for her. She has played with if for a large part of every day since receiving it. I also liked the fact it was fairly portable, we took it to a hospital visit in the change bag. She was able to focus on this and not stress with people/noise/waiting. Overall one of the best toys she has had, by far the most suited to her needs.

DNephew's initial "euuugh its pink" gave way to his need to test to the limits quickly. He liked to load up the train and carriage completely and watch it all fall off. He refused the track as it was "too boring" and enjoyed sending the train around the living room and under the chairs.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
No I've never noticed them to buy her any. I had the original better MLP and If they were still around I would be more inclined to buy her them. I don't like the new anorexic look with the weird eyes. If it was life sized it would fall over with those long legs and huge eyes.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

Nope, didn't realise MLP had a programme but we don't get that channel anyways. I wouldn't be encouraging DDs to watch at nanny's (who has the channel) based on the new MLP 'look'.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

I would recommend the train set to others with children like DD2 as a muted, simple, repetitive toy. But for your average parent/child I wouldn't want to endorse the new 'look', the train set would maybe be the exception, but the rest of the range, probably not.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

For a child like DD2, yes definitely. But I cant get over the 'look' of MLP so probably not for other children unless it was on offer.

We have brought DD2 an extra carriage for her upcoming birthday argos 2 for £15

Any other comments

Extra track pieces - to adapt the track. I think this would then make it more appealable to DD1 and DN. Also with the additional carriages the track is limited to how many you can add.

Batteries - I think batteries should be included even display ones, its difficult if a new toy enters the house and you have to run round finding batteries and a screw-driver.

Size of the carriage - the second carriage that comes with the train falls of the track easily, and the small size mean Penny and Sam can't travel together. A larger second carriage would make it more useable and make me spend more initially.

Change Back to the old MLP that people loved, any MLP range is limited by the resistance to the new image. If the old MLP was available I'm sure we would be over-run by them now, but I'm reluctant to purchase the newer version.

Sorry for the length of this review smile I tend to get on my soap box

clux73 Thu 26-Apr-12 14:58:16

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

The Friendship Express Trainset.
My daughters are 4 and 6

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
After playing with this for a while I have realised that the trainset on its own is not enough. The track is too small and restrictive, and the train needs other carriages. My daughters combined this toy with their Peppa Pig figures and a Brio station in order to get an interesting game. They enjoyed Peppa getting on the train and taking it in turns to stop the train at the station. Got annoyed when the train kept coming off the tracks round corners though!

What did your child think about it? What was good?
They liked being able to turn the train off and on via the funnel.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
They didn't know who My Little Pony was.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No,

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Probably not as i think its not great value for money and I don't think the track is big enough, and also it doesn't join together very well. I can imagine a piece could get bent quite easily and then the track will always be wonky. The train comes off the track too easily.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Maybe an individual pony

Any other comments
I strongly believe that childrens toys that need batteries should come with batteries already in them!!!!!

AnnieWinehouse Thu 26-Apr-12 17:38:56

Thanks for the chance to try out this toy, DD was just delighted when it arrived!!

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is6

Pinkie Pie Fashion Pony. DD is 5 (6 in July)

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
As a new toy it was favourite for a few days, she was so pleased she took it to school for Show and Tell. She played with it for about two days then left it until I asked her about it! Then played with it again briefly. She initally stripped the pony and then proceed to brush its hair for ages and put the clips on. Then she dug out all her other ponies!

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She said it was 'good'. Also 'nice' 'pretty'. She asked me to say 'she wants to keep it'!! She liked the hair and the tail!

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes, she has a few of the little ones and a pink house.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No, I never knew about it. She probably would though!

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why

Yes, I think it's a nice girlie toy and 5 is about the right age for it - if the girl was a girlie girl. Very pink though - but she liked that.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes for a good friend, but over-budget for a school friend, or someone not that close.

Any other comments

'Please can I keep it'?

ScorpionQueen Thu 26-Apr-12 20:35:51

Thank you for letting us test this toy.

We tested Sweetie Belle, one of the vehicle assortment that can go with the express train. Our main tester ended up being DD, 7 as it was meant to be for the twins (3) but DD claimed it as her own.

On it's own, the play value wore off very quickly, although I imagine that with the train set or a few more ponies, it would be a lot more played with.

She loved it- it totally appealed, cute, pretty and girly with little bits like tickets and toy sweets for the pony.

I thought, at 7, that she had outgrown them and car-booted the lot not long ago (oops).

She is still at school/after-school club so has never seen it. I'm sure she'd love it though. Will look online.

I would probably buy it as a gift for a child a little younger than DD, and would recommend it to other parents, although the slight tartiness of the ponies would make me hesitant.

DD loves her pony, she keeps it next to her bed and has shown it off proudly to visiting friends. I'm sure the twins wouldn't have got as much pleasure from it as on it's own, it isn't really an easy toy to share.

I am considering getting the express train for DD's birthday.

NoSleepTonight Fri 27-Apr-12 10:09:59

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Friendship Express Train Set.
Ds2 is 3 and the official tester. Ds1 is 7 but has also had a turn (or two) and ds3 is 1 and kept stealing the pony!

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

I was surprised at the quality, the track is sturdy, unlike some flimsy plastic toys. It was easy for them to assemble the track and get it all going. Only thing to mention is it is quite noisy, but most battery powered toys are!

What did your child think about it? What was good?

Ds2 adores it and has kept it built in the playroom alongside the boys beloved Thomas train set.
Ds1 asked if there were track expansion packs available so they could make a pony town.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes, we're a horsey family and my parents had kept all my original My Little Ponies in their attic so when I had my boys they were brought out and are always played with.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

Yes sometimes, it depends if we are home and who has the choice of what to watch that day. We do have a few episodes on our sky+ as ds2 likes to watch what he is playing with.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Yes, as they're a classic, and I was pleased with the quality of the product and the amount of time it has held the boys attention.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes I think they'd make an ideal gift, especially for pre-school children. I'd also buy them for children in infant school if I knew they had a keen interest in horses/ponies.

Any other comments

Like a previous poster has mentioned it was very easy to get out of the box unlike some toys where you spend ages messing around with screwdrivers and twisty/cable ties.
As I said above the boys were keen on there being more track and maybe buildings to create a town.

AvocadoAndFitch Fri 27-Apr-12 10:16:07

Just want to add DD2 has managed to loose a bit of the track, the massive loop bit.

Massive meltdown today, absolutely inconsolable. Maybe it's not as well suited to her needs as I thought. I had thought we had the answer to keeping her calm at her hospital appointments, so I'm gutted now aswell. No chance of finding it, anyone with a child with additional needs will know their ability to squirrel things away knows no bounds.

Definitely need to look at selling additional track, as one piece breaks/disappears the whole track is unusable.

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
The Friendship Express Train Set. DD is just 3.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
Putting the stickers on was a bit fiddly and DD wanted to 'help' but otherwise it went together fine. It's sturdy and looks like it won't break easily. The packaging does over-promise with pictures of items that are not included. DD got bored of playing with just the train quite quickly but has combined it with her Fisher Price Little People Farm and we now have a small town in the front room. All of the different characters get to ride on the train but it must always be driven by the pony. I think it will be a favourite for a few more days then become just another one of the toys in the box.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She got very frustrated when it came off the track and she struggled to put it back on again but otherwise she has really enjoyed playing with it. She enjoyed being able to send her toys for a ride and changing the track around.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She has a few both real and fake. I have to say I prefer the shape/style of the original. The new style pony just doesn't look like a pony!

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I think I would recommend this particular toy but not sure about the brand as a whole. It is incredibly 'pink' and could do with toning down a bit for me.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, but at the RRP it would only be for someone close - for DD's friends I would be spending less money.

whimsy Fri 27-Apr-12 11:21:30

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Fashion Style Rainbow Dash. DS3 is 3, DS2 6 & DS 9 have all had a play with it :O)

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
They all enjoyed playing with it for a couple of days and ds3 has continued to play with it. They loved the sun glasses but get annoyed with the shoes as they just drop off every time you pick it up (I'm sure they used to be a tighter fit in the 80's). The packaging was very good, none of the annoying tied in thing that take an age to get out so was out of the box straight away.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
The accessories were good and all the hair clips.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes, the first one they've owned but would buy one again and definitely for a gift.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
Yes they have been known to

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I think I would recommend it. They have all played with it and even I've been known to plait her hair<blush> Well made

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, I would

hotmamalovespavlova Fri 27-Apr-12 13:59:43

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is?
My Little Pony Princess Celestia, DD 4.8

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
The box was greeted with squeals of delight and the packaging soon destroyed as she was frantic to get at the 'pretty pony'. The light up wings were a big hit as was the talking feature. I think this has helped to bring on the role play aspect of the toy especially child like mine who has a a dx of Autism. The pony is swirled and whirled around the room.
The Hair clips were quickly dismissed as she found them a little tricky to attached.
The pony has become a firm friend who has been played with every day.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
The Light up wings and talk feature

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She has not played with MLP before, although we have had own brand cheaper alternatives that came with jewellery accesories, these did not last as the play value was gone when the small pieces quickly became lost.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, I wasn't aware it was on,she does like an older version of MLP on dvd that was my eldest daughters from 6 years ago so I will see if she likes the new version.
It will be interseting to see if she is able to link the toy with the programme and if this enhances the play element.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
The toy is well made and certainly gives the initial wow factor, I think it with hold it's own for lots of play without looking worn.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, I would

ObiWan Fri 27-Apr-12 15:24:10

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Princess Celestia, children a re 2 and 5.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
The pony is well made, and seems durable. The hair clips and comb were nice.
I would not have bought this particular model. When you press the button to light up the wings, the pony utters phrases that are truely vacuous. I think the phrases limited the play value of the toy. The boys were keen that the princess should be the 'Mummy' pony, but the phrases didn't fit in with that, and you can't light up the wings without activating the talking feature.
This particular model seems a bit less 'wholesome' that some of the others, it is relatively thin-limbed, and seems somewhat 'American High School' ish.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
The children liked the wings, both the material (irridescent), and the fact that they light up.
They have used the hairclips on their own hair as well as the pony. The little catalogue that came in the box shows some smaller, chubbier ponies, and a little dragon which the boys liked the look of.
They have also discovered a few My Little Pony apps on my iPad.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes. It isn't their favourite toy, but my older son had a colour changing pony that they all play with.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
i would recomend the brand in general. The toys are sturdy, and well made.
I wouldn't recommend the apps or this particular talking model. They seem to be aimed at children rather older than pre-schoolers, and the story lines/plots seem somewhat shallow and overly concerned with appearences.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
I might buy one as a gift if I knew that the child in question liked them.

scrummummy Fri 27-Apr-12 16:05:12

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express Train Set

DD1 is 6 and DD2 is 3

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
Very good, very well made chunky enough for the 3 year old to put the tracks together, once we put batteries in, it has been used every day since we received it. There have been arguments as to whose turn it is and they have made up stories to go with it. They enjoyed using it with their other my little ponies but the ponies had to take turns as there only 2 places for the ponies to go. They loved the fact that the train made noises and could go round the track without them pushing it. They have also used the train on the floor without the track and have enjoyed following it around the floor. Excellent toy very robust and well made.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
They loved it have no faults except the fact that on the box there were other products which could be bought to go with the track that they didnt have ( which we ended up going to buy them a couple of Vehicle assists to go with it)

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
loves my little pony both of them, they also like the fact that mummy knows who they are and have even dug out some of my old my little ponies to join theirs.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
We don't watch it every day but it is sky+ ed and watched over the weekends as it clashes with school but they enjoy watching it.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes for any parents of girls I would recommend it a great deal, it is well made, enduring and fun to play with.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes when new products come out I would buy them from friends of my DDs, they are reasonable in price and would be suitable for a birthday present.

Any other comments
Thank you to Mumsnet for the opportunity to review this, this is the first time I have applied to review anything and have been pleasantly suprised to have been chosen and thank you to the makers of my little pony who really brightened up a rainy day when the toy arrived they have been well loved and even slept in their beds.grin

FarloRigel Fri 27-Apr-12 22:07:20

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Princess Celestia. My daughter is 5 and a half.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

She started to think of games before the toy was even out of the box and quickly invented a back-story about it being the daughter of a queen pony who was kidnapped, and spent hours flying the toy around the house having a great time with it. I feel it is a pity that so many of the phrases the toy is given are quite passive and image-focussed, as the two really good ones "I will light the way" and "let's fly to the castle" were really good for engaging her and suggested great play themes immediately. Interestingly, however, she projected a rather reserved personality onto the toy and looked to other toys to do active rescues etc. My daughter is not overly interested in image, thank goodness, so although she appreciated "you're beautiful" well enough, she skipped past "my barrettes look so pretty", "my wings are so pretty" and "my hair looks beautiful" each time she cycled through the phrases. The light-up flapping wings work very well and my daughter loves that they flash in different patterns. She has been using this feature a lot at night when she is settling to sleep. She doesn't play with the hair clips but loves the crown and necklace and brushes the toy's hair often. There is plenty to stimulate imagination and hold interest here and the toy seems well made and robust enough for normal play, although I would worry about the durability of the wings for a very young child.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She adores it, has played with it all week and says it is one of her favourite toys at the moment. She loves the action and light display within the wings. She also really likes the crown and necklace. She likes the colours that have been chosen for the wings and hair, and is very taken with the detailing coming up from the hooves. There are plenty of phrases and some of the phrases were very good for engaging her with the toy, and that stimulated creative play ideas quickly and maintained her interest. It is a good size and feels solid and durable, even the armatures within the wings. She is torn between wanting to bring it into school to show it off and wanting to keep it home because it is too precious to let other children near, which says a lot about how much she likes it!

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

She had previously inherited my own My Little Pony toys and discovered and loved the old feature film from the 1980's whilst in hospital for a long time. She does own a few of the miniature modern MLP toys but in general prefers the older toys to the highly stylised new versions. (Although she wants me to point out she really loves this one!)

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

We do not have Boomerang

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

I would for a young girl, age 3-6, as long as she was not very tomboy-ish. We find it is trying a little too hard to be very girly and think that it might turn a lot of girls off with its huge emphasis on things being pretty and its extremely soft, passive voice. If it was to be re-released with more active phrases and a stronger female voice, I would not hesitate to recommend it to the parent of any young girl.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

I would, however I would have to know the parent well before considering this particular toy as the voice and some of the phrases annoy me and I could certainly see other feminist parents also being annoyed by the tone (particularly when it says Celestia) and the content of some of the phrases.

Any other comments

In general we are really pleased with the toy and feel it represents good value for money. Whilst the very minimalist nose is decidedly odd and not very equine, it is a very visually appealing toy with many lovely details. My daughter would have preferred it to have an extra button to be able to turn the lights in the wings on without the voice if you chose so that she could fly around for long periods with the wings glowing without continually pressing the button. It is very unusual for my daughter as it is not the kind of toy that she would tend to choose - whilst she has a long-standing love for unicorns, she would choose Monster High and Lilydolls over Barbie and loves dinosaurs, Ben 10 and Scooby Doo rather than more stereotypically 'girly' choices. I am a little surprised she loves this toy as much as she does. I do think however that with a re-voicing it would be a truly amazing toy which many more little girls would fall in love with.

browny Fri 27-Apr-12 22:42:40

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
My dd (age 3.5) received the My Little Pony Princess Celestia

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
DD was absolutely over-the-moon when she saw the box, which was really nicely decorated (the pony was very easy to take out, not hundreds of wires to unwind etc). She couldn't really see that the wings lit up in daylight, but loved it at night-time. I heard her talking to the pony during the night too when she woke up.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She had trouble saying the name "Celestia" which is a very unusual name and kept forgetting what it was called. In the end she re-named her "Cessy". My dd loved brushing the hair but could not close the clips herself as they were quite tricky to shut. The brush was lost numerous times over the course of the first day, so an extra brush would have been good and also somewhere to actually store the brush on the pony would have been a good idea.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She hasn't really seen the programme on the t.v., she usually wants to play with toys that she has watched on the t.v.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, but I will show it to her, it might encourage her to play with the pony again.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Maybe not for a 3.5 year old, maybe a little older as my dd interest was lost quite quickly.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, but not this one as it was quite expensive.

Any other comments
My dd really loves her soft toys, I think she would play with the pony an awful lot more if the actual body of the toy was soft and not hard plastic.

CuppaTeaJanice Fri 27-Apr-12 23:26:08

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
The Friendship Express train set. My son has just turned 4.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
I'm used to playing with largely 'boys' toys, which tend to have all manner of buttons, flaps, lights, secret compartments, foldy-out bits, noises etc., so found this toy a little dull to be honest. An led light would have been a good start. My son enjoys playing with my old Applejack MLP, which looks like this. I was a bit dismayed to see that you seem to have succumbed to the pinkification of toys today, and the ever-widening chasm between toys marketed at girls, and those aimed at boys. In other words, the horse was very pink and very skinny.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
His initial reaction was 'Is that for my baby sister?' as the box was very pink and quite obviously aimed at a female market. However he persevered, and quite enjoyed putting the horse in the carriage and driving it around the track. Other toys enjoyed rides in the trailer - Lightning McQueen, Buttons the monkey, a plastic cucumber....although the trailer wasn't particularly secure, relying on the peg through the foot to secure pony passengers, anybody else tumbled out onto the track. The engine frequently derailed too.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes, he likes 1980s retro ponies. Not so keen on the sickly new brood.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, but it sounds a bit cheesy from the title. I bet it's animated in the style of the newer Strawberry Shortcake cartoons.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
No, I think it has quite limited play value and the brand is veering towards being vapid and shallow. The quality seems good but the toys are neither realistic nor aspirational.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Maybe, but I'd rather buy retro ponies than the new ones.

Any other comments
Please have a look through your archives and try to recapture what was great and special about the first My Little Ponies, because from what I've seen you seem to be teetering towards the abyss of sickly pink princessy ambitionless nonsense, when with a few tweaks you could have something really great. Thanks for the opportunity to try this playset, my son did enjoy it for a little while.

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Fri 27-Apr-12 23:47:10

Marking my place to add a review soon smile

SmallWhiteWine Sat 28-Apr-12 09:36:27

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
My DD (4) received the Friendship Train.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
It was awfully PINK! I don't think I have ever bought plastic or gender specific toys before, and I felt this was just too girly from the box. Shame it only comes with one pony as the opportunities for imaginative play are more limited.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She LOVED it at first. Adored helping put it together. Her elder sister did the track and the stickers with her and they spent a happy half hour with it then. Having to supply batteries is always a bit of a pain, but I was so impressed with my older child being able to correctly bring me a philips head screwdriver when I asked for one out the tool drawer, it was a good feeling!
Since then, the train set has been out in the playroom all week, but DD has yet to return to it after the first day. But she says she really likes it very much.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
It's never featured. We have real ponies and play a lot with horse models (such as breyer) but My Little Pony has never caught either of their imaginations.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
Maybe once? It's not something we'd set the sky plus box to record.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I probably wouldn't, sorry. I'd recommend either more realistic pony or horse toys and a gender neutral train set such as brio. The pink is just too much for me.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
If I thought it would appeal to the child in question, possibly. I'd buy more carriages and another pony I think as it's not enough on it's own.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

pamplemousse Sat 28-Apr-12 14:33:44

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Vehicle assorted

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
DD(5) was very excited when the parcel arrived and unpacked the toy herself and played with it all afternoon. And bedtime. And past bedtime! She loved it. She doesn't normally get plasticky toys so this helped with the novelty value.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She liked that it was a unicorn and that it came with little accessories that fitted onto the vehicle. I liked that the packaging was fairly easy to get into and not full of plastic bits to wrestle with, the twisted paper ties were genius. The toy has gone with her to Daddy's for the weekend, its a real favourite at the moment. She has played with it a lot and enjoys all the little pieces although we do have to try and keep it all together as the small parts are very small and easily lost.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes, if we go to a car boot fair she hunts for them every time and gets very excited to unearth a new one. However these are the old style ones, which we both prefer.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No TV

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes I would. It is a good toy which allows for other bits to be added but also this is not essential, my DD actually hasn't asked why it has a connector, but I know would be thrilled to have the engine part. I do wonder if this would reduce the imaginative play though.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Maybe, it is quite expensive and just buying the vehicle seems like half a present. I know DDs friends are into all things pink and ponies/unicorns so it would make a good present idea.

Any other comments
Again the packaging was an improvement of normal endless plastic ties. The small bits are a bit annoying, maybe a tiny bag or box that fits in the train would keep them together as they easily fall off when it is put in the toy box (when dd is it at school! Otherwise its out.) Generally I prefer the old style ponies, they are more pony like rather than 'barbiefied ponies', these ones seem smaller and skinnier with longer legs and are a bit odd looking. Thanks for letting dd test it, she does really enjoy it.

katiesobol Sat 28-Apr-12 17:03:12

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

We were sent the Princess Celestia toy and I have two little girls aged 4 and 5 and a half

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

When the toy arrived - there was a huge wave of excitement and we couldn't get it out of the box fast enough! My daughters took it in turns holding the toy towards the other and pressing the button for her to light up, flap her wings and say something to the other child. Their eyes lit up at certain phrases, like "You're my best friend" and "I'm a princess, are you a princess too?" I thought that they would tire of it, but they have each played with it every day since it arrived.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

They both loved it - they loved that it lit up, that she talked and they loved her long curling mane and tail. They have played with it using their own imagination - having her as princess to the other ponies and unicorns in their toy box and flying her around the room.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes, they both do, but my younger daughter in particular.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No - there are so many programmes and so many channels, I hadn't even realised that there was such a programme on tv. I will try and remember to try it to see what they think.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

I would recommend it - it's just the sort of thing that any child who likes My Little Pony would love - the crowning glory to their collection. They are well made and last a long time.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Certainly - but I'd want to be sure that they didn't already have the item that I was buying....

Any other comments - I'm still not entirely sure what barettes are - an English voice would be nice (with British-English words - although barettes is the only stranger in our household!)
Also something to enable the wings to flap for 10-20 seconds, not just when you press the button manually.

ChildoftheMonkeyBasket Sat 28-Apr-12 17:10:24

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Princess Celestia - DD is 4 nearly 5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
She loved it, she has other MLPs and this one became the mummy of all the MLPs. She hardly put it down for a couple of days.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She loved it from the moment she saw it in the box. She loved the musical sound it made every x time you hit the button, she loved that the wings light up and move. She also loved that it was a unicorn and had glitter on it. In fact she loved it so much we drew a picture of the pony to send into the magazine.
I think that the voice was too loud and annoying, I also didn't like what the voice said as I don't agree with making girls think that the most important thing in their life is to look good.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She does, she has many as well as 4 original ones that I adored when I was little.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No and nor will she

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
MLP maybe, though I will say they are not as good as the originals as I feel they have been barbied up IYSWIM, overly sexualised for a pony.
Plus I don't think the quality of the hair is as good as the originals, you can't brush them very easily.
I would not recommend this particular toy as I think it is overly expensive for what it is.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
I have done

Any other comments
As mentioned up thread I was impressed with the way in which the toy was held within the packaging.
Again, I don't think that the voice should mention being pretty/beautiful etc

mmmmmchocolate Sat 28-Apr-12 22:18:10

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Friendship Express train set. DD1 is 4.10 DD2 is 22 months.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

I liked it even though I do prefer wooden toys, I liked the bright colours and it was really easy to get out of the box and put together. DD1 enjoyed putting it on the track and watching it go around and loves putting the track together in different ways.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

DD1 was really happy when she saw it, she was happy to watch it going around the track for ages. DD2's instinct was to keep knocking it off of the track and try to push it along the floor.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

She had a MLP toy for her birthday last year which consisted of a smaller pony with lots of plastic accessories inc hair. I has been played with quite a bit but she has never asked for additional MLP items to go with it. DD2 isn't aware of it but I hope that she will play more when she's a bit older.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No, I'm not sure we have that channel.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Yes. I did like the toy and it seems to build up to a nice little collection.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes, one of the smaller sets if the child already had some MLP toys. If DD1 is still playing with it nearer to her birthday I may get her some more bits for it.

Any other comments

It was a good quality toy, I liked the colours and the fact that a train set was aimed at girls. DD liked the train and the pony. She liked putting the track in different positions. She has played with it but I'm not sure that she will play with it for much longer without adding to it. Once its gone around the track theres not a lot to do without other ponies etc. A brush at the least would have been a good thing to be included as this is what I remember doing with my ponies as a child. It does need more track but as a started kit it was fine. I also thing it's a good price for what you get. Thank you for the freebee! The last thing I got for free was a tin of biscuits from a raffle when I was about 9 grin

We received the train set.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
DS (1) loved it. He finds putting the track together and taking it apart really easy. DD (4) likes the pony and has been using it to learn how to plait hair. I would have liked another sound on the train.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
DD likes My Little Pony. We have several from charity shops and bootsales. She also has a couple of my 'Original' ponies from my childhood. I was shocked by the smaller scale of the pony included with this set. DD has decided it is simply a younger pony!

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, we are generally out at these times. I will record a couple of them to see if DD likes it.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes. They are a lovely little toy that has been played with by both mine. I like the brand but perhaps you could introduce a more unisex looking product?

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes. DD likes them and I like that they can be added to. DD's friends have all enjoyed playing with the pony when visiting us.

I like that the kit takes up such little space when folded down and is very quick to reassemble.

Selky Sun 29-Apr-12 11:26:22

Thanks for letting me try this product.

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Vechicle assortment. DS is 4

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
He didn't take to it - a carriage rather than an actual vehicle

What did your child think about it? What was good?
He liked the pony but took it off to play with the dinosaurs.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
He likes them.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No don't watch Boomerage.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
No I think it is a little bit young for a 4 year old and the accessories were instantly lost.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Maybe for a younger child, but expensive for what it is. A friend's child who is 2 was very taken with it.

OracleInaCoracle Sun 29-Apr-12 15:45:58

I would like to add that my niece has commandeered the train set now, and has played with it every day. in fact, she loves it so much that I have abandoned my plan to buy her a castle for her birthday, and have, instead bought another MLP set.

Jackstini Sun 29-Apr-12 16:20:03

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is - Friendship Express train set. dd 6, ds 3.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it? Thanks for the opportunity to try it smile
ds just wants the train off the tracks all the time as it can go further! dd has played a bit, not for long but liked the pony. ds also liked putting all hs other toys in the carriage - thought it was very funny that Ben 10 could drive the pony, the pony could drive an astronaut etc.

What did your child think about it? What was good? dd liked putting all the stickers on. ds sends the train all over the hall/kitchen/dining room. Tracks not really long enough. The colours made it very 'girlie'

Does your child like My Little Pony generally? dd - yes, has a number of ponies but no other stuff to go with them.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm? No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why? Yes if aged 2-5. dd at 6 got bored of it quite quickly although is still playing with the pony! She wanted more carriages and a longer track and got a bit frustrated she couldn't easily fix it together herself. ds at 3 liked the train but wantd to know why it didn't make a noise as "but all trains do Mummy!"

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift? Yes, especially the ponies themselves.

Any other comments. They did play together nicely for a while. The box could have been better designed. A couple of extra cm would have meant we didn't have to totally dismantle every time. Include batteries!

nowwearefour Sun 29-Apr-12 16:40:53

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Friendship Express Train Set. My dd is 4.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

Good play value. New ways of playing being invented all the time. Asking for the track to be set out in different ways, enjoying putting the stickers on it, putting obstacles in the way to be knocked over as the train came round, figuring out how to start it and stop it lots !

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She loves it! She is slowly working out the benefit of the horse itself as opposed to the train and playing wiht the hair etc. She is enjoying putting things in amd out of the carriage.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

yes but not overly familiar.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No we dont have this channel btu she would like to if it was available to her.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Yes. I think any 3 or 4 yr old would have fun with it- the automated nature of going round and round the track is fab.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Definitely

Any other comments

Why does it have to be so hard to be able to put the batteries in! It took several attempts with differing screwdrivers. Seems bizarre and delayed the ability to post on this thread!

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
'Pinky Pie' Fashion pony set
dd is 4

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
She was initially quite excited, and fortunately the packaging was relatively easy to get into so she didn't have to wait to long to play with it. Glad that it wasn't bound with wire ties etc. She played with it a lot for a couple of days, and it prompted her to get her other ponies out to join in. Her interest then waned and she has picked it up to play with about another couple of times since then.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She liked the accessories that came with the pony, and they were fairly robust so haven't been broken so far. She liked to use the accessories on the ponies that she already owned, so good that everything was interchangeable. She (and we) were not so impressed with the manufacturing fault on one of the pony's hooves, there was an extra 'nipple' of plastic which would have appeared in the moulding process. Due to this the shoe would not fit. we cut the extra bit of plastic off so that the shoe could go on, but this has now left a hole behind.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She does as they are very girly and she is into brushing hair/makeup etc at present.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, was not aware that it was on, as tend to watch CBBC or Nick Junior

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I would, as it was a pretty robust toy and nice for girls. The accessories are interchangeable an compliment other items in the range.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
I would if there was a special offer on the price, but ordinarily this would cost more than I would spend on a gift for another child's birthday.

Any other comments
Very good packaging.
Not really a unisex toy, very girly.

The name of the toy you were sent.
Friendship express train.

and how old your child is
dd 3.5 ds 4.9

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
both ds and dd really enjoy it, the play value could be improved by another trailer as both of them wanted to have passengers. they enjoyed changing the track layout and making bridges with books.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

dd fell in love with it imeadiatly, she loves vehicles but being a typical 3yo girl thinks they are all for boys, this caused great delight that its a 'girls train' she adores it. Ds thought it was great as he can set it all up himself.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

DD does yes. ds occasionally shows interest.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No but now i know its on ive sky+ it.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Yes i would as they both really do play with it every day despite me thinking there isnt much to it.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
yes

Any other comments

i feel for what you get the rrp is rather high, the train simply moves, and there is only one pony and trailer. both dcs would have enjoyed some noise/sound effects and someone to travel in the trailer alot. Then the rrp would be justified.

umiaisha Sun 29-Apr-12 21:21:18

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Princess Celestia. My DD is 6

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it

I think it is good quality and not bad value for money. DD loved styling Celestia's hair and was fascinated with the light up wings. She has spent a lot of time sat in a dark room so she can appreciate the wings in their full glory!!

What did your child think about it? What was good?

Loved it. The light up wings and hair accessories went down very well.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes, although this is the first toy she has owned.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

Yes, occasionally

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Yes I would. It is good quaity and think it would definitely appeal to all little girls.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes.

Any other comments

Concordia Sun 29-Apr-12 21:45:32

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship express train set
DD is 3, DS is 5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
very excited at first. DD watched it go around for nearly a full hour.
after that she mainly played wtih the my little pony, putting it in things and stroking its hair.
DS continued to remodel the train line into all the different combinations and even built a train line that would go off the end of the ironing board so the train would fall off at a certain point (nb iron not present!)
i think more carriages would have led to more interesting play, and perhaps a couple more pieces in the track itself, not so that it was huge, but just a little bigger.
it was reasonable quality but there weren't that many play options i think due to the limited track size.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
DD liked that it was pink and purple.
she liked the my little pony, even though she hadn't heard of them before.
DS liked that the train track could be arranged in different ways.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
they'd never seen it before.
DS showed no interest in the pony but DD liked it.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
no, we only have freeview so don't think we have boomerang?

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
it was ok but i don't think i'd recommend it specifically tbh.
DD preferred the pony to the train so might consider recommending a more traditional my little pony product.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
maybe if it was within budget, some of the stuff is quite pricey (tight emocion!)
would consider some other my little pony stuff for DD in future, wouldn't have thought of it before.

Any other comments
a few passengers for the train and perhaps another carriage and a couple of bits more track would make it a bit more of a set? and justify the relatively high price tag.
very girly in design, def not unisex toy, as others have said.

Concordia Sun 29-Apr-12 21:51:53

i should have added thank you and that both DD and DS were excited that they didn't have to send it back after they'd tested it!

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

Princess Celestia - played with by my 5 yo DD

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

She played with it constantly for the first 2 days, it even had to go to school for 'chatterbox'. She added it to her existing (unbranded) ponies that she has and to her Breyer horses and stables. It was very much the 'queen bee' pony though because of the lights and wings. Since the initial excitement it has been picked up every couple of days and played with and she had a long game today with all her animals and it was included again although it didn't have a 'main part' in the game as far as I could tell.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She loved the lights and wings and the phrases but she wanted to be able to move the wings without it talking. She discarded the hair clips straight away but has used the brush to comb it's hair. I found the phrases a bit sickly sweet and why so American?!
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

She loves horses in general this is her first experience of My Little Pony. She does seem to prefer her Breyer horses and farm yard as they are more like 'real' animals.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No but we do have boomerang so I will record one for her to try.
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Yes it's well made, well packaged and reasonably priced. It's not everyone's cup of tea though. A bit too overtly girly.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes for the right child. A girly girl probably. I wouldn't ever buy it for a boy unless I knew the parents very well and knew he was in to that kind of thing.

Any other comments?

I was quite dissapointed with how far removed it was from the MLP of my childhood. It seems to have lost it's innocence and charm, MLP used to stand for friendship and good deeds this seems to scream 'slutty pony' with long thin legs, made up eyes and lots of hair. It seems to be channelling a bratz doll in pony form. I'm 30 so MLP was a big part of my childhood toys and would be much more likely to buy for DD if they still had things like ballet schools. Of course DD had none of these thoughts these are mine but the parents do ultimately control what is bought in most instances.

Tw1nkle Mon 30-Apr-12 12:47:32

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is:
Friendship Express Train Set.
DD is 3.5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
My DD liked it, but got bored quite quickly of the track. She now plays with the train, but not on the track! She also found it quite fiddly to get it on the track correctly, and everytime she switched it on, it would come off the track again, as she pressed the funnel thing! Maybe that's why she's only playing with it off the track now?!?!

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She loves the actual main train part, but isn't to fussed with the attached cart, or the track. I think she was also expecting a train noise somewhere!

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Probably not. Interest was lost very quickly, and the price is a little high for that reason.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Unsure.

Any other comments
Re the packaging - It was VERY misleading - I was expecting more carriages, and even double checked inside the packaging that i hadn't missed something - then I read the side of the box, which explained that you didn't get everything on the front - my DD was a little upset!!!

On a plus side, the bits were easy to get out and put together.

MoaningMinnieRisesAgain Mon 30-Apr-12 14:19:22

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is We received the Express Friendship trainset. I have a 5yo DD and a 3yo DS

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it? They both really liked it - DD loves anything pink and girly, DS loves trains so win win. They have been fighting over it, so that is a good sign that they like it hmm DS chugged the train bit around even without the track, DD has played with it as a set and with the pony on it's own

What did your child think about it? What was good? DD thought it was funny that I used to have these toys when I was little. The train was easy to work - they realised about the on/off function on the chimney before I did.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally? Not played with or seen it before this

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm? No we don't get Boomerang anymore (yay! no Sky bill)

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why? Yes, probably for this age group of 3-5 it is good, easy to put the track together but the ponies are a bit strange and skinny these days and the quality is not fantastic IMHO. I wouldn't pay £23 for it, more like £15ish. But the children really liked it

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift? Yes I would consider it

Any other comments I was a bit hmm that a 'Friendship Train' only came with one pony - Billy-no-mates? Liked the packaging - didn't come with 99 impossible wire ties, thumbs up there. As a marketing ploy it has worked a treat grin , DD keeps shouting when adverts for MLP come on the TV now and she is pointing out all the ponies she would now like from the leaflet.

stinkyfluffycat Mon 30-Apr-12 18:35:42

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express Train Set.
Dd is 3.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
She was initially very excited about it (although wanted to know where all the other bits were, as there are lots more parts shown on the box than you get) but plays with her wooden railway more.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She likes it, she likes to build the little track and is also excited that the train will run on the carpet.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She does, but hasn't been exposed to huge amounts of it yet.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, I'd recommend the train set, but it is quite expensive considering you would have to buy the other pieces separately to build the whole train.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Only for a child who was already into My Little Pony.

Any other comments
It would be good for the kids at least if not for adults if the train made a noise, either a chuffing noise as it went round, or an occasional toot...
Also think the modern ponies look like they've had bad cosmetic surgery.

justonemorethread Mon 30-Apr-12 19:48:17

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is:
Fashion Pony, Rainbow Dash
DD1 4yrs (almost 5) DD2 2yrs

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?:
I think £12.99 is a fair price, but the dress is something and nothing, DD wasn't keen on it and I don't recall the ponies wearing one in the DVD we have. I think we'd rather have it minus the dress with maybe an extra bracelet or sunglasses, but that's personal.

I'd probably rather spend a bit extra and get Princess Celestia envy that other reviewers have!

It's cute but doesn't quite have that wow factor, not sure how much longer it will be the 'special' toy for.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

DD1 was absolutely delighted, she loves Rainbow Dash (though pinky pie is her favourite) and loved messing around with the bits it came with, played with it all afternoon. But not the dress so much.
She has been using it in role play games with random other things, (dinosaurs)
and overall is very fond of it. A week on she still won't let her sister touch it (still has 'special' status!).

The fashion bits get used every now and then but I feel will eventually become redundant, mainly as the shoes keep coming off. I noticed on the internet there is a rainbow dash with a scooter. I know we'd get a lot more play value out of that , and it seems cheaper (but it was a US website).

The combination of a few fashion bits and a scooter would in my opinion be much more successful, at least in this household. (cut down on the hair clips, for eg.)

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes, she has a DVD and knows all the characters, loves all their different traits.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

We don't get Boomerang, but if we did she would.

However if it was the annoying American version where she ends up copying all the OTT American voices I don't think I'd let her! (being honest here) That's what put me off buying another DVD.

But I may be wrong, thinking about it we bought it abroad.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, they are pretty good quality overall, (although I must say we have some older my little ponies from car boot sales and their hair doesn't get so frizzy. Sorry, hypercrictical)

Think it could be much more popular and don't know why it isn't??

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes.

Any other comments?
I probably would have A) spent a few pounds more for an extra accessory
or B) a bit less for a few less hair clips (under £10 suddenly becomes quite attractive), or maybe same hair clips and no dress.

Oh, and thanks! Overall DD loves it and really I'm just splitting hairs.

agora1 Mon 30-Apr-12 20:16:32

The name of the toy and age of child
Friendship Express Train and DD - 3 and DD - 1.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it
For a first train set and first my little pony, I felt it was good value for money. My daughters have used it as a train set, but have also played independently with the train and pinky pony, as well as combining them imaginatively with other toys.

What did your child think of it? What was good?
Both children loved it. My three year old has spent lots of time taking pinky pony and other small animals from her Happyland collection on trips to the shops/post office etc using the trainset and carriage. My one year old has had fun getting the train to move and taking pinky pony to visit relatives. Neither has shown any interest in playing or brushing pinky pony's hair.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, I was not aware this channel or programme existed.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes I would. It is good quality, and for a child with a good imagination, a lot of fun.

Any other comments
I had expected the pony to be bigger, but when combined with the train set it is the perfect size. I am considering buying my eldest another pony so she has something to open on her sister's birthday next month. My youngest is almost two and it is a toy I can see her growing with over the next few years and getting a lot of fun out of.

Cinders22 Mon 30-Apr-12 20:46:20

Thank you very much for the opportunity to try this toy, my DD was really excited to receive it.

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Princess Celestia, DD aged 3, DS aged 5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
My DD was very impressed with it from the moment she opened the package. It looks good and she was delighted when she realised its wings light up and move and of course the sounds. She has played with it a lot and having had it a few days she is still playing with it at least once a day. My DS picked it up hoping to play with it but then put it back down saying it was too girly.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
DD played with it a lot for the first few days, she particularly liked brushing its hair and taking the crown and collar on and off. So far (fingers crossed) it still has all the little clips in its hair.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She has got one other pony, the remote controlled pony with a vehicle.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No I was not aware of this although we do receive Boomerang so I will look for it and let her watch it.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes I would, my DD has a lot of fun with it and I can imagine a lot of girls would too.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Depending on the price yes I would.

Any other comments
I just wanted to thank Katie very much. The first pony we received did not work properly but having been in contact with Katie she arranged for Hasbro to send us a fully working pony. My DD was delighted.

halcyondays Mon 30-Apr-12 21:28:00

the name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
We were sent the Express train set. My dds are 5 and 3.

Your overall opinion on the play value of the toy- how did your child play with it?
Both dds were very impressed with it when they first saw it, they played with it a lot for the first few days. Dd1 said that it was one of her favourite toys along with her marble run. They took it out in the front garden and showed it to a little girl who lives across from us, she seemed to like it too. It was easy to set up and they liked the idea of taking the pony for rides in the train and stopping for a picnic. It would have been nice to have another pony with it,and some more carriages but other small figures can be used with it as well. Dd2 noticed that there was a hook on the back of the train to attach more carriages.

what did our child think about it?What was good?
They both loved playing with it, they like anything with trains and ponies so I thought this toy would appeal to them and it did. They liked watching the train move around the track, and so did the cat, who was fascinated!

Does your child like My Little Pony generally
Yes, they both like anything with ponies really.

Does your child watch the TV series My Little Pony Friendship is Magic on Boomerang?
No, as they don't tend to watch this channel so we didn't know it was on. But it sounds like something they would enjoy.

do you think you'd recommend this toy/ the My Little Pony brand to another parent/child?
Yes, I would, as both my dds enjoyed playing with the toy and I think My Little Pony tends to be popular with a lot of young children, especially girls.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, if buying for a young girl, quite possibly as most seem to like it. I would be unlikely to buy it for a boy unless I knew that he was into ponies.

Any other comments?
Overall we thought this toy was great although an extra pony and carriage would have been great. I think it is a toy they will go back to again and again. I was surprised at how small the ponies are compared to the ones we used to play with in the '80s. I think I still have one somewhere, it was a blue/green colour with rainbow hair called Moonstone I think. Maybe they could bring out a retro range with some of the original ponies.
Thank you.

popelloucla Tue 01-May-12 10:31:53

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Princess Celestia, DD2 is 5
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
Good play value. It arrived a couple of days after DD2's birthday, but other new toys were put to one side while she played with this. Lots of making it fly and talk.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
It was almost like the advert.
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
We've had other ponies before, but not proper branded ones.
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, it seems robust and is a recognised brand.
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes
Any other comments
No

only4tonight Wed 02-May-12 21:24:10

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is.

DD is just 3 and we got the freindship train set

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

I would like to start by saying dd really enjoyed the toy. She likes small world play in general. She also likes animals so it was right up her street. £23 is a mid to reasonable price for a toy of this type.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

DD liked moving the toys around. the size of the toy was good, easy to manipulate and difficult to lose!

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

she has some horse toys and likes those but no MLP so no.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

It would very much depend on the child, and the parent.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

under some circumstances yes but it would not be the first thing that came to mind

Any other comments

The product would be categorised under the title of pink plastic tat. I have a small home and toys of this nature would normally be overlooked for something a but more generec and long lasting. I would also prefer a little less girlie

Personally I can deal with cheap plasticy stuff or pink stuff but them both together is a bit overpowering. The design of the train was very feminine and could have easily handled a little less pinkness.

I have to say the fact that the toy is electronic is neither here nor there and can easily be played with without the batteries (as it was in our house for several days before I got batteries for it). The track is also a little redundant and either needs the ability to expand and accessorise or getting rid of as it will probably end up binned here.

My MAJOR dissapointment was the horse itself. They no longer look like horses! the taller, thinner, stretched out horses worry me! and would certainly put me off.

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
We received one of the vehicles, DD is 5 years 2 months.
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
We have had the toy for almost three weeks now and it has become one of DD's mainstays in her currently active toy box. I personally thought the vehicle was well constructed and the stickers added an attractive decorative element. DD has used it as a train and a caravan for the pony and small figures from other playsets.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
My DD was excited to receive a surprise in the post, upon opening the packaging she was delighted with the small pet (as she is very keen on pets). We were all impressed with the luggage hook and the tiny train tickets.
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes, she has a collection of several ponies and accessories (hats, jackets, tennis raquets...)
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No.
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I would recommend it if the train engine was already owned, as the vehicle is clearly an auxilliary to the main set. Having said that, it has provided my DD with more opportunities for creative play than I would have initially assumed.
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes.
Any other comments
As a personal opinion I found the new design of My Little Pony far less aesthetically appealling than the classic design - the modern pony looks almost feline in shape, much more slender than the original.

sweetandtenderhooligan Thu 03-May-12 13:32:54

Name of the toy/age of child?
Fashion Pony - Rainbow Dash. My DD is 6.

Overall opinion of the play value?
My DD loved this toy, and was so excited to receive it. She played with it for a good solid hour when it arrived and it was the first toy she played with the following morning. She enjoyed the multicoloured hair, combing it and fastening it with the barettes. She loved the shoes, but they kept coming off.

What did your child think about it?
She was so excited when it arrived, and delighted not to have to give it back! She is familiar with Rainbow Dash so was especially pleased to have her.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She only had one My Little Pony (which was a gift) and she very much enjoys playing with it.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, she's never seen this programme.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, I would because my DD is enjoying it so much. Also it's a recognisable name and the quality of the product is very good.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes

Any other comments
I think the price is reasonable and the quality of the product is very good. The shoes are a bit dodgy, they kept coming off.

Moodykat Thu 03-May-12 19:58:05

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
We were sent the friendship express set. DS1 is 3

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
He played with it for about half an hour but the track isn't up to much really, IMO, as he likes to construct different track designs!

What did your child think about it? What was good?
He loved it at first but then got bored! He liked the train though and has put various other toys in it.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
He'd never hear of it!

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Probably not, its a bit pink and plasticky!

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Possibly, depending who I was buying for!

Any other comments
Why are they so small and weedy now? I was terribly disappointed in the actual pony!

Moodykat Thu 03-May-12 20:13:35

Thank you for choosing us though!

Jackie221084 Thu 03-May-12 21:38:34

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
My little pony vehicle. My dd is 5
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
My dd really enjoyed playing with it but wanted to know why there was no track. I had to explain that you have to buy it seperately.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
She got the ice cream carriage and loved all the little ice creams and scoop.
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes she loves it.
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No we didnt know about it.
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Definitely. All the toys are good quality. They dont break easily.
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes because they have all different price ranges to suit all pockets.
Any other comments
No

toothlessthenightfury Thu 03-May-12 22:32:11

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express train - DD is 4

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
Absolutely loved it! She was so excited to see the train when it came out of the box. Train only took couple of minutes to set up and she was off! Got function of stop/start button in funnel straight away and started to set up the track by herself. She has played with it consistently for the last 2 weeks and makes up little adventures for her ponies.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
She really likes playing with the train on and off the tracks. We have added some of the other carriages to the train and she is using her imagination well to make up little adventures. The train itself is strong and sturdy and the batteries have lasted well. Only now after 2 weeks of play are the batteries starting to slow down.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes, she loves it!

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
Yes she does.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Highly recommended. DD loves the MLP range generally. The ponies are bright and colourful. The accessories help stimulate imagination and my DD makes up her own stories about the ponies. Many of the individual ponies are at pocket money prices, especially the surprise foil bag miniature range.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Definately! DD has already given some to her friends as birthday gifts.
Many thanks for letting us try out this great product!

CravingSleep Fri 04-May-12 10:42:12

Fashion Pony - Rainbow Dash, my daughter is 3.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of play value my daughter has got out of it. I was initially disappointed as she wanted to put the shoes on and prance the pony around but the shoes do keep falling off, we have given up with these. My (just) 3 year old found the clips difficult to begin with and kept wanting me to do them but has now got used to them although she prefers to ask me. She also can't do the ring. The "comb" is also pretty useless but I have found a small brush instead which works.

However she happily uses the pony in imaginary play, wanted to take it to pre-school, sits it in the car with her, and treats it like a little friend. It is her favourite toy still, several weeks on.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

My daughter loved it. She liked the bright packaging and the rainbow coloured hair. She loves that their is a rainbow hiding on the pony's bottom (!). She would have liked putting the shoes on and off but was disappointed to find that a bit pointless.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

She hasn't come across them before.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No - we only watch cbeebies as I don't like adverts, but I'm sure she would like it.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

My daughter loves it so for that reason I think I would but I would warn that the accessories are sadly a bit pointless (which are the reason for a dressing up pony I'd have thought).

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes but probably not this particular one due to problems with the accessories.

Any other comments

Thankyou for the opportunity to take part - my daughter loves her pony!

EmilyPollifaxInnocentTourist Fri 04-May-12 15:00:49

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is?

We got one of the vehicle pieces. DD is 5.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

She played with it for the first day and it hasn't been out since. She has a lot of the old style My Little Ponies which she plays with all the time.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She didn't really like it.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

As I said, she prefers the older style My Little Pony which she prefers.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

I don't think so as I don't think the new version MLP are very nice. I think they look emaciated and bizarre. They are supposed to be ponies and ponies are chubby.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Nope. For the reasons above.

coffeewhitenosugar Fri 04-May-12 21:38:07

the name of the toy you were sent & how old your child is
We were sent Princess Celestia and I have 2 dd's aged 3 and 5
Overall opinion of the play value - how did child play with it
Princess Celestia has become my 3 year old's most precious and loved toy - from the moment it was delivered my dd has barely let her out of her sight - she goes everywhere with the toy! Both dd's loved the talking aspect and the flapping wings but mostly my 3 year old just carried her around and played 'ponies' with her other toys, making families with PC as the mum and smaller ponies as the children.
what did your child think about it - what was good
As above really, she absolutely loves it - all good here grin
Does your child like My Little Pony generally
Yes, both dd's love My Little Pony stuff and would like more and more ...
does your child watch the TV series
No we do not get this channel unfortunately
do you think you would recommend and why
Yes, definitely - so many little girls have come up to dd to talk about, look at and wishingly (not sure that's a word) play with Princess celestia - I think she has been the most talked about thing at Preschool and school since she was delivered! Plus generally the My Little Ponies are favourite toys in our house and provide hours of play so I would definitely recommend.
would you consider buying My Little Pony goods as a gift
Yes definitely if I knew the child like ponies.
Thank you so much for our Princess Celestia, she is very much loved and has made 2 (especially the youngest) little girls very happy.

StellaAndFries Fri 04-May-12 22:22:45

We recieved Princess Celestia and it was recieved with much enthusiasm by dd's of 3,4&7.

Princess Celestia has become a firm favourite with not only dd3 and dd4 but also has been played with by a fair few of their friends when she was taken to preschool and played with in the playground when collecting dd's 1&2.
She has been played with as a princess pony, as the last unicorn after watching a film on netflixx, as a horse for barbies and Rapunzel as well as a styling pony. I'm surprised how much she has been played with to be honest and half the time it isn't the talking function that they are playing with.

My dd's love her hair and that they can brush it, unfortunately the hair clips were broken when heavy handed dd3 couldn't get them out of her mane. However that hasn't stopped them playing with her. They like her wings (she flies a lot in our house shock )

My dd's do like MLP stuff in general, they have some of the older style ponies (which I think are much better looking!) as well as some of the smaller MLP playlets like the teapot.

My children do watch boomerang but we haven't seen this on there yet, probably as we never watch +1 and 3pm is school pick up time. I will remember to let them have a look though. We do have some of the old my little pony. Episodes on DVD which they enjoy.

My dd's would certainly recommend Princess Celestia but I personally much prefer the older style ponies, this one is too long and lean and looks alien like.

We have bought MLP as gifts in the past and will do again if the dd's ask for them.

lockets Sun 06-May-12 08:47:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Devora Mon 07-May-12 00:27:37

Many thanks for letting us try this.

We had the Friendship Express train set. I have two daughters, aged 6 and 2. I suspect the eldest was slightly too old for it, and the younger slightly too young, but they both rather enjoyed it and played with it. It didn't hold their attention for very long, but I think if we bulked it out with lego houses, other ponies etc it would be a very good basis for longer play.

My older child went through a big My Little Pony phase, so she was particularly pleased with the pony and with loading up the train. The younger just loved the train element. The chunky size of the train made it good for her little fingers, though neither of the girls could put the track together without help.

They both enjoyed some fantasy play with it, talking about where the pony was going and all the fantasy friends she picked up on the way.

Neither has ever watched the TV series, as we don't have Boomerang.

Generally, I'm not a huge fan of pink plastic toys for little girls. However, I do have a soft spot for MLP - perhaps it's the retro element, or the focus on loyalty and friendship which I think is a strong message for little girls. So I wouldn't recommend it as such, but I'd happily tell anyone how much pleasure dd1 and I have got from MLP over the years, including this toy.

Yes, I would consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift.

Only negative comment is that it took me ages to find a screwdriver that would open the battery compartment - are my screwdrivers all unorthodox sizes?! Anyway, it was frustrating (for me and the girls) to get the toy and then spend so long hunting down a screwdriver and batteries.

But otherwise, I'm very happy with this. Thanks for letting us test it.

Greedypiggy Mon 07-May-12 09:03:27

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express train set. My daughter is 3.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
She was really excited. She was very much engaged in building the train track and arranging the carriage. But the initial excitement worn off quickly when she realized that there were no more carriages, and got bored. It has been sitting in a corner since.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
As I said she liked the train track, but thought it was too short. She also liked pinkie pie pony and was pestering me to get more carriages. As for the colour, she would have been just as excited had it not been pink.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She had watched adverts on TV and yes, she likes the products shown.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, never knew there was such a show. Would lookout for it now.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I think I would, Seems like a reasonable priced product.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, it would make a good gift, especially for DD's friends who are into princesses and barbie dolls.
Any other comments

appleton Mon 07-May-12 10:10:37

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship express train set. DD is 4 next week, DS is 18 months

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
I made the mistake of opening the package after we got in from a day at work/nursery. There was a lot of squabbling over it because of tiredness, but I have brought it out again at better times since then, and it always gets at least 15 minutes of play time. They did soon get bored of the items included, but would play for longer if we added figures from Happy Land etc.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
They liked that the train also ran when off the track, and they enjoyed turning it on and off using the funnel. My almost 4 year old got frustrated if the track came apart as she couldn't put it back together, and she sometimes had trouble lining up the wheels on the track.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
They haven't really seem much of MLP, except when playing with my figures that are still kept at Grandma's house

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, we aren't at home then

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I'm not sure I'd recommend as I think it's a bit stingy in the accessories included in the pack - especially when the box has a picture with a whole load of carriages/ponies that aren't included - my daughter asked why she didn't have all the pieces when she looked at the box. Also, the pony included was very small, which limited the playing with the pony on its own (which used to be my favourite pasttime) I know it's a train set, but it would have been nice to have a decent size pony to do hair etc.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Possibly a larger pony, as I know I cherished my ponies when I was little

Any other comments
Just to say thank you for the opportunity to test this product - it has kept my kids amused for quite a few hours in total, which is invaluable to me!

GloriaSteinem Mon 07-May-12 11:47:32

Sorry for the delay leaving feedback.

First impressions:

Box not too horribly pink = Bearable.

Although a healthy enough amount to tell children this toy is NOT for boys = Predictable.

Toy not constrained by annoying multitude of plastic tie wraps = Very good.

Track easy to push together and very sturdy = Good.

Stickers to put on easily the most fun bit for my 4 ½ year old = Fun.

Train has a good mechanism for starting and stopping, another good bit of design = Excellent.

Pink pony hideous but that’s what it’s all about eh so unfair to complain (just my taste anyway, my 2 ½ year old loves it and takes it to bed with her) = As expected.

Play value:

Children delighted by novelty factor. How long will that last? Answer – not long. The track is a perpetual loop so that is clever, but it is very short and only has 2 ways of fitting together. If extra track was sold to make more elaborate set ups it would help but the only add ons seem to be 2 more carriages and a huge array of pastel coloured horses.

After 10 minutes my older girl is putting objects under the track to try and make it more fun. It is more fun for a few minutes. Interest has been entirely lost after 2 days. My younger is officially too young to play with this toy for 3 to 6 year olds. I make her stop and she cries.

Verdict:

Another way to sell small plastic ponies to little girls who like cute things. My little one will be happy when she’s 3 and finally allowed to play with them. My older daughter had another valuable lesson in looking beyond image and evaluating for herself an object’s substance.

Anyway thankyou for the toy, please don't think I don't appreciate it. It really was fun going to the post office to pick up the parcel – they were so excited.

GloriaSteinem Mon 07-May-12 11:51:10

Well now I have read the OP... No we don't watch it on the tv. No I wouldn't recommend it to others, and no I wouldn't buy it as a gift. It was good to try something I normally wouldn't though.

AhCannitSeeMan Mon 07-May-12 18:33:53

Apologies for the delay leaving feedback, have had a few family things on and haven't had the chance to sit down properly to do it.

My username has changed since I signed up to the product test as I often do to preserve anonymity, I'm sure MNHQ know who I was in my previous life.

The name of the toy you were sent and age of child

We received Princess Celestia, my DD is five years old.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy, how did your child play with it?

Excellent, Princess Celestia is a constant companion, I expected the novelty might have worn off, but it shows no signs of doing so.
She sits at the dinner table with us, watches television with dd (her favourite is Horrible Histories apparently), and is always taken to bed on a night where she sleeps on the bedside table.
She's involved in all of dd's imaginative play games and I hear her talking to her constantly.

What did your child think about it? Was it good?

As mentioned above DD was thrilled to receive her very own Princess Celestia, like many children she'd seen the advert for it and said she would like one. So to actually have her own has made her an extremely happy girl.

DD loved the removable pieces, tiara, necklace, hair slides etc and has spent many a happy hour brushing and styling the pony's hair.

She also loved the moving light up wings and the fact the pony speaks. DH and I did have a laugh when she was repeating the phrases and came out with "^My breasts are so lovely"^. Having had a listen it is actually ^"my barrettes^" think she'd misheard it being an American accent and she didn't actually know what a barrette was. grin

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Yes she does, she already owns the hot air balloon nightlight and a few smaller ponies. She watches the television programme and will often choose the magazine if it has something in it that interests her.

Does your child watch the tv series

When we are home after school she will watch it, she enjoys it, likes the storylines and knows who the characters are.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy to another child/parent, why?

Overall I think I would. DD has, and continues to get an awful lot of pleasure from playing with it.
I definitely think that MLP have changed from when I was younger. They remind me a lot of the Bratz fashion dolls in style now, which I do not like generally. Very skinny and big eyes and long legged, they were a bit more wholesome and chubby back in the 80's. Princess Celestia does have a lot of eye make up on too, my DD likes this, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with her thinking about make up and looking 'fashionable' this young.

However from my child's pov it's pink, sparkly and girly. She can create wonderful adventures PC has even starred as a highwayman in one of her games, so it's not all glitter.

Would you consider buying a MLP product as a gift?

I have and I would. The smaller individual ponies are affordable, come with little extra accessories and make great gifts for the many parties DD is invited to. My DD and many of her friends love collecting so they make a fun, good quality gift that you know will be played with.

Any other comments

Many thanks for sending this product to us, I have a very happy daughter. PC is looking more than a little ragged round the edges compared to when she first arrived, but she is very loved and as a parent who doesn't rate a toy that is played with daily?!

clux73 Tue 08-May-12 14:45:36

Hello

Just wanted to come back and post an update after 2 weeks. Sadly the train set has been ignored apart from when DD2's friend came round and saw it. She was desperate to play with it but DD said "the track is too small and the train falls off, let's play dogs instead".

So sadly, as much as we appreciate you letting us try this toy, my children have given it a resounding thumbs down!

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 09-May-12 14:47:04

My daughter received the friendship express train. It was just ok, and I personally would not spend more than £10 on it. There wasn't much to it, and my daughter found it boring pretty quickly. She liked the little pony and putting it in and out of the carriage but wasn't that interested in the actual train track element. I think she would have got more out of just having three or four ponies to play with as opposed to just one. She is three.

OctopusSting Wed 09-May-12 16:03:37

the name of the toy you were sent & how old your child is
Princess Celestia and I have 2 dd's aged 3 and 5

Overall opinion of the play value - how did child play with it
The children fought over it initially (as expected!) but did settle down to playing with it nicely together. They liked exploring the bits and pieces but these were soon lost as very small sad
My two needed other things to play with it and didn't find it a complete toy in its own right. IT has now been pretty much ignored.

what did your child think about it - what was good
They thought it was very exciting to start with and loved the flashing wings and speaking.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally
Never had any MLP stuff before

does your child watch the TV series
No we do not get this channel

do you think you would recommend and why
Not as a standalone gift

would you consider buying My Little Pony goods as a gift
If the child liked MLP, but as above it would need to be making up a larger 'set'

Any other comments
I really, really didn't like the fact it said 'You can be my Best Friend'. We have had issues with DD2 and a group at preschool arguing over who is who's best friend. I really think at such young ages (that these are aimed at) that they should not be worrying about 'best friends'. I may be oversensitive at this moment, but i don't like this message to small children sad

used2bthin Wed 09-May-12 20:48:45

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

My little pony friendship express train. DD is five and a half.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

DD was excited to get this and enjoyed setting it up but didn't play with it for very long before moving back to her old train track which she has had years and is very attached to. I think perhaps she is a little old for it.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She liked putting it together. I thought it was nice and sturdy.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

No. She has one but doesn't play with it. Other children who come to the house do though.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No I don't think we have that channel.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

I would to a parent of a younger child, DD has always liked trains so I liked that this was a train for her interest and a toy I remembered but I think the track was too small for her.

Would you buy this as a gift? Possibly for a younger child.

Thanks for letting us test this!

NotInMyDay Mon 14-May-12 13:34:47

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Fashion Pony - Rainbow Dash
DD is 4

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play ?
I think the fashion pony would be enjoyed by a slightly older child. DD found it difficult to put on/ take off some of the accessories - hair clips and sunglasses and bangle.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
This toy was well liked and played with but DD did get frustrated that she couldn't 'do' much with it as the accessories were too footery.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes, probably. It was fairly priced.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, they are fairly priced and have in stant appeal.

Any other comments
Too much Sellotape on the outside of the box. Inside packaging was frustration-free.

dunnoreally Mon 14-May-12 14:08:17

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
My 3yo dd was given the train set to try - thank you!
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
I'm surprised to say she really does play with this. I'd never have picked it up tbh. SHe enjoys it.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
I think she loves loves loves the pony and enjoys most of the features. Our only fault is that it is hard to get the train running on the track - especially when you are 3
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Does now! We now have a few other bits and she is really pleased with them
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
God no! Can't bear the annoying voices/twee annimation so have...er...failed to tell her about the tv show
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I might suggest the train, however I find the ponies a bit small and ugly tbh
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Again, maybe the train but I feel there is something lacking with the ponies. Just so small and not remotely cute
Any other comments
at least a few aren't pink with pink and pink. There are a few other colours - please keep this up! I think you might have put batteries in the train

Sarayu Tue 15-May-12 16:44:10

Sorry for the delay mumsnet! Things have been manic, here goes:

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
We were sent the fashion pony, DD is 3 and DS is 5
Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
For the first week it was very much loved and dragged about everywhere. DD played with it using her ELC rose cottage farm. Unfortunately she has now lots interest along with all the little bits. The beloved 'pinkie pie' is now buried under rose cottage. Play value deteriorated very quickly.
What did your child think about it? What was good?
As above, love it but soon lost interest. She liked the little outfit it came with but got frustrated trying to put the clips in the hair. I would've been better if there were more clothes and a better brush.
Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Yes
Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No, we didn't know it was on but will now TiVo it!
Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I wouldn't recommend the toy we tested but would be willing to try other toys I the same brand. I felt it was well made.
Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes

Done! Thanks MN

akaemmafrost Tue 15-May-12 16:47:38

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is

The Train Set, she is 5.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

She loved it when it arrived and wanted to start collecting the other small ponies to go with it. However we put batteries in but they only worked for a few minutes. I think the toy was faulty as even when replaced new batteries only worked for a couple of minutes and then no more.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She liked the pony that came with it more than the rest of the set, she found it easy to set up and really enjoyed playing with it, until the battery situation arose.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

Not really on her radar but is now after getting this.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No, didn't know it was on.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Probably not, because it didn't work. If it had worked then yes.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Probably not for above reason. Had it all worked properly I think we would have appreciated it a lot more as she was delighted with it when it arrived.

akaemmafrost Tue 15-May-12 16:48:05

Oh sorry, thanks for choosing us to test it though. It did make dd really happy when it arrived.

Choclatespread Tue 15-May-12 21:57:04

Thank you for letting us try this product.
I'm sorry for the late review but I've been extremely busy and the review thread looked a bit daunting.

My boys aged 5 and 8 tried the princess celestial, older child didn't play with it at all. Younger child thought it was for his girl
Cousin. When I said it was for him, he played with it for 10 mins, galloping it on the table, and has never touched it since. I ended up Giving it to his cousin.

ApricotPoodle Wed 16-May-12 19:02:41

We tried the train set.
The girls are aged 6 + 4 years.
Overall play value was low. They were terribly excited when they unwrapped the package and saw what it was (they have seen it advertised on tv).
It as set up straight away and played with for about an hour. It was then tea and bedtime. unknown to me they had left it running, and not suprisingly the batteries ran out overnight. The next day they were eager to play again so batteries were reinserted, they played for an hour, got distracted by something else, and the batteries ran out. They seem to have lost interest in it now, even with the offer of new batteries.
Whilst they were playing they did have a lovely time in their imaginative world going on picnics and packing the carriage with various iems.
Intetest didn't last long (these are children who can play with a single toy all afternoon). The track being so short, and circular meant that once they had done it a few times they lost interest. A track that actually goes somewhere (bed to boocase or similar) would have had more play opportunities.
Loved the fact it was easy to get out of the box without hundreds of cabel ties.
Children love MLPony.
Have enjoyed watching it on dvd.
Would not reccomend to others.
Would buy other MLP as gifts but not this one.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 18-May-12 10:29:50

Gleek has been having a little trouble posting, so here are her comments:

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is?

The My Little Pony Train set and my daughter is 4.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

Good toy, would have liked to have more track so that it could be made into different shaped tracks etc as once it's been played with a couple of times it did seem to become less interesting, I think it could be more versatile and therefore she would have spent more time on it. We also used lego and bricks to build bridges over the tracks.

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She liked the fact that it was a "girls" train set, she's going through quite a girly phase and has been asking for a girls train set for a while. She liked putting the track together and the fact the train went by itself.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

No, not really on our radar before.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

Possibly if it had option of buying more track or for a younger child who would be more interested in it as it is.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes, for a younger child.

bean123 Fri 18-May-12 12:38:16

We had the Friendship Express train. My daughter is 4, my son is 2 and my youngest son is 7 months. There was a huge amount of excitement about the box and the opening of the box as my 4 year old is a big My little pony fan and her favourite role playing is pretending to be a pony! When she opened the box her and her 2 year old brother physically squabbled over the putting together of the track and assembling the train....it was all looking like they were set to burst with excitement. Sadly the toy held my daughter's interest for about 1 minute and despite numerous attempts to get her to play with it she is not interested. Even her 2 year brother was not interested. He put the track together and then
lost interest. My 7 month old quite likes chewing on on the carriages though. Not sure why but it really did not seem to capture any further excitement or indeed play from my children. Sorry to sound a bit negative!

AnitaBlake Fri 18-May-12 22:16:31

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is - Friendship Express Train set DSD is 5, DD is 18m

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it? Its well worth the value, botyh girls play with it incessantly. We've been through three stes of batteries so far.

What did your child think about it? They both loved it.

What was good? brilliant, DD found it easy to use, DSD just loved the train set in general

Does your child like My Little Pony generally? Yes, they both do!

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm? No, we rarely watch boomerang, it's not really attractive to DD.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Most definitely

Why? The toy is played with constantly by bot of them, it's showing no sign of wear, despite the amount of abuse DD is giving it, and even I've enjoyed playing with it (sh, don't tell anyone!)

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift? Yes, DSD has drawn up a list, and I think the expansion packs would be well worth it for the girls, can you get extra track for it?

Any other comments - great toy, packaging simple to dismantle, so the excitement factor is there. Batteries last well, and the toy is very hardwearing.

roomforthree Sat 19-May-12 20:10:56

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is
Friendship Express Train Set.
DD is 5 and DS2 is 3

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
Better than I thought. ds2 enjoyed playing with the train and dd loved brushing the pony's mane.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
Both were very excited to be given the set. They haven't expressed what they they enjoyed, but their faces showed that it was a hit.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
Neither had been aware of my little pony.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
Yes,good play value

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Yes, dd has asked for more as a birthday gift.

Any other comments
Some difficulty opening the battery compartment. Thanks for allowing us to test this out.

JumpingJetFlash Sun 20-May-12 19:29:04

The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is.
The vehicle set. My child is 5

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?
At first, E loved playing with it but it quickly got left on the side as without the train track there was limited appeal I feel. Also before long the carriage got amalgamated into other toy sets she has, if touched at all.

What did your child think about it? What was good?
When it first came, she was VERY excited - particularly by the pink, girlyness of it :-) However when she looked at the back it led her to expect the train track to be in the box too which took the shine off. She did play with it pretty regularly for the first couple of days but then barely touched it.
As a parent, I liked the ease of opening the packaging/ untying (particularly after a hideous Littlest Pet Shop experience at Christmas)

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?
She likes playing with her cousins when there but has never shown enough interest to warrant us buying her her own.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?
No

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?
I think if they already had the train I might but otherwise no - it is also quite expensive at £13 I feel. The brand has strong nostalgia from my own childhood and I would like to see things like the grooming stables make a proper comeback.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?
Not at this price but otherwise probably

Any other comments
Sorry for the delay in posting feedback

tara0202 Mon 21-May-12 17:26:28

*The name of the toy you were sent and how old your child is*:

We were sent vehicle assist. My DD is 3.

Your overall opinion of the play value of the toy - how did your child play with it?

My DD really liked the pony itself and the fact that it had a little vehicle to ride in. She likes to wheel the pony around. She calls the vehicle the pony's "bedroom".

What did your child think about it? What was good?

She likes playing with the pony and the vehicle and also plays with them separately. She likes to brush the mayne of the pony and likes to wheel the vehicle around.

Does your child like My Little Pony generally?

This is the first my little pony toy that my DD has had but she does like it.

Does your child watch the TV series "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" on Boomerang weekdays at 3pm and Boomerang+1 at 4pm?

No, I didn't know about the programme but she might like to watch it, especially since she has the toy and so will probably relate to the programme.

Do you think you'd recommend this toy/the My Little Pony Brand to another parent/child? Why?

I would - this is because the pony itself is nice with hair to brush etc and it looks pretty. The vehicle is also good to play with with the pony but also my DD uses it along with other toys so it is two in one really.

Would you consider buying a My Little Pony product as a gift?

Yes I would for the reasons above.

Any other comments

No.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 28-May-12 11:25:27

Thanks everyone for your feedback, the winner of the prize draw is......

katiesobol congratulations! I'll PM you to get your details.

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