Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 26-08-2015
Some of you may be aware that I recently got a job. Just three evenings a week, but something outside of blogging and outside of the house for me to do to earn a bit of money and get some adult conversation! I am doing evening shifts at my local supermarket and I’m really enjoying it. I work with a great team and we have a lot of laughs, and its nice to have that small section of life that’s mine, and doesn’t revolve around the boys for a bit. Little Man and Little Dude have gotten used to the idea that Mummy now goes out to work. As soon as my uniform goes on in fact Little Dude starts waving at me and is clearly aware that I’m about to go out. Little Man knows where I work and what I do, and even refers to the supermarket as “Mummy’s shop”.
I don’t do my weekly food shopping in a supermarket – I get it delivered and have for a long time, even before the boys were born – but we do on occasion have to nip to the shops when I invariably forget something, so they are both well aware of the concept. Needless to say I was rather excited when UKMumsTV got in touch with the offer of reviewing a Casdon Toy Shopping Trolley – what better way to explain just where Mummy goes when she leaves for work.
I was rather surprised when the box arrived and found it was flat packed and that I’d have to construct it myself. The instructions were pretty clear and thankfully it didn’t take too long to put together, but you will need a screwdriver and a hammer to build it. My two main disappointments with the trolley were the size – it says suitable from 3 but it is much too small for your average 3 year old (my 15 month old is about the right height for it), and it’s flimsiness. Whilst the frame is metal – the handle down to the part the wheels attach to – the basket itself is plastic and constructed of three sections that just clip together. It’s doesn’t come across as particularly strong and I’m not convinced it would withstand long term play from my rather boisterous boys.
Little Man is quite into his role playing and imagination play so I thought this would be a fun toy for him to play with but I must say its mainly been Little Dude that’s played with it. He’s so close to walking and spends a lot of time playing with walkers or toy prams or this trolley to help him on his way. It is really light though so whenever he tries to pull himself up on it the whole thing tips over which is a bit of a shame.
I was a big fan of the play shopping that came with it however. A large selection of boxes of food were included – you need to fold them up yourself – but instead of made up products there are replicas of things you’ll find in your local supermarket, and in fact a couple were things we had in the house ourselves. They were largely well known brands and the packaging was a true miniature replica of the real thing which I thought was a great detail. All of these fit in the trolley with room to spare, so to help with the weight balance problems we’ve put in lots of our own play food and we’ve managed to fill it.
I guess the ultimate question is would I buy this toy myself? Sadly I think the answer has to be no. It’s small and poorly built. I would have liked a full metal trolley as opposed to this flimsy plastic version. Admittedly this trolley only has a RRP of £15 so I would expect a metal one to be more pricey, but for something that would last a bit longer I’d be happy to stump up more money. All in all I found this rather disappointing.