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Excellent for boys
on 19 October 2011
This magnetic dress-up toy from the Melissa and Doug range makes a refreshing change from many toys of this type, in that it is clearly aimed at BOYS. There is another Boys' dress-up toy from the same range (Joey - which comes with a slightly different set of outfits).
The toy encourages co-ordination and imaginative play and is extremely well made. Billy himself is made out of wood, with a plastic-ey feeling coating over the printed surface which helps to keep this in good condition. He's roughly 1cm deep, so pretty durable, and slots into a blue-coloured wooden base so that he can be made to stand up. The range of outfits provided is really nice and themed to appeal to traditional boy tastes - these include costumes to turn Billy into a knight, a builder and a superhero. The costumes are also quite durable-feeling (roughly 3mm deep) and made out of what looks/feels like it might be MDF. Again, the printed surface is coated, and the clothes have a thin layer of magnetic sheeting on their reverse sides.
The toy is presented in a nice, blue-painted wooden box: it's not just for display, you get a decent storage solution to put the toy away. The only slight let-down is the flimsy, thin plastic cover provided - which feels more like the sort of covering you get on ready meals than part of a quality storage box. This is the one component that isn't designed to last. Not worth deducting a star for, as the toy and sorting tray it comes in remain lovely, but one area where the manufacturers could improve on the design: it seems a shame to create such an engaging toy, provide a well-made matching sorting box, and neglect to include an adequate lid to help keep the pieces from getting lost.