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Postby DIMDongMerrily » 06 Oct 2011, 10:34

Dylan doesn't have much in the way of 'small world' type toys so I was thinking of getting him a set of something for Christmas. I've been looking at ELC's 'Happyland' toys but they're quite expensive, even with 20% off, so I'm wondering if there's a cheaper alternative? Or something different, but similar IYSWIM?
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Re: Happyland?

Postby Tintin » 06 Oct 2011, 10:49

My niece has Fisher Price Little People stuff rather than Happyland. Not sure of the price comparison though.
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Re: Happyland?

Postby fourweewonders » 06 Oct 2011, 11:19

My mum has the happyland farm sets, she got it when b was about 2 and it all still looks in great condition, its good because she offten has b,5 e,2 and nephew,1 alltogether and its both safe and enjoyable for them all to play with. B does small world play, nephew likes to chew grab throw the people and animals and e is somewhere between.

Theres absolutly tons of happyland stuff on ebay if you dont want to pay elc new prices.
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Re: Happyland?

Postby littlemimi » 06 Oct 2011, 11:39

My mum has managed to pick up castles, houses and lots of happyland figures and similar toys from her local charity shop. She never pays more than £3 for a huge amount of stuff. Perhaps it's worth a look at some local charity shops? L doesn't know the difference and she loves it when we go home to visit.
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Re: Happyland?

Postby CherryPop » 06 Oct 2011, 11:43

We have both happyland and little people, they go together quite well and we've picked up the sets quite cheap at times.

If given free choice though, he'd go for playmobil every time. I never had playmobil as a child, and I love tracking them down and collecting them for him. You can often get bundles of people on ebay for pretty cheap, but the play sets can cost a fortune. He plays with them over anything else though.
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Re: Happyland?

Postby ariom2 » 06 Oct 2011, 17:06

we have playmobil instead - they do a version for 18 months + which I guess is chewable, though I don't know if it's compatible with the older stuff. I lived in germany for 2 years as a child, and though I have none now I was brought up on playmobil and am glad to see B loves it as much as I did!
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Re: Happyland?

Postby skip » 06 Oct 2011, 17:24

I saw a huuuuuuge collection at a boot sale on Sunday. She wanted £25 for the lot and it included shops, cars, loads of people, another housey thing and so on. Wish we had the space as it looked awesome. Have you tried ebay/bootsales etc? Might get lucky.
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Re: Happyland?

Postby elmbed » 06 Oct 2011, 17:49

I have a couple of happyland-obsessed friends, which have bought *loads* from e-bay/car boots, so I agree with pp you can get it much cheaper than buying it new. I'd been tempted to but some too, to join in with my friends, but this thread has reminded me about playmobil so I might start collecting that instead!
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Re: Happyland?

Postby ToothFairy » 06 Oct 2011, 19:29

Dilly has all Martha's old Happyland (or Happy Street as it was called then) stuff, and it's lasted brilliantly. I would check eBay/boot sales/charity shops.
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Re: Happyland?

Postby scarlett175 » 06 Oct 2011, 19:40

just wanted to add, anyone wanting to buy playmobil but put off by price- Tesco have a half price set of the farmset for 18 month+ (£40 to £20)

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Re: Happyland?

Postby fourweewonders » 06 Oct 2011, 19:56

scarlett175 wrote:just wanted to add, anyone wanting to buy playmobil but put off by price- Tesco have a half price set of the farmset for 18 month+ (£40 to £20)

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We got a playmobil take along house 19.99 reduced from 39.99 in toys r us last weekend.
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Re: Happyland?

Postby Fozza » 06 Oct 2011, 21:26

I was thinking of getting small world type toys for Z. Trying to find an alternative to happyland - the colours do my head in.

I tend to use the duplo atm... getting animals and more people might help??? He is still just interested in building towers with the duplo but have seen him getting characters talking to each other.

Playmobil is tempting tho...I had it as kid and it was brilliant.
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Re: Happyland?

Postby Louisianablue2000 » 06 Oct 2011, 21:42

We've got the HappyLand Rose Cottage. DD2 loves it. I prefer it to the FisherPrice Little People but agree that Playmobil is the best. We've got quite a bit of the Playmobil 123 range and it all does more than the equivalent HL. And doesn't have the annoying noises of either FP or HL.

TBH DD1 is happiest with a few Duplo figures and the duplo blocks so she can build her own castle/playground/dollshouse.
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