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Daniel's Bathtub Voyage (Review)
As reported this past spring, the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood merchandise line is expanding with new products and a wider availability in stores other than Toys R Us. Several new book titles have arrived in stores and now some new toys are starting to hit the shelves. The first that I've seen to this point is Daniel's Bathtub Voyage.
This six piece set includes a boat which separates into three pieces, a floating octopus, a squirting fish, and a Daniel Tiger figure dressed in his sailor outfit.
Let's take a closer look:
The Good: Daniel's Bathtub Voyage is a terrific bath toy with a variety of play options. The colorful detail is right in line with the quality found in the other Daniel Tiger toys. Daniel is appropriately dressed in his sailor suit ready to sail the seven seas of your bathtub!
Although the octopus is not designed to do so, the fish has a hole in its mouth which allows it to intentionally take in water and act as a squirt toy.
The boat itself dismantles into three pieces providing children the chance to take it apart and put it back together -- a basic puzzle of sorts. The bottom of the boat can also serve as a pouring toy to play with or to help rinse away soap suds.
Looking at the finer details, it may be easy to miss the embossed image of Daniel on the side of the boat!
The Not-So-Good: I was very surprised to find that the Daniel Tiger figure is significantly larger than the figures from the line of toys released a year ago. Looking at Daniel's Bathtub Voyage by itself, this isn't a big deal; however, this could make it difficult to play with the older toys and the newer toys together.
While an imaginative child could enjoy having the smaller Daniel steer a boat slightly too large for his size...
...trying to use the larger Daniel with the accessories designed for the smaller figures could become quite a frustration.
Daniel's Bathtub Voyage retails for about $13 but is currently being sold online by eBay "scalpers" for much higher prices. A quick trip to Toys R Us (or eventually, I assume, Target or K-Mart) could save you a significant amount of money.
Overall, this is a pretty solid toy for creative bathtub play. Aside from the fact that it does not proportionally match the earlier Daniel Tiger toys, it seems as though the new line of toys is off to a great start!
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