I got an email earlier this week from Jessica at Life As Mom. She is doing Christmas in July this week, talking smart about budgeting, avoiding debt and other important ways to plan wisely for a meaningful, debt free Christmas. Go check it out–looks like good stuff, and there are some good giveaways too. Speaking of giveaways, one of the things that I do to prepare for Christmas is to squirrel away unexpected freebies and yard sale goodies when I am blessed with them.
This month one such goodie was the Pop on Pals Amusement Park set. This toy looks like fun for the 2-4 year old age group. The various rides: ferris wheel, roller coaster, etc– have different sound effects which little kids will love. I was surprised it came with only one character. Yes, the single character comes with different costumes, and you can buy more characters separately. But when my kids are playing, they like to have multiple characters so that they can interact with each other. If I was paying $34 for a toy set, I personally would expect more than one character.
All in all, this looks like a decent toy. However, I’m not convinced it would have the staying power of our Lego Duplos. This zoo set was a gift from grandma years ago, has been a favorite with many of our kids over the years, and is still going strong. A true classic. Want classic toys for less than new prices? Check yard sales. And keep an eye on Craigslist. A quick search for ‘lego duplo’ in my area produced 2 listings. I might not offer used toys to other people’s kids for Christmas. But I’d have no qualms about cleaning them up and adding them to my own kids’ collection.