Squeaky is nearly 3. There's something about children of that age, they develop overnight all-consuming obsessions, and they're a marketing officer's dream. Squeaky's latest obsession is Mickey Mouse. There's a very old cuddly Mickey in our house, that someone brought me back from Disney World long before Disneyland Paris opened, when I was just a small person myself. He's been well looked after over the years, and Squeaky loves him dearly, but you can see he's vintage. It actually surprised me looking at Disney toys today, how much the design changes over the years.
K and Co sent Squeaky a much more up-to-date Mickey. The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Master Moves Mickey to be precise. Or "that breakdancing Mickey on the adverts" as Daddy put it. The postman crept up on me first thing in the morning while I was putting toast out for the birds, and handed me this MASSIVE box. Foolishly, I opened it in front of Squeaky, just before we had to leave the house for nursery/work. We were late. He has a couple of "Try me" moves & sayings he can manage even when he's fixed in the box, and she figured this out in seconds. Eventually, after much persuasion, we put him on the table and went out.
When we got home that evening, well, love is the only appropriate word for it. I freed him from his cardboard prison (actually quite easily, the fixings are all twisted card, so totally recyclable), and set him free on the floor. I thought the advert was putting it on a bit, but no, he actually dances, moves around, breakdances, it's really quite impressive. If he gets stuck (which does happen sometimes), he even asks for help, and thanks you when you set him upright again.
I was pleased to find he came with batteries included. Batteries slip into some kind of Bermuda Triangle in our house, and I can picture the scene if we had needed to find the 6 (yes, six!) batteries Mickey needed before we could play with him. They're still going strong after a weekend of constant singing & dancing, so you can be sure that they will last through Christmas Day before you have to raid the remotes!
Despite the cuddliness of this photo, Mickey's body is quite hard, and he's not all that cwtchy. I guess this is because he's got a lot of moving parts in that tummy, and it would be kind of difficult to pad him out. It would have been nice though. The upside to this is that he is absolutely, definitely, not a cuddly to take to bed. Which in turn means we don't get woken up at 3 am by him wanting us all to practise our Mouska-moves. (Not Moussaka Moves, they're different!)
At £70.00, Mickey is not a cheap present, but if you have a Disney-obsessive in your house, like I do in mine, he's well worth it. In the words of Pat & Mick "[He] hasn't stopped dancing yet!" (Apologies to anyone who really didn't need reminding why it's a good thing the 1980's ended)
K and Co have a great range of toys, gifts and clothes for the whole family, with free delivery and returns, there's no need to sharpen your elbows for the battle on the high street. And with the option of interest free credit, you can spread the cost of Christmas too. Please use credit carefully.
Disclosure: I was provided with Master Moves Mickey free of charge for the purpose of this review. I was not told what to write, and all opinions are my own. Links are provided for your convenience only, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme & will not receive reward for their use.