This weekend, we’ve (more accurately my daughter) been playing with the Little Live Pets Lil’ Ladybug Garden which we were sent for review.
Little Live Pets have a whole range of ‘realistic’ pet toys, from cats to birds, turtles to ladybirds. I’ve never known anyone to actually keep a ladybird (or ladybug, as this playset refers to them in the American fashion) as a pet but that aside it looked cute little play set, even though I didn’t know what to expect, how it worked or what it did.
However now we’ve been playing with it for a while, let me enlighten you!
Here is the Little Live Pets Lil’ Ladybug Garden playset box as it was delivered;
Inside the box (which you could remove without scissors or a masters in engineering, huzzah) were the garden (one piece), two ramps to connect to the garden (the only assembly required) and a big ladybug and a baby ladybug
We also got a single Little Live Pets Lil’ Ladybug, which comes in a separate packet with instructions and its own baby ladybug, and some have even been blessed with twins. There are twelve different ladybugs to collect.
The baby ladybugs slot on the back of the mummy bugs with a click.
Make sure that you explain to your child that they can’t be pulled off, as once the little bit of connecting rubber is stretched they won’t stay next to their mums and they can’t move on their own.
We had a red ladybug and baby with the garden playset, and a pink one in the single pack. The ladybugs move around by vibrating in the same manner as Hexbugs, but much cuter and – dare I say – more girly.
The garden playset is a little track which the ladybugs can move around with their little vibrating feet.
They buzz around a lot but they can’t go up slopes, however one of the cute features is the flower lift which you twist down to collect the bugs and then twist the other way to give them a lift to the top.
The little ramps can be shut off by pulling the white gate upwards; if you leave it open the bugs will wander! If you have a flat surface like a table or placemat they will go for a wander round, which is quite fun.
It’s a very cute little set, although I doubt she will play with it for much more than ten-fifteen minutes at a time.
If they had a track (and I assume that there will be one in the pipeline!) which you could make the ladybirds move along I think it would be a surefire hit.
We were given the Little Live Pets Lil’ Ladybug Garden and Ladybug free from Moose Toys for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are mine.
You can find out more on the website, or follow Moose Toys on Twitter and Facebook. The RRP of the Little Live Pets Lil Ladybug Garden playset is £22.99 and the extra Ladybug Single Pack and baby costs £5.99.
You can buy on Amazon here or from good toy shops.