Tom and Jerry are timeless classic characters. I remember watching them often when I was little, and now my children have been introduced to their adventures too.
We were sent the Tom and Jerry Tricky Trap House from Flair for review.
The house opens up to reveal:
- 5 rooms (3 up, 2 down)
- outside area
- 10 mechanical traps (falling piano, the burst-through wall, the surprise fridge, the falling chandelier, a dangerous shower and more)
- 2 mini characters (Tom, 6cm; Jerry, 3cm)
- furniture and accessories
- removable rocket
The house is a replica of the Tom and Jerry house in the TV episodes and it’s definitely a fun idea for fans of the show.
The house is recommend for age 3+, and although all my boys enjoy it (3, 4 and 6) I would say that for children at the younger age range it would be better if the house was a little sturdier built and maybe a little chunkier. At times my younger two found aspects of the house fiddly to use and the build quality is a little flimsy. It does have some very small parts like the cans that come in the surprise fridge, so you do really need to stick to the 3+ guidelines at least, and I would not give it to a two year old.
Here you can see Tom upstairs in the shower room and Jerry down in the living room.
The house folds up when not in use but this is also quite fiddly. The boys wanted to open and close it during play but I had to ask them to just leave it open because they weren’t able to close it properly and would get frustrated. If you are having difficulties closing the house, then you need to fold up a piece in the bottom corner because this unfolds when opening and will prevent you closing it again, so once you adjust that it should be okay. You also might need to remove all the furniture to fold, and then place it all back in through the door but it will all fit inside whilst closed.
While closed, you can still access the outdoor area which has a swing trap. This swing can be made to break when a character sits on them, giving them a shock! Unfortunately our swing actually did break, as a bit of it has come off! I think with this toy the children do need to be pretty careful and gentle as it is a little bit fragile, so depending on the child it may be suitable or not. If you have children who can be on the heavy handed side then it won’t be suitable. We found that due to the small-ish size and the delicate nature of the house, it’s best for one child to play with it at a time.
The boys have enjoyed the toy, and they have been returning to it a few times but I do think if the build quality was improved and perhaps the size increased a little then it would offer more play value. Their favourite part of the house is the rocket. This does open and allow you to place either Tom or Jerry inside and the rocket seems stronger and more durable than some parts of the house.
For a big Tom and Jerry fan though it would be a fun addition to their toy collection. It is on the lower price range for a play house (currently £19.24 on Amazon although RRP 27.99) so I think what you get lines up with the price quite well.
Do your children like Tom and Jerry? What do you think of the Tricky Trap House?