by Tamsin Oxford
on 7 November, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Bandai recently sent me a Tinga Tinga Tales Monkey Drum and Tinga Tinga Tales Lion Tambourine to review. They arrived individually packaged in compact little boxes and are clearly aimed at younger kids aged 18 months and older.
The Tinga Tinga Tales Monkey Drum is red plastic with a monkey head, swinging monkey arms and a decorated shaft to hold. The centre of the drum is, well, a hollow drum. It is brightly coloured, the monkey face is very sweet and it is clearly designed with the younger market in mind.
While very bright and cheerful and not hellishly expensive at £6, I am not impressed. This Tinga Tinga Tales Monkey Drum feels very plasticky and thin, almost like something you’d get as a freebie with a magazine. While it is fairly robust and nowhere near as fragile as magazine tat, it doesn’t impress.
This is unfortunate as I dislike giving utterly negative reviews but this toy, for me, is all about the show but has no show of its own.
The Tinga Tinga Tales Lion Tambourine is similarly plasticky but it is a superior product. Coming in at the same price, it is the perfect size for small hands learning to grasp, has four brightly coloured clackers, and has a cute lion image on the front.
This is far better value for money in my view as it is not as cheap looking as the Tinga Tinga Tales Monkey Drum. I would definitely get this for my nephew who loves the show and enjoys making a mess just as much.
You can get several other items in the Tinga Tinga Tales musical instrument collection including the Hippo Castanet and the Tickbird Whistle, neither of which I have touched or seen but sit at the same price point.