Syd has been obsessed with Doctors for months. (Dr Ranj, Doc McStuffins and real life Doctors have all been frequent topics of conversation). When I was asked to review the Doc McStuffins Carry Along Clinic, I knew she would love it.
The set retails at £60, it measures 56 x 41.3 x 21 cm, weighs 1.2kg and requires 2x AA batteries (included).
Rather than go into huge detail about what is included and which pieces fit where, I made this video so you can see for yourself – enjoy!
As predicted… Sydney absolutely adores the set! She loves to use the stethoscope to listen to anyone and everyone’s heartbeat (and their hands… cheeks… ears… noses and feet too)! We had a particularly hilarious moment last week where she diagnosed Peppa with Swine Flu. (I may have prompted her slightly)!
So… Getting back to my thoughts on the set. I think it’s great fun. The included medical instruments have kept Syd (and the rest of us semi willing patients) occupied for hours. The case is really well made. Ours has been on several outings already, and the case has remained firmly closed and in one piece despite being dragged up and down stairs, and in and out of the car. I love the fact there’s a bit of extra space to pop in another toy or two – or a Doctor’s coat if you have one!
There are a few things which bugged me a little, too… Firstly, it is very top-heavy. You have to take the interactive panel off the lid otherwise it tips up very easily. The lid also slams down onto unsuspecting fingers if the panel is on the lid and knocked slightly. While this doesn’t hurt as such, it did frighten my son significantly.
Secondly…The panel isn’t really all that interactive in my opinion. Aside from the Doc song which plays all the time, only 1 button works with each slide in image. Thirdly… Most online images of this product show it includes a toy laptop – This was not included with mine. It appears the newer version doesn’t include this, which is a real shame.
Sydney is oblivious to my niggles though – it is the first toy she plays with every morning. Poor Lambie has had so many check ups and doses of medicine, I suspect he is either a hypochondriac, or he’s addicted to Doctor Sydney’s Magic Medicine!
As far as Syd is concerned, being able to wash her hands before examining her next patient is the best thing ever! The £60 price tag seemed a bit steep to me, but watching her giggle as she washes her hands and her equipment before seeing each patient makes this set much better than the £20 Doc McStuffins bag. The ability to press the love heart button on the interactive panel and have Doc sing her song every time she cures a patient is also a huge plus for Syd.
So…. What’s my overall opinion? I have given it 4/5. It is a robust, well made set, but I can’t help but feel it is a bit overpriced for what it is. I’d have given it 5/5 if it were priced at around £40, or if the panel was more interactive. Maybe a Dr’s coat would have been a good added touch too?
If you have a Doc McStuffins fan, I am sure they’ll love it, though!
This is not a sponsored post. I was sent the item to review, but all words and opinions are my own.