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R.V. Seeing You Camper

R.V. Seeing You Camper

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 3 - 13 yrs.
Manufacturer: B. Toys (by Battat)
Price: $60.00
Review:

The R.V. Seeing You Camper, from Target's Our Generation line of dolls and accessories, is a large trailer designed to be hitched to the Our Generation vehicles. The car is far from necessary, however, as the toy offers more than enough entertainment by itself. Doors open on one side, revealing a room with windows on every wall and even a large skylight. Inside is a foldout bed (slightly challenging to close, but fortunately durable enough to handle the abuse of figuring it out) with bedding, a foldout table and stools, and a kitchenette complete with oven, stovetop, fridge, and sink. The numerous accessories include cooking gear, canisters, tableware, oven mitts, and a dish rack. The wide variety of options—it is in truth a (very) compact dollhouse—lends this toy to many hours of open-ended pretend play. Creative children may enjoy making and adding on their own accessories; imaginative ones will delight in taking their dolls on adventures all over the house in this RV.

The camper is very tight; one doll, lying down, fills the entire space, though two sitting or three standing can fit inside. It is also rather large as a whole; parents will need to clear out some closet or floor space for it. The plastic used in construction feels flimsy, and the door and cabinet latches are stubborn in both opening and closing. However, past experience with Our Generation products has shown that despite minimal-cost construction, they do tend to hold up over the years. The result is a product that is merely a fraction of the price of the high-end line equivalents, with every bit as much fun; this RV is a mere $60, compared to similar products which run as expensive as $300. Any child who loves doll play will be thrilled to have this.

Emily Crawford   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.


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