Little Tikes Swing Along Castle
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- Fun telescope swivels 360 degrees
- Swing includes a 3-point safety belt
- Easy climbing rock wall for beginners
- Gentle slope slide for soft landings
- Realistic steering wheel for imaginative play. Easy 20 minute assembly
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The swing on this thing has very little range of motion. Instead of being suspended by a flexible rope or chain, the swing is attached with rigid bars, which stop the swing from going too far forward or backwards. While this is a sensible safety feature on paper, it doesn't translate to a very comfortable ride for the child being pushed by a parent.
I assume that the swing was designed for kids to use by themselves safely. However, most children in this age bracket aren't going to understand how to pump their legs to swing, they can't get themselves in and out of the straps with buckles, and if their legs are long enough to push themselves, they're too big for the swing.
I also feel that the entire unit becomes wobbly too quickly. Even after tighteing all of the fasteners several times, I always feel like it's a bit unstable and fear that it might collapse. It hasn't yet and I'm probably being overly paranoid.
My daughter is now 22 months old and the weather is warm enough for her to be outside again. She climbs up and over the unit, but not much else. We have purchased a very basic swingset for her with 2 belt swings, a toddler swing, glider swing, and slide for under $200 ... a far better investment, in my opinion. She will be able to enjoy this for years to come!
We have it in his indoor playroom, which it is sized perfectly for. It would also work well outdoors. The swing is a bit of a clunker, however. It doesn't swing very high, and only keeps his attention for a few minutes. That would NOT influence my decision, though, and I would purchase this set again if I had the chance!
The swing is very stiff...it doesn't swing freely back and fourth. The way it's bolted onto the unit doesn't allow for it to go very far in either direction. My son is average in height, and when he sits at the top of the slide, it's almost as long as he is with his legs stretched out. As far as assembly, it wasn't too bad. I put it together myself in about an hour, but the slide was a thorn in my side. It (mine at least) wouldn't connect completely with the base, so there's a small gap between the slide and the top platform.
Overall, it wasn't a terrible purchase, but if given the choice again, I'd pass. It's something that be can only enjoyed for such a short time...I'd rather have taken the $140 and put it towards a larger, sturdier swing set that he can use as he continues to grow.
It looks exactly as pictured, & it's the right size for her. It's something I feel comfortable with her playing on by herself while I'm gardening or something else.
However, it is VERY shaky. It wobbles in the wind or when she climbs on it or when I push her in the swing. It is simply not sturdy. Whether or not it's going to collapse, I can't say. Thankfully it's not very tall, so I'm not as concerned that she'll injure herself if it does. (We live in the desert with sand as our backyard, so it'd be a pretty soft landing.)
Also, the swing is completely unsatisfactory. It gets very hot in the sun, & since there's so much surface to it, the heat isn't easily ignored. My daughter has trouble buckling herself into it or getting back out. And the range of motion is so limited by the straight metal bars, it's really not much of a swing. In fact, the swing would work wonderfully for our new baby due next year, I'm sure, but for a 2yo, it's simply not going to cut it.
The slide & the spy glass are by far the best parts of this toy, & those are what my daughter loves to play with. She loves slides, & she enjoys being able to slide down this one all on her own without holding someone's hand. Had I realized this, I would've simply bought her an inexpensive slide.
I hate to say it, but I regret this purchase & wish I'd looked around a bit more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
my little girl enjoyed it very much. It was smaller than I thought it would be, but it served the purposePublished 23 months ago by Karen L Schevenius
This is item was exactly what I expected. Seems durable, good price, easy assembly, and fun for my one year old.Published on May 22, 2013 by Meredith Calabrese
The kids love playing on this set and is just their size. Easy to assemble too. Keeps them occupied for a long time.Published on February 26, 2013 by Old Geezer
I bought this for my twin one year olds. It is well made, easy to clean and with the sale price thought it was reasonably priced. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by StaceyC
My kids had un playing with it, already sold it and got 40% of money back. I didn't need it anymorePublished on November 28, 2012 by Pedro Martinez
We have kept it indoors but have had tons of fun on it! My daughter enjoys this one year later!Published on November 5, 2012 by bnsmith928
We have both this play structure and the Endless Adventures® Variety Climber and Swing Set Extension. Our boys are 4. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Pacific Dreamer
I bought this toy for my Niece and it came incomplete... I didn't recieve the 2 long aluminium bars that conect the top of the castle to the swing, the bars are yellow i think, i... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Missing bars