Fisher-Price Imaginext Castle (review)
Raise the drawbridge, batten down the hatches and load the catapults, as we’re looking at the Fisher Price Imaginext Castle!
This battery-powered castle has loads of little features that are bound to keep your budding knights, princesses and dragons entertained for hours. The castle comes with 3 knight figures (with removable armour, weapons and shields), 2 catapults, a treasure chest, 4 flags, 2 ladders, a stand-alone cannon with 2 projectiles, and one “turn tech” disc launcher integrated into the castle. There are 8 discs included which work with the catapults and disc launcher so there’s no worry of running out of ammo any time soon.
The castle can fold up into a more compact version, or stretch out to over a metre in length. It has a prison that Squish regularly puts “baddies” in and also has a secret escape hole where they can escape from to fight another day. A secret trap door reveals a treasure chest where your little ones can store their most prized possessions (or sweets in Squish’s case)
To be honest, I’d be impressed with the castle if it just had those features. But the Imaginext castle has a few extras that, in my opinion, make it stand out. At the top of the castle, on each turret, lies a small turntable with footholes in. Placing any Imaginext knight on the turntable and turning activates one of the special features of the castle. The left and right turret turntables activate covers over the windows of the castle, whereas the middle turret brings activates the castle’s defences by bringing up the drawbridge, revealing the disc launcher, and flipping up wall guards.
If that wasn’t enough, the Imaginext castle has tons of phrases that are activated when using the “turn tech” turntables. Firing the cannon? You’ll hear explosions and warning shouts. Raising the drawbridge? A surprisingly camp voice shouting “whoooo is iiiit?” will chime in. It’s fun and exciting all in one. A great extra feature is that the castle interacts with further electronic Imaginext castle toys (sold separately).
Squish loves this castle and as soon as yawnofthedad gets home from work they’re on it straight away. It came at a perfect time as his school have been learning about knights this term, hence the costume below!
Requires 3 x AG13 batteries (included).
Recommended age 3-8 years
Available from Argos for £62.29.
Disclaimer: In order to conduct this review we were sent the Imaginext castle free of charge… however all enjoyment is our own.