Wooden pirate ship

You can’t deny the aesthetic and sensory appeal of wooden toys. I’m no toy snob but I doubt we’ll be holding on to plastic toys for our potential future grandkids other than some Lego.

Wooden pirate ship

So I was delighted when The Wooden Toy Shack, based in Brighton where we used to live, asked me to review one of their toys. Taltiha’s big on pirates at the moment so I chose this glorious Barbarosa pirate ship.

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Pros: It is absolutely beautiful, capturing the lost-at-sea imagination. We’ve been taken in by all it’s little details, like a door to below deck, a wind up anchor, a plank with a bit of bounce, a turning wheel and a functioning canon.

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Cons: It’s a bit more delicate than we realised so we’ve already broken one of the flags. Also, the toddler got a hold of it and has hidden one of the rods for a sail (still functions fine but I can’t help but notice and the canons (so we’ve used replacements below!). To be fair, though, it’s for age 3+ and you do have to handle toys like this with a bit of care.

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All in all, we’re still delighted and it’s continued to inspire lots of Sylvanian family and dinosaur fun.