Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids from HIT Entertainment, Including Playsets, DVDs and Books (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Still in need of a few more gifts to put under the tree for your little one this holiday season?  Look no further than the growing product line of HIT Entertainment toys.  From Mike the Knight to Thomas & Friends and even Angelina Ballerina, Hit Entertainment has you covered with playsets, DVDs, books, dolls and so much more.  I was recently sent a Mike the Knight playset and puzzle to review with the girls, and both were a hit.

Here is more about the two items the kind folks at HIT Entertainment sent by way, as well as few others that feature your child's favorite HIT Entertainment characters.

Fisher-Price Mike the Knight: Glendragon Castle Playset 

Full of enchantment and intrigue, Glendragon Castle is home to our knight-in-training, Mike. Now your kids can help Mike protect the Kingdom of Glendragon and be the best knight he can be! With innovative features, fun sounds, and three levels of interactive play, the Glendragon Castle playset brings medieval excitement to life!  


  • Two sides and three levels of play
  • Over 20 sounds and phrases
  • Over 10 action features
  • Comes with 10 play pieces (including Mike the Knight and Galahad figures) 


My Thoughts:

Usually when my daughters get a playset like this, they are excited about it and will play with it for about an hour or so, but then after that they either start losing interest or lose necessary small pieces to make it work. But, since receiving this playset from the hit animated series from HIT Entertainment, Mike the Knight, this is one playset that gets pulled out each day and played with.  And, when my girls have friends over, they love showing off the playset and all it features.  

I think one of the reasons why they like the Mike the Knight playset so much is because of the different sounds.  With over 20 sounds and phrases, it makes playtime that much more enjoyable.  And, the features are pretty cool, too.  From grabbing onto the zip line and sliding down, or firing a catapult, this playset has so many fun interactive features that makes this playset more realistic and imaginative play more enjoyable.

Overall, I can't say enough about this fun playset, which I have played with the girls with.  The pieces have their spots and when they need to stay in place, they do, unlike other clunky playsets that are not built well and have pieces that don't fit or stay put. And, while this playset has a variety of play pieces and figures that come with it, they are not small enough to be lost.  When the girls are done playing with the playset, they can store the pieces inside the different levels of the playset and push into the corner for easy storage.  

I highly recommend the Fisher-Price Mike the Knight: Glendragon Castle Playset for parents with little ones who love Mike the Knight. Amazon currently has this playset available for only $20.99 -- a steal when you think about it, as most playsets will run your $40+, with the need to buy additional accessories for creative play.

Mike The Knight: Life with Mike Puzzle, 12, 16, 20 and 24-Piece from Ravensburger

Be a knight and do it right with this set of 4 colourful high quality jigsaw puzzles. Each puzzle shows Mike and favorite characters from the popular television series and is cut to a different piece count, so youngsters can develop their puzzle making skills as they progress through the set. Puzzles are cut to 12, 16, 20 and 24 pieces and include images of Mike, Galahad, Evie, Queen Martha, Squirt and Sparkle. Finished puzzle size 19 x 14cm approximately.


My Thoughts:

My daughter Savannah just loves puzzles.  Even from an early age, she was always intrigued with how pieces to her wooden puzzles fit together.  And, when she was able to grasp the pieces herself, she would work at it until they all fit together.  Now that she is a little older, puzzles have become her go-to thing when she wants to play by herself, or looking for a fun one-on-one activity to do with my husband and I.  One of her favorite puzzles is this 4-in-1 puzzle, which features Mike the Knight and Friends.  I have shared in the past how Savannah, and now Arabella, are fans of this show.  We even drove over 2 hrs. this summer to take them to a mall event, just so she could meet Mike the Knight.  :-)  So, I knew that when she saw this puzzle from Ravensburger, that she would have fun putting the four individual puzzles together.  And, that she did. Since receiving this puzzle a month ago, a week, heck a few days, doesn't go by without Savannah pulling out this puzzle box, to sit down and put it together.  She is now even showing Bella how to do puzzles, and together they work to put each and every piece together quickly, like it was a race.  

If you have a Mike the Knight in your house, this 4-in-1 puzzle would make for a great gift this holiday season.  Being 4 separate puzzles, it will provide hours of solo play, or one-on-one time with your child.  I love putting together these puzzles with Savannah, and have to say that Ravensburger brand has been one of my favorite puzzle brands, as their products are made well and hold up to rough toddler play and handling.  I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more Mike the Knight and other fun character puzzles from Ravensburger, to pick up and surprise the girls with.

In addition to the two Mike the Knight products I was sent above to review, I wanted to share a few other gift ideas from some of your child's favorite HIT Entertainment characters, like Thomas & Friends and Angelina Ballerina.  I know my girls would be over the moon if Santa brought them any of the following, and yours will be, too. :-)

Thomas & Friends® All Around Sodor Interactive Train Set by Fisher-Price

It’s a busy day for Thomas! Thomas travels to three exciting destinations: Brendam Docks, Tidmouth Sheds, and the Shake Shake Bridge! Thomas has a Go/Stop button and 2 location buttons. Press a location button on Thomas and he will go directly to that location on the track. Thomas’ eyes and mouth will move as he talks to his friends at the locations. Press the Tidmouth button and Thomas will go to Tidmouth and get his special delivery orders. Press the Cranky button and Thomas will roll to Cranky. Turn Cranky to load cargo into Thomas’s cargo car. At any time Child can simply press the go/stop button to let Thomas ride around the track without stopping at the stations. Thomas will still talk to his friends as he passes by. Works both on and off the track. Requires 3 “AA” and 3 “AAA” batteries, included.

 Mike the Knight™ Transforming Sword by Fisher-Price

A knight’s world is filled with action and excitement! Be prepared for any knightly adventure with Mike’s transforming sword equipped with lights, sounds, and quick change action. This role play set includes child-sized transforming plastic sword, and scabbard with belt clip. Sword handle has surprise transformation feature. Turn handle and pull sword from scabbard to magically reveal either sword or torch light with a glowing light. Replace, turn, and re-draw for quick change knightly tool action. Press button on handle to hear phrases sound effects unique for sword and torch. Sword with handle is approximately 12.5” long.

Nutcracker Sweet (Paperback with fold-out stage!)

Angelina and her new friend Marco are performing the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” for the school’s holiday showcase. Readers will love bringing Angelina’s dance to life with perf-out paper dolls and the beau-tiful stage that’s illustrated on the inside of the book’s case.

Thomas & Friends®: King of the Railway The Movie

Join Thomas & Friends® as they embark on a legendary movie adventure! The Steam Team’s quest begins when a special guest arrives on Sodor with a big surprise and important jobs for Thomas, Percy and James. The engines meet new friends and discover suits of armor; coats of arms and legends of long-ago heroes. Then their bravery is put to the test when their new friend Stephen goes missing. Will Thomas find him in time? Will the engines discover the truth about the Island of Sodor’s biggest mystery? It’s a crusade of knightly proportions for Thomas & Friends in this epic movie!

Bonus Features include
  • The Search for the Lost Crown game
  • It’s Gonna Be a Great Day karaoke music video
  • Searching Everywhere karaoke music video
  • Working Together! karaoke music video
  •  Guess who? Puzzles.

You can read my review of this movie here -

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You can find the Mike the Knight playset and puzzle I was sent to review, as well as other HIT Entertainment inspired toys at your favorite local toy store, as well as through online retailers like  

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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