As you know I have a big Octonauts fan here. It’s a fab CBeebies series teaching youngsters all about marine life. Monkey has certainly learnt loads from watching Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and friends. So when we were asked to look at the new Octonauts Gup-S Polar Exploration Vehicle from Fisher Price, I knew it would be well received.
The Octonauts Gup-S Polar Exploration Vehicle would be our first Octonauts playset so I was looking forward to seeing what you get for your money. Priced at around £34.99, this set is aimed at children aged 3 years and over. If you’ve got your eye on this for a Christmas present, note that some assembly is required, but it’s a couple of click fits and you are ready to roll. The set also comes with 3 x AAA batteries which gets a big thumbs up from me.
I was really impressed by the amount you get with this set, and therefore the extended play potential. The Octonauts Gup-S Polar Exploration Vehicle works as one unit, but can also be split into an Octo Sled and Octo Shuttle. Captain Barnacles can operate the vehicle, Sled and both of the Mini Ski units. There are also 3 interchangeable tools for added interest.
All of these items are made from sturdy plastic including the Narwal – Monkey is convinced it’s Captain Barnacle’s old friend Boris – told you he was a fan of the show!
The only criticism I have with this set is with the Iceberg. It’s made of flimsier plastic, it has the sort of hinge that will break quickly through continued use (in my experience anyway) and our Iceberg doesn’t fit together too well.
But Monkey wasn’t bothered, and when he discovered the Lights and Sounds features he was suitably impressed. Press the red Octo button on the side of the Exploration vehicle and the set illuminates and you can press through a number of different sound recordings. There’s no volume control but I haven’t found Captain Barnacle’s voice annoying at all!
Rescue poor Boris from the Iceberg and warm him up in the creature warming tank!
Designed to withstand the coldest of climates and able to explore icy environments with ease, the Gup-S is the Octonauts’ ideal vehicle for polar exploration!
Monkey loves this set, there are so many moving parts that he’s like a pig in muck. You should be aware that this toy cannot be used in water, but that hasn’t phased Monkey at all.
I can thoroughly recommend the Octonauts Gup-S Polar Exploration Vehicle, it offers hours of play potential. A nearly 5-year-old Monkey certainly gives it a big thumbs up.
There are other sets and character toys that work alongside this new set, but it works perfectly well as a stand alone play set too. It can be bought from a number of retailers including Smyths Toys.
disclaimer: we were sent this set in exchange for an honest review