It’s not every day that you are given the opportunity to hunt for Dragon’s in London guided by Historian and TV Presenter, Suzannah Lipscomb and a fire breathing baby dragon! So, when Hasbro invited ‘Being A Mummy blog’ along to celebrate the launch of ‘FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin’ Dragon’ I was more than happy to step in and join the tour.
I took my 8 year old history loving boy with me and my ‘all things cute and cuddly’ loving 6 year old girl with me and I can honestly say we all had a brilliant day. It was an absolute privilege to wander around London with a historian who clearly loves both London and the stories that have seeped into the cityscape throughout the ages.
We started the tour at the George Inn in Southwark with the legend of George and the Dragon and from here, over the course of a few hours, we visited sites of dragon lore, fire, treasure, executions and an icy River Thames. The enthusiasm of Suzannah’s delivery and the delightful game of spot the dragon meant there were no little voices complaining of tired legs. The only real demands of the day from the children were regarding when they might have a turn carrying Torch, the Baby Dragon. There was however, plenty of time to enjoy interacting with Torch after the tour when we warmed up at the Soho Hotel.
I have to admit that, before going, I thought my 8 year old boy would be interested in the tour but not particularly the toy, whilst I thought my 6 year old would be less interested in the history but delighted by the toy. I was wrong. Both the tour and the toy were a huge hit with them both. My husband and eldest daughter, who had stayed at home to bake profiteroles, were regaled with tales of dragons and heads on spikes whilst packaging was removed from our new pet baby dragons!
At the Soho Hotel, when Torch was brought out for the children to play with, both were besotted. Torch is, in short, cute! He has a lovely, ‘look after me face’ and makes adorable little noises that make everyone say ‘aaaah’. He responds to touches on his nose, mouth and tummy with noises, burps, movement and ‘fire’. Feed the dragon water and then touch his tongue to see him breathe fire. The use of lights and steam give a good enough illusion of a baby dragon learning to breathe fire and the addition of a toy marshmallow which changes colour as the dragon ‘toasts’ it is genius. My 6 year old in particular loves her baby dragon. She is desperate for a real life dog which unfortunately isn’t likely, so this dragon has become her pet and she delights in looking after him. She carries him while he sleeps against her chest and then giggles when she wakes him up and he wants to play.
It was interesting to see at the hotel how Torch appealed to girls and boys alike and to a much wider age range than I would have imagined. Even my 10 year old has been clamouring for her turn with the baby dragons. She is a massive Harry Potter fan and has commented how Hagrid would love to take care of Torch and with her Hogwarts letter only a year away from arriving, Torch provides some fantastic wizarding practice for future ‘Care of Magical Beasts’ lessons!
As we were leaving the hotel Suzannah said to me she hoped she had inspired the younger tour members with even just a little bit of interest in history and I don’t doubt that she succeeded. My two left brimming with tales and let’s be honest, when history involves dragons what isn’t to love!
As for Torch, would I recommend it as a toy? Most definitely. Dragons feature in so many myths and legends and inspire such wonderful adventures. This dragon isn’t just a cute plaything to be looked after until the child becomes tired of it. It can be used to fire up a child’s imagination in so many ways. It can facilitate storytelling through play and bring a little bit of magical fun to roleplay games. One of our new dragons is currently playing the role of Smaug, guarding the presents under the Christmas tree which I am told are in fact the treasure from Smaugs lair. The other is being rather cheeky and keeps trying to ‘toast’ my toes, (not such a terrible idea on a day as cold as today!).
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FURREAL FRIENDS TORCH, MY BLAZIN’ DRAGON
This playful little guy is just learning the tricks of the dragon trade, so he doesn’t really breathe flame, but he does breathe flame-colored mist. Really!
This wonderful baby dragon responds with 50-plus sound-and-motion combinations. Press his charm, pet his nose, or give him his treat for fun responses, such as breathing flame-colored mist, giggling, snorting, moving his head, and other sounds and movements. Of course, he’s a very surprising little fella, so he may just respond with a big burp instead!
His front legs are fully poseable, so he can be hugged and cuddled!
Take care of this adorable dragon… he’s full of mischief and surprises, but just like any baby, he loves to be cuddled and cared for.
Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon is definitely not an ordinary pet. He comes from a fantastical place far, far away, and has many wonderful features. With lots of love and care, this playful little dragon is sure to be one of the happiest pets around!
Includes pet, color-change treat, water vial, 2 extra filters, and instructions.
· Ages 4 and up.
· WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
· Requires 4 “C” alkaline batteries, not included.
· Distilled water recommended.
If you’d like to follow the Torch Tour with your children over Christmas the itinerary can be viewed on Map My Walk here. Locations include Golden Hinde, London Bridge, Monument to the Great Fire, Saint Dunstan in the East, Site of Scaffold, Tower Hill, Leadenhall Market (stop for coffee / refreshments), St Andrew Undershaft, Saint Michael’s Alley, Change Alley, The Royal Exchange, Guildhall Yard, St Mary-le-Bow, St Paul’s Cathedral, Cock Lane, Giltspur Street, St Bartholomew, Smithfield Market and finish at St Bartholomew the Great End.