I happened to be in Mothercare last week, looking at prams, and I spotted this lovely Noddy set. I managed to resist buying it (just) but I suspect one way or another I will end up with it*. The best part is that it’s using vintage Noddy images!
It made me wonder what other Blyton stuff was out there for little ones. Here’s what I found.
With the new Noddy series on Channel 5 now there is some merchandise to go with it, including these soft toys.
A few of the toys are unrecognisable to those who haven’t seen the show as they were specially created for it but Noddy and Bumpy Dog are there. Noddy is quite modernised in his beanie hat so I’m not sure I would go for it.
Saying that, this vintage Noddy is rather scary looking so maybe older isn’t better? (It’s also 7.5x the price!)
AND OTHER TOYS
Vintage jigsaws and other bits and pieces turn up fairly often, but the question is whether or not you would spend £10 plus postage on a 1960s jigsaw and then let a toddler loose with it.
The Entertainer has some new Noddy toys as well, the Big-Ears figure and Bumpy Dog looks quite nice.
Toys R Us has a slightly different selection including – ugh – walkie talkies and Noddy’s Tablet.
IF YOUR BABY IS 8 YEARS OLD (AND POSSIBLY FRENCH)…
…there is a jumper on Amazon for you.
Also available in red, but not in any other sizes.
IF YOU ARE A KNITTER
You could knit your own Noddy jumper with this pattern, the bonus being it could be any colour and presumably any size. The downside may be it ending up knee length or with three arms.
IF THE JUMPER WENT WELL, YOU COULD TRY THIS:
There’s also a pattern for a knitted Noddy doll, if your jumper had the right number of arms.
This looks much more like Noddy should, even if you do have to make him yourself (or persuade a mum or granny to help) to achieve it.
Noddy Knitting Pattern (instant download) £1.19 on Etsy (though confusingly the title has 99p in it!)
And there’s also this pattern book which has several jumpers, a cardigan and toys:
I love the design on the back of the cardigan, and that they shot the pictures at Beksonscot!
IF MAKE YOUR OWN IS NOT YOUR THING…
There’s this handmade Noddy dress, knickers and bow. (I’m having a boy, so this is a no-go for me unfortunately – and I’m a lousy knitter/seamstress).
So I may not be able to buy the dress now, but maybe I should get myself the headband?
NODDY BUT NOT NODDY
This tshirt – and the baby grow – is clearly inspired by Noddy – the listing describes it as a Toyland Elf tshirt inspired by their favourite children’s books. It comes up when you search for Noddy, though! Maybe they just don’t want to be sued for copyright infringement.
FINALLY SOMETHING THAT IS NOT NODDY
Unsurprisingly pretty much everything is Noddy-related as Noddy has had multiple TV adaptations and that has resulted in a lot of merchandise through the years.
Saying that, there is a (slightly creepy) felted Moonface Doll. Which is probably entirely unsuitable for anyone under five.
Moonface doll Enid Blyton characters felted moonface faraway tree dolls magic moonface worry doll sleep guardian pocket moon face elf kendal, £18 on Etsy. And yes that is one of the worst product titles I have seen recently.
A bit nicer looking are these Saucepan Man and Silky felted dolls.
So there you go, some ideas on what you can get for your little ones, apart from the books themselves! (And of course the new ones are so bowdlerised they’re no good, but that means allowing small grubby hands on vintage texts… that’s a debate for another day!!)
*Spoiler alert, I did buy it!