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.


  1. August 26, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    I LOVE this pirate ship. I bought it for my now 8 year old when he was 3 and he has played with it so much. Definitely something he will be handing down one day! 🙂

  2. August 26, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Now that is one awesome looking pirate ship!

  3. August 26, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    There is something rather special about wooden toys, that looks like it will be a much loved one!

  4. August 27, 2015 / 9:15 am

    I bought lots of wooden toys for my son when he was a little boy – they are robust and last for years and years – and I think better value than plastic tat!!

  5. August 28, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Oh how wonderful! I do love wooden toys and this pirate ship sounds brilliant. We much prefer wooden toys but we have a combo of wooden and plastic. POD also has wooden bricks my dad had as a child!

  6. August 28, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    one of Wilf’s friends has this exact ship and its lovely! On another note Wilf who is sitting by me just exclaimed ‘thats my friend! and her mummy!!’ x
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  7. August 31, 2015 / 9:13 am

    Ooh love it! Can’t beat wooden toys and I love a pirate!

  8. September 2, 2015 / 10:07 am

    for me and my large family with 8 children, wooden toys are a must timeless imaginationary toy that we love to enjoy for many years

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