Reviewed by Kelsey Pate
I gave this set to my 7-year-old daughter to build. The box states that this is suitable for age 5+. Usually I would imagine a little girl wouldn’t entertain a construction set like this, but she really enjoyed it and I am sure other boys and girls will too.
Her first impressions were that this looked a fun set to build and she was excited to get into the box and get started. The box was closed with sticky tape and she struggled to get into it without assistance. Parents will probably need to do that bit for the child.
She was a little confused when opening the box to find separate bags, as the instructions showed that she needed all the pieces together to start building. We feel this was a waste of plastic packaging using separate bags unnecessarily. Other main brand has the bags labelled making it easy to follow and not have so many pieces to choose from at once. Once she familiarised herself with the instructions though it was all ok.
She started building the figure, which unfortunately was quite tricky for her. The arms and legs are not easy to put together, so I doubt a younger child would find this easy. I helped her by fixing these together for her and even I found these hard to click into place.
She progressed with the rest of the construction with ease, few tricky points but she persevered.
She was most impressed once it came together, that it had a moving arm with the cherry picker and she particularly liked the joystick controls for the person to stand at in the cherry picker basket. There was a slight problem here though as the figure did not fit. It didn’t matter too much though as she popped him in the back of the machine instead.
Once she had finished, she told me that the set was tricky to build as the bricks are hard to fit together, but she loves the finished item. It is brightly coloured and quite detailed. The moving parts make it fun to play with too. It took her approx. 45 minutes to build and presented amazing value for money. She was very impressed that she could purchase such a set of bricks for so little money! I reckon we will be going to Wilko more often to spend pocket money now she knows about this!!
The finished item measures approx. 13cm x 12cm. It states on the box that this set is not suitable for under 36 months due to small parts.
Once this has been played with for a while I am sure that my daughter will be seeing what else she can build with the blocks. Such a good toy for the children to let their imaginations free!
I will be paying a visit to Wilko to get some more of these sets, as they will make excellent stocking fillers for Christmas. I shall also pop some away for presents for the many kid’s parties that they attend.
For more information or to buy visit www.wilko.com.