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My daughter was after this for Christmas and yes Santa did bring her what she was after. She has been a moshi fan for a while now and wanted this to add to her collection.
Firstly the cost.
The recommended price is £40, to be honest not worth this price tag, simple as that. But the £20 I paid before Christmas, well just about worth it.
The toy is basically a plastic tree house which is somewhere to display your favourite moshling from your collection. The tree has a door at the base, a cardboard backdrop with a couple of stickers for decoration. It also features a working basket lift, which actually has very good quality lift mechanism. Generally the toy is good quality but can see it probably will not get used too much apart from collect dust on the shelf. In all honesty I probably knew this before purchasing but when your daughter has it on a Santa list what are you supposed to do.
If at all possible I would recommend that you steer your children away from this product as I think even at £20 it is a little expensive for a plastic tree shaped storage container.
My daughter got moshi monsters (or little moshlings as she has informed me they are called) for Christmas. She really enjoyed playing with them and letting her imagination run wild so for her birthday she was really pleased when her best friend and her brother bought her the 'Moshi Monster Treehouse'.
It is easily put together (well I didn't put it together but my 13 year old daughter managed to do it quite quickly).
The treehouse is made of plastic, it has six little ledges in the front of the tree (the green part) where the little moshlings can be placed. It also has a little door at the bottom and a couple of ledges sticking out of the tree.
The back of the tree is open and the floor of the treehouse is a base that as long gone, the next floor is very small but the top floor is a decent siize for little ones to play with their moshlings on. This floor has a hard peice of cardboard that fits into the back of the tree; it has pictures on to make it look like a room. The problem we now have is the cardboard has become loose and keeps falling off.
The best thing about the treehouse is the lift (at the back), it is attached to the top of the tree and can be pulled down and then can transport to the next floor. This just automatically goes up when it is pulled down and it is very noisy.
The treehouse does create imaginary play and how long children play with it will depend on the child.
My daughter now uses the tree for other small toys and does enjoy playing with it.
She enjoys the lift the best.
I do think it was a good present for her but she doesn't play with it as much as she used to do. If she hadn't received it as a gift I doubt I would have bought it for her and although the floor part is now not attached the tree does still stand up and she does still play with it.
It is selling for £19.94 in Argos.
Over the past few months my 5 year old has been really in to the latest craze 'Moshi Monsters'. Part of her growing Moshi collection includes the Moshi Monsters Treehouse Playset...
==What are Moshi Monsters?==
Moshi Monsters started as an online game where children adopted and cared for their own virtual monsters. Moshi Monsters has now progressed in to something much bigger and there are all sorts of Moshi Monster merchandise available including magazines,books, video games, toys, trading cards and even a music album! The most popular Moshi collectibles tend to be Moshlings which are small plastic monster figures. They generally come in packs of 2 (usually costing around £2.00 pound) and you do not know which figures you get until you open the pack. Moshlings are now in to their third series making a total of around 70 different Moshling figures!
==About the Moshi Treehouse==
The treehouse comes packaged in a cardboard box and has to be set up. Inside the box is the treehouse and an 'exclusive' Moshling - Roxy (a diamond). Full instructions are included, it's pretty basic (although I'd prefer if it was already set up!) and only took me 5 minutes to put together. Stickers are also included to decorate the treehouse.
It is approximately 12 inches tall and 12 inches at it's widest point (the top). The front of the treehouse has a number of different ledges to place Moshlings inside and on top of. There are also some ledges to on the sides of the treehouse. All of the Moshlings fit in/on the ledges, no matter what size or shape they are. The treehouse has a front door that opens and closes for Moshlings to pass through and 2 floors - the first floor is very small and the other/top floor is a lot larger and can fit many Moshlings in. There is also a mechanical elevator which can lift Moshlings (one at a time) from the ground floor to the top floor!
It is made soley of plastic which is pretty robust and easy enough to wipe clean - just be sure to avoid getting the stickers wet. No batteries are required.
Well the first thing to say is that my daughter really does enjoy her Moshi Monsters Treehouse. She almost always gets her treehouse out when she plays with her Moshlings at home and despite having some design flaws, she never complains about it. She usually keeps her Moshlings inside her treehouse, although unfortunately there isn't a door or anything to hold them inside (the back of the treehouse is completely open) so we have to keep the treehouse and Moshlings inside the box. She liked the Moshling that was included (Roxy) which is probably one of her favourite Moshlings from series 2, however the box states that it's an 'exclusive' but it isn't - she already had it!
A downside of this toy for me is that it isn't very big or exciting, it's quite limited in what you can do with it. My daughter likes using imaginative play whilst playing with the treehouse (welcoming visiting Moshlings to the treehouse, putting them in the bedroom, showing them off on the ledges and using the elevator in particular) but it isn't something she tends to play with for long periods of time. I don't think it would impress older Moshi fans very much. The treehouse is recommended for children 4+years. Another big downside is that the treehouse is rather flimsy - the bottom of it (the floor) constantly falls off, the door rarely shuts and regularly falls off, the bits on the sides are always falling off, the elevator has broken and been fixed a couple of times, the treehouse falls over if you put too much weight on to it...
It is available at most toy retailers and generally costs around £15.00. Overall not bad for young Moshi fans, but I wouldn't rush out to buy it again.
All of a sudden what seemed out of nowhere last year moshi monsters appeared and every child seemed to own a "moshling" on the online game named moshi monsters. My sister was one of many who was fascinated by the craze and not before long it seemed you could get just about everything moshi monster (cards, stickers, keyrings, clothing, watches and the list goes on!).
One of the most popular moshi toys and was also in the top 10 most wanted toys for Christmas 2011 was the moshi monster tree house.
==About the product==
The moshling tree house (manufactured by mind candy) is made of good quality, durable plastic. The front consists of a brown trunk with a green tree top with the moshi monsters logo on it. The tree house opens up at the back to reveal a large area for you to play with all your moshlings, it's also great for storing them all when not being play with so they don't get lost. There is also a real working basket lift for your moshi monsters to play on; this is what my sister particularly likes about it.
The tree house has a branch sticking out which a moshling can sit on, the set or includes an exclusive Roxy diamond shaped figure which my sister really likes and the face that no one else at school has it is an even bigger bonus!
The tree house is 29.5cm in height and width and is 15cm in diameter. I purchased this from the toyshop I work in as I was struggling to get hold of it as everyone seemed to want it, I paid £19.99 for it which is the recommended retail price, and it comes in quite a large box and bulked up my sisters Christmas present pile quite nicely. I've also seen this tree house in Tesco and online at eBay, play and is also available from the official moshi monster site although at the time of writing this it was out of stock. The tree house does not require alot of putting together and what did need doing my sister who is 9 managed to do it herself.
The tree house is recommended for children 4 and up and probably not suitable for children under this age because the moshling figures that have to go with this are quite small although there's no small parts with the actual tree house. As mentioned you only get one figure with this and you will probably want alot more, they can be purchased in packs of 5 for £4.99 or you can get blister packs of 2 for £1.99 although you don't know which figures you're going to get in there so could get up with duplicates.
This is a great toy and my sister has had great fun making up little stories with all her moshlings, its good quality and not too badly priced at £19.99, although it has not been played with as much as some of her other toys and I can see within a few months it may be gathering dust purely for the fact there is not a terrible lot to do with the actual tree house itself apart from the lift which takes the moshlings up to the treetop perches. I'd rate this product 3 and a half stars.
Make your Moshlings feel at home with this Moshi Monsters Treehouse play set. Send them up the working lift to their treetop perches or help them all play at the bottom of the tree. Great for encouraging imaginative play.