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My niece adores Moshi Monsters. She has hundreds and unlike a lot of her collections she actually really does love these. She knows exactly who shes got, what they are called if they are ultra rare etc. She uses them a lot whether its for role playing games, using them with her lego, simply lining them all up and grouping them into colours or animals/objects etc. It's fair to say you rarely see Ellie without a Moshi.
She has been going on and on and on about this advent calendar since she first found out about it back in September. Basically, the idea is that it is an advent calendar but instead of chocolate behind each window you get a special Winter edition Moshi Monster. The advent calendar's RRP was very high at £25 so my sister simply couldnt afford it but we have a very kind Mummy who loves her only grandchild (yet, as of June my other sister will have a bundle of joy too - eeeeeeeeeeeek so excited!!!!) very much so she ordered her one from Amazon where she paid £20 for it. Now, on first appearance this does seem a ridiculous amount of money for an advent calendar, however, Moshi Monsters usually retail at around £5.99 for a pack of 5 so each tends to sell for around £1.20. You are getting 24 in the calendar so it does represent better value for money. In addition to this, I believe that some in the calendar are limited edition that would not be available elsewhere.
The advent calendar is a large rectangle, slightly larger than your regular advent calendar and definitely thicker. It is made from cardboard and there is a large snowman on the front, he is accompanied by a few of the most popular Moshlings.
There are 24 windows. To open the window, you do exactly as you would with any other calendar, you give it a push to break the perforated edge and then pull the window out to reveal your Moshi. The Moshi's in the calendar all have a Christmas theme. Some are available in the special winter wonderland packs that are currently available, you will get 17 of these from the calendar. However, you will also get 7 special twistmas ones which I believe are unavailable anywhere else.
My niece was extremely excited when she realised she had this as her advent calendar. As I said, she loves MM and therefore she couldnt wait for 1st December to get started! The Moshi's that she has had out of the calendar (so far, we still have 4 left to open!) have all been up to the high standard of Moshi's and she has been very pleased with them. Each has the winter theme so instead of its usual colours is either a translucent green or blue and they are sprinkled with snow. The Moshi's that are available elsewhere and are also in this calendar tend to be the most popular Moshi's (eg. Hansel the gingerbread man, Blurp etc). Therefore, my niece has been pleased with all of the Moshi's that have come out of the calendar. It is fair to say she already had a decently sized collection of the Winter Wonderland characters but she has got quite a few that she didn't have and although she does have a few that are now doubles (because she had them before, there are no repeats in the calendar) she is happy enough to have twins or if her friends have one she would like then she can swap the extra one.
Whenever my niece has opened a door with a special twistmas MM behind it she has been rather excited and has raced off to school to tell all her friends. She really likes these special edition ones and I do think that the fact that she gets one per day rather than 5 in a pack all at once adds to the excitement and enjoyment of each MM.
Each MM is similar to those (or the same as) already in the Moshi Monsters extended collection and these ones do have a nice festive feel to them because of the icy colours. Of course, it is a bit of a nuisance for parents when they keep bringing out different versions of the same thing (we have 4 different types of Blurp now) but the price is reasonable and I do think that it is a nice way for children to have a collection because they are reasonably priced enough to be bought with pocket money or as small rewards or of course, for Christmas and birthdays.
The Moshi Monster range is huge, aswell as the figurines you also get accessories, trading cards and of course there is the online community which helped to make Moshi's what they are today. The advent calendar is also filled with codes for the website which can be used to help your child unlock new content or have limited passes etc. These have also proven to be very popular with Ellie because she loves the online community.
The advent calendar is of a good quality. The cardboard that houses the Moshi's is robust and strong and the windows can be opened easily and without tearing the rest of the cardboard. The picture on the front is a nice festive scene and inside the MM's are of a very high quality and are all well designed with lots of detailing as you would expect from the range.
Before I started writing this review I thought I would be giving it a final rating of 4 stars, knocking one star off because of the high price. However, I think I have to give this a full 5 stars because when you look at the price in comparison to other ways of buying the figurines it actually works out as good value for money and you can receive limited editions and ultra rares in this pack too. It is obviously a bit of a special advent calendar but I do think it is worth the money as it has proved to be very popular with Ellie and it is a good quality. Although it is nearly Christmas, new versions of this can be found on play.com from around £19.
My little boy is going through a period of loving anything Moshi related. He has asked Father Christmas for many different things related to him. For that reason when I saw this advertised it was something I thought he'd enjoy and went ahead and ordered one.
It was bought from Amazon at £18.95 and as you'd expect from them it was delivered quickly to our house. My sons delight when he saw it was wonderful.
So on the 1st December he rushed down the stairs to open his first window and was met by a little figure with snow effect on in. The figure was plastic and they all have names - but don't ask me what they are. He seems to know them all though. He comes rushing upto me each morning showing me the latest one and I often see him playing with them throughout the day.
Out of the 24 multicoloured moshling figures 17 moshlings will be decorated in a winter wonderland style with a dusting of snow and the other 7 will be resculpted moshlings in Christmas outfits. He has a special Moshi monsters tin which I bought separately and they are all stored safely so he can play with them together when he gets his Moshi Headquarters off Santa.
I did see these advertised in many different stores including Argos etc but they were upto £25, so I was happy paying my £18.95 delivered. Although it may seem a bit steep for an advent calendar it appears that many companies are now following lego, in manufacturing these type of calendars now. Long gone the days for a £1.00 simple paper version with pictures.
It might be a bit late for this year now. But if your son/daughter get to like moshimonsters in the year ahead I thoroughly recommend you buy them one next year. In fact why not buy one now a bit cheaper and put away for next year.
Copyright stebiz 2012 - also on ciao.co.uk
Summary: A must for all Moshi Monster fans
In the world of Moshi it's Twistmas time apparently, and for my Moshling mad six year old I could think of no better way to start the countdown to Father Christmas' visit than buying a Moshi monster advent calendar. This particular one contains a full 25 moshlings (small collectible plastic figures that are part of the Moshi Monster franchise), and I paid just over £20 pounds for it - that may seem like an awful lot for a calendar but given the amount of pleasure she has already had from it I think it's actually a great item and fair value compared other more expensive and less interesting toys.
When I received this ready for the start of December, I was initially very disappointed and thinking of sending it straight back due to the packaging, which is misleading to say the least. The back of the box makes it look like from both the photos and the description that the contents are series 1 normal coloured moshlings, most of which we already own. If you believe the picture it seems as if there are only only a couple of Christmas ones; for a fan it looked like an issue, not to mention a waste of money. Further investigation, which involved opening a flap on the box and having a very good look pulling out the tray to see everything,revealed, to my huge relief, a fantastic array of normal sized Moshlings. These include Mr Snoodles made over as a Christmas pudding, a Mini Ben dressed as a present and Iggy in a christmas hat - I think for a 43 year old I maybe know too many moshling names! There are 7 special christmas ones and the rest are moshlings in shades of translucent blue and green - so what looked poor from the packaging turns out to be a really good product.
The box is quite thick and the front folds down to make a display area, no assembly just a window to open every single day of avent and a proper sized christmassy themed moshling inside. The box stands up well without needing any support. The Moshlings can be displayed as you get them on the fold down flap in front of the bit containing the windows all integrated into a scene from one of the streets from the Moshi monsters virtual world. The windows are easily opened by a child and the numbers are clearly printed.
My daughter was absolutely over the moon when she saw the calendar and is enjoying the surprise of getting a different one every day I know, but whoever designed the back of the packaging really should have made it clearer what is inside as there is no way of knowing that this calender is not a total disappointment. If I'd seen it on a shelf rather than buying online I would never have bought it in all honesty. A few reviewers on amazon whose feedback I have read have been so confused by the box they have not been able to find the fold down flap and hence understandably rated it very poorly, so a redesign is really in order I think.
For my daughter though, this is quite simply just a magical calendar and there are no negatives. On the first day when she got an Angel winged horse character who has a Rudolph nose and antlers she really just couldn't believe it and every day she has been thrilled with her Moshling, today she got Mr Jeepers with a Christmas hat and it really made for a great start to the day. For a Moshling fan this is just a fantastic item.
Don't be put off by the ambiguous product description here or the packaging of the box, this is a great advent calendar that any moshi fan is going to love, and actually for 25 moshlings the price is pretty good too, and I would have given it 5 stars were it not for the misleading packaging. If you are the parent of a moshi fan you will understand that there's no price you can put on 25 little bits of plastic happiness, one for each day up to Christmas. Recommended, for what's inside, not the box.