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It had to happen - my sons have discovered a playground craze, and want to be involved in it, so we are now fans of moshi monsters. My sons got into this after being bought collectors tins for Christmas, and then my eldest son is now a Beaver, and trying to complete his collection badge, so we have amassed quite a large collection of the mini plastic figures, which to me are just tut, but to them are like treasure.
Every time they get a bit of cash, they want more of the things, so when they spotted this playset they pooled their resources to get it.
We have not owned any of the other Moshi playsets so I was unsure what to expect for the £25 that this cost. The cardboard box was a decent size, and the SuperMoshi HQ looked substantial within the box as these things always do. To be honest, I think the packaging was rather deceptive for a small child. It shows the playset, but then you also see lots of supermoshi figures with superhero masks on, so my sons were expecting to get some figures with the playset. Instead, it contains just one figure, an Elder Furi, which looks a bit like a star wars figure to me with a cloak on and a long beard. It wasn't the end of the world we didn't have more figures as they have at least 50 moshis already they can use with this set, but the other characters pictured need to be bought seperately.
Inside the box, the set was in pieces. There was a fairly clear set of instructions including pictures to assemble the playset. First of all, there were two bits to slot into the base. One of these bits has a twist section which allows a Rox jewel to appear from within a post. The second section features a change chamber for the moshi figures to go into to become supermoshis. While the Rox tower moves quite easily, the change chamber is rather stiff, particularly when you put the stickers on - mainly because the stickers are very difficult to put on in the space for them as they are pretty much the same size as the chamber door. It requires an adult with steady hands and patience to put them on.
There is then a rear section to the playset. To assemble this, firstly you need to put on a spinning wall display and a door which opens - this is a little fiddly to line these up on the little pivots so they will spin and open, but once they are on then they stay in place thankfully. Again, care is needed putting on stickers, one of ours on the spinning wall display went on creased, and when I tried to straighten it I managed to tear it - to me, the stickers are not that well thought out. Other sets we have owned have been much easier to put the stickers on as the space to put them on is slightly larger than the sticker so you have a bit of room to be wonky without completely destroying the effect.
You then need to assemble the upper floor and sides (Stairs and slide) on the set. The upper platform was quite hard to push into the rear section, but the sides were very easy to push into the holes provided. Once these were in, the change chamber and Rox tower were then stabilised in the set so they didn't keep falling off, but the bits do come off again if you want it to take up less room for storage.
My children are thrilled with the playset overall even if I am not. They like how it relates to what they have seen on the moshi monster website and enjoy making their other moshi characters go up the stairs and then slide down the slide. It is a case of having a lot of imagination to make this a successful playset in my opinion.
If you don't have your own Moshi figures to use with the playset, then I think this one would be a disappointment with just the Elder Furi character. I also think that the child will get more from this if they are that little bit older and have that familiarity with the website. It is suitable for kids aged 3 plus due to small parts, but for me, I think the child would need to be 5 plus to be familiar with what the set is about and to play well with the small character without knocking the stairs and slide off.
At £25, this is a little over priced for the Moshi branding considering how little you get at this price. We've had other sets like postman pat or Octonauts before that contain more play pieces and characters for a similar price, so that is why I find it disappointing. However, my sons - the intended audience are rather thrilled with their purchase, so who am I to complain? They use it to make up their own moshi missions and stories based upon what they have seen on the website, and on the bright side, it gives them some purposeful play with the other moshi characters they own that were previously just something to look at and keep in a tin.
Start your Super Moshi missions with the Moshi Monsters Super Moshi HQ playset. Built into the volcano found outside Monstro City, the Super Moshi HQ is where Super Moshis plan their missions to save all Moshidom from Doctor Strangeglove. Your Super Moshi figures will be ready to save the day from this fantastic Moshi playset , which is jam-packed with heroic features: Spin the TV screen to change the picture Turn the tower to reveal the Rox See Katsuma transform in the rotating change chamber The set even comes with an exclusive Elder Furi figure to guide your Moshi figures (other Moshi Monsters figures are sold separately).