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The Club Penguin Comic Maker Kit is surprisingly good value for money compared to many other products from the Disney Club Penguin range! In many of the sticker books and annuals, we've paid high prices and got very little play value in return. Things are greatly improved with this set though, and I feel we got much better value for money with this than many of the previous Club Penguin products we've bought to date. It's definitely been used and play with a lot more.
If you're looking to buy this arts and crafts set, the retail price is a reasonable £9.99, with Amazon presently having it reduced to £8.96. For the price, you get a reasonable sized, colourful box that looks great when presented to a child as a gift. The box is very sturdy and top-opening, making it ideal to store all the bits in after it's opened too.
Inside there are over 300 stickers which you can use to make your own Club Penguin comics. The stickers are all white which adds to the play value and time that a child can spend on their comics, as they will need to colour them in themselves. I really like this element as it not only extends the play appeal, but it allows children to be more creative. They can change the colours of various penguins and make their outfits appear different in some scenes etc.
There are ten background sheets included, and you can easily copy these if you've got a printer/scanner at home. Five of the sheets have backgrounds based on scenes from Club Penguin, and five are blank boxes. Children can branch out and design their own layout on blank paper of course, there are plenty of stickers to make many more comics than if they just used the ten sheets included.
There's a set of six felt-tip pens included too, as is usual with this kind of product, and while they're hardly Crayolas, they are decent pens which colour in fine. Then there's a thick glossy cardboard file to store comics in (about A3 size folded in half to make the file).
I think the only real let down with this set is the instructions booklet, which is a single piece of A4 glossy card folded in half. It does have a few helpful hints and suggestions in it to get children started making their own stories and comics, but I feel a few additional pages would have been helpful - especially if they'd have included a few examples for less imaginative kids to base their own creations on.
All in all a fun toy though, and one that encourages lots of important skills like literacy, imagination, planning and turning details into a bigger picture. This is a well made toy and one that's been reasonably priced too. I've got to knock a star off the rating taking the slightly short instructions booklet into account, but it's still getting a worthy four star rating from me.