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My sister is at the age where they are all going crazy for Moshi Monsters and all the little toys and things that come with these crazes. The most recent to come out of this craze is the Moshi Monsters Clay Buddies Deluxe set, which she was given as a gift from one of her friends as a birthday gift. The monsters are quite cute and clay modelling is pretty fun to me, so after pestering her to let me make one I finally got to make a clay Moshi Monster.
The kit itself costs around £6-£10, so it would make a great birthday gift for a Moshi Monsters fan and definitely goes down well as a party present for someone else. What's included is unique to the Moshi's and while it would be cheaper just to buy clay from somewhere else, it does have the extras and features to make a moshi monster complete with unique looks. It's recommended for 4 plus maybe for the small parts, but as long as a child can mould basic shapes, I don't see why they couldn't enjoy the set.
The pack itself has 6 coloured bars of clay of different colours, 4 card pieces with different moshi's features, a scenery to place the finished Moshi's, instructions and adoption booklet. The clay is durable and well made, unlike some in these sets which just seems to be ridiculously hard and difficult to mould. However, it would be nice if the clay actually did harden as then you'd be able to keep your moshling, although I suppose this gives the freedom of being able to make new ones over and over. The clay's colours are also quite nice as they are really bright and bold, like the Moshi's themselves!
The 4 pieces of Moshi's features are well designed, as you just have to pop them out and place them on the modelled clay set to create the moshi, and as they are made out of decent cardboard I haven't had any problems with ripping or bending. The scenery is also made out of cardboard and has the same properties.
I'm a bit unsure as to whether you get random moshlings with each packet, however it seems as if they all have the same moshlings included. The instructions provided were handy for the most part, however there were some issues with some explaining of it, and for those parts I had to show my sister what to do. So it may be the case that some kids will need an extra hand when moulding these monsters.
Overall, a nice arts and craft set for any Moshi Monsters fan that wants to mould their own special moshi to have. I liked using mine as a decoration for my room as they turn out looking so cute.