“ Brand: Vivid Imaginations / Age: 5 Years+ / Type: Model construction kit „
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When I saw the Klip Kitz advertised on the television before Christmas I felt it would be a good buy for my son as he loves to build things and is pretty good at anything like that. What was also great was that the product seemed to be linked to Disney/Pixar and was following a Toy Story theme. My son already has some Toy Story toys and so I picked up the kit in which you could build a Buzz Lightyear and his Spaceship.
The product comes in a reasonably large cardboard box and inside there are sheets of plastic pieces all of which have lots of individual pieces within them which you need to snap off to build the items. The first thing I would say to note here is that all the pieces are numbered and are shown as numbered within the instructions so it would be a good idea to just remove the pieces as and when you need them when following the instructions.
As we got all the pieces out of the box and began to look at the instructions I began to fear that this whole thing was looking quite complicated, especially considering that the product is aimed at children aged 5-6. When we began to build the Buzz Lightyear I realised that my fears were in fact a reality. Pieces of the Buzz had to be fit together in a certain way, with ball joints facing a certain way and I have to say the instructions were not particularly clear on this even for me as a thirty year old! My son helped for a little while in building Buzz and then got fed up and so I gave him some of the spaceship which he was meant to colour so that his attention was held.
As I continued making Buzz I discovered that he didn't really move and that only his feet moved! The only way to make Buzz move was to dismantle him. I tried to do this as the kit claims you can take the things apart and rebuild them any time you like....well in doing this I managed to snap a piece of Buzz's arm and so I am not sure that this is all that possible with the smaller parts of kit anyway!
When I had build Buzz I passed him to my son with a sheet of stickers that came with the set and allowed him to stick them on to Buzz pretty much wherever he thought they should be, His toy and all that! I then set to work on the spaceship. My god, I can honestly say it was a complete nightmare! Pieces of the ship just did not fit together properly and a good portion of the ship is made from card which just seems very flimsy to me. I ended up with cuts all over my thumbs from trying to clip the parts together and I know there is no way in this world that my son, who is very good at building and putting things together, could have tackled this product on his own. I think from start to finish it perhaps took me around two hours to build the full kit and even then parts kept dropping off and needing re applying.
So Buzz and the spaceship were built. They were ready to play with! My son began to play with the toys and almost immediately parts of the ship began to come loose or fall off. I don't think this was anything to do with my building skills and more to do with the poor quality of the product which was just flimsy and frankly quite pants! Next off fell Buzz Lightyears legs....again and again and again. I continued to reapply the legs and fasten the front again as even this was an impossible task for my son as you needed to arrange some cogs in a very particular order and then get the front on as fast as possible in the hope the legs didn't fall out again whilst you were doing this.
As such my son became fed up playing with the toy and it is now sat in his bedroom window and will probably rarely be played with again. As a display item yes it looks quite cool but as a toy it is rubbish. I bought the kit as a present for my son and yet it was so difficult to put it together the only input he could really have was to add some stickers and do some colouring...not really what I had in mind when paying £15.00 for a toy. The kit also claims it can be taken apart and put back together but my son has been warned not to take it apart because if he does I will throw it in the bin rather than attempt to build it again!
I would love to give this product no stars as I really do think it is totally useless as a child's play thing but sadly as I have to award it something it can have one star for looking cool in his bedroom window. In all honesty I wish I had just packaged it up and taken it back to argos and got my money back as I knew from the onset my son would have no chance with this and I doubt any other five year old would either!
Don't waste your money!
Thank you for reading my review!