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We open the box to find a lot of pieces, some rubbish instructions and two characters (woody and big baby). So i'm looking at the pieces thinking how long is it going to be untill one of them breaks. So what happened next? Was it worth the price i paid? I put the instructions to one side, took a deep breath and copied how the set should be put together by looking at the back of the box it was packaged in. It did take a good 5 to 10 minutes initially which was a bit tedious. So the idea of the toy is to simulate the escape from sunnyside nursery which they have done well. The toy has a chain reaction, basically when the first part of the toy is activated it sets the next part off. Its a very clever idea and both my three and five year old love watching it. First you press the starting link which flips out a basket from the storage shelf to reveal a character (who ever you put inside) this then hits the next link which zooms your next choosen character down a zip line swing, over the hop scotch squares and the swing falls off at the end of the zip line hitting the next link which is a slide. You have another charater of your choice at the top of the slide waiting to fall as the zip line hits. All of this is over in less than 10 seconds. After two or three goes of putting the set together my five year old daughter can now do it herself in two minutes. None of the pieces have broke yet and its been played with by both of my children everyday for the past two weeks. The smaller part of the zip line does have a tendancy to fly off under the sofa but is fine as long as you dont loose it. I would advise an additional purchase of a figure pack as the set only includes big baby and woody. The initial feeling and thoughts I had about this toy have subsided slightly as both my boy and girl love playing with this set especially since we purchased the action link junkyard escape and they link together for a longer chain reaction. I'm just waiting for a part to break. I have seen this set for £25 online and I wouldn't pay that much. I paid under £10 for this from home bargains 2 weeks ago which I am happy with . Its definitely developing my childrens fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination with all the small parts to piece together so thats an added bonus. They do love the action links and I will be purchasing another set at some point in the future because the kids love it so much.
When I was a child, my brother would collect a set called "domino rally", and for anyone unfamiliar with the concept it was made from hundreds of carefully laid dominos that when started off, would knock the next down in a chain effect, performing tricks and such like on the way. After spotting the toy I will now review, I had a real flashback to this time, though thankfully this seemed to be less fiddly like the dominos and more Toy story 3 orientated, ideal as a gift for my sons birthday, also with it being a present from my eldest, she could sit down and help him set it up. The toy in question is - "Toy story 3 action links - sunnyside breakout". This particular set involves the escape of the toys from the Sunnyside nursery, as is in the film itself, and the picture on the box features Ham the piggy money box, baby doll, Alien, Buzz Lightyear and Woody the cowboy doll, though after opening the set I was disappointed to find that only baby doll and the Woody characters were included in the set, with it stating on the instructions that the rest had to be purchased separately....not a good start! The set wasn't to easy to put together, due in whole to the fact there were no comprehensive instructions for assembly in the box, but just a picture of the joints of certain pieces fitting together with letters, though I struggled finding any letters to correspond to the joints themselves. Once set up (after much swearing and putting together, then taking apart again!) the chain starts with a set of drawers holding cage boxes, where in the film the toys were held prisoner, next there is an abseiling "string", which is in fact rigid for easier use, where Woody abseils down to the slide, which then (if set up correctly!) should launch one of the other included characters (the baby, as we only have the two in the set!), up and over an imaginary wall, or the swing (included) if we place it near enough! Each piece (the boxes, the slide etc...) are individually made parts, that then attach afterwards via a clip on the underside, so this means that the whole sequence can be changed around, with the chain effect still working as well. The chain motion of the actions worked every time it was set up, though of course with such a short course took only seconds to complete, though didn't take much to re-set the course. The pieces (before setting up) actually look quite flimsy, though once constructed seem to hold form quite well, even after rough handling by a now 6 year old! This again is stated to be suitable for a 5 year plus child, though after the poor instructions for set up, I assume this is playing with age, rather than setting up age! Price wise I got this particular set from asda recently for £14.97, which I thought was an ok price, considering it is themed merchandise, though after looking on www.amazon.co.uk, I was surprised to find the same set being sold for £25.00, which it really isn't worth. The upside to this set is the fact that it is part of a whole range, which incorporates the whole film and many of the different scenes within it, though whether they work in a chain effect when all set up together is unclear. This a nice enough set (when purchased at the lower price!) that is perfect for any child that likes Toy story, with it containing (with additional figures purchased) most of the cast, recommended! Thanks for reading x