Product Type: Mattel Construction Toy
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Mattel Action Links Toy Story 3: Sunnyside Breakout
Date: 30/08/11, updated on 01/09/11 (14 review reads)
Advantages: kids love it, developes motor skills and linkable with other sets.
Disadvantages: Instructions, too many parts to lose and only two figures included.
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.
Summary: kids love it, parents wont.
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