“ Brand: Mega Bloks / Age: 6+ „
It's kind of amusing that this is a 'pyrates' toy, since I feel so very robbed for having bought it! I got it in store at Toys R Us for around £20 and wish I'd spent twice that on a Lego version and got something that actually worked instead. Unfortunately, the Lego pirate range we were looking for at the time has been discontinued, and the grandson isn't old enough for Pirates of the Carribbean.
Inside the box, this playset came in a variety of plastic bags, containing mostly pre-assembled plastic pieces which go to make up the playset as a whole. There are a few bricks included for self-assembly, but really there isn't a lot included in this to actually build. That's a good thing since what is included doesn't actually stay together when you try to assemble the set! There are three rock pieces which are supposed to go together with two pieces side-by-side and the third piece on top to act as a kind of bridge. The bridge piece will not stay stuck down for love nor money.
On one piece of rock, you have to assemble some side walls to create a little hideaway section, which sounds simple enough. But again, they just will not stay stuck down no matter how you press the pieces together. I could go on describing each component bit-by-bit, but the story is always the same - no matter what I tried, no matter how hard I pushed or with what technique I applied pressure, the pieces just would not stay together. It was so frustrating, every time I got one piece to stay still, I then tried to put the next in place - forcing the first piece to fall over.
In the end, all the grandson is left to actually play with is a little plastic row boat and a couple of tiny plastic pirate figures and weapons. I could have got the same in a smaller set for a fiver I'm quite sure.
I'm really annoyed with this playset and giving it just a single star. I know Mega Bloks aren't the best quality brand out there, and do tend to go for Lego as a general rule. However this play set seemed a bit more age appropriate than the current Lego pirate range, and I had hoped that even if it wasn't great quality, it would still offer some play appeal and at least stay together when initially assembled. If I lived closer to Toys R Us I'd have taken this right back and asked for a refund.