“ Brand: Mega Bloks / Age: 6 Years+ „
Mega Bloks Streetz Micro Motors set retails for around £7.99 according to the Mega Bloks website. According to Tesco it retails for £9.99 though, as they recently had it in our local store available at 'half price' for £5. Never mind, anything under a tenner is reasonable for this, though really I'd be annoyed if I'd paid more than a fiver considering the quality of the contents.
Inside the box you get a kind of Lego style construction toy. Only the quality is obviously nowhere near as good as you get with genuine Lego. The pieces you use to build the little buildings are cheap, thing plastic bits of junk that include paper inserts to make up the walls. Obviously this is a cost-cutting exercise, as it means they can fill the walls in using paper rather than plastic.
Getting the toy set up requires an adult. With most Lego sets that are aimed at children of around six years of age, a bright six year old really can build them. With this set you'd be hard pushed to find a bright nine year old who could competently build this without adult assistance. The plastic pieces are very thin and fiddly, and getting the paper inserts to stay in place is a real mission. Fitting the base boards together is quite awkward as well as it includes slotting strange, lime green connector bits into the undersides of the base board pieces. It's quite hard to describe, and it's definitely not a task that your average young child could accomplish alone - especially as it's so hard to tell which way up the connectors need to be facing!
Once built, after a few struggles with the various cheap pieces, the play set does look reasonably appealing. The buildings are cheap and small, but they come with a ramp and that's what will matter the most to your average six year old! There's also a launcher included that works really well with the two miniature cars which are included. You can use the launcher to fire the cars into the buildings or up the ramps, and there's a decent amount of room for variation during play.
The real saving grace in this set is that one of the little cars has flashing lights on top. It's a surprisingly solid and well built little car considering how small and cheap it is. And I've been really impressed with the performance of the little lights on top of it so far. They come on when the car is moved, and flash brightly for a few seconds before going back to sleep. The batteries have continued to work for nearly a month now, but of course there's no knowing how long they will live for and no way to replace them once they die either.
For a fiver this is a cute little cars toy thanks to the launcher, ramp, miniature cars and flashing lights. The building pieces really are very cheap and fiddly though, and this isn't a set that you can reasonably expect a small child to build without assistance. Not just because of the difficult pieces, but also because the instructions are poorly designed and difficult to follow. I recommend it for a fiver but I would have much rather paid fifteen quid and got a solid, Lego version of this set if I'm honest.