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~*~ Stephanie's Pet Patrol Play set - Lego Friends - 3935 ~*~
As mentioned in a previous review, my daughter has just recently found Lego, despite never showing an interest before. She received this set as an early birthday present, as she's now nine years old. The purpose of this review is to highlight the pro's and con's of the Pet Patrol Play set.
~*~ The Main Aim ~*~
The purpose of this play set is to help Stephanie as she goes out on her cool quad bike, looking for lost or wounded pets in Heartlake City. She can patrol the streets, or go off road in search of lost or wounded pets. Then she can load them into the trailer on the back of the quad, and take them home to their owners or to the Vets.
~*~ The Toy ~*~
My Dad purchased this from Tesco's at a price of £9.97, and it seems quite a reasonable price for what you receive. The box is bright and colourful and extremely attractive to young girls; the main body of the box being lilac rather than the normal yellows and reds.
The whole Friends range, have little girl figures with them that are more realistic, and much better than the rather robotic figures you receive with some Lego play sets. Each girl has a dedicated name, this one being Stephanie, although you could however mix and match heads, and clothes to make your own designs. Once my daughter had opened two sets (she was lucky enough to be gifted three) that's the first thing she did - design her own girls, and swapped their hair and clothes around.
There are 72 pieces to this Lego set, but while there are more in number than another small set we own, they are larger and easier to fit together for the younger age that this toy is recommend for (5 - 12). A five year would find this an easier build to manage and should be able to complete this without any assistance; as ever, it is all down to the child's abilities. These are quite chunky little bricks and they take a matter of minutes to assemble, so you can get to play almost straight away. What could be better than that?
The Stephanie play set comes in quite muted, pastel tones, rather than the bright fuchsia, limes and vibrant blues of other sets. This makes a nice change, and is quite easy on the eye.
My daughter initially chose this set, over another set which featured a cool convertible car, simply because this quad bike would fit in the garage of one of her Lego Creator sets. She likes it because she now has a house for the 'friends' to live in, and I like it because she will get more play value from it.
I do think it's marvellous how Lego have made these friends sets more interactive, as my daughter also received a Lego Tractor set for Christmas, and that's almost as big as the house, the perspective is totally wrong. Admittedly that wasn't from a Creator set either, but 'Friends' and 'Creator' work well together, but sadly 'Creator' and 'City' do not.
When all assembled, you will have one figure, Stephanie, a quad bike with trailer, a bush, and a kennel/hutch for a rabbit to live in. If you own more than one set, you will receive extra animals, and they can all interact together which is lovely.
The quad bike features big chunky wheels, but sadly they do not steer, they just move in a forward and backward motion. I would have though a great addition would to have them friction powered, but although it is basically a toy that you get enjoyment from first building, and then playing with afterwards, its not too bad really. I think it does kids good to go 'back to basics' every now and then anyway.
~*~ My Thoughts ~*~
This is a lovely little set. It's well thought out, and great for imaginative play. It works well as a stand alone toy, and interacts well with other sets from the Lego ranges. The price isn't exactly in the realms of pocket money toys, but it would make a great tool for learning little ones the value of money and saving up. This has been played with constantly since my daughter received it, and overall it's been a great buy. Recommended by us.
Thanks for reading my review, which has also been posted on Ciao with photographs.