I will be totally honest right up front: I was biased against the idea of Mega Bloks Barbie before the play set arrived at our house to test. First, as a women’s college educated woman, I give Barbie the side eye. She’s just so pretty and curvaceous and Barbie. Second, I know I’ll be putting together the little pieces of the play set and finding them around the house. Doubts aside, my kids – both my six year old boy and four year old girl – were totally smitten with this play set and have spent hour upon hour playing together peacefully over Barbie’s Pool Party Play Set.
My six year old took an active role in putting the Play Set together. He has a thing for rules and loved reading and following the directions to create the pool setting. My four year old hung around through the entire process, but wasn’t really able to help much. She is perfectly capable of putting the Mega Bloks pieces together, but simply doesn’t have the skills to follow building instructions.
As soon as Barbie’s Pool Party Play Set was built, the kids were at play. The set comes with two little figures so each lent their voice to a character. I think I was smiling almost as much as they were as I listened to their little imaginations spin tales and very silly conversation. I know the set is geared towards girls – and I like the idea of building toys like this being designed specifically to appeal to girls – but my son had just as much fun playing with it as my daughter.
The kids loved that we added water to the pool – and “hot pool” as the hot tub is called. When it was (finally) sunny outside this weekend, we took the play set to the backyard.
While the teeny tiny pieces can be a bit annoying, they provide an extreme level of detail throughout the play set. Barbie and Ken can enjoy a drink while floating in the pool and listening to an iPod. The play set is truly full of clever little details that lend themselves to imaginative play. Frankly, I really wish I could take an afternoon to hang out there! It’s such a little oasis and I think I’m more deserving of some time by the pool than Barbie and Ken, but no one asked me.
Shop! From Barbie’s Luxury Mansion to her Fashion Boutique or Pet Shop, Mega Bloks Barbie Play Sets are a great way to get creative. And, they’re currently on Roll Back at WalMart, making them a great value. The Build n Style Pool Party Set is $30, and the sets range from $9 to $69.
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