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Rylie loves anything Barbie®. She has several of the full size dolls and a giant dollhouse that they all live in, clothes and accessories for her and the dolls, and thanks to our review of the Mega Bloks Barbie® Build 'n Style Pet Shop, she has fun play sets that are associated with the popular brand. If she sees something with the Barbie® logo on it, she wants it. That is why when I was asked to review the Mega Bloks Barbie® Build 'N Play Super Star Stage, I had to say yes.
Mega Bloks Barbie® Build 'N Play Super Star Stage features:
- A buildable multi-story out-of-this-world concert set
- Two super star modes – Play 1 of 4 Barbie songs with flashing lights, or play your own music and watch the lights react for a real concert experience!
- An incredible amount of buildable accessories like a 5-panel stage platform, stage elevator, 3 glittering block stands, set pieces, scaffolding, sparkling blocks and stairs, backstage area and television camera
- Includes Super Star Barbie®, Raquelle® and Teresa® mini-fashion figures
- Combine with all of the Mega Bloks Barbie® sets to build a fabulous world of fashion, friends and fun!
This kit is HUGE, and much bigger than the Pet Shop, so I became a little anxious when I saw the"290" on the box. Holy pieces batman! When we took the contents out, we found several small bags packed with all of the pieces needed to build the stage. It is a little nerve wracking to start building without making sure the kit actually contained all of the pieces needed, but when you have a little girl ready to build, there's just no time to check. Good thing that the Mega Bloks brand always includes everything you need!
One thing I really like about the Mega Bloks Barbie® sets is that the instructions are very detailed and easy to follow. It shows you which pieces you need for each step, and then exactly where to put those pieces. There are 40 steps to complete to build this stage as shown on the box.
When there are smaller pieces that have to be built and put on bigger pieces, those instructions are clearly laid out at the beginning. When stickers need to be used, the instructions show you exactly which sticker(s) from the sticker sheet to use.
Once we had all of our pieces out and the instruction book open, Rylie and I were ready to start building. She didn't help much when we built the Pet Shop, so I figured that I would be putting this together myself also, but she surprised me when she started putting the pieces together as I laid them out. Of course she couldn't wait to put the musical part of the stage in place so she could hear all of the fun Barbie® tunes and see the lights flash.
We both loved the fun little details of this set like the keyboard and the table for the turntable and computer. Everything is so cute!
Not only does the record in the photo above spin around, there are several other movable parts in this set - speakers that hang from the rafters, large speakers that spin around, and video screens at the top of the stage. The details of this set are awesome!
Unfortunately, this set takes a while to put together. It was getting close to bed time for Rylie, so I ended up finishing it on my own. In total, it took just less than three hours to put this together. I obviously could have done it faster by myself, and it would have taken Rylie much longer to do it by herself, but we had fun doing it together. The box shows the age recommendation as 5-10, and while 5 year olds would definitely like to play with this, I don't think too many kids at that age would be able to build this by themselves. Rylie (almost 6 years old) had a hard time with the tiny pieces (I did too, actually), and it really takes some patience to put a large set like this together.
One of the final steps was to put the Barbie® figures around the stage. The set comes with three mini-fashion figures - Barbie®, Raquelle® and Teresa®. They're cute miniature versions of the real dolls.
What is cool about Mega Bloks Barbie® figures is that you can take them apart and mix and match their hair and legs.
What is not cool, though, is the fact that the figures don't stay together very well. Every time I touched one of them, their hair would pop off. No one wants a bald Barbie®! Rylie was also having trouble with the legs detaching from the torsos. I also have one more small gripe about the figures. See the picture on the box of the figure holding the guitar?...
There is no way to pose the actual figures like that! The best I could do was have the guitars in one hand.
So even though we aren't big fans of the Mega Bloks Barbie® figures, we absolutely love the Super Star Stage! All of the pieces fit together nicely, the directions were easy to follow, it's super cute, and, well, it's Barbie®!
Again, I really love some of the fun details on the stage. There's a disco ball hanging from the top, and even a working elevator behind the stage that spins the figures around as they go up.
We can't forget about the lights and music! There are two modes - Mode One lets you start up the real multi-color flashing lights and change between four different songs as Barbie® and her friends play their latest hits, and Mode Two lets you choose the music. With Mode Two, you can sing or play your own music, and the lights will flash with that music.
Rylie was so excited when she woke up the next morning and found the stage completed. She immediately put on a show with Barbie® and her friends. She is having a great time with this!
The Mega Bloks Barbie® Build 'N Play Super Star Stage retails for $59.99 at major retailers like Toys R Us, Amazon and Target. At the time of this review, it was listed at $48.00 (and free shipping with Prime) at Amazon. If you have a Barbie® enthusiast in your life, you will definitely want to add this to your shopping list this holiday season!
Which of the Mega Bloks Barbie® play sets would your child love to have?
~*~Mega Bloks® Barbie® Build 'n Play Super Star Stage~*~