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Mighty World Complete Base Camp

Submitted by on May 22, 2010 – 4:49 pmNo Comment

“The Mighty World Complete Base Camp is nicely made, contemporary and surprisingly cute but with some disappointments.”

£44.76

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Mighty World Complete Base CampInitial thoughts: When I was sent the Mighty World Adventure Base Camp set, my expectations weren’t particularly high – I tend to find plastic play sets can seem cheap and poor quality. But the Mighty World range really took me by surprise – this set is detailed, nicely made, contemporary and pretty cute.

Flea was impressed by the range of items included, and the figures. The Base Camp set includes a truck, quad bike, horse box, trailer and four figures, plus loads of accessories, from a tent to sausages for the campfire (also included).

We liked: I thought this had a cute, contemporary feel, and the range of items was impressive and detailed. There are lots of play possibilities here – children can play camping games, but there are also vehicles and an animal, and lots of boxes with small things to put inside. The figures can be manipulated, and fit inside the vehicles, tent and so on. It’s all very pleasing, and Flea has had a great couple of days exploring the set.

We weren’t keen: I had some small niggles with the set. Flea quickly discovered that the arms can be pulled off the figures (it’s best if I gloss over what game she was playing to make this discovery) and they’re REALLY hard to put back. The figures have hair that slots into a hole on top of the head – and it falls off if the figure is tipped over.

More serious niggles, for us, were around what the figures can and can’t do. The box shows figures sitting on the horse and quad bike, but the actual figures’ legs are too close for them to sit on anything. It took me quite some force to get the figure to hold on to the handlebars and sort of stand on the bike, bending over. I genuinely don’t get this – wouldn’t a child expect the figure to fit on a bike? And holding stuff with these figures is hard – it took a LOT of force for me to get the figures to hold anything, and even then they only hold stuff in one hand.

None of these things stopped Flea playing with the set, but she did cry with frustration when she couldn’t get the figures to do what was on the box and I had to keep playing with her to make figures hold things or hold on to the bike and let go to the bike – which inhibited her imaginative play enormously. I must admit, it made me compare this set unfavourably with comparable Playmobil sets, where every figure can hold every accessory. Disappointing.

Overall: A really nice set with lots of play potential and a cute, contemporary feel, but I do query the deisgn of the figures and the wisdom of showing stuff on the box that children won’t be able to mimic. I  love the range of accessories, and I think it’s got lots of play potential to justify the pretty hefty price , but perhaps some of the dozens of small pieces (the cutlery in particular) are a bit too teeny and destined to be lost down the back of the sofa. Overall, the Mighty World base camp is a really nice play set for over 3s, but not amazing.

[Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]

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