I love anything to do with blocks as they can unleash so much creativity in children. There has been a rise in themed block playsets recently and when I was invited to review the new SpongeBob Range from Mega Bloks recently, I knew it was an invitation I had to accept. We love blocks. And we love SpongeBob Squarepants. Besides I was curious to see what the playset would reflect from the series.
I don’t think SpongeBob SquarePants requires any introduction but just in case you haven’t heard of him – it is an animated television series aired on Nickelodeon which follows the adventures of SpongeBob and his friends in an underwater kingdom.
I was sent the following:
SpongeBob SquarePants Micro Action Figure
SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick Racer
SpongeBob SquarePants Invisible Boatmobile Rescue
The blind bag contained Squidward and this was fairly easy to put together. It also contains a base that it can stand on. Priced at £1.99, it can be used to add on to a set or as a small treat or to add to a collection. There are many different figures to collect including SpongeBob and Patrick.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick Racer is a rather impressive looking boat shaped car complete with Patrick sporting a Viking hat. The set consists of 91 ieces and it was fairly easy to follow the instructions to get it up and ready soon. Everyone pitched in to make this one and it was great fun seeing it come together. It is priced at £9.99
The SpongBob SquarePants Invisible Boatmobile Rescue consists of a massive 337 pieces. The invisible boat took a little time to put together as one could clearly miss the parts if not careful. But the end result was so rewarding as the racer looks lovely. I love the little jelly fish catapult and the squidgy jellyfish. The BobCat vehicle that is also part of the set is also very interesting to make. We loved the coral detail. Priced at only £19.99, it is great value for money.
We found it really easy to find the pieces as mentioned in the instructions for each step and then build accordingly.
What we liked about the set –
- Attention to detail – so much like the television series
- Sturdy blocks.
- Promotes and develops hand to eye coordination
- Helps in developing motor skills
- Great value for money
- Interesting for the children to put together.
- Clear instructions
Though these blocks instruct one on how to build a particular model, there is no stopping children (or adults) from using the blocks to create different models. Although I am sure that after building the models, you will find them so delightful that you will snap at anyone who may accidently (on purpose) take it apart – I may have been guilty of this when my little one came and destroyed a part of it.
The series is aimed at children aged 5+ and I think that the target age is perfect as it could prove a bit fiddly for younger children.
Highly recommended to all SpongeBob fans – which knowing the popularity of SpongeBob, means everyone.
I hope you enjoy this short video that we made as part of the review.
Disclaimer: We were sent the above products to review. All ideas and opinions are my own.