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4 year old says "Well, it's kinda fun."
on October 20, 2013
We bought this for my kiddo for his fourth birthday- he had been coveting it in-store and we found it for a great price on Amazon.
When we got it opened and out of the box... He wasn't very engaged. Only one side of the set makes noises and we haven't been able to get the Vault to work properly. We had hoped that the fire truck might interact with the burning building, but it does not. The buildings have that weird black connector in the middle, but it doesn't stay together well. It's cumbersome to move it.
We do like the two-sided play- it's perfect for two kids to play together (and we have two kids, so that works well for us). The pieces are durable and visually appealing. The flames look very cool, as does the command center. The detail on the inside of the buildings is nice. We bought a variety of the accessory packs and it certainly helps to act out a story. My 16 month old seriously adores the set and plays with it frequently.
Overall, it's an ok toy but not one of the best Imaginext sets. I'd buy it at that price point again, but I wish I would have chosen a better "centerpiece" gift. It is not as engaging to my 4 year old as I had hoped.
Also, be aware that not all of the accessories sold separately have the "action tech" feature that allows them to interact/ make noises with the building. Both my son and Grandma failed to note that.