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I'm no stranger to large playsets. My daughters have had several including the tower from Tangled, a Disney Princess castle (the Enchanted Tales hot pink one), Barbie's Diamond Castle and Dream House and others. All of them have been big, bulky, hard to store and a nightmare to put together. Monster High is the latest craze, and my soon-to-be six year old HAD to have the school to go with her dolls that she already had. I knew what I was getting into... but was pleasantly surprised.
If you are worried about accuracy, Monster High School is meticulously detailed. There's a locker area, a cafeteria and a school room. It boasts a basketball court but the "court" is simply a hoop on the side of the school (and it comes with a black basketball!). But the details are not the best part... when you first get it out of the box it looks kind of like a closed coffin, and not too big... but it keeps folding out and you end up with two good sized rooms (with floors!) and an upstairs area. These houses without floors are ridiculous... and it was awesome to see that this would not be an issue with this set! I was actually surprised at how big it is overall, and best of all - it closes right back up, locks up and even has a handle. This can easily be stored in a closet, under the bed or behind a door when not in use. It's not going to be a huge bulky play set. I could even reasonably see them taking this over to a friend's house to play with after they have the knack of opening it by themselves! The design is great, and I hope more companies will take a cue from design.
Assembly is a cinch (there isn't much of one). There are a few lights to hang, two moveable spiderweb lantern holders that can be moved around and clipped in various places, a pair of columns for the front with gargoyles... nothing too extreme. The school is already stickered and ready to go! It comes with a page of extra stickers but they are just for adding your own touches, the school has its decals on right out of the box! Very impressive! You can pop this out and the kids can be playing with it within minutes without hovering over you waiting for you to finish construction on the house.
The only downside are the accessories. It comes with a lot of them, but many have to be assembled, such as the cafeteria tables, the rolling cart, the benches (part of the "basketball court" I assume, but the kids use it for extra classroom seating) and two desks. There's other goodies that are ready to go such as various creepy foods and classroom supplies. The little working skull locks for the coffin lockers were another nice touch.
Overall, this playset is a big hit. There's plenty of room for lots of ghouls to haunt the halls and it's cute to see my kids practicing math and spelling by playing "school" with the Monster High characters. Imagination is where the educational spin of this comes in, but for those kids that have it, they will actually enjoy using their dolls to teach one another and will be practicing skills needed for school without even knowing it. If you were on the fence about this one due to fears about size or being unstable... then fear not!
+Very little assembly required (maybe 10-15 minutes to sort the pieces and snap the furniture together)
+Bigger than expected
+Nice decent build
+Not a bulky eyesore! Folds up for storage with a carrying handle
+It has FLOORS!
+Accurately depicts Monster High
+Lots of little details and accessories
+Reasonably priced considering what you get (bought mine from Amazon for $79.99)
-The stairway to the second floor can be hard to lock in place
-The second floor could have used a column to help support it. The stairs keep it from collapsing but you won't be playing with that level too roughly.
-Could have used another desk or two, but that's a minor quibble
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Initial post: Sep 21, 2012 1:10:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 21, 2012 1:11:09 PM PDT
S. Affer says:
Wow your daughter sounds like she has every playset made!
Posted on Nov 4, 2012 9:44:32 AM PST
Thank you. I have been looking for a realistic review online for this playset and you have put my mind at ease.
Posted on Dec 23, 2013 10:05:35 PM PST
JJA III says:
Hey, thanks a lot for this pointed and experienced review! Very nice articulated and informative. My sister purchased via my Amazon prime for my 7 (tomorrow 8 Dec 24th) yr old. Our Sophie has just the imagination for play and care for her play "sets" I picked up on via your review. Cheers fellow Amazon shopper and child raiser. Merry Christmas ~ John A.
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