Build & Imagine Marine Rescue Center (magnetic building set)
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- Watch your child become a designer, builder, and storyteller right before your eyes with groundbreaking magnetic construction sets from Build & Imagine. Recommended for ages 4–8.
- Join colorfully illustrated magnetic panels to build a custom Marine Rescue Center, that’s different each time you play.
- Bring your scene to life with a standing wooden character and magnetic clothes, animals, and accessories that stick to the doll and panel walls.
- It’s big open-ended play that runs on pure imagination. Designed in California by a mompreneur named the “Rising Star Toy Inventor of the Year”.
- 48 Piece Magnetic Building Set: 9 dual-sided square StoryWall building panels, 6 equilateral triangles, a standing dress-up character, and 32 magnetic accessories. Features an otter rehab pool, fish kitchen, dolphin pool, laboratory, vet exam room, functional door, and much more!
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From the manufacturer
A Magical Mashup of Building and Storytelling
Construct the Marine Rescue Center's illustrated magnetic panels however you like.
Use magnetic accessories to tell stories about Thea's adventures rescuing wildlife.
Expand your structure - and your stories - with other compatible Build & Imagine play-sets.
A mission you can get behind: STEM learning
Build & Imagine was founded on the belief that what we play with matters. Founder Laurie Peterson, an award-winning toy designer and mom, started Build & Imagine after noticing that the kinds of play experiences she enjoyed as a child (involving building, creativity, and experimentation) were poorly represented in the girls’ section of most toy stores. She now develops building toys with adventurous female characters and rich narrative details to engage both girls and boys.
Build & Imagine’s construction plus storytelling combination bridges left and right brain play to immerse kids in foundational S.T.E.M. skills (science, technology, engineering, and math). Through building with geometric shapes children exercise spatial reasoning, problem solving and design skills. Additionally, the rich illustrations and magnetic props act as story prompts, sparking imaginative play that sets the stage for language and literacy learning.
Young adventurers will develop foundational STEM skills with this magnetic building + storytelling playset that bridges left and right brain play. Guide Thea on her quest to save endangered sea animals! Construct the colorfully illustrated magnetic panels into a building or boat, stick magnetic accessories into your scene, then take wooden character Thea on a sea worthy adventure. Easily change things up and create a whole new adventure for endless imaginative play. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
From the Manufacturer
With Build & Imagine’s “Marine Rescue Center”, budding biologists will help Thea transform the rescue center into a ship to save the sea animals! Marine Rescue Center features a standing wooden dress-up character (Thea), 15 dual-sided StoryWall building panels (9 squares and 6 equilateral triangles), and 32 magnetic accessories.
Marine Rescue Center was developed by the “Rising Star Toy Inventor of the Year” and was awarded with Creative Child Magazine’s Building Toy of the Year, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Mr. Dad’s Seal of Approval, PAL Language Learning Award, and was featured by the TIA as a Top Toy Trend in 2015.
Durable StoryWall panels connect magnetically.
Magnetic accessories stick to the panel walls and wooden dress-up character.
Change up your scene so the fun never stops.
Mix and match multiple play-sets to build a larger scene. All Build & Imagine StoryWalls are compatible, so your child can grow their story alongside their building skills.
Describe your product in 3 words.
Build and Imagine
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
Building toys have been one of the hottest categories, and I wasn’t seeing enough that is engaging for girls, so I combined several things girls have loved. Its building blocks meets dollhouse meets dress-up dolls. Turns out, boys love it too!
What makes your product special?
It’s the pictures! Build & Imagine StoryWalls are the only magnetic building toys that feature illustrations. All the illustrated details spark imaginative play.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
It’s rewarding to hear that kids are engaging with Build & Imagine for hours—building, rebuilding, and whispering stories as they play.
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Pros-Colorful, promotes STEM skills, excellent for story telling, positive feminine role models, cute sea critters
Cons- Expensive, the magnetic tiles don't stick together, magnetic accessories are tiny and will not last long. They also do not stick to all of the tiles. There is only 1 character which is limiting when you have 2 children.
It's junk ... definitely not worth the $50 price tag ... on it's way back to the show room!
The full story: I bought this (all 3) as a gift for a very special 6 year old.
The company did not give me anything for free and I know no one in it. This is a legit/true blue review.
These are not inexpensive but that is because the quality is superb. Solidly crafted pieces that work and looks like they will last a long long time. Somewhere there is a review about bad magnets, but mine were great and the structures were very solid. The little people are thick and wooden. You are paying for a toy that could easily go through multiple users.
The story boards/walls are fun and imaginative and truly draw you in - lots of fun details, including moving parts. Someone put real thought into this. All this on top of how great it is for imagination and modeling useful life skills and basic physics and and and all the other good stuff the mommy blogs rave about - all that too. This is just a great toy. The kind they used to sell in real toy stores - meant to be loved and to last. Remember real Tonka trucks? Like that.
I am always on the look for the perfect gift for this kid and I am proud to give this one.