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**UPDATE: Vintage version v. MD version!!** Great fun (...when you use it properly and with the right paper!)
on May 14, 2013
Sooo....I just acquired at a garage sale the vintage Tomy Fashion Plates that we all used as children, and I must say, our memories aren't so accurate. Oh perhaps I should say that our memories are blurred by childhood nostalgia! The vintage Tomy set is actually a little *harder* to get a clear picture because the picture ridges aren't as high as the Melissa and Doug set. Also, regarding durability, the plastic actually seems thinner and less sturdy on the Tomy set in comparisons to the Melissa and Doug set. Nonetheless, I was excited to get the Tomy set because it was the EXACT one that I had as a kid, but just an FYI for all those who are remembering the vintage set as the Golden Era of toys... :)
This Fashion Design Kit by Melissa & Doug is really great -- I had one of the Tomy ones when I was a little girl, and really **I** couldn't wait to play with this thing! However, I was a little hesitant with all the bad reviews...I was worried about: 1) The odd paper size (Because, frankly, it would be a pain in the rear to custom-cut endless pieces of paper for my Little Fashion Designer); 2) The smudgy-ness that everyone was talking about with the crayon; 3) The durability.
1) Odd Paper Size
- I got a tablet of drawing paper at the dollar store. The paper is 9x12, and I cut each sheet in half and it is the PERFECT size.
- This paper I got at the dollar store is sort of a natural color, thin, and a little more grainy than standard computer paper (which is usually really smooth and sometimes has a glossy finish) -- it almost looks recycled, if you know what I mean. We have not had one smudgy work of art. The paper stays in place and the "rougher" texture helps prevent smudges.
- Another thing that has helped is using the black crayon in the proper way. It is to be used on its side, rubbing either up/down or side/side. All of our pictures have turned out just like the ones on the packaging.
3) Durability and Design
- This seems like nice, sturdy plastic -- it is not like some of the cheap, thin stuff that is on a lot of toys now a days. It has a nice little handle for portability. Wish there was a place to store paper, as that would be ideal, but it is not that big of a deal.
- NOTE: the drawer cannot be opened/shut when the paper holder in latched down -- it locks the drawer in place, I am assuming in order to secure it while traveling.
My daughter loves this, and we just bought one for a friend. Would highly recommend for hours of creative design and fun!