Advantages Fun idea, appeals to kids, lots to collect, doesn't require batteries
Disadvantages Small, expensive, not much to do
My 5 year old daughter received this Zoobles set for Christmas. Zoobles are something which I had never heard of, and neither had my daughter, so it stayed in the box for a few days before we finally got around to opening it up to have a look.
The set that my daughter received was this garden/shower playset, and in it you get one Zooble (Iris), and a plastic habitat which has a slide, a shower and two ‘Happitat’ locations where the character can be activated from ball to creature. Also with the set you received a few accessories such as something which looks like a bumblebee (Poppy), and some showering items.
The set is quite small and feels quite flimsy. My husband was the one to set it all up for my daughter, and when I finally set my eyes on it I was unsure about the purpose of it all, but my daughter seemed to be enjoying herself so I was pleased about that. The idea of this set is that you can position your Zooble at the top of the slide, then it slides down and is supposed to land on the Happitat at the bottom of the shower and spring open. And the flower petals that form the top of the shower also spring open. However, this does not always work properly, the shower always springs open because the Zooble hits a latch as it reaches the bottom of the slide that activates the shower, but the Zooble itself does not always end up in the exact location required for her to spring open from ball to creature. But all it requires is a quick nudge in the right direction and out she pops. It’s quite impressive if it all works correctly, but my daughter doesn’t seem bothered either way, as long as she springs open eventually then she’s happy.
You can also position your Zooble in another area on the playset where she will spring open and this is in front of a mirror. I think the idea here is that she has just had a shower, and can now preen herself in front of the mirror, and use the accessories to make herself look pretty. But I have just tried to do this myself (for research purposes) and the springing open from ball to creature is not immediate here either, you kind of have to shuffle her about and give her a nudge before she springs open.
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