Thursday, 23 May 2013

Moshi Monsters Make A Moshi Craft Set


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Since she was 3, Abby has been a Moshi Monster fan. She's seen her cousins playing Moshi Monster and they even created an account for her as well! Last year she was given the opportunity to review Moshi Monster's Clay Buddies and Bobble Bots, while this time we get to review their latest art and craft range from Vivid Imagination - Make a Moshi Craft Set.


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When the box has arrived, I considered waiting for Abby before trying it out, but since we'll be away for half term, and I needed to take pictures, and well, I also wanted to try it out myself (I can easily replace the Plaster of Paris anyway hee hee), I opened the box immediately and started making our first 2 Moshlings!

They were really easy to make, though a bit hard trying to take pictures at the same time while trying to keep the Plaster of Paris and water mixed. It is also a bit hard to judge whether all the air bubbles were gone. When an air bubble popped, more plaster mixture will flow inside the container, but do use the stirrer to poke and turn a few more times after that, reaching all corners just to make sure. I didn't and poor DJ Quack has lost a wing because of a trapped air bubble (a big one too!) Perhaps tab the container on the table a bit as well might help moving the air bubbles up.


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It only takes an hour for the Moshlings to dry when covered, and another 30 mins uncovered, much quicker than I expected! With children's lack of patience this is really good. Once the Moshlings are removed, it's good to wait for a bit longer until they are completely dry before filing down the edges. I found a nail filing board much easier to use for this. Do remember to brush away all the dust before painting though (I totally did not forget this).

I made a mistake for not washing the maker immediately after I broke the Moshlings out, luckily most of the parts are easy to clean. The only problem I had was trying to wash the blue tumbler, as i couldn't remove the base and it was a bit hard for me to put my hand into it to clean. I'm sure it would have been much easier to clean with hot soapy water if I had washed it immediately though!


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I let Abby continue with the next stage's fun - painting. The paint brush that came with the box was of much better quality than I expected from craft sets.  The paint are suitable for Plaster of Paris, which I think is of a fairly good quality as well because it's easy to apply and it gives the Moshlings a very good coating (no patchiness nor is a second coating needed). The colour darkens as it dries, which is quite quick as well. Not much of the paint comes off when touched within minutes.

4 basic colours (blue, yellow, red and green) are provided, covering the exact colours needed for the 4 Moshlings apart from black, which we coloured in using a black marker pen. Children can get creative of course and colour their Moshlings whichever way they want to.


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The Make a Moshi Craft Set is suitable for 5 years and above, fun to play with, waiting time is shorter than I thought and children can get creative with them. It's a shame that there are only 4 moshlings to be made, but hopefully they will sell more moulds and paints that will go with the maker to extend the fun! I'll need to buy a big tub of Plaster of Paris then!

The craft set is retailed at £9.99, which I think is about right for the quality given, and can be bought in all good toys and craft stores.


Disclosure: We were sent a craft box to try and review; all opinions are honest and our own