Most recently, it has been wonderful seeing them play, create, imagine, dream and construct together (over and over again) with the endless possibilities, colors and adventures that occur in the Mega Bloks Barbie™ Build 'n Play Fab Mansion.
Best known for their colorful, easy to manipulate building blocks, Mega Bloks has taken things to a new level time and time again by introducing new ways to play with them. Their sets have expanded to include trucks, farms, trains, recognizable characters, games, and much more to encourage imaginative play.
And this Build 'n Play Fab Mansion truly is an example of Mega Bloks' creativity and attention to detail. Filled with a canopy bed, a full bathroom (including a brush, mirrors and hairdryer), a comfy couch with a swiveling/tilting large screen television and more, this set also includes two mini-fashion figures and tons of extras.
Could they have added any more to a young girl's (mini) dream house?
Right out of the box it was easy to see that Mega Bloks hadn't spared a single detail when it came to including pieces for this set.
However, as the Mega Bloks Barbie Build 'n Play Fab Mansion is designed for children aged 4 and up, I could see that parents would want to consider their child's personality and preferences when giving this as a birthday or holiday gift.
Have a child that loves to build and create on their own? Then give them this set as is so that they can put it all together! But if you have a child (like mine) that has less patience and would rather be able to immediately play with Barbie™ and Skipper™? Then you might want to consider opening the box ahead of time to get a head start on some of construction steps of all 222 pieces.
After feeling slightly concerned that the number of pieces that this set includes would require a large time commitment, I was happy to see that Mega Bloks had (as usual) included large, clear, colorful step-by-step instructions that showed me where every last piece was to go in creating the frame of the house and each of the rooms.
In all, it took me approximately half an hour before our Barbie and Skipper were ready to move into their mansion and start cooking in the kitchen, relaxing under their umbrella on the patio, taking bubble baths in the tub and more!
Again, the details! Mega Bloks easily could have made the Build ‘n Play Fab Mansion much less complex, but that would have been so much less fun!
Instead, they included a house full of glam accessories so that you are able to truly design your own dream mansion. Everything from the carton of orange juice to Barbie's camera to document her travels to the spatula on hand to flip burgers... the list just goes on and on. Plus, while the directions show where to put items, it is obvious that users can decorate and customize each room any way that they want.
As an added bonus, along with getting to play with the Fab Mansion and change around the decor of the rooms, you can actually change where the rooms are located in a matter of seconds. The way that Mega Bloks made the modular rooms snap in and out of place is a great addition and just leads to even more creativity!
In short, although our Build 'n Play Fab Mansion was originally assembled per the instructions, it was immediately clear that there really is no right or wrong way to put these pieces together.
A child can keep this two-story house as is or simply remove parts, move them around, build them taller or wider, or even combine them with any other of the Mega Bloks Barbie sets to build a whole new fabulous world of fashion, friends and fun!
I think Mega Bloks sums it up best by stating to Imagine your story and build it your way!
If you have a girl in your life that loves Mega Bloks and Barbie, the Mega Bloks Barbie Build 'n Play Fab Mansion just might be the perfect gift for her. This unique, buildable, customizable set can be changed time and again and is only limited by imagination!
Retailing for $39.99, this brightly-colored set can be purchased on Amazon or in Target, Toys 'R' Us or Walmart stores near you. You can also find out more about this and all of the adorable Mega Bloks Barbie products by visiting the Mega Bloks Barbie website and connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon be having a luxuriously good time designing their own mansion as well, because...
One lucky person will win a Mega Bloks Barbie Build 'n Play Fab Mansion!
©2014, MEGA Brands Inc. ©2014 Mattel. All Rights Reserved. A big thank you to Mega Bloks for providing a Mega Bloks Barbie Build 'n Play Fab Mansion for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.