Calico Critters Secret Island Playhouse Review
The Calico Critters range continues to grow through 2016. The latest theme for the series emphasises seaside fun, and this new Calico Critters Secret Island Playhouse is no exception.
I have to admit I have a thing for ‘nature based’ playsets. As a child the Star Wars Ewok Village playset was my favorite toy and one I coveted for many years (to be honest I could see the Critters quite at home in that set too!). The Calico Critters Treehouse playset was one of my favorite sets from the last few years, closely followed by the larger Treehouse Playhouse.
The Calico Critters brand, being set amongst nature hasn’t shied away from depicting natural settings in plastic – something which has the potential to look rather tacky. But like everything this brand does, they do it with style.
So let’s take a closer look at the Calico Critters Secret Island Playhouse.
The Island Playhouse retails for $49.99, measures 12“ x 83/4” x 15″and comes with a few accessories; including a couple of pieces of furniture, a fish and swim fins and goggles.
The main appeal of the Island set is a playhouse design that sits amongst a natural setting, meaning that the critters can enjoy both indoors and outdoors within the playset. Another advantage of this set is that the ‘indoor’ element can be placed on top of the ’outdoor element or placed beside it. So instead of one tall island, the main pieces can be separated to create two play spaces.
The set does lack in regards to accessories. With Calico Critters playsets we are used to a plethora of tiny add-ons that give the sets hours of playability. This set only comes with a handful of accessories so it is best used in conjunction with other sets – I’d recommend the Seaside Cruiser Houseboat.
Still, as part of a larger collection, or for a first set where a you are looking for a set with a few accessories to potentially misplace, then the Calico Critters Secret Island Playhouse has loads of charm, especially for kids who like adventures by the seaside.
You can purchase the set at Amazon.com
Calico Critters Secret Island Playhouse Gallery