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7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Durable, fun when it worksOct 03, 2010
By Mom of 2 in Colorado
The toy does what it says, a little hard to set up and get the hang of, but it does work, kinda boring after a while, I suppose you could switch up the order and see if it works. It was larger than what I thought and pretty durable, no really small parts so my 3 year old can play too, a little hard for my 6 year old to set up on his own, the crane will not stay up and is hard to set. The rest is easy. Ok price, not sure if I will buy more Action Link sets or not yet. We will see how much he plays with it.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Plastic junkMay 09, 2011
By Ron Newcome
I'm a grand-father who up to this point had mostly bought Lego sets for my grandchildren. My 2 and 4 year old grandsons were very taken with the advertising for this action set and in a weak moment I ordered it and other component "stunts".
I had read the existing reviews which spoke to "problems with the crane" and "hard to set-up" but had not bought enough junk plastic toys to know exactly what this meant. Our local grocery store sells cheap stuff like this but even by grocery store standards these action sets are not worth the money and environmental damage the manufacturing and shipping of them cause.
Yes it does, WITH EXTREME CARE work, kinda, sorta, sometimes. But the frustration involved in the set up is not worth the "fun" of the "play". The whole series is carefully marketed so you have to buy more than one set to get all the figures. What you end up with is a bunch of non-recyclable plastic that provides a few minutes of diversion and teaches your children nothing but want it, buy it, use it, be disappointed, want something else.
When the little guys are begging you for one of these because they just re-watched the movie and REALLY want it. Resist.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
not worth the time or moneyDec 27, 2011
By Brienne Robertson
Very cheap plastic, connectors don't stay connected and the crank-up conveyor belt stops before the stunt is over. Setting up the stunt is difficult for 5 yrs to do, and even when it does work, it's pathetic.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Junkyard EscapeAug 29, 2011
By L. Becker
I didn't give the product more stars because the claw doesn't work properly which ends the fun more quickly. My husband, myself, and our 4 year old grandson found it to be very frustrating and have put the toy up for now.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Surprisingly good valueDec 25, 2010
Although this set has a minimum recommended age of 5, we got it for our 3 year old because he loves the junkyard escape in Toy Story 3 (and we're willing to always play with him). We put this set together quickly using the easy picture instructions. The only challenging piece was the crane - it says to turn in counter clockwise once until it clicks, but no matter how we turned it, it didn't click, and sometimes just started the turning action. It also doesn't stay very well when you pull the claw string back to attach it.
This set has an amazing price. We were very surprised at the value. Toy Story 3 figurines by themselves start adding up and you get three with this set...Woody, Lotso, and an alien. Add in the dump truck that has retractable connectors so your child can drive it around, and you're getting close to the price you'd think you'd pay. But there's so much more.
We knew that our son would have a challenge doing the whole stunt sequence, so after we ran it a couple of times for him, we simply unsnapped the parts and let him play with them individually. He had a lot of fun with the claw ("Mommy, the claw saves them from the fire!!") and with sending Woody down the conveyor belt (you wind up the conveyor belt and Woody is carried to the end and dumped off).
Our son put Lotso on top of the box stunt piece and said, "the bad bear isn't going to press the button!" and he'd have Lotso scurry off. You would think he'd have problems with things falling over, but he didn't, they stand alone pretty well. He liked storing the alien in the trash truck and driving off saying, "the trash truck is taking the alien!".
We have three other sets and we look forward to setting up a big chain reaction for our son. We figure that he will have fun for a few weeks playing with the individual parts, then we'll hide the stunt sets for a while and bring them out when he's old enough to have lots of fun running the stunt show himself.
I almost wish Woody had a stand because he doesn't stand independently on the conveyor belt, you have to lay him down. Lotso and the alien go down just fine though.
When setting up the full chain reaction, you do find that you start partial sequences accidentally, which means you have to start over. The bright side of that, however, is that you know each section trigger is sensitive enough that it's going to keep working well.
I mentioned the down sides of the claw already, but should say that he loves it anyway and likes to put characters in the claw to be carried.
It's really cute and our son really enjoys acting out and improvising the scenes from the movie and that means this is a superb buy for us at this price. Not sure how frustrating the set would be if he were 5 and trying to set up the sequence though!
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