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MiWorld Mall Playset Review
A happenstance on Amazon
What a cool idea, I thought as I was browsing playsets on Amazon for my 8 year old daughter, a modular playset that looks like a store in a mall. I could see my daughter spending hours setting up these detailed little shops and then having "customers" come by to purchase items.
MiWorld is a "real" mall made miniature, each playset is modular and can be stacked side by side or on top of each other to make a two story mall scene. Playsets include popular stores and restaurants in the mall. At the time of this writing they had starter playsets for miniature stores Spinkles Cupcakes, Dairy Queen, OPI Nail Salon, and Mrs Fields cookies. In addition, they have deluxe playsets which are twice as big as the starter sets for the popular mall stores Sweet Factory and Skechers. I am sure that MiWorld will have new playsets to come in the near future allowing your child to continue to expand their mall empire. The dimensions of the starter set is 7 and 3/4 inches square by 8 inches tall while the deluxe play sets are 7 and 3/4 inches wide by 15 and 1/2 long, by 8 inches tall. Basically, the deluxe sets are twice the store width wide of the starter sets.
Each playset contains detailed objects that you would find in the given store. For example the Dairy Queen set comes with detailed miniature Blizzards, tiny ice cream cones, hot dogs, chairs, table, counter, and cash register while the Claire Accessories store includes miniature purses, jewelry, and even a pretend ear piercing station!
Other MiWorld accessories include MiWorld shop girls to work in the stores. You can pretend the shop girls are customers with their work aprons removed. There is also a MiWorld Vending Machine that vends soda and treats. Also, a classic photo booth found in any given mall across the United States.
MiWorld Starter and Deluxe Playsets, including mall accessories, do require a bit of assembly. While 10 year olds probably could assemble for themselves and in fact enjoy the process you will probably have to assemble for a younger child less they get frustrated. I assembled all of the sets for my 8 year old daughter. Assembly is pretty straight forward with all parts that snap fit together. It does, however, take a little skill in placing the stickers on the tiny drink cups from Dairy Queen or the cupcakes to identify their type. Almost too much for these 40 year old eyes. Luckily, I have had many years of experience assembling Playmobil sets!
MiWorld playset fit and finish
All MiWorld playsets have the same basic setup. They have a plastic base with a cardboard insert for the floor. The starter sets come with two walls and a support for a second floor that snap in place while the deluxe playset comes with three walls and a support. The walls already have graphics applied to them. An end cap piece holds the walls together. Sometimes, the end cap doesn't snap together firmly and you have to apply a piece of tape to keep the walls together. The food items and other small items that come with the set are very detailed. In addition, there are very detailed thick paper shoes boxes for shoes and containers to hold the food items. I think the quanlity is pretty good for the $20 price of the starter sets and the $35 price of the deluxe sets.
Example of MiWorld playset
The MiWorld Sprinkles restaurant is both my daughters and my favorite playset. We love the detail of the cupcakes, trays, drink cups, cash register, counter and display case.
MiWorld Sprinkles Starter Set on Amazon!
My daughter's MiWorld Setup
My 8 year old daughter has constructed a three story MiWorld mall in her room using her book shelf. She often plays with MiWorld after school while watching Nick Jr in her room. On the weekends, I often help her setup the miniature stores and restaurants just like the pictures on the boxes the playset came in. My daughter likes to use My Little Pony ponies and Equestria Girl dolls as "customers" while she uses MiWorld figures to operate the stores. We often mix things up by adding play money and a toy cash register to the equation. Sure, the fake money and the toy cash register are not to MiWorld scale but we have fun anyway. We play until the "cup boards are bare" and there is no merchandise in the stores then re-setup everything again. I actually think this is a great educational toy if you add fake money to the mix as it teaches counting and math skills. It is a great way for father and daughter to spend a rainy day indoors.
MiWorld Deluxe Skechers playset on Amazon
Free MiWorld App from iTunes!
You can also download a free MiWorld App from the iTunes store so your daughter can design her own avatar and play MiWorld games on an Apple device! In addition, your daughter can place her custom avatar in virtual MiWorld shops!
Cool tiny Mall Vending Machine for MiWorld!
MiWorld Official Commercial!
MiWorld playsets will give your daughter hours of fun setting up miniature mall shops and restaurants. And, if you incorporate fake money and a toy cash register into the mix, can be educational as well.