It took me a while to get around to reviewing this set, partly because it would be my last review, but also because I’m very restricted with space. Even though this is a GBP 44.99 set, it didn’t feel like there were hundreds of parts to worry about at once: the numbered bags may have helped with that.
Immediately the main reason why anyone would want this set is for the exclusive minidolls and animals, as well as to complete their jungle themed Friends adventures. As was mentioned in the back of one of the other sets’ instructions, the jungle sets can effectively be combined to make one huge jungle scene – all that would be missing is lots of foliage.
As you might have guessed, I like Stephanie’s overall outfit much more than Andrea’s – transparency or no transparency – but I appreciate that Andrea has the [currently] exclusive Tan shorts, which you may want more of depending on your tastes. For me, the panda and chameleon are the stand out animals in this set, but I’d actually go with the chameleon if I could only have one; there’s just something too odd about a panda sitting down like a human, but what do I know.
I particularly liked the builds for the outdoor lavatory and the living quarters. Even though they don’t have much room inside for intricate play, they have enough detail in them to stand on their own – and they don’t have too many fiddly accessories or things that can come apart and get lost.
Speaking of accessories: it’s great that the first aid pack has made a comeback (you’ll remember I was particularly keen on the pen), and that most if not all of the accessories have been put to use, thanks to the trolley. All of the Bright Light Orange flower accessories were made complete use of as well.
The only thing that really bothers me about the set is that there’s no visible way of getting up the tree to use the zip line, or even the telescope and map! This is probably the first time there’s been no obvious stairway or ladder to climb to the top of something that’s meant to be climbed. One may be able to use the incredibly strong vines, but how would they grab the edge of the platform? I also couldn’t imagine anyone climbing up the slide, which is also a nice play feature.
Overall, I think this is a decent addition to one’s jungle collection of sets, and one I didn’t mind purchasing just once; I’d had to wait for a discount before considering more for parts, but it wouldn’t be worth me buying from the grey market if I just wanted one or two bits. I’m giving this one 7.4/10.
That’s all I have to say about this set, and if you like you can finish reading here. However…