User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Cute design, stores the pieces, very pink
Cons:SMALL pieces, needs more than one pony, rollerskates don't wheel
The Bottom Line: A party isn't as fun with just one pony but what a cute setting for a birthday!
My three year old daughter loves My Little Pony and so I really wasn't all that surprised when she selected this Ponyville playset from the "pink" row in Target as how she wanted to spend one of her birthday giftcards. She has a ton of My Little Pony toys but had yet to make the foray into the Ponyville line which I had steered away from. If you think the My Little Pony playsets have tiny pieces, Ponyville is 100 times worse the offender. Can you say, microscopic? Still, who was I to begrudge her birthday choice so home we came with the Ponyville Rollerskate Party Cake which retails for $19.99.
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About the My Little Pony Ponyville Rollerskate Party Cake with Pinkie Pie Pony
My daughter was immediately drawn to this giant eyesore of a playset - The Ponyville Rollerskate party. After all, what little girl wouldn't like a hot pink cake decorated with plastic flowers and balloons. Even better, the cake opens up to reveal that it is a rollerskating rink for ponies. The Ponyville Rollerskate Party Cake is about a foot high by about the same wide, it's made of entirely plastic - of course - in shades of mostly pink and purple with some orange and teal accents.
Included with this playset:
-The giant party cake itself that opens up for playtime.
-1 Ponyville Pony - Pinkie Pie
-2 Gifts (giftboxes with lids)
The set is recommended for children 4+ for the pretty obvious choking hazard reason. Some of the pieces are incredibly teeny tiny. To give you an idea, Pinkie Pie's rollerskates are each about the size of dime (actually even smaller). The party hat is definitley swallowable and this hat and the skates are so small that they require some pretty advanced fine motor skills. My 3 1/2 year old is able to do it but in the beginning she definitely required assistance.
Playing with this set is pretty straight forward - the set opens up to reveal a roller skating area where you can make Pinkie Pie skate.. or rather pretend to skate since her rollerskates are merely 'shoes' and the wheels don't actually roll. That's ok though because there isn't a whole lotta room inside the partycake so you can take the lazy route and just put Pinkie inside and turn the thumbwheel at the base of the cake which makes the floor rotate. My daughter at age 3 has no idea what a rollerskating rink is - but sadly, I'm old enough and do. The scooter, however, does roll and you can put Pinkie on the scooter and she can scoot around. They thought ahead and put a tiny little peg on the scooterboard that you can stick into the bottom of Pinkie's foot so that she stays on.
The second story of the party cake is perfect for setting up the little party table and gifts for pretend birthday parties. And on the very top of the cake are 2 whirly flower-cups that you can spin around to give your Ponyville ponies rides. If only the set contained more than just Pinkie Pie pony because what fun is a party with just one pony? You can get more ponyville ponies sold separately in other add-on playsets. There is a set that has 2 ponies and some bumper cars that 'plays well' with this Rollerskating rink.
One really nice thing about this playset is that all the pieces store inside nice and neatly. I love this because even though the pieces are teeny-weeny my daughter can just tuck everything inside when she's done playing. We've managed to not lose any of the pieces in the over 6 months or so that we've had it - even including the tiny rollerskates. We store 2 rollerskates in each of the little giftboxes and because they had lids they are kept safe and sound.
My daughter enjoys the Ponyville Party Cake and can often be found playing with this set with any of her other small 'figure' like toys. She doesn't have many ponyville pieces because she has a ton of the full-size My Little Ponies. The full size ponies are too big for this partycake, but that doesn't mean my daughter doesn't attempt to make them fit. Still, I wish it came with just one more pony to make it more fun. I'd suggest this playset for a little girl who already has Ponyville pieces. If you plan on starting out into Ponyville with this set as we did be sure to pick up an extra pony or two.
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Amount Paid (US$): 20
Type of Toy: Playscene
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years