When I was younger I really really loved My Little Pony, so I just had to jump at the chance to review this new My Little Pony the Movie Canterlot & Seaquestria Castle.
It’s the exact thing that would have made my 8yr old dreams come true. Sadly I never had a castle to go with my ponies, I don’t even know if they did castles for them then, so I’m making up for it now!
As you know I have two boys, and sadly although I know there’re a big thing, neither of mine are Bronies, so my dreams of playing My Little Pony with my children have never materialised.
However Thomas and I did put the castle together, as he liked the look of the big box it came in and says it looks pretty cool if you like that sort of thing. Well I do, It’s beautiful.
First impressions are very good. Box appeal is great. Your youngster is going to be so happy seeing this wrapped up either on their birthday or under the christmas tree.
It’s relatively easy to put together, the instructions are simple but the only thing I found odd was the colours of the pieces seem to be off. I’m busy looking for a purple piece, but it’s really blue. Need a big blue piece, but its actually yellow. So you need the box handy to keep looking back at the photo and finding what colour the piece should really be. It’s weird but not a massive deal.
Some pieces don’t slot together as easy as they should do, and need a jiggle about and good shove. I spent ages trying to get the sea shell thing on the lift, but it does go eventually. Maybe I’m just a weakling.
Ok so once it’s all built it looks pretty awesome. Theres lots of nooks and crannies with things to do. Theres a slide, three carousel type things including one disguised as a very friendly octopus.Theres a big sea shell which opens up for you to hide your treasures in. The set come with over 30 accessories like tea cups, food, jewellery, even a very cute rubber duckie swim ring, so theres lots for you to hide away or use for your games.
I love that the castle is actually two distinct castles in one with Canterlot at the top, and the change to Seaquestria castle at the bottom, with the lift in-between the two. Both stages of the castle are a fair size, so the two onto of each other make it over 73cm tall and very impressive.
The set also comes with Spike the Pufferfish and Queen Novo figures. The My Little Pony Wiki informs me that Queen Novo is a female Hippogriff-turned-seapony who appears as a supporting character and is Princess Skystar’s mother in My Little Pony The Movie.
Although I was a big My Little Pony fan when younger I haven’t kept up with the Friendship is Magic series. I might need to start watching that I think.
Ok so now for a few niggles that I have, well to be honest the only niggles i have. The carousels.
The one big wing type one on the side is obviously for Queen Novo and friends to give the impression that they are flying about underwater, considering they are half bird. However Queen Novo doesn’t work well on it at all.
After a lot of trial and error I can get Queen Novo the pony figure to sit on the carousel, although its not easy you really have to jam the fins into the gap. Still once I did get her on as she’s quite large and long due to the big mermaid fin, when you spin it just hits the lift on the other side. If your lucky it just stops dead, but if not she falls out again.
It’s think it’s just badly designed, I don’t think its me, although it could be just the way I’m doing it.
Probably other ponies who don’t have the big mermaid tail would be fine spining around, but unfortunately I don’t have any to test so can’t say for sure.
Next onto the octopus carousel, I just don’t see what its for other than to look cute. Possibly some of the other sets of figures fit on it, but Queen Novo is far to large, and the Fish just falls off.
Again in a recurring theme the carousel at the top of the castle is a problem too. For once its big enough and theres nothing in the way, the figures don’t go on it properly although it is the best of the bunch. Queen Novo just lays down on it, and the pufferfish again just flies off unless you turn it at the slowest speed possibly defeating the object.
The strange thing is that there are holes on it to hold the ponies on it, but no holes on Queen Novo or Spike the Pufferfish. I do remember that my old My Little Ponies did have holes in their hoofs to help them stand on things, so hopefully you could use other ponies with this set and have more luck.
It is annoying that the two included figures don’t have the holes though. I understand that on Queen Novo it would be difficult but surly Spike the Pufferfish could have had a hole underneath.
I feel I might be coming across as overly harsh, but if me as an adult is getting frustrated that I can’t get my ponies to ride the carousel, as a parent I see the tantrums from little ones coming a mile off. Maybe a younger child wouldn’t mind and would just enjoy that they twirl and fall off, but I’m just not sure.
To be fair though thats my only real gripe. Theres a slide for the ponies to enjoy, the lift goes up and down from Canterlot to Seaquestria, A throne for queen Novo to sit on, theres a skateboard thing for Queen Novo to ride the waves that works well. I like all the little accessories, the seafood dinner party pieces with iceland style prawn ring platter are especially fun.
All in all I do like the My Little Pony The Movie Canterlot & Seaquestria Castle, It’s a big set which I can see younger boys and girls getting hours of play from. It’s something I would have loved to own when I was a little girl.