For his birthday, our friends Chris and Lia got Andrew a subscription to Pleygo. Pleygo is a Lego "rental" site that sends you a lego set of your choice that you can keep as long as you want and then mail back and they will send you another set. Because of the fact he got so many new sets for his birthday I put this "gift" aside until this winter to try so that he would have some sets to enjoy during the cold days inside. He got his first set in January and was beyond excited to finally get it. The poor mailman disappointed this boy for 3 days before it finally arrived! (the kits arrive in a red zipper bag complete with instructions and all the pieces you need)
The first set was Batman's plane
We mailed that one back and got one of the new sets from the Lego Movie. Trash Chomper (my personal favorite that he got)
I didn't get a picture of him with his third set but it was also from the Lego Movie and was the pirate guy (if Andrew were here he would tell you the name). Our subscription is now over but we really did enjoy having this time of "free" lego sets coming to the door!
Here is my review of Pleygo in general. . . .
1. Thumbs up- new sets are available as soon as they hit the shelves of the store . . . Lego movie sets were brand new when we already had one.
2. Thumbs down-the company is based on the west coast and turnover time was ridiculous . . . almost three weeks in one case! With another site on the east coast for shipping to this might not be as bad.
3. Thumbs up- we were missing a couple non essential pieces from our first kit but otherwise had all the pieces it was supposed to have in each bag. Impressive if the other kids play with them as hard as Andrew does.
4. Thumbs down-price . . . $25 a month regular price is way too high considering the turnover rate. For that price, (which we did not pay thanks to our generous friends gift) we could have purchased two of the three sets we had during the two months and kept them. Again, faster turnover would have changed my view on the price . . . 2-3 a month makes this a good deal . . . 3 in two months not so much.
Having said that, Pleygo is perfect for Andrew since he loves to build something and then tear it up and build something else. The one- two hours it takes to make a build the first time is about the only time you will see a complete set in our house. Getting new sets to build for the first time is a dream come true for him. Just need a lower price for those of us on the east side of the US or another factory to mail to. We won't be paying $25 a month for it.
Thanks for the gift Chris and Lia . . . we have all really enjoyed it!