My Life As seems to be trying to keep new stuff hitting the store shelves on a regular basis and they keep coming out with really nice sets at a great price. This set is no exception! I’d seen it on several others blogs and Instagram accounts, but as always, our area seems to be dead last in getting this stuff in. Luckily on a recent trip to Walmart, I at long last came across it!
There are a lot of pieces to this set–and it sells for less than $8! I’m going to break it down in sections for the purpose of this review.
First the cage:
This piece is really well done. It is actually the right kind of cage for a hamster/gerbil/hedgehog or other small type of animal. The cage in the American Girl pet set is cute–but as someone who has owned small rodents, you want a cage with grates so air can circulate. In the bottom is a sheet of paper with a print that makes it look as though it has some sort of bedding base to it. Also much better than the AG set because the textured surface in theirs makes it next to impossible to keep things in place!
Little critters need some activity and this is where this set really shines. All of these are replicas of actual items you can buy for small animals with the exception of the teeter totter. I can’t say I’ve ever seen one of those, but maybe they do sell them. It’s not really something I can see them playing on if they do. Maybe chew on instead?
And of course, you need food!! A big bag of “food”, a water bottle and a bowl. The water bottle is my favorite part of these items, it looks very realistic. The bowl is my least favorite as it’s just a sticker in the bottom. I may have to make some little food pieces to put in this for a bit more realism.
And of course–animals!! This set comes with a hedgehog AND a hamster! (I told the girls they will have to be careful as it’s not legal in Pennsylvania to own a hedgehog as a pet. At least it wasn’t the last time I checked!)
Here for comparison is the hamster from the AG set alongside the one from the MLA set:
Both are cute, but I think the MLA set has a better facial expression, more like the hamster I had when I was a kid.
So–here’s where I think they failed. The cage needed to be just a little bit taller to accomodate the hamster wheel. I’ve never seen one used outside of a cage. I suppose you could, but all of the ones I ever owned for any of my little rodent friends I kept in the cage so they could play to their hearts content.
However, they made up for this with a major plus. There is a peg on the wheel and the teeter totter so they stay in place!!
(The hamster is never going to win the teeter totter battle, the hedgie is way heavier…)
On the bottom of each of the animals is a hole. I think this is a very clever idea and kudos to MLA for thinking of it!
Even with the few minor shortcomings in this set, I think it is well worth the price. Good job My Life As!! I look forward to see what else they come up with next.