Back in the 80s, my sister and I had the BARBIE AND THE ROCKERS collection, and along with it... the Hot Rockin' Stage.
For the full-size Barbie dolls, I don't think there's anything comparable or near as cool on the market right now, and I've been tempted to pick-up a vintage one on eBay (provided condition is great and cost is low). Addie wants a stage for her Barbies, and while we haven't found a full-size version yet, the MEGA Bloks Super Star Stage definitely struck a chord... a big, rockin' power chord.
With the box opened and the pieces separated by color, we dug right in and got down to business. Addie's becoming a fine little builder, especially when she's excited for the outcome. As always with every set we do, she started with the figures - in this case, Barbie and two friends... her band.
Our build took about an hour (taking things casual), and Addie stayed attentive throughout, as we carefully completed the stage...
She loves the lights and sounds... the moving elevator (probably the most exciting feature for her) and all of the figures. A good set overall, there are a few issues here. While I've always appreciated the reasonable pricing of MEGA Bloks, at $60, this set feels a tad overpriced (even though we received our review set for free). There's two little backdrops on each side of the stage that don't really attach to anything - they just sit in there, and thus tend to fall. Finally, the figures - a highlight of the set - are fragile in that they do fall apart easily and these little "hair accessories" (a bow, flower, etc.) are unnecessary and way too small.
Despite my few criticisms, the MEGA Bloks Barbie Build N' Play Super Star Stage is a fun set for kids and parents that are looking for a new spin on some old favorites.
The Rock Father Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Disclosure: As noted above, MEGA BLOKS provided this toy to The Rock Father for the purpose of possible review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from his children. You should agree with them, for they are wise. Seriously. Why are you reading this part?