The playset was sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
I’ve mentioned before how much Jack loves PJ Masks – and you’ll see this if you look back through the blog – see our review of the PJ Masks Turbo Blast Racers here. His obsession has grown and grown and it seems as though Olivia has now fallen in love with the show too. Jack tells me how much he wishes he was Catboy and I think he’d have his sister as Owlette and his friend C as Gekko and go out as their very own PJ Masks crew. When he was offered the chance to review the Romeo’s Lab Playset, he was very excited.
Priced at £49.99 (available at Argos) and for ages 3-6, this playset is described as a lab that can really roll which opens to reveal a secret lair with two levels of play. With a light and sound control panel (needs 2 x AA batteries for this), working crane, laser launcher and rolling lab charger, Romeo has all he needs for his lab. You also get a Romeo figure, a Romeo’s Robot figure and some bonus tools! What’s even better is that when it is time to move onto the next villainous adventure, you can transform it back from the playset into the mobile lab and take it along with you.
We headed outside with our playset to enjoy the sunshine and have a play (and also to escape the prying hands of his little sister!). We quickly popped the crane on (you will need a screwdriver for this) and outside we went. Jack couldn’t wait to help Romeo on his madcap evil schemes and had plenty of imaginative play with the set. It is so amazing to see what their brains come up with with just a few figures and a playset. Whilst Jack adores the heroes, I think he also has a soft spot for the villainous Romeo and the crazy plans he comes up with!
So what did we think of the lab playset? Jack thought it was fab. Each part of the playset could easily be seen when in the box so Jack knew what was in there instantly and he loved the different things you could do with Romeo – he could be popped into the front of the laboratory (there’s two little knobs on the floor of the seat which he attaches to and he can swivel although it isn’t always easy to put him on there, it sometimes needs a little elbow grease). He also has a mobile lab with the same for his feet – so should he ever be apart from his larger lab, he can still keep up with his evil schemes.
When opened up into the playset, the roof of the lab becomes a place where Romeo can stand and perhaps even do more dastardly deeds. Jack loved having Romeo up there, plotting away against the PJ Masks!
Down on the floor of the lab is the control center which flashes and makes sounds to alert you to the fact that they’ve sensed a member of PJ Masks close by. Only lasting for a few seconds, these added to the gameplay experience well as Jack could then continue the story on with Romeo worrying that the PJ Masks would foil his silly scheme! Jack had great fun trying to shoot the lasers.
There’s also a tool tray which stores the three mini tools that come with the playset – this is handy as they are so tiny that I could see them easily getting lost, especially with Jack’s sisters little hands making a grab for everything!
Overall we really love this set. Some may say that £49.99 is a little on the pricey side but I would say it is just around the right price. The set is of a decent size and there is so much to keep a child occupied. Jack would play with it for hours on end if I would let him.