Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Shark On the Loose (Cityville Invasion) #gotitfree

This product was provided for review from BzzAgent.
Opinions are 100% mine and true.

When was the last time your kids were this excited for something...?


A few months ago my kids seriously loved me.  (If you're a parent, you know that comes and goes...)  And I seriously loved BzzAgent for choosing me to review the Kre-O Cityville Invasion Marina Madness set.  I never would have bought it in the store before first trying it out.

In the past I have loved miniature building block sets for my 6-year-old.  They're challenging, but not too difficult and they keep him busy for hours.  The mini-book that comes in the Cityville Invasion sets disguised as an instruction manual was a little more daunting at first.  As if often the case, though, B opened it up and explained all the confusing parts to me.


The Cityville Invasion Marina Madness set comes with a LOT of pieces!  Again a little daunting, but it translated into two hours of my kids and I concentrating on something together and was absolutely worth the time.

There are two distinct features with the Kre-O Cityville Invasion sets.  First is in a sonic motion technology.  I tried really hard to get a decent video of the shark and machines moving around with no success, but know that a battery-powered box makes marina noises while gently vibrating the toy's platform so the pieces will move around.  It was pretty cool to see the shark "swimming" around, but as with most noise-making toys, it got a little wearing on mom's ears and didn't hold the kid's interest for all that long.

The second thing that makes Kre-O Cityville Invasion sets unique, are the ability to combine sets together to make an entire city.  I LOVE the idea of adding to my sons' imagination with a similar toy that will expand the story rather than giving him something entirely different, relegating this set to the back of the closet.  In addition to the Marina Madness set, Kre-O sets includes other city scenes including a skyscraper, a bank, and a haunted construction site.

My favorite part of the Kre-O Cityville Invasion set we received were the tiny people in their shark-catching uniforms and disguises.


My 3-year-old really likes his new friends...


My boys really love their Kre-O Cityville Invasion set.  Having so many pieces has allowed them to use their imaginations creating a multitude of structures and scenarios above and beyond just a shark on the loose in the marina.  The blue building platform helps to keep the building mania contained.  My only tip?  Buy a teeny tiny screwdriver when you're buying your batteries or you'll never get into the battery box.  

Want to win a character from Kre-O Cityville Invasion? 

Have older children?
Each Cityville Invasion set includes a free code for the 
Cityville Invasion Mobile App that lets your child add even more to the story.

24 comments:

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

This would have been great to have for my Grandson on vacation. We did all kinds of games and projects to keep him busy when we weren't sight seeing.

Casey Lindberg-Coghill said...

Haha I love the genuine looks of excitement on their faces! My 5-year old nephew loves Legos and anything he can build or put together. This may have to be his Christmas gift from us this year. ;)

Masshole Mommy said...

That is wicked cool! My boys are both SO into sharks right now, they would LOVE this.

Jennifer Williams said...

That is on my youngest son's wish list. We both love any type of blocks we can build with.

mail4rosey said...

I've always wondered how these stack up (no pun intended) to LEGOs. I always gravitate towards these in the toy store because there are so many cool looking options.

Thanks for the review, and now I'm off to check out the giveaway you linked. :)

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Oh my they just look so excited! What a cool game (is it a game I can't decide lol) as well :) X

MikiHope said...

I would definitely need a chi;d to help me figure that all out! It does look like fun especially the big smiles on your boys faces!

Cynthia Landrie said...

Oh My Gosh, those little faces are priceless! They look so happy. I am glad they enjoyed the Sharon on the loose!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I think I also just fell in love with the tiny people in their costumes. Cute, cute kits!

Pam said...

They look like they really are excited about this. I love these kits!

JT and Amanda said...

These are awesome! Its even more cool that you got them for free to review! I'm actually kind of glad my son isn't old enough to want expensive toys yet :)

Pam said...

I love your son's faces. That says it all. Looks like it would make an awesome Christmas gift for some little guys I know.

kristenione said...

This set looks like a lot of fun. I can see why they were excited! I haven't seen these in the stores but my son is still so little. I'm sure he will be into it soon!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

The kids really did look thrilled to be able to try this one out. I love toys that encourage children to use their imagination and build things. I'm sure they had a blast with it.

Growing Up Madison said...

The look on your boys face is priceless. The look sooo excited to be getting it. My boys love those kind of things as well. :)

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

I love the expression on your boys' faces! It 's just so cute.

Megan Chamberlin said...

I can't wait for my 3yo to be old enough for these kinds of things - I think I'm just excited for his older toys, lol. This looks like such a fun toy, and the little shark suits are so cute!

Amanda McMahon said...

this looks like a potentially large project for my husband ,lol - i'm not into the small ones as i don't have patience to put them in the right spots! my kids and husband are though

Katherine Bartlett said...

I just put one together for my daughter and she had a blast!

Dawn Bedingfield said...

So cool, my boys would have loved this when they were little. And my grand daughter is too little. But looks like a fun toy, maybe for future reference ;)

Fan R. said...

I think my boy will be happy to receive Kre-O Cityville Invasion, I am thinking to get it for Christmas.

Fan R @TeddyOutReady

missy schutz said...

My son and I love to build Kre-O and Lego's.

candice foster said...

my lil one would love it

Ann Barham said...

There is sonic motion technology.