Post by miaowington on Jan 21, 2011 16:32:17 GMT -5
Okay, I've had this for a few months now &...I kind of hate it. I knew going in that it was plastic, & that it came with no extra accessories, which is why I bought it off the secondary market for about half of what AG is charging. But I still kind of hate it.
The plastic-ness is obvious. The fire could not be more fake-looking. The stove has almost no detail to it that speaks to a real attempt at historical accuracy or interest. The fact that it doesn't come with any accessories (like, say, a frying pan) make it pretty much necessary to also buy the produce & preserves set, just to have something to put on the stove.
The stove is definitely cuter once it has other items on it (I have the produce & preserves, the cans from the hobo set, & the some of the holiday baking set items), but the little cabinets are not great for storage. They aren't as big as they seem, & the corners are curved, which detracts from their storage capabilities. The shelf along the top of the stove is narrow enough that the cans & what-not I stored there would fall off pretty much every time I walked by the stove.
The stove takes up a lot of space for something that has so little play value (for kids) or detail & historical interest (for collectors). I haven't tried taking it apart, but it was kind of tough to snap it together & I'm afraid it will break if I try to dismantle it & put it in storage. I love the IDEA of a cookstove for Kit, but I wish AG would have put a little more effort into this piece.