My daughter received the McKenna's Beam and Bar set this morning.
HUGE play value here. My 10 year old absolutely adores this set and has been playing with it steady for over 2 hours now.
The bar is very well made. The base is metal painted purple and the bar itself is plastic.
Her grips snap onto the bar very easily and stay on tight. You attach McKenna by aligning her hands and wrists to the grips, and fastening the velcro.
Here is Mia "coaching" McKenna on bars.
The beam, wedge and mat set are fantastic. Both Mia and I are amazed by how life like they are. AG did a phenomenal job here. Having spent a large part of my life on a beam, I can assure you, this is to scale. My only complaint is that it's so to scale, the dolls have a tough time staying on without assistance. Beams were never meant for the flat footed, lol. But I think AG was banking on girls keeping the doll moving like a routine on the beam, which is what my daughter has been doing.
DD and I played with our bar for about 1/2 hour today and it was super cute! We don't have McKenna, but we dressed Lanie up in McKenna's practice outfit and she practiced her pull overs, mill circles, and glides for the afternoon:) This is a super cute set and I would highly recommend it!
Gotta say, I love this set! I played with it for about an hour after I opened it, and I'm a grown up! Everything is excellent quality, and seems to have a lot of play value for a gymnastics fan. McKenna can do flips and hand stands on the bar, as well as stand and do splits unassisted on the beam. In my pics, there is nothing behind her holding her up. A (price pulls it down from an A+)
We lucked out and found this set in the DC store yesterday. My DD10 has been playing with it non-stop since. Aside from the bakery she got when she was five, I do not think she has ever "played" with an AG toy like this before. I highly recommend it- it's well thought out and constructed and really "works". We think AG should have figured out some sort of "cover" to fit over the bar and convert it to a vault! A+ and worth the price!
Jonilynn - I was in gymnastics as a kid. We used the "cheese" wedge for learning to tumble. Summer sault, back flip, etc. We also used it for stretching. Little tikes use it for jumping and coaches would move it to help them reach equipment.
Daughters AG Dolls: Emma Grace JLY #37, Kirsten, Felicity, and Josefina. Wish list: Samantha
Post by sharayahlynn on Sept 10, 2012 14:08:23 GMT -5
My beam and bar set arrived about two weeks ago. At first, I thought the price was a little ridiculous and didn't really want to pay that much, but the 7-year-old that I babysit (she's like a little sister to me) fell in love with it, so I went ahead and ordered it when the McKenna DVD code came out. I'm so glad I did! The bar is my favorite piece. It is sturdy and well made, and so much fun to play with! I've played with it numerous times since it arrived. I bought this set so that Autumn and I would have something to play with when she comes over, but I never thought I would want to play with it when she wasn't around! Grade: A+