Those of you who read my articles know that I love finding new and interesting toys. While I was a Toys R Us last week I came across a new line called MI World. This line of miniature playsets from Jakks Pacific is perfect for 1/12th sized figures, and is based on real world stores like Dairy Queen, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and Claire’s.
The playsets come in two sizes. The starter sets make up an eight inch by eight inch square, while the larger deluxe sets measure out to about eight by sixteen. Each set is designed to connect side by side, or even stack on top of each other to create a Shopping Mall-like display. Unfortunately my TRU only got in the Sprinkles Cupcakes so far, so you’ll have to wait until my next review of the playsets to see them in Mall form.
I really love the fact that Jakks actually got the licenses from real companies and stores to make these playsets. I’m always on the lookout for accessories for my 1/12th figures. While having cupcakes and smoothies are cool, it’s even better when they’ve got real world branding on them. It brings a nice sense of… well, realism to displays and pictures.
Each of the smaller Starter Sets is made up of a plastic floor and two plastic walls. The walls are pre-decorated with stickers. In the case of Sprinkles, the side wall displays various products on shelves, while the back wall shows off a counter with various coffee makers and cups and a menu above them. The floor is a plastic plate with a thin cardboard piece laid over it. The cardboard is only being held in place by the walls and could be easily changed out if you don’t like the color of it.
Aside from the real world branding, it’s the accessories that really sell these playsets. The content count of this set is thirty six pieces. Some of the larger accessories in the set include a long counter with a product display area and a checkout area.
There is also a chair and small table for those figures who want to eat in the store. Unfortunately the plastic used in the table is soft and waxy, so the top begins to tilt over time. Nothing a little superglue probably couldn’t fix though. Continue to page 2…