I discovered the miWorld playsets a couple months ago at our local Toys R Us. There wasn’t a lot left on the shelves, and I ended up bringing home the Sprinkles Cupcake store and some of the accessories. But I’ve been on the lookout for that Dairy Queen ever since then, and I was super excited to see it finally restocked on our TRU shelves.
Like the Sprinkles playset, Dairy Queen is one of the smaller “Starter Sets”. It’s comprised of two walls with interior stickers that show off the inside of the store, a base plate, and a cardboard cover that looks like the store’s tiled floor. While this smaller set was hard enough to find on its own, it would have been really nice if this were one of the larger ones. A huge DQ just means more figures can sit around eating, which would be a great display.
But even in this little space, it’s the realistic touch of having an actual branded restaurant where your figures can hang out. Dairy Queen goes even further than Sprinkles with the wall designs. Sprinkles had drawn designs, where even the pictures of the products were illustrations. DQ’s design looks like it was put together in Photoshop with pictures of their actual store designs and food.
The back wall has illustrations of the bricks, counter, ice cream machine and heating lamps. But underneath those lamps are actual pics of chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers and fries. Even the signs at the top have the actual food shown. The other side is even cooler… with a selection of realistic looking ice cream bars and cakes inside a couple freezer doors. There are even little electric sockets near the bottom of the wall.
One of the neat things you can do with multiple sets, aside from setting them next to each other, is stack them up. Each base has grooves where the top of the walls can slide in, keeping both playsets stable. It also gives that multiple floor mall feel. It’d be nice to have some sidewalk and stairs pieces to complete the look though. Continue to page 2…