Suggested Age: 6-12
Casual Build Time: 1 hour
Dimensions: Boat – over 6″ x 5″ x 5″ / Island – over 4″ x 6″ x 1″
Before I begin, be warned that this kit (and review) actually contains spoilers for the end of the film. Please don’t read on if you haven’t already seen it.
Moana is a fantastic Disney film and so I was really keen to get my hands on one of LEGO’s two tie in kits. I decided to go for the slightly more expensive one as it included the boat and Maui, both of which are missing from the cheaper Island Adventure kit.
The Moana’s Ocean Voyage kit contains the pieces necessary to build a boat, the island of Te Fiti and a small raft. It comes with an interesting selection of figures – Moana, Maui, Heihei the chicken and two Kakamora – and its accessories include an oar, a banana, a pineapple, the Heart of Te Fiti and Maui’s fish hook.
Here are some more picture of what came inside the box:
Moana’s Island Adventure is a very easy kit to put together. While it has a lot of parts, there isn’t much to any of them and the instructions are pretty easy to follow. This makes it a fantastic first set for younger builders, with the only fiddly details being a few stickers that need to be applied.
Yet there are a few things that I feel I should note. In terms of volume, this kit isn’t worth the £40 price tag. Really, you’re only paying for the Disney brand. I completed this build in a little under an hour and, given that the £60 kit that I built a few weeks ago took me the better part of four hours to complete, it meant that the Moana kit just didn’t feel like good value for money. It should also be noted that the “free poster” advertised on the box isn’t actually a poster, but just an insert advertising other LEGO Disney kits.
However, the finished set does make a fun toy. My favourite item by far is the boat, as it does look a lot like the one from the film. While it doesn’t boast that many features, it does have a compartment in the middle that’s big enough to hold a few small items (including Heihei) and it is to scale with the Moana figure which makes it a nice size to play with.
The Kakamoras’ raft is only a small accessory but is also kind of cute. The catapult does actually function, though it should be noted that Kakamora are not terribly aerodynamic and so it doesn’t work as well as the similar catapult on the LEGO Elves Water Dragon Adventure set that reviewed last year.
The largest and most complex set piece is the island. This is where the set ties in best with the film as it features a rotating central pillar, allowing you to shift the entity’s appearance between the benevolent Te Fiti and fiery Te Kā. The panel at the base of the pillar also folds down so that you can place or remove the Heart of Te Fiti from its podium. I do actually really like this accessory as I feel it adds a lot for imaginary play. Add to the boat, you actually have almost everything you need to recreate the plot of the film, or make up new adventures for Moana and Maui.
The figures are also a bit varied. The Moana figure is one of the creepy rubbery figures that you see in a lot of the LEGO sets targeted at girls. As you’re probably aware, I don’t like these figures. This one annoys me in particular as it doesn’t even really look like Moana, making its inclusion even weirder.
The Maui figure is better, but its lack of articulation makes it hard to get him to stand on the boat – the gap between his feet is just too wide. While I like his fish hook, I do wish that it was a little more details. Perhaps it could have benefited from a sticker to add its carvings to the sides.
So, all in all, this kit is a bit of mixed bag. While it does make a fun toy and the boat looks nice on my shelf, I don’t think it’s very good value for money. Possibly wait until you see it in a sale before you snap it up.