Review: Make your own Puppy from the Action
I was recently in Action and had resolved not to buy anything. Yes, I know, actually impossible at Action... So the plan failed when I saw a craft kit with which you can make your own cuddly toy dog. The package to make a puppy from Action cost € 1.99. Actually it also took blood, sweat and almost tears to make this puppy ;-).
The puppy on the front was just adorable. When I opened the package I found the contents a bit messy. The pieces of fabric for the puppy were all crammed together in a bag. The box was very complete. Everything was neatly arranged.
First, I laid everything out neatly as per the instructions in the box. Well, instructions… They were just pictures without text. The pictures are quite clear, but sometimes it would have been nice to get some extra information. It was sometimes very difficult and frustrating. I almost threw in the towel and threw everything in the bin. But then again I thought that was a shame :-). Fortunately, my mother was present to sometimes help with extra explanation and extra hands. It took a lot of paying attention!
After the minor irritations regarding the head, I started working on the body with good courage. Because you have to do everything inside out, you can't really see what you are doing, which also makes it extra difficult for the body. But I got the hang of it and miraculously I managed to get rid of my puppy. I secretly didn't expect that anymore when the head didn't really want to work ;-). Instead of the bell I put a ribbon around the puppy's neck, bells are part of kittens, right?
Conclusion and end result
- Time: About 5 hours
- Difficulty: 3 stars, I found it very difficult
- Final grade: 6
In the end everything turned out fine, but still with some frustration. I am very happy with the end result, although unfortunately my puppy does not look exactly like the packaging. The snout is a little different than on the packaging. But I'm still proud of my puppy!
I would recommend this DIY package from Action to advanced hobbyists, with the caveat that you have to be patient and pay close attention. The box itself says 8+, but this doesn't seem feasible to me. That's actually quite a shame, because the dog is ultimately very nice :-).
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