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5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoyable and kept my little one busy for about 2-3 hours
Reviewed in Australia on 24 January 2020
My son loved this. He kept busy for a bit with it. The digging tools are not the best, but probably purposely made that way to keep them digging longer. The gems inside were nice, a tad on the small size, but for a kid they were just fine and look very nice as well (especially the tigers eye).
I expected great things from National Geographic but this was disappointing. While kids will enjoy digging into the brick, the issue is that not all the stones are present and some are very poor quality representations. I did complain and was sent a replacement product which had the exact same errors (no agate or geode), so this seems to be a quality control issue as it makes no sense why the exact same stones would be missing. If you have a curious child who tries to match the specimens to the booklet, they will be disappointed that the set is not complete. The overall idea and ability to engage the child is present, but this should translate to an actual complete product as well.
The item is good but it is over priced for what you get. The one I received were missing two stones. When you are charged £40 for 15 stones, to be missing two is even more of a rip off. There are similar products out there for under £5. I had to return mine due to the missing stones.
Was cute but so disappointed that it was cracked. I gave it as a gift and was so embarrassed. Was cute but a lot of money and missing a couple stones in it. The crystal type of stones were coming apart. :(
Once my son had found eight gemstones, he gave up and said there were no more. "Come on," I suggested. "Just keep digging. They're there." The whole thing was broken into clumps, but it was National Geographic. Of course they were all there. "If I find one more stone, will you get back to it?" Sure, he agreed. But I didn't. I dug those clumps down to where the only gemstones could have been bead sized. THEN I pulled out a bucket of hot water and dissolved those tiny clumps in it. How on earth were there only eight gemstones in there? This was only one of a stack of National Geographic gifts my son wanted for Christmas. Usually we have good experiences. This left us soured and disappointed.