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This review is from: 3-D Solar System (Toy)
I rather lucked out when I originally bought this. It was purchased for a five year old with an interest in astronomy but, as she shared a bedroom with her baby sister then, it also proved itself to be popular with the little one as a really cool mobile. Obviously I had planned that, obviously I had.
The planets are brightly coloured in daylight and really striking in the darkness. The little labels that identify each one are a bit rubbish and, for any budding astronomer worth their salt, probably a bit redendant. Don't stare, but Pluto has made its way into the box and seems to think it is still a planet. I think it thinks if it doesn't say anything we'll never even notice. It's quite sad really.
The clear plastic wire that is included for the purposes of suspending these majestic bodies from the heavens is quite fiddly to work with. And may the heavens themselves help you if you decide to move them around en masse, because that stuff can knot together in ways that defy conventional physics. Although made of plastic, the planets click together to make very sturdy little structures. I myself have played more than my fair share of celestial conkers with them and all that happens is that the two planetary hemispheres of the loser tend to go their separate ways. The only serious casualty so far has been Saturn's rings, which were rather violently dislodged one afternoon when Comet 'Rolled-up Socks' deviated from its projected course, which was to rendezvous with the Starship Washing Basket. A similar fate befell the Moon in 'Space 1999', I seem to recall. Anyway, Saturn's rings suffered severe damage and have refused point blank to sit at the right sort of angle ever since.
The rest of this mobile is still going strong some four years after I bought it though and it is still a very attractive thing. Most importantly, it has helped to develop both girls' interest in astronomy.