10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good size for travelling,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
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As a couple who travel alot, we wanted a small scrabble set to carry with us on holiday we have found that the "Travel Scrabble" sets are a bit bulky and not that well designed. So I bought this with trepidation.
However, so far I am pleased. The case is very compact (no larger than a paperback book) and comes with a small green felt bag, a set of magnetic tiles and the four tile holders which slot under the board when not in use. It is a plastic 'clamshell' design which helps save on space and means you can close it mid-game and continue later if you wish. Gone are the silly tile holders in the Travel sets which are a pain to put the tiles in and instead you get a small plastic stand with a magnetic strip to hold the letters to which is a big improvement. Given the size of the board, the letters are really tiny (about 7mm x 7mm) but they stick to the board strong enough that you can't shake them loose easily. We haven't travelled with the set mid-game but I have no reason to think they won't stay in place if you do.
A few minor cons though. Firstly the set doesn't come with any spare tiles in case you lose one (easily done when they are so small). There are actually five extra blank ones but three of them have been printed on with scissor symbols and part numbers which makes them useless leaving only the two blank wild card tiles. Secondly, and this is inevitable really given they are magnetic, the tiles have a habit of sticking together in the bag making mixing them tricky. And finally, I have some doubts about the durability of the set - the hinges are fairly cheap plastic so time will tell how well they stay intact and the tile holders seem to fit very snuggly into the slots and take some force to get them out. I haven't snapped one yet but it seems likely to happen.
Overall though if you are looking for a small scrabble set to take with you on your travels I think this is the best option available and it is pretty good value.